Awake Your Wisdom invites you to look within to where lies your true essence, your true self and your true voice. This is a sacred place. The wisdom in me recognizes the wisdom in you. Here we awaken together, making this a kind, loving compassionate place.
True Strength Comes from Within
Shifting the Tides of Power
by Tracy Uttley
My family and I frequently visited a canopy of majestic
white pines that lived near the great Mississippi river.As we walked in and around these giants of
strength and wisdom, I encouraged my sons to imagine themselves going through a
spiritual carwash, allowing the trees and the healing waters to take away any
worries or concerns that had taken up residence in their thoughts. These walks
through the woods connected us to all that was good about ourselves and others.
They rejuvenated us and gave us hope in humanity.
We all share the air, water, and soil. The destructive
things we do to our planet reflects the harsh and cruel things we say to
ourselves and each other. Our deficiency of compassion for things that nurture
and sustain us makes us more and more fragile in the world climate.
The political undercurrent of America has been as dynamic
as an ever-changing river with some powerful riptides, a few sharp edges, and
occasionally billowing mists.Different
viewpoints intermingle like the water of two streams, merging and forming one
country. Like it or not, we are all connected. No matter how hard we try, we
cannot separate ourselves from those that live downstream. Just as a watershed
captures snow and rain and releases it into larger bodies of water, our individual
thoughts, words, and actions affect and drain into those around us.
We as individuals,
communities, and countries are working out the issue of power. Some abuse their
power, bulldozing over morality and compassion, ruthlessly winning at any cost.
Running roughshod, they avoid responsibility, denying, defending and blaming,
others instead. They have an insatiable craving for attention and an outright
allergy to rules. They appear arrogant, pompous and hostile on the outside to
compensate for how unworthy they feel on the inside. Paralyzed by fear, they do
anything not to be deemed weak.
Others give their power away, acting like helpless victims,
allowing others to manipulate, control and dominate them. They believe they
have no say in what happens. They seethe with resentment, thinking they do not
have choices, options, or possibilities.
True strength comes from a deep reservoir within filled
with inner wisdom, confidence, and courage.It is active and dynamic, taking responsibility for everything it says
and does.It wants to win, but it wants
everyone else to do well also. It is sturdy enough to disagree respectively and
apologizes when wrong. It knows its own voice while still listening to others.
It has a wellspring of love, kindness, empathy, and understanding.
We as individuals and as world family members have a choice
to create, promote or allow.We create
by our emotions, thoughts, words, and actions, and each of us makes these
choices many times a day. If we create fear, we become fearful. If we create
hate, we become hateful. We promote either divisiveness or connection,
domination or collaboration.We allow
decisions to be made that benefit a few of us or all of us. We can use our
strength to empower us or destroy us.Responsibility starts with each one of us, as individuals until it
becomes contagious.When we respect
ourselves, and our planet, beautiful, positive and uplifting things will be
returned to us.