Control, Influence, Authority

by Christopher Lovejoy on September 22, 2019

In my lofty post, Ninth Density Consciousness, I rose to the very heights of power to open up the notion of power to a cosmic context. In this post, I will endeavor to bring this notion back down to Earth in ways and by means that are meaningful, relevant, practical, and spiritual.

Two statements bring my intent into sharp focus: (1) power can only be acquired and wielded through the catalysts of provocation, temptation, and obligation; and (2) I can only ever wield power effectively and wisely as, if, when I know the true nature and scope of my own power.

In the context of spiritual evolution and ascension, power is simply the capability to exercise control, influence, or authority: to the extent to which I can handle provocation, temptation, or obligation is the extent to which I can wield control, influence, or authority, respectively.

With any exercise of power, three questions keep coming up for processing …

Control: in going for what is required, am I capable of acting effectively and/or reflecting wisely in response to provocation? Am I capable of discerning, accepting, and/or discharging provocation?

Influence: in going for what is desired, am I capable of acting effectively and/or reflecting wisely in response to temptation? Am I capable of discerning, accepting, and/or discharging temptation?

Authority: in going for what is expected, am I capable of acting effectively and/or reflecting wisely in response to obligation? Am I capable of discerning, accepting, and/or discharging obligation?

Do I know a provocation, temptation, or obligation when I see or hear one? Can I receive a provocation, temptation, or obligation willingly, as given or offered, knowing that what I resist, persists? In receiving a provocation, temptation, or obligation, can I eventually discharge it?

In this context, the term discharge holds a triple meaning: (1) am I capable of removing the emotional charge (from a provocation)?; (2) am I capable of releasing the emotional charge (from a temptation)?; or (3) am I capable of fulfilling the emotional charge (of an obligation)?

This is not to say that these charges can be, must be, or should be removed, released, or fulfilled as and when they occur, only that they be removed, released, or fulfilled as and when they no longer serve as vital catalysts for the growth of wisdom and the wisdom of growth.

As an ongoing exercise in spiritual growth, consider it useful and helpful to explore these questions for yourself: (1) when, where, and with whom do I feel provoked?; (2) when, where, and with whom do I feel tempted?; and (3) when, where, and with whom do I feel obligated?

Do these feelings still serve me? If no, who might I be and/or what might I do to discharge them once and for all? If yes, who might I be and/or what might I do to explore them in depth?

In tapping responses to these questions to become more conscious of your spiritual evolution, keep this potent law of creation in mind: what you put out is what you get back. In serving the other, is it ever effective and wise to provoke another, tempt another, or obligate another? To seriously provoke another, tempt another, or obligate another? To playfully provoke another, tempt another, or obligate another?

Your answers might very well be yes, but then again, they might very well be no. Just keep in mind that the consequences of your efforts to provoke, tempt, or obligate will likely play out through many degrees of separation in your Life Review after you pass from this world.

To add some serious juice to these questions, pay attention to the one thing that most provokes you, that most tempts you, that most obligates you. What really and truly fills you with dread? What really, truly, and deeply arouses you? What really and truly oppresses you in life?

In the face of this provocation, how might you exercise more or less control?

In the face of this temptation, how might you exercise more or less influence?

In the face of this obligation, how might you exercise more or less authority?

With these questions, more is not necessarily better; sometimes, less is more.

You might feel some shame around your answers. If so, explore these questions privately, in story, through art, in conversation with a loved one, or alone with your thoughts in a daily journal. Awareness alone can sometimes be enough to discharge any residual blame or shame.

Understand, too, that in exploring in depth what most provokes, tempts, and obligates you, you will likely make these observations: (1) they’re quite sticky, not to be discharged anytime soon: fertile sources of learning and growth; and (2) they’re entwined in some rather interesting and disconcerting ways; make note of how a misalignment in one area of your life is causing a misalignment in another area of your life.

Optional: tap these explorations to craft a narrative that best describes your ideal life.

To the extent to which you can negotiate and navigate feeling provoked, tempted, or obligated in any given moment of your life is the extent to which you can wield appropriate control, influence, or authority in your life as you go about living, loving, and learning about your life.

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