©2008 Joan M. Newcomb
"Power" is a charged word, and people have a powerful reaction to it! How do you react to the word Power? How do you react to the word Powerful? Where in your body do you feel the response?
Power is simply energy plus information. When you think of someone who is powerful, who comes to mind? Better yet, if you placed Donald Trump and the Dalai Lama side by side, whom would you believe to be the most powerful?
I was talking to someone the other day about this because every time they kiss their wife they start burping! This is a great thing, I said, because it means you're opening your third chakra! Kissing your wife is an empowering feeling to you!
Your third chakra is located in your solar plexus, the area of your stomach and diaphragm. It's the area of energy distribution throughout the body. Does your body run like a Semi-Truck or like a Mini Cooper? It's also the area of Will - both your own inner Will and your ability to connect with the Higher Will. So, in essence, it's your power center. When you burp, you're releasing energy from your third chakra (so it's a good thing)!
The traditional model of being powerful is to have power over others or power outside oneself. To dominate or influence. However, if you put your attention, and hence your energy, outside of your space (your own energetic boundaries), you're depleting yourself. It's like sending all your troops overseas and not leaving anyone home to manage things. (Interesting thought, given the state of the US right now...)
The other way is to be empowered, to come from a strong center, to be internally aligned with a Higher Power. It's knowing that within you have a wellspring of Source, and coming from that place you can never be depleted. And, interestingly, you never *feel* powerless, when connected inwardly this way.
Given those two definitions, back to our original question: who is more powerful - Donald Trump or the Dalai Lama?
We've all grown up with lots of messages about Power, and about our own Power. Being a helpless baby dependent on an adult for our every need, we start collecting impressions about power from the moment we're born! Our family passes on their concepts about power, and our culture and society does as well. Is power good or bad? Is it okay for you to be powerful and in what way? If you're male, you'll have gotten one impression, if you're female, you'll have gotten another. If you grew up in the 50's you'll have one set of expectations, if you came of age in the 70's or 80's they'll likely be completely different. If you grew up in another country or parents were from a another culture, then you'll have inner pictures that may contradict the society you're in now.
The way to discover your own power is to reclaim energy from all of these impressions. This can be a full-time job that could take forever, but there's no time like the present to get started! Also, you may find that once you begin taking your energy back, after a few 'denergized pictures' a whole section may dissipate. I liken it to having a forest of limiting beliefs -- you work on a few trees and suddenly the forest disappears.
How to reclaim power? There are a variety of ways. If you read my last Mystic Musings -- you can ground and release the concept (or memory or image) down your grounding. You don't even have to know what it is, but just imagine releasing bags of trash (or recycling) down your grounding to the center of the earth. The Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) works directly on individual pictures and is very effective (go to www.emofree.com for more info). Neuro-Linguistic Programming www.nlp.org, rapid eye technology www.rapideyetechnology, all work to release subconscious blocks as well.
Once you start, it can be exhilarating. Having your own energy within your own space is the most wonderful feeling in the world! So why not get started NOW?