Power within makes us feel calm and whole.
It allows us to be assertive, but not aggressive.
Power over is a form of aggression, intimidation, and control over others.
When one has true power, it makes us free, whereas always feeling the need to control others take away our own power.
True power involves taking responsibility for our choice and action: it involves establishing and maintaining boundaries: it involves inviting change, and it involves taking risks.
Many of these innovative changes overlap when we begin to implement a new attitude toward old experiences. Challenging our old belief system is not as easy as it sounds.
Those beliefs are familiar, they are old friends. It is difficult to let them go.
It is important to challenge old beliefs and to take small steps towards change.
Taken from: Primal Wound - Nancy Newton Verrier