Think about this, for a moment—if you deny yourself your best, then who are you saving your best for?
Don’t be the best employee or student to never end up as the boss or teacher.
— Supreme Understanding, “The Hood Health Handbook: A Practical Guide to Health & Wellness in the Urban Community (Volume Two)”
"I once read that in some circuses, they take a baby elephant and attach it to a pole using only a thin string. After it grows to be an adult weighing as much as 14,000 pounds, the elephant will remain tied up only by the small thread. Nothing stops this elephant from breaking this string, except a belief that it is not strong enough. One of the strongest animals on the planet, can easily be held captive by nothing but a belief and a string."
— Justin Troupe, “The Art of World Travel”
Unfortunately, chaos came. As we continued to use our godly powers, we became more fascinated with them. We began to focus more and more on our own creations and became less concerned with and attentive to their harmony with the Creator, with the Whole. The more we thought of just ourselves and our own desires with less regard for the Whole, the more self-centered we became, eventually perceiving ourselves as separate from the Whole.
Of course, this sense of separation was all in our minds, so to speak, because there really was no way we could exist outside of the Whole because everything was of spirit.
"Consciousness and free will were the greatest qualities given any creation, but they came with equally great responsibility for their use or misuse. Of course, the all-knowing Universal One knew the potential dangers in giving beings complete freedom to do as they desired. However, the potential joy of sharing life with true companions, not servants, was deemed worth the risk. Therefore, each of these new free-willed beings would simply have to learn to take charge of themselves and to subdue harmful desires in order to live in harmony with the other companions and the Creator. To do otherwise would only bring chaos, suffering, and separation."
"According to the secret teachings, there came a point in this creation where the Creator’s Consciousness desired to bring forth companions, creatures like unto Itself that would share in this expression of life. In order for the creatures to be more than creations, they had to possess individual consciousness and freedom so that they could choose to be companions. Otherwise, they would only have been servants of the Original Consciousness. So within the One Universal Consciousness many individual points of consciousness were awakened and given freedom."
Are you the person you are because of your environment and the things that have inspired you along the way, or have you been who you are from the beginning and those things were attracted to you?
"If there is no enemy within, the enemy without can do you no harm."
— African Proverb