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. firstname.lastname@example.org – 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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