The power for creating a better future is contained in the present moment: You create a good future by creating a good present. Eckhart Tolle
Dear Ones, Many of us today are feeling powerless in the face of the massive changes that are occurring in our world. This paralyzing feeling of helplessness has led to a massive increase in anxiety, depression, and suicide on a global scale. This month I would like to explore the question of, what is power and how can we reclaim our innate ability to be powerful in our lives and the world.
Next month I will offer the second half of this article and share about a new online developmental program we will be offering on accessing and implementing real power in our lives and the world.
From a shamanic perspective we are experiencing a global crisis of collective soul loss (loss of our innate essence and personal power from individual and collective trauma). How else can we comprehend the level of insanity in a world that would soil its own nest, rip children from the arms of their mothers, shoot defenseless protesters, and engage in activities like ethnic cleansing and genocide?
Most people think of power as having control over and believe that power comes from having wealth, guns, strength, status, or position. This obsolete view is grounded in the unexamined beliefs of separation and scarcity which lead us to dominate and control others and our circumstances. Money and greed have become our cultural imperative.For the purpose of this newsletter I will use the Oxford English Dictionary definition of power: The capacity or ability to direct or influence the behavior of others or the course of events.
What is Power & Where does It Come From?
There is more power in unity than division. Emanuel Cleaver
Is there another way to influence or build capacity beyond control and domination? Yes! Authentic power is relational. It is birthed from a deep place of stillness, presence and interconnection with, not only other humans, but with all of life and the natural world. This is a reciprocal and balanced relationship based in sacred reciprocity. It comes from having a rich inner life that is not dictated by outer circumstances.
True power moves with life, not against it. It has an integrity, as in wholeness, and is coherent, recognizing it’s alignment with larger systems. From this perspective we embrace the “isness” of life, and leave the fantasy of the “should be” world. That doesn’t mean we don’t act! It means that our actions come from a place of clarity, and are informed by a reality that originates from a still inner presence rather than a past based reaction to current circumstances and conditions. This kind of power is always moving towards unity, collaboration and connection.
Our beliefs shape our perception and our perception is our reality. The way we see the world impacts our power and freedom to make choices. To change our worldview, we must first explore and question our most fundamental beliefs, which is like trying to see our own face. We can only ever see a reflection of our face and what we see is what we believe.
Beliefs come from past experiences, stories and culture. Our past based primary reptilian brain, processes over a million times more nerve impulses per second than the conscious mind’s neocortex This means that if we are not vigilantly present, our actions will be dictated by our past. Our identity, who we consider ourselves to be, and our corresponding actions are based in the remembered past. So, how can we create a evolutionary upgrade to our belief system? One of the greatest assets for transforming and upgrading our personal narrative, the story by which we define ourselves, is our fear.
Entering the Rich Territory of Fear
The cave you fear to enter holds the treasure you seek. Joseph Campbell
Fear is frozen power! It robs us of the opportunity to grow and evolve. It is a warning of danger, either real or imagined. This warning shows us what wants to be healed or attended to in our lives. The feeling of danger and the vast majority of our fears are related to the death of our identity, our “I-hood”. What we fail to realize is that our fears hold the key to our evolutionary growth and transformation. It is a precious road map to our awakening. The source of our fears is our past based identity. In order to address the pain of threatening situations and retrieve our essential being, our unique genius, we must make friends with our fears and not let them shut down our ability to create and fully enjoy life. To upgrade into an evolutionary expansion we must go to the body to learn how to ground our energy in presence.
When we practice staying present in the face of fear and track it to the frozen energy in our physical body we dissipate the energy of the trauma and open up new portals of power. If we can be with the fear, and locate it in the body, we will relax the intensity and can actually enjoy the sensations while becoming an observer of the corresponding thoughts and beliefs behind the fear. The body can ground the fear by just consciously breathing into it. Awareness can unwire our story from the past and leaves us with a choice to go beyond the limits of our own perception and closely guarded personal narrative.
In the next newsletter I will speak to the power of language and how to access legitimate power. Throughout the month I will be doing some Facebook live events on Power and in September we will be beginning another online webinar on accessing our true power. This will be a developmental program that inquires into the nature of power and empowerment. We hope you will join us.
Thank you for your partnership in creating a world that works for everyone with no one and nothing left out. michael & meriel