We talk a lot about “empowerment” in the Vajrayana, and it is important to understand exactly what that means. To receive empowerment doesn’t mean that someone grants you the power to escape from your life, or to override and control things you don’t like; rather, they help you tap into the power you inherently possess to surrender utterly to your unique life, which is the only gateway in the entire universe through which you can enter eternity.

~ Reginald Ray,  “The Vajrayana Journey is an experience of love, power, and freedom”