The Wounded Mind

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I’m finally reading the Don Miguel Ruiz books that my mom gave me ages ago. (That’s how it always works isn’t it?) I’m beginning with “The Mastery of Love”, rather than “The Four Agreements”, because I think this one applies to my life more right now. But I’ll get to them all eventually. Anyways, on to Chapter 1…

THE WOUNDED MIND

“Perhaps you have never thought about it, but on one level or another, all of us are masters. We are masters because we have the power to create and to rule our own lives…We create an entire population in our mind, including multiple personalities for ourselves. Then we master the image we are going to use in certain circumstances. We become artists of pretending and projecting our images, and we master whatever we believe we are. When we meet other people, we classify them right away, and assign them a role in our lives. We create an image for others, according to what we believe they are. And redo the same thing with everyone and everything around us…

…You have practiced all of your life to be what you are, and you do it so well that you master what you believe you are. You master your own personality, your own beliefs; you master every action, every reaction…The way we think, the way we feel, and the way we act become so routine that we no longer need to put our attention on what we are doing. It is just by action-reaction that we behave a certain way…
To become masters of love, we have to practice love.

In case you didn’t catch that last part, I’ll write it again: To become masters of love, we have to practice love.

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