Yeshua said, “Whoever knows everything, but is personally lacking, lacks everything.”Gospel of Thomas, Logion 67
I love comparing translations of the Gospel of Thomas. They often complement each other and bring different layers of meaning to the fore. The shorter translation above from gospels.net has less detail yet in a way says more. To be personally lacking doesn’t just denote a lack of self-awareness or self-knowledge. You can be personally lacking in so many ways and yet puff yourself up with knowledge of the world. You can, for instance, have a deep knowledge of your intellectual capabilities and even your shadow and yet lack a personal capacity for kindness toward yourself and others.
And isn’t the Tarot amazing? It pairs logion 67 with The Chariot, a card of success. The Chariot symbolises parts of the self pulling in different directions (though looking the same way), preventing us from moving forward. This card presents a big clue about the importance of discipline. We must use discipline to bring all opposing forces within us under what Marcus Aurelius labels ‘the directing mind.’ And we can only do so if we know ourselves.
In the card image above, though both horses receive instructions from the directing mind (the charioteer), one horse is still straying. The indication is that not enough discipline and self-examination has been applied to this area of one’s life.
Together, today’s logion and the Tarot card of the day, provide us with a handy formula for success. These are five proven steps for how to avoid getting into our own way and potentially being ‘deprived of everything’:
5 Proven Steps to Achieve Success
- Know yourself and what you desire to achieve in life (know your ‘Big Why’)
- Set tangible, achievable goals
- Make a daily/weekly schedule or to-do list and tick off each task as you complete it
- Have an accountability partner or mentor
- Understand that nobody but you is responsible for your success – Blame and pointing a finger is the quickest way to get in your own way
“He who lives in harmony with himself lives in harmony with the universe.”– Marcus Aurelius