I am saying that at some point in time there was something that.
They wanted and they traded in their power for that.
Maybe they thought that those who are now oppressing them would give them security, or a better life, so the largest number of those "oppressed" people looked the other way. Maybe they thought that if they did not look the other way, but rather complained and began to revolt, that they would be killed. Since what they "wanted" was to live, no mat- ter what the circumstances, they got what they wanted.
That is true power. True power is getting what you want.
Neale: Oh, sure, when the alternative is death, you're getting what you "want" by not complaining. Yeah, right. Boy, you've gor a pretty werid way of seeing things.
Wait a minute! There are those who have chosen the alternative. Brave people in all nations and times have made that choice. That is why humans have always honored those who have struggled, and died, to make others free.
The people who worked hard in the begin- ning to create the United States and to free themselves from what they felt was the tyranny of Great Britain did so at the risk of losing everything, no?
The signers of the Declaration of Indepen- dence said that, in the cause of freedom, they were pledging their "lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor" And they were.
The founding fathers of America said things like, "Give me liberty, or give me death." And they meant it.
Against such courage, oppressors have no power. In moments of such declarations it becomes clear where the true power really lies— and where it has always been.
This has been demonstrated throughout human history. As soon as those who were oppressed decided that they were not living a better life, but rather a life not worth living, they took their power back and dismantled their government. The very government that was supposed to be so powerful suddenly fell, silent and weak, unable to do anything about its own dismantling.
This is exactly what happened not only in those old British colonies now known as the United States, but all over the world. Some more recent examples include the former So- viet Union, the former Yugoslavia, and South Africa, to name just a few.
Where the people have said, "This far, and no further," the oppression stops. Where the people have still not gathered the will or the strength to do that, the oppression continues.
It is the same in your own household. It is the same in your own life.
As soon as you decide that you would rather not have what you have been trading your power for, you reclaim that power and then get what you choose.
What you have reclaimed is the inherent power with which you have been born. This is called Original Power. It is the essence of Who You Really Are.
This is what I have termed The Gift.