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Love and Power

I’ve been creating a wish flag this morning at a workshop with Marie Laywine in Abbotsbury. It was an incredibly peaceful process that used the power of connection and visualisation to intuit that which needed to be expressed most. While I was there though, I came across a leaflet about the Champernowne Trust for Psychotherapy and the Arts and on it’s cover was a quote I thought I’d share.

“Logically, the opposite of love is hate …. but psychologically it is the will to power. Where love reigns, there is no will to power; and where the will to power is paramount, love is lacking …. Life is born only of the spark of opposites.” CG Jung CW7.78

This really resonated with a conversation I was having last night with a couple of very close friends. We were expoloring the need for some people (and nations) to have dominion over others and came to the conclusion that it was because love wasn’t possible in the world that they inhabit, because to ‘love’ is to be seen as ‘weak’ in their eyes. What’s intriguing is how often we see this replicated in the interactions between nations.

And yet, it isn’t that one (love or power) is better (or worse) than the other; simply that there needs to be a balance between the two which will enable each to be expressed authentically and wholly within the individual (or nation).

Here ends my ‘thought for the day’ – it’s now time to put the thinking cap away and go for a walk and then eat lemon and ginger roast chicken.

For more about creating your own wish flag – go see Abbotsbury during it’s Arts Week.

Linda Parkinson-Hardman

Transformational counsellor, coach and women's health advocate. Professionally I'm an information scientist who specialises in change management, culture change and adoption of digital technologies in large enterprises and organisations. I am a writer and author of nine books to date, and I've edited a further seven; phew what a lot for a Thursday afternoon :-)

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