Understanding Power


I find myself turning to the volumes of Hillman on the bookshelf since his passing was annnounced. This from his Kinds of Power:

“The alchemist conceived his art to be one of operations with natural forces in such a way as to release the innate potentials locked up and waiting for articulation.  The symbol of this transformation from dumb and depressed inaction to maximum fulfillment of potential was gold.  All things, if properly tended, could become gold.  this alchemical analogy remains viable today for thinking about the application of power as an artful encouraging and releasing of power innate in others, maximizing through discretion, rather than direction. (pg. 210)

The misuse of power is so prevalent we can forget that the handling of the power which is ours to utilize is an essential task of every life.

Author: Richard Reeve

I'm the Senior Director of Development at Panthera, a global conservation organization committed to stemming the population decline of cats in the wild. I enjoy rural living with my wife Judith and our two children in the Catskill Mountains of New York.