Here is an excerpt from my book, SEVEN STEPS TO INNER POWER.  As you read through this, think about what it means to let go of dangerous attitudes and activities that cause us pain and suffering.    

Now let's look at another dimension of sacrifice - letting go of attitudes that block our progress.  Letting go of attitudes is just as essential as letting go of unhealthy activities or saying goodbye to people who hinder our progress.  In fact, unless you let go of certain attitudes, your physical letting go won't last very long.  This concept is related to the inner power step of purity.  When you let go of an attitude that is sabotaging who you want to be, you are also purifying your world of a habit pattern that has kept you hostage to limited thinking and limited living.

   

It's a common misconception that most of our attachments center on objects or people.  The truth is that our attitudes and feelings about objects are more binding than the objects themselves.  For example, we may become attached to an object, person, or situation (even if we complain about it) because we like feeling comfortable, we fear change, and we don't have the courage to take initiative on our own.  Maybe we stay with a domineering boyfriend, girlfriend, or employer, even though doing so is keeping us stuck in a rut.  In cases like these, fear is the real attachment, not the person.

If suddenly those people are removed from our lives but we still have not let go of our fundamental fears and have not developed the strength to stand up for ourselves, we'll just become attached to the next domineering boyfriend or girlfriend or employer that comes along - and continue to complain about them.  That's because the thoughts we keep in our mind rule over us as long as we allow them to stay there, and they continue to produce the same results.

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Here is an excerpt from my book, SEVEN STEPS TO INNER POWER.  As you read through this, think about what it means to be one of a kind.  Does this help to shed any clarity on your life goals?    

Your Silent Master is your real self, your original self.  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 (which is a sensory processor only) and the personality traits imposed on you from your environment.

I cannot emphasize enough how important it is to live by the truth that you are one of a kind.  As a child in training under my martial arts master, I would be in tears as I told him how my family was treating me - how they were pounding negative messages into my ears every day, telling me I was no good, I was bad luck, I was a tomboy, I was a curse, I was a disaster, I was never going to be happy, I could never be a martial artist and I was crazy to even think like that.

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No matter how much I wanted to get angry and fight when I heard those words, my master would say to me: "Just remember: You are one of a kind.  You are not your mother and you are not your grandmother.  Do not let their opinions or judgments or ideas affect who you can be, because you are not them.  You are unique.  Your mother has copied her lifestyle from your grandmother, as she was taught to do.  You say you want to become a practitioner of the martial arts - even a teacher.  No woman has ever done that.  So you need to accept that you are one of a kind and acknowledge it.  You need to believe that's who you are before you can convince anyone else."  He encouraged me to affirm that truth over and over.

Now it is my turn to tell you:  I know who you are. Now you have to know who you are.  You are one of a kind.  You are not just someone's son or daughter, brother or sister, mother or father.  You're not just an employee or manager at such and such a company.  We've all heard about people who lose their job or break up with their boyfriend or girlfriend and then lash out violently at others or even want to commit suicide because they believe their life is now finished.  Have you ever felt that way yourself?  Remember, your job, your relationships, what other people say about you is not who you are.  If someone doesn't appreciate who you are, you are still one of a kind with unlimited opportunity and potential.  No one can take that away from you - unless you allow them to.

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Here is an excerpt from my book, SEVEN STEPS TO INNER POWER.  As you read through this, think about times when you had an intuition and didn't act on it.  Did the intuition turn out to be correct?    

I said earlier that your Silent Master knows when a yin or yang action is called for to create balance.  Yet, how often do we find ourselves making the wrong move, increasing discord rather than eliminating it?  You may even have had moments when you said, "If only I had listened to myself, I wouldn't have done that."  You were probably right.  You may not be aware of it, but your Silent Master speaks to you very quietly at times through the faculty we call intuition.

 

When you have an intuition, it feels like an impulse to say or do something that suddenly pops into your conscious mind.  Generally, an intuition will feel like a right choice and will bring you a sense of serenity or peaceful resolution (even if you may not have wanted to do it.)  It may feel vague, as if it's not really your own thought, but it is.

This inner "voice" is actually your inner knowing.  It is your Silent Master's knowing attempting to penetrate your consciousness with its truth.  It does not necessarily speak softly; it only appears to do so because your surface thoughts and emotions noisily clamor for so much attention.  Clearly, if you could consistently be aware of these leadings from your Silent Master, you could make the right moves at the right time.

How can you develop greater awareness of this supremely intelligent, quiet voice?  Ideally, your awareness should be like a pool of still water.  Light travels easily into still water, enabling you to see right into the water.  However, when the wind blows and the water is agitated or when the water is polluted, you can't see clearly what's in it.  The same is true of our minds.  You can make your mind like a pool of still, clean water, undisturbed by turbulent surface thoughts, free from polluting feelings and emotions, so that the light of your Silent Master can travel easily into your awareness.

 

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Here is an excerpt from my book, SEVEN STEPS TO INNER POWER.  As you read this, think about a goal or something you want to overcome.  Do your images and thoughts support what you want to accomplish?  

You learned in the last chapter that it is important be responsible when forming your quality purpose and determination, the fourth principle of mental conduct.  Visualization is the first step in bringing forth your quality purpose, and you must exercise responsibility in what you imagine.  The mental images you form must absolutely support what you want to create, and you should visualize them with as much detail and clarity as possible.  If you give equal time to images contrary to your objective, it would be like trying to dig a hole and fill it at the same time - you'll make no progress.

Unfortunately, when we have idle time, many of us have a habit of running all sorts of negative pictures through our minds.  Knowing that your thinking will take form in one way or the other, you can see that if you hold in mind an image that stems from fear, for instance, you are energizing what you fear.  You are letting your fear put you in a prison of your own making.  Knowing also that visualization is a powerful part of the creative process, you can use this wonderful tool to lend positive momentum to achieving your goals.  Allow your mind to dwell only on those images that support you and others, and see how quickly things change.  And again, when negative thoughts and emotions arise, let them flow away from you as quickly as they come.

Keep in mind, too, that if your ideas are different from what everyone else around you seems to be thinking, it doesn't mean that you're wrong or that your ideas are not valuable.  Most flowers bloom in the sun and close at night.  But not all of them.  The moon flower is an exception.  We certainly cannot consider the moon flower to be "wrong" for blooming in the moonlight.  Each of us has our own purpose, our own unique contribution and exceptional beauty to express.  With balance as your armor, awareness as your shield, and visualization as your sword, you have three powerful tools to help you break through limitations and access your inner power to make your goals a reality.  

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