November 21, 2018
I’ve been thinking a lot about power… what is true power and where does it come from? Why are so many people blinded by the illusion that power is force or domination?
True power is not about having your way or “winning” a war. It’s not about making others do things against their will or proving them wrong. It’s not about lording it over people or being worshiped as a star.
Thich Nhat Hanh, in another of his beautiful works, The Art of Power, says, “Our society is founded on a very limited definition of power, namely wealth, professional success, fame, physical strength, military might, and political control. My dear friends, I suggest that there is another kind of power, a greater power: the power to be happy right in the present moment, free from addiction, fear, despair, discrimination, anger, and ignorance. This power is the birthright of every human being, whether celebrated or unknown, rich or poor, strong or weak.”
I think true power comes from within. It also comes from outside of us, but only in terms of connecting to the larger energy that powers the universe. The true power Source is so vibrant, so strong, so intensely radiant, that it sometimes seems we can only manage connecting with it in small doses!
But it is always available, always present, no matter what our life circumstances may be.
Sunday’s talk will focus on ways to claim, strengthen and nurture our connection to the true power that lives in the essence of our being.
May your Thanksgiving be one of great thanks-giving! And may you know you are loved, exactly where and when and how you are!
With gratitude for all of you,
Peggy Christiansen is the Spiritual Leader at Unity of Fort Collins. She has over 25 years of ministry experience working with diverse populations, a M.Div. from San Francisco Theological Seminary, and a special interest in helping people find and/or develop their unique spiritual paths. Listen to podcasts of her Sunday talks.