In the previous post I began an exploration of the theme of power, and in writing it, as so often happens, I discovered something. These discoveries can’t really be put into words, because I probably had once read the words I wrote in one form or another, could recite the words, but had yet to inhabit the words, or to fully embody the words. But I think it’s also important to note that in the process of coming to live or accept, or to encounter within, the meaning of the words, that I was never less than I am now. I wasn’t screwing up. I wasn’t a person stuck at a particular intersection or still “on a journey” to “get somewhere”. I was one of you, one of us, an extension of what this all is, in a movement of discovery. We’re already complete, and we’ll never cease coming to know what that means.
We have a habit to think we were less than- less than we could be, less than we are perhaps meant to be, less than we might have been had we done this or that sooner, whatever- when we discover that today, we are something more, something different, the product of something that has been revealed. This is a great way to rob ourselves of our true power, for we will always and forever be in the process of becoming, of moving into, of differentiating from, and of authenticating the whole by living into the open doorway that we are. We were not previously less than. This movement is who we are.
The feeling I had in writing the previous post was this fresh understanding of means and ends being the same. I love that line. It sounds sweet and delicious, but every time I read it, it’s like taking Algebra I all over again- I have to break it down slowly in my mind to get the feel of it. Yes I could divide both sides of the equation by the same value, and see what happens, but what am I really doing? What does this really mean? I said previously that the effect of expressing our power was transformation, and that our power is linked to knowing and sharing the truth of who we are. How do we experience this outside of the linear sequence of cause and effect? I think it comes from the realization that we come to know ourselves, and come to discover ourselves, by sharing ourselves in relationship- and at the same time it is this very sharing that has ripple effects that reach out into forever. To share ourselves, is to be transformative, and likewise, this sharing opens up space for the new. There is no sequence to that.
After writing the last post I found these words in A Course of Love, a few pages farther in the text than I had been reading recently (Day 33 of the Dialogues of A Course of Love). They said, “The power of God exists within everyone because all are on in being with God. And yet this power cannot be used. It can only serve. What does it serve? The cause of holy relationship.” Later in the same section of the text it says, “This is the power of being. The power to individuate the Self. The power to be who you are. This is power and the source of power. This is the force of creation, the only true power.”
This is the type of power we can feel living within us. It is a power we can feel flowing through us, and in which we can learn to abide with every day. It is not the power of a unique ego. It is not the power of being separate. It is the power of uniquely expressing wholeness and unity. Whatever our perceived situation, whatever our perceived circumstances, we can access the power of expressing the truth- the real, deep, unifying, truth- of who we are. When we do this, and make it a daily practice, the world is transformed. I received some wonderful comments to the previous post I want to think about and further develop, but for tonight this is how far my power stretches… Ha!
Thank you for being here. Thank you for sharing in this power. We are coming to know something beyond words, something we have been waiting to witness for some time, the ability to be fully true to who we are.