Michael Channeling by Shepherd Hoodwin
Remembering Your Power
2008, Michigan City, IN
Much of human history could be summarized as a reaction to a profound
feeling of powerlessness. Souls evolve through dealing with opposites. In a
sense, the soul is infinitely powerful. How much power manifests depends on
the development and skill of the individual soul, but on the nonphysical
planes, there can be no experience of powerlessness, since power is all
there is. Therefore, isn't it a clever game to come into human bodies where
power and the lack thereof seem to loom so large? Souls temporarily forget
that they are infinitely powerful and instead, you might say, set their
clock by the mortality of the animal body in which they are living. All
animal bodies have finite lifespans, but their survival instinct wants to
keep them going as long as possible, at almost any cost, and other eternal
souls who also are living in finite human bodies can jeopardize your human
survival. For the purposes of the game you are playing, a game that helps
you develop further as a soul, survival is handy; we're not implying that
it's all an illusion and it doesn't matter. However, an object of the game
is to recognize that those who seem to have power over you ultimately do
not. On one level, other people do affect and influence you, just as you
affect and influence others. However, it remains a fact that, in a spiritual
sense, there is infinite power.
A good deal of what humans do that is destructive to self and others results
from trying to compensate for the perception that they do not have enough
power. Others then try to get more power to protect themselves against them.
Sometimes a person is described as a "control freak." The desire to control
others (or self) again springs from a belief that one doesn't have enough
The news is dominated by issues about power. For example, it is often said
that there is a shortage of energy, which is a less personalized form of
power. Most military undertakings are an expression of profound insecurity
because there's not an awareness of or confidence in spiritual power. There
are certainly intelligent things that need to be done to conserve fuel and
find alternative energy sources. Likewise, there are perhaps times when,
considering the state of consciousness in the world, military action might
be necessary. However, these problems exist in the first place because most
people are out of balance and put too much emphasis on physical survival,
which includes financial survival, and are less aware of the power inherent
in all life. Consider the power of the atom, for instance.
Currently, people are increasingly panicked in their belief in
powerlessness. If you are aware that this is out of proportion and can
maintain your conscious realization of eternal power, you will be able to
remain more comfortable and relaxed, and can broadcast a reassurance that
things are really okay: the universe is not running out of power. There are
some things that a human being will always be powerless over, yet your
essential nature is power. The more you let go of struggling with the things
that you do not have power over, such as the right of others to make their
own choices, the more influence you are likely to have, at least in making
your own life more pleasant. Paradoxically, relaxing into the innate power
of who you are frees you to exert a more positive influence on others.
Feel the power of your breath.
When you *try* to breathe, you breathe less well than when you are simply
aware that the larger you already knows how to breathe; it does a better job
of breathing than your intellectual surface self.
As you let your body breathe, be aware of the wonderful aliveness of nature.
Consider, for example, the power in a rainstorm. It can be reassuring to
your physical self to feel the power that is supporting it from nature. Let
nature fill you with a comfortable experience of its power. Your body
already knows how to receive this, just as you already know how to breathe
in a way that feels good. In fact, your physical body is already part of
nature. Everything is ultimately part of nature, but when you are incarnate
in a human body, your body is your most direct link to it.
As you continue to let your body breathe in the most comfortable way, bring
your consciousness to one part of your body that is most in need of healing.
If there's more than one, just start with whichever first comes to mind.
Focus your attention at this part of your body, and notice that at this
exact point, you can connect to all of nature. Feel the power of nature
filling this point with energy.
Maybe you have felt powerless up until now because of this challenging
health situation. Perhaps doctors haven't been able to offer you a complete
solution. Although it can be a good idea to take advantage of whatever the
world has to offer to help with your health challenges, it is beautiful to
remember now that there's also infinite power through nature available to
support you. Thank nature for the infinite power it offers, and affirm that
you are now opening yourself to receive it into your body through this
point. Notice if you are feeling better.
When you are ready, pick a second place in your body where you would like to
experience more power and healing. At every point in your body, you are
connected to all of nature. As you practice, it becomes easier to open to
its infinite power.
Choose a third place; perhaps you are now able to immediately feel a
Now, use a "wide angle lens" and feel your whole body. Notice how
appreciative you naturally feel as the healing power of nature brings a
greater sense of well-being to it.
It is normal for bodies occasionally not to operate as smoothly as one might
like. You may feel powerless because what you have tried has not succeeded
in correcting a problem. Feeling the power of nature filling you at that
location can assist you in relaxing more, which might also help you find
external solutions in addition to an increase of healing energy.
Bring to mind a problem in your life that is not directly related to your
physical well-being. Maybe it's a financial or interpersonal challenge. Put
your consciousness into the center of it in a calm way and ask that infinite
power, beautiful life force, fill the space that has been holding this
problem. Notice that the feeling around it is starting to relax. You may
have felt powerless. Although you cannot control other people, notice how
your relationship to the situation becomes more comfortable as you remember
the infinite power that you are in relationship to it. Let the whole space
of that problem fill with a sense of your love and peace.
Use the wide angle lens to fill with power all your relationships,
especially those in which you have felt powerless, as well as your finances,
living environment, work, the animals and plants in your life, and your
neighbors. Invite everyone you know and everyone in the world to remember
their infinite power so that all can let go of excessive insecurity and the
destructive actions that spring from that.
Q. I have heart disease. I would like to heal it so that eventually I can
get off of oxygen.
A. Each of you in this group is connected directly to infinite power. Let's
all focus our awareness, like shining a spotlight, on her heart and lungs
area. You don't have to do anything; just be aware that there is infinite
Being aware of the power that is already there is the most direct path to
healing. So much of life on the physical plane is about forgetting and then
remembering. Help your heart remember on a cellular level that there is more
power available. It's like a battery running low and your remembering to
plug in the charger. Is anything feeling different for you in that part of
Q. It feels less stressed; it's not working as hard.
A. Place the idea in your heart that you are remembering more and more the
eternal energy source from which everything springs.
(New) Q. I had a sharp pain in my shoulder from driving and stress. As I put
nature into it, it just left. It's not there anymore--it's really not there.
I shall remember to do that often. Thank you.
A. In your culture, you are bombarded a great deal with stimulations of all
kinds. Many of you are overloaded, especially intellectually. It is
worthwhile to rebalance your connection with the world. Perhaps you have
been on a spiritual or personal growth path for a long time and know that it
is your choices that most create your life, including your attitude,
thinking, and how you react to stresses, not just the stresses themselves.
However, even knowing this, it is easy to lose a feeling sense of your
power. It can begin to seem like you are running as fast as you can on a
treadmill, and it is still pulling you back. It is useful to remember the
simple truth that you are powerful no matter what other people do. It is
rare on the physical plane to feel that everything is just the way you want
it to be externally, but you can always connect with your power.
Q. What about a situation where there's negativity in the atmosphere, and
you need to find a way to help clear that out?
A. You could start with a meditation like the one we did here. Find a sense
of calm and power in the situation, releasing your emotional charge about
things not being as positive as you would like them to be. Otherwise, that
will get in the way of your adding something positive. Then, strategize:
evaluate what is available to you to do. You might have thought that your
options were quite limited, but accessing your creativity, something new may
occur to you; when you're not struggling, you have room to move.
Regardless of what approach you take, the main thing is to bring the highest
quality of energy to it that you can. If it is an intransigent situation
where people are stuck, and nothing you do has an impact, part of your
strategy might be to withdraw from it, if that is an option for you. As you
shine your light in an unconditionally loving way, problematic situations
may also choose to go away from you. Otherwise, you might want to cocoon
yourself and have as little to do with it as you can get away with. You
cannot override the free will of other people; if they are stuck in a
certain mindset and don't want to move forward, there's nothing you can do
about it; hopefully, you have some space of your own so that you don't have
to rub up against the choices of others all the time. In any case, you can
always become more aware of your personal power so that you don't feel that
others have so much power over you.
You have greater leverage when you step back from your problems. If you are
trying to move a rock with a stick, the longer the stick, the more leverage
you have. Distance can give you more clarity about what your most effective
actions might be. The key is not to be too attached to what others choose to
do, because that that is not where your power is. Your power is not over
other people. Power over other people is basically bullying. All you can do
is make the best choices you can and shine a light; others may be positively
influenced by that even if they don't immediately gain understanding or
change their actions. For one thing, your shining a light is always there in
their memory, so it is not wasted, even if it doesn't have the result you
Human beings are at different stages of soul development. There are people
who are younger in soul age who, like younger people, have not yet
experienced conflicts that older souls are tired of. There are a surprising
number of people who don't feel that life is very exciting unless they pick
a fight or otherwise upset the cart in some way. It is possible that they
need that experience because they don't yet have the understanding that
perhaps you have already gained. However, their experience of conflict does
not have to be with you; if they try to pick a fight long enough and you
don't go for the bait, they may decide that you are boring and look for
someone else with whom to create excitement. If people do get their hooks
into you, you might ask yourself why you are reacting to them and how you
can be more neutral. Ultimately, you can figure out your issues and heal
them so that there is simply no way for others to get you to make drama with
them. Ask yourself, "How can I grow so that I become a person who is
peaceful even when someone is doing something outrageous?"
There is probably no human being who is one hundred percent there. In the
human body, you have all sorts of real needs, such as for food, water, and
money. The goal is not to become aloof like a robot, but to become more
sophisticated about what games you want to play and with whom you want to
play them. As long as you are human, you are doing something with your time,
and that will probably involve other people if you are not a hermit.
However, you do have a certain amount of choice about what relationships you
wish to invest in, and which you wish to pull away from.
There may be certain situations you are stuck with. Life on the physical
plane is not perfect. However, you can shift the balance of power in your
life by remembering that what really matters is your own experience of the
infinite power that every being is part of.