By Celia Allison Hahn
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And we realized that we had laid that down for another sort of power and authority. 4 Integrated Authority From Assertion to Integration: A Difficult Boundary Guided by psychologists, many of us devote a good deal of attention and effort to making the transition from Received authority to Autonomous authority. It takes a lot of insight, courage, and energy to move from a posture in which other people call the shots to a willingness to exercise control over my own life from within. The movement from Assertion to Integration appears to be a shift in the opposite direction.
I am failing to respect and honor the integrity and mystery of the other. And my pushing therefore, quite properly, arouses the other's resistance. . " In my role as advocate, I often discover that my separate, active Page 22 posture has become an "I win and you lose" posture. Pushing other people around takes a predictable toll on my relationships with them. Ken Kesey paints a horrifying picture of control in the character of Big Nurse in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest: she takes responsibility, all right, but she does so in a way that diminishes other people and destroys their freedom.
We see Jesus continually giving authority away. The disciples hear the message: You teach; you heal; you forgivedo the things that are the prerogative of God, as Jesus did. And they invite others into that authority. 2. Where do you get authority? You get it from within, said interviewees. Several pointed to the way early experiences, received as gifts, later became inner realities: "I've had a sense that I am a person of worth ever since I was little. " Dwight Lundgren, the Baptist minister who said he'd been hired to do a job, also explained that authority comes from "having a sense that I'm comfortable with myself and understand the limits of who I am and what I do, and that who I am is not co-terminous with my role as a minister.
Growing in Authority, Relinquishing Control: A New Approach to Faithful Leadership by Celia Allison Hahn