What is power?
What will it take for you to be considered powerful?
In the popular conception, power connotes influence. Along this vein, it is denoted by wealth. (For the purpose of this post, I am not discussing power qua strength.) Most often, it is symbolized by success, as when the comment is made:
“S/he is a powerful and successful person because s/he has wealth and holds influence over others.”
IPT argues for a redefinition of this conception. While in the former paradigm, the above might be apropos, in IPT’s paradigm, it is grossly obsolete. How so?
The answer is threefold:
1) In the current e-reality where the individual daily mediates transcendence over classical limitations of time, space, and geography to engage in a world with effective agency, power is at the hands of all, regardless of economy.
In a manner, influence is replaced by (effective) impact…
2) Once the individual has attained ultimate freedom (UF) through realization of an inherent and infinite creative potentiality (ICP), s/he achieves an absolute liberation of and from the self and all such fetters, including and especially the ego. Power is a construct of ego.
3) Within IPT, power has no place. Instead, IPT replaces it with potentiality. Specifically, ICP in direct relation to UF. Whereas in the former paradigm, power is a symbol of success, in IPT’s paradigm, true achievement is the individual’s realization of ICP. Once realized, s/he becomes UF. Indeed, s/he not merely attains UF, s/he is UF.
So the new question becomes:
What will it take for you to realize your (creative) potentiality?