What is Power?

Power – it’s right in our name. We say we can train you into your power. So what is this power that we’re talking about?

As usual, I start with semantics. How does the dictionary define power? Here’s the results I get when I google “define: power”:

  1. the ability to do something or act in a particular way, especially as a faculty or quality.
  2. the capacity or ability to direct or influence the behavior of others or the course of events.
  3. physical strength and force exerted by something or someone
  4. energy that is produced by mechanical, electrical or other means and used to operate a device.
  5. the number of times a certain number is to be multiplied by itself [mathematics]

Good start. But what “they” don’t tell us is that everything in this Universe is energy. We are each entirely made of energy. Everything in our environment is made of energy. We’ve been conditioned to see and believe that the “things” around us are solid, unchanging. But physicists will tell you that every thing here in this world as well as in the Universe is mostly empty space. The rest is wavelength (i.e. energy). Our own body is mostly empty space.

shutterstock_237582082So from this viewpoint of everything as energy, “the ability to do something or act in a particular way” takes a different shape. It means that I am able to harness and direct the energy that is me in a focused way to get a particular result. Who decides what the result is?

I do, of course. Even if I don’t know I am choosing, I am choosing.

Henry Ford said “Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t – you’re right.” He was talking about intention or how we use intention to direct the course of events in our reality. But what is intention but thought? And thoughts are wavelength, vibration, frequency. Yes indeed, those are all ways to describe energy.

Our power lies in our mastery over our own energy. We’re not talking about mastery over others. We don’t aspire to control or exert force over others. We train into personal mastery. For me, training into my power is an ever-expanding process of becoming more conscious of how I’m choosing to place the energy that is me in each moment.

Eckhart Tolle talks about this in “The Power of Now”. He says “Nothing has happened in the past; it happened in the Now. Nothing will ever happen in the future; it will happen in the Now”. There is only now. It’s the only place and time that we can have mastery. My power is in the now. Your power is in the now.

Wouldn’t you like to claim your power fully? You are the only one who can claim it and you can only claim it for yourself. So how are you choosing to bring your power into your Now?

~ by Nancy Marsh

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