Personal power can mean different things to different people and even different things to the same person, depending on many factors, including: life stage, level of consciousness, personal experience and predominate belief system.
One thing personal power is not is force.
Force comes from insecurity, inner emptiness and lack.
When you hear the words personal power, what comes to your mind?
Here are some of the answers I have heard from clients:
Presence, Balance, Choice, Being present, Knowing, Happiness, Inner Peace
For me, these answers bring up another question for exploration: does personal power come from having these feelings or are these feelings an outgrowth of embodying the essence of personal power in your core? My perspective is that it is a two way street difficult to discern one over the other…what do you think?
A fundamental building block for personal power from my perspective is the capacity to be in touch with and manage our life force energy.
Personal power and the higher Self
Personal power means understanding our expanded Self and its relationship to the universe. It means knowing how body-mind- spirit operates and having the tools to develop greater awareness and consciousness. Perhaps the greatest aspect is to be able to experience and continue to grow “I AM-ness,” the level of consciousness that is pure awareness.
More important than knowing about power is being able to put that information into practice. Personal practice helps us to learn more about building and using personal power to create from the inside out.
Personal power also means deeply feeling what is true for us in the core of our being. Knowing how to honor our individual nature allows us to shape life in ways so we can positively contribute to the lives of others.
Evolution, change and growth
Many things shift and change as we move through life. Two key points are:
1. We do not have to be the victim of anything including our emotions;we can become our own authority. Emotional intelligence is a process that leads to self mastery, a complex and perhaps forever incomplete journey!
2. We can be happy and at peace regardless of external forces or with things not being the way we think the world should be. Everything is evolving and we cannot wait for the ideal or perfection to have happiness or inner peace. It may be a challenge to take charge of our inner state regardless of outer circumstances but it is do-able and a positive contribution to self care and to our outer environment.
As Oprah would say, “What I know for sure today is… “
Part of our task as adults is to connect with the deep core of our authentic Selves, to come to know our Selves free of illusions and bring that with our unique gifts to the world freely, openly and lovingly. This is in fact the best and truest kind of power. Attending to our energy system provides a direct and effective route to this goal as it takes us beyond the mental chatter and preoccupations that clutter our path and progress.