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When we think of the word Power many of us think of ‘achievement’. We think of climbing up the cor- porate ladder and gaining profes- sional power. We think of financial power, global economic power, world systems, social power and having power over others. We think of attaining power and control in our lives and we think of possibly taking over the world… well maybe not the whole world, but at least the world around us.


What if we look at the word Power in a different light? Lets take the masculine ‘doingness’ out of the word Power and rather look at it from a more feminine approach. How about seeing the word Power as personal power and a way of empowering one-self?


Lets take the word Power and think of how to bring power into your own life by loving yourself, appre- ciating yourself, caring for yourself, discovering yourself and opening yourself up to transforming the way in which you perceive yourself.


Self-empowerment is very much associated with our Second Chakra or energy centre. In Caroline Myss’ book Anatomy of the Spirit – The Seven Stages of Power and Heal- ing she explains that ‘How we feel about ourselves and whether we respect ourselves, determines the quality of our life, our capacity to succeed in business, relationships, healing and intuitive skills. Self-un- derstanding and acceptance, the bond we form with ourselves, is in many ways the most critical spiri-


tual challenge we face. In truth, if we do not like ourselves, we will be incapable of making healthy deci- sions. Instead, we will direct all of our personal power for decision- making into the hands of some- one else; someone whom we want to impress, or someone before whom we think we must weaken ourselves to gain physical secu- rity. People who have a low sense of self-esteem attract relationships and occupational


situations that


reflect and reinforce this weakness. Nobody is born with healthy self- esteem. We must earn this quality in the process of living as we face our challenges one at a time.’


Empowering one’s self and discov- ering the key to one’s own wisdom, purpose and strength – and then


49 INSPIRATIONAL WOMAN MAGAZINE


July/August 2011 49


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