October 8, 2017
Greene’s Law of Power # 26: “Keep your hands clean.”
REVERSAL: This law requires one to “get others to do the dirty work for you”. I say, get your hands “dirty” by embracing your fear with compassion for yourself and others.
Do you believe people have become so naïve as to not sense when they are being “played”? In fact, someone is unknowingly (maybe even perhaps knowingly) playing you right now. Are you able to identify those people and discuss this with them openly?
What are you afraid of that you have to use someone else to unknowingly achieve your goal? What is keeping you from openness and disclosure?
In this technological age, does complexity and lack of forthrightness truly serve you? What needs to be simplified, or discussed on an emotional level, to clear away the hierarchy which exists between symbolic “Kings” and “Pawns”?
Are you aware of what feels uncomfortable for you and have you challenged your own beliefs about this? Are there any actions that can be taken to compassionately approach your fear?
Does it seem like this law encourages obeying one’s fear? What does “getting your hands dirty” mean to you? Is it something dishonest which promotes power by ill-gotten gain?
October 9, 2017
Greene’s Law of Power # 27: “Play on people’s need to believe to create a cultlike following.”
REVERSAL: Beliefs are subjective and mutable. All groups with an agenda could conceivably be classified as a ‘cult’.
Might any group with a specific goal be classified as a “cult”? What are your personal beliefs about what is and what is not considered a ‘cult’?
Why is belonging to a group or a family important? Why is this a ‘need’ as described by this law? What values should a family have that you would want to belong to?
When groups are forming are you “playing” or being authentic when a group dynamic emerges? At what point does “playing” become authentic expression?
What is the end result or goal of the group following? Is this end result clear and something you might pursue alone if need be? What happens when the group dynamic falls apart? What convictions do you have to fall back on?
Is it possible that cults exist as patriotism, religion, gender/race identity, even as a favorite football team? Would it not then be possible to easily manipulate one “cult” against another by pushing certain psychological buttons? Which buttons are easy to push for the group you identify with? Does this change anything about your perception of self?
October 10, 2017
Greene’s Law of Power # 28: “Enter action with boldness.”
REVERSAL: Pay unto the bold what is due to the bold; pay unto the humble what is due to the humble. Entering action with humbleness might be more productive with other humble people and avoids control drama.
Is boldness considered intimidating? Does this resonate more those who wish to intimidate?
At what point does entering with boldness go from becoming a calculated initiation until it becomes a conditioned response? Does the mind shut off when if boldness is conditioned within a personality?
Might boldness be better applied with intuition? If one tunes into the ebbs and flows of natural interaction, boldness becomes more like a natural climax rather than a preliminary wrecking ball.
Is it true that the meek (humble?) will inherit? Does boldness beget more boldness which leads to canceling each other out? Where and when does listening and observing come into play with respect to boldness?
Does entering action with boldness have less affect to those who are wise and experienced? Does it become easier for the wise to merge with boldness, exhaust it, and then redirect it?
October 11, 2017
Greene’s Law of Power # 29: “Plan all the way to the end.”
REVERSAL: There is no “end”. Learn how to improvise.
Is this similar to being attached to an outcome? What happens if and when you have no control over bringing about your desired “end”?
Is the root of frustration caused when reality deviates from a projected plan? How might one enjoy the journey or the story without being attached to an outcome? Is it enough to achieve peace instead of dominance?
What does “The End” represent to you? What is the critical gap from seeing the entirety of the story that you are working on to get to the end? How can you make every step as enjoyable as possible here in “the now”?
Does the Fibonacci sequence have an end? What is the limitless potential your vision has past beyond what you have projected onto a self-created ending?
Does the end of the story, of your plan, inspire you to action now? If not, how might you change you plans to inspire immediate action?