It’s interesting that we talk of power — brand power, political power, spiritual power, God power, might vs right power, power to be ourselves, power to attain success — and yet when faced with needing to start over in life, or create one’s work, it seems we often feel powerless.
It seems having the …
— power to change
— power to believe
— power to start over
— power to express the best of ourselves …
… is putting a lot of emphasis on the handle: Power.
Is this invisible potency what gives the uumph to finish the phrase and the day?
We seek power to change, rather than simply change, as in your life or my life now in this moment…
We seek power to believe, rather than simply believe (the active verb form) in good, self, God, purpose, kindness, or that there is Work we can create.
We seek power to start over, rather than starting over (as in I’m starting anew now. Power or Not, I’m doin’ it now, today!)
We seek power to express our best, rather than just ‘express my best’ in this moment.
You get the pattern.
Where in your life today did you seek the ‘power’ rather than ‘take the action’?
Yes, when not feeling power-ful, we can feel helpless or invisible, whether it’s economic power or power to move the world to a better place for all, or spiritually powered to meet the demands of another day of creating one’s work here.
It’s as if we are not feeling aware of the power already inside, we instead seek it first as a handle.
It’s when not feeling power already inside, we seek it outside of ourselves
— as a cloak of ‘being enough’ — to take action.
Of course we do: The word ‘power’ really didn’t come into use in our English language until the 12th Century and at the time was a noun all about being able to act with strength and might, especially in battle. It descended in apparently a rather vulgar way (cf Partridge’s Origins) through Latin from 842 onward as a noun for a sense of potency, and I’ll leave that image to your imagination. In just a few centuries, power would be contained in political circles and in industry, with the manufactured electrical power suddenly invisibly fueling industry and the work of 19th C Empire, the engines of progress, and providing light to the common person.
Light from nowhere. Electricity flowing invisibly, suddenly everywhere… no wonder we are confused as to the source of our power and needing to feel the might of the term. Much of the 19th and 20th C spirituality is all about the unseen ‘power’ flowing through us and to us, our idea of God and might mixing away into an unseen flow of energy within us as magnetism, attraction, juice, that which we call upon to make our human efforts be successful.
I’m all for power and for feeling and doing what makes any one of us feel powerful enough to be seen. I’m all for expressing our light and using our talents and gifts, doing the Work we are here to do for this world.
When do you feel most power-filled to do this Work you are here to do?
Here’s a key, I think: It’s a power-action circuit. Take an action On Task and On Purpopse, feel power-filled. Feel powerful, take an action…
Do you feel more powerful when taking the action or do you feel you must wait for the power to kick-in first?
I express my best; I feel power–filled when I do. That’s what I’m here to do.
I believe that there is Work I am needed to do and I’m doing it; I am power-filled when I do this… I believe that for you, too.
I change my life —now— to create my work; I shine that inner flow to the outside when I do.
So do you, when you change, create, shine whilst in action. And it comes right back as a feeling of power, a self-circulating energy flow.
Waiting to feel power is feeling helpless. I know this; we all know this. Waiting to be recognized as ‘enough’ to be powerful is a long, long wait in a dark, dark closet. The electricity, the shine, the power flowing is within, coming out.
Taking action, shining one’s best, expressing one’s heart, soul, talents, creating your Work, that is taking action that makes a person feel powerful, handle or not, outer recognition or anon.
Back to our question:
When do you feel most power-filled to create and do the Work you are here to do?
What actions are you taking that feel to rev up the feeling of power within? Then the power that you feel is a result of these actions, taken with grace.
We are, each and all, needed — by friends, beloveds, our visions and dreams, and by our Time here on Earth — to be our best, taking actions, and making felt the power that is our energy made visible.
In starting over and anew today, shine as only you can, through your actions, expression, believing and doing!
Blessings on your day!