Are you truly being the maestro of the orchestrations in your life or are you letting others conduct its compositions without your input?
Neil Armstrong walked on the moon and declared: “One small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind [sic].” His was the first human footprint imprinted on the moon and will forever be a monument to the ingenuity of the human race. That one small step by Mr Armstrong is an exceptional feat of humanity’s ingenuity. However, there is one small step backwards that very few human beings will ever experience in their life on earth and it is far more meaningful than walking on the moon. What is it? Well, let me explain.
The hold of the ego/intellect
Some children become the centre of attraction as soon as they walk into a room, while other children hide behind books or just sit as quietly as a mouse, so nobody will ask them to perform any childlike magic. As children grow into adulthood, it is not always the pushy kids who make a success out of life. I guess success is the hardest commodity for anyone to define. It all depends on a person’s standards, goals, and inner feeling of prosperity. Certainly, money alone is no criterion for success. Neither is fame, for history has taught how the mighty have fallen.
When a human being matures into adulthood, they have a self-image which projects throughout their lives. The intellectual image that is set in the mind from childhood becomes the ‘real person’. Although it contains many role-plays, the identity image is fixed like a girder in cement. The human mind mistakenly interprets the world it sees by the reference points it has built up over many years.
The ego/intellect becomes so real that any attempt to dislodge its hold on the mind is met with a fierce conscious defiance. A personal ego/intellect will never willingly give up its ground that has been cemented in place by all the reality that has been absorbed throughout its sight, hearing, touch, taste, and feel in a three-dimensional world. This is all it knows. This is all it believes to be correct, moral and principled, or vice-versa. A small amount of the input is authentic, but a large percentage is bogus information.
What does it mean to be the maestro of your own life?
The informed and educated adult ego/intellect feels it has a sound basis for projecting its own input into the human mishmash of opinions, beliefs, perceptions, concepts, thoughts, and knowledge. Often this is backed up by scholastic degrees and awards. How sound are all these beliefs and convictions?
The results of a person’s life will speak for itself. It is not the opinion of others that will determine whether a life on earth was worthwhile and authentic. Rather, it is only the person themselves that can give an honest appraisal as to the richness, fruitfulness, prosperity, comfort, joy, and tranquillity of their life.
The question to ask yourself is: ‘Have I truly been the maestro of the orchestrations in my life? Or, have I let other people conduct all my compositions without any of my own legitimate personal input?’
Indeed, what does it mean being the maestro of your own life?
To find the answer to that question you need to be able to take one small step backwards in time and space, so that you view your own life as an observer, rather than as a participant.
To be able to get a constructive view of our own lives we need to determine accuracies as an alternative to misrepresentations. However, that is impossible if we believe we already know the answer by the sole view of our own ego/intellect.
Do you feel a little mystified? Of course you do. And it is a normal reaction when something does not fit into your perspectives because, after all, who is it in your mind that is interpreting this essay you are reading? Why, lo and behold, it is your very own ego/intellect and it may strongly disapprove of what it is reading. How can it possibly admit to being a false participant in your life when everything seems so steadfast and credible from its point of view? This is where the alchemist in you may begin to stir from the slumber.
So, are you the innocent victim of a case of mistaken identity built by your ego/intellect or do you have the potential to become the majestic maestro of your life concert?
Being a member of a social orchestra
Being the conductor of a social orchestra means encompassing the super-vision of every player you meet and greet. With baton in hand, the maestro will generate music that warms the heart and soothes the soul. Of course, conducting great music is to no avail if there is no audience in the theatre to soak up the symphonic ambiance.
- A time for sitting in the audience
- A time for playing in the orchestra
- A time for composing music
- A time for becoming the maestro
Sitting in the arena of life fashions every human being as the audience. No matter how great their position in society, most of the time, they are listening to other people perform their roles. At some point most people will be given a chance to play their instrument, i.e. get up out of their seat and ‘make their presence felt’ through their career, family, or other society roles. For instance, even the humblest of shop assistants have the chance to perform to many customers each and every day. That is their audience; they can charm them into enjoying their purchase or bore them into leaving empty-handed.
As life progresses and they become more experienced, there will be an opportunity for them to take the baton and become the maestro. It is their turn to take charge. Make their purpose in life ring with the harmonious bells of true prosperity. The more they please their audience the better the acclamations and kudos. Monetary wealth accumulates with little or no effort, because that was not the sole purpose of the work. Enjoyment of the job-in-hand and helping other people to enjoy the experience was their primary motivation.
One small step backwards
By taking the one small step backwards, you will make a gigantic leap towards the most incredible life on earth you could ever imagine. A life that embraces all things bright and beautiful no matter how much darkness and ugliness they contain.
This embracing may look like:
- Seeing the good in the people that normally irritate and vex
- Extracting positive energy when doing tasks and chores that would normally transfer negative fatigue
- Enjoying the disappointments and expectations that did not materialise as anticipated
- Loving exploring the unknown challenges that seem so far out of reach at this moment in time
- Holding out the mental arms of compassion and grace so that the burdens of depression and worry can be lifted from other people’s lives
The baton of time is swinging over your head. It is held in place for you by the master maestro of the universe. Before you can accept the baton you need to take that one small step backwards. Become directly in tune with universal intelligence. By serving your authentic purpose of life, you become the instrument of the genius of the soul. Now, the ego/intellect has a true foundation to soak up all the learning and education it has absorbed over the years and put it to good use for the betterment of humanity.
The transformation may not be that apparent to most people. But you will know the difference you feel and the bliss you experience every moment of every day. You may not obtain fame and fortune. But you recognise you hold the wise treasures of the universe in the centre of your heart. You possess the wisdom gems of the cosmos in the centre of your gut. And you know beyond doubt that you carry the infinite-sacred-divine in the centre of your mind…
Music maestro please!
Michael Levy, is the author of seven books, a mystical poet, inspirational philosopher and wellness/healthy living speaker. His latest books are “The Joys of Live Alchemy” and “Worry Causes Wrinkles” which help a person to change dark negative situations into beautiful colourful positive actions that bring de-lights on the darkest of days. www.pointoflife.com
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