What is personal empowerment?

What does it mean to be empowered? What does that word conjure up for you?
Personally and many years ago I had associated it as filling oneself with powerful feelings, being higher than…, being in authority, even wealthy! 
But that was a long while ago and now I find a different perspective and interpretation of it. 

None of those things I mentioned previously are necessarily wrong, but they don’t to me represent true empowerment and the feelings that go with it. It might seem that those in authority and those very wealthy with high position jobs are empowered, but I don’t believe that. If we need monetary wealth or position to sustain our power, then is it true empowerment?

I’m interested to hear how it is for you….
And for me….I know I am empowered when I feel good in myself, within my own skin. It often comes when I am fulfilled by something creative I have done, or doing, something that has been important to me. When I share what I love with others and find ways to do this through the challenges and difficulties that arise. I feel that empowerment when I am strongly connected to my moving, dancing body and my heart is open and feeling emotionally. 
I feel empowered when I know viscerally that I am connected to a higher power, a universal energy and my connection to spirit, to my allies, to all that supports me is flowing through my body.
I feel empowered when I look at the beauty of my children with all they create and when I can serve another in their own fulfilment and potential. Wether that is a friend, a student or client. I feel empowered when my husband and I create together in unison. 
It is not about how others see or feel about me, but how I see and feel about myself.  When I can say ‘yes’ to my own dreams for the future and my own desires without fear of judgement or ridicule.    

I feel the simplicity of empowerment when nothing material outside myself makes any difference to who I am. Only me, in my simplicity can truly feel what it is to be fulfilled.
I am empowered when I am free enough to speak my truth and not be afraid of what others might think. I am empowered when I can share my story, my wounds and not feel ashamed of my past history.

I’m empowered when I am free to be myself in any situation for I know when I am at my most loving and creative, poetic, theatrical, ritualising and creating ceremony, doing the work I love, feeling inspired, I am in my own power.



The Journey of Empowerment


About Caroline Carey

Caroline is an English Grandmother and an aspiring crone~elder, an author of four books, a speaker and innovative and creative teacher, offering her work via workshops and gatherings online as well as internationally. By adapting the religious education insisted on by her family, she was able to recognise her own innate connection to God/Spirit and has been on a spiritual path since childhood. She is a champion of music, dance and poetry as healing tools since she was four years old and developed an innate understanding of the soul’s journey, a connection to physical embodiment through movement, theatre and the creative arts. Her work is harmonious with nature. Her journey has manifested as her own personal training into eldership and crone-hood, carrying the wisdom needed for stability and balance in individuals, relationships, families and communities. Mothering her six, now adult, children, gave Caroline the art of play, creativity, story-telling and opened up the deep surrender and unconditional love that motherhood can bestow. Caroline has trained in many modalities of dance, therapeutic and spiritual teacher trainings since 1986. She is a writer who has published her autobiography and four other books about her spiritual work. Her latest book, 'Middle Earth Wisdom' will be published soon. She lives in UK with her husband Ben Cole, a film-maker, a director who works with men’s initiation groups. They often offer work together, incorporating dance, presentation and film. Caroline is: A mother and grandmother A writer and poet A dancer A spiritual life coach A catalyst for change She is available to you for guidance
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4 Responses to What is personal empowerment?

  1. It looks like an amazing workshop you are offering in March. Wish I was nearby to join.

  2. I’ve been meaning to respond!

    To me, to be empowered means, according to the dictionary: Authority. Authority over our own lives.
    We are grown up now and must be empowered by ourselves.
    To be empowered also means to be strong and confident. In control of our lives and our rights.

    I like that!

    When in doubt, consult a dictionary!

    I feel empowered when I go to the woods, I enjoy that.
    I feel empowered when full of natural joy and enthusiasm and I really enjoy those!

    xx Lou

  3. Sounds perfect Lou, thanks for sharing and I wish you many empowering journeys through those woods with all you meet along the way 😊 love Caroline X

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