2/9/02 9am -9:15
From where does anyone derive authority? While it may appear it is given by conditions, by those we are surrounded by in life, in fact, authority comes from the inner will of the person given the energy to conduct.
It is not, as assumed simply the result of human collaboration and concurrence. But in fact, authority is given to those who want it, desire it, draw it to themselves and once having it, dispersing it. The word delegation is often used as a practical term for partnered development by groups. Delegation is an energetic expression of what authority has a necessity to do to continue increasing the flow of energy that supports the authority and its successful manifestation.
Thus, if one wants to have an opportunity to manage an action, a group work, or a private enterprise, authority comes from being able to disperse the energy that connects the act to the intention. Authority is increased by a sharing. That is how the philosopher king uses power.
A more detrimental type of authority however, is most often expressed on earth. It is not about authority, it is about control. They are not the same thing. Control is an aversion to empowerment of other where as authority, in terms of purpose, is to empower others.
When one is in a position of authority and instead uses it to control, there is a contraction of the flow of energy necessarily, as it is an expression of ego rather than soul. it is why totalitarianism can be at first cloaked as authority sharing power, and later contracted to curtail freedom of choose. It is why, in fact, socialists regimes can easily become fascist economies. They begin with allocated authority prospering by shared resource, and often degenerates into authority seizing control, limiting the creative expression of community unfoldment.
Thus, those given authority are wise to share control. In fact the more lateral the expression of authority, the more expansive the forms that usher from it. The explicit difference between the two, having authority, being the author of an action so to speak, and having control over it, are very different aspects of the manifesting principles at work in civic affairs and personal relations.
Those in positions of authority, should be very clear about how it differs from control. The former, authority, emanates from a desire for wisdom , the other from will applied to intention.
The individual, though, who becomes an authority of their own life, and in control of their own actions, becomes self realized. Thus a soceity that can balance the purpose of authority and control can become a group realized society.