Community – Why Your Power Is Really In Your Network

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There are just 5.763 degrees of separation between you and any other person on earth, and that number is shrinking. The dwindling degrees of separation between you and everyone else on the planet are not only making our interconnectedness more tangible, they’re playing an important role in helping us realize our true power.

The internet, and the many social media platforms available, are making it exponentially faster and easier to connect with one another. So easy, in fact, that the time it takes to turn one person’s idea into a full-scale movement is getting quite short.

It’s not surprising that the Egyptian government quickly cut their citizen’s access to the internet during the recent uprising. They knew that the real power for transforming the culture was in the connections between people. Shutting down the internet was a strategic way to try to slow down the movement.

If you’ve got a great idea that you think can help a lot of people, you’re less than 6 connections away from the key person or group that can help you realize your vision.

All you’ve got to do is start by looking within your own network of friends, colleagues and acquaintances — your own community — to find out who’s got a connection to someone and off you go.

Buckminster Fuller once said, “Don’t try to make or move anything.”

In other words, Don’t try to push an idea, a philosophy, a business or product into the world when there’s already a network of connections that can help it effortlessly expand and grow. The secret to your true power isn’t exerting energy and action while looking “out there” to try to make things happen, it’s looking “within” and seeing the connections that already exist, and then taking conscious action.

Looking “within” means both within your community of people and within the inner-network of your mind and body to discover what’s already there waiting for you.

Through this process you’ll begin to realize that community isn’t something that you have to go out and create, it’s something that you wake up to. It was there all along, you just had to discover that there’s nothing “out there.” Your power in every sense, lies within.

Learn about a series of mind/body exercises for connecting within, so that you can connect in the outer world more easily.


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Santa Cruz Chiropractor Dr. John Amaral has helped thousands of people from over 50 countries transform and awaken to more meaningful and purposeful lives. Follow him on twitter at @johnamaral