Q&A I recently received the question Have you read The 48 Laws of Power by Robert Greene? From a wonderful (understatement to say the lease) woman, who is one of the most skilled and talented in her field that I have ever met. And yet faces every playground bullying behaviour directed at her in the workplace on a daily basis! Yes these grown adults earn six figures or close to it!

She goes onto say ‘Interestingly, in the credits, the author thanks everyone who has used power on him to “torture me and cause me pain”.  X’

This is my reply.

Hello lovely 😊

I have not read the book, I have seen it and decided against it.

That is an excellent comment from Robert Greene, because when they did use their (perceived) power to “torture and cause pain” (perceived because it is both false and transient) Robert felt powerless and yet it guided him to do something about it.

When you / we / I / Robert step into our personal power we realise that others may indeed try to wield their power over us and yet it in this very action it loses it power because it has NO power over us.

When we identify a power play that does not belong to us we can see it clearly for what it is, any power play is a screaming insecurity that belongs to the other person, it does not belong to us and we have a choice (between action and reaction there is a space ~ in this space we make a choice) to refuse to accept it.  You / we / I wouldn’t accept their physical rubbish / garbage / trash because we can see it, once we realise that their (perceived) power play is their non physical rubbish / garbage / trash we can refuse to accept this too.

When you / we / I / Robert step into our personal power we realise that others may indeed try to wield their power over us and yet it in this very action it loses it power because it has NO power over us.

There have been many who have gone before us to share this message with us, from

You’ve always had the power my dear, you just had to learn it for yourself. – Glinda the Good Witch ~ The Wizard of OZ

You have no power over me! ~ Sarah ~ Labyrinth

to

Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that. – Martin Luther King, Jr.

Hope and fear cannot occupy the same space. Invite one to stay. ~ Maya Angelou

Today is 15th January, January named after Janus, is the god of beginnings, gates, transitions, time, duality, doorways, passages, and endings. He is usually depicted as having two faces, since he looks to the future and to the past.

We have the power to look back and forgive ourselves for when we let someone use their (perceived) power against us, and decide going forward to step into our personal power  and refuse to accept anything that doesn’t belong to us.

Apologies for the length of this message, I knew I wanted to give you a full reply, I didn’t realise it would be a wee soapbox (I think I’ll turn it into a blog 😊) I trust it is of help and use to you 🙂

When you identify which one of the 48 (perceived) power plays is being used you can identify it as a screaming insecurity that belongs to the other person, and keep walking forward into your light 💜

Love Karen xx

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