The Power of TED* (*The Empowerment Dynamic) Book Excerpt
The foundational role in TED* is Creator: you orient your thoughts and actions toward creating what you want to see or experience in your life. Enjoy the introduction to the Creator Orientation!
(Excerpt from Chapter 8 – The Empowerment Dynamic)
“The Creator Orientation challenges every assumption and attitude that the Victim Orientation holds to be true,” said Ted. “A Creator puts problems in their rightful place, causing fear to fade and loosen its grip. In its place, passion, desire, even love, become your primary motivation. Though fear still comes up from time to time, the Creator stance increases your capacity to deal with anxiety in ways that actually enhance your creativity. Rather than constantly reacting to your circumstances (the Victim’s way) you begin creating your experience—which means, of course, that you create a new set of relationships as well.
The Creator Role
“The central role in The Empowerment Dynamic is Creator,” explained Ted. “Actually, all three roles share Creator characteristics, just as all three roles in the DDT are Victim oriented.
“You could think of Creator as the light and Victim as shadow. While the Victim is powerless, a Creator claims and taps into his or her personal power in order to choose a response to life circumstances. Therein lies a Creator’s power to manifest a desired outcome.
“A Creator is vision-focused and passion-motivated. To really live into your Creator self, you’ll have to do the inner work necessary to find your own sense of purpose and passion—whatever touches your heart and holds meaning for you.”
“Adopting a Creator stance begins simply by making a choice. You decide and declare that in your heart, mind, and soul, you really are a Creator, not a Victim,” Sophia said. “As I said before, I spent the first few months after I met Ted just making that choice every day, sensing more and more what it meant to live as a Creator. It took me some time to clarify what I wanted to create in my life. At first, all I knew was that I couldn’t live as a Victim anymore. It took a while for me to learn exactly how I could step out of the Victim stance and into the Creator Orientation.”
Out on the water, a surfer caught a wave and rode along as the wave crested and gradually subsided.
“It sounds almost too good to be true,” I said. “I mean, living my life from a Creator Orientation is bound to be a wonderful change compared to what I’ve grown used to.”
Sophia smiled and pointed out toward the surfer. “Living your life from a Creator perspective is kind of like what that guy’s doing, like riding a wave. There will still be waves of change in your life and you will have to learn to ride them. Some of the changes will arise from your own choices and others from circumstances beyond your control. Sometimes the waves will throw you for a loop and other times you’ll surf them with skill, ease, and grace. Even when the waves throw you, you will learn from the experience and continue growing. Like a surfer whose close attention and focus can make his ride on a wave into a powerful experience of beauty and grace, by living into the Creator Orientation and The Empowerment Dynamic, in time you’ll learn to navigate through life so adeptly that sometimes you’ll amaze even yourself.”
I watched the surfer ride the wave all the way in to the shore. He shouted with glee, shoving his fist in the air “Yes!” and headed back into the waves.
“You’ll learn to love—or at least learn to ride—the variety of waves that life serves up,” Sophia added. “You’ll find yourself actually moving toward each new challenge with growing enthusiasm. Greeting your experiences as a Creator is a powerful way to live.”
“A Creator has a special relationship with power,” said Ted. ”The kind of power that a Creator cultivates is not power over others—that is the power of the Persecutor. Instead, a Creator harnesses the power to create. Power to and power with are the dynamic duo of the Creator Orientation. “Creators share power with others, first and foremost because they see others as Creators in their own right. Truly speaking, a Creator is actually a Co-Creator, as he or she gives in service to others while at the same time receiving support from them. Creators also receive support in ways that might seem mysterious, from unseen forces which appear to be spiritual in nature. The experiences of serendipity and synchronicity that Sophia referred to are manifestations of the unseen, but very present, Co-Creator in action.
“As a Creator enters into relationship with other Creators, together they support other people by playing the two additional roles that complete The Empowerment Dynamic: Challenger and Coach.” (continued in the book)
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