Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Where Am I Abdicating My Power?

In preparation for a recent men’s retreat at Isis Cove, Brad Collins asked the participating men to reflect on how the archetype of the King shows up within their own psyches, how they are each using their potency in the world, and also how they felt they were falling short.

“The King in his fullness within us is generative and brings order and structure to our lives, families and world. When we are in touch and using this Kingly function in our lives we are using our potency for the greater good.

In reflecting on our King within we find that we may be accessing this in parts of our lives but not in others. Ask yourself the question, “Where am I abdicating my power?” When we abdicate our power and potency in any area of our life, our relationships, our work, our finances, the shadow aspects of our King comes into play.

The Shadow King usually manifests as the Tyrant or the Weakling, the bully or the wimp. These Shadow aspects of the king come up for me when I have not spoken my truth or have given in to an outer authority rather than doing what I know is right.  The tyrant king becomes an aggressive wrathful dictator and the wimpy king is passive and retreats and sulks or escapes. This is our frustrated prince who feels misunderstood and victimized.

Reflect on where you feel truly in your potency and where in your world you are abdicating your power and feeling like a victim.
All of us have superior and inferior functions. Some of us have a highly developed King, others of us have a stronger Lover, Warrior or Mystic. Our challenge this weekend will be to access the places we are not in humble, wise connection with our inner King and bring them out of the shadows.”

Bradford C. Collins, Ph. D., is the Co-Director of Venus Rising Association for Transformation and Venus Rising University for Shamanic Psychospiritual Studies and Director of the Transformation House Soul Recovery Program.   After a life-changing vision he received during a breathwork journey in 1994, Brad created the Shamanic Priest Process, a highly experiential and transformative process designed to help men step into their authentic power and Visionary Leadership.  Brad facilitates men's retreats at Isis Cove and around the country.  Please visit and click on Events.

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