“You will never have a greater or lesser dominion than that over yourself…the height of a man’s success is gauged by his self-mastery; the depth of his failure by his self-abandonment. …And this law is the expression of eternal justice. He who cannot establish dominion over himself will have no dominion over others.”― Leonardo da Vinci
Recognizing and harnessing the Emperor within heralds a new beginning. The Emperor’s word is law. The Emperor rules over his realms through his word. Realms of possibility are created as we put words to our thoughts and actions to our words.
Words are the basis of all organized thought. Often we think of words as a way to communicate with others and forget that it isn’t until we have words that we begin to communicate with ourselves. And it is through this self-communication that we create our realms of experience. Words are the primal key to self-knowledge and intellectual growth. They are the means by which we make sense of the the chaotic images and experiences we go through daily and all throughout our experiential life. They are also the way by which we create and rule over our own inner and outer realms. The experiences we have are shaped and given meaning by the words we apply to them–forever creating stories that empower, disempower, or are neutral. Consciously acknowledging this allows us to proactively take up the throne of our experience and see that its government for better or for worse is and always will be within our hands. We always wear the crown in our world. For we always experience it from our point of view in time and space.
We are a government unto ourselves. We contain our own inner citadel. And from within this inner citadel we sit as Emperor upon our throne governing our various realms. From this position of rulership we can draw great power of focus and creative vision. We have all the internal resources to be the focused visionary, administrator of the vision, and the guardian of the vision.
Cultivating the inner Emperor takes self-government. You must listen to the entire constitution of your Self — your mind, emotions, body, and spirit. Then you must act and lead with all four constituents properly represented. The mind gives you vision and aspiration. The emotions give you passion and courage of heart. The body is our base from which we move and act in the physical world. It is the substance and matter that houses our mind, heart, and spirit and the vehicle from which we shape our physical life.
Our spirit is the pull that draws us forward towards ever-burning transformation. Spirit is always there to give impetus to our actions–both pushing us along and pulling us forward. It is ever present. Behind us. Within us. And in front of us. We run from the fire. We burn with fire. We trail-blaze with fire. We lead with fire. And we follow the fire we see upon the horizon of our own vision.
The mind has the power of vision, but also the power of logic to turn the vision into a crystalized plan. By directing our mind’s will we can fan the flame of our emotions that will govern the execution of this logical plan. Excitement to begin. Anger turned to resoluteness when we have to find new ways to carry out the plan when we come upon roadblocks. Passion to stay excited. And so on and so forth. With our physical body we commence upon the action that leads us to our achieving in the physical world. This entire process was started by our spirit, our aspiration. It is kept alive by our spirit. And it is toward the light of our spirit that we build and act upon this logical plan.
Ultimately, being one’s own Emperor is about proactively governing your own realms of experience. Great realms are born from great vision. And the execution of this governance is done by way of making plans towards the vision, acting on these plans, and all the while actively nurturing and cultivating this process.
If you are interested in looking at a straight-forward goal-setting strategy I used to commit to living one of my visions… [click here]
“Not being able to govern events, I govern myself.”
― Michel de Montaigne