Have you ever wondered why books and movies about superheroes, wizards, mutants, and people with psychic powers are so popular? I think it’s because that at some point in all of our lives most people have fantasized about being powerful and these superheroes with incredible superpowers are intended to appeal to our core desire to become the most powerful human beings we can be.
Have you ever wanted to increase a skill, improve your health, expand your creativity, have more energy, attract more abundance in your life, enjoy an amazing relationship, and fulfill your desires? I have. And, yet, we often feel powerless. I know we may not be able to fly, turn invisible or walk through walls but I believe we can feel powerful. And, feeling truly powerful is the key to fulfilling our desires.
How do we do that? To start with, most people have a misconception about what power really is. So, let me try to explain.
We are currently experiencing evidence of power gone “amuck”. I think you know what I mean, right? War, crime, violence, environmental, religious, political and economic collapse is all around us and, unfortunately, many of us are exposed to it every day in the news or in our day to day lives. From my point of view, everyone involved in these activities is attempting to exert some type of power. I say to some of my clients when they are stuck in an unhealthy behavior, “how’s that working for you?”
Could the problem be that most people don’t understand the difference between “power over something or someone” and “self-empowerment”? When there is brute force, intimidation, or physical dominance; that is a limited, fear-based kind of power. True power is a natural, creative, nurturing force that is expressed through our inner empowered self – not outside of us.
How we use power is a choice. I don’t mean an ego choice of “I want this and not that” but a different kind of choice. To me, it’s about being self-aware or conscious and making decisions from within our own being and our awareness of ourselves in the present moment. That’s true empowerment. From that place we can be connected to our creativity and strength and confidence. When we try to get power over something or someone, we are disconnected and unaware of ourselves and it never feels good. In fact, it brings a sense of powerlessness instead of the power we are seeking.
Self-empowerment means that we need to be more aware of ourselves and our true nature. This involves self-knowledge and learning to live in the present moment instead of trying to exert external power over our past, present and future. It also involves taking responsibility for ourselves and the choices we make.
If you could have any superpower, what would it be? Mine would be self-awareness and living in the moment. I can’t imagine anything more powerful or Heroic than that on my Hero’s Journey. What do you choose? Do you choose kindness, respect, curiosity and love in your heart as a more powerful force than the need to use force, intimidation, resistance and dominance? Which one of these do you think is the real superpower?
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You can be your own Hero or Heroine, Beverly