Where to look when you… want power
What's left to be prized? This, I think -- to limit our action or inaction to only what's in keeping with the needs of our own preparation... it's what the exertions of education and teaching are all about -- here is the thing to be prized! If you hold this firmly, you'll stop trying to get yourself all the other things... If you don't you won't be free, self sufficient, or liberated from passion, but necessarily full of envy, jealousy, and suspicion for any who have the power to take them, and you'll plot against those who do have what you prize... But by having some self respect for your own mind and prizing it, you will please yourself and be in better harmony with your fellow human beings, and more in tune with the gods- praising everything the have set in order and allotted you.
—Marcus Aurelius, Meditations,6.16.2b-4a—
Do Not Forget the Lord
[Deuteronomy 8-10 New International Version (NIV)]
8 Be careful to follow every command I am giving you today, so that you may live and increase and may enter and possess the land the Lord promised on oath to your ancestors. 2 Remember how the Lord your God led you all the way in the wilderness these forty years, to humble and test you in order to know what was in your heart, whether or not you would keep his commands. 3 He humbled you, causing you to hunger and then feeding you with manna, which neither you nor your ancestors had known, to teach you that man does not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord. 4 Your clothes did not wear out and your feet did not swell during these forty years. 5 Know then in your heart that as a man disciplines his son, so the Lord your God disciplines you.
Daily Touch of Inspirations
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The Law of Pure Potentiality Part 2
Power based on object-referral, however, is false power. Being ego-based power, it lasts only as long as the object of reference is there. If you have a certain title - if you're the president of the country of the chairman of a corporation - or if you have a lot of money, the power you enjoy goes with the title, with the job, with the money. Ego-based power will only last as long as those things last. As soon as the title, the job, the money go away, so does the power.
Self-power, on the other hand, is permanent, because it is based on knowledge of the Self. And there are certain characteristics of self-power.