Running on Half Power

Beauty in hidden places- Mammoth Cave, Kentucky – 2012

When we returned from a wonderful vacation to the Appalachians this last weekend, we came home to a surprise.  The sacred space of our home had only half the power that it normally does because of powerful winds from a thunderstorm that we had thankfully missed while driving home.  It was 9pm and dark and very hot when we arrived home, and I wasn’t exactly thrilled to arrive home to this problem.

I had never had half of the power go out before.  Unfortunately, it was the half of the power that controlled air conditioning and the refrigerator. It ended up taking a day and a half for the power to come back again.

Running on half power was an interesting metaphor to consider in the context of enchanted journeys and sacred space.  Here are some of the insights that came to me that might resonate with you as well:

  1. We have come to believe and expect that certain conditions need to be in place to consider a space to sacred or enchanted.  Sometimes we need reminders for how enchanted the world still remains without our modern conveniences.
  2. Often after we complete an enchanted journey or project or big accomplishment in our life, we are running on half power for a while, and need to give ourselves permission to slow down.
  3. When we try to speed up my life too much, sometimes impediments beyond our control can come into out path.  They seem to be there to help us discover different types of enchantment and sacred space.

For our family, it seemed like the universe wanted us to slow down a bit more before we returned to regular life.  We ended up spending another night in a local hotel and swimming in a pool for another day.  When our power was not working, a local Hampton Inn was sacred space for us.

We can choose enchantment and find sacred space when delays, illness, power outages, and the vast array of frustrations in life force us to change our plans, sometimes in uncomfortable ways.

Daily Contemplation:

Is there any place in your life where running on half power is actually a blessing for you, perhaps leading you to find or create a new kind of sacred space?

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12 thoughts on “Running on Half Power

  1. thelastsongiheard says:

    Sorry to hear your news… but happy to see you looking on the positive side. You’ve written some very thought provoking words here :)

    I still need to read your book… it’s still on my Tab, on my “to do” list… but I will definitely read it :)

    • Karen Wan says:

      Thanks, and glad you’ll be reading the book. The most powerful part of my book, like my blogs, is the questions in it. In each of my journal books, I’m trying to offer some provocative questions that can shift a person and move us forward. I use my own books for myself too, so it may be time for me to go back and ask myself the questions in Writing Your Destiny again. :)

  2. Juanita says:

    Thanks for this great post, Karen. You have a wonderful way of seeing the beauty and mystery in all that life brings you. I particularly enjoyed the metaphor of running on half power and could relate to the insight you shared about permission to slow down after completing something big. Sometimes it is these sorts of situations and ‘running on half power’ that allow us to access the sacredness and mysteries of the spaces in between.

    • Karen Wan says:

      Thank you so much Juanita. I didn’t always have this approach, but as I have grown older I can see and respond to the beauty and mystery in life more readily. I’m still running on half power and enjoying the quieter days after an enchanted journey. :)

  3. heavenhappens says:

    I am finding my new forever friend, Dayna the Dachsund is helping me slow down and run on half power – she really knows how to stretch out and relax – it is beaitufl to watch.

    • Karen Wan says:

      My life is so much more sacred because my dogs are part of it. I can definitely relate to your experience. It’s lovely to hear that you are blessed to have Dayna as a forever friend in your life.

  4. sarafoley says:

    I think the message is pretty loud and clear – your holiday needed to be a day longer! It’s amazing how our outer world mirrors our inner world so precisely :)

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