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Getting Your Power Back
by Keith Varnum   
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Last edited: Monday, May 08, 2006
Posted: Monday, May 08, 2006

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Keith Varnum has 30 years of practical success as an author,
accupuncturist, personal coach, filmmaker, vision quest guide
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During many years of observing others and myself searching for fulfillment, I’ve noticed an essential ingredient is often missing. I call this ingredient sovereignty, self-sufficiency or total independence from outside sources. Without this quality in its authentic form, no one I know has been able to achieve the happiness, health and peace they are seeking.


Throughout the years of assisting others and myself to feel truly joyous and free, I've watched people try to ignore, deny, invalidate or rationalize away the importance of sovereignty. I've witnessed friends and clients attempt to fake it, substitute for it, and try to steal and borrow it from others. All these efforts have been in vain. Their time, energy and intention would have been put to better use by focusing on allowing this quality to become a solid, personal reality. 


In my experience, the conscious state of sovereignty is absolutely critical for genuine, lasting satisfaction in the earth experience. If you're not entirely clear as to the nature of this state, it's not surprising. In deliberate accordance with our personal and collective design, there is a subtle, pervasive individual and cultural prohibition against tasting too deeply the nectar of sovereignty.


The Ego’s Conspiracy


Throughout history, this cover up has been very successful and almost completely impenetrable. There is a good reason for this. When you authentically recognize the fundamental truth of your own sovereignty, the gig is up! The whole charade of imminent destruction is exposed as a lie and, in fact, as an impossibility. This revelation is a death knoll for the aspect of you that tries to destroy your joy by threatening you with disapproval, disagreement, disease and destruction. This part of you that doesn't want to give "up the ghost" (illusion) is variously referred to as the ego, mind, intellect, conditioning, programming, personality, identity or persona. This aspect of yourself bought into the tribal collective agreement that you are ultimately vulnerable to body and soul annihilation if you don't toe the party line, as dictated by… who else? … the ego.


The Truth Revealed


In reality, nothing could be further from the truth. One of my spiritual mentors, Lester, was fond of musing, “The thing that most people fear the most is non-survival. And non-survival is the only thing that cannot ever happen to us.”


You are an eternal being, whether you like it or not, whether you are aware of it or not! And sovereignty is the clear realization of our everlasting, eternal permanency!  Sovereignty isn't a concept, idea, principle, possibility, option or creation. It doesn't need to be affirmed, declared, visualized, asserted, defended or manifested. It’s immutability doesn’t depend on whether you believe in it or not. It's a fact of your existence, an inescapable, immutable reality. Your awareness, appreciation and enjoyment of sovereignty may come and go, to one degree or another, but eternalness never waivers as our fundamental, inalienable true nature.


Sovereignty is knowing you are the ultimate source of every experience you have in your life. And you know for certain you are a sovereign being when you generate your own energy, love, power, health, wisdom, clarity, security, peace and fulfillment on a daily basis. 


As You Act so You Are


Lester often reminded me, "You only know that which you can do."  To operate on a practical basis as the creator you are, you need to tap directly into the universal life force in a real, tangible, lasting way. You need to connect fully with the fire within, with the essence that nurtures the fullness of your being.


One very effective and immediate way to access your true nature and power is to shift your identification from thinking and believing you are only your human personality, you are only a body, and you are separate from other people and other forms of life. As your creative attention shifts from who you think you are to what you truly are, you experience the total security and certainty of your basic essence. 


Be aware that this shift of attention cannot be just a mental exercise. You need to make a wholesale re-identification of your entire being with the everyday reality of self-generation. This re-identification must be fully integrated on the emotional, spiritual, biological and molecular levels. And it is crucial you create direct, first-hand, tangible, demonstrable and repeatable evidence that you can create and attract all the love, safety, energy, well-being, joy, peace and abundance you need in your life. 


The benefit of this personal, factual validation takes sovereignty from the realm of the ideal to the reality of the present and practical.  When you prove your sovereignty to yourself repeatedly, at will, on your own terms, in your own way and in your world, then it becomes real for you.


You become self-sustaining. You allow others to do whatever they choose. You authentically offer others the space to be just as they are. You become able to give the gift of total acceptance, unconditional love.


Grab Your Freedom


The whole process of accepting your sovereignty snowballs in the direction of freedom. 


The more time you spend in the vibration of personal power—sovereignty, the easier it becomes to keep all your attention there. Soon, you find yourself living every day in an ocean of infinite supply. You possess all the clarity, wisdom, power and joy you previously searched for and found so fleeting. All your awareness is nurtured daily by this direct experience of being completely connected, loved, energized and supported in this world in a very practical way. 


And from that inner security emanates the courage and strength to be who you really are. This honest expression keeps your creative attention flowing to what is naturally right for you and truly gives you happiness. You no longer need to focus any attention on anything other than your own present, personal, inner intuitive impulse. You have all your personal power available to fully energize your soul's deepest impulse to express and create. Your attention flows unhindered, unfettered, without distraction, detour or derailment into funding your heart's deepest desires and fulfilling your fondest dreams as your everyday reality. 


You have returned to the joyful state of sovereignty. 








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Reviewed by Gwen Dickerson 6/18/2006
Very well stated! I'm working on this one!
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