Ethics and People of Power
Living Powerfully is about awakening to areas of life where we have given our power away without even realizing it.
When we are interacting with an authority figure or leader, rarely do we stop and question their authority. Think about a policeman that turns his lights on and speeds through a red light intersection. Typically we don’t question it, we just assume that they are on an urgent task to take care of important matters like saving someone’s life or stopping the bad guys from bringing harm to an innocent bystander.
Now think about your doctor, when he/she prescribes an antibiotic, do you question his diagnosis or recommendation. If you are like most people, you do not. You trust that they have your best interest at heart and are giving you what you need to get better.
The system works on basic levels of trust and we have to be willing to give some of our power away and trust people. This is why there are ethics put in place. It is a code or the rules of conduct recognized in respect to a particular class of human actions or a particular group, culture, etc.
How many of us really know what these code of ethics are?
Recently, I attended a conference and as each speaker took their place on the stage, they proceeded to tell the audience that their product or information was of the utmost value. They professed that if the audience was truly interested in taking their life, business, or relationship to the next level then they would purchase their product or service at the back of the room. Were they to be trusted? Are we to trust that the person putting on the conference vetted these speakers? Will people truly get what they are paying for?
As a cultural creatives, we have the desire to be, do, or have more in life and in order to do that we have to place some trust in the teachers, books, and gurus out there. Which brings me to another group: What are spiritual leaders, preachers and priests obligations to people?
There is a code of ethics for most groups; however, at the end of the day, it boils down to whether or not this code is being followed. It is up to the patient, consumer, client, citizen, etc. to educate themselves to be able to make the most informed choices. I also believe that it is important to listen to your intuition for what is right for you individually.
Living Powerfully explores the code of ethics for Spiritual Leaders in our Free 3-Part video series, “Living Powerfully with Authority Figures”. Our host, Brandy Amstel shares her own experiences in the “Sedona Sweatlodge” and talks with special guest expert, Ellen C. Friedman, as she educates the audience on ethics and how this relates to power. You can find out more here.