Here is an excerpt from my book, SEVEN STEPS TO INNER POWER, where I discuss the real you waiting to be unleashed:

Moving from a limited sense of self to tapping into the power of your unlimited self does require a change, and change can be frightening.  If you want to live up to your full power and potential, however, you will have to change.  When we've been sleeping in the dark, our eyes are used to the darkness.  So when someone suddenly draws back the curtain and the daylight comes flooding in, don't we pull the covers over our head and moan, "Close that curtain!  You're hurting my eyes!"  The bright light causes discomfort at first, even pain, but that feeling eventually goes away.  In the same way, your limited self may be accustomed to living in comfortable darkness.  If you are willing to experience the initial discomfort that the light brings, you will soon grow accustomed to the brightness and see a whole new world illumined by the light.

As you open to a new way of seeing and being, new opportunities will come.  Yes, challenges will come your way too - challenges within and without.  That is part of life's journey.  Yet, as we learn in the martial arts and as you'll see examples of in this book, you can use a force coming your way to your benefit.  You can learn to ride the wave of those challenges to create greater growth, mastery, and overcoming.  In fact, it is in facing those challenges that you will learn the most about yourself.

The way of the warrior on the path to inner power is to realize who you are in truth and to demonstrate it, a process of evolution that continues throughout your life.  The work of the warrior is joyous and every encounter is an adventure.  As a warrior, you know that the obstacles and limitations you confront are destined to fall because they were never a part of your real self.

No matter what challenges arise, you are never alone.  Your inner strength is waiting for you right now.  Your courage and creativity are waiting for you  Your excitement and dedication and discipline are waiting for you.  All these qualities and more are part of your support team, waiting to be unleashed.  I know you may not be used to feeling that these qualities are a part of you, and you might have some fear about what your life will be like when you step out of your comfort zone.  But I promise you that you will love the sense of freedom, peace, and purpose that comes when you meet who you really are.  Are you ready to experience the real you?

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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.

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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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I recently shared this bible passage.
The Healing at the Pool, John 5:1 - 15
RUNDOWN:  Jesus heals an invalid, who doesn’t know who Jesus is and doesn’t show gratitude.
HOW THIS HELPED ME:  Recognizing that my weaknesses can feel comfortable to me, therefore blinding me to not address them.  I need to see things as they truly are and address what needs to be addressed.

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This is a story about an invalid who had been disabled for 38 years.  Jesus came upon this man when he was at a pool where disabled people would lay.  Jesus asked him if he wanted to get well. Instead of answering with a resounding "yes" or "no", the invalid complained that there is no one that would help him.  Jesus went ahead and healed the man.

 

This story is important to me because I had to wonder if the invalid really wanted to be healed or not.  After 38 years, it would seem that some progress might be made, or at least attempted.  Instead of answering with a resounding "YES!!!", the invalid seemed more interested in complaining about his life.  This shows me that I too can be quite comfortable with my discomfort.  I too can choose to sit on my butt and complain rather than actually take action to make things change.

 

I also wondered why the invalid didn't seem to express any gratitude.  Dr. Tae Yun Kim answered this by saying that he was so comfortable with his problems, he didn't really want to be healed, because then he would have to change.

 

I look at my own challenges and see there are some that I actively strive to overcome, and others that I choose to complain and be complacent about.  How do I differentiate between challenges to work on overcoming and those to complain about?  I have no idea.  Maybe it is the perceived effort involved, maybe it is how deep the challenges are, I'm still not sure.  What I am sure about is that if I don't do something to change, things will be the same 5, 10, 20 years from now.

 

It's my life, I'm the only one that can take charge.  I can get guidance and advice from others, but I'm the one that needs to step forward to make it happen.

 

Even after Jesus healed the invalid, the invalid didn't know who it was that healed him.  Jesus found the man later and told the man that now he is well again, stop sinning or something worse might happen to him.

 

While I'm not 100% sure what sins Jesus was referring to, this spoke to me of having gratitude and not going back to old ways.  If I overcome a challenge, then go back to my old ways, that means I'm essentially turning my back on myself.  I'm going backwards, not forwards.

 

ACTUAL TEXT FROM BIBLE:

The Healing at the Pool

1 Some time later, Jesus went up to Jerusalem for one of the Jewish festivals. 2 Now there is in Jerusalem near the Sheep Gate a pool, which in Aramaic is called Bethesda and which is surrounded by five covered colonnades. 3 Here a great number of disabled people used to lie—the blind, the lame, the paralyzed. 5 One who was there had been an invalid for thirty-eight years. 6 When Jesus saw him lying there and learned that he had been in this condition for a long time, he asked him, “Do you want to get well?”

7 “Sir,” the invalid replied, “I have no one to help me into the pool when the water is stirred. While I am trying to get in, someone else goes down ahead of me.”

8 Then Jesus said to him, “Get up! Pick up your mat and walk.” 9 At once the man was cured; he picked up his mat and walked.

The day on which this took place was a Sabbath, 10 and so the Jewish leaderssaid to the man who had been healed, “It is the Sabbath; the law forbids you to carry your mat.”

11 But he replied, “The man who made me well said to me, ‘Pick up your mat and walk.’ ”

12 So they asked him, “Who is this fellow who told you to pick it up and walk?”

13 The man who was healed had no idea who it was, for Jesus had slipped away into the crowd that was there.

14 Later Jesus found him at the temple and said to him, “See, you are well again. Stop sinning or something worse may happen to you.” 15 The man went away and told the Jewish leaders that it was Jesus who had made him well.

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

"This story shows what I mean about your high energy being drained away if you don't consciously prevent it. You must avoid being overconfident when you start to make progress in increasing your energy in order to prevent setbacks. Self confidence is an important part of expressing your energy positively and constructively, but you must never be so confident that you let down your guard unwisely. This student relaxed his state of mind because he wasn't aware of how fast energy can be brought down without a lot of guarding this caused him to sink to a lower state. He learned a great lesson from this experience, and realized he had more work to do in protecting a pure state of mind.

As you go down the path of true Self Discovery, your own Silent Master consciousness will give you direction on where to direct your energy and how to purify it. You will find yourself leaning naturally towards certain kinds of food, desiring certain types of exercise, and inclining towards specific activities. These desires will feel quite compelling sometimes, a feeling that you positively must do a particular thing. But you will also have a feeling of peace and harmony about the direction you take.

Be willing to change direction at any time to respond to the guidance of the Love energy within you. This listening will be an important aspect of the life examination process, which we discuss in the next chapter.”

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Eating Is an Energy Exchange

"When you prepare and eat food, you are harnessing the energy in the vegetables, grains, or meat to interact with your energy, thereby creating more energy. Naturally you want to always eat the best quality food you can. But some people ask me what to do when they're traveling and just have to eat junk food at times. Because food exists in consciousness it has the energy of consciousness. When you eat you bring energy into your body. If you are in a situation where junk food is your only choice, remember that your positive attitude helps you get the best energy you can out of the food until a better selection is available.

It is your attitude toward what you eat - no matter whether it's vegetables or hot dogs - is the most important thing. Of course, vegetables and hot dogs have different nutritional value. Choose the purest, highest quality food you can in the circumstances.

The energy in foods is not all the same. Apples grown in an orchard where the farmer lovingly attended the trees, bestowed the best of plant foods and soil, and eliminated poisons from the environment and ground, will not have the same energy as apples grown in an environment of greed, commercialism, and neglect. The consciousness involved in the creation of the apples is different in each case."

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HOW DID YOU GET WHERE YOU ARE NOW?

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Self Discovery is delayed for many of us because we have preconceived images of ourselves that cause us to act in certain ways. This self image influences the choices we make about our physical appearance, our career choices, the people we associate with, and the environment in which we choose to live. All these choices plus many others work together to produce our self--concept. For instance, people who believe they are ugly and not smart will tend to dress sloppily, walk around with a slouched posture, and choose a job that doesn't require much thinking or education. Their Self-Concept of being "no good" will not allow them to be open to better opportunities.

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Your Self-Concept is largely a product of elements in your environment. Whatever you see, hear, smell, taste and feel in your environment moment by moment encourages you to make judgments about yourself. Your five senses are constantly tuned in to negative situations that produce a negative Self-Concept. I sometimes refer to them as the "five thieves." I call them thieves because these negative perceptions rob you of your natural birthright of true self knowledge, self esteem, and natural joy. And then the process works in reverse: the negative judgments you inflict upon yourself as a result of your environment encourage you to choose or maintain a negative environment. In my teaching, I show how people can be unfairly limited by this connection between environment and Self-Concept, and how they must improve both simultaneously in order to create good changes in their lives.

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"Purity

 Knowing the truth about your real self, as we discussed previously, is an act of purity. “Purity” means unmixed, unadulterated, unalloyed. Therefore, purity implies oneness, doesn’t it? One substance, without anything foreign mixed in. We routinely wash our bodies because we have a natural desire to remove anything foreign from our physical being. So, when we reject foreign, limited concepts about ourselves, we are expressing purity. We don’t want our consciousness to hold “poisons” and foreign impurities such as anger, hurt, frustration, and other negatives, because they may take form as disease, including high blood pressure, heart attacks, and migraines."

 

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“Your emotions constantly give you feedback about the quality of your thinking.  You can consciously strive to entertain thoughts that bring you the most positive feelings.”

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