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POWER & Inspiration

‘You, At Your Most Powerful’

I love this post ..

I’ve added a few photo’s below of people ‘in their power’ from EG facebook page but check out some of the rest, and read their inspiring comments to her.

I love that this woman is all about empowerment.

SilverGirl x

Post by Elizabeth Gilbert – Writer

Dear Ones –

I want you to do me a favor today.

I want you to post a picture of yourself taken at a moment when you felt like you were at your most powerful.

Here is a photo of me, for instance, at my most powerful.

It’s not me at my prettiest, and definitely not me at my most glamorous. I hadn’t washed my hair for a few days, and I was wearing my rattiest old tank top. I wasn’t hanging out anywhere exciting — not meditating in India, not eating my way through Italy, not walking on a beach in Bali, not climbing a mountain, not watching a sunset, not receiving an award, not meeting a famous person.

When this photo was taken, I was at home. I was doing research for my novel THE SIGNATURE OF ALL THINGS. I was reading yet another scholarly treatise on 19th century botany, taking notes on some index cards that I’d purchased at Staples.

That’s what I did pretty much all that year — I just sat there, reading books, and studying 19th century botany, and taking notes, and dreaming of my novel.

When I look at this picture, I see a woman who is doing exactly what she wants to be doing with her life.

That’s what power means to me.

In fact, that’s the ONLY thing power means to me.

Power doesn’t have to be fierce. It doesn’t have to be aggressive or combative or cocky. It doesn’t have to tear anything down. It doesn’t have to be in your face. It doesn’t have to be a moment of fist-pumping victory. It doesn’t have to be expensive or monumental. It doesn’t have to make the world explode.

Generally speaking, the deepest kind of power doesn’t have much to do with anyone else at all. Nothing to do with status, nothing to do with reputation, nothing to do with winning.

Because you can achieve all that stuff (status, reputation, victory) and still feel lost as hell.

No, true power comes from standing in your own truth and walking on your own path.

That’s it.

When you are operating from that place (standing in your truth; walking on your path) you are the mightiest thing that has ever lived. Nothing can harm you.

And it usually doesn’t even feel exciting! In fact, the moments in my life where I have completely inhabited my own power have been incredibly relaxing — because there is nothing to fight, nothing to prove.

You just ARE, and you have no doubts about what you are, or where you are, or who you are.

Show me a moment when you felt that way.

I don’t care how long ago it was — let’s see those pictures!

Sometimes just looking at a picture of your most powerful self will remind you of what you’re supposed to be doing with your life, and how it’s supposed to feel.

Sometimes it will point you back toward your path, back toward your truth.

And if you haven’t felt powerful like this in a long time, maybe it’s time to start thinking about what it’s gonna take to get you back to that place, OK?

Because it’s still there. You can still access it.

Sometimes it’s a whole lot less complicated than you think.

ONWARD,
LG

In Their Power

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The Victim Archetype

(Everyone has this Archetype).

Light:

Prevents you from

letting yourself be victimized, or victimizing others.

Shadow:

Playing the Victim for positive feedback in the form of pity.

Inability to maintain personal boundaries.

The negative traits of the Victim are self-evident. But when properly recognized, it can be a tremendous aid in letting us know when we are in danger of letting ourselves be victimized, often through passivity but also through rash or inappropriate actions.

We need to develop this clarity of insight, however, and that means learning the nature and intensity of the Victim within.

It can also help us to see our own tendency to victimize others for personal gain.

In its shadow manifestation, the Victim tells you that you are always taken advantage of and it’s never your fault.

We may like to play the Victim at times because of the positive feedback we get in the form of sympathy or pity. Our goal is always to learn how to recognize these inappropriate attitudes in ourselves or others, and to act accordingly.

We are not meant to be victimized in life, but to learn how to handle challenges and outrun our fears.

In establishing contact with your own inner Victim, ask yourself:

  • Do I blame others for the circumstances of my life?
  • Do I spend time in the pit of self-pity?
  • Do I envy others who always seem to get what they want out of life?
  • Do I feel victimized by others when situations don’t work out the way I wanted them to?
  • Do I tend to feel more powerless than powerful?

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Movies Portraying the ‘Victim’

Watching movies related to one of your core archetype especially when going through the process of healing is a powerful tool to help you understand yourself (your motivations, your passions, your fears – why you behave the way you do).

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SilverGirl