Power of Thought
is said that people are defined by the
5 things they think about most. On behalf of our mission,
which strives for the attainment of authenticity, that is something
Thoughts that dominate our minds influence our
perspective of the world and the shaping of our values. Understanding
that we can choose what we run over and over in our heads shows
us, to some extent, that we can exert more control over who we are.
No matter what face we put on in front of others,
when we entertain negative thoughts, or values that conflict with
one another, we actively resist our own liberation. We end up with
hidden agendas that even we might not be aware of, impeding our
Taking note of what we repeatedly think about
during the day can be helpful. Are we haunted by the past? Or by
failed relationships, bad decisions, or childhood trauma? Do unresolved
issues run constantly in the background of our minds, ultimately
sabotaging our progress? Are we addicted to some vice we are ashamed
of and need to hide it from others? Are we hamstrung by irrational
fears, concealed by phony confidence?
While these psychological barriers may be considered
just part of the human condition, our accepting them amounts to
losing control of our lives, a paltry response to what the quest
is all about. It is a denial of our innermost desire to find completeness,
to fulfill our Telos.
What we watch on the media for hours at a time
influences us as well. The frenzied urgency of political commentators
is nothing less than techniques for indoctrination. They promote
irrational fears in order to propagate their biases and prevent
us from thinking for ourselves. That they often sound alike reflects
a formula of coercion.
In like manner, continued exposure to violence
on television desensitizes us to acts of hurting one another. Some
actually consider the threat of violence a valued part of our cultural
Focus enough on media illusions of the rich and
famous, and the lure of its subliminal messaging changes our attitudes
toward values that really count.
The truth is, one cannot be a committed Knight
and a scoundrel at the same time. If todays Knighthood
is anything, it is a rejection of personal hypocrisy. When
a courtesy is extended, its intent as a sign of respect must never
be violated or exploited. If we believe in freedom, it cannot be
limited only to ourselves. Equality is a ridiculous, vacuous ideal
if it excludes whole groups of people due to prejudice. Greed and
compassion for others are structurally incompatible, no matter how
we try to balance them.
If you feel irresistibly drawn to chivalry, but
find yourself responding to it only on a part-time basis, or in
a piecemeal manner, or just in words online or in fantasy, ask yourself
why. What inner conflict is disrupting your commitment? What values
do you harbor that contend with your urging of conscience? What
thoughts manage to push chivalry aside after a moments reflection?
What better thoughts can compensate for that?
The power of the 12 Trusts comes from
their ability to awaken moral ideals that are part of our nature,
not imposed from the outside like political propaganda. They are
not exploitive, but life-enhancing. They seek to liberate rather
than control. They view the quest as a blessing of freedom rather
than a coercive threat to autonomy. They nudge conscience to its
proper place in our lives, helping complete who we are.
12 Trusts give us something positive to contemplate when
the negativity of errant thoughts seem to run amok in our minds.
Their direct link to conscience makes them powerfully alive and
The person who holds true knighthood in his or
her heart understands how negative thoughts affect our vision of
reality, and how self-discipline, combined with a code of ethics
based on Natures Law, can help reset our priorities