Updated: Mar 11
Day 48/366 days Towards Self-Mastery. Mood: animated
When it comes to exploring your inner terrain it's helpful to keep an open mind.
One of the bigger obstacles you'll face is the belief system around the authority of science to inform everything that is of value in life.
Especially helpful if you are a practical, grounded, not-so-spiritual type as I am, it will help you to explore philosophers and scientists that the mainstream likes to refer to as fringe.
You have to leave the certainty of your comfort to go into the wilderness of your dreams.
Today the challenge is to become an explorer
You will encounter your many fears and they will provide you with many challenges.
Realise that you will need to be an explorer, going on safari into the wilderness of the unknown.
The grief of realising who you were that was lost in the mayhem of life's rules and expectations, the conditioning that informs our actions from the get go, is surpassed by the grief of never knowing who you are at all.
Getting to some understandings of the quantum world of physics and mathematics, following researchers into field theory and exploring the world of Epigenetics showed me alternative ways of thinking about life and how it works. These explorations opened doors and helped me to make sense of my experiences.
Yes I've been criticised for subscribing to pseudoscience by those who prefer the safety of mainstream thinking. That's when your courage will be called upon.
It's very easy to lose heart, doubt yourself and stop searching to understand how you came to be where you are. To make sense of where you are going, and how you will take the moves, shifts and changes to activate your dreams, you have to realise that the popular version of life that you've been subscribing to hasn't delivered your dreams so far. The answer doesn't lie in subscribing to mainstream thinking.
It's an enormous obstacle to have to confront the fear of not being well regarded. And that is the very obstacle that is designed to keep you right where you are. You will never progress in your journey into the unknown world of your dreams and the exploration to find out what is truth for you, if you continue to be affected by those who would have you stay exactly as you are, subscribing to their point of view.
Explorers don't just sit there listening to others, the doubters and those hanging onto to their safe moorings, before they set off into the unknown. They take calculated risks, and set sail into the uncharted waters, and they surround themselves with the support they need. We need to do the same.
Life happens and we continue to evolve in spite of the advances in scientific research.
Science itself, more often than not, explores what is already known. That in itself should flag for you that you will be ahead of the game if you follow the experiences and ideas that resonate with you, get comfortable with not having all the answers, and with taking the next forward step.
Eventually you'll find that science catches up, slowly. It's always great when it does, but please, don't wait.
Get going and start your exploration. The life of your dreams is waiting for you.
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.