(As my previous question Imagine you had the power to make people in your direct environment do whatever you wanted them to. What would you try? has led to misunderstandings, I'm refining it here.)
If you had the ability to influence people in your environment to such a high degree that you could virtually make them do* what you wanted them to, how would you use this ability? Where would you stop?
To avoid further misunderstandings: "people" means neither "the people" nor "all people" as everybody has their free will - it refers to people who are susceptible to your ability.
Just a few "ordinary" examples of influencing people by bypassing their conscious awareness:
Professionals who do so are for instance journalists and media presenters, politicians, doctors, healers, advertisers and other salespersons, lawyers, public speakers and leaders (spiritual or not), musicians, writers, painters,...
edit: *do: think, feel, do, become
That power is a violation. Some people have the power of influence and it will always result in a bad outcome. It is a double edged sword, even if the intent is for good. It is an extension of ones ego and should be avoided.
answered 14 Aug '11, 20:32
The Knights Alchemy
For me this question still implies disruption of harmony...i understand this question as stating "if i had power over certain people to what extent would i use this power?
If i was really conscious of possessing this power, i would possess enough power over myself so as not to need to influence others using power.
Those politicians, artists, lawyers...who seem to have power over certain other people by bypassing the conscious awareness of these people are either not fully conscious of their influential capacities or they use it consciously at their own detriment.
answered 14 Aug '11, 08:30
Well I would write a book of rules and parables. That were easily misinterpreted and would cause conflict between people .I would have buildings built in every village , town and city just so people could go to them and tell me how AWESOME I was. AND everyone would wear jumpsuits and flowerpots on there head
I really work on being nonjudgmental. And to exercise my will upon other would go completely in the opposite direction.
answered 15 Aug '11, 08:34
I find this to be a very interesting question, but I really think that you are talking about persuasion not influence.
Persuasion is when you use a set of tactics to gaim compliance from someone or get them to do what you want them to. Compliance means that you affect the thought process but not the belief system.
Influence is a state of your identity. It's your presence and who you are. When you become influential, you gain conversion. Conversion completely changes someone's beliefs and you become a symbol for what they agree and identify with.
I do not think that persuasion is innately "wrong" or "bad" and at times, may actually be a positive thing. If you are in business for yourself or in some sort of leadership position, then you will have to use persuasion at some point. We often persuade our children also and we are definitely bombarded with persuasive messages all the time through advertisements.
For me personally, doing anything that does does not honor the other person or preys upon a fear would not agree with my higher self and values. Sadly, there are a lot of people who are not in touch with themselves on a level where they will act the same way and there are a lot of people that can be persuaded and even influenced based on their beliefs and fears.
answered 14 Sep '11, 10:05
You already possess this power.
Most of us use it to mess our lives through others.
Observe the nature of your "living picture" of consciousness.
You will get it.
answered 15 Sep '11, 22:03
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