Power is the opportunity to experience positive perception. It is greatness, love, freedom, strength, peace, wisdom, compassion, flow, flexibility, intelligence and gratitude. It is these simply because these expressions and states of being reflect positive experience. It is these simply because these experiences are what they are. In the moments when we experience true power we feel strong, we feel supported, we feel love, freedom, compassion and gratitude. The Path of Power is the path that we realize as we understand these states. It is the path that is revealed as we explore and allow ourselves to experience that which we feel and believe to be our highest and truest expressions. It is the path that we are on right now, whoever we may be, whatever we may be doing.
The Path of Power is the path that we feel most strongly when we direct ourselves in ways that are congruent with our deepest, highest principles and values. The deepest of these will always be truth. Truth is the experience and action of always seeking to know more of reality as it is. Through the action of seeking more we look for openings into a deeper level. By moving through this level we come to find and experience a different level of truth, and again we gain the opportunity to look, seek and discover. As we experience each truth we question if it will truly allow us to experience real empowerment, real inner peace, real love and wisdom. While this choice of action can lead to disappointment through perceived failure, it also leads to the most real and effective way of growth, simply because it is honest. Each step we take develops real and true strength.
How can we find real empowerment if we do not question what it is or is not in the first place?
The Path of Power is not exclusive to “spiritual” people, “personal development” people, people in pain or people in joy. The Path of Power is available to everyone. It is the path that each of us walks in realizing our own power. True power is everywhere and in everything. It is no more owned by a man in robes than a woman in business attire. The only difference is recognition of power. It is in recognition that we gain the opportunity and experience that power provides us. Personal development is simply development of a person. Where it leads is up to the person. Ogami Itto the infamous samurai executioner chose his path of personal development to be Hell. He had reconciled finding his own enlightenment and that of his son’s along this road. Gautama the Buddha chose his path of personal development to be liberation from worldly suffering. Both decided that the adoration, respect and titles given by their peers and societies were meaningless, both made the decision to find their own truth and in doing so they found their own power.
The Path of Power requires but one thing to make it powerful and that is the desire to be real. Being real is a state of mind where we are conscious of who we are at this very moment. It is unimportant if the person we see reflects storms of delusion or a garden of Eden. What is important is that we look at reality as it is at this moment. Even if this moment is 100% illusion. Being real if continued will move mountains. It will find the deepest depths of our inner oceans. It will find everything, everywhere given enough time. Being real causes chaos because it is the essence of sincerity and honesty, the same path will provide the opportunity to understand how to find true peace regardless of chaos. This is the realization of order and the experience of universal balance.
In time being real will reveal our deepest truth and we will find that our journey has ended, we have stopped walking and seeking. In this moment we are no longer a part of the Path of Power – we are simply power.
The Path of Power becomes what it is when we choose to seek and therefore define power. This act of creating meaning, reason and purpose becomes the point of our existence. Instead of asking the universe or God what the meaning of life is, we create and define meaning and show it to the universe. Our relationship with the universe becomes a reciprocal one. It is not an act of only listening. It is not an act of only speaking. It is a communication of listening, speaking, understanding and realization. The relationship is alive, sensitive and interactive. It is like two expert hagglers working to find the best deal, the only difference is that the opportunity for flexibility and movement is infinite – both sides can know full victory. It all depends on our willingness and ability to move our mind and consciousness. When we can move our consciousness at will then we are not bound by any obstacle – we become the skeleton key.
Freedom is true power because in experiencing freedom within we have the opportunity to experience greatness in everything. Existence becomes no longer determined on the illusion of pain and pleasure, emotions, thoughts or concepts, because we can experience and move through these at all levels of consciousness. Mind, body and spirit are free. This ideal is the highest essence of power, just as it is the most basic precept required for inner peace. There is no striving for more, there is no boredom, there is no aversion or craving. Where and who we are is experienced as perfection. All the tools of the mind, be they psychic senses, shape-shifting, meditation and healing allow us to realize a consciousness that can move through doorways of the self, that can explore dimensions, time and space and that can find form, lose form and create. These keys can be used to walk without aim or they can be used to find meaning. When we turn our eyes towards the purpose of finding meaning then we create the tools to listen and discover. When we turn our ears towards the answers for creating meaning then we create the experiences that express greatness, love and joy. In whichever direction it is that we choose to manifest this meaning, this is the purpose of our lives. In whichever direction it is that we choose to express this purpose, is the meaning of life that we have the opportunity to realize. This is what is means to walk the Path of Power.