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“What this power is, I cannot say. All I know is that it exists... and it becomes available only when you are in that state of mind in which you know exactly what you want... and are fully determined not to quit until you get it.” -Alexander Graham Bell
It’s too easy to be a victim and lack personal responsibility. And your society does not help. In fact, your society conditions you to be powerless and dependant upon the governments of society, so it can control you.
Who is to tell you what is best for you? More importantly, do you allow others to tell you what’s best for you?
Not only does society want to control you, but often times family members and loved ones want to control who you are and what you do. Family members think they know what’s best for you and want you to conform to their beliefs and habits.
This is why it’s frustrating being a person. Everyone has an opinion to what you should be and do in life, and what you want seems to not matter.
How can you succeed and become free in this unfree world?
Well, the missing element is sovereignty. If you feel victim to society, to your life situations, or to your family members, then you have not owned and embodied your power. With power comes your freedom.
But the power I’m talking about is not ruling over others and the world to get what you want. Power is not manipulating people to conform to your ideas and beliefs. True power comes from within. It is acknowledging and embodying the truth that you are CEO of your life.
What most people do is fall into the trap of seeking power in the world. So they accomplish certain positions, titles, and possessions to look down upon others. In other words, most people seek power in the world by being king of hill and better than others. All that leads to is arrogance and resentment. It’s an illusion based power system that strengthens fear and separation.
Power that is sought in the world always ends messy. An extreme example is Hitler, who manipulated thousands, if not millions, of people to conform to an idea. That kind of power, which is power disowned, led to millions of deaths through war and famine.
On a less extreme level, seeking power in your family can lead to fear, resentment, and separation. What many families call love is actually fear. Family members compete to appease the authority figure or head of the household. And then family members compete to be the head of the household. Families set rules to what’s right and wrong, good and bad, and certain ways to act. If you don’t conform to the family’s belief system, then you are weird, an outcast, and not accepted “as being one of them”.
I know it can be painful. You want love and peace. And it looks like having power is evil or corrupt. But it’s the wrong source of power that’s causing the corruptness and evil. Find the power within you, and you’ll be your unique self. Anytime you go looking for power you move further away from your unique and powerful self. Why? Because you’re trying to be someone else, and something that’s not real.
Three Ways to Own and Embody Your Power...
1. Make a list of what you fear, and face your fears
The mis-use of power you see in the world is run by fear. People do not want to face their fears because, well, it’s fear. They think something bad will happen if they give into their fears. However, the opposite actually happens. When you face your fears, you grow your inner strengthen and power. You come to see that what you fear is not fear at all, it’s your thoughts about the situation, not the situation itself that causes fear.
2. Be the sovereign one
Huh? What? How do I be the sovereign one? Well, if all power comes from within, then all you have to do is acknowledge and be the voice of power. Simply identify with being power - I am power - and speak as power, while refering to yourself in third person. So, tell me, what is it like being you, power?
For example, “May I please speak to power?”
Power: “Yes, I am power.”
Facilitator: “Okay, tell me about you. What is it like being power?”
Power: “Well, I’m CEO of the company. I’m the one in charge of the self. I make all of the decisions and tell the self what’s good for her. Since I’m in charge, I do what I want and pursue my dreams and ambitions.”
“As power, I don’t rule over others. That’s not my job. My job is rule over the self, over you. I provide direction for you and can get what you truly desire.”
Now go ahead, and you try. Be the voice of power and use the above dialog as a guide. Then, once you have voiced what your job is as power, sit as power and embody it.
3. Be a servant
It seems that the goal in life is to climb the highest mountain and be the first one up. Many people are identified with being king of the hill and better than others. Since they have achieved success, they preach and claim that their way is the best.
Well, being on top of the mountain is looking down upon others. It’s saying, “I’m the master. I’m successful, and you are not. So you need to do what I did, and you can do that with my products”. The problem with “being at the top” is that you cannot help others - you can’t lift them up and show them the way. You can only show off your arrogance and pride, therefore, have a false sense of power. Being at the top of the mountain may have wisdom, but it lacks compassion.
Being a servant is the one who has power. A servant is at the bottom of the mountain, ready to guide and journey with others to the top. A servant is in the position to empower others because she doesn’t see herself better than or superior to other people. In fact, a servant feels equal or less than to the other person.
By becoming a servant you embody empathy and compassion. You can relate to individual’s suffering and pain. You can be the witnessing presence to what people need. Then, you can empower that individual by understanding and being kind and offering wisdom as help.
So there you have it. Those are three ways to own and embody your power: 1) Face your fears, 2) Be the sovereign one, and 3) Be a servant.
When you look within yourself for power, you embody wisdom and compassion that helps achieve your highest desires in life, and also empower others to get what they want, too. Power doesn’t have to be corrupt and evil. Power is the source for wisdom and compassion to flow.
This article is generously contributed by Nick Pfennigwerth from Big Heart Small Business, helping small business owners connect with their heart and larger vision so that they can make a difference and a healthy profit. At Big Heart Small Business, Nick applies his buddhist, spiritual, zen teachings into growing an authentic, heart centered business without the hype and strong arm tactics.
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