The Teachers tell us that we live under the Law of Dominance, but that our focus should be Self-Dominance. An interesting word, “dominance”… The Latin word for Lord or Master or Teacher is “Dominus”. “Lord” and “Master” connote control, and a teacher is one who has controlled him/herself sufficiently to learn something well enough to teach it, and one who studies longer can get a “Master’s” degree. Our task is to quantify the quality “human”, i.e. enhance humanity through self-enhancement, through self-dominance, i.e. self-training, i.e. learning something, incorporating something new into our life. It’s an act of creation, which takes focus and repetition, hence, the 21-day challenge.
You have probably heard the joke about the person asking for directions in New York City, “How do I get to Carnegie Hall?”, and the response was “Practice!”. So it is with self-enhancement. It’s been said that human entrainment takes 21 days, so by repeating something 21 days in a row (with sufficient focus) we can incorporate it into our consciousness . So I say to you, “Take the 21-day Challenge”. Repeat something beneficial for 21 days and notice the difference in your life.
My guru, Gurudeva Sivaya Subramuniyaswami, taught that the 5 steps or levels of inner focus are 1) attention, 2) concentration, 3) meditation, 4) contemplation, 5) samadhi. Regardless of the application chosen, the 21-day Challenge helps you build focus, confidence and inner capacities.
For instance, repeat to yourself “I’m watching” throughout the day, continuing to do what you’re doing, but taking about a second to observe what you’re thinking, your attitude, and what you’re doing. No judging, just observing.
Another idea is to always leave a room cleaner or more organized than it was when you entered.
Another is to think of yourself radiating love and joy like a light bulb, everywhere you go, everyone being warmed and blessed by your presence.
Hint: Mark the days on a calendar. Writing is often the 1st physical step in the manifestation process of creation.
What 21-day challenge will inspire you?