Power within—I’m not talking about power over others—is a funny beast.
Some days you feel fully able to stand up for yourself, act with agency, and flow through whatever challenges arise.
Other days, for no apparent reason, powerlessness reigns.
So what’s going on? Where does power come from? Why does it dissipate? And what can you do about it?
Power Is An Energy
Think of power as an energy that flows through you. It’s not a thing, or a static condition, or something you “hold.” By nature, it comes and goes, like wind and waves: sometimes gentle, sometimes fierce, sometimes in-between.
Following this analogy, wind itself arises from the interaction of the elements. A hurricane, for example, builds power when warm moist ocean waters evaporate and rise. As enormous amounts of heated moist air are twisted high in the atmosphere, they gain more power as they move over more moist waters. Heat + water = wind.
Like the power of a hurricane, our power comes and goes. But from whence?
Power Comes From Connection
Think about when you do conscious breathing (in meditation, yoga, Energy Alchemy, or Qi Gong for example):
- You are breathing, paying attention to the in-breath and outbreath.
- You slow your breathing, or follow some rhythm: four counts in, six counts out.
- You let your breath flow out through your feet, out through your crown, connecting yourself with earth and cosmos.
- You breathe into your belly center, your core, and out again.
- Your body calms and your random thoughts fade.
- You are fully in your body.
In this state of openness and permeability, you can receive. You connect with the practice, the lineage of teachers, the energetic field of ancient wisdom.
Your energy field expands beyond your skin. You are connected.
This connection is a source of inner power.
In contrast, when you hold onto some idea or feeling—self doubt, or worry, or despair for example—nothing else can come in. Your rigidity and your stuck-in-what-I-believe attitudes keep you isolated, disconnected, alone. This is when your inner power fades or stops flowing.
The key to flowing with power is to have ways to reconnect, to experience yourself as a part of the interconnected whole.
Power and Ancient Wisdom
For me, in a lifetime of exploring of shamanic, animist, and meditative consciousness, the most potent ways of experiencing myself as an interconnected being have been both simple and ancient. They have to do with breath, with feet in the earth, and with connection to the living energy (qi) that surrounds us. I talk about these ancient wisdom ways in the video below.
As I mention frequently in Weave the Heart of the Universe into Your Life: Aligning with Cosmic Energy, the tools you use to keep connected—to carry and flow with your inner power—are less important than putting them into practice. Daily.
In the world of yoga, prana is the vehicle for inner power. In the world of Qi Gong and T’ai Chi, qi is the vehicle. In Vipassana meditation, following the breath through your body is the vehicle. In the shamanic world, it’s called being a “hollow bone.” The idea is to be receptive, open, and connected with spirit as you listen and allow guidance, wisdom, healing to come through you.
One day I was standing in my house, looking out the window at surrounding trees. Pretty view. But I was looking through the barrier of glass. So I did an experiment. I walked outside and felt an enormous difference: I was with the trees, not separate from them. My heart opened, I felt the energy flow, and I moved through the rest of my day in that state. My inner power come from the connections I opened to.
May it be so for you.
Meg Beeler—Author, Shamanic Guide, and Spiritual Mentor—helps clients heal their spirit and find luminous presence through mentoring, training, healing, and ceremony. A lifelong explorer of shamanic, animist, and meditative consciousness, Meg is the creator of Energy AlchemyTM, founder of Earth Caretakers, and author of Weave the Heart of the Universe into Your Life: Aligning with Cosmic Energy. She is a practitioner of Earth-centered, nature-based, ancient wisdom ways, works with clients worldwide, and lives on Sonoma Mountain in the San Francisco Bay Area. www.megbeeler.com