Feeling the nitty gritty… For some time, you’ve been working according to a set of principles, disciplining yourself according to precision-oriented goals. Suddenly, what felt like breezing through the steeplechase has turned into mucking in soggy trails so obliterated by overuse there’s no direction to be found in them. You were perfectly willing to jump the hurdles on the way. Reasonable obstacles build agility in thought, word, and action. However, when abuse of power tilts the balance into an unfair advantage for the ones running the race, there’s bound to be a reckoning. The first reckoning is within. Sit down and take a long look at yourself. Have your recent thoughts, words, or actions robbed another of their natural power and grace? Have you raised the bar over which others, believing in your glow of authoritative command, are simply not equipped to clear? Or perhaps you’ve done this to yourself. Hm, there’s another perspective. Either way, it’s quite likely now that something is askew on the field of reason. However, you have the wherewithal to straighten that out, right?
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The natural flow requires investigation now. Somehow, authority has been turned on its head. Perhaps it is time for the Emperor to see things from a new perspective. Thus can the balance of power and wisdom become restored, and the flow of the vision become manifest. He still holds the unformed crystalline seed of a new world, so precious and so pure none dare to question its authenticity, nor the wisdom in carrying it with the utmost care and protection. He still holds the key gripped perhaps a little too tightly, for in the undercurrents of confusion lurks the possibility of losing sight of the keyhole. Now is a time to hold tight to the inner principles that have driven you forward thus far, to take a look at the situation from underneath, and in this way dispel illusion. As you approach the initiation into selfhood, you must trust yourself implicitly.
To get to the root of what matters now requires a willingness to examine what underlies your method. Confronting authority need not be an act of outright rebellion. The results can be just as earth-shattering, if not more so, by undermining an outworn mode of thinking how things get done through Socratic self-talk. Define your understanding of your ways and means of achieving a desired result. Detail what it is that makes you tick. Ask yourself what you mean by what you say, leaving no stone unturned and no thought unexamined. As you go through your day, pay attention to where your thoughts travel, and at each relay point, require deeper understanding of your motives, your methods, your mage-level ability. You cannot move forward without this crucial step backward, inward. Ignoring the mirror now is something your soul does not recommend.