“Gaining control over self.”
Capricorn 24° A woman entering a convent ~ CONSECRATION
“He who controls others may be powerful, but he who has mastered himself is mightier still.” Lao Tzu
Standing aside to gain perspective
Solitude: a silent storm that breaks down all our dead branches, yet sends our living roots deeper into the living heart of the living earth. … A hermit renounces the world of fragments to enjoy the world wholly, without interruption. –Khalil Gibran, from Sand and Foam
Who not with others bides
And always lives alone,
If he’s not God himself,
Must into God have grown.
–Angelus Silesius, Solitude Divine, II, 202
What is not meant to happen will not happen, however much you wish it. What is meant to happen will happen, no matter what you do to prevent it. This is certain. Therefor the best path is to remain silent.
You must have a room, or a certain hour or so a day, where you don’t know what was in the newspapers that morning, you don’t know who your friends are, you don’t know what you owe anybody, you don’t know what anybody owes to you. This is a place where you can simply experience and bring forth what you are and what you might be. This is the place of creative incubation. At first you may find that nothing happens there. But if you have a sacred place and use it, something eventually will happen.
–Joseph Campbell, The Power of Myth, p. 115
Returning ~ To make a difference
You’ve been there. You know. But let it build. See it at its worst. Be there. Then make the choice of a master in the midst of chaos. Be the calm.
Because of You – Kelly Clarkson http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VDSsxzxoskM
“Gaining control over self.” Saijin
Image source: Alice prepares to meet the Jabberwocky