Updated: Sep 4, 2018
Over the last 3 years "Hone your power" has become a trademark statement of mine. It started when I was sat in the waiting room of an audition that I really wanted. I had been depressed a couple of months prior and I had asked God for a new direction and the universe had sent me this audition. As I was sat there a bit panicked and anxious I got an email through from a spiritual teacher called Shanel Cooper Sykes; I had seen her on Instagram while I was depressed and it was a short video of her doing an "I believe in myself" affirmation and she literally was glowing from the inside. Something about her spoke to me and I said to my self- whatever she does- whatever she is selling, what ever she recommends I do to get myself out of this space of depression- I don't care what it is, I will do it because I want what ever she has! I opened up the email and it was what she calls a Sacred Life Creed- a set of affirmations that basically affirm who you are, what you are about and what you want to attract. After I read it I remember feeling like a breath of fresh air hit me and for the first time in years I felt like I inhaled and felt good. Out of that feeling I remember thinking to myself, I'm going to take this feeling and hone my power and walk into that audition and slay it, no matter what....
well, I ended up getting the lead for that musical and that show happened to be what catapulted my career in musical theatre!
Often times since then people have asked me; "what does Honing your power actually mean and how do you do it", well lets break it down...
What is Power?
I feel as though right now- at least in my world- everyone is looking for what they deem as "power". To most that means being seen and recognised, equal opportunities or wanting to be on top at work in, and yes thats great but that is very external, I think real power starts on the inside so lets go deeper. "Power" in the dictionary as described by Google is:
"the ability or capacity to do something or act in a particular way; the capacity or ability to direct or influence the behaviour of others or the course of events; authority that is given or delegated to a person or body; a person or organisation that is strong or influential within a particular context; physical strength and force exerted by something or someone, driven by electrical energy"
Electrical energy... have you ever been doing something creative or active; maybe singing, speaking passionately, playing sports- and you get into a rhythm, and its like a surge of energy or a deep passionate feeling, some people describe it as feel a physical heat; that comes over you. Some people get scared and stop what ever they are doing or others allow that deep passionate energy to flow through them- that energy, is your power. You can see it most clearly in dance when a dancer hits a particular point in a routine or is simply free-styling on the dance floor and all of a sudden it seems like they are blind to judgement or the people around them and they are dancing past their limbs, they are taking over the space and infecting everyone