Human beings are amazingly powerful creators. While there are a few other animals that use tools, no others have conceived of, designed, or built the technology possessed by the human race.
One of the most fascinating aspects of our species, though, is how our fear has evolved.
Like the rest of the animal kingdom, fear used to exist to protect us from tangible things that could harm us. Dangerous animals we could not fight and win without tools like spears, arrows, bullets and the like.
Now, as the apparently dominant species on this planet, fear has turned towards mostly intangible matters. Fear is not something most people can point to and go, “That! That thing right there scares the shit out of me!”
Because we have built such incredible technology, and overcome the elements and other matters of environment, it is clear we are capable of incredible things both good and bad. No other animal on this planet has tools like architecture manufactured of wood, steel, glass, brick, and other elements; vehicles to cross vast distances in short spans of time; the internet; guns and bullets; nuclear weapons; rockets to reach beyond this world alone.
Humans can create both tremendous wonders and frightening horrors. The human race is capable of building and destroying on a scale that no other members of the animal kingdom on Earth appear capable of even conceiving of.
Can you be too powerful?
One of the greatest fears people seem to face, and I know this from dealing with it myself, is that we are too powerful. To quote Marianne Williamson’s Our Deepest Fear:
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our light, not our darkness
That most frightens us.
We ask ourselves
Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?
Actually, who are you not to be?
You are a child of God.”
Because your choices are nearly limitless, you can create unbelievable things both material and immaterial. This is truly amazing…and it can be utterly terrifying.
Why does power frighten us? Like most things in life, there are both external and internal forces at work here.
External is easy to see. Examples of hoarders of power are almost everywhere you turn. Too many political and business leaders abuse the power they have on every possible level that they can. This is disheartening to watch because their selfishness and lack of basic human decency or kindness are upsetting.
Internal can be a lot harder to see. I know that for me, my fear of power is based on my lack of trust in myself. That amounts to fears that I will become arrogant, unkind, unlikeable, dangerous — not unlike those external forces I would very much prefer not to emulate.
The internal forces are the brain weasels, self-doubt, lack of self-esteem, and other fears telling you that power, even your own power, can and will corrupt you.
However, I am seeing more and more that just recognizing and acknowledging concerns about abusing the vast power you can wield opens you up to be cautious and conservative, but not self-governing and overly limiting of your capabilities.
Where does your power come from?
Mindfulness. Your power is derived from your awareness of your thoughts, feelings, and actions. Being aware of what you are thinking, what and how you are feeling, and the intention of your actions can create your reality. Consciousness creates reality.
You can think about anything you set your mind to. You are endowed with skills, talents, and abilities that you may or may not be aware of, and/or using. Human beings are capable of not just feeling based on outside stimuli and cause and effect, but more abstract ideas, and control of emotions.
Yes, things will happen that will cause feelings to arise. However, you are capable of taking ahold of those feelings and either exploring them in-depth, releasing them, or changing them. No, it’s not always that easy…but that doesn’t lessen the possibility and potential for it.
Wielding this power can be really intimidating.
Can you really change yourself almost however you choose? Yes.
Most limitations, lack, and scarcity are artificial. This applies to you and what you can do as well.
To be clear, you can’t just think a thing into existence. But when you focus, put effort into being in control of your thoughts, feelings, and actions, you can make a thing, tangible or intangible, real.
The only limitations that DO exist are that you cannot make anyone else do anything they do not want to do. Like the genie in Aladdin, you cannot make anyone else fall in love with you, for example. Without taking a proper path you cannot just become a brain surgeon or President or anything like that. However, when you put the effort and focus on a goal, you have the inherent ability to achieve it.
What gives you the right to use your power?
Everything. You are on this Earth for a limited time only, and not just to exist and survive. I believe that you are here to learn, to grow, to thrive, and to have experiences only possible by containing your soul in the meat suit you exist within.
Because of the power you and I wield, we get to choose if life will be a struggle or an adventure. Do you see potential or problems?
You are empowered to create incredible, unbelievable things. There is no need to be afraid that in doing so you will be rejected, destroyed, or exposed as a selfish, self-serving ass.
Continuing on with Marianne Williamson’s Our Deepest Fear:
“Your playing small
Does not serve the world.
There’s nothing enlightened about shrinking
So that other people won’t feel insecure around you.
We are all meant to shine,
As children do.
We were born to make manifest
The glory of God that is within us.”
One of the biggest mistakes the religious community makes, in my opinion, is how they relate to God. Yeah, this is a loaded idea, but please bear with me here.
Probably the single phrase from people who observe religion that makes me the craziest is “God-fearing.” Why? Because God is love. Despite the Old Testament wrathful God, everything else and all other notions of God is focused on love.
But more than that, if you and I were created in the image of God, then doesn’t that imbue us with the same power of creation? Short answer — YES.
Whether God created humankind or humankind created God doesn’t really matter. What does matter is that right here, right now, you are empowered to use mindfulness to live the fullest, most complete, most awesome life that you can.
You can be an inspiration
When you employ the power that you have and manifest your life through conscious reality creation, it can have a domino effect. You can help other people to recognize and use THEIR power, too.
Concluding Marianne Williamson’s Our Deepest Fear:
“It’s not just in some of us;
It’s in everyone.
And as we let our own light shine,
We unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.
As we’re liberated from our own fear,
Our presence automatically liberates others.”
EVERY. SINGLE. ONE. OF. US. IS. POWERFUL. You and everyone you know are capable of choosing a life that excites, entices, and thrills you.
That doesn’t mean every day will be magical. You are only human, and you are going to have good days and bad days. Things will occur that are FAR outside of any control or influence you have that will suck or be otherwise awful.
However, you get to choose whether to explore and make use of all the power you have or to shy away from the glory that can be you. The choice is yours. You alone get to decide how this will come out.
Can you be trusted with your own power? Yes, because it is yours. So long as you don’t set out to intentionally cause harm to another, or to selfishly take while denying material or immaterial things from another, use your power as best suits you.
You are amazing and empowered to do things that are capable of turning your life into the best that it can be. Doing so has the potential to inspire other people to explore and utilize THEIR power.
I am excited to advance my life and make the most of the power I possess that I can. What do you desire to do with your power?
You are worthy and deserving of using your mindfulness to find and/or create the reality in which you desire to live. When all is said and done you matter, and you can choose to use your power to change your life…and perhaps change the world, too.