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The True Goal of Self-Discovery

In my book, The Silent Master: Awakening the Power Within, I talk about self-discovery:

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The true goal of self-discovery is to find freedom and happiness. If you are not happy right now, if you do not have the freedom you desire, it’s only because you’re not aware of the power within you to joyfully fulfill your meaningful goals and true desires.  Freedom means you don’t have to be a victim of your environment!  Whatever the circumstances you are born into, or whatever circumstances develop around you as you go through life, freedom means you use your power to take charge of your life and direct your path.  And yes, you do have the power!

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Some aspects of life are unavoidable.  You didn’t choose the family or the environment into which you were born, for example.  You didn’t choose many of the abuses, conflicts or crises that may have occurred over the years.  And you will inevitably experience sickness in some form, old age, and death.  But you don’t have to regard these things as excuses for continuing unhappiness and failure.  Instead, you can decide that right now you will produce change in your life, and that you will live your life as fully as you can–with as much love and happiness as you can.

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Self-Discovery Means Learning to Live Free

Here is an extremely insightful question about our lives in my book, The Silent Master: Awakening the Power Within ~ Do I want the next five years to be like the last five?

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If your answer to the above question is no, then you are ready to begin a journey of self-discovery.  The feeling of “faking it” or “missing it” comes from not knowing who you really are.  When you discover your true self, you feel the natural desires and aspirations that will guide you into a happy and fulfilling life.  You come to know a peace and joy that lives with you no matter what your material circumstances are.

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Our thoughts and feelings are pure energy. Whatever we think about consciously and subconsciously manifests in our daily life in one form or another. This means that all the negative thoughts, self-limitations, and doubts we have about ourselves will hold us back from reaching our true self, the person we are born to be. On the other hand, positive attitudes, constructive action, and the pure thoughts and feelings we have will create a very different life of peace and freedom. So, on the journey of discovering your true self, one of the most important tool you’ll take with you is your attitude.

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Freedom is Your Birthright, continued

Here is something I wrote about Freedom, in my 2nd book, The Silent Master: Awakening the Power Within~

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Ask yourself these questions:  Have the past five years of your life brought you what you want out of life?  Were you focused on a goal and going somewhere special?  Or were you just drifting, only to find out today, five years later, that your time was mostly wasted?

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Maybe you’ve never asked this question before, so you might reply without thinking, “I guess I have what I want.”  Or, maybe you know right now your answer is, “Are you kidding?  No way!”  Think about it and ask yourself now.  Are you really excited about getting up every morning?  Do you have a career that fulfills you?  Do you have love in your life?  Do you have a warm and peaceful feeling inside that makes you glad to just be alive, no matter what?

Or do you have a vague feeling that you’re somehow “faking it” in your life, as though you’ve never really known who you are, or all you can do, or why you’re here?  Do you have a feeling that you’ve missed really living your life, that you’re just doing what you can to survive?

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When you have your answer, here’s something else to keep in mind:  the next five years will be just the same.  So you need to ask another question right now.  Do I want the next five years to be like the last five?


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Freedom is Your Birthright

In the book, The Silent Master: Awakening the Power Within, I write about Freedom:


You were born to be free!  Just as nature is full of wildlife that is born in freedom, you, too, are meant to live free.  You are a part of nature, too.  And there is no greater freedom than to be the master of your own destiny.  There is no greater happiness than to be who you are in truth–not a copy or an imitation of someone else, but rather your own original self.

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When you know who you are, you experience yourself as unique, one-of-a-kind.  You have a special place and a special purpose in being here.  No one can take your place in life or in the universe.  When you know who you really are, you become free because you realize you can be in charge of your life.  You learn to use the natural power within you to realize your true desires, to set meaningful goals for yourself and to fulfill them successfully.

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False Concepts

In my book, Seven Steps to Inner Power, I encourage us to ask ourselves a very fundamental question: “Who am I?”  From there, the book guides us through the steps needed to truly be able to answer that question.  One key step is to “make the decision to begin replacing the false concepts about yourself with the knowledge of your true being.”

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I found the words “false concepts” resonated deeply within me.  In my own journey to be able to answer “Who am I?”, I’ve been recognizing that my inner dialog is nearly 100% false concepts about myself.  What I say to myself in my mind hasn’t been very kind.  Saying to myself “Oh, you look like crap” each time I see my reflection isn’t very healthy for me.  Or, not feeling confident that I can get projects at work done.  Or, not wanting to approach people to talk to them at social functions.  Those are all false concepts, yet thinking that way was almost as automatic to me as breathing.


As soon as I started to recognize how poor the quality of my thinking was, l then made the decision that I had to change.  I learned that I can take charge of my thinking!  It didn’t happen overnight, bad habits seem to take a whole lot longer to break than to acquire.  And, once I was well on the path to truly changing my thinking, I experienced the same exact surge of energy and relaxation that   talks about on the topic of “Releasing Weaknesses Releases Your Energy.”  Getting rid of my negative inner dialog really changed my life for the better.  Not only do I see the beauty in myself as the person that I am meant to be, I am also able to see beauty in those around me.

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Doing Good to All, Galatians 6

I recently shared this Bible passage in one of my coaching classes.

Galatians 6 New International Version (NIV)

Doing Good to All

Brothers and sisters, if someone is caught in a sin, you who live by the Spirit should restore that person gently. But watch yourselves, or you also may be tempted. Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ. If anyone thinks they are somethingwhen they are not, they deceive themselves. Each one should test their own actions. Then they can take pride in themselves alone, without comparing themselves to someone else, for each one should carry their own load. Nevertheless, the one who receives instruction in the word should share all good things with their instructor.

Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. Whoever sows to please their flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction; whoever sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life. Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. 10 Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.

This passage speaks to me of watching out for my loved ones and helping those that are in need.  At the same time, I need to make sure that I’m conducting myself humbly.

A lot of times, I notice someone saying something out of line, or doing something that could later lead to problems, but I don’t step forward to say anything.  I tend to feel like I don’t want to speak up because I might hurt that person’s feelings.  But, this is a really backward way of thinking!


If I see a friend doing something wrong, I’m supposed to reach out and help them!  Why would I ever think that keeping quiet would bring any benefits?  If I saw a friend walking out into traffic, I’d for sure yell out to them, chase after them and do everything I could to save their life.  When I see someone doing something that is potentially damaging, but not immediately life threatening, I should treat it with the same urgency.


This passage also says in verse 1, “But watch yourselves, or you may also be tempted.”  To me, this means that as I’m trying to help someone else, I have to watch myself, or I could fall into the same problem that I’m trying to help my friend get out of.  Verse 3 says, “If anyone thinks they are something when they are not, they deceive themselves.”  This tells me that I have to keep myself in check to make sure I don’t become arrogant in my attempts to help others.  I can’t forget that I also make mistakes and also need help from others.

These are tenets of life that I can apply in so many areas – not just with family and friends, but with all that I interact with.

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Emotions don’t come out of nowhere

Here is an important point to help you understand your emotions.  Emotions don’t come out of nowhere;  they follow your thoughts.  The positive and negative emotions you feel are a result of an idea your have first.  If you are feeling the emotion of anger, the thought creating the emotion may be something like, I am thwarted; I am being deceived; I don’t get my way.  The feeling of affection may be created by, I value this person’s honesty;  I desire to express my appreciation.

Sometimes, however, your emotions do appear to come out of nowhere, and sometimes they seem to conflict with what you’re thinking.  You may say, “I’m thinking as positively as I can about this situation, but I’m still depressed.  What’s wrong?  If thought creates emotion, how is it possible to have emotions that conflict with our thinking?  The answer is, you my have formed invisible thoughts that are now creating emotions.

Are you paying attention to your inner dialog?
Are you paying attention to you environment and surroundings?
Are there people around that are influencing you in a negative way?
Pay attention.

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