Relationships and the Power-Imagery Process

One effect of the Power-Imagery Process (PIP) is how it affects relationships.  In the power-as-control game that forms the basis of most human relationships, the prevailing condition can be expressed by the formula: “Me real-You shadow.” This power dyad places the “shadow” into the position of anonymity making it rather easy to be dismissed or disregarded.

The “Me real-You shadow” relationship is one that cuts across all social classes and all institutions (a friend of ours was summarily cut from a job he held for 17 years with a major US corporation, given a curt goodbye and two weeks severance pay, regardless of the fact his job performance was continuously satisfactory). This abuse of power is an example of the power-as-control game that is ubiquitous and prevalent
throughout the world.

Remember, power exists for us as humans. How it is used is a key to guiding the value of the PIP process. Being on either the receiving or giving end can be reversed to a loving use of power simply by taking the power back and reversing its direction. By doing so, inestimable benefits can accrue to both sides of the equation. This means that the “law” of collaboration can substitute for the “law” of domination-subjugation. In the domination-subjugation “law,” both parties dissipate energy even as the one diminishing doesn’t realize the toll it’s taking. Meanwhile, the PIP process is acting as an agent to free those being dominated; it conserves energy and preserves life. The physiological, social, and holistic research studies we both have conducted over many years bears witness to this fact. We have shown how the imagery process and right use of will has demonstrated observable, definable changes for the better.