Working Towards Mastery

Every day, mastery gets me up,  puts my clothes on me,  slips my shoes on my feet, brushes my teeth, washes my face, brews my hot cup of java, gets me to work, and etc.

I don’t have to focus on HOW to do these things – I just do them.

Let’s look at skill acquisition and consciousness. By consciousness, I mean conscious awareness. The following is based on the 4 levels of competence, generally attributed to Abraham Maslow to which we’ve added a fifth level:

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Reality as Successful Projection of Bias

My biases reflect core beliefs as truths that I can’t challenge without meeting significant ego defense in the form of shoulds and shouldn’ts, musts and mustn’ts – needs.

When I sense my beliefs being threatened, I conjure up justifications as a means of keeping or returning my projections of bias as “true” reality.

My perception of current reality, then, becomes a projection of these biases, an artifact of my past that exerts a powerful influence on the very memories from which that projection emerges. Yes! More circular thinking!!

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