The world is what it is. It is a den, a pool, a jungle – of whatever you want to gather around yourself in your enclosure. You make part, you take distance or you take the role of master or slave, chief or subject, head or tale. When we react on something occurring in the field of experience we always do so as head or tail, master or slave. Our reaction to occurrences in the world is often stimulated by the wish and desires of assuming mastery of a situation, and this is only natural and good. Still, true mastery comes with experience and the necessary skills to dominate a situation with finesse, understanding and elegance and this is as true for a master of war as it is for a master of wisdom.
But no matter our experience and skill, we all seek to dominate our own life, no matter our lack of excellence in domination, because deep down we all know that mastery is not about domination but about knowing your soul and deepest impulses to such level that you can manoeuvre your life with dignity. When we take mastery of our life we are like the Captain of a ship that get’s his soul to ports of safety and repose. In this lies acceptance and understanding, a certain humility impregnated upon the soul that grows wiser by understanding.
To become the Master of your life, means that you need to assume the responsibility of being the author of your own fortune and misfortune. You’re mastery is counted by the measured steps you take in this world, and how you deal with your own missteps and good steps. We are all eternal apprentices in the compass of life, but some of us learn from experience and see experience as a blessing that corrects and makes sharper our finesse. Success and failure are the two hands that mediates the arrows of the compass – and a true Master will always know this and he or she will never succumb to self glorification or self denigration (unless in sombre moments of reflection where digestion of what passed is taking place), rather, everything is challenge and situation in order to become more in tune with essence and Self. No Master is ever ready, but is always ready for a new challenge. Every new challenge brings to the Master a sense of glorification and falsification. Life itself is a corrective device.
And this internal great work is what we all do, no matter our station and position, if we are master of serf, we all should do it, because the wolves and hyenas of the world is always roaming around with great appetite for anything but Mastery.
I believe the world is infused with three potencies, those who seek Mastery, those who seek Slavery and the Hyenas of the world that just want to consume everything and in this a tangled web often occurs, because at the end of the day the Spider is the one who takes down us all... I will leave you to ponder about that one, as I stretch up the canvas of the world. We think that everything is available for us; the spirit of democracy taught us that we can be whatever we want. But if you don’t have the skill, or experience, of being what you want perhaps your desires are deceiving you?