Reflections on Power and Passion: magic, memory and meaning
“Passion is real power … It will create anything you want, inspire you and your loved one to accomplish the impossible … ”
Deepak Chopra, Kama Sutra
I’ve been reflecting on the meaning and value of the word “power”.
I have at times expressed a certain discomfiture with “power” – in that I had not viewed myself as having, or more accurately, as executing power. However, I know – physically, mentally, emotionally, spiritually, sexually – I am immensely powerful. I’m often described as a powerful woman. So where does/did the reluctance emanate from, in relation to stepping up and acknowledging myself as powerful?
Perhaps it’s because I have witnessed and been an unwitting accomplice in the abuse of power. I left my highly paid, “powerful” job because I didn’t like the way power was used in the corporate hierarchy of that organisation. There was little Love and caring there.
I have been on the receiving end of carelessly, cruelly, crushingly administered power – verbally and physically abused by people in positions where they could exercise their seniority on a whim, with no redress or recompense for the victims.
So perhaps my ideation around ‘power’ has in the past set up a feeling that there is something less than acceptable, even dangerous, about being ‘powerful’.
Now, I am equating ‘power’ with ‘passion’ – passion lends such a surge of power to anything – and I am entirely happy to be described as a passionate woman.
My motif for my magazine ReSource, and of my life as a whole, is “a passion for potential – yours”. So passion and power as invested in passionate activity are entirely congruent with my expression of who I am and the mission I envisage and embrace in my life.
I want to explore being and becoming ever more passionate in every way. And share this with others.
Passionate about my poetry, passionate about my writing, passionate about my teaching, passionate about my coaching, mentoring and consulting, passionate about my editing, passionate about my relationships, passionate about my hobbies and interests. Passionate about my health, about my appearance, my spirituality, and passionate about my consciousness and self-awareness.
Turning up the flame and exuding that self-assured magical power of the inner glow, whilst eschewing arrogance and pride. Being authentic. I believe it is important to stay humble and willing to learn, that the best teachers are the ones open to new ideas, and who recognise that their students give them just as much, if not more, than they offer through their lessons.
So Passion – fuelling that inner Power, quietly but firmly expressed, in an irrefutable cocktail of energy, aura, presence and assurance – that summarises where I am now in this reflection on power and it’s meaning to me as a person of great passions.
Examining the development of these ideas and beliefs around power, let’s take a look at the past.
If you have past life experiences of your ‘powers’ (i.e. psychic, intuitive, healing powers – maybe even ‘magic’) being classified as dangerous witchcraft and weird practices, you will be wary of displaying them too overtly in all but the most trusted of environments. If you have been burned at the stake or boiled in oil, buried alive, tortured, raped or cast out for being your powerful female self, you might also be somewhat chary of being very upfront as a powerful shamanic figure.
When your childhood experiences as a seer and mystic, a natural intuitive and manifester of magic, have caused your parents to beat such ‘non-sense’ out of you; have led to them being embarrassed by and about you, and if you have been judged ‘unholy’ by the tight, strict Roman Catholic society in which you were brought up, then this could also give rise to a sense of power being a dangerous commodity. You might thus decide that power was something to be hidden, to be suppressed and crushed, in order not to be crushed again by the restrictive ideas and mores of the world in which you live – yet into which you barely fit.
So, you tamp down your talents and gifts, suppress the streams of wise information and inner guidance, and live as what passes for a ‘normal’ person. Although, you know all along that what you see, what passes by and presents itself in the ether is all too startling and accurate to be chance or lucky guesses.
The glimmering path ahead
Then, when you can no longer ignore the path that is shining like a beacon ahead of you, you resurrect the gifts. Carefully, and initially cautiously, you piece together, a little at a time, the fragmented, unravelled threads of the wondrous tapestry and begin again to embroider the patterns of magical connection which you had sundered.
It takes time, it takes great courage and it takes a willingness to forsake the past. It takes love and support and great reflection: inner analysis and self-discipline, and forgiveness. Forgiveness of the self for abandoning precious gifts – because it was a question of survival and the only choice, the best option available at the time.
Persistence and Power
The power lies in the passion to pursue – the passion for the re-discovery and re-membering of one’s inner essence revealing the magical qualities of the goddess, the woman of substance and mystery.
That’s my power – not a brute force, nor an overpowering kind of power, but a loving, subtle, irresistible, organic power emanating from inner grace and confidence, which will not be denied, because it is based entirely on my own truth.
My truth as a woman of passionate dedication, focused action and immense love, the power of which is unstoppable as I move towards the fulfilment of my dreams; my day-dreams, my night-dreams and my most closely-held, cherished dreams and imaginings, which I am determined to realise as the expression of my deepest, truest self.
So … am I powerful?
You bet I am. I inhabit a quiet yet potent power. A subtle, loving power, used only for good. With Love.
I am so powerful, exuding such energy, that people are stopping me on the street to tell me how I glow.
I am so powerful I am attracting everything I desire towards me by natural laws.
I am so powerful my ideas and proposals are irresistible.
And I am so powerful that I have mastered, most importantly, myself.
I have awarded myself power over my mind and connected that power with my heart and soul: and that means I can never be afraid of anyone else’s power over me again.
And that is the greatest power of all. From that freedom, my passions can flow unimpeded towards the life I am consciously creating, moment by moment, with unlimited Love, in the Now.
Do leave me a comment and let me know your thoughts about Love, Power and Passion.