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THE IMPOWERMENT MOVEMENT

IM-POW-ER (v.)

:: To empower from within

:: To connect to a source of power within oneself


DID YOU MISSPELL EMPOWER OR WAS THE “I” INTENTIONAL?

Intentional!  “Impower” is an older, alternate spelling of “empower” that later went into disuse.  Our emphasis on the “I” of Impower represents the “Inner I” within everyone that is our true self.  This name reflect our belief that the true power to heal and change our lives is within.

WHY IMPOWER INSTEAD OF EMPOWER?

Names hold the power of our intentions, and so it was particularly important to Tabitha to pick a name that reflected the journey that she wanted to bring others on.

While looking at the origins of the word “empower,” Tabitha discovered an old Latin version that had been spelled with an “I” — and it had subtle but profound differences in meaning from its twin.

Originally, the Latin prefixes En, Em, and In were used interchangeably — however they actually had subtly different meanings.

En and Em meant the same thing, “To look or to come” and Empowerment came to mean power that was given but ultimately comes from or is looked for outside of oneself.

In, on the other hand, “denoted space and was defined as ‘into, onto; towards or against.'” In-powerment (or Impowerment as it came to be known) is a space of power within ourselves that we can go towards or against, but ultimately determines whether our life is one of grace or struggle.

Empowerment is an important form of support that we receive from parents, authority figures, gurus (teachers), religions, experts, healers, helpers and anyone who believes in us.  They see and mirror our inner gifts — often before we fully have realized them ourselves.  In fully seeing us, they give us power — like fertilizer onto a ripe seed.

However empowerment is only the first half the journey.

The second half, comes when we realize that we can trust the strength of our own inner potential and the map it has for our life.  It is a time when we become fully “rooted” in who we are and become more directly connected to our own inner wisdom.  When this happens, we are ready to “branch out” in a way that allows our gifts to be shared more fully with the world.

In other words, empowerment brings us to the door of transformation.  To be impowered means to walk through that door.  

Ultimately, impowerment asks us, “Do we live from a place aligned with our true SELF or not?”  And if not, it is a reminder that we can regain TRUE power by coming back to Source within ourselves.”

 

WHO WE SERVE

We support sensitive, heart-centered individuals who are ready to heal, live a bigger life, & make a difference.

We serve people who care about others and have a deep desire to serve and make the world a better place.  Whether you call yourself a healing arts practitioner, social worker, counselor, artist, social entrpreneur, visionary, parent, non-profit worker or educator, you see to improve our world, just like we do.

Likely, you clearly see the problems of the world and challenges others face.  And because you are perceptive enough to see this and you feel deeply, it is easy to feel overwhelmed or even “take on” the problems or emotions of others.  

You know you have gifts to share with the world and want to be able to develop the resilience and mindset that will allow you to thrive within your own life — personally, in your relationships, and your profession.  You know intuitively that you need to fill your inner well first, so that you can give with intention and from a place of true abundance and generosity.

You are a good fit for our community if you are seeking to live an inspired, extraordinary life in which you can be connected to your true self, purpose, and calling.  If so, we would like to invite you into our community of Impowered individuals.  Welcome!

WE BELIEVE

HEALING IS A JOURNEY, NOT A DESTINATION

Life itself is a healing process by which we become more of who we really are.

PLAY IS PRODUCTIVE

Let’s not take ourselves too seriously here…Creativity, humor, and imagination can break us open to new places that no amount of self-absorbed rigidness ever could!

UNIQUENESS WITHIN COMMUNITY

We celebrate the unique gifts and identity that each individual brings to our community. Together, we can mutually lift each other up to be the best version of ourselves and accomplish our dreams – while also bringing forth our gifts to make a positive impact on each other, our communities, and the world.

AUTHENTIC IS BETTER THAN PERFECT

Perfection is an idealized, external idea of what we think we SHOULD be or do – it often involves struggle and a lot of unnecessary stress. Relax!

“Success” is not about doing, rather it’s about taking action from a place of being our authentic selves. Only you can be your authentic Self and give life to your unique gifts – so there is no competition, no struggle, no test to take that makes you worthy. The world needs you EXACTLY because you are who you are. What a relief!

THE SOURCE OF OUR POWER IS WITHIN

We have a source inside of us that can help transform suffering into wisdom, challenges into growth, and that allows us to flow with change and crisis. How we make meaning of our life determines how we experience it.

IT’S TIME TO BRING THE WISDOM TRADITIONS OUT OF THE MOUNTAINS AND MONASTERIES INTO DAILY LIFE

It’s much easier to maintain equanimity when all your needs are taken care of and you are in a serene environment. The real test of spiritual practice is to exercise that muscle out in the “real” world.

We believe that it is not only possible, but also desirable to live a mindful, meaningful, joyful life right where you are.  This is the basis of our Pragmystic approach.

OUR VALUES

HONESTY & OPEN COMMUNICATION

INTEGRITY TO SELF & OTHERS

IMPOWERMENT VIA SELF-KNOWLEDGE

AUTHENTICITY & OPENNESS 

STRENGTH IN VULNERABILITY

SUPPORTIVE COMMUNITY

CELEBRATION & PLAY 

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