Empowerment is a hot topic today. I was doing research for an article and found lots of comments about “empowerment.” Some focused on empowering women, teachers, schools, students, the poor, the under—whatever.
In my own reflections, I began to look at my intuitive scale regarding empowerment. Situations, cultures, even individuals can be “empowering” or “disempowering.”
How can we tell? How do we feel when we’re around them? Are we lifted up? Are we feeling (honestly) good about ourselves? Can we do more/better/different in the world around us because of being around them or learning from them or learning something that they are teaching us?
Do we feel weaker? Do we feel more isolated, alone, judged, incapable of movement or change? (We’ve been in a “disempowering” situation.)
I’m coming to realize that empowerment is similar to the concept of life. When something is alive, it is constantly growing. If it is not growing, it is in the process of dying.
When we are working on empowering ourselves and the people around us, we are alive and growing. When, for whatever reason, we find ourselves “disempowering” someone, we are disempowering ourselves and have stopped growing and lifting toward the Light.
Food for thought. Joel Montgomery