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What true power really is, and isn’t

August 23, 2012

Part 1 of Personal Power – The Watt, the How and the Why

Personal power is the connection to the essence of who you truly are. It’s tapping into the unlimited supply of love and abundance that is your natural state of being. It is your life source – a furnace light burning deep within your belly; distributing energy throughout your body; radiating out your heart and surrounding you like a magnetic field of pulsating light. 

We short circuit by giving our power unnecessarily away to others or to our inner critic. When we feed the ego, we starve our soul and thus lose our ability to connect with the juice that fuels our journey. When our power is fully charged, we’re able to navigate through this world at full volume. When we’re playing small it’s because our dial is set low and what gets reverberated back will be relative to what we deliver to the world. When our battery is depleted, so is our experience, and so too is our outcome.

We’re sometimes scared to step into our power because we don’t want to come across as self-important or controlling. True power is not to be confused with manipulation, domination or superiority. This arrogance or false power is the way of the ego. It’s the ego’s way of protecting the ego from the ego. It resides in the illusion of separation and duality, while true power dwells in the world of love, connection and unity. It’s the wholeness of one’s being, the fullness of one’s living and the radiance of one’s presence. Power is everything arrogance is not. Arrogance is fear of one’s perceived inadequacy and power is love of one’s known divinity.

True power has no greed, as it already has everything it needs. It has no desire to dominate or master others, as it understands that self mastery is where true freedom lies. Power is not controlling others, it’s having control over our own programmed way of being. When we learn to step into the driver’s seat of our default tendencies and behaviour and take responsibility for our own selves first, there’s no need to control the outside world, as it’s merely a reflection of our internal world. We hand over our power because we feel undeserving or unworthy, “Who am I to do or say anything about this situation?”, ”What’s so special about me?”. People may walk all over us if we allow them and haven’t defined or honoured our boundaries.

Boundaries are not to be mistaken for walls. Walls are solid and keep you guarded, separate and imprisoned, while boundaries serve as an invisible magnetic field of power defined by what you accept and don’t accept for yourself. By maintaining this field it serves to repel all that is out of alignment with who you are and what serves you… as well as attract all that is in alignment with who you are and what serves you. The more in touch you are with your truth, the easier it becomes to maintain and uphold your boundaries and the more you maintain and uphold your boundaries, the more in touch you become with your truth.

As this circle of power increases, it in turn increases the frequency of those around you. Like a moth to a flame, people will be drawn to you… They’ll respect you because you respect yourself. They’ll trust you because you trust yourself. They’ll honour that part of their being that you so beautifully mirror back to them.

Alternatively when you have no boundaries and engage with people and situations in a way that goes against your integrity, people unconsciously pick up on the incongruency. You’ll feel your power seeping out and project your insecurities onto them, seeing them as either superior or inferior to you. You unconsciously know you’ve let yourself down. You haven’t stepped up… You’ve succumbed to your reactive nature, your feelings of ‘less than’ and blown the fuse. You may blame the other person for taking your power away, when in fact you’ve handed it to them on a silver platter. You fall into victim mode, blaming them for doing ‘x’ to you, further depleting your life force.

This pilot light gets snuffed every time we give into our ego… When we fall prey to victimhood, to our reactions and allow anything or anyone outside ourselves authority over our innate truth. 

We hold our flame by honouring ourselves and those around us. We step into our power every time we go against our trigger reactions and default behaviour… each time we hold back when we would usually react. Or act when we’d usually hold back. When we do the opposite to what our usual egoic reactions or inactions are, we’re giving fuel back to our true selves. We’re taking our power back from the ego and letting our soul take the lead. Each time we step into courage, we reveal more light and dissolve away another layer of separation, revealing who we are beyond who we think ourselves to be. We reveal the Love, the Source, the ‘I AM’ that is our Divine nature… our True Power!

Click here to read Part 2 – 5 ways you may be losing your power.


  • ken bridgens09-07-12

    The only way to get out of a hole is to climb out. If you stay there and keep digging, you will only make it bigger?

    One of my fav sayings ” The quality of your life is directly proportional to the quality of the people you spend your time with”.

    • Tracy09-07-12

      Thank you for sharing, Ken! Wise words… :)

  • The Zen Rabbi08-26-12

    Thank you Tracy! What spoke to me most is “True power has no greed, as it already has everything it needs. It has no desire to dominate or master others, as it understands that self mastery is where true freedom lies.”
    It is the flavour I want to bring more of into this word! :-)

    • Tracy08-26-12

      That means a lot coming from a Zen Rabbi! :) Great, the more people bringing flavour to the world the better!
      Love Tracy

  • Cherie Roe Dirksen08-24-12

    Great article! Especially liked the part defining that putting up a wall is not the same thing as setting a boundary — I think a lot of people will benefit from that bit of clarity.

    • Tracy08-24-12

      Thank you! Glad you enjoyed it. :)
      Love Tracy

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