I have been considering what it means to be a leader. Leadership is about having the ability to see and know the answer and be able to communicate the solution to a problem.
It is also about power and energy.
There are positive leaders who negotiate power from an interior source and there are negative leaders who negotiate power from an exterior source.
When you can ascertain a solution quickly, you feel an internal sense of ‘rightness”, and can communicate it efficiently – then you have power for others to listen to you, and you will be able to be a positive leader.
It is not the leadership in and of itself that will result in success or well-being. Leading toward something of value is a key component to making a difference in a way that is seen as a positive leader – this is the energetic component of leadership and power. Negative leaders have lost their internal sense of bliss and joy and are focused on the enticing allure of power in and of itself.
We all can remember a leader in our childhood who, had power, quick thinking and a powerful style of motivating the group; but only some of those individuals focused their energy onto a meaningful and successful path. Some got lost in the effervescence of power itself. Their charm and ease in directing the group made it so they lost their way and got caught up in the power – like a swirl of rapid that just circles around and in on a rock rather than moving the water down the river.
This stuck energy can be hypnotizing It circles and feels so strong that one doesn’t notice they aren’t actually going anywhere, just circling in this feeling of power with no result or movement toward a goal. Individual’s caught in this find that others move on and they are stuck in the same position. Much like a leaf caught in a swirl rapid around a great boulder in the river, swirling forever in the same place with great force and energy but getting nowhere.
How to get out of such a situation?
First, it’s important to recognize your circumstance.
Second, you have to focus your energy to not follow the current and truly shift your energy and focus. When you’re stuck the best way out is like jumping the curve. And the most effective way to do that is to discern your inner and undeniable bliss – if that is what you follow rather than that feeling of power then you will shift the current such that you can be guided out of the whirlpool and into the true current of life and life energy.
Follow your bliss and the universe will open doors where there were only walls – Joseph Campbell.
If you have been acting and behaving in ways to gain power but are pulling yourself away from your central sense of joy then you are not following your bliss. You may be caring for others and giving energy to many in a sense of obligation and love but you may have incorrectly identified that your goal was to give away your power in this way to feel powerful. This will ultimately deplete you, tie the other to you as they think they need you to survive, and create a whirlpool of energy that disallows true movement along the river of energy and life.
How can you ascertain this is what is happening?
Are you energized or depleted in your energy? Does your energy fall deeply and do you feel exhausted when you receive disapproval? Do you feel you rarely have time to focus on your own goals and are you often feeling pulled away when you do focus on your goals? Do you feel that you are not the guide of your own path?
The first question is one of the most important questions. This lack of energy, a sense of depletion, exhaustion, depression, and inner sadness or loss can indicate a long-standing focus away from your internal sense of bliss.
How to find you bliss. Seems funny but some people have lost their internal knowing of bliss. They don’t know or remember what brings them joy. They are focused without instead of within. The answer is to go within, to be still, to listen, to observe and pay attention to energy. When your energy wanes you are moving away from your bliss – when your energy swells and grows you are moving toward or with your bliss, allowing it to guide you.
So to get out of the whirlpool of swirling circular energy that simply depletes you – you need to first identify your circumstance. Observe what brings you energy and what depletes you. Identify the activities that increase your internal sense of well-being and inner joy. Then once you notice these patterns begin to adjust your life course so that what guides you is your bliss. This may be identified as a single activity or a more diverse set of connected activities. These will have some value and internal connection within you and they will increase your sense of vitality.
Once you have discerned this then you can begin to redirect your energy and behavior so that you are led by your bliss and in turn lead others in the direction of well-being and their bliss.
For some their response to your changes will be negative and fearful. This is simply a fear based response because they have not yet connected to their bliss. Kindly, gently redirect them away from feeding off your energy. Encourage them to discern their circumstance and find their inner bliss.
Following your bliss opens your world to so many beautiful opportunities, it increases your energy, and brings joy and well-being to yourself and those you love. It is the way of mindful, loving leadership toward fulfillment, success, and peace. It is empowering and powerful in the most enlightening way.
In bliss….love and light…
See you tomorrow.