The purpose of darkness is to cover up light. The purpose of light is to expose darkness. The two coexist cyclically in the physical (or visual) world, but beyond what we can see with our eyes, they are constantly at war.
Our consciences are the voices inside our heads that tell us right from wrong, and therefore, interpret what we cannot see.
Our minds are like light switches that are wired to our hearts – in order to turn light on within, we must freely choose to flip the switch. We must learn to engage our hearts, so they can produce the energy required to power the light that brightens our minds.
However, because our consciences reside within our minds as part of our physical bodies, they are also part of the imperfect (or fallen) state of man. This means that over time, if light is not produced within our minds through observation & intentional self-study that is guided by the heart, then darkness will gain a foothold. When darkness holds the majority within our hearts and minds, the amount of light inside becomes increasingly harder and harder to find…..
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When beginning self-study, it can be extremely hard to get through the crucial first step, self observation. It is our human nature to perform learned behaviors over and over, until what was once new, becomes routine. For example, take your drive to work. When you first started your job, you might have planned or experimented with different routes, in order to ensure timely arrival each day. Once you found a route that suited this need, you probably have not deviated from it since. Because your ride to work has become second nature, your trip might now include finishing your makeup on days you’re running late, or mentally combating rush hour traffic by way of an audio book escape!
You are able to do this, because after your mind performs the same learned behavior day after day, that behavior eventually becomes a habitual action, requiring no thought whatsoever. Therefore, your mind is free to focus on other, “more pressing” issues. Unfortunately, examples of this habitual action are found in many areas of our lives where it should not be – in our marriages, relationships with friends, and in going to church or related events.
Because we have trained ourselves into this mess, we must train ourselves out of it as well. That is why self-observation is so important. You must first be able to identify these habitual behaviors, or areas of your life that you’ve set on autopilot. As a result, your mind will begin awakening to the fact that you do not control certain aspects of your behavior. Once you’ve identified these “mind tricks,” you will begin to catch yourself prior to their execution, therefore improving your self-control and gaining true self-consciousness.
I hope this document helps you in the observation of your daily actions, so that you might begin to awaken your mind to the world around you. You do not have to record every single day of your life, but when beginning self study, it is important to understand the areas of your life that need the most work.
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Pick something & find beauty in it!