Empowerment

Be the change you wish to see in the world.Who will make a change Gandhi

Global empowerment is my mission; via learning how to empower yourself, your community, and your world. This mission is accomplished through playing The Power Game.  The game is a realistic scenario based educational game to help educate you about personal, community, and socio-economic power. More importantly this game helps you answer the question:

What happens when we all lose?

I invite you to get in on the action… and come play the power game to find out.

Power is something that everyone wants to have… but everyone can’t.
Tariq Mubarak (an insight from one of the power game players) 

Spirituality of power is an unexplored research area.  Similar to spiritual elements, power is infinite… just as individuals gain insight into their spirituality they realize they have more in depth consciousness to cultivate. The same is true for power, once individuals determine they are powerful they realize additional spheres of influence where they are not exercising power but could.  As your consciousness around power increases, those you influence directly or indirectly also become empowered as they learn how to empower themselves by watching your transformation. 

Power sharing and heterarchical power

Let’s explore that undefined space between power over and power to where we choose to remove the dependency on top-down hierarchical power dynamics to guide our will. Instead of remaining in a battle of acceptance of or rebellion against powerful forces; individuals can step away from power dependencies and detach. In detachment power still exists, but not in relation to other powerful beings. Through detachment, individuals transcend power dynamics via objectivity, removing cognitive dissonance, and increasing coping abilities. Alternatives to power dynamics allow us to overcome hierarchical power schemas and transition to heterarchical or power sharing models similar to a spider web or a Rubik’s cube of power.  These web or cube like inter-dependencies are complex to navigate, learning to play with power safely in this game, helps you expand your understanding and application of power.

Empowerment is Life

Power, empowerment, and participation are often popular topics in current social psychology academic journal articles especially when discussing international development. However, in the discipline of psychology, power is rarely discussed explicitly. One of the assumptions of my research is that power is an underlying theme prevalent in most psychological dialog yet, few articles acknowledge power directly or discuss it in depth. In psychology, a moment of consciousness is described as a feeling of epiphany or is commonly called an a-ha moment. This moment is better described, as an overwhelming sense there is an immutable “power over” us that suddenly and permanently transforms to an unmistakable felt sense that we actually have “power to” take control over any situation. Once this shift takes place, we feel lighter and there is no sense of loss. When there is a “power over” dynamic present, there is a sense of loss on both sides. The individual in the “power over” role feels burdened and isolated with responsibility while the individuals below the “power over” role can feel safety and security while participating in a stable power structure, however they often experience loss of control, autonomy, and a lack of resources. For example, in a classroom or game the “top student or winner” feels alone and envied for owning all the resources and responsibility, but the “losers” often feel less than and the acute suffering of lack of resources and freedom.

 

What happens when we all lose?  Come play and find out…