Spirituality and The Empowerment Dynamic

The Empowerment Dynamic

Strug­gles with your fel­low­man is the same as strug­gling with the Divine. The peo­ple you hate are just as sure­ly divine as you. If you want to grow spir­i­tu­al­ly, stop the dra­ma and stop it now.

The Empowerment Dynamic

The Empow­er­ment Dynam­ic (TED*) is an orga­nized way of study­ing human inter­per­son­al con­flict orga­nized by David Emer­ald and Don­na Zajonc. Its con­cep­tu­al frame­work is sim­ple and includes a cre­ator, a chal­lenger, and a coach. These roles are a more pos­i­tive way of study­ing the vic­tim,  per­se­cu­tor, and res­cuer con­cepts first put for­ward by Stephen Karp­man in his con­cep­tu­al frame­work of the Dread­ed Dra­ma Tri­an­gle (DDT). If all of this sounds a lit­tle too dif­fi­cult – it isn’t.  Here is an easy way to remem­ber this dynam­ic.

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Be a Spiritual Sovereign

Spiritual Sovereign
Being a Spir­i­tu­al Sov­er­eign requires that you break the chains that hold you back.

The most impor­tant change for good that any of us can make is to declare – then fol­low through – that we are a Spir­i­tu­al Sover­eign. This is the key to awak­en­ing.


A spir­i­tu­al sov­er­eign is that rare per­son who decides for them­selves what is right and true in all mat­ters. They are respect­ful of other’s opin­ions, the tra­di­tions of soci­ety, and pre­vail­ing reli­gious views. How­ev­er, they real­ize that they, and they alone, are respon­si­ble for the choic­es they make. Their deci­sions are not made accord­ing to enlight­ened self-inter­est but upon the lead­ing of Divine Light – as best they under­stand it.

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