Updated: Aug 19
Day 227/366 days Towards Self-Mastery.
The need to know is one of our greatest limitations. It hijacks our creativity, stifles our imagination and undermines our inspired discovery of the new and the novel.
A love of learning new things has always been my leaning. Like a sponge I will soak up new knowledge and other's perceptions. When you have this desire to consume knowledge, discernment is key. It's your inner knowing, your imagination among other unnamed competencies that signal for you whether that knowledge is useful to you or best left alone.
In much of it you will find ways to express your own truth. Knowledge that resonates with what you know to be true and real supports you to express your own truth with more eloquence.
The trap is in finding yourself consuming knowledge that has no meaning for you, that has no purpose in your life. What is the point of that?
You will never use knowledge that has little meaning for you unless you are convinced of the superiority of another's capacity over your own. In that case you'll strive to meet that capacity and their ideals and your striving will be in vain.
We are not encouraged to allow our knowledge and imagination to grow in tandem yet that is where the magic resides.
Know what you know, by all means learn more about it from those who have gone before you, then daydream a little and allow your imagination to fill in the details.
Years and years of education dulls the imagination and is one of the greatest travesties of our times.
Allow your imagination to run free. Enable it to guide you, to enchant you, to inspire you.
“Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited to all we now know and understand, while imagination embraces the entire world, and all there ever will be to know and understand.” - Albert Einstein
366 days Towards Self-Mastery
When I considered my New Year's intentions for 2020 I had just one: To allow my heart to love what it loved...and let it lead me. (If not now, then when?)
I've spent months working on integrating my life. To live life more fully with my home life, my interests, my work, my responsibilities, all coming together, all connected. I want to give each the attention that they desire and need, and still have time and energy for the others. That means living and working from the heart.
As I was clearing out my bookshelf over the Christmas break I discovered Simple Abundance. I set it aside to explore it on New Year's Day as I lazed through another delicious day of nothingness. Sarah, the author, says this book is about living in grace. Living in grace I realised, is about Self-Mastery.
My thirst for understanding the human condition has driven me all my life, and hand-in-hand with self-mastery it has been a life-long goal. And seeing as I love to write, that living in grace is about self-mastery, and I love a bit of a challenge, then if I am truly going to let my heart lead, I really don't have any other choice. So scary as it feels, I'm starting out on a daily mission of leaning into the suggestions of this daybook and making a daily post to keep me accountable. If not now, then when?
I'm Josie. You can find out a little more about me here.
Simple Abundance: A Daybook of Comfort and Joy: by Sarah Ban Breathnach.
This book is written for the Australian and NZ market because it refers to seasonal changes. It's available on Amazon here if you'd like to follow along.