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A New Perspective: Living in authentic power

Catherine Zeeb
Eagle County CO, Colorado
Columnist Cathy Zeeb

EAGLE COUNTY, Colorado ” “There is a power which lies deep within us. It is a power that loves life, a power that does not judge and a power that perceives meaningfulness and purpose on earth. We align our thoughts, emotions and actions with the highest part of ourselves, we are filled with enthusiasm, purpose and meaning. There are no thoughts of bitterness. We have no memory of fear. We are joyously and intimately engaged with our world. This is authentic power.” ” Gary Zukav, Seat of the Soul

We are taught that power is external from us. It is something you attain such as money, strength or status. External power operates without emotion. It is that which we believe in and use to push others around. Power is intention. Your use of power is either gratifying or harmful.

There is perceived power which comes from the ego; the power we believe to be received from and dealt with in the external world. People who have been given positions of authority, who have let that authority go to their heads, are in their external power. If they understand the difference between external and authentic power while in a position of authority, they will not abuse their power. They will use it for the good of all, not for their own gratification.

There is no power in fear. When you feel fear, your power leaves you and you cannot feel anything other than discomfort or distrust. Anxiety, for example, is your power leaving the center core of your body. It is a quick, massive loss of energy resulting in the quickening of breath and stepping out of the body.

You lose power when you rage. You lose power when you are threatened. You lose power when you detach from friends and family. You lose power when you envy another. All of these are fear based. Living in authentic power means you learn to pay attention to your ‘being’ on a moment-to-moment basis.

Participate in The Longevity Project

The Longevity Project is an annual campaign to help educate readers about what it takes to live a long, fulfilling life in our valley. This year Kevin shares his story of hope and celebration of life with his presentation Cracked, Not Broken as we explore the critical and relevant topic of mental health.

We must take care of our families, our communities and our world. We must take care of ourselves. We must participate. The road to authentic power is through your heart. You must recognize what you feel. This is the energy that moves you through each day.

Tapping into your authentic power does not constitute selfishness. It demonstrates stability. It demonstrates humility. Forgiveness is a virtue of an authentically empowered person. Forgiving someone and then expecting the other person to acknowledge the forgiveness is the power of the forgiver over the forgiven. Forgiving from authenticity means you let go of the experience with no expectations.

Use the present moment to stay in your power. You can focus on truth while being present and truth is power. You know your truth; you know what is right for you and what is not. When you live in your truth, you live in your authentic power.

Discover your authentic power and trust it. Know when you have stepped out of it and bring yourself back to it. It serves you well if you understand its purpose. Authentic power is aligning with Source while integrating your mind, body and spirit. Living in your authentic power will strengthen you and give you your true voice; even if that voice is just for you.

Catherine Zeeb holds a Doctorate of Philosophy in Metaphysics. She has a private therapy practice in Edwards. You can visit her Web site at http://www.healing-spirits.net.

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