How would you answer me if I asked you, “Who are you?” Would you tell me your job title, family relationships, education, nationality and possibly even your social economic status? If you believe this self image is who you actually are then your IRP, internal reference point, is your ego, the source of the self image. Along with this belief comes many problems. The ego thrives on duality, me verses the world, and responds based on fear and insecurity. It seeks power to control, strives for others’ approval and becomes attached to people and things in which it has invested itself. It is constantly changing and always telling you to look to the future for happiness and fulfillment in the next relationship or possession. Yes, you need your ego to function is this world and provide for yourself and your family but it doesn’t have to be your IRP.
If you are meditating regularly you will find your IRP shifting from your ego to your soul. You realize that you are spirit who possesses a body and mind for the time being and who needs to look after them and control them. You discover that your witness over your body and mind grows stronger everyday and with it comes finer degrees of control over your thoughts, feelings and visualizations. This is true “Self Power” based on divine support. You realize you are one with nature and the universe, a cell in the body of God. You are immune to criticism, don’t need others’ approval and unafraid of challenges. You accept each day as it is and act passionately to achieve your desires but leave the results in God’s hands, remaining unattached. Your self love grows until it overflows bonding others to you. This is living in Soul Consciousness.