October 23, 2017
Greene’s Law of Power #41: “Avoid stepping into a great man’s shoes.”
REVERSAL: Identify the expectations you have for yourself. There are always at least 3 “Truths” at work: Your subjective truth, another person’s (or group) subjective truth, and observable objective truth.
What are your expectations? What might have been the “great man’s” expectations? What is the collective expectation? Can any of these expectations even be identified let alone met?
After identifying the expectations, can the expectations realistically be met? How much communication might be required on your part to meet the expectations?
Is it possible to delegate leadership responsibility to others — make it a team effort — when stepping into a great leader’s shoes? Do you have to assume responsibility alone?
In any high stakes situation, are you aware of the pure observable objective truth? What happens when one accepts that this is elusive more often than not? Does becoming a leader then become a matter of asking the right questions and investigating rather than blindly following a subjective truth?
What if failure was generally accepted as part everyone’s story? Is it true that circumstances do not define a person, but rather, reveals the person? What is at the core of one’s personal fear of failure?
October 24, 2017
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Greene’s Law of Power #42: “Strike the shepherd and the sheep will scatter.”
REVERSAL: Embrace the shepherd and the sheep will unite.
What if “the shepherd” in question facilitates self-empowerment? What if the shepherd’s ideology consisted of not keeping sheep, but rather, elevating new “shepherds”?
What exactly does “embracing the shepherd” mean to you? Does amicably working with a shepherd necessarily mean you agree with him? What would it take to put yourself on equal ground psychologically with any perceived shepherd?
Is the perceived shepherd in reality a sheep? What if one “strikes” the wrong shepherd when, in reality, there is “Master Shepherd” operating outside of the herd?
Politically speaking, is it possible that all perceived shepherds are being struck? Could this be why (metaphorically speaking) the massive herd of sheep is scattering? At what point do you identify yourself as “sheep” or “shepherd”? Is it definable who exactly is striking at these shepherds?
If one considers himself a shepherd, is striking even necessary? What happens when two or more “shepherds” but their heads together to solve a problem? Does the desire to strike at a shepherd indicate that you consider yourself as a sheep on an unconscious level?
October 25, 2017
Greene’s Law of Power #43: “Work on the hearts and minds of others.”
REVERSAL: Genuinely appreciate the hearts and minds of others.
It is generally accepted that most people are subconsciously thinking “I’ve got a lot of work to do on myself.” (That may be the result of cultural conditioning.) But what if we approached each interaction asking ourselves, “What is already perfect and powerful about this person?”
What exactly does it mean to “work” on the “mind” of another? Is the end result domination through a control drama? Or is the result of cooperation by establishing a relationship that provides conscious “win-wins”?
What exactly does it mean to “work” on the “heart” of another? Is this done through artistry, flattery or any other kind of aesthetic sensitivity? What could the end result of working on the heart be except for healing and resolution? If this is not the intended end result, then perhaps one is working on the mind and not the heart.
How does “art” play into the application and reversal of this law? Is the purpose of art to lead the mind BACK TO the heart? Does one have to experience and “ah”, “aha”, or “haha” (catharsis of integration, discovery or release respectively) to allow the mind catharsis en route to the heart? How does one allow self-reliance toward these experiences rather than letting someone else take control by “working” on them?
Is the experience of appreciation the key component to stop “working” on someone and start “allowing” another the breathing room to express their gifts? What are the subtle nuances and observations that happen when you choose “appreciation” over “working”?
October 26, 2017
Greene’s Law of Power #44: “Disarm and infuriate with the mirror effect.”
REVERSAL: Educate others about what the mirror effect is and how it works.
When you calmly observe and mirror what is happening, what goes on inside your mind? Does an observant mind almost have to be clear and fluid?
The Mirror Effect is pure observation and provides the mechanism for getting inside another’s head. It can also clear the mind of all obstructions. Why might it be so “infuriating” to see your own intelligence and flaws expressed in another?
Does mastery of the mirror effect reflect a quality of patience? Even if mirroring someone’s impatience, does the one implementing this Effect demonstrate an understanding which only the initiated can fully appreciate and understand?
What happens when you change the physical subtleties slightly of your Mirror Effect? Maybe a slight straightening of the back, ease of arm and hand movement, intensity of gaze, etc. How might this affect another? Does it strengthen or weaken? Are you aware of engaging in a partnership or competition once you intentionally guide this physical energy with another person?
Does the Mirror Effect provide a natural defense against someone else’s manipulative use of the Mirror Effect? What happens when two people intentionally mirror each other with no leadership established? Have you ever experienced this kind of cooperation?