The Wise Woman’s Stone: A tale about awakening the inner power

A wise woman who was travelling in the mountains found a precious stone in a stream. The next day she met another traveller who was hungry, and the wise woman opened her bag to share her food. The hungry traveller saw the precious stone and asked the woman to give it to him. She did so without hesitation. The traveller left, rejoicing in his good fortune. He knew the stone was worth enough to give him security for a lifetime. But a few days later he came back to return the stone to the wise woman.

“I’ve been thinking,” he said, “I know how valuable the stone is, but I give it back in the hope that you can give me something even more precious. Give me what you have within you that enabled you to give me the stone.”

Author Unknown

What did the woman have within, that enabled her to give the traveller the precious stone? Probably only two things: self confidence, and a very awake inner power. Could that be handed to the traveller? Most certainly, no. But surely enough, the traveller had the ability to awake his own inner power too… just like every other person. Including YOU!

New year on Sight!: Self-Reflection as a tool come up with better new year resolutions

New Year’s Eve is a time of celebration with you favourite people. Friends and families gather to remember with a bit of nostalgia the memorable events that shaped our lives during the year that is just leaving – and to welcome a new year that brings an unknown mixture of adventures to each and every one of us.

Aside from an opportunity to celebrate with our loved ones, New Year’s Eve can also be taken advantage of for other self-developing purposes. Being a time of reflection, it is also a great occasion to reflect about the year that just passed. Great questions to reflect upon could be some of the following:

  • What achievements during the last year make most proud?
  • What adventures or activities did I enjoy most doing?
  • What new skills did I learn during the last year?
  • What would I like to change or improve in myself?
  • How will I achieve such improvements?

These questions, along with other similar ones that you may consider relevant for an accurate self-assessment, should provide a helpful framework of thought to guide your self reflection about how to create a more powerful you. These reflections will also help create exciting New Year’s Resolutions that will not only bring forward the best out of you – but will also awaken your Inner Power.

My very best wishes for the new year to you and all the loved ones who surround you. May this be a year full of inner power and amazing blessings for everybody!

Controlling our Self-bias

When talking about colours, it is not uncommon to hear that white is the absence of all colours, while black is the mix of all colours. In other words, we could say that white is the nothing while black is the everything. They are so distant, so opposite. And yet, both are inevitably dependent on all other colours, and their existence  – or non-existence thereof.

Ying Yang

This analogy applies wonderfully when we speak about our perception of the world – and our power to influence it: good and bad, right and wrong, success and failure, everything and nothing. In a way, the concept of all of them is the absolute “presence” or “absence” of a certain element. For example, based on the dictionary definition of success, the concepts of success and failure can be understood as the absolute presence of a favourable outcome or the absolute lack of it. The same rationale would apply for all other seemingly opposing forces in our world.

But since they depend on common attributes, they can’t totally oppose each other. Rather, we can understand them from a brand new perspective: Just as the existence of black and white is dependent on the existence or non existence or other colours, the existence or non existence of forces like success-failure, good-bad, rich-poor, happy-miserable, and so forth, depends on our own perception – and the degree of positivity or negativity that we apply to them – what we can dub the self-bias.

On that note, if we reflect upon us and try to determine whether we are happy or unhappy – it will depend entirely on what factors we consider to measure our happiness. The absolute lack of positivity when judging ourselves self-biased (thoughts like “I’m not good enough at doing this or that, I’m not intelligent enough, I have unpaid debts, I haven’t accomplished my new-year resolutions, and so forth) will have a very different outcome than the absolute presence of it (I have food to eat at my table every day, I have shelter and clothing to protect myself of the weather, I live in a peaceful community, I have good health, etc), which of course makes every one of us owners of our own perception and our own happiness.

The power to be happy and to shape your world is in your hands – and in your mind! Awaken it and live a full life from now!