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Lately, I’ve been watching episodes from the 1970s TV show, Kung Fu, on DVD. It starred David Carradine as Kwai Chang Caine, a half-Chinese, half-American Shaolin priest who wanders the post-civil war American West looking for his long-lost brother.

Caine is a martial arts master who resorts to using his fighting skills only when someone’s safety is at stake. Kung Fu introduced many Westerners to some of the basic tenets of Eastern thought. Like fine art and true wisdom, many of the teachings espoused in the show are timeless and universal in nature.

One of my favorite episodes, El Brujo, concerned an evil witch who was terrorizing a small town. The townspeople so feared this man that they willingly gave away their power – performing whatever actions he demanded – hoping to please him. At one point, the townspeople were resigned to letting
an infant die because the evil man had cursed the baby.

When Caine arrives, he cures the infant using herbs. Later, the witch curses one of the town’s leaders, condemning the man to death in 24 hours. As before, the leader tries to give away his power – this time, pleading for Caine to rescue him. Caine simply replies, “Why do you believe him?”

The leader’s shock matches the shock I sometimes see on people’s faces when I ask them the same question, after they report “news” they’ve viewed on TV. The number of people who willingly accept the thoughts and edicts of others, without question, is astounding, but understandable. In our society,
we have been trained since birth to delegate our thinking and give away our power to outside “experts.”

When you spill hot coffee on yourself, you are advised to hire an attorney to argue that you were not warned the coffee was hot. When you watch a political debate, experts come on later to “explain to you” what you just heard and what it means, as though you were incapable of forming your own opinion. You are taught to blindly allow doctors to pump drugs into your body, and to ignore the wisdom contained within your own self.

While soliciting outside advice can be helpful, blindly accepting another’s thoughts, without discernment, violates your responsibility to yourself as a majestic spiritual being living on earth.

In the Kung Fu episode, a flashback to Caine’s early training at the Shaolin monastery in China echoes this simple truth. His blind teacher, Master Po, explains, “The undiscerning mind is like the root of a tree – it absorbs equally all that it touches – even the poison that would kill it.”

Caine chooses not to accept the poison. When the witch curses Caine, nothing happens, for the simple reason that Caine “does not believe him.” The witch’s hold over the town immediately vanishes.

So it is today. You need not blindly accept whatever fate or expectation your parents, siblings, teachers, political leaders, media commentators, friends or co-workers have dictated for you. You not only have the right, but the responsibility, to decide, for yourself, what you think.

To do so, you must become aware of your thoughts. You may well discover that the majority of thoughts that you think every day are not even your own. You may further discover that many of these thoughts are disempowering, intended to induce fear or otherwise direct your behavior.

You did not incarnate on earth to “play it safe” or be a robot that simply “follows the rules, hoping to fit in.” You were created in the image of God. This means you were born to create. Your life’s mission is to tap into your inner self and express the wisdom from within – not to blindly accept the viewpoint or doctrine of some expert, guru or societal program as the default setting.

Understand that as a creator, every thought you think is creating your world. Will it be a prison … or will it be a heavenly garden? Wouldn’t you rather be the architect of a beautiful paradise worthy of such creative power?

To create “Heaven on Earth,” you must regularly tap into your divine nature by whatever name you choose to call it: master within, higher self, inner light, etc. When you tap into your inner self on a daily basis, you begin to assume and deepen your majestic spiritual nature.

There is no other mission on earth as critical as learning to tap into your inner self for guidance and expressing your inner light. As numerous spiritual traditions assert, “The highest and best source of wisdom comes from within.” Learning to ask for, listen to and accept this guidance is essential to developing spiritually.

When you have tapped into your inner self, you then can use your mind to interpret the “voice” of your inner master, and take inspired action to create or express yourself – whether you are writing, painting, singing, working, playing or simply thinking.

Now, be forewarned: there are those who may tell you that relying on your “mind” is dangerous – that doing so is egotistical. Some “schools” of thought actually argue humans think too much and, to balance this tendency, they should rely more on emotion and instinct. This “theory” misses the
point entirely. The issue is not whether you, or anyone else, thinks too much, but rather WHAT VOICE DO YOU LISTEN TO – the voice of your ego or that of your higher self?

Experience, intuition and certain other clues will help you to recognize the voice of your inner self and avoid the pitfalls of the ego. (We will cover this subject in more depth in another lesson.)

Until then, it’s time to think your own thoughts and take back your power!

If you would like to flush extraneous, discordant energies, thoughts and emotions from your energy bodies, to better prepare you to tap into your innermost self, please visit:

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Best wishes,

Ed
P.S. If you found this information helpful, please share it with a friend . They’ll appreciate it and thank you for thinking of them.

Edwin Harkness Spina is an award-winning author, speaker and mystic. His first book, Mystic Warrior, won the Independent Publisher Book Award for Visionary Fiction and a Nautilus Silver Book Award for Fiction. Ed is also a contributing author, along with Zig Ziglar, Brian Tracy, Joe Vitale and others, to the bestseller, 101 Great Ways to Improve Your Life.

Ed is also the developer of Energy Center Clearing which flushes low vibrational energies that lead to stress, fear, anger and hatred from a person’s being and replaces them with higher vibrational energies that leaves you feeling light, free and energized.

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11 Responses to “Take Back Your Power”

  1. Zilda says:

    I always find Caine’s methods,in the movie very interesting.Every thing you said is really true,persons must realise that the inner force of us as humans is very powerful,and if we learn to put our faith to the test,we can do a whole lot of good things for ourselves and the world.

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  2. Leila says:

    I enjoyed this article and will be experimenting with finding my own voice in writing and playing. As a method of reclaiming power this was new to me. Thanks.

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  3. Peter says:

    Great article, well said.
    It is important to keep in mind that the mass media is presented from someone elses optinion.
    Giving your own voice enough volume to be heard over the noise is the challenge.

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  4. Nyakio says:

    “The undiscerning mind is like the root of a tree – it absorbs equally all that it touches – even the poison that would kill it.” I love the article & the above quote in particular. I have been in the journey of observing my thoughts pattern & this article has clarified some issues….thank you

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  5. Kathleen says:

    We need to hear this message over and over and over. With the media and popular public figures continually touting the same opinions and/or political interpretations as facts, it is far too easy to succumb to their conclusions or dire predictions. Being famous or on TV does not make someone automatically wiser, more informed, or right.
    Lack of individual discernment, awareness, or thought not only harms us individually but also harms our society, as it did the whole town in this story.

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  6. Maureen McGowan says:

    Super article. Thanks for the confirmation I’m doing the right thing.
    It becomes lonely when you buck the trend but hey never mind it’s well worth it. Thanks.

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  7. Hannah says:

    A lot of people these days are becoming what I have termed “reverse-gullible”. That’s where they will believe anyone’s opinion unless they’re an expert — as long as someone who has no qualifications says it, or someone is against what someone who has trained says, or it’s called “new” or “enlightened”, or the only claims about their work is this guy’s friends, or 10,000 other people who don’t read anything but what they agree with, and so on, it must be true. A lot of people will really do anything to avoid thinking for themselves. Fortunately, it’s not most people, despite how it seems.

    Anyway, the only problem I have is my emotional self wanting my mother’s approval, even though I know she doesn’t know what she’s talking about when she puts me down. I have trouble calling that the ugly word “ego”. It’s the little baby part of me I never grew out of thanks to her, and yes, that part is afraid I won’t survive without her, but no conscious thought will ever reach where a parent’s love is supposed to be and isn’t.

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  8. Richard D. Iyall says:

    Ed–

    Thank you for sharing these thoughts, about our power within. It really touches a chord with me. In August, this fine website published my poem: ” A Dweller Within”. If you or any other interested readers would like to read it, it is still in the archives. You can also do a search for: “Richard D. Iyall “A Dweller Within”. It’s amazing what we can do, when we go within, for answers, etc.. More power to you.

    Also, I loved the TV show Kung Fu. It was like a ritual to watch it every week. Peace to all.

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  9. Ian Chadwick says:

    As A black belt in tae kwon do, and mixed martial artist I found this article refreshing. I have been my spiritual journey since birth. I excelled in martial arts because I had such desire to do so. But I fell away from my martial arts studies. But it left its imprint on me. And the intuition has stayed with me, but My disipline was Lacking until a spiritual awaking Dec. 2008. I know with all my heart the world is at a defining point. Mankind has been asleep much too long. It is time to think outside our 3d world. And usher in a new evolution of human consciousness for all intelligent life forms. So I say K-ya to our future.

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  10. Ellessa D'Angelo says:

    I do believe that doubt and fear are lies of someone else’s projection and our attachment to our mind and that the inner voice is our divine connection and that we can resonate joy in our being and everything we do. It is our choice. Thank you so much Ed, this is a really clear expression of your work…..I love this message

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