In Scroll VI, we are mastering emotions. Iâ€™m having more fun with this scroll than most. â€œInside me is a wheel , constantly turning from sadness to joy, from exultation to depression, from happiness to melancholy.â€ I immediately thought of those lights people used to put at the base of their Christmas trees.Â
Then, whenever I read this section, I laugh or smile. â€œEach day, when I awaken, I follow this plan of battle before I am captured by the forces of sadness, self-pity and failure â€“â€ How many of you view the day in this manner? Well, thereâ€™s a plan for that.
If I feel depressed I sing.
If I feel sad I laugh.
If I feel ill I double my labor.
If I feel fear I plunge ahead.
If I feel inferior I wear new garments.
If I feel uncertain I raise my voice.
If I feel poverty I think of wealth to come.
If I feel incompetent I remember past success.
If I feel insignificant I remember my goals.
Today I master my emotions.
The scroll goes on to talk about the forces â€œwhich approach with a smile and the hand of friendship and they can also destroy me.â€ Again. Never relinquish control
If I become overconfident I recall my failures.
If I overindulge I think of past hungers.
If I feel complacency I remember my competition.
If I enjoy moments of greatness I remember moments of shame.
If I feel all-powerful I try to stop the wind.
If I attain great wealth I remember one unfed mount.
If I become overly proud I remember a moment of weakness.
If I feel my skill unmatched I look at the stars.
Today I master of my emotions.
It gets better still!
â€œI no longer judge a man on one meeting; I no longer fail to call again tomorrow on he who meets me with hate today. This day he does not buy gold chariots for a penny, yet tomorrow he exchanges his home for a tree. My knowledge of this secret is my key to great wealth.â€
This scroll, valuable as it is, has me smiling all the way through because of itâ€™s way with words.
(Yes, the Silence has been wonderful â€“ Iâ€™m not in complete Silence during this period, but Iâ€™ve been experimenting and learning many new things.)