The army of the powerless — dedicated with love to all the haters :-)

I am just back from an acupuncture session, and wow did that jumpstart my vibe! I am feeling a zillion times better thank you very much.

Well, it’s been a while since we had A Course in Miracles moment, but clearly it’s time for some healing in this community. We’ve got a lot of gurus who are no longer talking to each other. We’ve got a lot of people reacting to each other, myself included. We’ve got a lot of hurt feelings going around, and guess where they originated? From all the hating.

So it’s time for some ACIM.

Why do people hate? Because they think it makes them powerful. They feel powerless, and it gives them some semblance of a feeling of control over the world. In truth, though, hate is a lack of power. Someone far wiser than me put it this way:

Frantic and loud and strong the dark ones seem to be. Yet they know not their “enemy,” except they hate him. In hatred they have come together, but have not joined each other. For had they done so hatred would be impossible. The army of the powerless must be disbanded in the presence of strength. Those who are strong are never treacherous, because they have no need to dream of power and to act out their dream. … This is no army, but a madhouse. What seems to be a planned attack is bedlam.

The army of the powerless is weak indeed. It has no weapons and it has no enemy. Yes, it can overrun the world and seek an enemy. But it can never find what is not there. Yes, it can dream it found an enemy, but this will shift even as it attacks, so that it runs at once to find another, and never comes to rest in victory. And as it runs it turns against itself, thinking it caught a glimpse of the great enemy who always eludes its murderous attack by turning into something else. How treacherous does this enemy appear, who changes so it is impossible even to recognize him.

Yet hate must have a target. There can be no faith in sin without an enemy. Who that believes in sin would dare believe he has no enemy? Could he admit that no one made him powerless? Reason would surely bid him seek no longer what is not there to find. Yet first he must be willing to perceive a world where it is not. It is not necessary that he understand how he can see it. Nor should he try. For if he focuses on what he cannot understand, he will but emphasize his helplessness, and let sin tell him that his enemy must be himself. But let him only ask himself these questions, which he must decide, to have it done for him:

Do I desire a world I rule instead of one that rules me?

Do I desire a world where I am powerful instead of helpless?

Do I desire a world in which I have no enemies and cannot sin?

And do I want to see what I denied because it is the truth?


The truth is that the only person we can hate is ourself.

The only person we can attack or criticize is ourself.

The enemy is always ourself.


It was way more fun when we were all friends.

We are far more powerful as a team.

So let’s forgive each other and let bygones be bygones.

About the Author:

Erika Awakening is a Harvard Law School graduate and former practicing attorney. She left the rat race to become a location-independent entrepreneur, holistic life coach, blogger, speaker, healer, and Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT tapping) expert. Erika Awakening is one of the world's foremost experts on eradicating limiting beliefs and lifestyle design on your own terms. Learn more about Erika Awakening

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  1. Anonymous #1,

    It’s not “dribble,” it’s “drivel.”

    If nothing else, we’re going to teach you English on this blog ;-)

  2. @ Anonymous 4:47 pm:

    “My brothers in salvation, do not fail to hear my voice and listen to my words. I ask for nothing but your own release. There is no place for hell within a world whose loveliness can yet be so intense and so inclusive it is but a step from there to Heaven. To your tired eyes I bring a vision of a different world, so new and clean and fresh you will forget the pain

  3. Anonymous says:

    i sense an ulterior motive here….an attempt to restore equity to your brand.

    it’s not gonna work. most of us are smarter than that.

  4. Anonymous says:

    so does entropy get back on the blog roll?

  5. Anonymous says:

    I'd like to copy and share Ben Paul's quote from above, if that's okay… as I look into the life of Barack & Michele Obama… I see such contentment… how can that be possible?

    A female I've known as a friend recently said to me, "oh, he and I are using each other to get to another place… and that's what friends do, they "use" each other

  6. Anonymous #1,

    I’m very glad to be the blog you love to hate. It’s still love, any way you slice it, so thanks for continuing to be a devoted reader :-)

  7. Have a good day.

    if a country is governed with tolerance
    the people are comfortable and honest
    if a country is governed with repression
    the people are depressed and crafty

    when the will to power is in charge
    the higher the ideals, the lower the results
    try to make people happy
    and you lay the groundwork for misery
    try to make people moral<

  8. Anonymous says:

    Disarming, surrendering our own inner weapons?
    A new source of protection?
    Regaining the “self” as the friend first?


  9. Anonymous says:

    What happened to your taking a break? I was looking forward to not having to read the dribble…

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