Sovereignty: The Tao Principle of Self-Management (The Dixie Taoist) 1st Edition

ISBN-13: 978-1717419460
ISBN-10: 1717419461
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From the Author

Dear Reader, I know what it feels like to hit rock bottom, to hit the wall and not be able to move forward with life. I know what it is like to start over only to fail again and again. Yet when I needed most I found the ancient way of true power. This way is one of willpower and "self" discipline. This book provides a means of providing a way forward. I share a path, and step by step cultivation of discipline over the ego-self. This is the Tao principle of Sovereignty. You can learn to stop making stupid self-destructive mistakes and to realize true joy and success through wise choices and the power of karma (cause and effect).

If you are ready to commit to learning spiritual willpower and self-discipline then you should give this book a try. This handbook of self-control is spiritual as well as philosophical. This book is NOT religious. It is written from a non-sectarian perspective. I believe that the principle of sovereignty (true-self as ruler over the ego) will enhance whatever spiritual path you currently follow. Having said that you can use your newfound spiritual discipline to be better at the faith you follow whatever that may be.
While this book is written from my perspective and experiences, it is not about me. It is about "the way" or more specifically "the way of virtue". The lessons come from the Tao Te Ching, a classic written over 2500 year ago by a sage known as Lao Tzu. I have found that the lessons are just as relevant to us in this modern age as they were for the everyday working person of antiquity. One thing that has not changed in all the years is that people make ignorant-foolish mistakes that cause pain in suffering to themselves. 
So the lessons of antiquity will apply today. In any given moment, the choice you make determines the success or failure in your destiny (your future). Many times there is just a fine line between success and failure, so choices matter a lot. 
This book will help you realize the when, where, how of choices through virtue and karma. Sovereignty is the ability to stay on this path and rule over the ego which is distracted by desire and emotion.
This is your moment of truth. Will you continue on with the same ignorant way of failure or will you evolve into a higher being and experience a well-lived life of well being? The world needs more individual sovereignty. I sincerely you will find your "self" and be the Sovereign.

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How to Take Charge of Your Destiny
Why is this so important? Mindfulness and meditation are necessary to take charge of your destiny. Destiny is the result of choices you make each moment of each day. Sovereignty is the ability to take charge of your destiny and rule over the ego along with its influences over the mind and emotions. Therefore, to transform your life into one of joy and success, you must cultivate the ability to practice mindfulness and be the Sovereign. Chapter 4

Always Work on your 'self' first, strategy and goals are secondary.
Before you can work on your strategies and goals you must lay the foundation for self-discipline. The first discipline that you must commit to is to cultivate your 'self' first. Cultivating the 'self' means to awaken as the true self and then control the ego-self. Self-awareness is the heart and soul of self-discipline. Only the true self can control the ego-self. 

Cultivating self-discipline is done in a state of self-awareness. Cultivating the true self is cultivating virtue and wisdom. So, before you start adopting strategies and goals you must have the wisdom to know which are in unity with the Tao. Without self-control, the ego will lead you astray by subjugating your strategies and goals. You will not be able to stay on the path without being mindful of what you are doing and why you are doing it. Once you commit to the cultivation of the true self, you can begin to have the clarity necessary for developing strategy and goals.

Judgment and Karma
Karma is another very important reason for moderating judgment and recognizing how judgmental actions work. Choice, action, and destiny are linked through karma.  Karma is a teacher from which you cannot hide.
Value judgment can be sourced from the arrogance of the ego. I have found that when I incorrectly value judge someone, the karmic payback is always right around the corner. It is eerily consistent and quick.

Waking Up To Presence
I had become conditioned to wake up every hour. This practice began to make a big difference in my behavior and stress level. At least once an hour, I could wake up and realize what I was doing and make smarter choices. Often that choice was one to relax and distress. Soon I was even able to wake up and think about what I had been doing and if it was in line with my personal goals.
Then I set my watch to beep every thirty minutes. Moreover, like before, I soon became conditioned to wake just before the alarm beeped and become present. My performance as a boss and leader improved dramatically. In every one of those awake moments, I could choose to listen and pick a wise and virtuous response. I learned to be empathetic, inspired, cheerful, insightful, and understanding. Our team begins to perform better, and things ran a lot smoother. I began to enjoy my job. There were still problems and obstacles, but my new found powers allowed me to work through them effectively. I also learned to create fewer problems by making smarter choices. Chapter 28

Distraction is the state of not being present. It is a partof life but it must be managed and moderated. It becomes a problem when we getso caught up in the drama of the moment that we are unaware that we haveslipped back over into the ego-self. Have you ever looked back on a reallystupid thing you did and realized that you knew better but just lost control?Have you ever said something in a moment of passion that you deeply regret?When you look back on it, you will realizethat you were just angry or frustrated. Even though it is understandable, it is not right.

Imagine being able to see what you are about to do or say andthen step back from it and choose to do or say something else. Even though youare experiencing this storm of emotions, you do not have to give in to them. That is the power of thetranscended self. Chapter 28

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