Empowerment is not a luxury for human beings. It is a must.
Only an empowered person can truly be productive, responsible and progressive. Empowerment is not only about power gained within oneself. It also means understanding your own energies, the energy flux that is the Universe, and to fine tune yourself, to always be in harmony with the flux.
Not esoteric at all, this is the most sensible, practical and useful way to becoming empowered.