Perhaps we have never given it thought, but all of us are masters. What makes us masters is our ability to create and rule our own lives. We master our own personalities and self images that we will use in different circumstances. When we meet people, we classify them right away, and assign a role for them in our lives. We create an image for them according to what we believe they are...and we do the same for everyone we meet. We create ourselves, whatever we believe we are. We are the way we are because that is what we believe about ourselves. The truth of the matter is that we have the same power as everyone else. The big difference in you and others is "how you apply your power", what you create with your power. In as much as we may all be alike in many instances, no one in the world lives their life the way you do. Why? Because you have practiced all your life to be what you are...the way that you are, and you do it so well that you master what you believe you are. You master your own personality, your own beliefs, you master every action, every reaction and every responce you give. Once you can see that we are all masters, then we can begin to determine what kind of masters we are or have been. As a child, someone knocks us down...we get angry. When it happens a second time we also get angry, and getting angry pushed the issue or problem away-and now we know or learn that if we get angry it pushes the issue or problem away. Then we practice and practice until we become masters of anger. Likewise we become masters of sadness, masters of self rejection, masters of jealousy...all with practice, even though we are not conscious of it at the time. The way we feel, the way we think, and the way we act becomes so routine that we no longer have to practice. It just becomes action-reaction. Are we all wounded? Yes we are, and no, it isn't our fault but the healing is our responsibility if we are to be whole. As I stated earlier, the first rule: "don't believe me"...but truth doesn't have to be defended or understood as i write it.