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“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, ‘Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?’ Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”
― Marianne Williamson, A Return to Love: Reflections on the Principles of “A Course in Miracles”
Is your home a place that inspires you to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and fabulous? Or is it a place where you retreat to shrink back, hide, and play small? How can you create a home that allows you to generate your personal power? In one of my favorite books, “Heart of the Soul” by Gary Zukav and Linda Francis, they define authentic power as “the alignment of your personality with your soul. Creating authentic power is dramatically different from the pursuit of external power.” This book is a course in authentic power, and a book I highly recommend. His thoughts are really profound! One of my favorite parts in the book is his “power struggle versus intimacy” chart (Heart of the Soul p.257):
When you are caught up in a power struggle vs. able to experience intimacy, you aren’t able to experience your own authentic power. This results in a multitude of issues that allow someone to “run away”, such as workaholism, vacating, idol worship, perfectionism, pleasing, alcohol/drugs, overeating, and impenetrable optimism. Many of these issues are commonly experienced with people with ADHD. When someone is “running away” rather than being able to experience their emotions, workaholism, vacating, idol worship, perfectionism, pleasing, alcohol/drugs, overeating, and impenetrable optimism can turn into a VERY disorganized home. (Note- most people who struggle from perfectionism do not live in neat homes. People who really struggle from perfectionism cannot get started organizing because they know it won’t be perfect). Another facet that plays into these issues is anger. The authors state, “Anger is the agony of believing that you are not capable of being understood, and that you are not worthy of being understood.” To be able to experience your authentic power so that you can allow yourself to shine, you must believe that you are CAPABLE of being understood, and that you are WORTHY of being understood. (Reason #215 to join Toastmasters!).
Who are the people that you know of that exude a sense of inner power? They could be historical figures, celebrities, or they could be people that you know (or even yourself!). When I think of people who exhibit authentic power, I think of people who provide a service to the world. This isn’t the type of people-pleasey servitude or codependence. It’s where someone has the courage to talk openly about what they believe in, to inspire and educate other, and to do so in a way that respects others with different beliefs. They are able to allow themselves to shine, they don’t shrink back, they accept compliments rather than deflecting them. They EMPOWER others. They teach others how to learn, how to trust their own inner wisdom, and they don’t foster a dependence. They hand people’s power back to them rather than telling them what to do. They have their own internal sense of control so that they don’t need to control others. Some people are born this way, but most aren’t. Most people need to learn how to do this. When you find your calling, it will pull you into action. It will ask you to get up and share with others, (even if it’s just one other person!). One person who comes to mind when I think of someone who exhibits personal power is Chalene Johnson. She has created an empire that helps educate and inspire people on the topics of business, health, relationships, spirituality, and finances. Check out her podcast, “The Chalene Show”.
When you find your calling and start allowing your authentic power to shine, the organization of your home will fall into place. It’s because your soul will be in alignment with your personality. You will KNOW what you need to keep and what to let go of. Your home will be in balance because you are in balance.
Here are some tips for getting there:
- Play! Make art, play an instrument, roll around on the floor, jump on a trampoline. Have fun, and get your energy moving! This is where the best ideas will come to you.
- Listen to podcasts/read books/ watch YouTube videos for people that inspire you. Their enthusiasm will rub off on you and you’ll start to take inspired action.
- Do something “scary” every day. Take a step out of your comfort zone. Even if it’s just picking up the phone to make a phone call or taking the trash out.
- Get your vibration up on a regular basis. Listen to music that puts you in a good mood, have something pretty to look at, activate your olfactory senses with your favorite scents, or just imagine something that you love (one of my go-to visualizations is nuzzling a horse).
- Dream! Imagine yourself doing the things that you’d like to be doing if you’d really allow yourself to shine. Instead of getting hung up on negative “what if this happens…”, use Marie Manuchehri’s positive “What If?” cards to help redirect your thoughts.
- Surround yourself with positive people that help build you up rather than ones who try to keep you safe by slashing your dreams. Toastmasters is a great place to find a supportive community.
- Just do it! Start taking action, even if you don’t have everything all planned out (you never will!). Be willing to make mistakes.
If you were to allow your authentic power to shine, what would you be doing that you’re not doing now? Send me a message, I’d love to cheer you on!
By Jean Prominski, Certified Professional Organizer
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