Let’s talk about Power
I know true freedom and that is the freedom of the mind.
–Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
Dear Empowered People,
There is so much talk about POWER these days. It’s such a head game. “Don’t give away your power. You have too much power. Don’t abuse your power. Take back your power. Use your power.”
What exactly is power and what are we supposed to be doing with it?
In David Hawkins’s amazing book, Power vs. Force, he provides an excellent description of power:
Power gives life and energy: force takes these away. Force always moves against something, whereas power doesn’t move against anything at all. Gravity itself, for instance, doesn’t move against anything. Its power moves all objects within its field, but the gravity field itself does not move.
That is why you can be more effective being FOR something than to fight against something. Say, for instance, you feel strongly about recycling. Therefore, being FOR recyclers rather than fighting against non-recyclers would be more powerful and effective. The latter is using force that is in opposition and requires movement against something.
“Force always moves against something, whereas power doesn’t move against anything at all.” Force is incomplete and therefore has to be fed energy constantly. Power is total and complete in itself and requires nothing from the outside. It makes no demands, it has no needs. Force, on the other hand, has an insatiable appetite; it constantly consumes. Power, in contrast, energizes, gives forth, supplies and supports.
Force has transient goals; when those goals are reached, the emptiness or meaningless remains. Power, on the other hand, motivates us endlessly. If our lives are dedicated, for instance, to enhancing the welfare of everyone we contact, our lives can never lose meaning.
Power gives life and energy, whereas force takes this away. Force always creates counterforce, and its effect is to polarize rather than unify. Polarization always implies conflict; its cost, therefore, is always high. Because force incites polarization, it inevitably produces a win/lose dichotomy; and because somebody always loses, enemies are created. Faced with enemies, force requires constant defense.
We are not going to change the world merely by the words we use or what we do for a living, but as a consequence of what kind of person we bring into these interactions. What we become is what changes everything.
So when we realize that we are life forces of energy all our own, we are capable of seeing, witnessing and experiencing Our True Power.
Our true authentic power will take nothing away from any other creature. It does not require others to be less, for us to be okay.
So this is where the mind comes into play. We play out what we feel we lack and project it onto others, forcing them into our way of being and thinking. Knowing or thinking we are right. That is force, not power.
True power is not reliant on others telling us that we are wonderful or horrible. When you are in your true power, you are free. You are not reliant on the accolades or put downs of others. Positive and negative have no meaning, for they are seen as the same.
You are only able to see in the outer world what is inside yourself, and you can only give from where you are in this moment. Your true life force and energy are free and independent from that which moves around and inside you.
When you are in your true power, you are an independent observer observing your life in the moment.
With humility comes the willingness to stop trying to control or change other people or life situations or events ostensibly "for their own good." To be a committed spiritual seeker, it is necessary to relinquish the desire to be "right" or of imaginary value to society. In fact, nobody's ego or belief systems are of any value to society at all. The world is neither good nor bad nor defective, nor is it in need of help or modification because its appearance is only a projection of one's own mind. No such world exists.
–David Hawkins, Eye of the I
In essence, there is no such thing as too much authentic power, for it is the very life force that emanates from you, sustaining and giving life from you to the world around you. What you may be observing is force. Giving away your power is merely the decision to force others around you to define WHO YOU ARE, which will be either positive or negative, depending on your life perspective at that moment.
You cannot use your power or take it back from anyone or anything. Your power has been and will always be yours for the asking. It has been there all along.
The greatest example is from the classic movie, The Wizard of Oz. When Dorothy wants to get back home to Kansas, she thinks she needs others to tell her how to do it.
Glinda, The Good Witch tells her, “You didn’t need help. You had The POWER all along my dear.”
The Scarecrow asks, “Then why didn’t you tell her?”
Glinda replies, “Because she wouldn’t have believed me. She had to learn it for herself.”
Are YOU Ready to believe it?
As you take each step I will be there reminding you of your Magnificence, and I will continue to do so, until you are able to see it in yourself.