Selacia Council of 12 Message for Aug. 2008: Part II - Shifting Your Power Source

When you are fueled by ego-based power, there is a tendency to give your real power away to other people and things. How does this happen? What does this look like in action? What can you do to reclaim your authentic power?

First, realize that operating on ego-based power gives rise to an outward and fixed focus. The reference point is your external reality. In your mind, you give importance to the objects, structures, and things that you see or sense.
That includes phenomena you witness, such as a tingling feeling experienced during a passionate presentation by a well-known author.

You respond to these things as though they are concrete and set. You do this even though you may have learned in school that your solid-looking world is actually an interlocking series of constantly moving particles. To you, each thing or experience you look at is viewed as something solid, as though frozen in time. The rose looks quite solid. Your loved one's body appears solid. Even the remembrance of your neighbor walking down the street this morning is a kind of solid memory within you. Each of them appears very real within your mind.

Because your human conditioning is so strong, you forget what you know on deep intuitive levels. You forget that all of life, including you, is in constant motion and change. Existence is eternal, with consciousness in an ongoing cycle of motion. Nothing is really static. It simply appears to be.

Because of this conditioning, you give your power away by your identification with objects and goals you place in a stationary position. You become convinced that you want them, and you set out to have or be these things. Some of this wanting comes from how you were raised, or from sets of belief systems you inherited.

You are also influenced, both directly and subliminally, by messages from the media and the mass consciousness. This happens even if you don't own a television or computer with Internet.
The level that you are influenced and molded by these messages is profound. You become convinced that you must have a certain product, talent, financial income, house, body, or relationship. The list is endless. The search is endless.

How does this disempowerment happen, and what does it look like in action?

Here is one example involving things.
Having a nice cell phone that helps you stay connected with the world is not intrinsically a cause of suffering. You can have the cell phone and not give your power away. The key is the level of attachment and how much of your sense of self is tied up in the type of phone you have. Do you feel that you must have the latest model every few months, simply because a new one is out? Other factors include appropriate use of your phone. If you use it in a way that is disrespectful to others, or causes an accident, then you have become a slave to the device.

A second example involves giving your power away to other people.
When your focus is on outer world achievements, looking good, and being on the "fast track" at all times, you risk becoming enmeshed in the world of glamour and illusion. This happens because you have identified the personal "you" with what you do and achieve. Therefore, when you see others in the world, you view them from that perspective too.

Consider a time when you are introduced to an expert in your field who seems to have "made it." He may even be famous in some way. You may feel impressed by him, deciding that he is somehow "better" than you. Without knowing it, you have put him on a pedestal.

If you have a few moments over tea to talk with this expert-you ego-mind in control-you risk being influenced in a negative way. The impact spoken of here is really more about your response to the man than it is his persona interacting with you. Without discernment, you could be led down a path you didn't mean to travel. You might ask his advice about your life, before discerning whether he is the one to ask. When you do that, he might even offer you counsel you hadn't invited. You might divulge personal information that he really doesn't need to know. You might agree to something you regret later. You might begin to question whether you're sharing too much, yet you continue.

It is useful to remember that you have the power of choice in such situations, even when it may appear otherwise. For example, it may seem that someone led you astray, yet your responsibility is being awake to the subtleties of ego and human interactions. You don't want to get into blaming the other person for something you didn't see. In these situations, it always comes back to you and how you respond. You indeed are the one with the power to steer your life.

What can you do to reclaim your authentic power?

Cell phone example.
In cases involving a physical thing such as a cell phone, focus on separating out the need to have a handy communications device with the insatiable desire for the latest gadgets. You want to honor an innovative device that helps you reach out to people in positive ways. Give the things around you the respect they deserve. Have gratitude that you can communicate with such ease and in so many ways!

Consider if and how you can use your cell phone in ways that are more respectful of other peoples' time, space and energy. When doing so, also consider the impact of the phone on your own life and whether your quality of life is compromised. When you contemplate these ideas, be willing to make appropriate adjustments in how you use the phone.

Giving power to others example.
In cases involving giving your power to others, know that it is up to you to reclaim your authentic power. The reclaiming process happens at your end, initiated by you, and for the most part it's within you. Depending on the situation, the other person may or may not be physically involved as a part of your process.
If you feel you may have given your power away to someone else, take a "time out" on your own and contemplate the situation.

First, acknowledge that you have gotten off track and forgotten that your real power is within. Second, let go of the need to act, centering yourself and allowing a space to open up within your mind. Third, check in with your heart and intuitively guided reason for insights. You may want to ask questions such as the following:

How did I put this expert on a pedestal?
What within me is impressed with him?
What in me seeks to be as "good" as someone like him?
Why was he seeking to impress me?
Why am I in need of the excitement this meeting gave me?
What caused me to seek answers from this man before going inside myself first?
What am I learning from this type of situation?
How can I be more authentic and more appropriate in the future?
What within me invites others to invade my space and move into territories my inner being has not given the "green light" to?

When you have more clarity about the situation and the appropriate response, take any action you are guided to take.

Know that sometimes there is no "action" to take in the outer world. In these cases, you are coming to realizations about an issue that has, for now, run its course. Be mindful, however, of your responses to similar situations as they arise in the future. Each time you run up against an old pattern and make new more empowered choices, you are setting in motion an inner strength that can continue to build.

When you shift your energy source to Divine power, you dismantle the walls and structures that have held you prisoner. You taste the freedom of living as soul.

As you continue the journey of rediscovering your Divine nature, we surround you with our love and blessings. We are The Council of 12.

Copyright 2008 by Selacia * All Rights Reserved

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