Much of what this culture calls power is actually force. We call it 'being powerful' when we dominate over another, or steamroll over their autonomy. Or even when we have an agenda for another person, a desire for something they should do. We do it a disservice when we call it power, because this is actually using force over another.
Force is the opposite of power. Force is based on a superior/inferior dynamic, and it indicates that we don't know our place in life. When we use force over another, we are acting like a predator.
True power is internal power, a sense of internal peace with all of life. Interconnected with everything, yet also whole. A sense of personal dignity, and allowing the same for all. It speaks truth, and hears truth. It listens and allows all. Honoring. All. It is based in the inherent equality of all beings.
True power is a prayer with life.
The healing comes from returning, over and over, from being a predator to being a prayer.
Norma Van Horn