Looking With New Eyes

Once upon a time in land far away I went to a number of self-development and business sessions run by the university technology transfer outfit. There I was advised to read Sun Tzu, Machiavelli and The Financial Times. I have also been advised by an operating thetan level 8 ex-scientologist. I interacted with a nasty piece of work who was the CEO of our company. I have worked a bit with venture capitalists. I have also studied Jiu jitsu and aikido, so I understand how to apply force at just the right place for maximum effect.

I would estimate that I have had low to medium grade exposure to power in the conventional sense. I have also experienced power as the Toltecs deem it.

I’ll make a supposition.

Much of what is taught as “management” is in fact a form of manipulation.

The darkness of the management depends upon the intent of the person doing it. For example, personal development planning can be weaponised and used to bully. People do not look with new eyes at that which is established practice. Much employment law is designed to enslave and control. OK I’ll accept that this is a slight over egg but stick with it conceptually.

Believe it of not I have met someone who signed a contract in her own blood with some entity the other side of a mirror. This was some kind of black magic spell, a contract. She saw herself as a bit witchy and a seductress. Underneath all the bull she was actually a nice warm caring person who had more than metaphorically self-harmed by that act.

Whether you like to admit it or not any contract you sign is by way of a spell which in some ways binds you. Contracts are intended to bind.  For one job I was given a 350Mbyte cd with terms and conditions. They were mostly anti-corruption clauses. I was supposed to sign saying that I agreed and would be bound by said conditions. For that I would get a tidy salary and a car with diplomatic numberplates.

I began to sense a different road when they started personal development planning at my work. For each year I would have to agree binding targets. I wanted to be free not bound.

Ritual magic is already present it is called legislation and it has its priesthood, who are by and large well paid. Some of them have nice wigs too.

I do not know where the Aquarian age will go. But I suspect, if humanity can grow up, some of these forceful practises will go. People will actively and intelligently cooperate with each other. That day may be millennia away. I do not expect to see it with these things in my head which I call eyes. They will be long gone.

Manipulation and Mess

There is a certain kind of person who enjoys trying to get others to do their bidding, not by intelligent and adult discussion / persuasion, but by simple manipulation. I have thematically referred to this earlier in the blog with the “I am only making plans for Nigel” theme. I have been on the receiving end of some of these “cunning plans” through the years in which things have been discussed for me, without my inclusion, and then presented to me as something of a fait accompli. There is a certain kind of person who would maintain that this is good management practice, I would say that it is quasi-forceful manipulation.

It Toltec terms this is defined as sorcery.

As such sorcery is a much more common practice than people believe. It does not need a wand, or a mantra, or a magic potion. It is simply trying to get others to do bidding in a deceitful, underhand, leveraged and forced manner, that for example might be a carrot or a stick. Or it could be putting a horse’s head in someone’s bed to make them an offer they cannot refuse.

If the intended manipulatee doesn’t allow themselves to me manipulated in can precipitate an almighty mess. Something which the manipulator might be unable to clean up. They do not for one minute imagine that they have to clean up the mess.

For example, I have no idea how I might be able to help the plumber get out of the hole he has dug for himself. It is not a huge hole but if he continues to dig, it could get very deep quite quickly. If he does not know it is a hole, there is a problem.

I mentioned earlier that I worked in pastoral care and was able to negotiate people credit, or benefit of the doubt, if they were struggling when it came to examiner’s meetings. Most people were straight but there were a few who tried to pull a fast one. In one case I ended up speaking to specialist police officers who were asking me for a hint as to whether to close a case or not. I drew their attention to the fact that the alleged incident was timed exactly with exams. They dropped the case.

In the pastoral care role, I had to deal with a whole number of messes most of which arose from attempts at manipulation in one way or another. Many students had been messed up by parents. You might be surprised how many parents got divorced the moment junior went away to university. They had been putting on a show for junior, who sensed this and had it proven to them by circumstance in the first term at university. People can justify a whole bunch of stuff AND imagine that it is wise and intelligent. We will stay together for junior.

In the case in the video previous, Uther wanted to dip his wick so to speak and then with the help of Merlin manipulated things. This kicked of a whole chain of events subsequently. For one night of wick dipping a massive and ongoing mess ensued.

It seems to me that I might over the next few days or so delve into the practises of sorcery or in other words, manipulation.

It is an area of human folly that gives rise to many of our television programmes, from Dallas to East Enders.