Down through the ages many masters have spoken of developing personal power. And their advice has always been the same - know thyself. They meant that the key to mastery over the outer world is gaining mastery over the inner self - to choose for ourselves what we think and how we feel. The rewards of developing such power are huge - personal happiness, peace of mind and worldly success. But developing this degree of mastery takes discipline. The journey to the inner self is not for the faint of heart.
My book, "Mind, Time and Power!" outlines a system for developing the power to transform various aspects of our lives, so we can decrease what makes us unhappy and increase what makes us happy.
As we study some new concepts, complete some mental exercises and practice some new techniques, we find that our awareness, control and power grows. We discover we really do have the ability to create conditions and circumstances of our choosing. The key to the entire process lies in using our mind in a way that may be quite different from what we have been taught before.
We live in two worlds
The first step is to realize that the mind operates simultaneously in two worlds - an outer, physical world of events and an inner, non-physical world of thoughts.
Like a cat sitting on a windowsill, our conscious awareness sits at the interface of both worlds. Sometimes our conscious attention is directed outward, to the physical world. At other times it's directed inward, to the world of our thoughts. If you're like me, you may have spent considerable time trying to make sense of the relationship between the world of the mind and the world of outer reality. But we have blind spots in both worlds, so it's not so easy to figure out. There are aspects of both of which worlds of which we are simply unaware.
At first glance the outer world seems separate from the inner world of the mind, but this is an illusion. The two are really just different aspects of one overall reality that reflects something deep within us. Our job is to figure out what that "something" is.
The connection between the inner world and the outer world
The outer world and the inner world are connected and our thinking is the connection between them. We are simultaneously experiencing our thoughts and experiencing our world. What we perceive in the outer world reflects what we conceive in the inner. Our beliefs about reality influence our experience of reality.
One clue to this connection is to explore the nature of our private, innermost feelings. Many people think our feelings occur because of what happens in the outer world.
That the outer world can affect the inner world may seem obvious -- something happens and we feel either good or bad about it -- but this simply another illusion. Our feelings are not caused by outer events but by the meaning we attach to them.
And… ultimately the meaning of any event is chosen by each of us, often unconsciously. Cultivating the skill of consciously giving any event a positive meaning should be one of our main tasks. Mastering this allows us to gain control over our thinking and our feelings.
What might not be so obvious is that the connection between the two worlds goes both ways. In other words, our thinking affects the outer world! The process that brings this about is quite subtle, but we can easily prove it to ourselves because any time we change an attitude the world shifts. Doing this with control can take considerable insight and awareness.
The good news is that to create our desires as physical realities we don't need to change the world. We need only change our thinking. The outer world is then transformed automatically, as an effect. Changing our thinking changes both your inner and outer worlds!
I'll have more to say on this topic in the near future.