Power: Inspiration for the Week
Power is an aspect of God. Human beings often associate the word power with ruthless ambition and dominance over others. But it is a misdirection of power to exert it over others for selfish ends, and a misuse of it to exert it without care for their well-being. Rightly understood, power is the ability to command our own energies – above all for our own transcendence, but also for the good of others. Such power is important for spiritual growth. Many people imagine that spiritual development is manifested as a sort of saccharine sweetness. The saints, however, are people of enormous inner power, before which others often tremble! Yet theirs is a power only for good. Its roots lie buried in the soil of pure love.
Mine is the power of the universe, channeled for my own awakening and the awakening of other sleeping souls!
Help me to feel that Thy power runs through my veins, courses through my thoughts, and sets my noble feelings afire with love for Thee!
—Swami Kriyananda, "Affirmations for Self-Healing"