The term “personal mastery” is used to describe a person’s ability to maintain their internal stability at the ego level of existence.
Someone who has achieved personal mastery is able to successfully manage their deficiency needs, and has thereby learned how to become viable and independent in the sense that they are self-sufficient, and are not beholden or dependent on others for their survival, relationship and self-esteem needs.
Learning to develop your personal mastery skills and capabilities is largely a cognitive process that requires a commitment to personal growth. The skills and capabilities involved are simple and easily understood as long as you remember whatever emotions you are experiencing are what you have created through your beliefs.
The purpose of personal mastery is always: a) to bring you back to a state internal stability whenever you are feeling some form of emotional upset, anxiety or stress, and b) to reduce the frequency and severity of emotional upsets, and the impact of the anxieties and stress in your life.
Personal-mastery is a lifelong pursuit. It is all about adaptability and continuous learning—adapting to circumstances and learning what works and doesn’t work in maintaining your internal stability. Your life gets easier the more you are able to master your fears. However, there will always be times when you find yourself out of alignment. As you make progress on your personal mastery, your fears will become fewer, they will show up less often, and your ability to return to a state of calm (alignment) will become quicker.
Once you embark on your journey of personal evolution, you will need to seek feedback about how you are coming across. Find out what people think are your strengths. Ask your friends and colleagues how you can improve. Find out what situations trigger your sub-conscious fears. Understand the origin of these fears and work on managing, mastering or releasing them. If necessary, find a coach who can support you in this process.
Learn how to respond rather than react when your fears are triggered. This all requires courage, self-examination, and a willingness to deal with unpleasant emotions. Unless you understand, and either manage or release the emotional pain of the past, it will keep you anchored in the first three levels of consciousness.
Regular bouts of impatience, frustration, anger, and rage are sure signs that the ego is out of alignment with the soul. Also watch out for signs that you are being aggressive towards others, in both the written and spoken word.