The more we empower other people or conditions, the less we use the invested power in ourselves and the less we understand about what we have available. Gregge Tiffen (Pleasure Is Short, Wisdom Is Infinite – May, 2008)
You do know, don’t you, that the Universe invested tremendous power in YOU? It invests that power in each of us, forever and ever. Amen.
We live in a world though that would have us forget this truth. We interact with other people and with systems in such a way that we come to depend on them. When we lose our awareness that conditions as experience are here for our learning, we give our power away.
I write this blog with pen and paper. In order for my words to get to you, I rely on a computer, an internet connection, and more technology services than I can understand. A glitch happens somewhere along the way. I learn to work around it and, along the way, have the opportunity to manage my temper.
Deep within, often outside of my awareness, I trust that the message will get through. If it doesn’t, I trust that as well. Unless I empower them, the ‘glitches’ take nothing from me or from my power. Each week I intend to offer something of value from my experience. You determine what that is for you. Independent of you, I determine whether I am satisfied. (That said, I love your feedback and comments!)
As I look out to the world beyond me, I wonder if the angst and anger visible in our world isn’t a result of investing this power we were given by the Universe outside of ourselves rather than in our own learning to use that power?
We know much (or we wouldn’t be granted the gift of being on this planet at this time). Yet, we are each here to add to what we know by applying our knowledge in new ways and learning from the experience.
Stop for a moment. What is your greatest challenge right now? Where are you in relation to that challenge? How much of your energy is invested in thoughts like ‘if they would …’ or ‘if only it …’? How much of your energy is invested in you with thoughts such as ‘what if I tried …’ and ‘what can I learn from this’?
What if we asked these questions from a place of faith that all things are working together for our highest learning?
My truth is that there are no guarantees. Yet when I approach my life’s events from this place of learning (no matter how long it may take me to get here!), I always (and in all ways) come out ahead, even when the apparent outcome may not be to my preference or my liking.
This week I invite you to notice where you are investing your power. And, if your investment is outside of you, to gently question, experiment and discover the power of learning in (re)claiming your power.