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A number of people - albeit mostly inadvertently - permit egotism to cloud their judgment.
Usually from lack of self discipline and understanding, as opposed to malice. The reason matters not. The end result of egotism, that of obstructing achievement, in a cooperative manner, is the same.
Interrupting cooperative endeavor disrupts Harmony, and at best an inferior result is realized.
At worst, a complete project can be placed in jeopardy. This holds true for every Human endeavor or interaction.
Whether on the World Stage or between two individuals.
Additionally, permanent damage to relationships is put at risk while ever a participant indulges in egoism.
The philosophy of Personal Development is all about putting Natural Law to practical use where everybody involved in a particular project or interaction, contributes and benefits, or is otherwise adequately compensated.
Equitable outcomes, which are essential to maintain sound relations, are not possible where egotism is involved. Once this is understood, it becomes obvious that egotism is not an asset, but an unnecessary cost incurring liability.
When you see the need for the standing aside of of 'you', that is, when you take egotism out of the equation, by leaving your immediate desires and perceptions aside and see a situation free of bias, and you arrive at an equitable solution, you will have made great strides forward.
You are functioning on a higher plane of thought. Moreover, you will now
recognize this new faculty at your disposal and appreciate that the
composite rewards it delivers are far and away superior to any rewards
derived from selfish motives.
You will also recognize, appreciate, and celebrate this admirable attitude when expressed by others, strengthening relationships no matter the physical distance, or the means of communication.
You are employing top shelf Human Qualities.
The candid you is shining forth. Vigorous and enduring.
An all but unrecognized benefit of this equitable mindset is the ease with which holders can conduct mutually profitable business with each other.
No matter the subject or situation, participants possessing a developed healthy ego will always steer an interaction towards mutual benefit.
Their expanded state of mind allows them to see the bigger picture and hence the consequences of their actions.
Similar to ‘flow’ or ‘being in the zone’ when you are doing a thing you are most passionate about, this state is reached when harmony is sought and we are one with spiritual intelligence.
With practice, a threshold is reached where you realize you are immensely enjoying standing aside and watching yourself fulfill instructions previously given to your subconscious mind.
Notwithstanding the enormous returns on the effort invested, this is a state of mind worth reaching for it's own sake.
Conversely, if you have even the slightest doubt about the pivotal nature of being in charge of your ego, reserve any judgement of what the ego is until you have gained a sound understanding of this philosophy of mind expansion.
Then take another - critical - look at this crucial element of being Human that contains the crippling power to disrupt and impede Humanities growth and advancement.
When mastered, and directed towards equitable ends, our egos hold the expansive power to deliver salvation from the state of confused disorder we find Humanity in.
There is no half measure, no gray area, no if, no but . . . on this one. Either I master my ego or it masters me.
Mastering anything worthwhile calls for dedicated and sustained effort. You are a worthy Human being, therefore mastering self is worthwhile. It is from this mastery of self that everything Good emanates.
Maestros - those artists of consummate skill - know, understand, and practice their relevant art. They comprehend, accept, and agree, with that ancient truism, 'Practice Makes Perfect'.
Practice manifests that sought after combination of well earned knowledge and innate skill-set into practical outcomes that benefit both themselves, and Humanity at large.
For true Masters, doing this is an undertaking of joy. True Masters know Good Humans create a Good World.
Make friends with a Maestro in any walk of life by enquiring of him or her why such exertion is joy.
By adopting the attitude of the Master, by deciding that the real you calls the shots, refusing to let your environment and inner voice pull your strings, you will find the effort required for mastering your ego, and this philosophy, morphs into that same undertaking of joy.
Banishing egotism forever.
Having mastered self, mastering anything else within your capabilities is a 'simple' matter of understanding and implementing the applicable Natural Law, along with paying the price Nature demands for the thing you desire.
Emulating the responsible, decisive CEO or manager, the buck stops here. That is, with you, the individual.
You are now well on the way to building, applying and
maintaining a healthy ego. You are taking charge of your greatest asset, your mind. You are firmly on the Path of Genuine Freedom. The freedom of self.
Paradoxically, the capacity to achieve this state of being resides within the same mind you are liberating.
Hence the exhortation at the top of every page on this website.
Whatever the state of one's environment, it is in one's mind that genuine freedom begins and flourishes. Or dies.
The tools to facilitate this same state are to be found in the philosophy of Personal Development.
Tools we will
investigate in due course.
With egotism a faint smudge in the past, we can allow it to remain there as a gentle reminder of the insidious power of duplicity, and together, we can turn that Path of freedom into a Superhighway.
Personal Development Rocks!
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