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The Nature of True Power

Posted by on July 18, 2014 in Conscious Evolution, Conscious Living with 3 Comments

Sam WelsbyContributor

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.” Marianne Williamson

What is true power?

I sit quietly in the rain watching the heavy sky hang low over the ancient stones. People scuttle around taking photos, reading pamphlets, satisfied that they've solved the historical mystery of the Henge; but I want to hear a different story. One that moves past scientific theories and mathematical calculations to learn what force inspired our ancestors to design and create this monument. Their colossal effort is almost beyond our comprehension, so we satisfy our curiosity with bland facts and figures. But as I sit and contemplate the power of these stones and the people who erected them, I feel humbled by the task this community undertook to pay tribute to forces larger than themselves. It makes me think about what we venerate today and whether we have we forgotten the meaning of true power.

Power vs Control

Today power is synonymous with the idea of control. We feel powerful if we exert control over our lives and weak if we feel someone or something has control over us. This balance of power is what many of us struggle with throughout our lives, yet paradoxically we often seek to increase our sense of power by narrowing our focus and becoming rigid in our beliefs. We make our lives small by following routines and conforming to societal norms; we set goals for ourselves to lose weight, exercise, earn more money, get a new job, save for a house, car, holiday or complete a course. We move up the career ladder, become an expert in our field, marry, have children and when we achieve these goals we feel as if we are in control of our lives. As our achievements grow so does our pride and we begin to measure our successes against those of our peers.  If the comparison is favourable our sense of power increases, if not we feel diminished and may seek power from different sources.

Criticism and Competition

A common, but subtle, way to gain a sense of power is to judge and criticise others. When we compare ourselves favourably to our family, friends and peers we feel good about ourselves. If we feel we are better looking, kinder, funnier, richer, more intelligent or successful than others our sense of power, or self-importance, increases. We may not do this consciously but we are conditioned to compete with each other, to find fault and categorise each other for better or worse. Of course when the shoe is on the other foot and we are the one being judged the opposite occurs and we can once again feel a lessening of our power. Our hunger for this false sense of power, that we derive from feeding our egos, can never be satisfied. We fritter our time and energy away when we engage in power struggles within our personal and professional lives, moving from victim to victor, shifting blame and relinquishing responsibility.

Responsibility Redefined

So why do we find it so difficult to move out of this cycle? The adage “With great power comes great responsibility” provides some insight once we redefine the nature of responsibility. If we believe that being responsible only relates to leaving home, supporting ourselves financially, finding a job, house and family of our own we will only ever develop the transitory feeling of power that comes from constant achievement and societal conformity. Many of these responsibilities actually curtail our freedom and distract us from the road towards true and lasting power. This is not an easy road to travel because it involves facing our demons and taking full responsibility for our thoughts, feelings, actions and reactions.

The Blame Game
While this sounds easy, when we begin to monitor our internal dialogue we may be surprised at how much blame we assign to our life circumstances. Our parents, upbringing, health, social status, partner, children, employer or government are often seen as the source of our problems, yet they only have the power to affect us in a negative or limiting way if we let them. That isn't to say that we shouldn't use our critical faculties and discernment, but if we stay in the blame game we relinquish our power and remain forever a victim of circumstance. If we learn to embrace our own mistakes rather than hiding from them we become more authentic and can connect to people on a deeper level. When we find the courage to peel back the layers and accept the good and bad within us, we can begin the inner alchemical process of turning lead into gold.

Authenticity and Integrity

By discovering and accepting all parts of ourselves and being true to our values we increase our sense of integrity. Many of us are used to compromising ourselves in order to get on in life. We may have got the promotion but don't agree with the values of the company, we may love our fiancée but don't really believe in marriage. So often we turn a deaf ear to that internal voice  which reminds us of our responsibility to our inner selves. When we begin to express our authentic selves instead of our false selves our sense of power increases dramatically and the more we do this the more powerful we become. This expanded concept of self-responsibility brings with it true sovereignty, yet we must be willing to give up our addictions to blame, criticism, control and the approval of others.

Freedom Reigns

It is necessary for us to overcome our fear of being “powerful beyond measure” if we are to effect change within our lives. Now more than ever we need to reconnect with that inner power by accepting and forgiving ourselves and others, taking responsibility for the aspects of our inner and outer lives that we have been running from and by expressing ourselves authentically. We no longer have the option of playing small and why would we want to? Do we not want to face the truth that we have given away our sovereignty for too long? Let us not allow the past to stop us from releasing our fears and reclaiming our power. Let us embrace who we really are.

Here's to conscious evolution.

About the Author

Sam WelsbySam Welsby is a teacher of conscious evolution, freelance writer, social activist and healer helping people bridge the gap between their physical and spiritual selves. She offers guidance on how to navigate the catalysing energies of change through her articles, personal healing sessions and mentoring programs. Her healing techniques help people to release emotional trauma on multiple levels, so they can live life with clarity and purpose.

Through a practical approach of grounding spirit into physical reality, she teaches people to be their own gurus and supports them in taking inspired action to create the life they want. For information on how you can you can work with Sam, please visit. www.samwelsby.com

She has a BA in Education, Diploma in Hypnotherapy and Holistic Counselling a lifetime of study of esoteric information, the nature of consciousness and what it means to be spiritual.

* Copyright 2014 Sam Welsby

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  1. indichas@outlook.com' Chas says:

    “The best day of your life is the one on which you decide your life is your own. No apologies or excuses. No one to lean on, rely on, or blame. The gift is yours — it is an amazing journey — and you alone are responsible for the quality of it. This is the day your life really begins.” ~Bob Moawad

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