In my early twenties, I was a single mom. I was also… quite honestly, an emotional wreck. I came across a flyer at a grocery store community board from a non-profit called SPROUT. It stood for Single Parents Reaching Out. They hosted support groups for single parents and offered free pizza and babysitting. I thought, "What the heck, I'll try it out."
The facilitator, Barbara Costello, was profoundly inspiring and dedicated to her non-profit work. I also remember when she spoke, everyone listened. It was as if her words were activating something within us—something we couldn't quite grasp yet.
One of her teachings made me angry though. She would say, over and over, "You have everything you need to succeed."
Me? Living paycheck to paycheck. Me? Living with anger and emotional turmoil? Me? Feeling like a complete failure in life.
And yet, her message never changed. "You have everything you need to succeed."
It turns out she was right. The more I tapped into my inner resources, the more miraculous things started to take shape. Success wasn't just resting on external happenings. Success is an inside job.
Barbara was the first person that introduced me to my inner power. Being in touch with this part of me felt so amazing that I was inspired to turn around and use my life to help others locate their power.
Our personal power, or lack thereof, is interconnected to everything in our life experience. It impacts our:
There are physical symptoms when the body is out of alignment or injured. It is the same with our personal power. When our power is out of alignment, we experience emotional, cognitive, and spiritual symptoms.
Here are just a few examples:
I reflect often on how Oprah Winfrey's talk show spiritually raised me. As I was growing up, I couldn't find answers in the world, and her show illuminated my heart with well-being with every episode. I recalled one episode in particular that woke something up within me. There was this one week, she was interviewing Maya Angelou.
They were discussing Maya's book, "I Know Why the Cage Bird Sings". Maya shared about an experience she had. She was living alone, and someone broke into her house at night. She woke up and said something along the lines of "GET OUT of my HOUSE." She said the way she said it and the power it came from scared the robber, and they took off.
That sharing woke something up inside of me. What would it take to have so much solid conviction that you could cultivate enough solid confidence in the face of a robber?
I was attending a Tai Chi class. The instructor was considered a Tai Chi master. He shared that mastery is not about getting all of the moves right. Mastery is when you can walk into any scenario and feel confident because you can handle it.
I was listening to my boss. He shared a story about a woman who got off the night shift and took the subway home as usual. She was all alone when a gang of 4-5 men entered the car she was in. When they saw her alone, they immediately started heckling her with sexual comments. Her intuition told her she was about to get raped, robbed, or both. She sank deep into her heart and started praying. Shortly after she shifted into her internal power, they let up and seemed to just "lose interest." She didn't do anything or say anything. She just shifted internally into her power.
Immaculée Ilibagiza also experienced the power of prayer to access her inner power and connect to something bigger within her. She speaks of her horrific experiences as a genocide survivor in the Rwandan massacres in her book "Left to Tell."
What do all of these people have in common? They each learned the power of tapping into the wholeness within them, which connected them to something greater, which in turn, solidified their personal power.
We truly do have everything we need to succeed imbedding within. The question is "Do you know how to access it when you need it?"
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