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Mastery Examples Mega-Thread

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Hey y’all!

Lately I’ve been getting inspired a lot. Subsequently, the idea of a mastery mega-thread came to mind. This could be a place full of inspiration, watching masters do what they can best.

Quick recap on how to recognize mastery:

  • Mastery resists definition, yet can be instantly recognized
  • Brings rich rewards, yet is not really a goal or a destination but rather a process, a journey
  • Achieves a special poignancy, where muscle, mind and spirit come together in graceful and purposive movements through time and space
  • Mastery’s true face is relaxed and serene, sometimes faintly smiling
  • Difficult tasks are managed somehow to create harmony where chaos might otherwise prevail
  • Practice, the path of mastery, exists only in the present


How to achieve mastery in any activity:

  • Approach in a state of full awareness
  • Conscious of everything happening around and within you
  • Let this awareness extend to your own mental, physical, and emotional condition
  • Perform all series of actions as ritual
  • Feel the whole situation
  • Attend carefully to all feelings and sensations surrounding your five senses
  • This way of being will afford you many opportunities for practicing mastery
  • Don’t downgrade things simply because they are common
  • Everything can be high art
  • Instead of focusing on getting behind things as quickly as possible, do them as a meditation
  • If you choose this option, take a moment to compose yourself before beginning
  • Maintain full awareness of each of your movements
  • Avoid hasty shortcuts – above all, don’t hurry
  • Rather than thinking about getting the job finished and going on to something else, stay wholly focused on the moment, on the task at hand


This should give you a first idea on what mastery is and how it can be recognized. And even if you don’t know anything about mastery, there’s still something about it, that can be felt.

So, feel free to share anything, where you can see mastery! This could be really exciting.

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My Youtube Channel- Light on Earth “We dance round in a ring and suppose, but the Secret sits in the middle and knows.”― Robert Frost

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Sorry. Couldn't hold this one back.

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31 minutes ago, EmptyVase said:


Sorry. Couldn't hold this one back.

Literally my favorite video on the internet, thanks for reminding me of it. :D

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This guy started playing guitar when he was 3 and learned everything by ear... yes. One doesn't get hired by Hans Zimmer for no reason ;) 

This section 1:44 - 2:33 is fully improvised...


This one is also completely improvised, recorded on the first take (!) and put on the album "Hand Cannot Erase" by Steven Wilson :


And of course, Steve Vai, who was hired by Frank Zappa to work as a transcriptionist at just 18 years old:


Edited by Carl-Richard

Intrinsic joy is revealed in the marriage of meaning and being.

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For u hip hop fans in the audience

"And it's absurd how people hang on every word
I'll prob'ly never get the props I feel I ever deserve
But I'll never be served, my spot is forever reserved
If I ever leave Earth, that would be the death of me first
‘Cause in my heart of hearts I know nothin' could ever be worse
That's why I'm clever when I put together every verse
My thoughts are sporadic, I act like I'm an addict
I rap like I'm addicted to smack like I'm Kim Mathers
But I don't wanna go forth and back in constant battles
The fact is I would rather sit back and bomb some rappers
So this is like a full-blown attack I'm launchin' at 'em
The track is on some battlin' raps, who wants some static?
‘Cause I don't really think that the fact that I'm Slim matters
A plaque and platinum status is whack if I'm not the baddest."

For you rhyme junkies like myself

Edited by Adam M

I make YouTube videos about Self-Actualization: >> Check it out here <<

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Neil Peart (and Rush) has always been one of my biggest inspirations of mastery. In their music and their lyrics you can feel mastery and Truth as the underlying theme.

Also most progressive rock, metal or jazz are masters of their instrument, for the genre requires a mix of complexity and beauty.

“What is a master but a master student? And if that's true, then there's a responsibility on you to keep getting better and to explore avenues of your profession.” –Neil Peart

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I am going to feature this, very helpful thread. 

In the depths of winter,
I finally learned that within me 
there lay an invincible summer.

- Albert Camus

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