We never had control over the world outside of us, as that is giving our power to another. But we have always had the ability to control our inner world and this is mighty than we are lead to believe by the programs the outside world has thrust upon us.
To reach our inner world one must have control over the mind, for the mind only knows of the past. To still the mind gives you access to your heart. To feel your hearts desires gives you access to happiness. To become happiness gives you access to your pineal gland and many more dimensional connections. To access these connections gives you much wisdom. To know wisdom give you freedom and isn't this what we desire most. The freedom to choose what feels best for us. And so the cycle is complete.