By Karin Leonard
you for your amazing magazine! I
am so impressed by the quality and depth of your articles, and very
grateful for what you contribute to today’s spiritual conversation.
I would like to offer a few
thoughts on your “The Self-masters” issue.
To start with, I happen to be a woman who does
use the term “mastery”, more specifically “Personal Mastery” (I
have authored a monthly column by that name since 1993).
And although I concur that this term has been misused,
“mastery” does not need to
imply controlling anyone, including oneself.
Mastery can be seen as a process of continually improving in all
areas of life, by honoring the totality of who we are, body, mind and
spirit. Moreover, mastery
implies that because you value
your innate gifts, you set up structures and support in your life, in
order to fully and reliably express them.
Mastery, then, is not an
act of controlling and punishing yourself, but is motivated by self-love.
In the end, it doesn’t work to suppress aspects of the self,
anyway. What holds up over
time, is to integrate the various and often conflicting parts of
personality. The goal of
mastery as I define it, is to get all of you on the same team, working
together, instead of internal struggle.
All parts need to be honored and understood, not squelched and
Mastery doesn’t block
unfolding from within, but can catalyze and sustain it.
For some exceptional folks it may be fine to just flow with the
spontaneous expression of the self, yet for the rest of us, both are
necessary, inspiration and structure.
Inspiration alone risks loosing momentum, and structure without
spirit crumbles in the dust. While enlightenment can not be made to happen from the level of ego, the process can be supported
by creating the right conditions.
can serve as the container for spiritual essence, when it works together
with the greater self. In
so doing, mastery becomes the journey of tapping your full potential as
a human being – through being the leader of your life, and by
co-creating with the spirit that runs through you.
Fortunately, we now live in an age of synthesis and integration,
when masculine and feminine, process and structure, spiritual and
secular can finally meet with the best of all worlds.