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Don’t resent…

Here is an excerpt from my book, The Silent Master: Awakening the Power Within:

How so? Let’s take a closer look at what you hold in your mind when you allow resentment to dwell there. When you say “it isn’t fair,” you’re overlooking the fact that thoughts and emotions create everything that exists for you. Don’t misunderstand when I say this: you don’t get what you deserve in this instance; you get what you are. Whether or not you think you deserve something is not important. The feeling of deserving something is often a matter of human judgment, which can be faulty. What you are in your thinking is important because that’s where the creative power is. When that person got the promotion you wanted, it means she helped create it or attract it. Just because she got that particular position, doesn’t mean you won’t get one commensurate with your worth. But at that moment, that person manifested the job instead of you. By resenting it, you’re saying you don’t have power to create your own situation. You’re denying your own power, and giving it to the other person instead.

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Resentment is an Attachment

Here is an excerpt from my book, The Silent Master: Awakening the Power Within:

Let’s take resentment. This is a common mental attachment most of us have to deal with some time or other. And it really is an attachment. If you think about the last time you were resentful, you probably thought you had every right and every good reason to feel that way, and it didn’t occur to you to give it up. Most likely you were completely unaware how your attachment to this attitude is quite destructive.

Let’s say someone else got the promotion you thought you deserved. Maybe you became resentful, and felt something like: It isn’t fair. That person isn’t as good as I am. I should have that job, not her. And maybe you even thought:, I hope this person fails, because they don’t deserve it. Then you allowed these thoughts to roll around in your mind with lots of strong feeling attached, and you probably felt very justified because you felt you were so right.

The fact is, the feeling of resentment is totally unnecessary, and by feeling it, you put yourself in your own prison. You take away your ability to create your own good.

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Attachments Can Be Obstructive

Here is an excerpt from my book, The Silent Master: Awakening the Power Within:

Perhaps you’ll agree with me that the student who concentrated on the “sin” would be more likely to give in to temptation. Why? Because he demonstrated that sin and temptation were more powerful in his mind than purity. How did he demonstrate that? By keeping the sin active in his mind, where it could easily take form someday. He could have chosen instead to concentrate on purity, as his master did, but in this case, he let the sin be more vivid to him.

Attachments Can Be Obstructive

Since you know that your thoughts and emotions help create your environment, here’s a warning: if your thought, emotion, or attitude binds you to a person or a particular situation, you make change impossible. What are the ties that bind? Anger, hate, resentment, criticism, jealousy, lust, hurt (self pity), to name just a few. It’s a common misconception that most of our attachments center on objects, and that we have to get rid of attachments. The truth is, our attitudes and feelings about the objects are more binding than the objects themselves.

For example, we may feel attached to an object or person or situation because we like feeling comfortable and fear change. In this case fear is the attachment, not the object itself. If we fear the unknown, then we tend to cling to what we have, and remain afraid of anything new. Unfortunately, we will even cling to something that hurts us, whether it’s an object or an attitude.

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A Story of a Master and His Student, continued…

Here is an excerpt from my book, The Silent Master: Awakening the Power Within:

This story shows how the thoughts we keep in our mind can rule over us as long as we allow them to stay there. The master who was able to let go of the action he took to help the woman had a pure mind. He understood that the purpose of the vow not to touch a woman was to help keep his mind free of sexual desire. Since his intent was simply to show compassion, and not to feel sexual desire, he knew that he was not being impure and not breaking the spirit of his vow to help the woman. Naturally, under these special circumstances, it was easy to let go of the action he took once it was completed.

The student who chose to mull over the situation, criticizing, resenting, did not demonstrate the same purity of mind. He didn’t look any deeper than the surface of the situation to see the purity of his master’s action, and instead he looked only at the “sin.” As a result, he couldn’t let go of the scene in his mind.

If the master and student were presented with a real temptation to give in to a seductive woman, who do you think would be more likely to do it – the master who seemed to go against his vow to touch a woman, or the student who made such an issue out of the “sin?”

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The Story of a Master and His Student

Here is an excerpt from my book, The Silent Master: Awakening the Power Within:

There’s a story of A Master and His Student I like to tell that illustrates how we choose the content of our mind, and how we must not let our thoughts rule over us.

A master and his student were traveling through the country to reach their temple. One of the vows in their sect was to never touch a member of the opposite sex.  When they came to a stream, they found a young maid who was stranded, unable to cross the river.  She was desperate to reach the other side.  Feeling compassion, the master picked up the woman and carried her to other side.  He then traveled on with his student, but in silence, because his companion had turned sullen and withdrawn.  After several miles, the student was unable to hold back his anger. “How could you do that?” he blurted out without disguising his disapproval and anxiety. “Haven’t you always taught me never to touch a woman?  And now, without a thought, you do the very thing you taught me is wrong.  Surely you have sinned.”  The master remained calm and serene. “I left the woman on the bank of the river,” he replied. “Why are you still carrying her?”

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Detachment Means Controlling Your Mind

Here is an excerpt from my book, The Silent Master: Awakening the Power Within:

Self Discovery means you will always have to be questioning your priorities, readjusting them, and then letting go of what you don’t want, even if it’s comfortable and familiar. This will affect your relationships and your environment as well. For example, if you find you’re holding onto a house or some other piece of personal property that keeps you from taking an action you truly desire, you may have to intelligently and consciously let it go.

Detachment Means Controlling Your Mind

Letting go of attitudes is just as important as letting go of physical things. In fact, unless you let go of certain attitudes, your physical letting go won’t last very long.

Sometimes it seems easier to use your will power to change physical habits than to change mental habits. You can control your body with your own will power to make your body carry out your wishes, but your mind seems to act all by itself: thoughts and pictures seem to come and go without your invitation or consent. You have to learn to treat your thoughts and mental images as though they are subject to your control.

Whatever you hold in your mind in the present moment tends to be created in your life. Are you holding onto yesterday’s grief, anger, and resentment or fear and depression about tomorrow? Only by strictly observing the content of your mind can you control the thoughts which will take form as your reality.

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This is where self-discipline comes in…

Here is an excerpt from my book, The Silent Master: Awakening the Power Within:

What happens with every new birth you experience?  Something old dies.  This is the way it has to be.  When you change, the old and the new cannot exist side by side.  If transforming yourself sometimes has a price, this is it: You don’t always get to keep what’s familiar. When you start something new, it isn’t always comfortable or easy to let go of the past. You may want to lose weight, and maybe you’ve started to do so. But how do you respond when you realize that now the old eating habits have to go – permanently – in order to win your goal? Or maybe you want to enjoy a new circle of friends you could meet at night school, but how easy is it to give up the old circle of friends who presently claim all your time?

This is where self-discipline comes in – when you are ready for a transformation. You will sometimes have to consciously and intelligently choose to let go of some person or situation in order to pursue your true goals. Are you familiar with the story of the monkey who has his hand on some food inside a hole? Suddenly, he sees something he wants more, outside the hole. But he can’t grasp the new object because he doesn’t realize he has to let go of the object inside the hole to get his hand out. He keeps pulling and tugging trying to get his hand out, and doesn’t realize he won’t succeed until he lets go.

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Detachment Means Letting Go

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Detachment Means Letting Go

When we talk about the ability to let go, we can view it on two levels: physical and mental. Both are related, of course, because your physical life is a picture of your mental life. Detachment means letting go of both outer material things and inner attitudes. First, let’s consider what detachment means in your outer physical life.

Remember that your thoughts and emotions help create the environment you live in. When you allow new ideas – or new concepts or new expectations – to live in your mind and feelings, this tends to create new situations in your environment. Once you tune into your own Silent Master, you will more often feel desires and inclinations that reflect your true purpose. These desires and inclinations may be totally different from everything you’ve experienced before, and may take form as big changes in your life. This is because your goals necessarily change, your priorities change, and you take very different actions than before. Every time you conquer a fear or overcome a weakness you become a different person – a more true and powerful person.

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Loyalty

Here is an excerpt from my book, The Silent Master: Awakening the Power Within:

LOYALTY

Loyalty is the self discipline that allows you to always remain committed to yourself and your goals. I emphasize the inner power step of Loyalty during the rebirth phase of Self Discovery, because all kinds of distractions may tempt you away from your goals; only if you love yourself enough to remain totally disciplined and loyal to yourself can you win your victory.

Self discipline is like a sharp sword that cuts away the attachments which keep you from being loyal to yourself. When you are disloyal, don’t you respond to something that has a hold on you? You could never be disloyal – to you or anyone or anything – unless there was something that was attached to you that you let have power.

You must be able to clearly identify those things that tempt you or that have power over you. Olympic athletes in training become aware of what interferes with their workouts and avoid these distractions. A person indulging in destructive jealous behavior, for example, must identify and understand the reasons for the jealousy in order to correct the condition. So awareness is a very important partner to self discipline.

Self discipline is the way you detach from the things that exercise power over you. You must be the center of power, not things in your relationships or your environment. As you develop self discipline, you will need to develop the quality of detachment (see Chapter Four).

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What is Self Discipline?

Here is an excerpt from my book, The Silent Master: Awakening the Power Within:
Whether the fierce wind was a bad force or a good force – an obstacle or a help – was up to the bird. He made the choice. Since he chose not to regard the wind as an undefeatable obstacle, Love, as it always will, empowered him to transform the situation. When the bird was lifted above the storm, he experienced the results of his own disciplined thinking, attitude, and expectations. If he had responded to his first set of thoughts, feelings and expectations, he would have dropped to the ground and never met his true love at the end of the journey.

Just as storms appear in nature and temporarily cover the sun, emotional storms will appear in your life and temporarily cover your Love. So how do you discover the Love behind your storms and obstacles? Through self discipline.

Self discipline is the way you respond to obstacles and challenges. Self discipline means making good choices, so that you don’t stray from your goals when the going gets tough.

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