We all go through a phase in our lives, where our world is based on experimenting with imagination. It could be vibrant, or adventurous, or even scary at times, but most people don’t know how vital imagination, or more specifically, learning to rule your inner world is today. This is especially true in everyday life, including serious tasks such as business.
Even in adulthood, everyone is constantly using their imagination. However, we seem to be less interested in it than in childhood, causing us to have less control over it. I believe that is a powerful reason why we suffer needlessly and often feel out of control. Learning to rule your inner world is the doorway to freedom. At the expense of being cheeky, even the Buddha agrees with me.
“No one outside ourselves can rule us inwardly. When we know this, we become free.” – Buddha.
If Buddha is right, you and you alone have the power to rule your inner world. It is a place where whatever you say goes, whatever you think is, and is by far the most powerful asset you possess. When we become so good at reminding ourselves of this, we become free. When we are free, we are capable of vast potential.
Do you believe this is true?
Why, or why not?
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As a prime real-life example to further this point, Nelson Mandela was imprisoned in June of 1964. Based on certain Mandela quotes, I believe one book he read in prison impacted him greatly. This book “Meditations”, is essentially a famous Stoic philosopher, and Roman Emperors journal. It is soaked with knowledge on this philosophy, and on how to rule your inner world .
After 27 years in prison of cultivating and making his inner world flourish, Mandela went on to become the first democratically elected president of South Africa, saved countless lives by preventing a bloody civil war, played the leading role in ending apartheid, and even performed what is considered one of the greatest speeches of the 20th century, along with many more incredible achievements. Mandela later said,
“One of the things I learned when I was negotiating was that until I changed myself, I could not change others.”
Even though learning to rule your inner world is the key to tremendous freedom and potential, most people prioritize their outer world instead.
Better job, bucket lists, hanging with friends, and social prestige.
These can play a large part in your happiness, but if Buddha is right they cannot make you free. You may or may not obtain them, whether as a result of your inner freedom, or despite your inner freedom. Your inner freedom can never be replaced by anything external.
If that’s true, why do we do prioritize our external world over learning to rule our inner world?
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If applicable, why do you prioritize your external world over your inner one?
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Many of us are not in tune with ourselves. Instead, we are in tune, or aware of everything and everyone around us. When we are more aware of something, we are more influenced by it. When we are less aware, we are less influenced. That’s why we say, “out of sight, out of mind”.
Social pressure and our environment dictate us to prioritize ruling our outer world instead of learning to rule our inner world, and how can we blame them? That is simply what’s visible from the outside in. We all do this. Everything that flows out of you is an expression of your inner world. That is why learning to rule your inner world is so necessary.
No one can see your inner world, but they can see the life you live as a result, whether healthy or unhealthy.
Because social pressure and our environment push us toward that new big house, that exclusive vacation getaway, it makes it very difficult to prioritize our inner world. When I didn’t do my chores as a kid, my excuse was always, “I forgot”. To which my father would say, “no, you simply didn’t want to badly enough”.
This is a core principle of human nature. Humans always do what we most want. Rarely do we want difficult things, but we can still choose what we prioritize. We may not want to prioritize difficult things, but we can prioritize the result of difficult things and find a way to make the process enjoyable.
If the result of learning to rule your inner world is fulfilling your potential, and being able to pour goodness into the lives of the people around you, why not prioritize that?
If the Buddha and Nelson Mandela are right, then learning to rule your inner world is the first cornerstone of creating the life you want. Your inner world is a world no one can take from you. It is a world you always have power over, and it is the foundation of your power in the real world.
Learn to rule your inner world, and you will slowly learn to rule your whole life. Neglect it, and everything around you will rule you. …Unless you think you know better than the Buddha and Nelson Mandela.
This blog is dedicated to your health and growth. This specific article is meant as a reminder of how important learning to rule your inner world is. The articles following this will discuss more specific topics on how to do this. Stick around! We will dive into greater depth on strategies, techniques, and concepts to help you rule your inner world. As discussed, this will help you to rule your life.
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