One of the most common concerns I hear about the process of self-empowerment from Christians is that it rejects basics tenants of Christianity.  The entire notion of creating your own life contradicts with submitting to the will of the Father.  Sincere truth seekers have asked various versions of the question “how do you reconcile the law of attraction and the idea of self-empowerment with the fact that God has commanded us to submit to His will?  We are asked to ‘lose our lives’ in the service of God, and that gaining the whole world does you no good if you lose your own soul…”  This is a great question.  What about pride?  We need strip ourselves of pride, yet God wants me to build the life of my dreams?  These two ideals feel like they are irreconcilable.

Over the course of multiple articles, I intend to answer this apparent contradiction to the best of my ability.  Today’s post will introduce the subject.

Throughout my website and in my book Your Superpowers I teach that God hopes we all awaken and become empowered.  The Divine has given us all of the resources needed to create any life we want.  We are spiritual beings by nature.  In fact, there is divinity within each human that connects us with THE divine and with all the rest of humanity.  My body is physical, but the real me is spiritual.  Part of the purpose of this earthly experience is to learn to master the physical body.  We are also here to learn how to create. It is natural for me to be creative.  I’ve used my beliefs about myself and my environment to create my current circumstances.  We all have. Along the way I have created many experiences.  Some good, some bad, and of course many indifferent experiences. How do I decide if what I’ve created is good or bad– through my beliefs.  What I want, of course, is to only create things that I interpret as being good, and stop creating experiences that I interpret as being bad.  Awakening is the process of discovering that I am not a physical being that periodically has spiritual experiences, but rather that I am a spiritual being learning to work within the parameters of a physical body and a physical world.  Empowerment is discovering that the spiritual me (the real me) is creative by nature and that I can develop complete mastery over my physical circumstances.

Christ was one of the greatest teachers of these principles. Almost all his teachings helped those around him discover that they were spiritual in nature, and are never victims of circumstance, unless they choose to be.  He helped awaken thousands, and empowered many others. He taught that forgiveness is necessary to heal the wounded, that it is important to feel remorse for mistakes and genuinely repent (as opposed to burying negative feelings and allowing that energy to haunt us forever).  He taught radical techniques for self-mastery by “turning the other cheek” and “going the extra mile.” He also taught that submission to God’s will was even greater than self-mastery and empowerment, and that it is possible to be “one” with God.

Many feel that self-empowerment and submission to a higher power are mutually exclusive.  Some with religious backgrounds go as far as to say that empowerment, or creating your own circumstances, is blaspheme. That Christ taught us how to behave when he lived a “not my will, but thine be done” life.  Seems pretty clear.  “Thine” here refers to God’s, or Heavenly Father’s will.  How could we possibly justify “empowering” ourselves when the very son of God taught us to let go of our own will and submit to the Father?

Similarly, there are many others who feel that religion has created an environment of victimhood and dependence.  These concerns are raised by life-long Christians and atheists alike. Other issues have been voiced that will not be addressed in this series.

All of this conflict reminds me of the debates between religion and science throughout my childhood that seem to have, for the most part, faded away.  Many religious people denounced science and even called blaspheme on some who used science to define the age of the earth, or the process of evolution.  Arguments usually began with “the Bible clearly states that….”  Scientists countered with many of the obvious flaws in the Christian story.  Could common ground ever be reached within this apparent contradiction? I learned about Henry Eyring in chemistry classes years ago in college.  He is best known for developing the Absolute Rate Theory or Transition State Theory of chemical reactions, later I learned that even in the 1960’s when science and religion were very fiercely pitted against each other, he explained “Is there any conflict between science and religion? There is no conflict in the mind of God, but often there is conflict in the minds of men.”  In other words pure science and pure religion are really the same thing, it is just that when our understanding of one or the other (or both) is incomplete, contradictions appear.  For the next few days, I am going to lay out my current understanding of empowerment and how that fits in with doing the will of God.  In my mind there is no contradiction between self-empowerment and fulfilling the will of the Father, and I want to explain why.  My understanding is almost assuredly incomplete, but genuine seekers of truth are invited to chime in through comments so we can learn together.

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15 Responses to Self-Empowerment? or The Lord’s Will?

  1. […] Self-Empowerment? or The Lord’s Will? […]

  2. BETTY JO says:

    I personally like the KING JAMES VERSION of the BIBLE, and here are a few more Scriptures to use with the LAW OF ATTRACTION (not necessarily all of the Scripture):
    Matthew 17:20 …and nothing shall be impossible unto you
    Mark 4:40 …And he said unto them, Why are ye so fearful? how is it that ye have no faith?
    Romans 1:17 (this is a powerful one) For therein is the righteousness of GOD revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.
    Faith is knowing something without using the senses to confirm it. Isn’t that what the LAW OF ATTRACTION is?
    I can honestly say that I know the concept of this, however just understanding the “book knowledge” of it and understanding the “skills” of it will not get you to the place you need to be. I only know this because that is me as I am writing this post. I know what it does and how to do everything on the outside, but it is the heart and mind connection (intention) that I am fuzzy on. I could write about it, because the intellect is pretty easy for me to understand. Maybe I have just suppressed feelings for so long I cannot get the “feeling” part right.

    • Steve says:

      be patient with yourself. See my article about forgiveness. You are always doing the best you can at your current level of evolution energetically. Even though it may be hard to believe, everyone around you is doing the same.

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  6. Alice says:

    Steve,
    Thanks for tackling this important subject matter.
    I couldn’t agree with you more on the fact that we can and in fact if we truly understood God’s plan for us, we would believe in ourselves but not through our own means but through His hand in our lives. For some reason people respond better to seeing themselves as weak and insignificant, they don’t feel comfortable with the thought that they have endless potential and that because of God’s love for us we can become so much more. I think it’s one of the most important things in this life to know and feel the power within us as sons and daughters of our Heavenly Father, and we can learn that by also seeing it in each other and treating each other as such, divine beings with endless capacity.
    Thank you again.

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  8. Diana Saxe says:

    Thank you Steve,
    I feel that getting back to being one with the divine should be our main source to healing and forgiveness. Just as Jesus did before he died. He went back to zero.
    Loving GOD asking for forgiveness. Saying he was sorry and thanking God for all that he was. In turn he healed us all and we need to practice the same oneness.
    In turn healing health an wealth will follow. Just as we all do our part in healing each other.
    God Speed,
    Diana Saxe

  9. D. ELLIS says:

    People who believe LOA is wrong; thinking a bad sorce is involved, may quote the line: It is easier for a camel to get through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of Heaven.God isn’t against people becoming rich, it may mean not putting riches before everything else. But LOA isn’t just about riches it is about everything else we think.So if our every thought creates our future even when we are not aware, the LOA must be a God given gift. God wouldn’t have created us and then have our every thought directed to a bad source. The anti LOA people may have had a point if LOA was seperated from other thoughts, but it isn’t

    • Steve says:

      Great point, D. Ellis! The law of attraction is impersonal, just like cause and effect, gravity, or any other physical law. If you plant corn seeds, your garden is not going to give you watermelon, even if watermelon is better for you, or you are allergic to corn.
      The law of attraction is useful because it helps us understand why things are happening the way they are, and allows us to be proactive and creative. Keep up the great comments!

  10. Kendrick Armstead says:

    This is something I’ve also struggled to reconcile. I’ve experienced healing thru self affirmations, meditation, visualizations, and the power of the subconscious mind, so empirically I can’t deny it. I have also experienced the benefits and power of the teachings of christ and I do believe as peter suggested Jesus has the words that leads to life. Please keep me in prayer ad if you can, send information concerning these things to my gmail. Thank you.

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