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.

  • The Per­se­cu­tor is the per­son who is thought to be the cause of the trou­ble. They are easy to iden­ti­fy as the fight­er in the fight. They are usu­al­ly the per­son believed respon­si­ble for some­thing that has hap­pened to a per­son, place, or thing. Some­times a per­se­cu­tor is not a per­son but some­thing more imper­son­al such as a dis­ease, eco­nom­ic down­turn, and the like.
  • The Vic­tim is the per­son doing the com­plain­ing and judg­ing. They believe the per­se­cu­tor has harmed them and they deny any respon­si­bil­i­ty for what has hap­pened to them – and take lit­tle respon­si­bil­i­ty, if any, for mak­ing it bet­ter.
  • The Res­cuer is some­times called an enabler. This per­son tries to make every­thing bet­ter. They are a fix­er. They believe they will be liked because of their good deeds in mak­ing every­thing bet­ter.

We present The Empow­er­ment Dynam­ic because it rep­re­sents a very con­cise way of under­stand­ing human strug­gle while offer­ing ideas for peace­mak­ing at the same time. We encour­age you to go to the Pow­er of Ted web­site and to study these pow­er­ful con­cepts. All who suc­cess­ful­ly learn the basics of avoid­ing the roles of per­se­cu­tor, vic­tim and res­cuer roles – and replac­ing them instead with the roles out­lined by David Emer­ald – will elim­i­nate at least 90% of the neg­a­tiv­i­ty in their lives. Min­i­miz­ing con­flict is foun­da­tion­al to spir­i­tu­al growth.

The Empowerment Dynamic and Spiritual Growth

Let’s be hon­est. Mys­tics strug­gle in their inter­per­son­al rela­tion­ships just like every­body else.  We are not immune to the crazy-mak­ing peo­ple in our lives any more than the next guy. Do not think that the ascend­ed mas­ters, such as Jesus the Christ, was afford­ed any less of life with­out inter­per­son­al strug­gle than you. They too strug­gled as they lived with peo­ple who did not under­stand them. In fact, the more spir­i­tu­al you become, the greater the gap between you and ordi­nary peo­ple. The wider this gap, the more skills you will need to man­age any con­flict that may arise. If you live on the plan­et, you must learn to get along with those around you. Con­flict makes or breaks a spir­i­tu­al per­son.

If you believe your­self to be advanced as a mys­ti­cal and spir­i­tu­al per­son, yet have con­tin­u­al dra­ma in your life with oth­er peo­ple, you are mis­guid­ed. You still have much growth ahead of you. You can­not hate oth­ers while claim­ing to love Source. We are all one. To hate anoth­er is to hate that aspect of Source. It is as sim­ple as that!

Getting Rid of the Drama

If you wish to grow spir­i­tu­al­ly, you must find ways of neu­tral­iz­ing the dra­ma in your life.  The Empow­er­ment Dynam­ic is an excel­lent way to do this. You may not be able to stop dra­ma from pre­sent­ing itself to you, but you can cer­tain­ly learn how to stop mak­ing things worse and cre­at­ing more neg­a­tive kar­ma. The peo­ple, places, and things in your life that caus­es you grief and dra­ma are here for a rea­son. They are your spir­i­tu­al tests. Will you pass them and ascend or will you con­tin­ue in low vibra­tion?

It is all well and good to read each of the lessons in the Meta­phys­i­cal Foun­da­tions series pub­lished on this web­site; how­ev­er, change will be slow, if at all, as long as you hold on to hate, neg­a­tiv­i­ty, and dra­ma. Study­ing meta­physics will change your life for the bet­ter, pro­vid­ed you fol­low the teach­ings. And as you fol­low these teach­ings, don’t for­get to explore things like The Empow­er­ment Dynam­ic so that you may learn how to live peace­ably with all!

The hall­mark of a pro­found­ly spir­i­tu­al per­son evi­dences itself as the lofty ideas of Divine Light trans­lates itself into the harsh prac­ti­cal worlds of neg­a­tive peo­ple!

Spiritual Intelligence

There is an intel­li­gence to spir­i­tu­al­i­ty. To be spir­i­tu­al­ly intel­li­gent, one must be able to suc­cess­ful­ly apply, in real life, the lofty prin­ci­ples they have learned. It is nev­er good enough just to under­stand the eso­teric prin­ci­ples – for that is no dif­fer­ent from the many reli­gions around us. Spir­i­tu­al­i­ty is not about swap­ping one set of uncom­pas­sion­ate ideas for anoth­er that is based on hid­den knowl­edge. It is about tak­ing the infor­ma­tion you gain and trans­lat­ing it into Divine Love to every per­son you meet – as best you are able. The mys­ti­cal forms we prac­tice is not about achiev­ing mag­i­cal super­pow­ers. It is about trans­form­ing our lives and those about us.  It is to make us effec­tive light­work­ers.

Elements of Spiritual Intelligence

Mys­tics should be work­ing towards these things.

  • From our point of view. we no longer have ene­mies. We may not asso­ciate with every­one we know, but we no longer hate or count any­one as an ene­my.
  • We stop judg­ing, blam­ing, and sham­ing – and espe­cial­ly so in pri­vate. To do so removes us from the role of per­se­cu­tor and vic­tim – the basis of two-thirds of all con­flicts. Instead, we focus upon the improve­ment of our spir­i­tu­al ener­gies.
  • Assume every­one has the poten­tial for pos­i­tive change. We recon­sid­er our will­ing­ness to reas­so­ci­ate with any who are not present­ly in our lives that allow Divine Love to make them bet­ter.
  • Find ways to rid your­selves of point­less dra­ma. We aban­don tooth-and-nail fights that serve only to prop up our pet­ty egos.
  • Notice the fre­quen­cy, dura­tion, and inten­si­ty of our dis­agree­ments. We learn tech­niques to low­er each of these ele­ments until con­flict becomes a rar­i­ty for us.
  • Make it a point to study peace­mak­ing and tech­niques such as The Empow­er­ment Dynam­ic. Mys­tics under­stand that the way we treat our fel­lows demon­strates love for the Divine.

It is our expe­ri­ence that a com­plete under­stand­ing of the lessons includ­ed in the Life as a Mys­tic series does much to bring the knowl­edge one needs to make sig­nif­i­cant progress in reduc­ing dai­ly life con­flicts.  As you learn more about why you were cre­at­ed, who you real­ly are, and The Secret that Changes Every­thing, you will come to see that most of the things you once val­ued served only to keep you asleep. Much dra­ma nat­u­ral­ly falls away as one becomes more ful­ly awak­ened – but not all. Part of the awak­en­ing process is to learn effec­tive ways of set­ting aside human-ego, so the Lux Ani­mae shines like the heav­ens!

To Learn More

To learn more about The Empow­er­ment Dynam­ic and Peace­mak­ing, we encour­age you to exam­ine the fol­low­ing links.

  1. Peace­mak­ers
  2. The Cen­ter for Non-Vio­lent Com­mu­ni­ca­tion
  3. The Pow­er of Ted