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The Six Kinds of Power

Updated on January 6, 2011

‎"It began with the forging of the great rings. Three were given to the elves, the wisest and fairest (most just) of all creatures, seven to the dwarf lords, great miners and craftsmen of the mountain' ores and nine...nine rings were gifted to race of men...who above all else desire POWER..."  Lord of the Rings

One afternoon, as I was cleaning my spam box I came across an ad and curiously opened it. It was a video about the four kinds of power. It was fascinating in the sense that it only talked about physical power, social power, economic power and spiritual power. It missed or ignored intellectual power, as well as political power. I thought that is odd and then I realized that this was a promotional video. There are probably other kinds of power such as magical power but those I attribute to spiritual power.

Let us talk briefly about these powers.

Physical power is what the martial artists have.

Social power is what the celebrities have.

Economic power is what the wealthy people have. This is the only one that can be bestowed from one person to another, i.e. inheritance money.

Political power is what the elected officials have.

Intellectual power is what the scientists and artists have, and lastly,

Spiritual power is what the magicians/shamans have, and at the highest degree what the sages of the past, and realized beings have.

Except for the last one, all of the other powers overlap to some degree and one can be used to get others.

The last one encompasses them all, the main difference being those endowed with spiritual power can, at will, and in full knowing, take any of the earlier powers if they choose to do so. As in all cases, there are varying degrees.

For the last one, there is an infinite range of degrees.

I am thinking of the sages of the past. One of the most famous lines in a Zen book was the fact that the old Zen Masters, instead of being enfeebled by age were empowered by it.

To acquire any of the six powers one requires discipline. The question then is “What would you give to acquire your chosen power?”

The koan in Wumenguan entitled “The wild fox” asks this question: “Is a greatly cultivated man also subject to causality? The correct answer is : He is not blind to causality”

This was what Jesus Christ meant when he said “To be in the world but not of it.”

Note: If you want economic power then you should be able to say yes to what Milton in the Devil’s Advocate asked Kevin, the lawyer:

“Can you summon your talent at will? Can you deliver on a deadline? Can you sleep at night?”

Lastly, there is nothing wrong with trying to develop/acquire any of these powers. That is what free will is about. Just remember that with privilege always comes responsibility. You define what those are.

© 2010 by Melinda M. Sorensson

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      dako mangal singh 2 years ago

      abe ye pagal samag ma nahi aya

      mr. gadha

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      Devika Primić 4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Interesting about he kinds of power, most informative thanks

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      msorensson 5 years ago

      Dearest Katyzzz

      Many thanks, again for coming to visit and leaving your comment. Much appreciated.

      I don't normally plug in my other articles on hubpages as I want to keep it all here. However I think you might enjoy this short story.

      http://www.goodreads.com/story/show/248837-mind-of...

      Warmest regards, MS

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      katyzzz 5 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      All power to you, mine has all gone getting down this very long ladder, it seems you've got the game all sewn up Ms

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      msorensson 5 years ago

      Thanks hi friend.

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      hi friend 5 years ago from India

      Well written.

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      msorensson 5 years ago

      Thank you, Neil..

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      Neil Sperling 5 years ago from Port Dover Ontario Canada

      I'm amazed I missed this hub as it is so in line with the way I think. You write with a clarity of understanding that shows the true depth of who you are.... I love this hub....

      Love - Light - Laughter

      Neil

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      msorensson 5 years ago

      Oh..Thanks, Minnetonka Twin Glad to see you again. Thank you for dropping by..

      I love those LOLs..

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      Linda Rogers 5 years ago from Minnesota

      POWERFUL article on Power Melinda. (LOL)

      Seriously though, this was a very informative and moving piece of work that really makes you think about how power is used in our society. Some good, some not so good and in fact evil. You got my mind reeling.

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      msorensson 5 years ago

      Thank you, Anishpat, for dropping by and leaving your comment.

      Someone was asking me about personal power earlier. If one goes into the path of search for power, the first question they must ask is "Why?"...

      I wish you joy..

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      Anish Patel 5 years ago from San Francisco + Mumbai

      Hi msrensson! This is a very insightful hub! I'm glad to have come across your profile. I never thought of power in such a way. Look forward to reading more of your hubs.

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      msorensson 5 years ago

      Thank you, Ruby H. Rose..Much appreciated. I love the simplicity of Shunryu Susuki. He is, as down to earth as anyone can be, and so it says in the books "To begin to touch heaven, we must first feel the earth.."

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      Maree Michael Martin 5 years ago from Northwest Washington on an Island

      I like your list of Zen books below. I have learned much about power learning ZEN.

      You've got some great articles here.

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      msorensson 5 years ago

      Thank you, ytsenoh, for coming and leaving a comment. Indeed, emotional intelligence is very important. This is what logicians have mastered.

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      Cathy 5 years ago from Louisiana, Idaho, Kauai, Nebraska, South Dakota, Missouri

      I was also thinking about emotional power (emotional intelligence). This was a really good hub because it was very interesting. Thank you.

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      msorensson 5 years ago

      Yes, we have a memory of it. If we can discipline ourselves, we will have full remembrance.

      Thank you, Lady E.

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      Elena 5 years ago from London, UK

      Very interesting Hub. I really enjoyed it.

      I think everyone of us has a certain power - we just need to grow in it.

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      msorensson 5 years ago

      Thanks. Much appreciated.

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      thesingernurse 5 years ago from Rizal, Philippines

      Very interesting hub. Acquiring social power through intellectual power in order to invoke positive changes would be cool! :D

      Voted up! :D

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      msorensson 6 years ago

      The spiritual power is the sum of all of it combined...Thank you Hopmoneywizard..

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      Hopmoney wizard 6 years ago from barak

      this is interesting. like the spiritual power part but not into magic or shamanism but more on faith and sensitivity to spiritual connections to all forms of life.

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      msorensson 6 years ago

      Thank you, Kenneth..

      Wish you a great week.

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      Kenneth Avery 6 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Voted UP; useful, awesome, interesting and beautiful. I envy your IQ! Lovely and soft thought processes always keep me spellbound. Lovely style you have of writing.

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      hamed  6 years ago

      ya thanks for all you said about these six kinds of power

      but i do believe for three kinds of these power,Economical power,Political power and Ideological power, i think these are the real power the we count on it .

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      msorensson 6 years ago

      Thank you toknoowinfo and Alexander.

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      Alexander Pease 6 years ago from Maine

      I hadn't thought of power in a way like this. It certainly would be great to cultivate some of these kinds of power. :)

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      toknowinfo 6 years ago

      Thanks for such an interesting and thought provoking hub. You are quite a writer. I enjoy what you have to say very much. Rated up and awesome.

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      msorensson 6 years ago

      Thank you, Melanie !!

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      privateye2500 6 years ago from Canada, USA, London

      There are 2 types of Power that you forgot about!

      Very big ones!

      I think I feel a hub coming on! Thanks!

      Melanie

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      msorensson 6 years ago

      Thank you, D. Virtual Doctor.

      To inherit No.

      The Siddhic powers..or Shamanic powers can be developed as you said,he can suspend the rain, just like Saruman in Lord of the Rings. Those are an impediment to the path and one is tested again and again on these.

      To use it for base ends would bring enormous consequences in the next life.

      Your comment and question is much appreciated!!

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      Funom Theophilus Makama 6 years ago from Europe

      This is such an excellent Hub.... I am glad I read it. But also, I am curious, isn't possible to acquire or inherit the spiritual power also? I am from Nigeria and in the south-eastern part of Nigeria, there is this set of people/clan who can suspend the rain, during the rainy season. So in most occasion, organizers of events during the rainy season pay this clan some money, so that they suspend the rain in the cloud until the event is over, or also, if they are angry with someone, they can transfer rain from a nearby village to a particular place of intent, if they want to act wickedly, and normally, this 'gift' or 'power'is passed from generation to generation of the same clan, and only that clan in the whole of Nigeria can exhibit this power.

      Once, again, its such a great hub and I really crave for the whole 6 (many the social power can stay out of it, but the other 5-I love so much and wish to acquire them soonest)... Thanks

      D.Virtual.Doctor

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      msorensson 6 years ago

      Thank you, GPage and I am glad you are back to writing. Happy New Year!!

      I do not mind people having a lot of money. It is just like everything else, a tool, of exchange.

      You are right, mishandling of any kind of power is sad, but luckily, there are natural controls.

      He who has power knows it comes with responsibility, just like Gandalf in contrast to Saruman in Lord of the Rings, or Yoda in contrast to the Emperor in Star Wars.

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      GPAGE 6 years ago from California

      Hello MS and Happy New Year To You!!!.....This is a really good hub. I finally got back to my writing here on hubpages and I have sort of been trying to approach this subject since I feel a lot of people do not have the right priorities in their lives. I think someone tried to write this above, but a very famous actress once told me "Be Careful What You Wish for." And I listened very carefully. I do know people who have sold their souls for money. I do know people who have hurt people for money. Power can be a very scary thing when it is mishandled. I do hope that people make the right choices in life. All the best, GPAGE

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      msorensson 6 years ago

      Thank you, Pamela!!

      My son and I have a discussion about this hub all the time.

      Those who really have it don't use it or very seldom do and when they do it is always for the betterment of mankind in general. I meant spiritual power.

      Economic power is fleeting as is every other power mentioned. The lucky ones realize this right away.

      The others do not. Thank you for stopping by!!

      Wishing you a Happy 2011.

      Much love,

      Melinda

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      Pamela Oglesby 6 years ago from United States

      I don't know how I missed this hub before except I am way behind in my reading but I think this is very interesting and right to the point. Power is not always used in a good way but it do a lot of very good things when used to serve. Excellent hub.

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      msorensson 7 years ago

      Thank you someonewhoknows. Much appreciated.

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      someonewhoknows 7 years ago from south and west of canada,north of ohio

      "Age is a number, Brian. We were programmed to believe that the body and the mind deteriorate with earth age...and yet, there is nothing preventing us from violating the physical laws that govern this universe.

      At the deepest level, we can reprogram the DNA...It accepts and interacts with photons..it means we can will it to do what we wish given sufficient discipline."

      I believe!

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      fine hub !

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      msorensson 7 years ago

      Thank you Katie :-)

      Wishing you happy holidays as well!!

      Love, Melinda

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      katiem2 7 years ago from I'm outta here

      I wanted to wish you a Happy Holiday and a very Merry New Year. I visit this page to maintain focus and a target vision of my meditations on a very prosperous new year. Love, Peace and Joy, Katie :)

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      msorensson 7 years ago

      Thank you, Pennyoheaven.

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      pennyofheaven 7 years ago from New Zealand

      Awesome hub Thanks!

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      msorensson 7 years ago

      Hi, Stella,

      Wow, Thanks!! Glad to see you!!

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      StellaHolman 7 years ago from Eastbourne, East Sussex

      You wrote” This was what Jesus Christ meant when he said “To be in the world but not of it.” Born Again Christians who live their life according to the teachings in the Bible are in the world but not of it!

      The Prophetic Spiritual gift comes from God, one has to learn how to use it.

      I wouldn’t have said that magicians have a Spiritual power, unless you are referring to the occult?

      Interesting references are on this page - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Supernatural

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      msorensson 7 years ago

      Billy, no apologies necessary. You are busy, that is wondeful!! We all have lives outside of cyberspace.

      It is more interesting..real..you can touch and feel it. Go and smell the roses. They are not the same as a silk one on the kitchen table.

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      billyaustindillon 7 years ago

      Nice Hub Melinda I am sorry I have ben tied and haven't been able to catch up with your excellent writing about everything spiritual.

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      msorensson 7 years ago

      Thank you Peggy. It is the responsibility part that is the ultimate test. Just like Anakin Skywalker before he became Darth Vader. Misuse of power because of not enough clarity. The movie was dramatized...but there is truth in it.

      Thanks for dropping by!

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      Peggy Woods 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Such an interesting thought provoking hub and I enjoyed reading each and every comment and your repsonses to them. It seems as we age often times our spirituality increases. It may be that more thought is given to it since we know our time on earth is more limited but it may also be a natural outcome of growing in all areas of discovery. As many others have already stated, I like your ending stating "with privilege comes responsibility." Thanks!

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      msorensson 7 years ago

      Officials can have bestowed power. It can be taken away at any moment. Authentic power is independent of education, rank, birth, money, prestige.

      The sixth Patriarch of Zen was a rice thresher and yet when the Abbott of the monastery asked the question to determine who would succeed him, he was chosen.

      I can only imagine what it was like.

      Thank you for dropping by and leaving your comment. I wish I spoke Mandarin..

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      chinafood 7 years ago from china

      Chinese officials is very right, but people do not.

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      msorensson 7 years ago

      Hello, SilentReed,

      Thank you for dropping by. What a wonderful way to express it. That way there is no ownership, which there really isn't.

      And yes, one becomes an instrument...a conduit if you will and one like Moses can and will use it if it is absolutely necessary but without attachment to the result.

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      SilentReed 7 years ago from Philippines

      Power implies the possession of controlling influence. The first 5 can be acquired or possess through proper development. . But for spiritual power I think it is the other way around. It "acquires" or "possess" us. ;) we are merely the means or instrumentality of a higher being, God, creator or consciousness.

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      msorensson 7 years ago

      Thank you, so kind of you, RedElf.

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      RedElf 7 years ago from Canada

      Such a thoughtful and thought-provoking hub. Simple words, but oh my, the depths of meaning. I shall return and contemplate these words when my head is less busy, and my home is quiet. Thanks so much.

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      msorensson 7 years ago

      Thank you, Astra Nomik. It is easy to get confused...

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      Cathy Nerujen 7 years ago from Edge of Reality and Known Space

      I really enjoyed reading this. I am amazed by how people confuse spiritual power with religious power. I don't see them as the same. But I like the explanations of the six different kinds of powers! :)

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      msorensson 7 years ago

      Thank you BkCreative. Yes we tend to forget about the responsibility part, for we are all too human and mesmerized by apparencies/appearances.

      Wow, thank you..I just remembered my mentor and thought about her class Enzyme Kinetics where we have a label "apparent"...it is what we calculate values depending on the prevailing conditions, but then there is a true value..a constant...for a set of conditions in a chemical reaction.

      In the above article, we can allude to the other powers as apparent, when true power is spiritual, and in case of truth, apparent or relative truths as compared to absolute truths.

      Thank you for reminding!!

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      BkCreative 7 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      Lovely wrap up there - with privilege comes responsibility - something often forgotten (seems many of us responded to that) One privilege is freedom. Yet we make a lot of noise about it - and yet feel it is a privilege and a right - and responsibility is not a component. How often I hear people say "I have a right" over and over - yet think others do not or that their right should supercede the rights of another. Perhaps if we used that sixth power - the thinking part, we'd be better off.

      Thanks for a hub that helps to enlighten. Rated up of course!

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      msorensson 7 years ago

      Thank you Freya for visiting and leaving your comment. Yes, it is very easy to forget about responsibility. There is a sadness, a beautiful kind of sadness associated with it. But there is also joy. One simply has to be aware at all times.

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      Freya Cesare 7 years ago from Borneo Island, Indonesia

      Inspirational hub. I like your closing: Just remember that with privilege always comes responsibility. You define what those are. This is what usually people forget the most. Thank you for very interesting hub. :)

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      msorensson 7 years ago

      Oh, I love the melady reference, thank you James. That was how my ex husband referred to me. So sweet.

      Powers, any kind, always comes with responsibility. Oh, the beautiful sadness of responsibility.

      Wishing you everything your heart desires, dear James. Thank you for being an inspiration to all of us.

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      James A Watkins 7 years ago from Chicago

      Great Hub! I'm digging it. And . . . I'll never forget how you offered me a place to live when I was near homelessness. Whatever spiritual powers you have, you exercise them to the fullest. God Bless You, melady.

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      msorensson 7 years ago

      Hi, Micky,

      Thank you. Wish you a lovely week ahead. Will visit your hubs soon...

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      Micky Dee 7 years ago

      Yes Ma'am. With all privilege comes responsibility. Very true and this is a very nice hub. You are a very wise woman msorensson. I have always thought so from reading you the very first time and every time since. Thank you Melinda!

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      msorensson 7 years ago

      Thank you, habee!!

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      What an interesting hub!

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      msorensson 7 years ago

      Thank you 2besure, much appreciated. Indeed, power cannot be bestowed fully unless wisdom is first perfected.

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      Pamela Lipscomb 7 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

      Great hub on the different types of power. Whatever type of power a person has, it is necessary to have character and use wisdom in executing that power!. Voted up!

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      msorensson 7 years ago

      Yes, kimh :-) You put it so well. Not fearful or anxious. He is exhibiting responsibility.

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      Kim Harris 7 years ago

      Yeah. not because he is fearful or anxious about the consequences; just that it would cause chaos...and loss of peace for many.

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      msorensson 7 years ago

      Hi, Kimh

      Thank you. The answer...a Boddhisattva who has chosen to come back to be of help to the greatest number of sentient beings, even if he can leave the body knowingly and at will during meditation, will not throw himself in front of a moving truck...it will cause chaos.

      Thank you!!

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      Kim Harris 7 years ago

      “Is a greatly cultivated man also subject to causality? The correct answer is : He is not blind to causality”

      I love this! I'm not sure I grasp the whole meaning of it yet, but I have some thoughts about it, and I think I'll reflect on it awhile.

      I love the discussion here MS as much as the hub itself. Thank you.

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      msorensson 7 years ago

      Please do. Thank you Ingenira for reading the hub and leaving your comment.

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      Ingenira 7 years ago

      Interesting and thought-provoking hub. We can talk to friends about this topic for hours.

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      msorensson 7 years ago

      You are too kind, tim-tim, thank you!!

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      Priscilla Chan 7 years ago from Normal, Illinois

      Melinda, it is so well written that I need to spend more time to read more of your hubs! I aleays know that you are so inteligent that I will learn so much from you. Thank you for giving me the pleasure!

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      msorensson 7 years ago

      Thank you, vocalcoach. Human beings are essentially good, after all we are molded of the creator. However we chose to be here on earth for our own evolution. It is here that we can make choices, be tempted by desires, human desires.

      It is in accepting our full humanity, the good, the not so good, the beautiful, the not so beautiful that we can rise. We do this moment to moment.

      We choose to align with that which reminds us of our connection to God or we choose to forget. Therefore the only objective of being here is to constantly be vigilant in choosing alignment.

      When Jesus Christ said "Don't you know that you are gods" he means that, in my opinion, every miracle he chose to show for the benefit of the people, we are also capable of. The difference is that when Jesus did them, he was not attached to the outcome for although human, he fully remembered that he is the Son of God, and has no use for anything that is here on earth.

      I went back to the temptation of Jesus Christ about a hundred times to understand it. I understood it logically, but knowing and logical understanding are different. We have to know, then we will have the power, spiritual power, which we have a responsibility for. For every privilege, there is a corresponding responsibility. I hope I at least made a few things clear.

      Thanks so much for dropping by!! You always warm my heart.

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      Audrey Hunt 7 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      This is a very educational hub on power, its advantages and uses. I have not really thought about power until reading your article. Of course, if I had to choose a power, it would be spiritual power as this is the one that matters most to me. I have read all of the above comments, (I always do as I learn from them), however I do not believe as one of your readers does - that we are all born with evil powers. We may be born with weaknesses that can be overcome with education and maturity, but no, not evil. But that - is another subject, or hub. :-) Thank you Melinda for a truly wonderful and thought-provoking hub. Blessings.

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      msorensson 7 years ago

      Yes, indeed. It encompasses all of them and every other power is designed to lead to full spiritual power. Thanks for dropping by, Valerie.

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      valeriebelew 7 years ago from Metro Atlanta, GA, USA

      Interesting. The most mysterious of all the powers is definitely spiritual power. (:v

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      msorensson 7 years ago

      Thank you 50 Caliber. I appreciate very much your coming back.

      I commend such honesty and such faith. Oh were we all as committed and as deliberate in knowing, we would all realize that what it says in the Bible is truth, but truth so simple it is actually easier to misinterpret.

      It is not normal human behavior to take ones' life or anothers'.

      There is in us a memory that this is not good for everyone involved. It is a gift to be alive, to have the breath of God. It is here as humans that we discover love, for even the most evil one of us, when shown love, will awaken in himself, compassion.

      Again, many thanks. Peace. Melinda

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      50 Caliber 7 years ago from Arizona

      msorensson, I thought I left a comment as I always do and it appears to have gone wrong so I thought I would ask. Sometimes I get this little rotating circle showing the computer is working and most likely I closed the window before it was finished and that would be my guess if you didn't get it. It gave me a chance to vote it up across the board another time as I vote each time I return.

      Aye, a fine hub as to powers. I lay my powers in Christ, as he allows me spiritual power to call upon him in my times of need. I feel that is the only gift I need, the faith in Christ and spiritual connection via the Holy Spirit, that allows me a path of spiritual communication with the one who holds all powers. Each of us are born with evil powers that require great responsibility. I have as all do the power of life and death, to take our own or anothers, but very few in relative numbers use that power. I find that great that folks restrain themselves from from taking others lives.

      A very informative hub with much to consider, Peace, 50

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      msorensson 7 years ago

      Huh? Of course not. Would you like to tell me how you thought it?

      Did you leave a comment that I did not address? Please apologies, 50 Caliber

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      50 Caliber 7 years ago from Arizona

      did I offend?

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      msorensson 7 years ago

      Thank you, YU_First 1 for reading the hub and leaving your comment.

      Indeed artists have lots of power because they have lots of creativity and imagination. They live in their own worlds, much as scientists do.

      The only difference between the two is which side of the brain they are using PREDOMINANTLY. That is creative power.

      A great scientist and a great artist have capabilities to be either or. The choice is determined by the environment/upbringing of the child.

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      YU_First 1 7 years ago from Uganda

      Intellectual power is what the scientists and artists have...???

      I was at first concerned about your line above; especially artists ...

      But when I analyze it further I realize that yes-- Artists have power in that they influence their audiences' thought processes and ultimately decisions!

      Thanks for this "thought-provoking" article.

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      msorensson 7 years ago

      Thank you,drpastorcarlotta :-)

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      Pastor Dr. Carlotta Boles 7 years ago from BREAKOUT MINISTRIES, INC. KC

      How inspiring and I agree with DeBorrah as well!!!! Thank you! GREAT HUB!

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      msorensson 7 years ago

      Thank you, amorea. You are too kind. I appreciate.

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      amorea13 7 years ago

      Hello Msorensson - thank you for this wonderful hub - have to say also that the Kafka quote you have written is such a powerful one - so full of relevant meaning.

      The issue of personal power is always important for us and you have sensitively and yet compellingly brought it into an even sharper perspective here. I really like the way you write Msorensson and I shall read more of your words - and your truly 'angelic' wisdom - and I use that word 'angelic' in a special sense and not in any 'sugary' or insincere way. I think your wisdom reveals you to be an 'angelic' human-being.

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      msorensson 7 years ago

      I am glad you enjoyed it, noorenaz. Thank you for dropping by and leaving your comment.

      Sending you love.

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      NEHRA 7 years ago from MAURITUS

      Hello Msorensson..

      great Hub, i enjoyed reading.! searching for mind powers i came across ur hub indeed very helpful to me, thanks for sharing,,

      GOD bless.TC

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      msorensson 7 years ago

      Aye, mioluna...indeed, in this universe there is no power greater than love. Thank you!!

      I did not include it because the search for all those powers to some degree involve love..self love.

      It is only by loving ourselves completely..the good..the bad..the ugly..the beautiful parts of us that we are able to incorporate any of the kinds of power that I mentioned.

      On the other hand, when one reaches the summit, as in the sages, they have already become the embodiment of love, for all sentient beings.

      When one lives it, there is no need to search for it for it cannot be found.

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      msorensson 7 years ago

      Thank you Springboard. I agree. We are given such power, celebrity power for instance, because there is a responsibility that comes with it...to be of help to others, one way or another. It is we who define what kind of help we can offer and do so.

      Thank you for your insights. Much appreciated.

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      msorensson 7 years ago

      Hi,Saddlerider. Thanks. I agree that in the hands of the wrong persons/people/groups earthly power can be used to harm others. It cannot be helped as long as we don't recognize that our survival depends on our ability to coexist peacefully with others.

      Thank you for dropping by and leaving a comment and your insigths. Much appreciated.

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      mioluna 7 years ago

      Very informative hub msorensson! I'd add power of love :)

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      Springboard 7 years ago from Wisconsin

      I think you are right to point out that many powerful and influential people, be they politcians, actors, or businessmen, all possess a culmination of these powers. What they DO with that power is of the utmost importance, and we always hope that the right people achieve it and put it to the best work.

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      saddlerider1 7 years ago

      Very interesting thoughts on power. There are so many kinds of power in our world. Having the power to exercise one's power can be a very powerful weapon and it has proven to be throughout our worlds history.

      Power has been given to many and taken away from to few. With power one can control circumstance and outcomes and have the world pay the price for exercising that power upon them.

      Power in the hands of the wrong persons causes much devastation. The world is going through a power struggle is so many countries, when and where will it end?

      Very interesting hub, certainly stimulates the mind. I still say Power to the People...peace and and love to the world. hugs my friend.

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      msorensson 7 years ago

      This is true, Sa'ge. At one point or another one gets fascinated by all of it, like a grand parade. There are universes in which the contest is "Which of us is the more powerful magician?" :-)

      Where there is a contest, there is a winner and a loser. By definition a consistent win is a lie...this is a truth that extends beyond our world.

      As there is a loser, there are penalties for losing.

      It is the reason we are here on this planet.

      To learn that every display of power no matter how seemingly small, is ego based, a desire "to prove something"

      There is nothing to prove. We are in this world. We touch the earth. The earth supports us. We live with all other sentient beings and we honor their reason to be as well as their paths.

      Those that are endowed..the Bodhisattvas...are fully equipped...and yet they are bound by ethics, responsibility and awareness never to interfere. They are aware that we cannot help others as gods. Hence they have chosen to come back, in human form, that they may relate to others as it is. As humans. For it is only in human form can one attain true liberation.

      One can choose to remain as a god, but sooner or later he has to become human again, for as a god, he is still trapped by desires, albeit, instantaneous manifestations of every desire a human can think of. It is as a human that he realizes, it is all a grand display.

      It would be lovely if we could sit down and chat. Thank you!!!

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      Sa`ge 7 years ago from Barefoot Island

      Seems everyone wants some kind of power at one time or another in their lives. Even with our own special powers we may be born with, we must first be able to give it up before we can truly be masters. Only then would we be able to understand with wisdom. and only when we reach that wisdom can we know mastership. and even then, what do we do with it, can we give it up? Or do we tightly hold on? Then what? :D

      I love your hubs :D I also wish we lived closer so we can sit and explore the mysteries of our universe! :D I am dancing on your buttons :D