When our triggers are set off, rationale is nowhere to be found. But over time, one can learn to become attuned to rising emotion or, at least, associated sensations in the body. With that practice of presence, grace is granted.
Even in the space of one breath, everything can change. When we feel provoked, that space allows us to provide context. The response loses intensity because triggers work best in the absence of perspective. They thrive in a void.
Presence is the countermeasure to the threat of that void. Triggers lose their power when you are in communion with your essence.
Authentic power is when the personality comes to serve the energy of the soul.” ~Gary Zukav
We don’t always feel powerful in our own lives. While some of us will choose to resign ourselves to that powerless state, others will overcompensate by throwing their weight around.
The latter is a misunderstanding of what constitutes real power. It is not a state that requires feeding off of another’s reserve. It doesn’t require submission and it need not victimize in order to achieve a short-lived fix.
Real power isn’t ravenous. It doesn’t beg for recognition. It has nothing to prove to anyone. In fact, it need not involve another party. It is moving through the world with the knowledge that you are deeply aligned with the Truth of who you are.
We tend to hold onto our beliefs tightly and when something comes up against them, we ignore it if we’re not willing to bend. We see what we want to see.
At the same time, we might be searching for clarity and direction in our lives while wearing this voluntary blindfold.
Seeing things selectively is never beneficial. We learn the most about ourselves when we face the things that challenge us. By hiding from these potential revelations, we undoubtedly obscure other aspects of our experience.
It’s impossible to live fully while maintaining surface involvement. To feel all that life has to offer, one has to be willing to go deep. Regardless of what the journey looks like on the outside, there is an accompanying inner journey that requires exploration, at times excavation.
Like lovers who risk heartbreak, we must be willing to dive into the intensity. We must be willing to bear our unprotected, raw selves to discover the touch of something exquisite. The unwillingness to do so will keep all rewards out of reach.
Every success story has the element of the unknown. Whether it’s wondering if one has what it takes, or how one’s efforts will be received, or the logistics of things, there will usually be a missing piece.
It’s not your place to have it all figured out so don’t bother. The only thing that is certain is that your greatness will not manifest without some degree of risk and a good deal of faith.