Empowerment Quest: What It Is...And Is Not

Have you ever heard about how elephants are indoctrinated into captivity in places like India or Thailand? When the elephant is very young and impressionable, the captors fasten a heavy chain around its leg and stake it into the ground. Every time the young elephant pulls against it, the sharp, cutting pain teaches it over a relatively short time that it is a captive. When it becomes an adult, this massive animal is perfectly capable of pulling out any little stake in the ground and running off to freedom...but it doesn't realize this. All the captors have to do at this point is leave the chain on the elephant's leg—a stake is not even necessary. Just the feeling of the chain is enough to trigger the elephant’s belief that it is captive and that there is pain associated with attempts at freedom. The elephant remembers… 

In the insightful book I recently read, The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz, he demonstrates early on in the book that we are...

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