Redefining power is an exercise that offers us an opportunity to see how we have undercut or abused our own. More and more, I am shying away from the word "empower" and using the word love.
Don't empower me. Love me.
The difference is that in the first instance you are claiming you have the power and want to bestow a bit of it on me. It doesn't recognize us as peers and doesn't recognize that I already possess power. My own power may look different from yours, and it may be less on a balance sheet. But it is still power. In the second instance, by loving another, you are honoring them and all their gifts and beauty.
In loving them, it might mean shared power, it might mean shared resources, and it will definitely mean you recognize their power.