In 2002, Bantam Books published my third book, Powerful Beyond Measure.
It was my first offering in to the enquiry, “What does it mean to be spiritually powerful?”. One of the thoughts that inspired my book was the line in Marianne Williamson’s book A Return to Love that said, “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate, our deepest fear is that we are powerful measure.”
I became curious. Are we powerful beyond measure? And if so, why are we so afraid of being powerful? How do we manifest this true spiritual power in this world and use it for good? These are questions that still fascinate and inspire me today. My fascination was strengthened when I got to spend an evening in the presence of Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu two years ago in London. To me he seems to embody significant amounts of spiritual power.
So within the community during February we are exploring what it means to be spiritually powerful. You can join the community to be part of the conversation here.
Here are some of my initial thoughts about what I think it means to be spiritually powerful.
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- Our spiritual power already exists in us now, it came with our creation. It may have become buried or hidden, but we can consciously uncover and recover it, little by little. It’s a process of recovery
- We don’t need a formal position, or to be anointed or appointed to be spiritually powerful – it is a choice we can all make at any time
- Spiritual power is grounded in love and inspiration rather than fear and guilt
- Our spiritual power wants to liberate the gifts and talents of the people around us, as well as our own
- It is more about collaboration and partnering rather than competition, encouraging confidence than wanting to control each other. It loves to create the conditions in which people can blossom
- Spiritual power invites our generosity, as we understand how internally abundant we already are
- One of the key ways we recover our spiritual power is through forgiveness
- Our spiritual power seeks to bring together, to heal and bridge divisions rather than create more divisions
- Spiritually powerful people develop integrity by becoming comfortable with both the light and the shadows within them
I would love to hear your thoughts. What does being powerfully spiritually mean to you? How do you embody it?
Please add your thoughts