Personal authority is the ability to validate one’s own thoughts and actions as good and true. It is the ability to choose and carry out intentions. Empowerment is, therefore, associated with developing self-esteem and ego strength. I think it is empowerment of the soul that offers a key to healing hearts and minds. When the impermanence of the body and the inherent unsatisfactoriness of ego goals becomes apparent, we are more likely to aspire to healing the soul. Empowerment as a free, autonomous individual requires accepting responsibility for oneself in the world and acknowledging the capacity to change oneself and to influence others. I have found that personal growth takes place rapidly when a person is willing to confront fear and take responsibility, not only for behavior, but also for thoughts, feelings and perceptions. Consistency and integrity are the foundations of personal power, whereas resistance to empowerment often manifests as inner conflict. When what one says or does is not in alignment with what one thinks or feels- the split between inner experience and outer expression causes stress and reduces self-esteem. Healthy empowerment is not achieved by will power or self-control. It is, rather, a function of self-awareness, acceptance and integrity…..Frances Vaughan
there is such a delicate line between giving up our power to faith and trust and taking responsibility for own well-being…..we are all victims somewhere….where are the shadows? where is the nurturing found for these soft underbellies of truth? we all bite our tongue, deny our knowing to keep peace, play nice….can we lead with a softness of the tree? deeply rooted yet moving with the challenges? our hands are always held in integrity’s gift of service….
we make our choices…..and then we wait for the stars to come out….
All things stir by night,
waking or sleeping,
conscious of the nearness of their ruin.
Only man makes himself illuminations
he conceives to be solid and eternal.
But while we ask our question and come to our decisions,
God blows our decisions out,
the roofs of our houses cave in upon us,
the tall towers are undermined by ants,
the walls crack and cave in,
and the holiest buildings burn to ashes
while the watchman is composing a theory of duration.
Now is the time to meet You, God,
where the night is wonderful,
where the forest opens out under the moon
and the living things sing terribly
that only the present is eternal
and that all things having a past and a future
are doomed to
I ask these useless questions,
I do not wait for an answer, because I have begun to realize
You never answer when I expect.
And now my whole being breathes the wind
and my hand is on the door through which I see the
The door swings out upon a vast sea of darkness
and of prayer.
Will it come like this, the moment of my death?
Will You open a door upon the great forest
and set my feet upon a ladder under the moon,
and take me out among the stars?
may the handsome skills we strive for so painstakingly, be surrounded
by the imagination of saints, warriors and the collective soul…..
In spite of all the enforced physical and mental primitiveness of the life in a concentration camp, it was possible for spiritual life to deepen. Sensitive people who were used to a rich intellectual life may have suffered much pain (they were often of a delicate constitution), but the damage to their inner selves was less. They were able to retreat from their terrible surroundings to a life of inner riches and spiritual freedom…..Victor Frankl