Feeling Disempowered

If you are one of those people who looks out at the world around him or her and thinks, ‘it’s not a very nice place – but what can I do about it?’ then take heart from this:

Empowering Quote by Richard GentleWhen you understand how things really work you will realise how much power you have to change things for yourself. And if you start to change things for yourself, you start to change things about the world you experience.

It’s very easy to feel a sense of apathy or hopelessness, particularly if your own circumstances feel like a daily battle for survival. You see all sorts of abuses of political and corporate power and it’s easy to feel angry and depressed. But think about this: The experience of many is that we have to work hard and fight our way through things – the fight against cancer; the fight against terror, etc. But all that this focus does, is create more anxiety and fear in your own version of the world; in your own experience and perceptions of the reality you experience.

You might say that you know plenty of other people having the same experiences as your own and this validates your truth in a cruel and unfeeling society. Well, of course you do – it cannot be otherwise. Until you change how you feel, you will always meet the same circumstances as you always have done.

How do you change?

Firstly, realise that the change starts with you. Okay, I know how trite that sounds. I know how many spiritual gurus have told everyone this… but frankly, this is your real work; not the regular 9 to 5 job existence we are told will lead us to personal salvation and happiness. Our real work is mental – of the mind. We have to take more control of our thoughts. This means, not dwelling on the thoughts that upset us and make us feel bad.

The 2-Way Feedback of the Complete Mind

Put simply, think of your mind as having two locations and two component parts: the higher self mind that is the real energy of your soul and the conscious mind that is the physical interpreter in your head of the physical experience in the physical world:

  • The higher self is connected to everything and is able to not only see the bigger picture of your existence, but also has infinite ability to draw on knowledge from many sources [in the spacious present] or past, present and future, as you might consider linear time from a normal human perspective.
  • The physical, biological brain, residing in the physical world as part of your entity as a human, is somewhat more isolated in its ability to see overviews, because it is reliant in the main, on a few sensors that can help to interpret the physical world immediately around it, i.e. eyes – seeing, nose – smelling, tongue – tasting, ears – hearing, hands – touching. We have a few others, such as temperature sensing, but you get the idea.

The original intention for the components to help us was for them to work together consciously. However, over time, we have moved more into the experience of the physical illusion and further away from the non-physical actuality – until many of us have completely forgotten that we had a more holistic two-way connection.

Think of it a bit like a Formula One racing driver and a pit team:

  • Driver leaves the pit and sets off on the race. The track is very wet, but wet tyres were fitted.
  • Pit team asks through the radio link, ‘how is the car going?’
  • The driver says, ‘It’s going fine, thanks.’
  • The pit team continues to monitor performance through sensors, radio, and camera link, sometimes providing the driver with useful information to smooth progress.
  • Gradually, the track starts to dry out and the driver relays this back to the team.
  • The team say, come in next lap and we will change to dry weather tyres.

Now imagine the same scenario, but with the driver’s radio ear piece not working:

  • Driver leaves the pit and sets off on the race. The track is very wet, but wet tyres were fitted.
  • Pit team asks through the radio link, ‘how is the car going?’
  • The driver doesn’t hear anything. Pit team realise the ear piece is not working.
  • The pit team continues to monitor performance through sensors and camera.
  • Gradually, the track starts to dry out and the driver relays this back to the team.
  • The team say, come in next lap – you need to change the tyres.
  • The driver doesn’t hear anything and continues driving, but begins to lose his pace.
  • The driver calls the pit team and says, ‘I’m losing pace – what shall I do?’
  • The pit team says again, ‘come in to change the tyres’. but the driver does not hear.
  • The driver increases his speed but experiences tyre grip difficulty. The pit team can see some other associated issues through the sensors but cannot speak to the driver easily. However, they do manage to flash an oil warning lamp on the dashboard and the driver realises he must go into the pit.
  • On arrival at the pit, the tyres are changed and the pit team admit that there is nothing wrong with the oil pressure – it was just a way to get his attention to avoid a potential accident.

A further scenario might be that the driver deliberately disconnects his earpiece so that he can give information, but not receive it. In some ways, as people in our material and consumerist world have focused more and more on physical things, they have withdrawn from having any interest in a behind the scenes world of no apparent substance and instead, immersed themselves in the physical experience – forgetting that they contribute to its formation mentally as well as physically.

I could go on at some length, but hopefully you start to see where this is heading. When we have a two-way communication, we have access to additional help and knowledge, beyond the confines of our immediate situation. However, when we are cut off (or deliberately cut ourselves off) from this other information, we have to rely only on what we can sense around us.

Furthermore, when we assume only one-way communication from the physical location, the overview team can only respond to what we are telling them or what they are picking up from us. If we feed back inaccurate or misleading information, then the team responds to us, based on what we are telling them whilst continuing to help as much as possible in relation to our requests.

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