This week-end we celebrate Independence Day in the United States. The American Revolution was based upon the idea that all human beings yearn for independence. This was a watershed movement for humanity.

Up until that point in history, most people were dependent on kings, queens, dictators or feudal lords to provide for their survival. A Declaration of Independence was a Baby Step – really a quantum leap – toward humankind’s taking responsibility for being a Creator, the central role in TED* (*The Empowerment Dynamic.)™

While our country has struggled with including all people in the circle of independence, gradually we are making progress.

But being an effective Creator goes beyond mere independence.   All creating is collaborative – or interdependent – in nature. Even as we write this essay we are collaborating with those who created the technology, with those who taught and urged us to write, and with other authors/teachers who have influenced our thinking.

In his now classic book Seven Habits of Effective People, Stephen Covey writes about the need to move from dependence to interdependence. He refers to “dependence” as the pattern of “you.” You make me feel the way I do. I depend on you to take care of me or to give me a sense of worth and safety.

Following the stage of dependence, Covey writes that we move into “independence” which is the pattern of “I.” I can choose what I want to create. I can choose my response to the circumstances I am facing.

The final stage of this continuing is “Interdependence.” In this stage we discover the paradigm of “we.” We are in this together. We are more powerful and effective together than alone. We have our differences and are stronger for it.

The Power of TED* helps facilitate movement along that continuum. The Dreaded Dream Triangle (DDT)™ and its roles of Victim, Persecutor, and Rescuer, are clearly rooted in the mindset of dependence. Those who are addicted to drama depend on the DDT to give them focus and each of the roles are reacting to the others.

TED* helps you gain a “new center” of independence by adopting a Creator Orientation from which to live a life focused on purpose, intention and resourcefulness.

As you grow into TED* and develop the capabilities of the Creator, Challenger and Coach roles, you will naturally progress into the interdependent stage as you collaborate with other Co-Creators.

Whether a U.S. citizen celebrating this weekend—or another nationality—-our work is about supporting you to live a life of independence.   Our vision for life on earth is for all human beings to understand and declare our interdependence as Co-Creators.

Declaration of Interdependence