What is the glue that binds the universe? What human attributes or qualities bring order and warmth out of a vast, chaotic and impersonal cosmos?
Only love and self-mastery move us out of both cosmic and personal chaos into the realm of warmth, insight, growth and joy. Without self-knowledge, we cannot have self-mastery. And self-knowledge exacts its price. But it’s a price we have to pay to move from disappointment, dysfunction, and sadness into the realm of inclusion, connectedness and joy. Self-knowledge is the steering wheel of our Ship of Self, and only we are at the helm.
Direct your fate and stay the course, through all the storms that may blow across the sea of your life. And know that self-knowledge is achievable, and self-mastery will eventually follow. Then, when you can say you really know yourself, you will have wandered into the sphere of love, which makes all things possible–and all things bearable. Indeed, love can transmute sorrow and pain into joy.
Without the light of self-knowledge and self-mastery, we cannot truly love ourselves. If we don’t love ourselves, we cannot truly love others. And we will remain forever in a dim and dank fog of unenlightened existence. Attaining self-mastery is a challenge, like trying to see the forest through the trees, on a mist-shrouded lake. But we must keep searching, moving, aspiring. And if we persevere, the light will shine through.