Dignity vs Deference
Dignity: the state or quality of being worthy of honor or respect
Deference: seeking respect, honor, approval from another. Submissive.
As a state of being, these two are mutually exclusive. We cannot simultaneously embody both at the same time. This culture swims in deference, we think that if other people value something, or us, then it makes us "safe."
True power is an internal state of dignity, it needs nothing from the outside.
The good news is that it is possible, and easy!, to shift our internal state from deference to dignity. And to remove the energetic pattern that uses deference as a coping technique.
All that is needed to shift from deference to dignity is to follow the simple, reproducible, teachable steps of the Peace Power Path:
1. Recognize it
2. Honor the underlying pain
3. Release it
Find out how, here.
Dignity, peace, and power feel so damn good!
Norma Van Horn