What is Impowerment?
(and other words)

GETTING ON THE SAME PAGE

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Sometimes things can get lost in translation – personally, culturally, and even between generations.

 

Other times, new translations (or even words) are needed to bring novel concepts into the conversation — especially during periods of great change, like now.

So if you are curious why I “misspelled” empowerment, or where some of these crazy words came from, you can find out here.

IM-POW-ER (v.)

:: To empower from within

:: To connect to an inner source of power for the purpose

   of resilience & anti-fragility.


ORIGIN: “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 a belief that the true power to heal and change our lives is within. But there is also a bigger story at play. Learn more by clicking HERE or on the image below.

PRAG-MYS-TIC (noun)

:: Someone who takes a practical approach to living inner wisdom out in the world.

:: One who sees objective science and psycho-spirituality as mutually balancing forces; whereby, scientific inquiry is led by soul and ethics, and psycho-spirituality is continually questioned and met with uncompromising honesty for the advancement of self and others.

:: A person with the ability to reconcile opposites within oneself and the culture. 

:: Someone who values the transcendence of polarization in self and society, in order to arrive at a new level of seeing and appreciating the strengths and weaknesses of all perspectives (similar to integral theory).

(May also be used as an adjective.)


WHY IMPOWER?  THE STORY.

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.”

 

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