In response to the post on Transcending Self Importance, here is a great quote that someone sent in from The Power of Silence:
“Self-importance is a monster that has three thousand heads. And one can face up to it and destroy it in any of three ways. The first way is to sever each head one at a time; the second is to reach that mysterious state of being called the place of no pity, which destroys self-importance by slowly starving it; and the third is to pay for the instantaneous annihilation of the three-thousand-headed monster with one’s symbolic death. Consider yourself fortunate if you get the chance to choose. For it is the spirit that usually determines which way the sorcerer is to go, and it is the duty of the sorcerer to follow.”
With this said, spirit had determined, for me, to reach the place of no pity and to move from there. Ordinary people find it quite odious to have someone not play into their pity parties or to cater to their whims, desires and expectations. Warriors recognize the challenge and rise up to it thereby stalking their own awareness and un-writing self-pity in order to move into a place of detachment and freedom.
Others choose to approach each of the monster’s heads and sever them one at a time. Recapitulation is critical if choosing to work in this manner. With recapitulation more energy is gained which provokes the beast and causes it to struggle harder making it easier to identify each of the thousand heads that need to be annihilated. Eventually it loses power because you stop feeding it.
The place of pity cultivates self-importance immensely. It is the “me-me-me” arena and works to trap people’s attention. The average person who buys into another’s place of pity becomes an unwitting accomplice and as a result, loses energy. The warrior, on the other hand, walks away unperturbed. “It’s all about me” is a form of self-importance especially in the sense of achievement in spiritual growth when self-righteousness takes over and one demands to be heard, makes unreasonable proclamations or becomes filled with judgment. This ego drive will set one back many steps if they don’t remain in the power of humbled silence.
In another email someone asked, “How can I maintain my position of power with detachment and without self-importance when I know that someone is trying to push me off my center.” Go back to the quote from the prior post on self-importance where Don Juan says, Nobody is doing anything to anybody, much less to a warrior. Old patterns may be emerging for you that create the perception that someone is trying to knock you off your center. Steer clear of the emotions that cultivate self-importance like anger, fear, self-pity, pride, etc. Be impeccable, recapitulate, clean your links and be free!
I am already given to the power that rules my fate.
And I cling to nothing, so I will have nothing to defend.
I have no thoughts, so I will see.
I fear nothing, so I will remember myself.
Detached and at ease, I will dart past the Eagle to be free.
~ The Eagle’s Gift
Ya me di al poder que a mi destino rige.
No me agarro ya de nada, para asi no tener nada que defender.
No tengo pensamientos, para asi poder ver.
No temo ya a nada, para asi poder acordarme de mi.
Sereno y desprendido, me dejara el aguila pasar a la libertad.
~ The Eagle’s Gift