Remember the last time you were worried about something?  You couldn’t stop thinking about it - “Did I lock the front door?” “I know I forgot something, what is it???”  At times, your thoughts would be consumed thinking about it, taking your focus away from what you should have been doing instead of obsessing.

 

 

Then, remember the flood of relief you felt when you turned around to go back home and you discovered that you had locked the door, or when you finally remembered you needed to call your bank about an odd looking charge on your statement.

 

That feeling of relief was the freedom you felt when those worrying thoughts dissipated.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In our lives, that feeling of freedom is essential in pursuing our goals with confidence, with minimum distraction, and with our success securely focused in our mind.

 

Now think about how jealousy, anger, depression and other negative emotions ‘rob’ your freedom to do what you want to do.

 

I always tell people - it’s OK to experience negativity.  You need to acknowledge it, then work towards letting it go.  This doesn’t mean you ignore things, it means you don’t let yourself be affected by the negativity.  You rise above it, see things with a satellite view, and then make decisions based on being rational, not being emotional.

 

 

We are bound to experience negativity often - how we react to it determines our freedom.  It’s our own choice.  If you want to work on not reacting emotionally, it takes practice.  First, recognize you have the power to receive negativity and block it from affecting you.  Then practice, practice, practice!  When it comes at you, pause, take a deep breath, even count to 10 if you have to, just don’t let the negativity control you.

Your thoughts create reality. Sure, you say. This is not a new concept. Obviously, we are affected by the constant barrage of  internal and external influences we endure on a daily basis. Marketing companies alone spend hours each day figuring out how to expose us to thoughts that drive us to purchasing their products.

 

 

If thoughts didn’t matter, these ads and their advertisers wouldn’t exist.

That’s why we all need to understand how truly powerful this idea is:  Whatever we think about consciously and subconsciously manifests in our daily life. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In other words, what we focus on grows bigger in our daily lives, and what we ignore grows smaller.

This concept applies to everything, including all the negative, self-limiting, and doubting thoughts that hold us back, as well as the confident, determined, supportive thoughts that propel us into positive action.

While you may give thought to what you eat on a daily basis, making sure it’s healthy and good f or you, do you do the same with your thoughts?

 

 

Remember, it takes vigilance to examine and if necessary, to remove the thoughts that run through our minds. And yet, how successful could anyone be with an inner dialogue that repeats “you can’t do it.”  Ask any successful person and they’ll tell you the same thing: while they may have had that voice in their head, they chose not to listen to it.

Next time you are standing in front of a mirror, take a few minutes to look at yourself.  I mean really look at yourself. While you’re there, quiet your mind and listen to the thoughts that come next.  Don’t be discouraged if you hear nothing, or have trouble quieting your mind. You may even find that you have a hard time looking at yourself.  This is a form of meditation and it takes practice and patience.

Here is an excerpt from my book, SEVEN STEPS TO INNER POWER.  As you read through this, think about what it means to truly be patient.  

True patience means you keep the power turned on as you knowingly wait for what you've been working toward to appear at its appointed time.  Patience is knowing the truth and expecting the truth to manifest.  This knowing and expecting is part of the process of being your Silent Master.  Thus, when you express true patience, you think as your Silent Master thinks.

Say you've been trying to get pregnant for a long time and are ecstatic that it has finally happened.  You have a little morning sickness and at last you get over that.  After three months, do you say, "Where is my baby?  I'm ready to get this over with.  Let's go."  At five months, at six months, at eight months and beyond, you have to be patient until the baby's development is complete.

Let's take a totally different situation.  Say your home was destroyed in a flood and has to be rebuilt.  After the builders have started working on it for a couple of weeks, is it realistic to ask the builder, "Where is my home?  Where's the finished living room?  Where's the kitchen?  When can I move in?"  You don't do that because you know how much time it takes to build a new home.  You've done your planning, you've sacrificed to make it happen and stayed loyal to your goal, and now you are patiently awaiting the conclusion of the project.  When you are manufacturing a new product, you know you have to move through stages one, two, and three before you can move on to stages four, five, and six.  In order to avoid a lot of frustration and anxiety about the project and instill patience, you carefully chart where you are in the process.

Your life is also a work in progress.  It takes time for you to grow and mature.  Everything requires a certain time frame for its completion.  Although we may not be aware of the timing of the processes in our life, those stages still exist and we are moving through them.  This may be a much more far-reaching view of patience than you are used to.  You may think of patience as what you need when you have to wait for an hour at the doctor's office or when you have to wait in a long line at the grocery store.  What I'm talking about is a whole different level of patience.  Sometimes you have to be patient for years to achieve certain life goals.  When you are in the middle of that process, you can't allow yourself to get easily disappointed with every delay and use that as an excuse to give up.

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Here is an excerpt from my book, SEVEN STEPS TO INNER POWER.  As you read through this, think about changes you've experienced in your life.  Do you see any rhythms in the changes?  

Perhaps the most obvious manifestation of yin and yang in action is change.  The motion of the two forces of yin and yang in the world are seen in rhythms of change such as day and night, the ebb and flow of the tides, the changing of seasons, birth and death, death and regeneration, seed and harvest.
There are also rhythms of change in our bodies.  Much has been written about biological rhythms, periods of increased and decreased energy that can affect our health and disposition.  Some studies have helped employers create work shifts that harmonize with these rhythms.  If you look carefully, you will see that there are also rhythms of change in other aspects of your life.  Times of progress are followed by rest, followed by increase.  Likewise, times of prosperity are followed by lack followed by abundance, joy is followed by sorrow followed by happiness, and so on.
Why is the knowledge of balance and change such a key tool?  Because when you know that there are cycles of change, you avoid accepting limited or negative conditions as permanent or final.  No matter where you are in a cycle, the seed for the new condition is there.
Just because that seed is present, though, does not mean it will automatically develop.  Change itself is a journey, and at times it requires us to do some trimming and pruning, planting and harvesting.  In the cycle of seed and harvest, for example, the harvest does not arrive automatically.  The farmer must work the land, plant the seeds, and provide the water.  When you desire a change, you must do the work of choosing to bring about the change and then support your choice with appropriate actions.
It’s easy to want to change a bad condition into a good one and to make the choice to do so. But what about when a good condition changes into a bad one and you didn’t choose that?  The knowledge of balance and change is a tool here as well.  That knowledge helps you keep your perspective when changes you didn’t expect occur.

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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 through this, think about times when you may have felt critical of others or yourself.  Did holding those feelings help the situation?  

As you become aware of the energy and emotions you want to cleanse from your world, take care not to get caught up criticizing yourself for the trait you want to eliminate.  Please don't get down on yourself for having doubts or being impatient or angry.  The fact that you are noticing these tendencies means that you are doing something - you are engaged in your life.  As I said earlier, look at these weaknesses clinically.

When you are driving down a dusty road on a hot day and your car becomes coated in dust, you don't label it as right or wrong.  You accept that this is something that just happens, and you make a mental note to get the car washed the next time you are in town.  When you're in a car and it starts raining, you notice that your windshield is getting wet and then you turn on your windshield wipers so you can drive safely.  You don't curse the rain and say, "Why is this stupid water getting on my windshield and all over my car?"

It doesn't really matter how you feel about the rain.  Maybe you have been experiencing a severe drought where you live and so you welcome the downpour, or maybe you've had drenching floods lately and you don't want to see another drop of rain.  Regardless of how you feel, you have to deal with what's happening at the moment.  Getting frustrated and bringing in emotions doesn't help.  In order to move forward, you have to stay in balance, be positive, and take appropriate action.

Life is a journey, and in the same way that you experience rough weather at times, so you'll experience fear or doubt or jealousy.  That's okay.  See these attitudes for what they are and, because you know they are holding you back, set about replacing them with confidence in yourself, gratitude for what you have, and excitement to be alive with a new day of opportunity before you.

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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 may have felt your Silent Master.

Waiting quietly within you is a presence, a force, a state of consciousness that gives you the power to harmonize and change discordant situations, the power to create and to achieve goals.  It gives you the power to experience peace and joy regardless of the circumstances around you - the power to be who you really are.  In Jung SuWon, we refer to this presence within as the Silent Master or Silent Master Consciousness.

When you tap into the consciousness of the Silent Master within, you begin to take control of your life.  You may have been drifting through life before; now you are driving through life and toward your goals.  You experience a new sense of freedom, creativity, purpose, and peace of mind.  You find yourself glad to be alive every day for the sheer pleasure of experiencing life - of experiencing yourself.

The keys from the art of Jung SuWon that you'll explore here will help you awaken to this powerful presence within and empower you to recognize and express the qualities of your Silent Master in your daily life.  As you open to your true potential in this way, you'll discover more of your beauty, your strength, and your courage.

At the core of the philosophy I teach are six truths about your Silent Master.  I call them "Silent Master images" and you'll understand why when you read the section on visualization, or, as I call it, "future memory."  In essence, these images describe who you truly are and the awesome power you have within you now to shape your life.  As you move through this book, you'll learn much more about these foundational concepts and how to put them into action in your life.  Here I'll simply touch on these truths to give you a brief introduction to them.  For now, think of each one as a seed-thought designed to blossom into a practical understanding of your true being and power as you contemplate "Who am I?"  Give yourself complete freedom and permission to fall in love with who you are and you are becoming.

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Here is an excerpt from my book, SEVEN STEPS TO INNER POWER, where I discuss how to ask for insight and direction:   Tae Yun Kim

When you are experiencing a conflict between your mind and emotions, you can turn to your Silent Master Consciousness. It operates over both your conscious and subconscious mind:  "Your Silent Master is completely aware, infinitely Intelligent and ready to give you all the insight, information, and direction you need to fulfill your dreams, ambitions, and goals."
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You can affirm that you and your Silent Master are one. Then, by simply knowing you have this unlimited awareness and intelligence available to you, you can ask for information regarding your obstacle, whatever it may be.  Asking is as simple as mentally posing the question to yourself and expecting the answer to come into your conscious awareness. However long or short a time it takes, the answer will surely come. You may be led to people, books, or situations that will ultimately assist you, and you will get your answer.
 
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Your real self already knows its freedom from mental and emotional limitations. Therefore, you can insist on experiencing the feelings of your real self. These are always positive feelings that you can claim as your own.  In addition, you can consciously strive to entertain thoughts that bring you the most positive feelings.
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There is a good reason why positive emotions such as joy, optimism, love, compassion, affection, hope, and gratitude help you achieve your goals. They bring forth the presence of your Silent Master and therefore have creative power.  A positive mental attitude simply means that you are free from conflicting thoughts and emotions. You feel emotions of joy, peace, and confidence because you expect success. You feel strong because you realize that your real self has power, and you have removed (or are removing) all negative thoughts and emotions that could obstruct your manifestation.

 

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

Are you willing to start making some changes? Are you willing to take even some small actions to start creating your freedom? Sometimes after students set a goal, they feel they don't know where to start. When they ask me about it, I tell them to start anywhere...Just start! Start with the following actions:

Set Realistic Goals

In order to produce the kind of big change that makes you free of being a victim, you start with little changes. Some people make the mistake of expecting too much from themselves, then get easily disappointed and give up. If you've spent the last twenty years handling all your conflicts with anger, you will not be a tranquil "saint" tomorrow. It may take a lot of time and work to remove this habit. So, even though you set the elimination of anger as a goal, you also set a smaller realistic goal: Today, during the two hours when I visit my mother in law, I will practice listening to her and responding with love no matter what she says. Or, you could set a goal like this: Today, I will go to the person I threatened and yelled at, apologize, and negotiate a good solution to our problem. Practicing these small changes eventually produces the big change: one day you realize that you don't respond with anger any more.

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