expanding personal power
Cultivating Personal Power is ceasing to identify with our lower animistic functions. This does not mean disowning our desires and fears but to transcend, include and discipline them with our higher nature. For if most of our energies are spent on trivial actions and not allowed to accumulate into significant quantities what power could we possibly hope to posses? An example of the loss of personal power will help shed light: What if one was to spend every dollar earned at work within minutes of earning it? What financial power would this account to? Even worse would be owing the money earned to someone else before it is even earned. By falling into this form of debt our time no longer becomes our own.
In a similar fashion if we are to spend our small capital of vital energy as soon as we gain some how could we hope to invest it into larger pursuits. It is only when we are no longer distracted from the short-term fancy of superficial distractions that we are free to allocate our energy as we decide.
This is no simple task however. Years of habit may have weakened our capacity to direct our actions consistently towards our ideals. We may instead find ourselves taking the path of least resistance and for this there are reasons.
A great inspiration for how to give things up came from watching a video series called "Your Brain on Porn". The reason for this is it helps explain the motivation and energy perspective through empirical scrutiny and the perspective certainly aids the seemingly chaotic subjective perspective we usually are left with.
If personal power has been cultivated sufficiently what comes next is the highest ideals to work towards, hopefully all the while enjoying the process in joyful effort.
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