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Authentic Spiritual Empowerment - Spiritual and Philosophical Musings

Updated on November 21, 2010

An authentically empowered person is humble.
This does not mean the false humility
of one who stoops to be with those who are below him or her.
It is the inclusiveness of one who responds to the beauty of each soul.
...It is the harmlessness of one who treasures, honors,
and reveres life in all its forms."

Gary Zukav





Today's musings were inspired by Shalini's response to Gary Zukav's quote in Facebook.

"Beautiful - thanks Marie - haven't read him. Must remedy that :)
To be humble, yet empowered....to treat all as equal and yet revere .... it's such a fine balancing act, isn't it?"

I think of our enlightened teachers such as the Buddha, the Christ, and the modern day sages; they are perfect examples of the "empowerment" (I actually call it freedom) that comes from the spirit and not the ego, (that is, our mind with its judgments and stories) so they do not see separation in any thing or anyone; in this state I gather, there is true humility as there is a quiet awareness that we all are in the presence of Creation. Many see God/Creator/Source as an elusive force we cannot touch, but every star, rainbow, leaf, child, man, woman, the seasons, animals, seen and unseen is Source in expression.

As my life has evolved throughout the years, and like everyone on this planet, have experienced loss of loved ones, the small and larger deaths that are part of the movement of life's constant change, I fully live with the crystal clear awareness that I am a temporary guest in this reality, and because of this...

I feel every moment is one of sacredness.


In this space of sacredness life, happens; the tears and joy, the ups and downs of our dual world. Sometimes, I feel a sadness, as I am attached to the ones I love, and to experiences I value, which I know one day will end, but most times, I stand in gratitude and awe at the wonder of it all. When we revere life, we shift our focus from the mundane with its fears, to expressing our higher traits; this involves responding spontaneously to the spirit in all. The finite mind cannot really do this, as its the nature of the mind to split, analyze, and judge especially when we are faced with what we perceive as "negative," but the limitless heart and spirit can.

I am reminded of a story of an enlightened writer and teacher, Byron Katie, who was faced with a man about to kill her, he stuck a pistol into her stomach, pulled the hammer back, and announced "I am going to kill you"; she was concerned about him, as she knew he would spend a lifetime of suffering after murdering her, and asked him kindly not to kill her, while marveling at the sight of sky, clouds, and moonlit trees, and thinking, "this is then how I am going to die" and was actually feeling joy. She waited and waited, and in the end he didn't pull the trigger. He didn't want to do this to himself.

She understood that beneath the angry, insane mind of the man, was his true nature, his soul; this is the essence she connected to, and this is the part that the man responded to. This woman is free.

To have the "empowerment" of which Gary Zukav speaks of requires courage, to let go of all our learning, and in this unlearning we acquire the clarity of Truth. I am not fully there yet, but have been blessed with meeting human beings who have.

We are more than the physical, we are freedom itself, we simply have forgotten, and I hope that in this lifetime it will be revealed to me.

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    • VioletSun profile imageAUTHOR

      VioletSun 

      7 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

      Paraveda, I agree with you. It takes devotion to Truth to get to that level and a willigness to open our eyes. Thanks for stopping by. :)

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      paraveda 

      7 years ago

      That is Beautifully written Marie:-)

      All these truth about Spirituality & being empowered can be understood better when we catually 'feel' them within us. I think it takes a lot of inner aspiration (consciously or unconsiously) to get to that level. The Divine is just there within us. Its upto us to open our eyes and see. Thanks for writing this

    • VioletSun profile imageAUTHOR

      VioletSun 

      7 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

      Ahorseback, thank you for your presence here, its valued and appreciated. Read your fan mail and thank you for your message. :)

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      ahorseback 

      7 years ago

      I came back , Marie, and read this again and again and again....You have the answer.

    • VioletSun profile imageAUTHOR

      VioletSun 

      7 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

      Thank you Pennyofheaven for your visit and comments!

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      pennyofheaven 

      7 years ago from New Zealand

      I hear your message loud and clear. Wonderful hub! Thank you!

    • VioletSun profile imageAUTHOR

      VioletSun 

      7 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

      Thank you, Denise, glad this hub served you tonight. :)

      Hugs back at you~

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      Denise Handlon 

      7 years ago from North Carolina

      Thank you, Marie, for a truly inspirational hub. I needed this tonight. Hugs.

    • VioletSun profile imageAUTHOR

      VioletSun 

      7 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

      Prasetio, Appreciate your continuing support, have a blessed day! :)

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      prasetio30 

      7 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Very inspiring hub. This shown your spirituality side. Thank you very much. God bless you!

      Prasetio:)

    • VioletSun profile imageAUTHOR

      VioletSun 

      7 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

      Mydigest: Thank you, nice to meet you!

      Ripplemaker: Nightmares happen, so we don't forget the dream; they are messages for us, not necessarily about impending doom but the symbolism is there for us to interpret. I had a dream where a man with a belt around his tummy, did damage to some property, he was hacking and hacking at something, and I could see everything from the distance, so went up to owners (I believe)of the building to tell them what I saw. Hmmmm... I also need to reflect on this one.

      Thanks for sharing your dream, and for your support. Most welcome on the link! :)

      Hugs and lots of light to you too~

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      Michelle Simtoco 

      7 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      I just had a an awful dream of a car crashing on the back of my car. But I was unharmed but scared nevertheless. Woke up and reflected on that one and now here I am reading your hub.

      It has been a meditative time for me this week. And I am so amazed when things are revealed clearly and we gain insights into life...it is freedom indeed. I loved reading your hub Marie as it enriches me always. As you ponder, I ponder too. :) And I bring this knowledge and awareness by living it on a day to day basis. Thank you oh so much. Love and light to you!

      PS And for linking my hub as well, many thanks!

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      My Digest 

      7 years ago

      What a beautiful hub! I am inspired.

    • VioletSun profile imageAUTHOR

      VioletSun 

      7 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

      Shalini, Oh, thank you! If you hadn't made your insightful comments in Facebook, I wouldn't have been inspired to write a little hub and to ponder more; so thank you for being my muse! Enjoy your Sunday. :)

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      Shalini Kagal 

      7 years ago from India

      Oh Marie - what a beautiful, beautiful hub! And I'm so touched at the mention! Sorry for the late response - and thank you so much for a wonderful, uplifting Sunday morning read. It's my sermon for the week :)

    • VioletSun profile imageAUTHOR

      VioletSun 

      7 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

      Ahorseback: I agree, its hard to BE in each moment as life has distractions, but the more we do this, it becomes a part of of nature. Always enjoy your comments.

      DJBryle: Thanks for reading and adding your comments. :)

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      DjBryle 

      7 years ago from Somewhere in the LINES of your MIND, and HOPEFULLY at the RIPPLES of your HEART. =)

      Your hub refreshes my soul! Thanks for sharing! =)

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      ahorseback 

      7 years ago

      Hi Marie , I like this a lot To know each moment. As I live and work I try to BE in each moment. So hard to do at times. Thanks for these words of power.

    • VioletSun profile imageAUTHOR

      VioletSun 

      7 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

      De Greek: Hope you investigate his work, he is very deep and makes a lot of spiritual and psychological sense.

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      De Greek 

      7 years ago from UK

      Gary Zukav is unknown to me, but the quote you started with is very impressive. I shall try to find out more, thanks

    • VioletSun profile imageAUTHOR

      VioletSun 

      7 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

      Hi, Owefox, I just finished reading one of your hubs, and left a comment. :) I am also following you! Thanks for reading and commenting.

      Namaste~

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      Owenfox 

      7 years ago

      hi Violetsun. im new follow of yours. i enjoyed ur article here. thanks for sharing it with the rest of us. nice and soothin words like another said :)

      JOY to you today my friend

      in love and gratitude

      Owen!

      hugs :)

    • VioletSun profile imageAUTHOR

      VioletSun 

      7 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

      Eiddwen,thanks for reading and your feedback, much appreciated. :)

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      Eiddwen 

      7 years ago from Wales

      Beautiful words that are important in our lives, the words that keep us with our feet planted firmly on the ground.

      A very well written hub and it was captivating.

      Take care.

    • VioletSun profile imageAUTHOR

      VioletSun 

      7 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

      Tatjana: Yes, I felt it was time to write another hub, probably will write another one before the end of the year. I appreciate your reading and loving support, and happy to include one of your hubs. :)

      Hugs and lots of light~

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      Tatjana-Mihaela 

      7 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA

      Beautiful, Marie, finally a new Hub from you - so healing and calming, as always...what is exactly what all we need...thank you so much.

      Just noticed link to one of my Hubs, thank you.

      A lot of love and hugs.

    • VioletSun profile imageAUTHOR

      VioletSun 

      7 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

      Nelliana and Saddlerider, so pleased you enjoyed the photos and my musings! The photos come from a new webhosting service I found which has a gorgeous gallery of photos.

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      saddlerider1 

      7 years ago

      Magnificent photos and message to go with them. Simplicity at its best yet with a profound lesson on life. I walked all over your buttons. Simply beautiful. Bravo

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      7 years ago from TEXAS

      What a gorgeous hub and the pictures!!! Lovely, lovely!! Gets my votes!

    • VioletSun profile imageAUTHOR

      VioletSun 

      7 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

      Thank you Samson for the rating!

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      Sam 

      7 years ago from Tennessee

      voted up and beautiful! Well written enticing read...

    • VioletSun profile imageAUTHOR

      VioletSun 

      7 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

      Anjali, I guess that's why we connect, we have similar understanding of spirituality; it is scary for me at tiems, to find out all I believed in, is really a man made story, but eventually something deeper and yet simpler starts replacing what we let go of. Glad you like my notes on Khalil in FB, may be adding more, now that your reminded me. Just fixed some typos on this hub, yikes, I spelled check, but missed a few errors. As usual thanks for your insightful and kind comments.

      Hugs to you~

      FP, I myself need the reminders from time to time, it is indeed very easy to get bogged down by life and our ego, reason why I generally focus on what inspires and helps me to see things from a different angle. Good to see you! :)

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      Feline Prophet 

      7 years ago

      As usual your writing reminds us of what is real and truly important...we all get bogged down by ego and need reminders like this as often as we can get them! :)

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      anjalichugh 

      7 years ago from New York

      Beautiful thought! I feel the same way as you do about most things. I always say that to understand the simplicity of our existence we, first, need to get rid of the complex and useless knowledge that we all gather during the course of journey through life. As simple as it sounds the 'unlearning' process (as you say) is the most difficult thing for a human to do. Its like expecting a horse to act like a donkey which seems next to impossible. Just as we say...'you are what you are'.

      I guess it is the grueling process of shedding off the cloak of worldly knowledge which makes the process of transformation look more daunting and challenging than it actually is.

      Believe it or not...your words always have a soothing effect on me. Its as if I can actually feel the cool breeze. Hard to explain! BTW I loved reading those excerpts from Khalil Gibran's write ups (especially on children)on FB. I bookmarked it so that I can read it whenever I feel wavered for any reason.(Hugs)

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