I’d just completed a workshop in Denver, when a student approached me saying that he wanted to share an important revelation with me. He told me that while we were meditating, he discovered that he was God — that they were one. He was clear as a bell about his realization, and my sense was that he wanted me to rejoice with him in his discovery.
I looked at him and said, “Okay, that’s really good. Now I want you to go to Darfur and feed the hungry and straighten out the situation there.”
The color left his face, and I could tell he was angry. It was obvious that he’d wanted my admiration for his breakthrough. We talked for a few minutes more, and I explained that although it was a cool and empowering discovery, his own transformation unshared was worthless. If he wanted to truly embody godliness, then his next natural steps would be to create results for other people.
The true secret of a great life, as I see it, is making a difference for others. All else is empty. When we’re empowering others through our sharing, that’s when we get what we really, really want. If we love something that’s bigger than we are, we’re in service to something that uses and possesses us. It’s so inspiring, that it’s natural to want to share it. And then, we find that what we give to others ends up expanding and manifesting even more within ourselves. Inspiration stimulates generosity, which in turn inspires, and on and on the cycle goes.
For most of us, life has been oriented around me, myself, and I. But at a certain point, that creates only emptiness. From there, we can easily end up medicated, physically exhausted or ill, depressed, or just plain unhappy. The key here is to look at the energy we’re exchanging with other human beings.
In life, you can either be an energy sucker or an energy creator. Are you someone who’s draining, or do you leave other people inspired? Consider who you are in relation to others’ life force. When you’re inauthentic, it’s inherent that you won’t create energy; there’s no light in your eyes. But when you’re in your power, there’s a kind of charisma. You walk into a room and the lights get brighter, people sit up a little straighter, and energy gets generated.
Albert Schweitzer said, “I don’t know what your destiny will be. But one thing I know: The only ones among you who will be really happy are those who have sought and found how to serve.” Note that he didn’t say “try to serve.” Fulfillment, happiness, and real power come from having served fully, and in such a way where you continue to expand in your own ability to love, contribute, and make a difference.
Which kind of person are you evolving to be — an energy taker or energy creator?
When you share your love with another person, it isn’t depleted or diminished; rather, it expands. Insights, inspiration, and new ideas that are released into the universe will spread and grow. The practice of offering what you’re accomplishing in your transformational practice is yet another source of power.
An important aspect of essential speaking in the realm of growth is to simply share your experience. What impact are the practices having on you? What do you see about yourself or your life that you didn’t before, and what’s now available for you?
Sometimes we don’t share what’s important to us so as to not lose any of it, but we’ll soon see that the more we do offer our experiences and commitments to others, the more energy builds around them, and the more we’ll experience opportunities opening up.
When you make things happen for yourself and tell the world about it, your environment is elevated. Expressing yourself creatively may light the fire that others need to do something for themselves. By your sharing in word and action, some people will start to take on what you’re up to; before you know it, a community is formed where everyone is exploring, learning, and working together to support you in whatever you’re up to.
We all have an opportunity to shine and be an example in our own unique way. This planet needs you. Yes, you. This is your life right here . . . this is it. Let today, in each now moment, be about stepping up and filling the space in your heart, life, and world with radiance and a power sourced from love. Let today be about walking in awareness and taking actions from the space that allows us to breakthrough and play bigger than we ever imagined, even in the smallest of things.
George Bernard Shaw said something that basically sums up a sense I have about what ultimately gives real power. He said, “This is the true joy in life — that being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one.” It will require courage, boldness, and heart. More radical than any revolution is the evolution of one’s self and making a powerful difference by expanding your brilliance out to all, one human being at a time.
Aligning to the divine is always available to you at any moment. Invite in those highest intentions for this day, this experience, this life. Act on those intentions, and transform them into reality. From this space where you are right here, right now, ask of the highest good, because it’s yours to request. You, the authentic, true you, are of a divine power. By transforming from within, you’ll have awakened the greatest power of all: the power to transform the world.
If not you, who?
If not here, where?
And if not now, when?
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©2013 by Baron Baptiste. All Rights Reserved,
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This article was adapted with permission from the book:
Being of Power: The 9 Practices to Ignite an Empowered Life
by Baron Baptiste.
Being of Power is about transforming relationships. Not just with others, but with yourself, your experiences, your work, your purpose — how you relate to everything in your life. Here you will find the tools to enable you to break through the limiting views that have been keeping you stuck, frustrated, and unfulfilled; expand your viewpoint to see new possibilities; and come into your authentic self. The nine practices in this book are the stepping-stones on the path back to your essential authenticity, which is where your greatest power lies.
For 20 years, Baron Baptiste has been a dynamic and influential teacher, trainer, leader, and catalyst in the arena of spiritual, physical, and life transformation. His work powerfully creates bridges from the wisdom of the East to the spiritually hungry West. He revolutionized the training methods of NFL players as a peak-performance specialist on the Philadelphia Eagles coaching staff, and has also taught many Hollywood celebrities. He has appeared on thousands of radio and television programs, including the PBS special Transform Your Life with Baron Baptiste. Visit his website at http://www.baronbaptiste.com.