The Old Tired Path: Powerless versus Powerful

The Old Tired Path Series: Powerless versus Powerful
By Darla LeDoux, Founder of Sourced and Author of the books Shift The Field and Retreat and Grow Rich

 

April 16, 2022

Welcome back to the Old Tired Path Series! The Old Tired Path is an energy pattern that is so familiar that it is a part of how we live and breathe. As we grow and expand our businesses, we will be confronted with some limitations that our Old Tired Path will bring us. 

 

We have the choice to transform our energy patterns and step off that path at any time. If you want to learn more about the Old Tired Path, watch the first video in this series or read the first blog in this series that goes into this concept in more detail. 

 

We have crowdsourced the most common Old Tired Paths from our client base to break down for everyone. 

As we grow and expand our businesses, we will be confronted with some limitations that our Old Tired Path will bring us. 

Powerless versus Powerful

 

There were several versions of similar energy, so I would like to include them. 

 

Defer versus Controlling
Don’t Make a difference versus  Do Make a Difference

 

On the Old Tired Path, there is always a judgment. These get established when we are young, often before the age of seven, before we have a conscious mind, so we don’t even know we have an option to live any other way. We are constantly looking,  judging, and assessing ourselves. That becomes our filter for life. 

 

If we had an experience of powerlessness when we were young, we are constantly either trying to hide or trying to be in control. We don’t realize that we spend our lives on this path between the two whose outcomes are the same even though they seem opposites. 

 

If we feel powerless, we defer to others and don’t feel like we make a difference. We become passive and don’t try. We decide to wait and see. Will will avoid and hide. We feel embarrassed or ashamed. We look outside of ourselves to who is in charge and how they behave. We constantly analyze who is in power. We are always in a heightened awareness of everything happening around us and unable to rest. 

On the Old Tired Path, there is always a judgment.

On the opposite end of the Old Tired Path, we still judge ourselves. Am I in control and powerful? You do a lot. You have the attitude of “If it’s to be, it’s up to me!” You are taking charge and responsible. As a result, you are also looking outside of yourself. You are watchful of everything going on to see what I have to do here. After all, I have to make a difference because I am in charge.  

 

Some of the outcomes of being powerful are the same as being powerless. You cannot rest. You feel the need to be constantly aware and attentive. You feel embarrassed, ashamed, or guilty if anything goes wrong because it is your fault. 

 

Both ends of this spectrum can have us feeling the same way. Feeling powerless and feeling powerful end up bringing the same kind of vibe. Everything is coming through this filter of do I matter? Do I make a difference? Am I in charge, or am I a victim? Is life happening to me?

Some of the outcomes of being powerful are the same as being powerless.

We are so busy analyzing it that the outcome is the same. If you are resonating with this, please pause and do a bit of journaling and ask yourself, what is the impact of living on this Old Tired Path?

 

What impact does living with the constant filter of judgment – am I powerful or powerless –  have on my life? 

 

What if none of that mattered? If you could let go and step off this Old Tired Path into an entirely different realm where whether you were powerless or powerful didn’t matter, who would you get to be? What would that make available?

 

Love, nurturing, and experiencing are the words that come up for me. If I’m not measuring power, love seems like a beautiful measurement of life. How nurturing could I be of myself and others if power didn’t matter? How would I be able to experience this dance of life with others if I did not think of the concept of power?

 

If I could let go of power, I would be able to love, nurture and experience the world and life. How great would that be? What would be available if you stepped off this Old Tired Path?

If I’m not measuring power, love seems like a beautiful measurement of life.

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