I am empowered, but not controlling.
I am strong, but gentle.
I am confident, but never arrogant.
It can be a fine line between being strong, confident, capable, and self-assured, and being domineering, arrogant, controlling, and overpowering. The first set of qualities are representative of a self-empowered and heart-centered person. The second set of qualities describe a power-needing and ego-centered person. It can be easy to move across the line that separates the two.
Anytime that something causes one to feel threatened or unsafe, the ego seeks to move into its self-preservation role. When it does, a transition from empowered to needing power occurs. Sometimes the line is crossed when a person who is finding their sense-of-self for the first time overcompensates, inadvertently finding themselves feeling arrogant, rather than empowered. With conscious attention to one’s actions, thoughts, and intentions, being firmly grounded in empowerment is possible. Over time, the heart-centered place will become a comfortable lifestyle and habit, such that even the slightest dip into the lower energies of the ego will be quickly noticed and changes made accordingly.
Remember, empowered is NEVER overpowering.