What does it mean to own your power and why is it something we must learn in these times of great change?
"You said everybody hunts for power. Everybody? Even, say, a monk?" I didn't understand what he was talking about.
"Everyone. Everyone seeks for what it takes to keep on going. To be fulfilled. It takes power to find fulfillment. Power to find the next bottle for a drunkard. To hook the big deal. Find god. Be the best. To fit in. To be sad or happy. To escape. It does not matter. They all need power. They all throw it away.”
Domano and Kay, The Reluctant Shaman
Something I read on Facebook the other day got me thinking about power, about owning your power.
What I read was about what it means to own your power. And as I read I realized that the piece was describing how to give your power away while claiming that that’s what it means to own your power.
It wasn’t that surprising because so much in our world is upside down backward. So much, so that native people call us the inside out society.
The piece got me thinking about what do we know about owning our power. About what I learned and know about owning my power.
Then I thought about what Kay shared through the years about what it means to own your power. And how she owns hers. How she lives it every day.
And then I became curious about what her teachers, Domano and Chea shared about power and before I knew it I was searching Kay’s books to find out.
Hours later I realized I was again lost in her world of storytelling. Her way of weaving story so that you feel you are in the middle of the story experiencing it for yourself.
I found so many passages where she shares about Domano and Chea talking about what power is, what it means to own your power and live it; I couldn’t stop.
I’d love to share some of these so that it may help you to gain more insight and understanding about what power is, what it means to own your power and why it is essential in these times of great change to do just that.
Here is the first piece:
Humans need to start paying attention to their attention.
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"Hurry! Take your shoes off!" Domano insisted. He quickly buckled his sandals together and strung them over his neck. As I took off my shoes and socks he told me to tie them together and do the same, as Chea had also done. Then he grabbed my hand and pulled me into the cold waves and under the pier. I screamed as the water soaked my clothes. He laughed with such enjoyment it was contagious. We ran the whole length of the beach holding onto each other and yelling through the waves.
Back at the Hetakas'apartment they turned on a little heater to dry us out. We all crowded around it in front of the sunny window.
"Everyone hunts for power,"Domano said. "Some search for it through control of others. Some look in control of themselves. Some in righteousness. Others in magic. Almost nobody finds its hiding place. Where do you think it is?"
I hesitated. I didn't want to be wrong. My voice was so quiet they could hardly hear me. "In knowledge?"
"You say what has partial truth," he answered. "Withoutknowledge one might not use fully one's attention or energy. Indeed, one might not ever find it."
"Everyone. Everyone seeks for what it takes to keep on going. To be fulfilled. It takes power to find fulfillment. Power to find the next bottle for a drunkard. To hook the big deal. Find god. Be the best. To fit in. To be sad or happy. To escape. It does not matter. They all need power. They all throw it away.
"When you died, we had to shake it loose, so you can collect it in one spot. Like all of us, you grew up learning to scatter it all over every place. Oh. You see now. You find it."
"It's in attention. Isn't it?" I saw it like a flash. I knew I was right.
Domano smiled. "Power is attention. It is everywhere. Centered from us. And centered from everywhere else. It is all there." He pointed all around us. "And without a great shift in how one relates to the world, one will not be able to collect and control it. This is why shamans meet death, monks discipline their minds, Jesus goes into the desert.
"Humans need to start paying attention to their attention."
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