The next time you’re overcome with feeling as if you are powerless, take this one interior action and watch that fear disappear: instead of looking at what your fear is telling you is greater than your power to deal with it—i.e., a failing relationship, a brewing storm, or a pending loss of some kind—look instead at the part of you that wants you to believe that who you are is inadequate to meet the challenge at hand. Then remember the following truth:
All feelings of being powerless are the false projections of a frightened level of self that is not you.
Real spiritual power is knowing that no moment is greater than your divine right to call upon an indwelling light that transforms any darkness it touches into something bright, true, and good for all.
We have no idea of the power with which we have been endowed. Within us dwells the possibility of realizing a level of consciousness whose freedom has no contingencies, one that cannot fall apart even when the conditions in our lives seem to come undone.
This special kind of power has nothing to do with being able to control or manipulate conditions outside of us. We’re talking about a completely different kind of power: authority over our own negative reactions.
Consider the ability to possess ourselves as opposed to trying to possess things or relationships through which we have a measure of security. The power to possess ourselves can’t be granted by anyone or anything outside of us. All powers of the worldly order are powerless to grant us what our heart of hearts wants more than anything else: to be quietly in charge of our own heart and mind… [to be continued]
True spiritual “power” isn’t the ability to imagine and implement an endless series of new solutions to old problems. Rather, it is a radical new and higher form of self-understanding, one that illuminates and transcends our unconscious need to have any painful problems at all. Which would you rather have: a personal fire truck and a fire to put out every day or a life free of painful flames?
The truth is, most of us spend a great deal of our time struggling in vain to sort out one conflict or another with others, with the world, or within ourselves. Part of our ever-developing plan to “win” these wars requires us to acquire new powers that we imagine will end our suffering once and for all. But past experience proves these exercises to be pointless: the very thing that we set out to obtain to make us fearless, to relieve our stress, soon becomes the source of a new fear and a new pressure!
Not unlike an addict taking his drug of choice to release himself from the cyclical pain of his addiction, we continue to seek powers outside ourselves to free us from feeling powerless in the face of what pains us. It’s obvious that no drug the addict wants can free him from wanting drugs. What isn’t so obvious, at least not yet, is the following: each power that we imagine will liberate us only strengthens our false belief that the power we need to be free is to be found somewhere outside of us…. [to be continued]
Fear cannot understand itself, but you can understand fear!