We all have power. We are born with it and it is inherent to us as living beings. But we do not all use our power. Some of us need to learn how to access it, and some of us need to learn how to use it. Some of us need to learn how not to be afraid of it. And once we have found it, and overcome our fear of it; what then? Power without purpose is nothing, it is a waste. Abused, it is a danger to ourselves and to others.
We expend our power every day. Mostly, we waste it on minutia and the little dramas of our daily lives. We might expend it in loving our family or our lovers, or in achieving a personal victory at work, or in the world. We might use it for creating art, or bearing grudges.
Loving our families and lovers and partners is a wonderful way to expend our power. There is nothing wrong with that. Creating art and causing positive change in the world are also worthwhile ways to use our power. But as witches, we try to use power with intent.
Building power, holding it until the time is right to release it, takes learning and practice. It also takes will. It requires purpose and intent and the absolute conviction that these are aligned with our true will.
I have struggled with finding and acknowledging my power. I have struggled with accessing it and overcoming my fear of it. I have learned how to hold it and build it but, I am only now learning how to release it and when. I have been doing a great deal of “soul-searching” to figure out what actually engages my will and what compels me to release power with intent and purpose.