One of the cornerstones of this fear-based society is disempowerment.
Those who are “in power”, whether you are talking about politicians, business leaders, religious leaders, spiritual gurus, teachers, and the like, have a responsibility to the people they lead, command, or otherwise represent. That responsibility is to be a guide, mentor, instructor, administrator, organizer, or what-have-you.
When they do that they have two options available to them. Empower the people…or disempower the people.
For the most part, spiritual gurus and teachers are empowerers. Unfortunately, politicians, business leaders, and religious leaders tend to be disempowerers.
What’s the difference? One who empowers lifts you up, gives you tools and resources to think, feel, and act for yourself and your own accord. Conversely, one who disempowers knocks you down, takes away tools and resources in order to direct your thoughts, feelings, and actions for themselves and their own accord.
Many, if not most, of the writers on Medium, and me, seek to empower people. I share the thoughts and ideas that I do not to take anything from you, but to give.
And that’s the other key difference between an empowerer and a disempowerer. Empowerment is giving, disempowerment is taking.
Givers versus takers
Chances are you know both givers and takers. The difference between these can be blunt or subtle, depending on the situation.
For example, let’s say your friend buys a box of candy. They are sharing their candy with you and others with zero expectation of repayment, they just want to share. The friend who shared their candy is a giver.
Now let’s say you have another friend who buys a box of candy. They offer to share their candy with you and your friends…but not until you chip in some money. In the end, they collect more money than they spent on the candy in the first place from everyone else. This friend is a taker.
This can also be applied to intangibles. You know people who give of their time freely with no expectations. But you also likely know people who give of their time but demand or cajole attention and recognition for what they have done.
The first kind of person gives from abundance and neither wants nor expects anything for their giving. The second kind of person gives from lack and scarcity, and wants and expects something for their giving. That is the difference between a giver and a taker.
Many takers disguise themselves as givers. Perfect example — sorry to get political here — President Trump. He has convinced a lot of people that he is giving them money, security, greatness, a better and safer nation where they will have more amazing lives.
But the truth is that all he is doing is taking for himself and his cronies. He is giving nothing but smoke and mirrors and taking money and security right form his supporter’s pockets. And then he is giving it to the people he claims he’s protecting them from — plus himself. That’s a taker.
The disempowered make poor choices
I know that’s a blunt statement, but I have yet to be able to disprove it. When people are disempowered they tend to look without, and as such make choices based on the influence of other people.
This is why people who do more harm than good to certain people still get elected by those people. They do not do anything to be an empowerer, they instead use lack, fear, and scarcity to make you look to them for answers. They appear to be giving you something, but the truth is that they are withholding far more than they are giving.
The sad part is that they have the power to empower. They could share knowledge, ideas, tangibles, and intangibles to help build people up and provide them with resources of varying sorts. But because of their own fear of losing THEIR power, they instead disempower.
Because this is a fear-based society, people tend to believe that lack and scarcity are far more common than abundance. Power is one of those things they think there is but a finite amount of. Yet that’s just not true. Especially because most power is fleeting at best, and largely illusionary.
For some, when they reach one of the pinnacles of power they will do everything they can to hold it as long as possible. Because they believe it is limited they guard it jealously, and tend to disempower people so as to keep it.
This is how you create mob mentality. This is where you get normally smart people to act against their best interests. Because they are fearful and disempowered they accept what they are given rather than analyze it for better.
Fear is a powerful and unfortunate tool used to influence, direct, and control the disempowered.
Only you control you
When I write about and talk about mindfulness, I am pointing out that you have the power within yourself to become aware of what you are thinking and what and how you are feeling. That, in turn, increases your awareness of the intent behind your actions, and where they may take you.
Mindfulness is the birthplace of empowerment. When you are aware of your mindset you become empowered to retain it, alter it, influence it, and even change it. You gain the tools you need to take full control of your life.
The only person in control of you and your life is you. Unless you cede that to another, you are in control — and even if you do grant control to someone else that is a choice that YOU made. It is not irrevocable, you can’t sell your soul and control to anyone else against your will. You have all the power when it comes to your thoughts, feelings, and actions.
This is the only thing you truly control in your life, admittedly. But it’s a lot. Your thoughts, feelings, and actions are part of the physical embodiment that is YOU. They are the root of that, the core, the soul if you will. So controlling it is really everything.
This is why empowerment matters. When you are empowered you can best direct your life. You can make choices and decisions for what you think, feel, and do. That is, when all is said and done, pretty much anything and everything that IS your life.
Empowerment can change the world
To change this fear and lack-based society into a reason and abundance-based society comes down to empowerment. Fear is disempowerment, reason is empowerment. Mindfulness makes you aware of the difference and helps you to make better choices.
There is no need for you to come to power in some way similar to the political, business, and religious leaders of the world to do this. You only need to become empowered for YOURSELF.
Why? Because when more people are empowered they become able to lead the way for others to become empowered. Consciousness creates reality, and consciousness is empowerment.
Become aware of what you are thinking and what and how you are feeling in the here-and-now. That will empower you. When you are empowered you can influence, alter, and change your life howsoever you desire to.
Further, when you are empowered that can help other people to find their own empowerment.
The empowered tend to make wise choices. Not perfect, certainly, but more wise and informed than foolish and duped. With that, empowerment can change the world for the better.
You are worthy and deserving of using your mindfulness to find and/or create the reality in which you desire to live. When all is said and done you matter, as does your empowerment.