Power to Withdraw (Revision) – Part 2…

Hi EveryOne,

A small request about your monthly contributions. Firstly, keep them coming because they’re great and many tell me it really helps them :)  Can you please send them through by 28th of each month to  ensure your contribution is shared. The end/start of each month can be a busy time for me and it can take several days to gather all the information (before the next Power starts (usually the next day). It would be a great help and I thank you in advance for your cooperation :)

So – our last Master Power. Is it helping you? If yes, how? If not, why not?… For me, this wonderful power allows me to reconnect with myself enabling me to slow down and recharge. When I allow myself to be affected by the actions of others I get so tired and I can easily forget to apply my power, as I slip back into old patterns. This helps no-one!  No matter how others behave – to justify our own reactions (even in our own minds) only adds fuel to the fire. So like any reformed addict (for me it’s about rescuing, approval-seeking and people-pleasing) these weaknesses will always lie in wait – ready to pounce – awaiting a weak moment… That’s not to be hard on ourselves but to stay vigilant about our own reactions (and applying our re-found powers consistently). This is vital because the strongest line of defence against self-sabotage is self-care. Regularly turning inward to stop, to breathe, to observe and to recharge our individual power – is our right and enables us to keep giving (with no strings attached). As I’ve mentioned before, the best gift we can give anyone is our own personal development :)

Here are 10 quotes to help you practice turning inwards :)

1. “”Tiredness is when our senses go outward; the moment the senses start turning inward, we are tapping into the eternal source of energy ” – Gurudev Shri Shri Ravi Shankar

2. “A man who as a physical being is always turned toward the outside, thinking that his happiness lies outside him, finally turns inward and discovers that the source is within him” -Soren Kierkegaard

3. “To use the same words is not a sufficient guarantee of understanding; one must use the same words for the same genus of inward experience; ultimately one must have one’s experiences in common” – Friedrich Nietzsche

4. “Once conform, once do what other people do because they do it, and a lethargy steals over all the finer nerves and faculties of the soul. She becomes all outer show and inward emptiness; dull, callous, and indifferent” – Virginia Woolf

5. “Mindfulness has helped me succeed in almost every dimension of my life. By stopping regularly to look inward and become aware of my mental state, I stay connected to the source of my actions and thoughts and can guide them with considerably more intention” – Dustin Moskovitz

6. “The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance” -Aristotle

7. “Happiness is inward, and not outward; and so, it does not depend on what we have, but on what we are” – Henry Van Dyke

8. “People should not expect the state to protect them from fraudsters. If we do, we get into the habit of neglecting our own powers of intellectual discernment.” —  Julian Baggini

9. “It requires greater courage to preserve inner freedom, to move on in one’s inward journey into new realms, than to stand defiantly for outer freedom. It is often easier to play the martyr, as it is to be rash in battle” – Rollo May

10. “Difficult times have helped me to understand better than before how infinitely rich and beautiful life is in every way, and that so many things that one goes worrying about are of no importance whatsoever.” — Isak Dinesen

—- To demonstrate the shadow or weak side of this power (when we are using ‘withdrawing’ incorrectly) these extra quotes may help. They clearly show us when we are disassociating / cutting ourselves off – rather than consciously withdrawing, to check ourselves…

“Anger is energising. The opposite of anger is depression, which is anger turned inward.”  – Gloria Steinem

“I don’t want to live in an ivory tower, being the songwriter who just turns inward” – Billie Joe Armstrong

This Power enables us to express outwardly in a positive and self-empowered way – in turn empowering others and contributing to world transformation :) I look forward to your contributions – I love hearing your individual experiences of ‘slaying your dragons’ – one by one :)

… And to those who’ve been quiet in the background,  I would love to hear how you are going :)

lots of love Annemarie

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