a descriptive term that defines a relative
state of energy. Like the term "ice-cream"
it provides a clue but doesn't tell you
which flavour, whether it comes as a single
or double cone (or with a cherry on top).
Most people equate power to the stuff
that makes their entertainment unit light
up, heats their home or lights their office.
But what about political power, sexual
power, or personal power? What do these
all have in common?
Within the realm of perception that we
call our "known universe", all things
can be described by their level or state
of energy. Within our given framework
of knowledge this varies from -273 degrees
Centigrade (0 degrees Kelvin or absolute
zero) where even atomic movement ceases,
through to the billions of degrees of
a super nova (exploding star) within which
most of the stuff we call "matter" originates.
What is wrong with this picture, is that
it appears to be a brutish and absolute
description of something that is in essence
capable of infinite variation and subtlety.
Perhaps a better description of power
would be; energy applied with intent.
Whether this requires consciousness or
sentience is irrelevant since these terms
are relative to our limited perception.
As we take the time to get to know some
of the species with which we share this
planet, it is becoming obvious that self-awareness
is not solely the domain of Homo sapiens.
If power is the deliberate application
of energy, then personal power is a measure
of how much energy you have at your disposal
at any time. It takes energy just to stay
alive. When you have more than this basic
"survival level" of energy, there is the
possibility for achievement. The ability
to change one's existence and interact
This brings us to Karma, the intricate
and endless cause and effect relationships
that exist between all things. Karma is
a result of power.
There is no good or bad Karma (good and
bad being very subjective terms), there
is just Karma ... action, reaction ...
cause and effect. Karma is the result
of choices made about the application
of personal power.
Just as there are a multitude of uses
for the energy we call electricity, there
are endless applications for personal
power. Not all of them will have "beneficial"
The more personal power you have, the
more you can achieve.
One generally learns to meditate in stages,
beginning with learning to focus one's
attention. This can then be applied to
focus personal power for maximum effect.
Another, even more useful outcome of meditation
is to gain an understanding of the appropriate
application of power, ie: when to use
it, and when not to. When seen from the
perspective of Karma, this allows you
the opportunity to steer your spiritual
With continued practice, meditation itself
becomes a vehicle for accessing power.
A line near the end of one of Rama's tapes
puts it nicely: "So, now you know
all about Power ... You can go out and
do nice things for people ... Like stay
out of their way, right?"
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