Max Egan from the Crowhouse, was the first person I heard use the expression; “Stand in your own Power!” However, it’s possible and very likely, that Max borrowed it from someone else, who borrowed it from someone else. The meaning is profound!
Each and every one of us are the same and yet entirely unique, it’s our energy field that makes us unique and we can’t see it. It’s our meat-body that makes us the same, yet we all look different. Truth is, under the skin, we’re all the same. So this idea, to “stand in your own power”, has significant value.
The idea is that we are each an invisible entity of energy, an energetic field if you will… Our energy field and it’s influence on other similar entities, exponentially grows when we become fully aware of our power, this energy is derived from our will to make ideas happen. In the writing of Carlos Castaneta this is called “the power of intention”.
In 1974 his fourth book, Tales of Power, was published and chronicled the end of his apprenticeship under the tutelage of Matus. Castaneda continued to be popular with the reading public with subsequent publications. In his books, Castaneda narrates in first person the events leading to his 1960 introduction to Matus, a half-Yaqui “Man of Knowledge”.
Castaneda’s experiences with Matus inspired the works for which he is known. He also says the sorcerer bequeathed him the position of nagual, or leader of a party of seers. Matus also used the term nagual to signify that part of perception which is in the realm of the unknown yet still reachable by man, implying that, for his party of seers, Don Juan was a connection in some way to that unknown.
Castaneda often referred to this unknown realm as non-ordinary reality. The term nagual has been used by anthropologists to mean a shaman or sorcerer who claims to be able to change into an animal form, or to metaphorically “shift” into another form through magic rituals, shamanism and experiences with psychoactive drugs (e.g., peyote and jimson weed – Datura stramonium).
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