“What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.”
~Ralph Waldo Emerson
Self mastery as I understand it and experience it has to do with one’s ability to live from the inside out. My worldview changes when I truly learn to do this. Outside influences dissolve as the realization that I am both cause and effect of my earthly experiences becomes the reality. No more can I look to others for what is ‘wrong’ in my life. If someone is doing or not doing what I want of them, now it is solely an indication of my own objection to myself. This is the perspective one lives from if one takes on 100% responsibility for all of creation.
When realized, self-mastery is total and complete freedom. In this realization, I can say, “I am the creator. This is who I am, and it brings me great joy to look around me and see all that I have brought forth thru my intention and desire. It is very good.” In this statement lies the knowing that whatever appears in my world is perfect for my ‘remembering’ of who I truly am. If I desire to change something, I do it from the inside out….changing MY thoughts and ultimately my feeling response….in order to experience something different.
As long as the body-mind exists in the world, self-mastery calls for vigilance of every thought and every feeling. My awareness of another….my story of them….my judgment of them….this becomes information about myself ….not them. I eagerly seek such information, for I KNOW this always brings me the opportunity to see something about myself and change it. This is the point for all relationships while in a physical form.
What is your perspective of the world you see? How do you live each day? Do you remind yourself to check ‘where you are’ in your mind during the day?
Become a critical thinker. Learn to ask introspective questions. Become an expert at this. This is how you shift your perspective. Creating questions and applying them to one’s self is the key to self-mastery. KNOW THYSELF.
May you experience insights daily!
For a long time now, I’ve been drawn to interpret and explain the concepts of self mastery using scientific principles. Moving from the head to the heart can be quite a challenge. Science helps me ground the metaphysics of Love…. if you will…. and I’m hoping it will be of help to you as well.
I’m re-visiting a book read years ago…. Rewiring the Corporate Brain by Danah Zohar. For me, the word corporate refers to any organizational system grounded in a way of thinking…. which of course would include the belief system human beings have taken on in general. This belief system is the guiding light for ‘how to be’ in the world, yet this ‘guiding light’ is problematic as we experience it as static, controlling and limiting. I’d like to share some thoughts on control and the distorted concept of power that we hold.
In cybernetic theory, there is a theorem that attempts to bridge the living and machine worlds pointing out the limitations of too much control. It is known as the Von Foerster’s Theorem and reads as follows:
The more rigidly connected are the elements of a system,
the less influence they will have on the system as a whole. The
more rigid the connections, the more each element of the system
will exhibit a greater degree of “alienation” from the whole…
Consider this theorem from the body mind perspective. The “system” can refer to the entire body-mind. The “elements of a system” could refer to our thoughts and feelings. For “the more rigid the connections,” think hard-wired beliefs. “Alienation from the whole” could refer to the disconnect between head and heart due to rigid beliefs.
The more rigidly we hold to beliefs about ourselves… about others… our relationships… what’s possible at any moment… financial situations…. allowing for no deviation or options, the more ‘stuck’ or trapped we feel. Your body-mind system is trapped in a vicious no-win cycle of hopelessness.
The need to control others and situations is steeped in the deep fear of the unknown. This fear is born out of a belief that what we are is a physical body. We may try to convince ourselves otherwise, but bottom line…. we really believe we have a beginning and an end. When the body dies, so do we. Death lets us know our limitation, and we believe unequivocally that we are powerless in its face.
We do not trust. We fear. We can conjure up all sorts of things we fear and our life in some way reflects those fears back to us.
Fear alienates us from the Whole…. that which we truly are. Self mastery is fearlessness… being willing to live on the edge of one’s self… look into the face of fear… and see opportunity for expansion.
This is what you are ‘working towards’ as you work your way thru these lessons. This is not some mind-numbing exercise to ‘fix’ something. This is the most extraordinary work happening on the planet right now! Even more than medical research and scientific discoveries, the work of self mastery guarantees the highest, most loving results.
Can you let go of what you believe long enough to experience something new? How do you grow wings if you never attempt to fly? 🙂