I Take My Power Back

  • April 8, 2014 · 6:30 PM
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As we wake up to our self, we begin to realize what actions bring joy and what actions bring pain.  When we are in joy we are in alignment with our true self.  When we are in pain we are in conflict, out of sync with our self.  To be in conflict with our self means we are giving power to a thought that is contrary to who we truly are.  To our credit we truly want to be the best we can be, the problem is when we give more credence to others than ourselves and seek to change who we are to match societies beliefs about goodness.  We give power to other people's opinions, to societies' ideas, to past philosophers and past experiences.  I can not know myself if I am constantly trying to change myself to fit an ideal.  So by taking my power back from everything, I bring myself back to myself, rebuilding my energy, allowing myself to expand and become me.  And discovering just how wonderful I am.  Just how wonderful you are!!


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  • Scott L.

    My apologies for the 11th-hour bail but it can't be avoided. A wonderful gathering to all and to all a good night!

    2 · April 8

    • Ed L.

      Sorry to miss u tonight. Next time!

      April 8

    • Kate

      we missed you! see you next time

      April 15

  • Ben J.

    Next time I will make sure to have enough time to eat something for dinner. Finding a quick gluten free meal isn't easy. I want to say, something very strange happened to me and I believe it was connected to that crystal bowl. It immediately reminded me of a vibration I sometimes feel in meditation (which I do not do often enough) and I also heard a hum much of the time after that. At 1am I woke up and my entire body felt like it was vibrating inside with that same feeling. I felt like I was going to explode.. not painful.. not disturbing... but too powerful to get back to sleep. It lasted for well over an hour, much longer than I could ever maintain in meditation. It continued even after getting up, going downstairs and watching a few videos to try and get it to stop. I have no idea what that means or what it was.

    April 9

    • Ben J.

      It was very interesting... I only wish I could have had it AND gotten more rest.

      April 9

    • Kate

      Aww =)

      April 15

  • donna hawkes aka angie c.

    last evening's meeting was powerful. so many experiences to draw from. we talked about regaining power we'd given away. I have uploaded a piece that I spoke about and it can be found in the "More" - "Files" menu. I hope to get back to a meeting soon. thank you to Marge and everyone for bringing light to what could be a dark and lonely place.

    April 9

    • Marjorie P.

      Beautiful poem, thank you for sharing.

      April 10

  • Jaye L.

    Wonderful people openly sharing their struggles and successes on their path to find themselves. It's a very loving inspiring open arms atmosphere.

    3 · April 9

  • michael s.

    great meetup. great people. great struggles, great breakthroughs.

    3 · April 9

  • Yvonne M.

    Thank you, to each and everyone that I met last night. Was much 'bigger' in content and feeling than I had anticipated... Again, thank you. See you soon.
    yvonne

    3 · April 9

  • Bambi T.

    A unique and wonderful experience.

    2 · April 9

  • Marjorie P.

    awesome group, wonderful share and as always we end with laughter. love it!

    2 · April 9

  • Yvonne M.

    Hello everyone... Just getting it together here. Tis a bit of a drive for me...but doable...warmsmile. Marjorie, is there anything I can bring? yvonnne

    1 · April 8

    • Marjorie P.

      No, just yourself! Look forward to meeting you! Margie

      April 8

    • Bambi T.

      I'm about to head down from Bath...psyched to meet everyone!

      2 · April 8

  • Kate

    Rob is busy and doesn't want to take me to meetup. Or he doesn't want to take me to meetup and to Falmouth and I need to get out of this house. So. I have about 30 min left of sanity before I need to get out of this freaking house. So if anyone can get me in Falmouth sometime after 6 I'd be appreciative. My number is 518 0156. Must be fragrance free...ie no air fresheners or perfumes. thanks

    April 8

    • Kate

      also will be in portland before that.

      April 8

  • Kate

    Okay one final thing and then I'll stop posting on here and see you all tomorrow =) Is anyone interested in going to a stunningly amazing play at Portland Stage Company called Tribes? I saw it on Sunday and it was so good I want to see it again - and I want to go with someone this time and have a discussion with them about it after! (Or many someones!)

    It is the story of a young deaf man who grows up with hearing parents... they try to raise him not to be ' disabled ' but in the process deny him the right to have his own experience and find his own community. I felt like the play was telling the story of my life - I was stunned. So much to think about there. I was going to go maybe Friday. Let me know if anyone interested. It's very much about taking your power back - and finding you where you belong when you do. Read this
    http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2013-12-15/entertainment/chi-tribes-steppenwolf-theater-review_1_billy-dinner-table-sylvia

    April 8

  • Kate

    One more thing I want to share, not sure if relevant or not to others but it is certainly relevant to me. Just reading it and wanted to share. It's from a 2008 NYT article on floor time, a theory of engaging people with autism where they are in order to connect with them (instead of imposing outside agendas on them). it talks about emotional regulation of sorts... it talks about a way to give people with this neurological condition a sense of power and freedom from their own overwhelming emotions and connect them with the world.... which is *all* I've been trying to do for I don't know how many years.

    April 8

    • Kate

      "“If we can keep Ty engaged with us, it means that he is harnessing and organizing his energies in order to interact,” Nelson told me later. “By keeping him connected, we won’t let him be kidnapped by random fragmented thoughts. If you aren’t engaged with other people, then you are completely at the mercy of your own regulatory system. Think about a situation where you were overcome with distress and how being able to tell someone helped you avoid becoming uncontrollably distraught.”

      I just relate to this paragraph so strongly every time I come back to it, I read this article like at least once a year ever since I first read it in 2008 and I am stunned anew each time by its insights. If anyone wants to read the rest it can be found here
      http://www.nytimes.co...­

      April 8

  • Kate

    Hello all -
    I am going thru old documents on my computer. It is a fascinating experience. These are things from 2006 on I didn't even remember existed. I found a blog that I thought was relevant to something we had discussed in group before .

    I often have thought lately how I wanted to rediscover the strength and spirit I had when I was in Oregon. I couldn't figure out how. After reading all the old and ohhh so meaningful stuff on this computer... I think I may just have found it again.

    April 1

    • Scott L.

      Good work, Kate. Rock On!

      1 · April 1

    • Kate

      =)

      April 8

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry I can't make it after all, but I look forward to meeting all of you soon.

    1 · April 7

  • Dianna N.

    Good going Kate

    1 · April 2

  • Kate

    love the title!

    April 1

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