Authentic power is a negotiation between your physicality and your latent infinite consciousness as a spiritual entity. Your spiritual entity is universal awareness, the source from which you originally come into being. Therefore the perfect harmonic relationship between you and the whole universe is a healthy authentic relationship to power.
How do we come into Authentic Power? What are the structures of this extraordinary way of existing?
The Power to Absorb Life
Our bodies are powerhouses. Our bodies and our senses do not think linearly but rather they think more like the flow in poetry and music – indeed the quantum and macro flow inherent in the entire movements of the universe. You are just one fleeting interpretation of the universe passing through the winds of change.
A being who understands the poetry and flow of the universe steps into its effortless flow, and comes to be as intelligent as it is itself. He or she comes to live with a curious wonder onto everything he or she comes into contact with. At the start of your life journey you have an open mind and an open heart upon everything that they touch. As you obtain life experience more things may begin to stir you. Notice these stirs as your uniqueness; treasure these qualities, and remember you always truly yearn to return to cosmic consciousness.
Universal consciousness lays the foundation for a sharpening of the senses: deeper listening, allowing the perceiving of the miraculous in real time. What gives one presence is their ability to live in the full richness of this very moment. Stay cognisant to what you see (when you need to regain your authenticity find five things and notice them), hear (notice four things), smell (notice three things), smell (find two things) and feel internally or on your skin. Be thankful to your ability to sense, and bless all that which you are sensing.
It is this fine tuning of a higher interpretation of the world, in which your body is an expression of the universe that this moment becomes your source of true authenticity.
Lin Yutang (1937) talks about present awareness through Thoreau’s account of the sound of crickets:
“… their song has the security of prose. They have drunk no wine but the dew. It is no transient love – strain hushed when the incubation season is past, but a glorifying of God and enjoying him forever. They sit aside from the revolution of the seasons… Only in their saner moments do men hear the crickets”.
Yutang goes on to add “How many of us are able to distinguish between the odors of noon and midnight, or of winter and summer, or of a windy spell and a still one?”
To notice the crickets through their song celebrating the drunken twilight is at the pinnacle of being aware of the universe’s true conspiracies in miracles.
Exercise: Next time you walk along in nature, what are you going to notice? And how is way you notice going to impact what you notice?
Reclaim the Residence of Your Body
The next step is to reclaim residence of your body. Most of the time we are busy bees, and have little interest in being aware of our body, much less the skill to be present and mindful to it.
Your body is the universe in a microcosm, its changing expressions flow with universal intelligence. The body always sends you signals about where you are travelling along parallel to the ultimate compass, the universe itself.
If you eat unhealthy or have an unhealthy lifestyle the body’s messages will be more harsh. For example, your digestion system will feel overworked, your energy levels will feel low, you may have trouble sleeping and that will cause the body clock to be out and organs may malfunction, most importantly the pineal gland that is vital for the ability to dream and have clairvoyant abilities. You may even lose the ability to focus because all your vital energy may be taken up by the digestive process. On the other hand if you are kinder to your body the messages will be sweet and gentle as they capture the universe’s magnificence. Noticing what the cricket’s song triggers in one’s own heart is to truly reside in your body.
There is a sense of being a tool of Mother Nature, in harmony with the all. It sounds like Thoreau’s “Security of Prose”. The comparison of dew to liquor is a most poignant parallel bringing the miraculous and the ordinary showed by their inter-changeability. It is only the beholder who can make these parallels, it is the beholder who ultimately makes the connection between the abstract two-dimensional presentations and three dimensional reality and experience.
Exercise: feel a tube of light surrounding your body. This light scans your body up and down. Feel each part of your body, taking time to notice each and every part. How does it feel? Does any part of the body ‘speak’ to you any louder than the others? What might be its needs or its joys? Notice each body part without judgement. Start at the feet and work your way up slowly to your head. Then quickly scan down finishing at your feet.
Expressing Compassion through the Service to Others
Serving others enlarges and extends your own personal empowerment. We have all heard that the greatest expression of compassion is to be of service to another. When one is truly serving another one must understand where the recipient stands and how they see things, an expression of universal love. It thus follows that in being compassionate with yourself you have the capacity to extend this compassion to another.
In certain states of consciousness brain frequencies called ‘alpha waves’ are generated, secreting the chemical Serotonin. Both the left and the right hemisphere of the brain talk to each other perfectly and so the human being tunes into harmony with Divine mind, and thus with an undistorted heart and mind becomes an instrument of nature. This causes one to feel more connected on a heart level to others. It is a state of being in heightened wake. Hence it is easier to feel more oneness with the universe and purposefulness in life. Perhaps this is the multi-dimensional oneness from which we come from, what religions have called ‘God’ and in the modern world we call the source of inspiration from which poems and songs are written.
Why is being of service so rewarding? Intrinsically we each have the need to be wanted, needed and genuinely loved. It is something the caring professions such as doctors, nurses, carers and community workers simply know. Yet for many in modern capitalist society it is counter-intuitive.
Finally, an authentically powerful person always has a great purpose and vision for that power.
Exercise: Harry Palmer’s Avatar movement offers an exercise to strengthen your compassion to yourself and to the world in order to obtain a sense of peace.
Here are the steps:
INSTRUCTIONS: This exercise can be done anywhere that people congregate (airports, malls, parks, beaches etc.) It should be done on strangers, unobtrusively from some distance. Try to do all five steps on the same person
With attention on the person: “Just like me, this person is seeking some happiness for his/her life.”
With attention on the person: “Just like me, this person is trying to avoid suffering in his/her life.”
With attention on the person: “Just like me, this person has known sadness, loneliness and despair.”
With attention on the person: “Just like me, this person is seeking to fulfil his/her needs.”
With attention on the person: “Just like me, this person is learning about life.”