How often do we feel that we have no power? The media is full of what the so-called powerful people in this world are doing – or not doing. It is only natural that when we read these reports that we should feel insignificant. Yet the opposite is true. Every single human being is more powerful than the president, the prime minister or the queen. More powerful than the journalist, the rich and the famous. If you don’t believe me then read this quote Goethe http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Johann_Wolfgang_von_Goethe
“I have come to the frightening conclusion that I am the decisive element.
It is my personal approach that creates the climate.
It is my daily mood that makes the weather.
I possess tremendous power to make life miserable or joyous.
I can be a tool of torture or an instrument of inspiration, I can humiliate or humor, hurt or heal.
In all situations, it is my response that decides whether a crisis is escalated or de-escalated, and a person is humanized or de-humanized.
If we treat people as they are, we make them worse.
If we treat people as they ought to be, we help them become what they are capable of becoming.” (There is some contention about who actually said this – be glad if a Goethe student could confirm)
One of the best ways to put all this into action is to become aware of what takes place in our soul moment by moment. The activity of our soul is found in our feeling, thinking and will and it is these activities that Goethe is describing.