POWER FROM WITHIN is a manifesto over two years in the making.
Through the power of choice, POWER FROM WITHIN espouses that we may each realize our potential, gifts, and purpose in life; unleashing our limitless potential and enabling every soul to truly thrive.
Part One: The Seeds
TOO MANY SOULS shall pass idly through life without blooming into their fullest and most vibrant of colors. The tragedy is not in the shortcoming alone, but that so few realize the extent of their unlimited potential.
For as long as I can remember, I have felt a strong connection to that which I can only describe as something beyond me―a source greater than my individual self.
My name is Dave Ursillo, and I call myself a writer.
I write less by choice than by necessity: each instance that I and others like me put pen to paper, we channel an unremitting drive to express sentiments that originate beyond, as if deeply engrained in a collective consciousness―some universal, human spirit.
To write is to escape; it is an outlet of release. Each strike of ink dispels the pressure like molten rock bursting from beneath Earth’s surface. If only for moments, the burden is lifted.
And as impassioned writers come together to share and improve their craft, on a much greater scale has the entirety of human civilization united over the course of history to collectively advance toward a greater tomorrow. We all are working amongst and on behalf of one another. Each individual contribution is shared by the greater whole―each individual setback is a setback for us all.
Thus, the ideas within the pages of this book feel less like “my own” than an equal possession of every man and woman who ever has and ever shall walk this place called Earth: I am not an inventor, I am not an academic, I am certainly neither a sage nor a clairvoyant; instead, I am an extremely ordinary young man living an ordinary life among millions of others quite like me.
And yet, for all that we as humans share―spanning that collective consciousness; our civilized progression toward an elusive and distant end-goal; and, finally, in our material and physical likeness―each and every individual being is completely exceptional and wholly unique.
No two are truly alike, and within our imperfect completeness, each human being naturally possesses an unlimited wealth of potential for inner growth and self-realization. All of these, when freedoms allow and as nurtured properly, lead to a human life’s greatest and most humble of aspirations: true happiness.
As each human being is unlimited in his or her potential and every soul is entirely and exceptionally one of a kind, I do suppose that this work—having been written by my hand—is in some way unique as well, for it is a piece of me.
And it is truly a piece of me: Power from Within is a short manifesto containing a series of deeply-rooted personal beliefs that I strive to live by. These theories are based upon self-discovery, compassion, and selfless giving, among others.
I can only hope that these principles may provide some inspiration or guidance―however major or minor―to readers who so choose to engage them. Of course, what is best for me may not be best for you.
Nevertheless, as of this writing, what I espouse in Power from Within I truly believe with all of my heart and soul. Even if my opinions, beliefs, and living philosophies change as I grow; this book, like all of my writing, will forever carry some part of me with it.
When a human being bears his soul unfettered, he hasn’t so little as a cage of ribs to safeguard his heart. He is vulnerable. Thus, he must be an idealist, or an ideologue, or something in between.
Such is the nature of any dream’s pursuit. There will always exist a caste of onlookers, critics and naysayers who chide a dreamer and say, “What a farce… what an ingrate… what a reject…”. Let them. For, a precious few who might fathom a dreamer’s strife shall stand by his forlorn side and say, “Nay, he is but a leader… a dreamer… a heretic… a renegade…”.
Part Two: The Soils
WITHOUT THEIR KNOWLEDGE or consent, Seeds of Life are strewn about the Earth: some land in rich soils, others arid wastelands. Although so much is beyond them, all that take root are meant to sprout―each bestowed some chance, however grand or slim, to grow most full.
Before we develop a conscious understanding about our world and the nature of life, we are born into a series of circumstances and living conditions that have been influenced beyond our control.
The very creation of our lives was facilitated by others and dictated by chance―a process begun wholly beyond us.
Born a mere fraction of a greater whole, we grow older knowing little but what is before our eyes: a physical environment, a social core, a series of living conditions. With time, we slowly gain greater cognizance of what is around us.
We gradually understand that people, places and things interact as parts of something much larger.
However, we only go so far as to associate our unique surroundings as a representation of the entire status quo: what we see as life is life, and not just for those within our range of vision, but for all who live.
Whether privileged and comfortable or severely disadvantaged and struggling just to survive, the circumstances that we understand to affect the majority within our scope of vision become what we identify to be the terms under which all people live. We innately deduce that that which affects our lives must equally affect the living experiences of everyone else, as well.
It is naïve. But perspective, as they say, is everything.
To the children of suburbanite America, life ebbs and flows between regimented education and limitless imagination: the confines of school and freedom of play. Each material comfort is as natural as the sun that shines. Vibrant, green grass is plentiful and lonesome, serving in wait to be graced time and again by small, swift feet. This is their world.
To the children of the slums of Calcutta, life ebbs and flows between suffering and stagnancy; sickness and death. Rubbish lines cramped dirt streets like heaps of hay; children frolic among them as obstacles in games of hide-and-seek. Puddles of human waste seep into stale channels of water that are used for washing and drinking all the same. This is their world.
Were it the choice of the seeds alone, they would surely be strewn upon lands of richness and fertility; of peace and tranquility.
Alas, the circumstances of our creation―the very decision that we should be born at all―are forever beyond our control. We have no ability to choose how, why, where or by whom we are brought into this worldly existence. To some, the boundaries and limitations that confine each human being’s creation might appear to be a most great injustice.
However, no matter what soils we are obliged to sprout and live, unlike mere seeds themselves we humans grow into maturity possessing a unique gift―a most powerful tool―that serves to equalize every injustice that we are born into.
This gift is possessed by all human beings and holds the capacity to alter anything in our lives and the lives of all those around us: the power of Choice.
Part Three: Choosing to Bloom
WE ARE BUT SEEDS! Within the confines of a shell so small lies a wealth of potential for growth and color. To sprout was beyond our will, but to bloom is by our choice alone.
Human beings are exceptionally unique as free-willed creatures.
And though heavy boots of totalitarians and tyrants may march upon our soils, pressing seeds and sprouts and flowers of life into submissive restraint, they can never―and have never―succeeded in wholly conquering the Free Will of the human spirit.
Even amid history’s most horrible instances of mass murder and genocide has the determination and free will of the human spirit persevered to overcome despotism:
- The dark age of slavery gave way to a new nation based upon equal rights and freedoms for all.
- The Jewish Holocaust claimed the lives of millions, and yet failed to shatter the spirits of millions more who chose not to quit but to fight on, to survive, to outlast that tyranny.
Indeed, beyond the litany of differences that characterize the circumstances of our births and the environments we grow into―spanning time, social and political conditions, and physical location―as human beings, the possession of the power of Choice ensures that our potential is always as equal as it is equally unlimited.
Beyond the inequality of the conditions of our lives, the power of Choice is an equalizer―a inherently human force that grants each human being an identical and incredible power.
We are but seeds!
And the gift of life entitles us to something greater than what is merely before our eyes. This existence, this physical form, is rich with much that is hidden in plain sight. A wealth of gold greater than ten-billion suns is there for all to see, if we merely obtain new sight and view it.
Our happiness, our inherent longing for fulfillment in life, can be discovered in limitless forms and places―our individual and collective happiness can be embodied and achieved in unlimited ways.
The foundation for happiness and worldly fulfillment is already and always in place; all that is needed is wholly within.
This is our gift, our privilege―humanity’s greatest asset. This is our power from within.
By the power of Choice, the child of suburbanite America can one day reach the slums of Calcutta to tend to the sick and educate the illiterate. By the power of Choice, the child of Calcutta can one day raise his family from the destitute wastelands of poverty to the comfortable soils of prosperity, opportunity and new life.
Of course, Choice alone does not ensure success. The battle is hardly an easy task, and embarking upon a dream’s pursuit does not guarantee the journey will ever be made complete.
Nevertheless, Human Will ensures the equal ability of all human beings to harness the power of Choice and pursue any dream or goal. No dream is ever made real without first the choice to pursue it.
Regardless of what hindrances and injustices hamper our happiness in life, the power Choice always remains an equalizing force that can change our lives for the better―so long as we choose to let it. As Lao Tsu wrote ages ago, “The journey of 1,000 miles begins with one step.”
No matter how distant the vision or dream, nothing but choice can begin the pursuit itself. As human beings, the power of Choice is already and always within us. Any amount of power that we think we might require to pursue happiness and achieve fulfillment can come wholly from within.
We did not choose to be brought into this life, but we can choose how to live it. A litany of circumstances brought us here, influenced by the choices of others and further dictated by chance. Beyond our decision and control, others have obliged us to sprout and to grow.
Nevertheless, from this moment forward―regardless of who we are, what we do or where we live―the choice to grow, to thrive, to truly flourish in life may only be made real by our decision alone.
We must choose to bloom.
Part Four: Branch Out
WE DO NOT BLOOM for the sake of bearing our colors alone. To choose to bloom is to take up a new and most great purpose in life: beyond the self, on behalf of others. To bloom into new, brilliant color can reverberate with an unbelievable and limitless effect throughout history, for all time. Choose to bloom only if you dare to forever better the world.
A flower blooms to nurture life and continue the existence of its species. As human beings, the survival and perpetuation of our species is analogous, but our purpose in life is hardly so confined.
Modern science has only just begun to confirm what our species has long suspected: the emotion of happiness radically benefits a human being’s quality and length of life. One person’s happiness can go so far as to infinitely improve the quality and length of the lives of others around him or her, as well.
All human emotions, behaviors, attitudes, and lifestyles are literally contagious―they both subtly and overtly influence and affect the lives of the men and women who live among and around us in our social circles.
As the implications of our attitudes and behaviors can radically alter and affect the lives of those we live among, to strive to better our inner selves means to strive to benefit the lives of everyone around us.
To intently practice to be a better and happier person―to bring out the very best of our unique personalities, talents, gifts, and passions―is not selfish, self-serving, self-centered, or egotistic. To harness power from within is to strive to radically change our world:
- to influence goodness in the lives of those around us by our example;
- to invite the very best in others to emerge and flow forth;
- to live a giving, humble, and compassionate life among our neighbors and in our world as selfless, quiet leaders.
The nature of humans before civilization was simply to survive. The nature of human beings in civilization is to go beyond survival—it is to thrive. To bloom is to harness an amazing power nestled deep within your human core. Call it your Spirit, call it your Soul, call it whatever you will.
Within the heart of each human being, there lies a seed of Hope. Within that seed endures a wealth of potential for happiness and fulfillment―and not just for yourself, alone; but for each and every person whose life you touch.
What we do individually, in this life, and collectively as a human species will pass on to generations after us and reverberate throughout history. What we do individually, within ourselves, can profoundly transform the world.
Part Five: Bear Your Colors
TO BLOOM IS NOT to bear our colors for ourselves alone. To bloom is to nurture a pollen of love, of compassion; to cultivate the nectar of our talents, gifts and passions. To bloom is to foster the colors of our individuality and our uniqueness from deep within. We choose to bloom so that others whom we encounter―even the strangers who pass us by―might carry with them what we offer, and they to others, infinitely throughout time.
We choose to bloom not because it is easy, but because the benefits are indisputably real.
That “living” would be forced upon us beyond our choice would appear to be a great injustice. Who is to decide that we should live but ourselves?
And that so many Seeds of Life should be strewn into lands of poverty and pain and suffering, and entirely against their choosing, would seem to be a most harsh and undeserved punishment! But in this world, few things are so overly simplistic.
Life is a precious gift. It is rare, it is fleeting; each instance of life is special, every human soul is unique.
Having been born into this world without any say or opinion is no burden; it is a great miracle, rife with so much opportunity and chance should we muster the courage to embrace it all.
Out of hundreds of billions of genetic possibilities—a conceivably limitless combination of factors, combinations, influences, causes and effects that could have birthed anyone else… it was you who was born.
Against the greatest odds, you have been bestowed this privilege. Along with that gift, there comes some responsibility―though many are not afforded the liberty to embrace it, and others who may instead choose to neglect it. Although our individual perspectives are confined within the walls of our own minds, we don’t live and die within the confines of our own individual worlds.
The effect of our individual lives reverberates through everyone around us: our families, our friends, our neighbors, our coworkers, and the strangers living among us.
What both benefits and hurts us necessarily benefits and hurts all those whom we encounter. And not just those souls with whom we personally interact, but others who they interact with that very day, and tomorrow, and forever–throughout time. As our lives impact and effect everyone around us, the gift of life also requires us to uphold an important responsibility to live this life most fully, and upon our own terms:
- to follow our hearts;
- to do in life what our spirits call us to pursue;
- to both believe in and live for the betterment of others;
- to go beyond our mere survival… to truly thrive from within.
We may choose to live this life immersed in our world and among all its people, or die having lived in spite of them. The latter is perhaps the greatest regret of all; the former promises a wealth of richness and joy that can–and shall–forever flourish.
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