Power Mode

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The Cardinal Expression Mode is Power. People in this Mode behave as if they "have their act together". They are confident and self-assured. They behave as if they are capable and proficient. They proceed through life with effectiveness and strength. They seem to be certain of what they are doing. One sure sign of people in this Mode is that, even when they don't know exactly what they are doing, they will bluff their way through the situation. Another giveaway is that there is a certain presence about people in this Mode that can be felt by others: in a group gathering, they tend to control what is going on. The reason for this is that they expect others to conform to them. They are the type who "will not take no for an answer" — they insist on things going their way.

People in this Mode enjoy risk-taking — "nothing ventured, nothing gained" is a good motto here. One major theme of their life is the denial or overcoming of fear. They are nervy and gutsy. They fear very little, and they are likely to try to get others to be fearless. Often they live on the edge of disaster. They like to play the game of life at the edge. In fact, if they are not facing some dreadful challenge, they are bored. They may not recognize danger till it is right upon them, and even then it rarely frightens them because of their self-confidence. This makes them reckless, foolhardy thrill-seekers at times, in the extreme cases.

The way people in the Power Mode drive an automobile is very instructive about the nature of this Mode. They drive down the road as if they owned the road. They expect others to yield to them, so they butt right in to the flow of traffic. They may pay little attention to what is happening because of their conviction that whatever happens, they can handle it. They will let the car drift off course and make the correction only when necessary to avoid disaster. They pass other automobiles with little margin of safety. They take chances in driving, and in every other avenue of life. They don't have to be sure of the situation, they only have to be sure of themselves, and that they usually are. They feel secure within themselves, so they perceive the world as a safe place.

Positive Pole (Authority)

The Positive Pole is +Authority, and people in this Pole act with authority — they give the appearance that they know what they are doing. Their behavior is decisive because they do not break their actions down into discrete steps like people in the Caution Mode. They act like competent experts even when they are not. Their approach to situations is bold and daring. They show courage in almost every circumstance, and this gives them a sense of adventure in life. They have the self-confidence to believe they can "wrest a victory from the jaws of defeat" at any time.

Negative Pole (Oppression)

In the Negative Pole of -Oppression, people tend to intimidate others in order to force their own way. They are overbearing: they will use threats and browbeating to effect their purposes. They will come on strong in an obnoxious way. They do not take criticism at all well. If their authority should be questioned, they becomes unreasonable and arbitrary — they do not take time to measure the effect of their actions. They overrides the will of others, imposing their will on them. People around them find them suffocating. In a mild case they are manipulative and heavy-handed in their treatment of others and of their realm. In an extreme case, they can seem like terrorists.

The fear that drives -Oppression is the fear that they cannot conduct themselves with confidence in a world that will not conform to their image of it. The way to overcome this is to consider and apply the Positive Pole of the Caution Mode, which is +Deliberation. Be careful and accurate in behavior, considering each step, each detail. This will give them the ability to manipulate the world correctly and with confidence.

The Power Mode is the complement of the Caution Mode. The two are the opposite of each other. Each reveals what the other is not. Unlike a person in Caution who takes each step with care, people in Power run boldly through life with little precision. Whereas people in Power are intimidating, people in Caution are intimidated. People in Power are not deliberate and careful in what they do, so they may be clumsy and crude in situations that require finesse. People in Caution also lack grace and smoothness at times because they are so hesitant in their behavior.

There are advantages and disadvantages to every Goal, depending on the situation. The advantage of this Goal is that, since people in it do not often hesitate, they do not let opportunities slip by. The disadvantage is that they do not change their course in situations where others would see that they are going astray, and so they get themselves and others into bigger difficulties than they might otherwise. This stretches the people in this Mode, but inconveniences others.

The Power Mode is the counterpart of the Acceptance Goal. People in Acceptance conform themselves to others and the environment, whereas people in Power expect others and the environment to conform to them. In both instances, there is synthesis.

Phil Wittmeyer

Power Mode

Channeling About Power Mode

Power mode radiates outward what is in the inner world, amplifying it (since it's cardinal). It has a positive pole of "authority." Authority turns up the volume on what is in the inner world so that others, in the outer world, can see it. If you are in power mode, your soul is interested in making sure that people pay attention to you. It might be because you expected to be in circumstances where that might not have otherwise happened, or it could be that you tended to be invisible in other lives. If you are in power mode, it is hard not to be noticed. If you also have a chief obstacle of arrogance, these two forces can be in conflict in your personality because arrogance wants to hide from scrutiny, while power mode makes sure that you cannot "hide your light under a bushel." Everything is amplified, whether you are consciously choosing that or not.

If you are a sage in power mode, the mode is stronger because these two traits reinforce each other by reason of being on the same side of the same axis. A sage in power may seem more opinionated than he thinks himself to be. Sages are all about insights, understanding how things happen, and disseminating knowledge that could be useful; that includes the realm of opinion. When a sage in power expresses an opinion, it is expressed in an amplified way. The sage may feel that this is just his opinion, but to others, it may seem like a very strong opinion. This could be perceived in a positive or negative way, but it certainly gives the person a quality of authority, because people who express their opinions strongly tend to be taken more seriously. It is assumed that if you strongly believe in what you are saying, there must be something to it.

Caution mode, the opposite, is wary. In the positive pole, "deliberation," a person tends to be careful about how she expresses her opinions, perhaps being more precise and fair due to giving conscious thought to them (caution is on the same side of the same axis as the intellectual center). However, they may seem weaker to others for their lack of authority.

The negative pole of power mode is "oppression." That is simply an amplification of any negative mood that the person might have. A way you can validate people in power mode is that they are usually unable to hide a bad mood. If you are in oppression, slide to deliberation: be more careful about how you express yourself. The negative pole of caution mode is "phobia." Instead of simply being careful about how you express yourself, you don't express yourself at all out of fear of making a mistake, of expressing the wrong thing. This is not unlike the negative pole of reserve, inhibition, but being on the inspiration axis, is about the inner world--frozen by fear, it holds its emotions in. Perseverance, on the action axis, is frozen by fear into robotic, thoughtless repetition of the same action.

Knowing the axes--knowing that when you are talking about caution and power, you are talking about expression--serves to illuminate what these modes are about and how people who have them function. Simply having an expressive mode, whether caution or power, tells you that your life task has something to do with self-expression. Likewise, if your mode is reserve or passion, your life task is more involved with your inner world. Etc. So there's a lot of understanding to be gained by simply looking at which axis an overleaf is on and whether it's cardinal or ordinal (expanded or contracted), and what the overleaf itself is about. Mode is about mechanics, about how you as an essence interface with the world. Do you interface with the world cautiously or with power? Are you dynamically aggressive or particularly good at sticking with one thing until it's finished? Are you restrained or passionate? Or are you neutrally observant? Mode indicates the mechanics of everything else on your Michael teachings chart.

Shepherd Hoodwin -- From Michael On Modes

The soul in power has an outward appearance of strength, and inspires confidence in others because of this. The soul in power, in order to be in essence, must be at or near the top in all situations, even if this means creating a brand new situation. These souls are the innovators, the inspirational people. Souls in power are very apparent — they stand out in a crowd. Souls in power offer a rocklike shoulder for the world to cry on.

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About Phil Wittmeyer

Phil is a long-time Michael student who has written several book-length manuscripts about the Michael teachings, many of them featured on this site. He has been an active member in the community for many years and can be found at most Michael gatherings.

Phil currently lives in Colorado.

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