“Your willpower and inner strength come from either the Soul or the Ego. Choose Spirit as the source of your personal power. It is better for you and the world.” — Guru Tua
We know that we are energy, and our life energy originates from someplace. We measure our consciousness as a wave of energy. Everything in the universe is a wave of energy. So, we connect to the universe at the most fundamental level. However, it’s common for us to forget how interconnected we are. We often think and behave as if we are only an individual consciousness. But our consciousness connects to this Source through our Ego.
Thankfully we have a choice from where we derive our willpower, intuition, and internal motivation. We can choose either our Ego or go directly to the source of consciousness via our Soul. The goal of this discussion is to help you find out the basis of your power connection. Our conversation begins with the question, what is the source you use for motivation and inner strength? What is powering your thoughts and actions?
Willpower and Inner Strength
According to most psychological scientists, willpower is the internal force of tenacity and perseverance which enables us to meet long-term goals in the face of internal and external resistance. It requires keeping the mind focused on the objective, overcoming unwanted impulses while delaying gratification, and resisting temptations.
It is a daily battle to reclaim your “personal power” because internal and external forces resist our intent. The internal obstacles are our inner critic, habitual and addictive behaviors. The external foes are the propaganda machines of cultural folklore. The primary source of this negative programming comes from organized religion.
To overcome these enemies, we must learn how to train, strengthen and focus our motivation. The first step in this process is identifying the basis of this energy. We can look at our own experience for clues as to the source we typically use.
The Source of Your Personal Power
As noted above, there are two potential sources of our inner drive and self-confidence. Our Ego is the source of temporary power. We don’t usually think of the Ego as something temporal, but it is. An Ego is a tool like a car. Cars wear out, and our bodies and ego will also wear out.
“We suffer from a hallucination, from a false and distorted sensation of our own existence as living organisms. Most of us have the sensation that “I myself” is a separate center of feeling and action, living inside and bounded by the physical body—a center which “confronts” an “external” world of people and things, making contact through the senses with a universe both alien and strange. Everyday figures of speech reflect this illusion. “I came into this world.” “You must face reality.” “The conquest of nature.”
This feeling of being lonely and very temporary visitors in the universe is in flat contradiction to everything known about man (and all other living organisms) in the sciences. We do not “come into” this world; we come out of it, as leaves from a tree. As the ocean “waves,” the universe “peoples.” Every individual is an expression of the whole realm of nature, a unique action of the total universe. This fact is rarely if ever, experienced by most individuals. Even those who know it to be true in theory do not sense or feel it, but continue to be aware of themselves as isolated “egos” inside bags of skin.” ― Alan Watts, The Book: On the Taboo Against Knowing Who You Are
All things which connect to the Ego are temporal, which includes our cultural folklore. The main components of this fabrication are religion and commercialism.
Although we are not our Ego, many people don’t realize it. The Ego is only a mechanism that orients our consciousness to our bodies. Our Ego and our bodies are temporary. Everything on the physical level is transitory and fleeting, but our consciousness or Soul is infinite.
Then there is a capacity that comes from the permanence of our being. It’s the source originating from the Spirit or Soul. We can experience it directly if we meditate and enter the 4th state of pure consciousness. You can reclaim your “personal power” with regular meditation. It is a partition of consciousness without thought, only awareness. Here we realize that our authentic source is beyond the constructs of religion and commercialism.
Here’s another way to look at it. Our willpower and inner strength give us life. If our source is object-related and temporary, we are continually running out of life. If it feels like joy and happiness are fleeting, then your source of these things is likely impermanent. If our willpower comes from an infinite wellspring, then we live in a state of peace and contentment regardless of our external situation.
“When you decide to reclaim your personal power you’ll be talked about… told that you’ve changed, that you’ve somehow “lost the plot” or that you think you’re better than others; but, that’s just human nature. Your job is to realize that negative comments and “backhanded compliments,” say more about the person speaking them, than about who you are. When people label you, they’re seeking to define you… you’re above all that.” ― Kianu Starr
You have the choice to choose what source powers your thoughts. Let’s look more closely at the consequences of this choice.
Ego as the Source of Your Personal Power
A common symptom of our modern culture is burnout. Consumerism dominates our culture, which is all Ego-based. If you feel like joy and happiness are fleeting. The reason could be because you are continually chasing after temporary things. Even if you get them, they do not provide lasting happiness or joy.
The Ego is the source of all temporary, object-referenced strength. This type of Ego-based mental ability is counterfeit power. It creates a false sense of happiness from fixating on the object. Anything based on the Ego lasts only as long as the situation or thing of reference remains unchanged. When the situation changes, you are like a peacock losing its feathers.
For instance, the country’s president or the chairperson of a corporation has object-referenced power. Or perhaps a person has an impressive job or a lot of money; the power they enjoy goes along with the title. If they lose the title or position, or money, they lose a part of their identity. We lose the counterfeit power from the loss of these things.
When the Ego is the source of personal power, this power will last only as the situation lasts. As soon as the condition or thing changes, your fuel evaporates. When we lose the title, the job, or the money, so do the influence and prestige. That’s why it is counterfeit power.
As a result, you suffer the pain of loss. You lose the source of your willpower and inner strength when something temporarily changes or goes away. Therefore, things become meaningless, which we thought would fulfill a need. They represent a counterfeit type of contentment. It is better known as buyer’s remorse in retail terms.
It is possible to rise to places of power but base their influence on the soul and not the Ego. Barack Obama is an example. It is possible to be influential in the culture without falling under the power of the Ego. Russell Brand, Alan Watts, and The Dalai Lama are other examples.
Spirit as the Source of Personal Power
The Power that comes from the Soul or Spirit is infinite and permanent. Soul power comes from the unchanging, transcendent energy of pure consciousness. It’s the source of your awareness, your true essence.
Power derived from the Soul always attracts positive people and things. Soul power helps marshalls people, situations, and circumstances to support you. This energy also draws support from the divine nature of creation. Choose to cultivate the source of your “personal power” from the Soul. The universe will support your efforts because it positively affects everyone in our sphere of influence. It’s the reason acts of kindness and compassion have lasting positive effects.
How can we cultivate the strength and capacity of our Soul? Our recommendation is through the use of any spiritual technology that expands awareness. It puts you in touch with your Spirit or Soul. We call the use of these techniques spiritual exploration.
How To Reclaim Your Personal Power
The choice is of the correct source will make all the difference in your life. The commercial and religious world views do not support the choice of spirit as a basis for our lives. Both systems use language to deceive and distract us. Commercialism tells us we must buy their products to be happy, and religion tells us we must buy into their dogma and doctrine to be satisfied. Both of these are temporal counterfeits.
Don’t be decided by religious language, promises fulfilled in the hereafter. Resist the constant bombardment of advertising. Instead, choose the spirit.
“Truth is not to be found outside. No teacher, no scripture can give it to you. It is inside you and if you wish to attain it, seek your own company. Be with yourself.” — Osho
If the source of willpower power is object-related and temporary, we are continually running out of life. However, if our resource is infinite, then we live in a state of peace and contentment. Remember, our willpower and inner strength are our life forces.
The only way to make spirit the source of our “personal power” is to find it within.
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(1) Joseph Campbell & Joseph Campbell’s book The Hero’s Journey, Wikipedia