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Is Power Dirty Word?

What’s your first reaction to the word power? Does it generate a feeling of attraction or aversion? Maybe in the beginning of this study, better late than never,  what’s important to notice, is: the reaction takes place before you ever stop to think about what you actually mean. It is never challenged. Re-evaluating our reaction and the meaning we have made, is a developed skill.

When you think that word to yourself or make meaning from hearing someone else use the word power, do you consider the implications of the word. More often than not and often appropriately, the meaning we make fits inside of a context and is based on one’s experience of how a given word has been used in the past & in relation to the the experiences of the individual in question.

What we build through thought, and as our thoughts become our actions, will determine the degree of war or peace, prosperity or depression we live in. How will we share, or even simply co-inhabit, the planet when there are so many of us and more coming, will we have chaos or cosmos in how we interact?  We need the creativity to design a system that produces the world we’d like to live in.

The word power comes from the Latin verb ‘poder’, meaning, to be able. Power implies ability, possibility, capability, responsibility. When there’s power it can be used in anyway. So, we find that it’s value, pivots on the quality of consciousness making use of power. Who is it, that is applying that ability and manifesting a change in reality. That means, who’s the who that’s doing the what! In terms of our question about how we fit in the universe, what has the power to create the world that we live in? And more importantly what influence might we have?

Often ignored overlooked and even suppressed the question comes back to the eternal implications of the development of consciousness. Or if you think education is expensive try ignorance (of what being conscious means). How might you dream an educational system that could adapt as fast as society is changing, or business structures that might do so as well.

“All that we are is the result of what we have thought: it is founded on our thoughts and made up of our thoughts.”

                                                                        ― Gautama Buddha

 

“Listen to your listening”, as a friend says.

Do you experience words as the power they offer you or do you confine your self to familiar mental pathways? What is required to develop a quality of listening that opens beyond the known? It is an attitude a way of being, it takes the spirit of a warrior, to challenge the known.

 

“The purpose of today’s training

is to defeat

yesterday’s understanding.”