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Have YOU Realized Your Power, Passion and Principles?

From: Jay
Sent on: Thursday, November 29, 2012 10:37 PM
Hello,
The last few days in silence in Mt Abu combined with words of wisdom have been deeply rejuvenating. One particularly useful tip from Dadi Janki, to experience deep silence I need to forgive everyone who has been nasty to me. Make mercy a habit. Another senior yogi, suggested dedicating 10 minutes during our daily meditation for giving the light of coolness to Mother Nature as it is under much stress.

Enjoy this week's sharing on finding your purpose and re-igniting passion in your life!

In peace,

Janardhan

On a scale of one to ten how passionate do you feel during your average day?  Would you say your life is guided by a consciously chosen set of 'principles' or by learned beliefs absorbed along the way.  Do you have a clear sense of purpose or do you feel a bit rudderless going forward?  There is an intimate connection between power, passion and principles.  They each arise from within our consciousness and each tends to be diminished by our lack of self awareness, a 'suppressant' belief system  and an absence of purpose.

The Power to Change
One simple definition of power is 'the ability to influence future change'.  That 'change' can be internally within our consciousness, or externally in the world.  It seems most of us will try to change others and the world before we realize that we can't!  Stress being the result.  Eventually it dawns that we can only change the way we think about the world and how we act in the world.  

As children many of us would have focused the energy of the sun using a magnifying glass.  We created a stream of light and heat so powerful it burnt and changed the form of the grass.  We 'influenced' the changing nature of matter by focusing the energy of the sun into a powerful beam of heat and light.  We converted  'energy' into 'power'.   

Consciousness is energy and as beings of consciousness we are therefore that 'energy'.   However, like the sun, we tend to scatter the energy of our consciousness in many directions with little focus.  We don't realize how powerful we can be until we focus that energy with a clear sense of 'purpose'.   No purpose equals no focus, which means the full 'power' of our consciousness is not being realized.  No purpose also means an absence of passion.  When we do focus our energy into power, exactly how we use that power will either be guided by our consciously chosen values and principles, or by our subconscious beliefs.  As children it was perhaps the girls that set fire to the grass and boys who set fire to the ants!  The power was used to 'influence future change' in different ways according to the values (or the absence of values!) of the user!  

Ending the Habit of Disempowerment
However before we can become powerful, before we set about defining our purpose, before clarifying the values based principles by which we will live, we need to eliminate the ways in which we give our power away.  If we don't then it doesn't matter how clear our purpose is, we will always sabotage our power and diminish our passion until we stop disempowering our self. This means restoring to our awareness the 'truth' that we are totally responsible for everything that we think and feel, regardless of what anyone else says or does.  

Measuring Your Passion
Passion is often confused with desire and lust, or sometimes with anger.  But true passion is the natural enthusiasm of the self when we are doing something that we are consciously and joyfully choosing to do. One way to get a sense of the level your 'passion', i.e. your enthusiasm, is when you awaken in the morning.  What tends to be your first thought, "I HAVE to get up and out to work' OR "I WANT to get up and ...."  

Anytime we say we 'have to' do anything it means we are living our life reluctantly.  There is a distinct lack of enthusiasm. For most people however, there is one day when we do have a very powerful and passionate 'want to' attitude.  There is usually at least one day a year that we leap out bed with an urgency and a lightness that signals our enthusiasm is peaking!  And that's usually the day we go on holiday!  On that day we have a very clear sense of purpose, we know exactly the direction of our life for the next two weeks and we have made a committment to our self to have a lot of fun. On that day we are at our most highly motivated.  We are brimming with enthusiasm.  The energy of our consciousness (our self), which is focussed by a clearly chosen purpose, is felt and seen as enthusiasm. Enthusiasm however should not be mistaken for excitement.  

Finding our purpose requires some time in reflection, some deep and solitary rumination, on a sunny day, under the shade of large tree, far from the sight of any clock!

The Values that Guide
Once our purpose is discerned it's our values that will guide our creative purpose into actual action.  Those values will either enhance or sabotage the quality of our creativity.  The energy of the sun can be focused into a form of power and used to create or to destroy.  So too the power of our consciousness can be used to create or destroy.  While we may, for example, celebrate the creators of our technological toys, you can also see how they require increasing amounts of raw physical energy to be sustained, and then notice how nature is destroyed in order to access that energy!  This can make the 'what are our values' questions both complex and complicated.  What can appear creative is often destructive further 'down the line'.  So what are our values.  What will inwardly shape our intention and motivation to use our power in creative and beneficial ways?

The Values Question
When asked what they value (care about) most, the majority of people immediately respond with family, friends and health.  But if we take a moment to reflect we may notice that underlying these obvious choices is the deeper reason why we value friends and family.  They are the relationships where we exchange love in its various but highest forms.  And why do we really value our health?  It's usually when our health is OK that we are then feeling the deepest peace within our self.  So 'love' and 'peace' are really the underlying values.  We may also be aware that it's only when peace and love are present within our consciousness that we can be genuinely and sustainably happy.  When love is our guide our purpose will automatically serve to nurture and sustain others in benevolent ways.  

But we don't find this easy because we are confused about love.  We confuse love with sadness when we cry at the love story.  We confuse love with fear when we say that we worry because we care.  And we confuse love with anger when we say I'm angry at you because I really love you.  You will see people with a clear sense of purpose seemingly being  powerful and successful in the world.  But if we examine how they are bringing that purpose into action we may notice there is a trail of sorrow and suffering behind them.  We may even notice that they are fundamentally unhappy within themselves, despite their apparent worldly success.  The worlds of finance, business, sport and entertainment are littered with such examples.  

The Deep connection between Power, Passion and Principles.
The red thread that connects these three ideas is of course love.  Love is obviously not a thing to be acquired, it's also not just a passing feeling to be experienced, nor is it sourced outside our self.  Love is a word that describes the highest vibration of the energy of our consciousness.  It carries within it it's own 'focus/purpose' which is the 'intention' to serve the other, benefit the other, 'give to' the other, free of any personal desire for anything in return.  This 'intention' has the power to influence the most profound change both within ones self and within the other.

It is this state of consciousness that we call love, or being loving, that allows us to 'ascribe value' to anything and everything, to anyone and everyone, that we encounter.  To care for someone is to ascribe value to the other.  To have compassion for another is to ascribe value to the other, to respect others is to ascribe value to the others.  This is impossible when we are in a state of fear, anger or sadness.  Unfortunately, in many parts of the world today, we tend to associate love only with romance and sex.  Then our mindset tends to be energized by personal desire which frequently paralyses our ability to be open, loveful and loving towards others.  This in turn cripples our ability to 'care about', to value, that which is not the self.  Hence the chaos, confusion and conflict we may frequently see both within us and around us.

In essence we are at our most powerful when our consciousness is radiating as love.  We are at our most enthusiastic (passionate) when we are being loving.  As we direct the energy of love we will find our self 'influencing future change' in creative and benevolent ways ...inside and out!  And it's only when we are in a loving state of consciousness that we are 'able to ascribe value' to all that is not our self.  

Question:  If asked would you be able to clearly articulate your purpose and your values?

Reflection:  Why do you think we seldom reflect and endeavor to clarify our intention and direction in life?

Action:  What makes your heart dance and your soul sing that is both creative and brings benefit to others?

Thanks to all for ongoing support and feedback - a book of the best of Clear Thinking will be out shortly.  


©  Mike George 2011


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