What is power if we do not choose to exercise it? And what good is exercising power if we aren’t going to use it to enhance life? From the perspective in which I view the world, we are all born with power. Perhaps some of us are born with more influence and more ability to influence yet, we are all born with the power to influence what we choose to put our attention on. Spiritual practice, education, career paths are all, in essence, a deepening of our ability to influence an aspect of our own lives, and perhaps even the lives of others.
I came across this wonderful teaching this week in Tibetan Yoga and Secret Doctrines edited by W.Y. Evans-Wentz. “He who knoweth the Precepts by heart, but failith to practice them, is like unto one who lighteth a lamp and then shutteth his eyes.” (versus 193-4 The Ocean of Delight for the Wise) Truly, all the knowledge in the world when not wielded with ones truest power of influence over ones own actions is futile to accumulate. Just as it is futile to turn on a light and close your eyes.
There are many so called practices in futility in this world that consume our attentions, yet do nothing to empower us or enhance the quality of our lives. Things such as, learning to be more aware of ones own actions and then demanding that others in ones company do the same, or rooting all of ones actions in a desire to change the world. Demanding another to change their behavior is an exercise in futility as we only ever have dominion over ourselves, just as is thinking that through our actions we can change the world. When in truth the world is changing all of the time, with and without us, as that is the nature of all that is.
Rather than get caught in the web of futile practices we can serve ourselves, and the greater web of all that is, by being ever more aware of what it is we are learning, and how we are each choosing to exercise our power and influence by wielding that knowledge in a life enhancing way. In the end, the greatest power over influence any of us has is over ourselves. We exercise our power in the way we choose to experience each and every moment of each and every day, in choosing to be proactive or be a victim.
Power that we choose not to exercise in a proactive response to life is a waste. And exercising power in a way that is unconscious of the ripple effect it will have on the web is also a waste. Just as is turning on a light and closing ones eyes, it is a waste to give what precious energy you have in this life to that which shall produce no results. Therefore, fill your minds with answers to questions that peak your hearts truest curiosity and fill your days with actions that proactively shine light into the darkness of your ignorance. It is on a path of this kind of powerful influence that we change ourselves, and by doing so enhance the quality of all life in the world.
With Love, Always, In All Ways, For Giving, In Joy, Proactively,