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Have you ever wondered why we are obsessed as a culture with superpowers in comic books and movies?

In this post, I’m going to tell you exactly why we are obsessed with superheroes, what my superpowers are, and how you can tap into yours to get exactly what you want.

You’re not going to want to miss this one, if you’re ready to be the superhero you were born to be…

There’s a common explanation among academics that superheroes represent a modern-day archetype like greek gods. They help us make sense of human dilemmas such as war, violence, triumph and death.

And they allow us to tap into one of the most basic human desires…our need to be extraordinary.

But what if that’s only a small part of the story.

What if you already had a superpower that would allow you to get anything you want, help everyone around you, and live an extraordinary life?

I can tell you without a doubt you do.

Now, it’s probably not going to make you fly just because you put on your underoos, or turn you into a green muscle-bound monster by hitting the MRI machine for happy hour, but your superpower will certainly allow you to achieve your greatest vision, and change the world in a very positive way.

We often associate superpowers and superheroes with a mythic, spiritual story of good and evil, and light and darkness.

Superheroes have to watch and learn from a higher perspective in order to act on behalf of the whole. In any superhero myth, a tragedy happens when they lose their higher perspective and act from a place of selfishness.

But make no mistake. They are allowed to have earthly desires. Superheroes get what they want. They are clear and focused and powerful. Because they know that not all desires are selfish. They are just a personal expression of your essential nature.

Take Superman for instance, he has a retreat center in the arctic so technologically advanced and enormous that Bill Gates’ glasses would shatter in envy. Batman lives in high society in a mansion surrounded by the most spectacular art in the world, Wonder Woman has a private jet that she’s cruising around the world in, while kicking ass as a feminist icon of strength and determination, Katniss Everdeen–yeah she’s one of my superheroes–completes her heroine’s journey by liberating others and discovering what she wants, a family, a life of freedom, and the willingness to fight for it.

My superpowers are very real. They’ve been with me my whole life. They have become pillars of my ability to create what I want and impact change in this world.

One of my greatest powers has been to listen deeply.

Not just to what other people are saying, but to have a felt sense of a message that comes from beyond myself. I can’t say I truly know where the message originates from. I only know that it’s not about me coming up with some game plan for my life; it’s about plugging into an unseen world that I don’t understand, won’t ever fully understand, but I know exists.

When I listen closely, I always know exactly what to do and how to do it. From this place, I get what I want, because it’s an expression of my essential nature.

When I was ready to meet my life partner, I listened and she arrived.

When I wanted a majestic house on an epic piece of land in one of the most competitive real estate markets, I felt a deep calling inside of me, stopped the spinning of the mind, and knew exactly how and where to find it.

When I wanted with all my heart to earn six-figures, to live an abundant life, I listened to how to do it, even though I was terrified I wouldn’t breakthrough…it happened.

This goes on and on.

Another superpower I was born with is my ability to see with the clarity of a crystal ball exactly how you see your role in the world, how you understand this world, you’re strengths and powers, your limiting narratives, how you defend yourself in this world to stay safe, and precisely how your inner wisdom can heal you, heal others and heal the planet.

To put it simply. I see you. And I love seeing you.

So, the million dollar question is what’s your superpower?

Do you know what it is?

Are you bringing it fully to this world?

Are you the superhero you were born to be?

If you want to get what you want, while healing the planet in the process, you’re going to have to fully become the superhero you were born to be. There’s just no way around this one.

So, here is a step-by-step approach to activate the superhero in you. These are the foundations that will allow you to fully step into your powers.

Well it’s not actually a step-by-step approach, because superheroes don’t take the stairs, they take a great, big fat leap even if it means falling flat on their face.

1. Body Mastery and Awareness:

Commit to a physical discipline that comes natural to you to gain a sense of mastery of the body. This can be yoga, fitness, cycling, swimming, martial arts, dancing, etc. See it through. I don’t care how many years this one takes. It’s probably going to be a work in progress and a lifetime journey.

Try not to channel switch. Find one thing that works and dig a deep well. It’s a commitment to truly understand and master presence and movement in the body. Without it, your superpower won’t have a strong enough vessel.

That’s why nearly all the superheroes have an extra-ordinary awareness of their body. It’s a vessel for an extraordinary power.

Now, you may already be there with your body.

But you may also think you are there and aren’t.

If you’re not relaxed as a wet noodle, steady as an ox in heat, movable and immovable, fearless of your worst nightmare, can feel love pulsating through your body, and your passion and fire and anger in your veins, then you’re probably just exercising. It has it’s place. But it’s not the top of mastery and presence within the body that I’m referring to.

2. Find a Platform:

You’re a superhero. You need a cause and a place to express it. Get completely clear about the cause that runs your entire life.

If you’ve paid attention to it, it’s usually a huge part in your career.

Make sure you have the right platform for your cause.

Are you reaching enough people? More importantly, are you reaching the right people?

Some superheroes are changing the planet one person at a time. Others are impacting millions, or even billions.

Where do you fit into this saga?

Find your place. Don’t hold back your voice, whether it’s with one other person or online or on a stage in front of thousands.

3. Know Your Superpowers

This part is actually simple. You were born with them. They’ve been with you your whole life.

Think about a time where something extraordinary happened to you or someone around you. If you’re thinking…nothing extraordinary ever happened to little old me, then put that aside for another conversation, because it’s not true.

Do you have a gift helping others?

Were you able to create something you never thought was possible?

Did you accomplish a goal that seemed unattainable?

Your superpowers got you there.

Ask people who are close to you. They know your superpowers better than you do. They see it in you every time they are around you. If they care about you, they will tell you exactly what your superpowers are and how you heal this planet everyday.

4. Live It!

Don’t let the world tell you you’re not a superhero.

Don’t let the world stop you from going after your desires like white on rice.

Don’t stop yourself from being the superhero you were born to be or you will never be content.

The superhero lives, breathes and is erupting inside of you. Even though there is a big beautiful world around us, the world and it’s people are suffering in horrible ways. She needs superheroes more than ever before. The people need superheroes more than ever before. That is why you’re here or you wouldn’t be reading this.  

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Keith Kurlander

Keith Kurlander is the founder of Higher Practice, a company dedicated to helping therapists achieve their highest potential in private practice. He has two decades of combined experience in business administration, group facilitation, teaching at the undergraduate and graduate level, yoga instruction and as a licensed professional counselor in private practice.

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