People always say you shouldn’t “give away your power.”
But what does that really mean and why does it happen?
Let’s look at one of the reasons people give away their power, three areas where it happens most often, and how accessing intuition can bring about a very different result. The origin of this particular kind of power abdication is in the cluster of feelings that includes:
- I’m not good enough
- I don’t know enough, or I’m not smart enough
- I don’t have what I need within me to accomplish my goals
- For some, the preceding feelings are compounded by the need to conform to others’ rules in order to survive
What gets really interesting is when one interacts with some kind of authority from this cluster of “I don’t know enough” feelings. Often, the response is to just accept whatever the authority says.
There are three big arenas in society where people give away their power to authoritative voices: healthcare, spirituality/religion and economics/politics.
Obviously, these arenas are complex, so one can’t possibly know every detail within them. However, this feeling that “I don’t know enough” blocks one’s ability to listen to their intuition or feel that they can learn enough to make a good decision independently. So, they just go with the authority, sometimes blindly.
The intensity of “I don’t know enough” can vary from area to area for someone. For instance, you might be really in touch with your body and how it works, feel like you know what’s right for you spiritually, but then be completely overwhelmed by economics, feeling like there is no way for you to understand them.
When clients bring this issue to me, we talk about uncovering their natural inner knowing, which includes intuition, and its ability to bring them to the best answer for themselves.
They work on unlearning the feeling of, “I don’t know enough,” which reveals their connection with inner knowing. This connection is possible for each of us—we only need to remove the negative feelings that block it.
A shift toward natural, inner knowing can take many different forms. It could involve, say, being more in tune with your body’s natural needs, instead of feeling like you have to comply with every single nutrition news release. Or, it might be that your well-being leads you to the perfect expert or information source. For instance, someone mentions a book or doctor out of the blue, or you just happen to run across an article that is just the information you need. You may find more confidence in understanding and even speaking up for solutions to complex societal issues. I have seen all of these outcomes and many more in myself and among my clients.
You might even find that you already have the resources you need within you.
Recently, a client faced a professional situation in which someone opposed everything my client said. My client was very frustrated and felt somewhat powerless to do his work. As he started to shift toward his inner knowing, he was able to bring forward considerable professional experience that brought new perspective to the situation. And, as he felt more confident in what he knew, the other man responded by relaxing and feeling more comfortable in collaborating.
Are you aware of this “I don’t know enough” feeling within yourself? Where does it crop up and in what way does it trouble you? Please share in the comments below!
Editor: Brianna Bemel
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