What Power Loss Is & Why It Matters {Post 1/5}

What Power Loss Is & Why It Matters {Post 1/5}

{This is part 1 of 5 of a post series on Power Loss, where we'll talk about what it is and how to retrieve power. Find all posts with the tag “power loss.” This used to be an eCourse that I'm posting on the blog for freeeeeeeee. Enjoy!}

Defining Power Loss

Power loss, spiritually speaking, occurs any time that you relinquish the power and control that you have over your own life to someone else, whether by force or by your own allowance. 

To put it simply, anytime you give an outside entity power over your free will, your body, your emotions, or your energy, whether knowingly or unknowingly, you can experience power loss. 

Power loss can constitute: 

- a loss of your vital energy
- a loss of your sense of personal power over a situation or over yourself 
- a soul loss 

Let’s consider a common example of power loss: 

SHAME

When you share something personal, and another individual attempts to make you feel guilt or shame for what you have shared, at that moment, you can give power over your feelings away.

If you feel shame, you have given them power over how you feel.

We often give our power away and if we're not careful and mindful of it, it can result in a serious diminishment of our energy and our personal power. 

Imagine that, again and again, you inadvertently give your power away, slowly, you will have lost so much of your power to trust and have confidence in yourself, that you will lack any and all self-confidence and trust in yourself.

Okay, so let's consider power loss in the realm of health and wellness. When you seek help for your own healing, being an active participant in that healing is important, because otherwise, it's all too easy to give your power of healing away to another person or even a disease in some cases. 

Think of a situation in which you have just completely handed over control, or had it taken from you, as it pertained to your body's ability to operate healthfully. There is nothing wrong with seeking help, but again, it's a balance between being a co-creator in your own health vs. just handing that power over to someone else. 

Make sense? 

Power loss can happen when you give something or someone total control of over you, your body, your feelings, your energy, your emotions. 

Each instance of power loss can weaken our sense of personal power, trust, and self-confidence, because the less power we have and the more power we give away, the weaker we tend to feel physically, emotionally, and mentally. We tend to fall into the hopeless zone. 

I want to be clear, also, that this isn't always voluntary. Sometimes we are in a situation where power loss has to happen - such as in a medical emergency, or we just otherwise didn't know or were in a situation where we just couldn't. A good example of involuntary power loss would be during childbirth, and if you had a less than desired child birthing experience and had to give some power over during the labor and delivery. 

Whether or not you meant to or wanted to isn't the issue here, it's whether or not it happened and it the power loss has been felt and internalized in your soul. 

Many mothers, for example, feel some guilt or a sense of loss over not having the birth they wanted. . . part of that can often be due to feeling that power loss.

Scenarios in which power loss is common:
  • In the dynamic between healer and client, in whatever realm of healthcare you're in. If you're not a co-creator and especially in more serious illness, it's pretty common to feel powerlessness and experience power loss.
  • Labor and delivery - a woman can experience a loss of power during the process especially if she feels as though she missed out on the birth she wanted
  • Employee/employer
  • Any illness during which you feel powerless
  • Any time you feel powerless over your situation 
You can lose power in any event or series of ongoing life events where someone else or some other entity is perceived as having more of an authority over your own life, behavior, emotions, and actions than you do. 

There is no blame here. It isn't your fault for giving power away - most people don't even realize they've done it until well after the fact, and in most scenarios of power loss, it tends to occur during moments of weakness, which we all experience. 

At some point in your life, you have most definitely experienced some level of power loss. Everyone has. 

Why Power Loss Matters

Think of it this way.

When you experience a loss of power, what you really experience is a loss of energy.

The more power losses you have experienced, the more energy you have lost. The more of your personal power you have lost.

And because both our physical and emotional bodies are based in an energetic foundation (think, below a cellular level, we are made up of energetic particles. You know this from high school chemistry). 

Physically, these particles form molecules, and when stacked, molecules form things like organs, blood, bones, and tissue. 

These energetic particles also form the basis of your thoughts, emotions, and feelings.

If you experience a power loss, in which your emotional sense of power is taken from you, this is a loss of energy from your overall physical AND emotional system.

More and more power lost, means more and more energy lost.

This means LESS energy that your body has to perform vital life functions. It also means less energy to function at emotionally optimal levels. From there, with your body operating at suboptimal levels, you can experience dis-ease on all ranges of the spectrum, emotional and physical.

Power loss means energy loss. When your energy is weak, you often experience dis-ease, physical and emotional.

Power loss is a big deal and can cause physical illness and emotional distress. BUT it is reversible!! You can take your power back.

Over the course of the next few posts in the series, we’re going to walk you through the process of taking your power back.

For now, think about what it means for you.

Consider times in your life where you may have inadvertently given power away. 

If you’re a mother, take a look at your birthing experience(s). Many women express sadness at feeling a lack of control and power over their bodies during birth.

If you’ve ever been told, “you should be ashamed of yourself,” recall that experience, who said it, and why.

If you’ve ever lived with a controlling partner or relative, consider the decisions of your life that were influenced by them, and how that affected you.

Write down power losses that come to mind.

I encourage you to get a journal to explore your thoughts and write things down. Identifying, acknowledging, and getting energy OUT on paper is part of the healing process.

In the next power loss post, we’re going to start working on helping you get that power back.

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POST 1What Power Loss Is and Why It Matters
POST 2How to Start Finding Your Power After Power Loss
POST 3How to Reclaim Your Power After Power Loss
POST 4: How to Perform a Release Ceremony to Heal From Power Loss
POST 5How to Maintain Your Power After Power Loss

xo,

Sarah

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