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Readiness

In my book, The Silent Master: Awakening the Power Within:

1) Readiness

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There’s a story about a rabbit who fell into a hole in the woods.  He hopped up and down inside the hole time after time after time, trying so hard to get out, but never succeeding.  Many other woodland animals came and watched this show, feeling sorry for the rabbit and expressing all kinds of sympathy and concern.  But of course, that was no help.  Finally they all left.  The next day when they returned to continue watching, they found the rabbit sitting calmly by a tree covering the hole.  “You got out!” they exclaimed in amazement.  “How did you do that?”  “Well,” the rabbit replied, “there was this big tree falling down over the hole, and well…I had to.”

And so it is that many of us aren’t ready to discover our spiritual nature until we feel we have to.  Suddenly you may have a life-threatening illness, or perhaps experience some kind of loss.  At these times you generally feel the need to search for a way to cope and a deeper meaning to life.  You naturally turn within yourself, looking and listening for a feeling of something true and real.  That something is your real Self, your Silent Master consciousness.

This is why adversity can be a blessing in disguise.  It turns you to your true self, where you not only find healing, but more of your undiscovered potential as well.

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Whatever your motive for seeking your real Self, there are four things you must be willing to do if you are ready to seek and find your true Self.  You must be:

                    Willing to commit

                    Willing to change

                    Willing to have an open mind

                    Willing to take action

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The Four Stages of Self Discovery

In my book, The Silent Master: Awakening the Power Within:

The Four Stages of Self Discovery

Self-discovery is going on every moment of your life.  The question is:  Are you sitting in the driver’s seat?  That is, are you guiding the process so that you discover a self that has freedom, energy, and love?  Or are you discovering a more limited self every day?

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I have learned there are four basic stages in true self-discovery. These four stages may recycle over and over again as you grow and rise to higher levels of knowing yourself.  As a tree grows, doesn’t it create more than one branch?  To some extent, of course, the four stages may overlap or happen at the same time.  But for the sake of discussion, we can talk about them separately to see what the main challenges are at each stage.  I call the four stages of self-discovery:  Readiness, Energizing, Life Examination, and Rebirth. We will discuss these stages in depth in the following chapters, but for now we can just define them.

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The Seven Steps

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We first work to bring our body and mind as one so that we can apply and focus ourselves to learning.  So often we are distracted and unfocused.  In order to dedicate ourselves to self-discovery, we must unite our whole being in this task.

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Next, our second step inward is to seek the truth in ourselves and in the world around us.  We look at who we really are, not who others say we are.  This introspection helps us to discover both our strengths and weaknesses.  It also allows us to discover what our real goals are.  As we glimpse who we are, we discover the things we want to change in order to become who we want to be.

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The third step is purity.  As we recognize our fears and weaknesses we build the desire to remove these impurities.  Our goal is to purify our bodies, minds, and spirits from the chains we’ve imposed on them from our lifestyle, attitude, and environment.

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The fourth step is to learn to love ourselves with a pure, accepting, and spiritual love.  We build on ourselves–overcoming our weaknesses, developing our strengths, discovering our potential.  As we see ourselves through our inner eyes, a growing sense of beauty and acceptance forms within us, ultimately leading to inner peace and self-contentment.

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This love for ourselves multiplies our self-worth and makes our goals and development become priorities, so next we develop a loyalty to ourselves and our growth, to our beliefs, our purpose, and our path.

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Sacrifice is the sixth principle in our lives:  to eliminate unnecessary activities, and to make decisions about where to spend our energy, time, and money so that we achieve our goals.  We realize that many of the things we originally thought would be sacrifices turn out to be distractions sidetracking us from our ultimate goals.

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Finally, we develop patience.  Through the growing process of self-discovery we become more patient with ourselves and others.  We learn to be content with the path we choose, our direction, and our progress.  We stop living for tomorrow and live and breathe the journey right now, weathering life’s surprises and disappointments, remaining at peace with our direction and ourselves.

 

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The Seven Steps to Self-Discovery

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If your life is not filled with forms that are as pure and true as you’d like them to be, be assured that even these negative pictures have a purpose.  The negatives in your life simply show you where your thinking can be corrected, where your beliefs need to be examined, and where you can take positive action to change your environment.  Any disharmony, any illness, limitation, unhappiness, or tragedy is an opportunity to open to the reality of your True Self, to tap into your ever-present Silent Master consciousness within.  It’s an opportunity to start on a journey of true self-discovery.

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And what are the goals of this journey?  The discovery of peace and joy.  The discovery of inner power, healing, and freedom!  Whatever path develops for you when you make the decision to discover your true self starts you on the way to the goal of freedom.

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There are seven qualities – or principles – that are the foundation of the path of self-discovery.  No matter how your path progresses for you specifically, or whatever individual conditions you develop, these principles remain the same for everyone.  They are the basis of all creative power.   These qualities are:  Body and Mind As One, Truth, Purity, Love, Loyalty, Sacrifice, and Patience.  In developing these qualities, you bring your Silent Master consciousness to bear on all aspects of your life.  The Silent Master consciousness is a mover and shaper, and because you are one with this consciousness, you have freedom to re-shape or transform your life.

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Body, Mind, and Spirit Are One

In my book, The Silent Master: Awakening the Power Within:

The translation of Jung SuWon is body, mind, and spirit as one.  This concept of unity stands behind one of the basic elements of Jung Su Won teaching, namely:

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The best material self you can be

is always a picture of

your True Self,

your pure spiritual being.

Your material self is a reflection of your true Self because they are one and the same!  If you are reading this book, you most likely have made the choice to discover the truth about yourself and your life.  We will be looking at ways to purify and strengthen your mind so it can bring forth the forms you desire in the purest and best way.  Your body, as well as everything you experience, is influenced by your thoughts and emotions.  The more purely and truly your thoughts and emotions mirror your Silent Master consciousness, the more effectively you can respond to any limiting factors or obstacles.  You will learn to use the power of your own mind to make choices and take actions which create the changes and improvements you wish to see in your body and environment.

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Your Own Thoughts Can Be Your Worst Enemy

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What do you keep in your mind most of the time?  Isn’t it true we are mainly focused on our physical self and our physical life?  Thinking about a spiritual Self that seems to be outside the concerns of your physical life may seem impractical and unrealistic.  But once we understand that this spiritual Self is the creative energy behind our life, we might take a different attitude!Tae Yun Kim

Discovering your Silent Master gives you power to shape your life and create your world far beyond your physical powers.  In so doing, you can change from feeling passive, vulnerable, and stagnant to feeling joyous, free, and creative.

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Most of us are so preoccupied with our physical pursuits – our marriages, our jobs, the kids’ education, politics, the evening news, the economy and so on – that we don’t think in terms of self-development, much less self-discovery.  If we don’t understand how we are responsible for creating our environment, we may not feel motivated to take responsibility for the quality of our thinking. We may vaguely feel that the world is just “out there,” and we try our best just to survive.  We may feel isolated, unimportant, and separate, believing that we have no real or significant role to play in the world. Sometimes it isn’t until some sort of tragedy or illness strikes that we are motivated to dig deeper into who we really are and what we can accomplish.

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Self-discovery is actually going on all the time, whether you realize it or not.  With or without tragedy or illness, every minute of your life is some sort of self-discovery.  That’s because everything you think, say and do every minute is reflecting your present concept of yourself.  Your life is a picture of who you think you are.  How very important, then, to know who you really are.

 

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Self-Discovery Creates Freedom

In my book, The Silent Master: Awakening the Power Within:

 

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For example, one of my students was working in a very low paying factory job where he was bored and unhappy.  When I asked him why he was there he replied that he “couldn’t do what he wanted to do.”  Having this belief, he was afraid to even try something else.  It turned out what he wanted to do – work with computers – simply required specialized training he hadn’t accomplished.

His belief that he “couldn’t do what he wanted to do” was simply a limited belief – nothing more.  By examining and questioning this fear, he was able to prove that his true self was far more unlimited than his self-concept.  Then by getting the training and developing a plan of action he was finally able to obtain the job and salary that he desired.  In a matter of a few years – and lots of hard work – his salary climbed in increments from $18,000 to $70,000.  But even more importantly, along with this process he gained the self-confidence and self-esteem that had been missing.  How he felt about himself had changed.  His self-image had changed.  Feeling differently about himself, he was therefore better able to communicate his ideas to people and they now responded to him quite differently, with more respect.  This is a good example of how self-discovery creates freedom.

You may ask: if my Silent Master – my true self – is already what I am, why do I not know it?  Why is my life not automatically perfect and happy?
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Because you have free will, you can look away from Truth and hold any idea you wish in your own consciousness. Your free will allows you to stay in any environment you wish, even one that hurts you. The student just mentioned, for example, was free to believe that he couldn’t have the career he wanted, and free to work in a boring, limited job that didn’t utilize his true abilities.  But he was also free to change that belief and to put his true talents to work, and he did just that.

 

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You Express the Qualities of Your Silent Master

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Your Silent Master consciousness is pure creative energy.  Since It is your mind, you possess creative energy as well.  Your Silent Master is a Mind of ideas that turn into physical forms.  So when you hold these ideas, you become a co-creator with Life and help manifest these ideas into form with your mind. Because your Silent Master is pure love, it does not contain ideas that harm, hurt, or destroy.  You are naturally one with this love, and you can have ideas that build and create, with feelings of joy, peace, and harmony.

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Your Silent Master is not something mysterious or far away.  It’s as close as your own mind because it is your own mind.  In self-discovery you begin to see which ideas proceed from your Silent Master and which “ideas” are coming from your limited self-concept.  You can choose to create forms that bring true happiness and true fulfillment instead of forms that end in self-sabotage and self-destruction.

 

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Your Real Self is the Silent Master Consciousness 

In my book, The Silent Master: Awakening the Power Within:

You possess a consciousness within you that I call the Silent Master.  Your Silent Master is the part of you that is connected to the same creative Life Force that made the universe.  This consciousness works creatively to form your life and your world when you act in harmony with it.

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There are six Silent Master Images that describe who you truly are.  The first image, at the beginning of this chapter, says that your Silent Master is “your Real Self, your original Self.”  This means you’re an original! You never have to be a copy of someone else.  You were born for a special purpose, with all the abilities and attributes you need to fulfill this purpose and to completely be who you are.  Let’s call this original self your true Self. This original self does not feel itself to be shy or believe it can’t sing.  This self knows it has unlimited intelligence.
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How do you discover your true purpose and where do you find this true Self?  The Silent Master Image answers this question:  “It expresses Itself through your thinking, through true Ideas and Thoughts in your mind. It is your eternal selfhood that exists apart from your brain…”  You find your Silent Master in your own mind, where you hold thoughts and feelings.  You are your true Self when your thoughts and feelings come from the purity of your Silent Master consciousness, and not from the many limited beliefs you’ve been calling your “self.”

Your Silent Master is your original Self that existed before you started building your personality traits.  This pure Self is your own mind, and as you tune in to this part of yourself, you become aware of some simple truths.  Let’s take a look at some of them.

 

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How Did You Get Where You Are Now? continued

In my book, The Silent Master: Awakening the Power Within:

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Just as your environment has helped to create your self-concept, so has the pattern and quality of your thinking.  Of course, there are times when we make an effort to think positively, regardless of conditions in our environment.  But a lot of negative thinking slips by us–sometimes “silently”–in the way we “talk” to ourselves.  “I can’t do this,” we think to ourselves.  “I’ll never be able to do that, I’ll always be fat, I’m too shy to speak up, I can’t sing…” Strongly believing these things, we never give ourselves the opportunity to discover who we really are.  We rarely stop and question our assumptions. Are we really this way?  Where did those thoughts come from?  When did we start believing these things, and why?
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When I tell the person who is too shy to speak in front of people that he may be mistaken about his lack of ability, he might say, “You’re wrong.  The proof that I’m too shy is that I can’t do it!”  Or I might hear from another, “the proof that I can’t sing is that I can’t sing!”  Or, “the proof that I’m poor in school is that I get poor grades!”

But this isn’t proof at all.  Here’s what it really is.  Somewhere, some time, these people starting believing these assumptions.  There could be lots of reasons why.  Usually the reasons go back to some person, some group, or some authority figure from their main environment, like a parent or teacher or relative.  When you’re young and dependent, you pretty much have to accept what these authority figures tell you, and you create your personality and expectations for yourself based on these outside opinions.

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When you’re young, you don’t have the freedom to simply leave your environment, and you probably don’t have the power to change it even if you want to.  When you become an independent adult, however, you can exercise the power of choice to make changes.  In the Jung SuWon training that I teach, we never regard an unfortunate past as an excuse to continue negative thinking in the present.  The power to produce change depends on making choices right now – in spite of the past – that lead to achieving your goals.

 

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