“For little girls like me, we had a lot of princesses that didn’t have the strength. They had a sweetness … but not necessarily a power and a sense of self that was very strong.”
One of the themes of my series of sites is looking at ways we compromise our self confidence and authentic inner strength to be creatively expressive, and how we can become more empowered to realize our talents and dreams.
So what does this loaded term ‘power’ mean? With events like war and police reactions to protest marchers, there are plenty of examples of political and military control kinds of power as force.
But the more important kind of power is internal, including how we think of ourselves and operate as creators in business and social systems in which creative work gets realized.
In her article about the 2014 Disney movie “Maleficent” writer Rebecca Keegan quotes the star Angelina Jolie:
“For little girls like me, when we didn’t have the modern Disney we have today, we had a lot of princesses that didn’t have the strength. They had a sweetness … but not necessarily a power and a sense of self that was very strong.
“When I was little, [seeing Maleficent] was like when you look at Marlene Dietrich for the first time. She was so elegant and so strong, and seemed to be having a great time.”
Keegan also writes, “Like Tony Soprano, this Maleficent has the potential for redemption. Yes, she curses a baby, but that was a particularly bad day. She also uses her magic for good, to protect her world, the Moors, and to help Aurora.”
“We aren’t always good,” [screenwriter Linda] Woolverton says. “We can be bitchy, and that’s OK too. You can be really, really bitchy, and you can also be this other thing, a beautiful, loving person. We all have moments.”
[From ‘Maleficent’ and why we love our childhood villains by Rebecca Keegan, Los Angeles Times, May 30, 2014]
Angelina Jolie mentioned Marlene Dietrich: Other gifted and talented “tomboys” include Katharine Hepburn and Barbara Stanwyck, who “often utilized her androgyny to create complex characters who challenged male authority and chafed under restrictive gender roles.”
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Alanis Morissette posted this cool image on her Facebook page. She writes that Claire Zammit “unceasingly holds the vision for women at the highest version of ourselves possible, for this I will be forever inspired by and grateful to her.”
“Something big is happening for us as women. We’re on the brink of an evolutionary shift with the potential to alter the course of history. Millions of us around the world are feeling a calling to reclaim the feminine, and in so doing, to awaken our authentic power to co-create the future of our lives and shape the future of our world.”
From description of a Feminine Power webinar with Claire Zammit, Ph.D.c and author Katherine Woodward Thomas.
“Claire and Katherine are women that I myself look to for wisdom and counsel. How wonderful that their advice is available to all.” – Marianne Williamson
The Three Keys to Feminine Power
A FREE Global Gathering for Awakening Women – with Claire Zammit
LIVE On-Line Seminar Thursday, May 11 2015
“You may be experiencing an impulse to evolve yourself, to realize the potential of your creative gifts and talents and to make your greatest contribution.”
Chantal Pierrat interviewed Claire Zammit for a podcast, and asked:
Well, why don’t we start by—it’s just interesting, “feminine” and “power.” They’re two very different energies, but together they totally make sense. And I’m just curious to see if you can start with defining what you mean by “feminine power.”
Claire Zammit: Well, I might just start, if I can, with a bit of a story that creates a little context for it. I think this exploration and discovery [really] came out of our own experience. My teaching partner Katherine Woodward Thomas and the women that we were serving in the community we had started in Los Angeles—we had a center for transformation, and we were coaching women and working with women.
And both of us were accomplished, successful women, as were the women we were serving. And we really noticed, in spite of having so much “power” in our lives, we both felt this very painful and confusing gap between the deeper potentials that we sensed for who we were as women, for the creative contribution, for the intimacy and connection of our relationships, and just for our overall experience of life.
We couldn’t quite put our finger on what it was, and we found that women everywhere were having the same experience as us.
At the same time, we noticed that there was a yearning towards the feminine that was happening.
From podcast: Claire Zammit – The Keys to Feminine Power.
[Also see video: Claire Zammit: Shifting Towards Feminine Power]
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Gloria Steinem, in her book Moving Beyond Words, commented:
“The way I’d grown up had encouraged me to locate power almost anywhere but within myself… I gradually began to see that many of the people I had been brought up to envy and see as powerful… actually had the other half of the same problem… Often, they were suffering, too.”
[The photo of her is by Joyce Tenneson, in the book Wise Women : A Celebration of Their Insights, Courage, and Beauty. See the page Photography 3 for more images.]
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James Arthur Ray notes, “We have often been told that ‘knowledge is power.’ … Now there is a cliche that is full of crap! Knowledge is not power… knowledge is nothing more than organized information; and therefore only ‘potential power.'”
He thinks “Real power is only accessed and directed when knowledge is placed into action. To tap into your internal core, where true motivation resides, you must get your own self-limiting beliefs out of the way and allow your Infinite ability to flow through.
“This will never come from an outside source, although it may be triggered after an exposure to an external source.”
[Those quotes are from his article Motivational Speakers Don’t Motivate.]
Brian Grazer comments on the power shifts between creators and the “system” that gives many kinds of creative people employment and platforms for creative work.
He is a writer and producer, nominated for four Academy Awards, and winner in 2002 of a Best Picture Oscar for “A Beautiful Mind.”
He says, “Power sort of shifts in seven or eight year increments, it feels to me, where the power structure or system has dominance, and then it will shift to where artists have dominance.
“About four years ago, it felt like artists had dominance: they made more money, they had power over the system, they could dictate decisions about what they were going to do with their narratives. Now, the system has more power, and makes more money. But I think that is going to change.”
From my article Do Creators Get Power and Respect? – which has more quotes and a video.
[Photo by Roger Davies from article in Architectural Digest.]
Censorship can be another way in which power influences creative people – both censoring from outside and within. See two articles of mine:
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Marianne Williamson says in her book The Gift of Change :
“The only way to gain power in a world that is moving too fast is to learn to slow down. And the only way to spread one’s influence wide is to learn to go deep.
“The world we want for ourselves and our children will not emerge from electronic speed but rather from a spiritual stillness that takes root in our souls. Then, and only then, will we create a world that reflects the heart instead of shattering it.”
A minority of people are in significant “positions of power” as politicians, CEOs etc – but for most of us, power – it seems to me – is the emotional and spiritual force that enables us to achieve.
As Cheryl Richardson [author of Stand Up for Your Life] once described it on her site:
“Power is the energy that fuels our actions. Real power is the spiritual energy that comes from living with integrity, from aligning your thoughts, words, and actions with the deepest part of who you are – your soul.”
Cheryl Richardson advises using another quality of power:
“The more you become your own best champion, supporter, cheerleader, and trusted confidant, the better able you’ll be to fully and joyfully express your blessed creativity.”
From article: Cheryl Richardson on Protecting Our High Sensitivity.
Also see quotes and video in the article about The Art of Extreme Self-Care: Cheryl Richardson Online Course.
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> See more quotes, books etc on the [old, not updated] page Power.
Article publié pour la première fois le 16/04/2015