(MAIN ARTICLE) The Last War: Reverse Psychology and the Laws of Power
Breaking the Laws of Power: 1-5
Breaking the Laws of Power: 6-10
Breaking the Laws of Power: 11-15
Breaking the Laws of Power: 16-20
Breaking the Laws of Power: 21-25
Breaking the Laws of Power: 31-35
Breaking the Laws of Power: 41-44
October 19, 2017
Greene’s Law of Power # 36: “Disdain things you cannot have; ignoring them is the best revenge.”
REVERSAL: Everything that you could ever potentially have only serves to change your emotional state. Learn to master your emotions.
What could your ego ever possibly want which wisdom and emotional mastery cannot instantly provide? Are you aware of the difference between self-validation and needing validation from others?
What could ever be denied to you? Do you believe that anything can ever be out of your reach with enough knowledge, care, work and sense of abundance? What if we spent time, money, attention – the intangibles — on an economy of cooperation and abundance instead of competitiveness and scarcity?
What does it mean to “disdain”? Does not the act of disdaining create polarity indicating a lack of clarity? Is “ignor-ing” something a demonstration of “ignor-ance”?
If you were “all powerful”, what sights, sounds, feelings, and thoughts would you experience? Why not just commit to that scenario? How can disdaining and ignorance toward another exist in a place like this?
Does the very act of “disdaining” create a chasm between you and claiming your power? Does “power” itself merely exist to cause a feeling of separation? What would like to say to create a sense of connection right here in this moment?
October 20, 2017 (Morning)
Greene’s Law of Power # 37: “Create compelling spectacles.”
REVERSAL: Most “spectacles” encourage detachment providing an illusion of connection; of being apart of someone else’s grandiosity.
What kind of person can be in awe of simple gestures yet unfazed by fireworks? What kind of person might be moved equally by both?
What do you find compelling? Why have we yet to discuss this with each other? Why might the simple conversation be not be considered a ‘spectacle’ — even though it is a miracle?
What was the greatest spectacle you have ever witnessed? What would it take to self-generate
that same sensation?
Definitions of “Compelling”: “1.) Tending to compel, as to force or push toward a course of action; overpowering. 2.) Having a powerful or irresistible effect; requiring acute admiration, attention, or respect.” Have you ever questioned “why” a spectacle, or a person for that matter, has an overpowering propensity for admiration, attention or respect? What qualities do you have to command the same result?
What if changing your experience depended not on compelling spectacle, but on establishing consistency of habit? How can one create the sensation of spectacle within the self while engaging in the seemingly mundane?
October 20, 2017 (Evening)
Greene’s Law of Power # 38: “Think as you like but behave like others.”
THE REVERSAL: (Haha! Yeah…) The further one strays from behaving as they think, the more one becomes prone to a psychotic break.
How long has it been since you truly expressed yourself? Do safe places exist to fully explore even the thoughts you want to avoid?
What behaviors have you recently observed in others which do not quite serve you? How do you plan to respond when tempted to be pulled back into this behavior?
Is your general impression of “people” positive or negative? Are you open to having this impression challenged? How do you respond to someone who believes something differently?
Have you identified any thoughts which might alienate others? What if you knew you were among others who thought as you do? What would it take to trust these people enough to speak up?
Is it really possible to behave like “others”? In today’s technology-driven society, are most of the “others” already acting like they think? Or is it pretense? How well do you think you know yourself to know for sure?
October 21, 2017
Greene’s Law of Power # 39: “Stir up waters to catch fish.”
Here’s the description: “Anger and emotion are strategically counterproductive. You must always stay calm and objective. But if you can make your enemies angry while staying calm yourself, you gain a decided advantage. Put your enemies off-balance: Find the chink in their vanity through which you can rattle them and you hold the strings.”
REVERSAL: Gain a clear understanding that this law is possibly the one most commonly played in our information age. However, how valuable is an online virtual “victory” worth?
Can you yet see clearly how many people are falling prey to this law? Is anyone reading this ready to talk objectively about the elusive source of such stirring of waters?
Have you discovered your own trigger or the “chink in your vanity”? How can we help you transcend this?
Re: “Put your enemies off balance” (with anger)”: Who is considered your enemy
and why? If someone is an “enemy” are they not already inspiring some form of anger within you? Might this be discovered as a form of projection once the source of anger, however subtly it may manifest itself, is identified?
Does asking yourself powerful questions help you observe an internal emotional reaction?
What power might you begin to realize when you can see it is ALL a game to trigger specific emotions?
On the flip side, how might emotion be strategically unleashed? Is there a point in your personal relationships where the allowing of cathartic emotional explosions might actually serve your goals?
October 22, 2017
Greene’s Law of Power #40: “Despise the free lunch.”
REVERSAL: Lack of appreciation for the generosity of others tends to indicate a need for forgiveness.
Why is it necessary to “despise”? Why is struggle necessary but for some irrational need of competition from others? Does competitiveness mask a discomfort with feelings like anger, grief, shame, guilt or apathy?
Is it true that anything worth having must be given freely and never forcibly taken? How can one truly enjoy something if it is always fought for and not allowed to freely be appreciated?
What if tomorrow it was deemed that money was no longer necessary? Everything you could possibly want or need was freely given. What would you build your own self-worth upon?
Is this law about jealousy over the ease experienced by others? What is easy for you – can you identify it? Is there value in offering freely what comes easy?
If it were up to you to make everything “free”, eliminating the need for competitiveness which could possibly make enemies who have undying faith in competitive scarcity, would you still choose “free”dom for all? What might your “enemies” do in attempt to thwart such a plan?