In the Book of Exodus, Moses encounters a burning bush that was engulfed in flames and, yet, not consumed by them. It is here that God anoints Moses to go to the Pharaoh and lead the Israelites out of slavery, to the Promised Land.
You may not have applied the story to your own life, but it is the very essence of personal empowerment. Here’s why I think it is worth internalizing: Moses is quick to tell God why he isn’t the right person for the job. After all, he’s slow of speech and has personal flaws. But God reassures Moses that he is doubting the immeasurable force that gave him a voice, to begin with, and which now calls him to greatness. When Moses asks by what name he should call God when he visits the Pharaoh, God tells him (roughly translated) that His name is “I am who I am.”
The point is that Moses has a great journey before him and a great calling. Both have been put in his heart by God. It matters not that he isn’t glib. It matters not that he is imperfect. It matters that he shows faithenough to believe in his heart that he can achieve a great and worthy mission.
Imperfections Are Not Stop Signs
You aren’t perfect, either. You have likely lived through turbulent chapters of your own life story. You may have fallen short and erred, more than once in life. But the key is still finding the faith to stay on the road to your destiny—the work you were meant to do in this world, from all time. Said another way, the key to personal empowerment is faith.
W.H. Murray, the famed Scottish mountaineer and writer who served as deputy to Eric Shipton on the Everest Reconnaissance Expedition of 1951, put it this way:
Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation) there is one elementary truth, the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then providence moves, too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would not otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one’s favour all manner of unforeseen incidents and meetings and material assistance which no man would have dreamed would come his way. I have learned a deep respect for Goethe’s couplets: “Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, magic, and power in it. Begin it now.”
Your Personal Empowerment Serves You and the Rest of the World
In The Seven Wonders(which I co-authored with Glenn Beck), we wrote about the notion of a polestar, which is spoken of in Hinduism, Taoism, Chinese popular religion, Siberian shamanism and other spiritual traditions. This star, in direct line with the earth’s axis of rotation, is thought of as the anchor of the entire solar system. And in ancient Vedic wisdom, the polestar is literally Dhruva—a prince who, at age seven, sought out God, despite being told he was too young for such a quest. He is undaunted, ultimately meets God and is rewarded with his kingdom’s throne.
Glenn and I wrote, “In this sense, the entire universe, according to Vedism, can revolve around one person’s inner resolve to find truth and pursue his or her destiny.”
One of my favorite books is The War of Art by Steven Pressfield. In that book he writes, [If you avoid your calling] “you shame the angels who watch over you and you spite the Almighty, who created you and only you with your unique gifts, for the sole purpose of nudging the human race one millimeter farther along its path back to God.”
Sure, that sounds like pretty heady stuff. But it is true whether you teach students with passion, defend legal clients with excellence, write in a way that moves people, heal others through your work in a health profession or inspire children as their mother or father, grandmother or grandfather.
Personal Empowerment and The Ablow Center
The blend of spiritual counseling, life coaching and mentoring I offer to clients is designed to find and harness inner resolve—to deliver personal empowerment to clients, no matter the ways in which they may feel limited, no matter the hurdles they may have encountered, no matter how many times they may have tripped and fallen. All of those challenges are actually part of a person’s singular life story, which is part of a greater plan to hone that person for the important journey ahead.
In a very real way we are all Moses. We may doubt ourselves. We may doubt our callings. But the self is miraculous and our callings are gifts from a higher power. We need only to believe.