Empowerment – Everybody Talks About it; What’s it Mean to You?

Empowerment - Everybody talks about it

Empowerment – Everybody talks about it

Nancy Smeltzer, MFA

Empowerment is a term that you hear a lot about these days. It’s used in business settings, helping students’ self-esteem, and bolstering movements and trends of all kinds. It’s also used on countless sales pages for various events and courses that promise to leave you in an empowered state. But what does it really mean? I suppose there are as many different interpretations as there are people who use the term. Here are some of my thoughts on the subject.

Wikipedia defines it as the following….” Empowerment refers to increasing the economic, political, social, educational, gender, or spiritual strength of individuals and communities. The article goes on to talk about how marginalized factions of society often use this term, or those others who don’t feel as if they have much personal power. Yet, most of the countless workshops that I’ve attended that were supposed to “empower” the participants, left little more than the “workshop glow”. For me, that term applies to that good feeling that you have during the weekend’s activities and hopefully, for a time afterwards. However, for myself, I’ve found that if I didn’t change the underlying causes of feeling disempowered. little lasting change happened.

Various activities are often used to give you the sense of personal power, and my take is whatever works for someone, than use it. However, for myself, I’ve found affirmations, a technique that is often used, to be one of the least effective ways to achieve a desired goal. When I say, “I am strong, and capable of all things I desire” (an example of an affirmation), I find that while my intellectual brain may be buying into the phrase, my gut or reptilian brain is saying “No way; I’m too scared!” and puts on the brakes. As a result, while on the surface, I might feel powerful, underneath, there’s that hidden script that’s fear driven that’s running the show. Sometimes, it’s so hidden, that I may not even know it’s there unless I do some real digging.

Lately, I’ve been finding true power for myself by throwing me into situations where I have to face my unknown fears. One example are those chaos funnels that the past few postings have been about. Sometimes, I know what the issue is that is swirling around me, and sometimes, I don’t. It’s during those times when I don’t know what’s causing the fear that I just literally let the winds swirl around me and try to avoid “analysis paralysis” trying to figure out the cause. If I need to know any of the reasons for the fear, the Universe will show me. Otherwise,the healing goes faster if I don’t try and figure things out.

So, whatever empowerment means to you, if your style of achieving it works for you, then by all means continue with it. There are many, many ways to achieve the same goal. If however, you feel stuck, and going in circles, then contact me and let’s see if we’d be a good match to work together.    nsmeltzer@transitionportals.com – 410-730-7413

 What are some of your favorite ways that you’ve use to feel empowered? How long did those feelings last for you?

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About Nancy Smeltzer

I'm passionate about long distance spiritual and alternative healing, having had a successful practice now for over ten years. My clients work with me over the phone and on Skype from all over the USA and Canada, as well as Switzerland, Russia, and Australia. I specialize in helping people heal their negative repeating patterns of behavior and remove the stuck energy in their unconscious minds. By doing that, they can quit going round and round in circles,. repeating the same mistakes, and move forward to having the life of their dreams. Besides my holistic healing practice, I've also been professionally creating art quilts and other fiber arts for over 30 years. My specialty is contemporary beaded art quilts. On my web site, I bill myself as the "Self Proclaimed Button and Bead Queen of Maryland (USA)." My recent works have images that are based on what I see when I tap into a person's energy field and are called Meditation Gardens. These visionary art pieces are the perfect place for that person to play and meditate. In my spare time, I'm a rabid, avid "dirty nails" gardener, composing scenes with plants. Sometimes, I come inside so dirty that my clothes have to go straight into the washing machine; they're too dirty for the dirty clothes hamper! -The Official Google + site for Nancy Smeltzer
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