“Power Over” vs “Power With”

Essentially, the global transition now underway is one from “power over” (or hierarchy) to a balance between “power over” and “power with” (or community).

The effect of this change on human spirituality is a gradual shift from spiritual gurus toward direct spiritual access for everyone. The Altai Fellowship is both an example of and a progression into the latter mode.

Generally, Western civilization has been a “power over” model, including not only humanity, but all of the Earth. While there are instances where power over is useful, there are equally instances where it is not. I’m inclined to believe that attempted dominion/domination of life on Earth is not useful, but it’s hard to say whether our current environmental crisis is caused by this or is simply a function of the chaos of the time.

On the other hand, as we begin creeping back toward balance, to the extent that global Indigenous cultures (such as the Navajo) — generally guided by the principle of “power with” — have been able to hold onto their social/cultural  “power with” technologies and customs, they offer practical models for how Westerners can modify their ways of being to stay in alignment with the current transition on Planet Earth.

10 responses to ““Power Over” vs “Power With””

  1. […] « Just What Will Happen This Summer? “Power Over” vs “Power With” […]

    1. As another step in the transition of Earth and her human children into the next cycle of existence, an international group has been called to the sacred Altai Mountains to open an energy portal and transmit the life force that comes through it out into the collective consciousness. We understand that this gate will enable the heart to guide human affairs once again.

  2. Hi Carol,
    Thanks so much for your wonderful work. I’m happy to help ground the power with energy and opening hearts to the collective consciousness.

    Love and blessings to you, Iris

    1. Wonderful, Iris!
      I will pass your contact info on to Karah, who is coordinating the Grounding Groups.

  3. […] in the distant past. We understand that the opening of the gate will indicate the shift back to spiritual governance from the heart in conjunction with the “ascension” of Earth and all her children to a higher […]

  4. […] timing for me to travel to Altai is appropriate to fulfilling worldwide Indigenous prophesies about re-balancing spiritual human intention within the natural order for accelerating a remembering and reawakening to harmonious living on […]

  5. […] The following information is organized within the four phases of an authentic Indigenous Ceremonial Change Process.  Authenticity brings authority because truth is the only real power and truth is our protection of all that is sacred.  The current tyranny in the world is being dismantled by the following unifying principle for collective planetary survival: powerwithin is for powerwith others in order to eliminate powerover others.  […]

  6. […] timing for me to travel to Altai is appropriate to fulfilling worldwide Indigenous prophesies about re-balancing spiritual human intention within the natural order for accelerating a remembering and reawakening to harmonious living on […]

  7. […] Co-Creative Solutions “Co-creative solutions” means manifesting power within, from creator, that radiates love for ourselves in order to have power with others and eliminates the need for power over. […]

  8. […] The current tyranny in the world is being dismantled by the following unifying principle for collective planetary survival: powerwithin is for powerwith others in order to eliminate powerover others. […]

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