The art and social science of personal empowerment.
A spiritual martial practice.
I am powerful today.
Power, and being empowered, is a gravity. You can feel it’s weight when either witnessing or wearing it. It is like carrying an extra 100 pounds, and takes practice navigating socially, and spiritually.
It can also depress, frustrate, and isolate the one utilizing it, and there are a number of places where personal power will not affect the outcome of a situation at all. (Love is often very unresponsive to power)
It is often misunderstood as “License”, the ability to do whatever you want, whenever you want, but nothing could be farther from the truth. It is more like walking a tightrope while juggling a lit stick of dynamite, a running chain saw, and a feather. You will learn the word “ethereal” You become a conduit, through which power flows, and it has to flow outward, since being an endpoint for power is exceedingly dangerous for a human.
It is for this reason that I prize the elders, babies, and many of the women and men in my life, from whom I can draw strength, love, and counsel, because they could care less about my power, and it resets me, and refreshes me, and reminds me that I am not power, and power is not me, but merely a belief, a currency, and a practice, best sheathed like a sword until actually needed.
These people keep me earthbound, and sane, in a sometimes insane world.
And a funny thing becomes clear. The more power you have, the less you need to use to affect outcomes.
Some days I find myself in such an advantageous, powerful and blessed position, that the only sensible or even moral to do, is to find somewhere, or someone to help out. Sometimes that someone is even me. To shed my power, and be helper among helpers, and in the service of others.
This is one of the sure fire ways I know, to keep my head and heart above the quicksand that is my personality and it’s vastly selfish me-oriented nature, when it is in danger of binging on power.
It is a daily practice, and responsibility for all who would wield and demonstrate power.
©Piero Amadeo Infante, 2015