The most powerful weapon on earth is the human soul on fire. Ferdinand Foch
We are each given the gift of personal strengths. These strengths are the essence of our power, creating the ability to motivate, heal, nurture and construct the world we desire. Realizing the strengths and harnessing that power, however, can sometimes be a daunting and elusive task.
As Mother’s Day is approaching, I began thinking about the way in which we all resonate the essence of our power. Each interaction we have creates a more meaningful experience in our life. The essence of our power is very often fueled by the way in which we are warriors and protect the quality of each interaction and also the way in which we internalize the experience of the interaction.
My sister recently delivered a beautiful baby girl. Since her daughter’s birth, I have watched her blossom with new strengths, wisdom and a clear confidence that she radiates daily. It is truly amazing to watch, and listen as she instinctively steps into her newest and by her own accounts most fulfilling and amazing experience to date, all as a result of the interaction with her daughter.
In an opposite phase of the motherhood spectrum, I am witnessing the evolution of a friend who is maneuvering through a redefinition of her self as she experiences the independent flight of her youngest child into adulthood. As this process has unfolded, she has similarly blossomed with new strengths, courage and the passion to develop dreams in the direction of her next amazing experience in life.
In watching and interacting with both of these strong, powerful women, I have discovered that the ability to share our strengths and power seems to stem from the story we hold about ourselves in our heart.
In the past year my life has come full circle, presenting me with some personal transformation opportunities. In reflecting on these opportunities recently, I uncovered this -- The story that I tell myself about me, -- who I am and how I fit into my life, isn’t really accurate. Once this realization sank in, I began to slowly deconstruct the story, and let my mind drift to the original source of my story and an amazing thing began to happen … I consciously began letting go, and giving myself permission to be exactly where I am, not rooted in past mistakes or perceived failures, but really and truly the permission to be right where I am, who I am now. Ultimately for me, that realization holds the key to unlocking the essence of my power. The stories I have been carrying around have shaped my thoughts and perceptions and often sabotaged the extraordinary gifts that I have to offer and prevented me from accepting amazing gifts from others.
The deconstruction and letting go of those stories allowed me to see that the type of power that I have been marveling at in the gorgeous women around me is also inside me. The essence of power is in all of us. We just have to free ourselves to realize it. It may be stories that you tell yourself, or it may be masked in some other way, but it is there. Each person has an igniter, that thing that brushes the covering away. For some, it is stepping into motherhood wholeheartedly, stepping into a new mothering phase, or as was the case for me, simply recognizing ‘your true story’, not the one that you have been telling yourself over and over.
Opening to the essence of our individual power allows us to feel confident and radiate outward. The power that we radiate is expressed by an assuredness and the knowledge of our true self. Enabling our interactions with our internal strength allows us to provide our truest gift, creating the delicate balance in each interaction.
There is not a woman I know that doesn’t embody the essence of power in her own unique way, every single day. We are all mothers, nurturers, lovers, healers, and champions for our evolving extraordinary lives. The essence of our power is a true gift of spirit through love. In each moment we give to those beings around us, and hopefully, celebrate the joy of experience we have to offer.
I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples’ ~ Mother Teresa