Moriches Ueshaib (1883 1969) a Japanese master was the founder of Aikido, a form of karate and way of life. His way was Aikido, which means: "The Art of Peace." He is widely regarded one of history's greatest martial artists. Even as an old man of eighty, he could disarm any foe, down any number of attackers, and pin an opponent with a single finger. Although invincible as a warrior, he was above all, a man of peace who detested fighting, war and any kind of violence. Morihei Ueshiba is known as O Sensei, "The Great Teacher". He explained: “Each and every master, regardless of the era or the place, heard the call and attained harmony with heaven and earth. There are many paths leading to the top of Mount Fuji, but there is only one summit - love.” 

There is connectivity between The 13 Laws of Empowerment and their toxic opposites.  The 13  Law of Empowerment form an interdependent and mutually supporting framework for facilitating the pursuit of truth and enlightenment.  These laws work in harmony.  They form the foundation of all great empowering religions and philosophies.   Oneness is at the very core of the matrix, without it everything falls apart.   Out of the Law of Oneness flow the laws of Forgiveness, Intuition, Epiphany, Revolutionary Patience, Integrity, Joy (Passion), Abundance and Humility.  Oneness rests squarely on the Law of Integrity.  The Law of Forgiveness is the path to the Law of Love. The Law of Love is at the top of this array and most masters agree is the most important and dynamic law.  The Law of Abundance is the path to the Law of Kindness/Charity.  The Law of Epiphany is the path towards Wisdom. The Law of Balance is the fulcrum that supports everything.

Each law is a part of the whole.  Mastering some of these laws and not others is better than mastering none.  However it leaves one off balance, out of sync, and vulnerable to the toxic forces at work in the universe.

The following chart illustrates the interdependent relationship between these laws.


“Life is a corrupting process from the time a child learns to play his mother off against his father in the politics of when to go to bed, he who fears corruption fears life.” notes Saul David Alinsky (1909 – 1972) Carmel, California generally considered the father of community organizing.

A sinister web comprised of toxic opposites to the Laws of Empowerment works to trap the mind in a dark and self-destructive abyss.  For example:

•Love is challenged by hatred;

•Kindness is challenge by cruelty; and

•Abundance is challenged by a scarcity mentality.

As anyone who has had a relationship with a parent, lover, friend, child, force or wonder of nature or hobby soon discovers, sacrifice and virtue are linked to their toxic opposites along a complex, co-dependent, reactionary and often non-reciprocating continuum.  For example the:

•Love we give can grow into hate and those we love the most can do things to disappoint, corrupt or destroy the things we love as well as ourselves in spite of our actions and love for them. 

•Kindness we give can turn or grow into cruelty and those we are the kindest to can do things that are rude and cruel to us in spite of our acts of kindness we show towards them.

•Abundance we show can grow into scarcity in and to those we show abundance.  They often become jealous and envious and often our worse critiques and prosecutors.

Many people believe that this proves the Law of Karma (you get back what you give, good or bad) does not work. This leads to the cynical and toxic world view that: “No good deed goes unrewarded.” Actually, this is a misinterpretation of the Law of Karma. The reward and punishment system is much more complex and subtle. You do get back what you give good or evil, sometimes many times over, however it does not necessary come back from the one you give it to. Both virtues and evils have a multiplying effect as they feed, cascade and either block or facilitate each other.  For example, at the core of this toxic web that corrupts empowerment are egotism, elitism and prejudice.  Out of these toxins easily flow revenge, rationalization, tunnel vision, instant gratification, obsession & reactivity, apathy, jealously, envy, betrayal and arrogance.  Revenge feeds hatred of self, others and our enemies.  A closed mind leads to the reliance of facts, data or knowledge alone.  A scarcity mentality feds our jealousies and envies inevitably leads to greed, cruelty and selfishness.  Most people, families, societies, organizations, nations and cultures rot from the top down.  Hate of self, others and enemies have the cascading effect leading one inevitable to revenge, egotism, elitism, prejudice, corruption and betrayal of self and others.  All of these toxins are rooted in obsession, reactivity and defensiveness. The blocking effect can been seen in the fact that a person who seeks or even masters oneness will find it difficult to master:

•Love of themselves or others if they have not first mastered forgiveness or they are focused on revenge.

•Kindness or charity if they have not first mastered abundance or they are focused on scarcity.

•Wisdom if they have not first opened their mind to the possibilities of epiphanies or were willing to expand their tunnel vision.

•Balance if they have not mastered integrity or if they betray those that are not in the room.

The following chart illustrates how the toxic opposites of these laws conspire to destroy the user and others by enslaving the mind, corrupting the soul and poisoning all contracts, relationship and bonds with people, family, society an nature.

The failure to master a single Law of Empowerment can, in fact, negate or distort the mastery of others.  For example, I have known many people who were:

•Master of kindness, abundance and oneness who lacked humility allowed their arrogance to be left unchecked which lead to their failure or denied them true greatness;

•Masters of passion and integrity who lacked balance allowed their passions and integrity to turn into obsessions; or

•Masters of oneness, integrity and balance who lacked revolutionary patience causing them to eventually abandon oneness, integrity and balance as failed strategies.

This toxic web not only enslaves the mind, it leads the mind into the abyss and locks the gate that leads back to both empowerment and enlightenment.

What fools the mind is that these soul-deadening toxins become more and more addictive and often invisible with each use as they:

•Weaken the will;

•Cloud the vision; 

•Deliver instant gratification; and

•Provide false and temporary feelings of guilt free security, satisfaction, success and harmony with the universe.

Additionally, with each application these toxins make the mind, body and spirit more resistant to its impact and more frequent applications are required to continue to provide the same temporary satisfaction and false feelings of well being.  This does more and more permanent and often irreparable harm to the body and soul.  What makes the toxic web especially deadly is that most people on the road to self-destruction are already trapped in its abyss:

•Have convinced themselves that the toxins are not toxic;

•Have convinced themselves that even if the toxins are poison, they don’t apply to them;

•Deny that they are in the abyss even as it saps their last breath and causes them to harm others;

•Have convinced themselves that even if the toxins are toxic to themselves and others they had no other options; or

•Rationalize that the thing they are doing or have done that is wrong or is harmful is not their fault.

Jean Rostand (1894 - 1977), French biologist and philosopher, explained it this way:  “Stupidity, outrage, vanity, cruelty, iniquity, bad faith, falsehood - we fail to see the whole array when it is facing in the same direction as we are.” 

Most masters agree that every successful road toward empowerment or attempt to escape the abyss requires that we:

Stop being toxic;

Stop consuming the toxins;

Stop rationalizing our toxic behavior;

Stop manufacturing and distributing toxins;

Replace our dependence on the toxins with a decision to submit to and observe the laws of empowerment; and

Commit to a continuous, life long program of self, peer or in some cases professional assisted growth, development, and renewal of the mind, body and soul.

None of this is possible without the recognition that that there are laws, principles and forces larger and more important than our own selfish needs and interests that must be acknowledged, respected and submitted to.

Carl Jung (1875 – 1961) was a Swiss psychiatrist and founder of analytical psychology. He noted that:I have treated many hundreds of patients. Among those in the second half of life - that is to say, over 35 - there has not been one whose problem in the last resort was not that of finding a religious outlook on life.”  He once agreed to treat an American patient who was destroying his life through chronic alcohol abuse. However, after working with this patient over time and trying everything he knew they achieved no significant results.  Jung concluded that psychological intervention was hopeless and advised his patient that perhaps taking a spiritual path might provide the answer he sought.  That patient, Ronald H took this advice and went back and joined a Christian evangelical church.  He shared the advice he received with other alcoholics.  One of those alcoholics, Ebby Thatcher founded the most successful and accessible Alcoholic treatment and recovery programs of all time, Alcoholics Anonymous (AA).  Through continued correspondence with the founder Jung reportedly provided assistance in the design of the guiding principles of that program documented in a booklet published by AA entitled Pass it On. Jung also noted, concerning the road to enlightenment, that:Your vision will become clear only when you can look into your own heart. Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes.”

Free Your Mind and let The Empowerment Game begin.

Yours in the Struggle for Empowerment


Producer/Director/Host/Educator/Student/Traveler of The KOOGE Show, The Empowerment Game Educational Series and The 13 Laws of Empowerment

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