Most people from modern cultures are not taught about their power when they are children. That is because many people who teach children are unaware of their own power. Many ancient societies knew about the power inherent in being human. They honored their own place within the circle of creation. They lived closely connected to each other and to the rhythms of nature. They closely followed the cycles of the heavens and Earth. They learned from a very early age about their power. They created from a place of balanced power.
Today, only a handful of societies retain the ancient knowledge and practices. Most modern societies seem to teach children and young people that they have no power, or they teach them that their power is entirely connected to false social constructs. This is one reason why so many people today feel lost and disconnected.
The vast majority of us are wounded as children, even those of us who come from good, loving families. For multiple generations, children have been psychologically wounded and physically wounded. In many countries, children are still treated as objects, possessions or even worse. They suffer terribly in their little bodies. Most children grow up carrying these wounds deep in their psyche. They walk in pain, anger, suspicion, fear, confusion and grief. They have closed their heart. They then teach their own beloved children the best that they are able from this place of wounds.
Many children in modern cultures grow up mentally homogenized and spiritually bereft. Many religions teach children that they are separate from (insert your name for Divine Source here) and from each other; that, as humans, they are unworthy and in need of a redemption that can only be found following one particular path; that people who practice different religions are to be avoided or punished; that others are wrong and dangerous. Religion has become increasingly separated from spirit. Many religions teach judgment, shame and disconnection. People limited by these teachings do not know how to honor others or themselves.
Children are born aware of their power and their gifts but our societies slowly encourage them to forget so that they can better fit in to the modern world. Most schools teach standardized programs that stifle the natural wisdom and curiosity that children bring into the world with them. Modern education is closely linked to political interest which is concerned exclusively with its own continued power. People wonder what went wrong. How did the world become like it is today?
I believe that we can learn a great deal from children. Very small children do not judge other children on the basis of what color their skin is or what they are wearing or whether they prefer peaches or squid. Small children are aware of and honor their inner wisdom. They sleep when they are tired, find magic in simple things, explore what interests them, and live with an open heart. To learn about our true power as humans, we first have to unlearn much of what we were taught, unlearn the things that we were taught to keep us ignorant of the simple Truth of our power as humans.
Our true power is always with us. We all have it. It is patiently awaiting our rediscovery. It is in our heart. If you can manage to unlearn and get out of your own way, you can find and hold your power. Your own soul will help you to find your path to power. Our planet and all of the life forms which it supports need humans to balance their heart and their brain, and reconnect to their power. I wish you well on your own journey of rediscovery.
This is my simple religion. There is no need for temples; no need for complicated philosophy. Our own brain, our own heart is our temple; the philosophy is kindness.
– Dalai Lama
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