VI.) The Principles of K.E.I.: If you analyze the actions of the human race and the members the "One Percent Club" (The super achievers of humanity)
and how they became what they were, you will realize that it came down to three things: Knowledge, Experience and Introspection. It is these three
tools that make up the “compass to salvation”. They are separate yet intertwined, each building on the other ones to give the seeker the complete
picture of that which they wish to obtain. Utilized individually they are useless but when put together, they are the path to the light—the path to
achieving your goals.
1.) Knowledge: Most people have no idea what knowledge means or even what it is; they believe it is some vague concept that is hard to describe. It is
not. “Knowledge” simply refers to the acquisition of one or more mental images, concepts or principles into an individual or collective mind from
one or more sources. That definition in mind, it is easy to see why the constantly acquiring knowledge, or new mental images, concepts and principles,
is crucial to “salvation” because without it, stagnation is enviable. How can one move towards saving themselves if they are standing still?
As a keen observer would realize, the one thing that the members of the” One Percent Club” have in common is that they had knowledge in a variety
of subjects. To use one example from earlier, the great American President George Washington was a great writer, entrepreneur, leader, military
strategist and engineer. Without first the knowledge he needed about each of these different disciplines, he would have never succeeded in any of
them. Much is the same with you, in your individual life.
To excel and maximize your potential in any given subject you must first dedicate yourself to learning as much about the subject as you possibly can
and plan how you’re going to use the knowledge you have obtained to execute your goal. But once you do that you cannot stay in that paradigm, you
must move forward to actually putting that plan into action; you must move on to the second principle: You must experience it.
2.) Experience: Again, much like the word knowledge, there is a great misconception of what “Experience” actually is. Some people seem to hold the
notion that to experience something just means seeing it, reading about it or even imagining yourself doing it. From a logical standpoint these
notions are ridiculous. Think about it, is reading about or seeing someone else scuba dive the same as actually doing it? Believe me, it is not. No,
the real truth about experience lies in actually, physically, doing that which you are trying to experience. Not only that, but applying knowledge to
a situation and experiencing that situation numerous times are what hone expertise.
For example, Pythagoras, the ancient Greek philosopher, mathematician and religious leader, learned from a wide variety of sources the knowledge that
was used to formulate his famous esoteric theory of the Music of the Spheres. He would not have been able to do so had he just learned from his
teachers and just left it at that. No, to do so he had to actually apply the things he learned over the course of his life and experiences the trials
that inevitably wait on the path to success.
Do you think Pythagoras would have made a difference in the world had he just been taught about mathematics but took no action to further his learning
himself? The reason why he became the great mathematician that he did was because not only did he have a plan, but he actually took the necessary
steps and sacrifices to realize that plan and it is that which is what makes him a human role model; same as George Washington, same as Gandhi, same
as Joseph Stalin. Even so, just knowledge and experience together are not what caused these men to have the success that they had but those two
combined with introspection did.
3.) Introspection: The final, and arguably most important, element of this “compass” is called Introspection. Not as misused as the previous two,
“Introspection” is normally referred to as the self-examination of one’s conscious thoughts and feelings. Of course that definition blatantly
leaves out the most important aspect of one’s life: Their actions. The true purpose of introspection is to use one’s mind to analyze ones actions
in relation to their goals and come up with actionable solutions to put an end to any action that causes one to deviate from those goals.
From an objective standpoint it does not matter if your goal is to help invade a country or help defend it, as long as you develop your personal
abilities and apply them to your goals you have succeeded. The only way to make sure your using the knowledge you learned to achieve those goals is to
apply introspection to your life and analyze where you are at in relation to your goals, where you need to be and what do you need to do to get there.
Going back to Pythagoras, even though he learned the knowledge that he did from his many mentors and applied it to his work, that would have meant
nothing had he not of used introspection to fix the inevitable problems that occurred during his philosophical and mathematical ventures. Even more
fundamental than that, to even get to the point where he could devise the great things he did, he had to fight off the “Shadow” aspects that we
all contain within us; the apathy, procrastination, laziness, greed, fear, etc.
Being physically active in this aspect of life will be of little use here. The only way to combat those psychological issues is to use introspection
to sort them out and come up with solutions to get past them. i.e. reviewing your actions and devising a plan that will help you achieve your goals
instead of falling prey to the “Shadow” contents of your psyche. Now, to start wrapping things us, let’s put these three concepts in the context
of the microcosmic individual human and macrocosmic evolutionary growth of humanity as a whole.
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