Exquisite Paradox

“The most exquisite paradox . . . as soon as you give it all up, you can have it all. As long as you want power, you can’t have it. The minute you don’t want power, you’ll have more than you ever dreamed possible.” – Ram Dass

Power. We all want to think we are powerful beings. And, viewed one way we are. We are made of stardust, magical creatures, filled with love, here to evolve. The power I’m thinking about is different.

Our minds have the illusion they are in control of our lives. For years I honestly believed if I was smart enough, worked hard enough and followed all the rules, then I would be powerful, happy, content. Again, viewed one way that illusion was an ok way to live. When I woke up from that illusion, I realized I had truly been living in some kind of dream world. I met a therapist somewhere along the way who suggested I might want to consider “waking up and living more authentically.” I honestly didn’t know what she was talking about. That was many years ago. I’ve been “waking up” ever since.

“The minute you don’t want power, you’ll have more than you ever dreamed possible.” How can that be? What aspect inside each of us wants power? Usually, it’s a part that was wounded as a child or wounded somewhere along the way. A part that feels really afraid or ugly or stupid or ignored and believes that power will offer safety and love. So, once that part can feel safe and is lovingly integrated into all of who you are, the whole world opens up. Now you can live fully and authentically from your loving heart.

We can soothe that power-hungry part of us with the guidance of a good therapist; meditation; inner child work; spending time alone in nature; and, many, many other ways help is available. It’s the greatest gift we can give ourselves and the world – a peaceful, loving heart. And, “you’ll have more than you ever dreamed possible.”


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