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How Do You Define Power?

February 4, 2016

 

The word “power” can bring up a number of feelings. For many people, it makes them think of selfishness, corruption, abuse, and authority. Power is evil, self-indulgent, and should be avoided at all costs.

 

It has a very different meaning for me. Being “powerful” means that I am standing in my truth and accepting myself fully. When I’m embracing my power, I’m trusting that I’m acting from the Divine part of myself and from my heart space.

 

Two very different vibrations, aren’t they?

 

 Words can be positive or negative, depending on a persons’ beliefs or perceptions. We get to choose how we feel about them. For most of us, our definition of “power” isn’t even ours. Parents, teachers, and peers all helped shape its meaning.

 

Many of us learned that we would be rewarded when we gave it away, and punished when we embraced it. Power was something external and outside of ourselves. It could also corrupt, so the safest option was to not have any.

 

Have you ever noticed how really successful people seem to glide through life? That’s because they’ve stepped firmly into their power and comfortably move within its realm. They understand that it doesn’t matter what anyone else thinks or feels about what they do. It’s all about them.

 

It’s all about you, too. What you feel, what you think, and what you know.

 

Does that statement feel selfish to you?

 

I think that there are a number of ways that you can be selfish.  When you choose not to embrace your light by staying in the shadows, that’s being selfish. When you keep yourself from doing what you came here to do because you’re afraid that other people might think you’re being “uppity,” that’s also selfish.

 

Owning your power in a humble and loving way is about as far from selfish as you can possibly get.

 

You get to choose how to define what power means to you, and whether or not you want to step into yours. Do you want to expend your energy on negative self-talk and keeping yourself down, or put it towards your light and shining as brightly as you possibly can?

 

What do you think will benefit the world more?

 

Barbara Buck is a Foundational Reconnective Healing Practitioner, writer, and teacher. For more information about her, please visit her website at www.theomancollective.com. Check her out on the Happy Empaths Twitter feed @the_empath.

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