The Day the World Stood Still
perception. One might say that in a strange way,
we see what we expect to see, what our conditioning
and preconceived notions make us believe we see.
That is why sometimes we cannot agree exactly on what we
– see, saw
we__see or saw.
There is, of course, a collective consensus of human
consciousness that sort of sets the background ideas
and beliefs upon which we all agree, or use as a
foundation upon which we ‘build’ our personal
So, in many ways by this consensus of consciousness,
we all appear to live in and see a very similar world,
that we have ‘bought into it’ to ‘protect’ us from deeply
ingrained personal feelings of insecurity.
This reliance of the foundation of a consensus consciousness
allays many of the fears that might otherwise push us closer
to more insane behaviour. We feel the security of a larger
group of people that share a similar foundation of beliefs.
This is the only common element in ‘seeing’ a world to
appear to be the same or similar for everyone who is part of
However, in the seclusion of our ‘personal’ minds (thoughts)
we can still feel totally separate and lonely whenever the
collective concepts or beliefs of the world fail to meet our
needs or our personal vision of what the world should be.
Some of us are courageous enough to question the very thinking
that has conditioned us, that has given us our beliefs and our
basic sense of security in the world. Some of us have
refused to “march to the same drummer”. We question the
reality of those very assumptions and beliefs that have promised
much, but have failed to produce a deep sense of security.
No matter what you “believe” it still does not seem to change
social behaviour or take away the fears of aggression, wars, or
Will such things as Personal Development really lead you to
freedom? Even if you meticulously practise the teachings of
such offerings, and do achieve a modicum of success, will
you have found freedom and joy? There are countless stories
of those who have acquired those ‘heights’, have delighted and
bathed in those riches and still came crashing down and
learned the illusory power of beliefs that promise to make
something of you that is really not possible.
The only way any work on yourself will lead to some
great discoveries and maybe even a marvellous transformation,
is by some deep self enquiry. In a sense you must find out
what really “makes you tick”; why you are the way you are.
Is what you fancy yourself to be, or to become, a viable growth
Mastery of self has been taught by all the great teachers this
world has known. None of them promised to make a better you.
They all pointed to the fact that you have veiled your ability
to see and understand with various inhibiting beliefs and
degenerative ideas. They asked you to meet the challenge of
being “true to yourself”. The “better” you is already there, but
you are blind to the uncovering of it.
You see the world “out there” a certain way. But it is really the
world “in there” – within you, conditioned by your beliefs, your
thinking that creates the illusory world you struggle in, find
fault with, and try to overcome.
Can you make that world within stand still, just for a moment:
Long enough to see that it is the image built of your desires
and shortcomings? If you can take this challenge, and muster
just enough courage to question the very substance
of that illusory world, then you can transform it.
YOU are the only one
who can make THAT world release its hold on you.
Yes, YOU can transform your world!
Through Mastery of self you can move the “mountains” of your
inner world to forge a brave new world that is a reflection of
of a deep integrity of life. But even in a very practical way,
you can affect the change in the course of your destiny by your
choosing to be Master over mind.
You may come to really know yourself for the first time
on the day you make the ‘WORLD’ STAND STILL.