As we go into the new year my intention is to progress with a series of narrations on specific topics that are the makeup of the free radicals anti ageing healthy lifestyle choices. Over the next month the narration will be a series on the application of the idea of self-sovereignty, and what does it mean.
Sovereignty expressed as ” Sovereignty is the full right and power of a governing body over itself, without any interference from outside sources or bodies” or “Complete independence and self-government.” this expression of understanding the word, applies to your thoughts as you gather information regarding your external circumstance.
Every day we have new information coming at us from various sources. The ability to sieve and allocate the news that we hear and to use that information we are given in a usable form of action largely depends on filters that we apply to it from previous lessons learned and the prevailing consensus of the tribe we identify with.
These lessons are different for all us there is no one size fits all we are all individuals, this idea of individuality is a commonly expressed sentiment in the field of self-improvement et cetera.
To understand the concept of being an individual, to understand the concept of self-sovereignty is to recognise the inputs into our lives that send us into a controlled rage, an uncontrolled rage, or perhaps craziness, which go hand in hand with all the other emotional upheavals that are triggered by what messaging gets thrown at us.
In understanding methods behind the ability to view the information of corporate and media messaging, with a perspective of clarity and discernment of action, as opposed to just reacting, is what sets apart sovereignty of thought from, reaction actions, to one of a mindfulness action.
This at first is a difficult task due to the constant mind chatter, that we don’t understand or do not recognise, or are fully unconscious of.
This unconsciousness has led us as humans to feel safe, not to question, to feel comfortable, to be part of that tribe.
In this tribalism, is the ability to be able to stay safe and is the common denominator amongst reaction decisions/actions.
To decide to go against the herd mentality of collective groupthink in psychological terms is to bare yourself, and to be ostracised from the tribe,
This postulation stemming from the primal part of our brain is calculated to be able to keep us safe, this stems back to a time when being isolated from a tribe meant certain death.
Even now in our culture that does not have to worry about tigers jumping out from the bush or roaming bands of invaders, we are still connected via a primordial function of survival.
When we can separate our functions/actions and thinking, it puts us back to the idea of self-sovereignty.
Self-sovereignty is the ability to recognize societal conditioning of thought patterns, self-sovereignty is to understand that you as an individual are responsible for the things that happen in your life.
Self-sovereignty is about making sure that the information that you are hearing and acting on, is something you truly believe, based on your present moment thinking as opposed to a groupthink, messaging marketing think, or survival think.
The age-old philosophical debate as to whether we have free will keeps philosophers engaged and will do for many, many, many years.
This is not about the debate of, if we have free will, self- sovereignty I believe is different, cultivating self-sovereignty is exercising the ability to make decisions, to create your own set of circumstances based on information that you have filtered through a conscious effort of mindful interpretation of all information you have gathered or are subject to.
Free will, is believing that the decisions you make are based on your freedom to make these decisions, though if you do not have the reflection of a self-sovereignty process, the idea of free will, can still be made up of unconscious thought patterns.
Self-sovereignty is something learned, self-sovereignty is consistent learning. The source of sovereignty at its core is you stating you take responsibility for your actions.
These actions are not based on the fear of going against groupthink or standing out, these are thoughts that create action steps based on looking for the facts and digesting information as it applies to you.
Perhaps you will chase down primary source documentation of an “accepted truth” or by using your observable facts to question propagated memes.
It also pays to have a general mistrust for accepted societal mindsets, especially in today’s age of heavily biased and manipulative corporate news and marketing behaviours.
This is where the application of the practice of mindfulness, enables the space between reaction and action. To spend time in a mindfulness condition is having the ability to recognise the need to practice equanimity in your thoughts.
The role of equanimity in your life results in actions that are well-considered from the self-sovereignty aspect of living life on your terms.
Even if the practice of self-sovereignty means sailing into the headwinds of prevailing societal patterns you have to navigate by setting your own course.