“The student must himself give birth to a new and higher man within himself. This higher man now becomes the inner ruler who directs the circumstances of the outer man with sure guidance. As land as the outer man has the upper hand and control, this inner man is his slave and therefore cannot unfold his powers. If it depends on something other than myself whether I should get angry or not, I am not master of myself, or, to put it better, I have not yet found the ruler within myself. I must develop the faculty of letting the impressions of the outer world approach me only in the way in which I myself determine; then only do I become in the real sense a student. And only in so far as the student earnestly seeks this power can he reach the goal.” ~Rudolf Steiner
Can you imagine someone who has a brand new Ferrari and, instead of driving it, has it towed by a donkey like an old wooden cart? The idea is ridiculous, isn’t it. Yet that is to a large degree how many of us live. We have something very powerful within us: a greater self, a superman, but we leave him locked up and unused. We have a Ferrari, but we never take it our of the garage. We have a treasure chest full of gold, but we leave it buried in the back yard and live in poverty.
If you were in a pre-med class in college, and were told you had the potential to be a great surgeon, you would develop that talent, wouldn’t you? Assuming that you were in pre-med because you wanted to be a doctor, and you didn’t suddenly discover that the sight of a live person being cut open made you ill (I know someone that happened to), wouldn’t you want to develop that talent an expert saw in you? If you were into sports and a coach told you you had the potential to be an NBA star basketball player, wouldn’t you start concentrating on developing those faculties and abilities? Continue reading “Mastering Self”