We hear the word empowered a lot these days. But what does it really mean ?
Many of us have experienced dis-empowering situations in life that leave us feeling defeated, disconnected and scared.
However, empowered experiences have a completely different feel to them.
The best way that I can illustrate the meaning is by sharing what I have found in a process of self discovery and what I have witnessed in working with thousands of people.
I have learned THREE things:
1. A life experience that leaves one empowered allows a person to stand more confidently on their own two feet. This alludes to the fact that true empowerment comes from a yearning within your heart to be free to be your true self.
2. An empowering experience often has some kind of an initiatic quality in that one receives an invitation to walk through the fire in every sense in order to reap the benefits. Feel the fear and walk anyways. It feels like you are entering some new territory that is unknown and the unknown can be unnerving. However, the benefits of stepping up to the plate allow one to access a great jewel: wisdom.
2. More wisdom means there is more love, patience, kindness, compassion, inner peace, tolerance, care, hope, faith in oneself, faith in others and faith in the miraculous gift of life. Humility, Compassion and Gratitude naturally emerge when one is empowered. The result is a greater longing to help our fellow humanity and alleviate suffering. When we walk through the fire in life we deepen our connection to the reservoir of RESILIENCE that lives within which is infinite. Resilience literally means: to spring back into shape after being compressed.
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