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The True Path to World Domination

Some seek to dominate the world.  I seek to dominate my mind and heart.

“Tertön Sogyal, the Tibetan mystic, said that he was not really impressed by someone who could turn the floor into the ceiling or fire into water.  A real miracle, he said, was if someone could liberate just one negative emotion.” – The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying

When you conqueror your mind, your perceptions, and your heart, you conqueror the world.  Empires come and go.  Wisdom lasts forever.

[Yes, this was sparked by all the buzz around the World Domination Summit.  It’s not a criticism of the event or the organizers.  It’s simply my take on world domination.]

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13 Comments

  1. Maybe prompted by all the buzz about the recent World Domination Summit in Portland?!

    I really like what you’re saying Sandra. Being familiar with Chris Guillebeau (the creator of the WDS), I believe he’d agree too… his choice of words for a portion of his work, “World Domination,” is often misunderstood, I think. It definitely gets attention but sometimes triggers folks too. From what I know of Chris, I think he’s simply saying: be true to yourself, don’t feel compelled to conform to dysfunctional systems, and that can change the world.

    And that’s what I hear you saying too. Thanks for all that you do here on Always Well Within!

  2. Maia,

    You have tuned in perfectly! Yes, this was sparked by all the buzz around the World Domination Summit. I know you will appreciate that it’s not a criticism of either the Summit or Chris Guillebeau at all. I like the way that Chris gets people to think. It’s just my take on world domination!

    Thanks for giving us a summary of Chris’ philosophy. I certainly agree with those principles and appreciate Chris’ vision. And I appreciate you too.

  3. Hi Sandra,
    Well said!You make a very strong case for wisdom. I wouldn’t want to take the opposing side in a debate
    Riley

    • Riley,

      You strike me as some one who can hold their own in a debate! I’m not sure I want to tangle with you. 🙂 But wisdom does make a strong case for itself!

  4. Gosh, I had no idea you were also a Dominatrix! Seriously though, I enjoyed learning about this. I didn’t know any of it before your article. Thanks, Sandra.

    • Ha, ha! I’m afraid I can be more dominating than is desirable, but I am trying my best to modulate that behavior. I admire people who are trying to sing their own tune and I have no doubts that you do too! Glad this was of interest to you.

  5. Hi Sandra,

    Lovely quote! I used to enjoy reading about empires and world domination literally when I was younger. I also enjoyed playing such games. But I was always more concerned about the fate of my people in my dominions and whether they were happy etc. Haha! Over the years, as I studied the nature of power and grew in realization and awareness, I came to realize the burden of the power of rule. Ruling is such a heavy responsibility since the slightess misuse of power or mistake can have adverse repercussions that could affect millions of lives. No wonder Marcus Aurelius walked with such a heavy burden on his shoulders.

    In any case, mastering your mind, perception and heart frees you and allows you to be of greater service to those around you. That is a goal worth striving for.

    Thank you for sharing this lovely quote! 🙂

    Irving the Vizier

    • Such true words, Irving! Being a leader does have so much responsibility and repercussions. Even with the best of intentions, it can be tempting to go astray. I always appreciate the perspective you bring in your comments.

  6. Anything with the words “World Domination” will be found inflammatory to some, possibly many. It is perceived as threatening by most. Why? Because those words would mean “their” world would also be included in the “domination” scenario. Though each of us live in our own unique world, we feel connected to, and somtimes dependent upon, the worlds outside. If they go under, we fear we’ll go under, too. Necessary? Not really. But without the awareness of our power to control our own destiny (and really no others…that is their choice), we are threatened by forces outside/beyond our control.

    Calling people to action is a noble cause, especially when the call is directed at personal change, understanding and awareness. The choice to act is ours, and ours alone.

    It is an interesting study of our collective societies when peace, compassion and understanding are viewed as radical thoughts and even threats to the “good of the whole.” Your quotes strike to the heart of the matter. Let us no longer fear that which can make us truly happy.

  7. Dean,

    Thank you for these well articulated reflections. The whole notion of domination is not an appealing one too me and I appreciate your thoughts on why it would not appeal to others as well. What I was trying to aim at in this mini-post, is the idea that – as the Buddha said – when we transform our thoughts, we transform the world, when we transform our perceptions, we transform what we perceive. Through conquering our mind, ultimately we realize there is nothing to conquer because there is no separation. That is really victory.

    Peace, compassion, and understanding are a threat to greed, pride, and ego! Yes, let us not fear that which can make us happy!

    Thanks for sharing these deep thoughts.

  8. Thanks Sandra for this perspective, and teaching me more about your philosophy. It reminds me of verse from the book of Proverbs, “that (he) who is slow to anger is better than the mighty, and he who rules his spirit, than he who captures a city”. You’re not referring to anger, but I see a similarity in the idea that it’s better to rule our own spirits effectively than it is to rule others. Thanks again for provoking me to think.

  9. This is a beautiful quote and so perfect to what I had hoped to communicate in this message. Thank you so much for sharing it with us. If we don’t learn to rule our spirit than any attempt toward world domination will only boomerang and bring us suffering. It might seem successful in the short run, but that is a temporary illusion. Very perfect. Thank you!

  10. I can easily imagine an event filled with people that aren’t content with being normal or simply fitting in. I live in the gulf islands and that pretty much describes how eccentric we islanders are. lol 😀

    Thanks for your take Sandra. I too am attempting to dominate my mind and heart.

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