An inherent feature of social conditioning is the requirement of conformity and passive submission to authority structures. While undoubtedly this is necessary for example during childhood and to maintain some semblance of order and structure in society authority does have some downsides to it, namely that it conditions people to rely on belief systems to do their thinking and there is a certain amount of disempowerment involved as such conditioning also works against the natural processes of enlightenment.
Some degree of structure and order is necessary for a society or community to function and children also need authority and discipline as part of their upbringing. In terms of enlightenment, thinking and especially creative thinking there has to be a starting point which needs to be structured and ordered to serve as a model or example.
The basic principle of universal law.
The basic principle of universal law is that creativity and interaction is a fundamental condition for existence for it provides balance, harmony, and creates structure and order. Energy is all about power and power dynamics, therefore creativity and interaction is all about power and having power and control over one's environment and everything in it. Genuine power is energetic in nature, it is expansive and because tyhe more creative and interactive you are, the more creative and interactive you become.
However genuine power - i.e. creative power - comes out of balance and a genuine desire to share power with others and promote freedom. This means that power and authority which is based on universal law is all about empowerment, about sharing power, and it is very much about enlightenment, about truth, about morality, and about inspiration. Recognizing this sort of power is instinctive because it is power which illuminates and provides insight, and it is through that insight that inspiration can be more readily accessed and achieved.
Disempowerment - the downside of authority.
Authority which is not based on universal law can also be immediately recognized, because it disempowers and is based on higher frequency fear energy. This authority is based on a different law - the law of the jungle. The authority of the lion for example, is based on the fact that it is a very large cat, equipped with claws and teeth, and lives in prides. The lion gets its power through fear energy, threats, and the mere presence of a lion is enough to cause other animals to avoid it and take cover.
Contrary to popular belief human beings are not that much more evolved than other wild animals. In many cases authority is a case of 'I have more power than you, and you must do as I say, or else..'.
There is a popular misconception that money gives you power. Certainly it gives you more economic power and and the ability to spend money to obtain things, but let us not forget that money is an artificial social construct based on assigning an arbitrary monetary value to a physical object or an activity and having another arbitrary set of values to pay for it. It is not real, but is something created out of thin air by banks, governments and financial markets. All money is created out of a fictitious exchange and an equally fictitious debt against which a currency is given it's value relative to other currencies and what it can be used to buy.
Authority which disempowers isn't real authority. It's just authoritarianism.
Authoritarianism isn't about power at all, but is about the illusion of power or in some cases, the delusion of power. Vladimir Lenin perhaps unwittingly explains the fundamental concept of authoritarianism - the absence of truth. In fact it is belief presented as truth which defines authoritarianism, and numerous examples of this can be found in politics and religion which most people regard as genuine authority.