To enjoy good health, to bring true happiness to one’s family, to bring peace to all, one must first discipline and control one’s own mind. If a man can control his mind he can find the way to Enlightenment, and all wisdom and virtue will naturally come to him ~ Buddha
My father was a strict disciplinarian. As a child I was in constant fear of his particular form of discipline. I can remember lying in bed at night, fearful that the next day I may inadvertently incur his wrath. Discipline was something very punishing. Discipline hurt.
When I was in the 7th grade my mother moved us to Hawaii; my angry father no longer part of the household. My brothers and I had an incredible sense of freedom. No discipline to speak of. We played in the jungles and swam in the sea like natives. Most rules were tossed out and the expression of self encouraged. Discipline had been vanquished, exiled like a tyrant put to death. Freedom and anarchy ruled the day.
For a good portion of my adult life, still lacking a good model of this trait, I shunned many positive aspects of discipline, choosing instead to lead a vagabond existence. Until recently, discipline, seemed to be arduous, repressive and punishing. Now I’m seeing this is indeed not the case.
Discipline, when actively engaged, has its’ own vibrational frequency to which anyone can attune; in its’ high form this vibration is an incredible asset for bringing success to any facet of life.
Practicing discipline as a spiritual trait is one of the keys towards Enlightenment.
Choosing our thoughts instead of our thoughts choosing us, for we become the reality that we think.
As the Buddha teaches, it is about controlling one’s mind. It is discipline that when practiced in the positive allows thought and consciousness to become one which in turn creates the environment for true deep spiritual growth.
Mantra: “I allow my mind to become one with the mind of God, I allow my thoughts to become one with the thoughts of God”
Allow, as used here, is not a passive practice, but requires discipline. Imagine your small self surrendering to your Higher Self. This is discipline of thought that brings about higher consciousness. This takes a finesse which can only be mastered through discipline.
“Success isn’t measured by money or power or social rank. Success is measured by your discipline and inner peace” ~ Mike Ditka
We live in a culture that offers a smorgasbord of spiritual offerings. Individuals are seeking answers through many different “pathways” in our culture: some jumping from one path to another when they don’t find an immediate answer or cure.
It takes discipline to be able to get the “gold” from any teaching. As much as the path is important, the way in which we engage our spiritual pursuits is equally vital.
“Affirmation without discipline is the beginning of delusion” ~ Jim Rohn
Personally I found the pure energy of Discipline through communion with an Ascended Master, Serpis Bey. Serpis Bey holds the Mastered Vibration of Discipline. Anyone, through meditation, can access this Master Frequency.
Discernment helps us see discipline as a positive quality. I do not see punishment as part of the equation. Except for the fact when we fail ourselves, through the lack of self- discipline, our life suffers and that is a form of self punishment. Practicing discipline in the positive is a form of great self love.
When we employ discernment and discipline together it becomes a powerful duo: discernment as the sword, cutting the extraneous from our lives and discipline the muscle which swings the sword.
Discipline can be powerful in adopting new practices. In these shifting times it can be very powerful to stand in the unknown in order to learn something new. It takes a disciplined mind to be able to step out of what you know into what you don’t know, to clear the clutter of the mind and psyche so that something new and profound can show up.
Discipline is just doing the same thing the right way whether anyone’s watching or not ~ Michael J. Fox
We are living in the time of spiritual masters. We are the masters we’ve been waiting for. It is time for us to claim our mastery by acting as such. Self mastery is key to claiming and living as God’s true children, our sovereign God giving right.
Through discipline comes freedom ~ Aristotle
While I lived a good part of my life thinking I was free because discipline was not my bag, I now see I was living a spiritual delusion. I can honestly say that as I practice discipline in my life I experience a much deeper freedom. Discipline is setting me free. It has changed in a positive way every aspect of my life and I’ve just begun to practice it. May it set you free as well!
In Love and Peace and Discipline,
Kenton David Bell