This is a chapter from The Way of the Sith.
With each strength gained, there is the ability to use a specific power to invoke it to make for the achievement of a specific victory. Each strength gets us closer to our universal goal. It is in a limited way what we need. It’s a balance of components between motivations, things which accumulate power, things like charisma and political machination which spring you towards earthly gain. These strengths are the product of a powerful person, which is someone who has gathered mental, physical, and emotional strength within himself and displays that. I’ve covered this adequately in ‘Introduction to the Sith’. Emotional strength keeps you going; it’s an assertive control over one’s own emotional regulation, placing one’s own emotional state first, rather than the emotions and opinions of others which may make us miserable. We don’t merely react to stimuli but can very quickly recover from obstacles and have the ability to be able to feel and be open to our emotional experiences. An emotional being is one who does not allow oneself to be controlled or have one’s judgment be clouded by some other person, won’t allow some other to undermine one’s strengths. In fact, he knows his own strengths well.
Emotional intelligence is a strength few people are aware of. An emotive person has improved perspective of himself, better relationships, and a better understanding of relationships. You have knowledge of your own biases, patterns, and habits and have the emotional regulation necessary to not be taken in by temptations that we usually don’t want for ourselves. It’s the tool to rein the power of emotions and direct them towards a goal, calling on emotions that serve us when we need them to gain unshakable wills.
Ingratiating is bringing the arts or knowledge to those who matter and want it. It’s keeping your friends close. Granting responsibilities is giving a person responsibility so that they may work for us while being glad about it. Granting responsibilities keeps people at arm’s length so you know what they are up to since their accountability takes some time to get used to. That responsibility can be work, career advice, or training so that way they are more in our care, which is good for them for a time (we provide some first, then they provide, granting responsibilities goes both ways). Uplifting is giving people a taste of power and telling people what they want to hear, giving cautious agreement and casual flattery. Uplifting can also mean one’s betterment, which means to enhance someone through providing self-development, growth and transformation teachings, advice, and suggestions.
Compelling is being the captivator, which means being able to tell people what cards they hold and how they can use it to the best of their ability to get where they want to be, also it can mean telling people what they want to hear. We are, for example, being charming, a good leader, or compassionate. Revering is the ability to provide great respect or awe towards someone, particularly when they have accomplished something or done something for you. The kind of rewards we should be giving out is time out of the office or workplace, clubs, bars, places to unwind and giving some luxury to the people unused to it. Places are the most useful way of ingratiating that we have at our disposal. Use them well. The attribute/claim that is the empowering of people is to share with them empowering memes or what they should know by now. We provide favours or promises to give people what they want, questioning them on this and making it a point to timely fulfil it.
All of these have something in common, it’s about making people believe in us and making bold assertions that one gets certainty of getting what you want often because of credibility, consistency, experience and clout, the latter just means that people like you and believe in you.
Those that know they will have much to gain and little to lose from you rise are much more likely to support or back you.
Charm is the strength of giving people a good time, giving them the inspiration or motivation to pursue what they want to pursue and making mutual interests and mutual goals pacts. Charm gives people a reason to keep on fighting or doing what they do. It makes people like us better. Charm is a clever route to gaining followers, people who wish to know us and may even respect us but not admire. They can make to us a list of their interests and clear statements on their goals in life, to which we can respond with our own thoughts positively on those matters and dig deep to tell them what is good about what they want.
Charm is about creating stronger bonds between people by making mutual interests and mutual goal pacts, something very valuable and useful to us because it keeps people aligned and loyal as long as they themselves can directly or indirectly benefit from our plans and enterprise. Leadership is the move to make others happier, admiring us, make people involved in our plans and doings, and giving out orders for those following closely with happiness and admiration. We can get people to admire us by how well we do things. If they are well aware of that and have few qualms about how we did it, we can get people to be very close followers and colleagues in our hierarchy.
Leaders are successful people, so make sure to show that when prompted to. We are able to exude confidence in everything we do; otherwise, people may lose some faith in us. Confidence is somewhat easy to build up. Just believe in yourself, believe that your knowledge is worthwhile and passionate. Make it appear you cannot be shaken no matter what, be unshakeable. When people reject you, they are really rejecting your offers or because people don’t know your personality yet. People don’t care about the actions that people do in response to our actions. It’s natural that people respond well when we are emboldened, so make sure to keep your inner beliefs close to you because they are a source of power. Emboldening is having ideals like dreams, intentions, goals, principles and plans, dreams of seeing our status and rank fulfilled (our struggle), building our empire, and our powers emboldened by collective action. Know that the dark is within us and that it is the essence of anti-sluggishness, so remember to use the Sith core identity when the situation, experience or circumstance requires it.
Rejection could turn out to strengthen us and propel us to new and better heights and be a driving force for greatness. Much of what has been said is really about confidence. It prevents things like a lack of beliefs or rejection to cause a deficiency in those who want to be leaders.
Rejection occurs because people have moved out of the same boat or have used their discretion on their interests or on to different prospects.
Leadership is affirming that people have inherent value and worth to us. Their value is that they are of value and spiritual, and value the right things, have purpose, meaning, and direction.
Perceived value is one of the most important lessons to have, that everything runs on the perception on people being of value. Value orientation is the right frame of mind for a leader because women and men will seek out and admire people who share similar value orientation. They will observe and calculate whether or not a person makes others feel valued or holds good value himself (value orientation). All things can run on such a course of mindset, so be a source of good values within yourself. Capitalise on the resources that people provide to us.
Leadership is the resolution of things, and then the sharing of our concerns. This can be called gravitas, but it is something most people respond to quite well. A good leader can bring about strength in others. He can excel at this by spotting when others have not been moving steadily towards their goal and provide the guidance for them to correct it. Explaining what concern is, is letting others know what their struggles entail, what others experiences have known, and how they can benefit from it. Leadership brings many a lost soul to a cause. It makes them overwhelmed at wonder at the power they can gain. It gives people the hope enough in the struggle to fight for what is theirs, fighting for a portion of the world that should belong to them as their character/personal attributes, physical characteristics, talents, interests, skills, and education dictates.
Leadership is giving people the strength and many other things to defeat or break what stands in our way. It can give people freedom, insight, focus, experience, direction, and guidance. What helps us gain some strengths are our activities in research, lecturing, studying, sport, dieting discipline, avoiding colloquial language, exercising, and financial monitoring. Leadership compels us to do what we don’t usually wish to. It forces us to take action because our leaders can exemplify character and spirit.
The leaders may arise and can replace our family as our primary role models, who can rise above their circumstances and achieve compassionate resolve, the resolve to be a more understanding and free from undue judgements. Having impartial judgement so that when others fall or are hindered or fail to break free from chains or suffer greatly or have been in much pain, we do not judge them for it. We instead try to help them with passion to eclipse others in similar positions: the strength to pursue our potential, the power to gain our resolution, the freedom to seek out happiness wherever we like and the alleviating of suffering. This is key to not letting you be dragged down by compassion since it is engaging with understanding, in passion, in strength, in power, and in freedom. Leadership is the ready provision of solutions to our common struggles, which is alleviating people’s concerns. Enhancing their pride and self-esteem and leadership excels at gaining people’s belief in us.
Understanding helps one come to terms with frictions and difficulties in their lives. With that in mind, we gain the passion to help get an advantage over our competitors. With strength, we are able to see our strengths in a positive way and the darkness that is delimiting power, reducing fear and guilt, refusing to underestimate what we can handle, integrating our shadow mind, understanding flaws and weaknesses in a realistic way and the challenges that can overcome them. With power, we are thus able to seek out a good resolution to problems as they arise. With this, we have inner power and thus can gain freedom to pursue whatever we want by understanding our people’s woes, understanding our people’s struggles, frictions, and difficulties, understanding that we must stop denying ourselves for whatever reason there is. It’s only then that we can pursue what we want to. This strength then compels people to act.
Leadership is confronting what our difficulties, frictions, or obstacles may be, and thus with an insight, one obliterates the confines of anxiety or nervousness and sees the bigger picture, i.e. have a purpose. There are many people who are careless for their own sakes, their own evaluation of their self-worth and worthiness to pursue things, particularly how much they can bear. They frequently underestimate how much they can bear. We want to find out what people’s concerns may be because humanity has in itself the potential for good and for ill. We wish to know both and turn the mirror on ourselves to try and see if we have that in us too. Concerns are for people a source of problems and phobias. To learn to fix such issues is the mark of a compassionate person. Concerns make us into stereotypical problem people. That is because they always seek out an easy fix instead of contemplation and the harder solution, reconciliation or power. Either can provide people with an alleviation of them being problem people. Why do people seek out compassionate people? We want to gain strength from somebody else. The Jedi don’t have a good measure on what is or is not compassion; rather, they try to apply altruistically, giving it to anyone no matter the reason. Rather, it leads to pitfalls such as people won’t want to provide any help in return if they know that it’s always free. Always treat with caution a free meal as there never is such a thing.
People find us compelling and wish to know us. That can be used to our advantage. Forcing oneself to be compassionate to those one does not deem worthy of respect is a failing of the Jedi way. It’s the way (our way) to use our compassion and sympathy for those who deserve our respect and whom we wish to protect because that way, they return the favour, might be compelled to act, compelled to change their ways or return respect. We evade the pitfall of the overly compassionate Jedi.
Charisma includes the ability to compel others to act accordingly. That is not limited to political power. Charisma, or interpersonal skills, is what conveys our personal and political power in a way that’s gratifying to the senses or attractive, something that’s satisfying and makes others willing to have their destinies steered. This is a component of a universal power. It has made the people behind organisations some of the most successful in the world because they have made the best use of their will (sense of purpose and unfettered and unbeholden wills) to gain followers, friends, and allies.
Though they have also used marketing to make their firms, businesses become well known and friendly to many unfamiliar with the product or firm, as many people as possible. The Sith have laid out some of the groundwork necessary to take back many organisations under our will and philosophy.
Willpower is the act or ability to control our mind and body. This is also called determination, gumption, or true grit. Whatever builds up our willpower is what we call upon to cause it to inflame, direct, or empower the will. Strength of will is for withstanding whatever life throws at us, what we’re able to. It culminates in the effective display of our power to earn and gain personal prestige. It’s radiating out an energy that people find naturally compelling and wish to know and be part of, at least in spirit. Strength is being able to surpass or demolish obstacles with or without things like motivation, to be unhindered by all that our enemies or foes have to throw at us. It keeps us in a state which is essential for beating all trials and being able to keep going. If we ever have apathy, strength takes us out of it. If we are ever in need, strength helps us to de-condition our mind and helps prevent a break in confidence.
While willpower regulates all these different categories of potential and actual actions, there is one singular will that operates from where your actions are consisting of, one singular will. You don’t have one willpower supply for each aspect under our control like emotions, impulses, thoughts, and performance control. Basically, whenever you have a desire to do something that conflicts with your long-term goals and your core values, willpower is the thing that kicks in and tries to keep you on track. The stronger your willpower is, the better the chance of making a decision in line with your goals. Willpower is what allows you to choose your path and to persevere in that path despite pressures, difficulties, problems, odds, frictions, and weakness. Strength is undeniable and pronounced. No one really disagrees with a strong person attaining some level of power. As long as they have some charisma and political smarts or mystery, then they are guaranteed to have great success in politics, business, and life in general, since that is what strength and power is. It keeps the engine of society going when few are willing or able to take on such responsibility.
The responsibility is to guide and educate, to lead or conquer where others would shrink back. They continue to do their best in the face of the insurmountable odds. Part of the awakening of strength is political machination and charisma, the ability to convey the appropriate stratagems, paths forward, and direction.
A great politician is able to come up with the most beneficial solution to obvious problems plaguing people, ones that may make a hasty conclusion inevitable, foreseeable to everyone, and he relaxes all the troubled minds in these dire circumstances and makes the necessary steps, with the will to do it and the physical strength and/or fortitude, the main course of his political climb charting the direction forward. The politician is a machinator and a vehicle for others to get behind because it would alleviate their anxiety, bring their struggle to the forefront of the political realm, and rein in the would-be enemies of the Sith. He does not fear death; he revels in the fight, encourages others to, and does not give in, particularly when people close to him have sacrificed too much and lost some certainty.
We must be able to have strength of will to create our potential. The code or creed is then what makes anything possible. The sovereignty (a will that does is unbowed) is what will mean whether we will be there to claim our freedom and thus free ourselves from the control agenda. Power prevents us from accruing losses on the ideological front to the enemy. It smashes the systems designed to change, modify, or alter us in undesirable ways, making us conform to readily, making us a materialist, changing our outcomes to mediocre when they can be great but only if we have the strength of will and planning to help secure certain resources. The human resources need corralling and compelling, without a will strong enough to endure punishments for any wrong moves or many obstacles we must face, like people sent to do us wrong and subvert our will, change what we put in place for our acolytes, command us to do things that are degrading in politics, socially, or in the workplace. We’d sooner find an outlet for our command, thanks to our careful thought and planning.
Command, then, is the eventual reward for the contest of will and power. We’d find security, prosperity, safety in numbers, and much-needed help and finances this way. Thought and planning results in these kinds of rewards but only if we endure, pinpoint resources, put the effort into compelling someone with what they want (their interests) and uplifting someone by giving them access to their power and telling them what they want to hear.
The other essential component to strength means (besides cutting away fetters and banishing defeat) the essential abilities to defeating despair and gaining command. Strength is the resoluteness to conquer ourselves and take with a commanding discipline of our own body and mind, using them like they were our most potent tools to celebrate, revere, and take what rightfully belongs to us. A strength that is usually neglected is motivation and inspiration. Compelling people is a stoking of desires that makes us want to do things that break the mould.
Strength building is what helps us in our direction to a goal with drive, urgency, or necessity. Having such a goal will only amount to as much development in you as the hardest things you can put yourself through. Enduring and persisting through tough situations, learning and growth, and such things that cause a level of mental tiring for you towards your goal will help you tremendously in the pursuit of strength. We have to reach the stage where our mind tells us to stop but we make that promise for our growth to rise rather than rest when we are truly put to the test. That’s when tiring begins to occur and so that’s when you must gain control of your mind and go from that point or threshold of ego depletion so that physical or mental exertion makes it possible for that growth to occur. The best can only be gotten when we demand the best of ourselves when our mind battles us on the point of potentially faltering when our potential is exceeded. No matter if it’s a mere 5 per cent above that threshold, it will build strength, and you will find great results from minimal exhaustion.
The problem with problematic will sapping beliefs is that you become afraid of your shadow self and thus afraid of situations and experiences that challenge you, or you face things and parts of you that you don’t want to face: insecurities, pain, and fear. The mind will try and focus you on things that want of further comfort because of your feelings. Feelings in your mind try and rule you rather than the other way around. Practice and habit break the mould your mind tries to make for itself by the path of least resistance that your mind kicks in. You want to kick into gear where your mind says stop but start to control your mind. The mind controls all. Don’t let your mind rule you. You’ve got to experience exhaustion, feel tired and worn, and want to stop but instead control yourself in that moment to create strength.
Passion does wonders to rejuvenate the strength of individuals. It makes things directed to solving the problem of our rank. The creator or producer of influence or altering force is power. Rank is merely the reason for it, and from a contest of wills, it’s an assertion in the thing that makes things happen, what simply makes things work, that which is power. Power is the subordination of a person to those people who have it. This is a fact that escapes few. Rank is determined by the metaphysical, personal, and political forms of power that we use and wield to change the landscape. If struggle were to be based on accruing power (it’s my contention that it is intimately connected), and it has been to an extent, we should struggle for our own betterment. Power comes from our understanding, influence is its exchange. Rationally or assertively, power changes or alters people. It makes the world more suitable to the wielder. On other end, power is about changing the landscape, making people compelled to take in the ideas or memes we produce. That makes the multitude of people within the spectrum believe in us and the Sith order. Without this crucial give and take, then the power wielder couldn’t make his ends. Command then makes passion the power of the force’s crucial beginning and end. Commands that make bridges or walls take some skill and planning ahead in order to subordinate better interests to even better ones and to make mutual interests adhere to one another.