So many references to Soul contain references to power. Power is to Soul as water is to the ocean. You can’t have one without the other. In exploring the nature of the Soul its essential to explore the nature of power too.
Psychologist’s say that perceptions of power and control, the belief that you can make the changes you desire are critical to mental health – and success. Two psychologists, Simms and Bauman go further, stating that the degree of power a person feels will determine the degree to which they fight to live or die. It’s clear that believing you are powerful is vital to healthy living on this planet. I go a step further: having a sense of your personal power is vital to living a Soul led life. (see my posting below on what Soul is.)
Unfortunately most people never give much thought to personal power, especially not in a spiritual context. Lots of prayers refer to the Power of God Almighty, but there are also many warnings which tell us that we challenge God at our own peril. Hell! I don’t want to incur the wrath of God! But because of the volume and intensity of Judaeo-Christian religious content in our collective Western psyche, it’s highly likely that most Westerners walk around with a subliminal fear of being powerful whether we have been exposed to religious thought or not!
I still dance with the cut off between my will versus ‘thy will be done’. I realise both need to be involved, but just how do I do it. Being personally powerful could be construed as being in competition to an omnipotent God.
If the fear of God is not enough, add to that the real threat that a powerful person brings to society’s status quo. Powerful people don’t just comply. They kick up a fuss, insist on being heard – and want to change things. Jesus is an example of such a person, so was Moses to name just two ‘up there’ beings. Martin Luther King, Nelson Mandela and Ghandi are less holy examples of people standing in their power, but how much poorer our world would have been without their courage and sense of personal power?
The question is are you prepared to take the risk and do the same? If you want to have a healthy relationship with your Soul, (and who doesn’t?) I believe you don’t have an option.’ But are you prepared to do the work to break the pattern of your learned powerlessness?
In our childhood we learn powerlessness.
As adults we need to reclaim it & retrain it.
According to Sandra ‘Power is a prickly pear. Who can I throw it to so I don’t have to hold onto it?’. Just why would we do this? Could it be that the most common model of power is simply lousy. It’s all about force, or power over people. This is a violating energy that I personally don’t enjoy being around so why would I aspire to it at all?
I have discovered is that genuine personal power is a completely different thing. Genuine personal power an honouring energy. Yes it’s strong enough to put down boundaries or be assertive when called on, but it’s a far cry from violating. Rather it’s a sacred moment in which we allow ourselves to stand in the centre of who we are. And when we stand in this centre, we say YES to ourselves and YES to our Soul. And that’s what I’m interested in.
This is how the Course in Miracles says it:
Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure
It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.
We ask ourselves ‘Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented and fabulous?’
Actually, who are you not to be?
You are a child of God . Your playing small does not serve the world
So how can we go about changing powerlessness to powerful in our daily lives? Here’s a tip:
1.Fill in an hourly chart, rating your feelings of personal power out of 10.
2.Note what events trigger an increase or decrease in your sense of power.
3.If you have a decrease, tap your finger lightly on your throat and say ‘I am willing to release the pattern that’s created this situation. I invite genuine personal power.’
This simple process will go to work on the unconscious patterns deep in your being. The more you take these three steps the greater the effect. By taking these simple actions you will be taking a step towards being a happier more successful you – a version of you that is able to stand in your centre and say YES to your Soul. Now that’s power!