The road to self-mastery can be short or long depending on the psyche of the individual. In the Christian tradition it says we need only have Christ in our hearts to find everlasting life. Translating this…if we think it, know it, believe it to be true…Anything is possible. Whether Christ is the person or Christ is the level of consciousness, one has the ability to adopt Christ-consciousness.
Elevating our consciousness, the journey of life becomes free-flowing and effortless. As we paint the Canvas of Life to our liking, more opportunities of abundance emerge. It is at this level we find self-Love and self-gratitude, projecting into worldly Love and Worldly gratitude. It is through our self-love we become in Love with all Peoples. Similarly, through self-gratitude, we find gratitude for the greater whole. Through our willingness and experiences, we gain knowledge of truths…failure to openness with minimal experiences, we are left in uncertainty.
The longer journey…is uncertainty. When we doubt ourselves, or build walls of self sabotage, our journey to self-mastery becomes greater. Whether you master the piano, sports, or whatever, it is through these facets we find self-mastery.
It is not necessarily the games we play, food we cook, friends we have, it is merely self-realization. When we come to a realization we are all of the above…boundaries dissolve.
Years ago, I was invited to join a masters program at a local martial arts studio. Politely I declined. As I have come to a place of knowing my arts not through the papers or certifications but my actions throughout my day. My training is no longer with physical brawn but with brains and spirit. Through my actions I can either raise someone up or kick them to the curb. Today I choose…to no longer push another down.
No matter what they throw at me, I declare peace. No matter what they offer me, I accept only Love in return. ~Ani Po
So where does one begin? Where does one find this road to self-mastery? This is the easy part…with a single step. With every step forward may it be in awareness of where we have traveled, where we are going and most importantly where we are at this given moment. It is through our past and our hopes for the future, we find ourselves caught in the moment. Caught in a moment of time, creating a life made only for the self. This is our time to shine…time to make that first step…
Stepping into the Canvas towards Self-mastery. With every step, we are freed. Free from the past and free to step in the direction of our most desired. It is our Canvas and we are responsible for filling it…why not paint the masterpiece you have always dreamed of?