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Personal Power vs. Power of Possessions and Status

Updated on August 10, 2017
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Val is a life-long student of psycho-philosophy of living, and a devoted practitioner of many techniques enhancing personal evolution.

There Is more Power in Peace than in Loudest Artillery
There Is more Power in Peace than in Loudest Artillery

Power Seen in Relativity of Everything

Power has been defined as an ability to act; and also as a capacity to influence others or the course of events. There are other variations to these two; however, nowhere have I seen anything being said about our personal sovereignty as a cultivated capacity to choose our own model of psycho-physical functioning - as a possible definition of power.

The most likely response to it might sound something like: "What's the big deal about this personal sovereignty if you are broke?" To that I could offer a counter-argument, which will be the central idea of this article, while in a nutshell saying: "What's the big deal of being a billionaire, or a leader of a state, or control the national money reserve - if your health, happiness, and peace of mind is inferior to that one of a broke dude?"

Furthermore, what's the advantage of a miserable and sick dude who feels ethnically or racially "superior" - over a dude who is supposedly of a "god-forsaken" ethnicity or race, but who happens to enjoy his life in a robust health?

Money - one of the Biggest Misconceptions about Power
Money - one of the Biggest Misconceptions about Power

That Most Popular Concept of Power

Before we continue, let me assure you that no names will be mentioned during the entirety of this article - but an intelligent reader will easily fill those blanks denoting certain characteristics of those self-proclaimed "powerful" folks.

The way I see it, there are two criteria of defining power, one is collectivistic, and the other individualistic, and the former is the one on which most of the people are heavily hooked, while they see some "universally valid" signs of power in fetishes like money, social status, authority, and military potential. To them, nothing short of that spells power.

As we elaborate a little on that other, individualistic criterion of defining power, much of that collectivistic one may automatically start looking somewhat silly, to say the least. Namely, collectivism as a chosen orientation in life is totally oblivious to the simple biological fact that the whole gigantic theme of humanity boils down to your and mine personal way of intimate processing that reality.

Indeed, by itself nothing of what is residing outside of our personal space matters until and unless we give it some significance. All of that is merely a gross generalization which among other illusions gave birth to our perception of "power".

Social Suggestion Makes Robotic Followers of the most of Us
Social Suggestion Makes Robotic Followers of the most of Us

All Collectivism Is Based on Suggestion

Now, what do I call "personal sovereignty"? It's the capacity of consciousness to choose one's own thoughts, beliefs, attitudes, responses, and consequently emotions which get generated by those choices. It is nothing from a superman's resume, but rather from our innate and unused potential.

This brings us momentarily to the theme of spirituality. Contrary to popular understanding, spirituality has nothing to do with religiousness, and everything to do with personal sovereignty, almost being its synonym.

The difference being that personal sovereignty is more about our freedom from suggestive social influences, or "power" - whereas spirituality denotes our quest for our divine identity and our ultimate creative volition. Well, that would be the best that I could come up with, but I hope it will do. In any case, personal sovereignty gives us wings into its spiritual spinoff.

Somewhere in the course of my theorizing about personal power, I happened to write a text which I titled in Latin: "Hypnosis Mater Civilisationis Est" (Hypnosis is mother of civilization). While deeply in the studies of hypnotism I observed how the whole paradigm of human coexistence was heavily based on suggestive influence.

It all must have started when one dude discovered that he was affecting another dude with his appearance, possessions, behavior, and ideas - with another dude giving up his own ability to think for himself - giving up his power.

Indeed, the story of civilization is the story of power - the false one, the one that was not generated by a real advantage, but by a feeling of inferiority and surrender. So we could freely round it up with this point saying how in this world of ours nobody is really "powerful" - we are the ones making them so.

There Are Many Symbols of the World Being a Big Enigma  -  Why Are We Pretending to "Know" It?
There Are Many Symbols of the World Being a Big Enigma - Why Are We Pretending to "Know" It?

Influenced by "World" that We Don't Know

Let us see how crazy all that is. For starters, we fell for the illusion about the "world". What the heck is it? We know that there are other human beings living on this planet, and that's how far it should go. But we bought the views of the mainstream media about this "world", that we in reality know nothing about, since it's made of individuals whom we don't know.

From the individualistic point of view, I could do something much more proactive in my life by focusing on my breathing and imagining that I am enjoying my time at a beach - rather than fall for imaginary stuff about a world that's completely out of the gravity field of my life.

So, why should I be bothered about events that are so remote and with so many unknown players involved - while neglecting things which may be begging for my attention and care? How did it ever become so popular that people are like mesmerized by totally irrelevant crap that's dulling their sense of power. For, when you mostly deal with those things over which you have no control, the old saying comes into effect - "You don't use it, you lose it".

Without a Pleasure as a Reward  -  We would Not Bother Breathing
Without a Pleasure as a Reward - We would Not Bother Breathing

The only Motivation that Makes Us Tick

From this healthy perspective which I call individualistic and which deals with the only reality that's "real" for us - health, happiness, peace, and effectiveness in life are the only parameters of the purpose for living. Whatever we dream about, plan about, or do, has something to do with that final feeling of being rewarded for it, no matter how small or big.

So it stands to reason that an ability to produce these emotional rewards at their root stage means a "power" beyond any other. When I do my daily "alpha", or feeling divinely blissful, I could bet my pension check that many billionaires across the world could only dream about feeling like that - without a help of any drugs, of course.

In other words, I have a freedom to choose the model of my experiencing. Not pressed by constant and unhealthy demands of a hectic life style - to brainstorm about the ups and downs of the whimsical money/influence game; or living under ethnocentric delusions while plotting how to impress the world with my "god-chosen status of a superior human being".

I don't know why ambitions like that always remind me of some of those textbooks about human psycho-pathology. But I certainly do know that it's a pathetic surrogate for something like "power".

It's entirely up to you to believe it or not, but at the root of a need for power is this being insecure like hell. Greed for power stems from a fragile emotionality. It has nothing to do with a healthy pursuit of success in life, which is generated by a sense of "sportsmanship" - not by a pervert need to put others down.

Sinking into a World where We Meet Our Power  -  We Reclaim It for Ourselves
Sinking into a World where We Meet Our Power - We Reclaim It for Ourselves

We Have Enough Time Left to Change It

Have you ever seen any pictures of those "powerful" religious leaders of these days selling that fairy tale to their sheepish followers about their ethnic superiority? Or those billionaires for the same matter, parading with their worldly possessions - all having those unhealthy, pasty, and pruned complexions, big bellies, and very likely a short list of diagnoses on their health bill.

How is that "superior"? If they are so "superior" human beings, why nothing about them inspires such a description? Their stern and often hateful expressions don't really call for an envious reaction. Is their example advertising what should be our ultimate goals in life - to look like them?

Isn't that silly being so sucked into a fallacious world of values where something not worth following is parading with a "power"? Indeed, how many of us have a clear picture of our true priorities in life in which our own power could triumph with many victories. Instead, we measure ourselves with others' yardsticks, always appearing too short for our own admiration, let alone others'.

Could we see it all with fresh eyes - how everything in life is subjective, because life itself is a subjective experience, not a series of dry and sterile data of factual reality. To be truly powerful is to be able to run our own intimate show, in which everything outside of our personal space is merely a circumstance.

Nothing should have a suggestive power over us. In this relatively short time of life, why not play mini-gods in our own reality, because that status would be closer to an ultimate truth about us than playing mental beggars, letting others think for us, and living in their long shadows.

There are no powerful people, folks; we are the ones making them powerful by surrendering our personal sovereignty and buying their myth of power. That can change. It should. Soon.


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      Larry Rankin 13 months ago from Oklahoma

      Interesting perspective.