Purpose & Manipulation
Manipulation: Getting people to do what you want them to do.
Ethical question? No.
It's a survival question.
Refrain from manipulation for survival of our species. Here is why:
Getting people to do what you want them to do takes them away from their purpose. This is a very subtle, barely perceptible shift of application of precious attention and focus. Chi. The Force. By using any means (NLP, psychological games, magickal influencing, psy ops, etc) to get them to serve your personal agenda, you funnel their Chi away from their purpose.
Why is this problematic survival-wise?
I don't think we can afford ANYONE to be pulled away from the deep purpose of the unique way All That Is flows through them. We're in the early stages of a delicate and volatile evolutionary transmutation. How can we navigate.
We navigate by dusting our mantel of illusion, touching it, feeling it, absorbing it into our knowing of being. We navigate by learning to perceive the deep subtle almost imperceptible current of LIFE guiding us toward LIFE: our PURPOSE. Ever evolving, ever changing, in its expression, yet at its essence PURPOSE remains the same: LIFE guides us toward itself. THIS is sustainability. Life sustains itself through this process. THIS is purpose.
Anyone who lures someone's attention away from this process to serve their own agenda takes one more vital warrior away. Takes them away from having their attention on their own perception and then expression of what the-unique-way-life-flows-through-them is calling them to do.
Ok. This is my comment on manipulating. On game playing. On treating people as things.
NOW: THIS is the reason to be aware of being manipulated. Because YOU cannot afford to remain asleep and sleep through the subtle wind of your inner currents of LIFE calling you to serve itself. Do not lie to yourself. Do not go out chasing more clothes for your illusions, padding up your images of yourself. Trying to fix the robes and make them golden while the body is rotting. No. Serve the body. The body of life.
Manipulation can be as blatant as a battle axe thrown at you - this is the easy kind, the bully kind, of intimidation and fear. It's easy to recognize, but painful to break. There will be threats, there will be harm done to you if you don't comply. They will shame you, they will yell at you, and you WILL temporarily lose touch with the call of stillness within, because you'll feel guilty but don't know why. You'll feel lonely, and you'll think it's your fault, because you are being punished for abandoning an agenda that used to give you a false sense of belonging, mattering, and safety. This version requires navigation through something invisible: INTEGRITY. Integrity is being able to perceive when you're actions may create discord externally, but you can feel that something in you is locking into place deeply with something else. At first it's painful and scary, and the locking of your actions into alignment with something deep within you may not at first be much of a reward, considering all the pain you experience from losing harmony, love, connection, peace, with those around you demanding you act THEIR way.
On the long run, tho, you will begin to notice each time you act toward accordance with the inner you, the one connected to LIFE, your shoulders get lighter. Your spine straighter. Your face lights up.
But manipulation can also be as subtle as a warm caressing ocean breeze. This kind isn't based on fear, but pleasure. Seduction. It will dangle all your dreams in front of you. It dangles the pleasure of confidence. Absence of rejection. Sexual powers. Human love and attention. This one is subtle and insiduous. It gets into your wallet. Into your mind. Into your actions. You fall into a trance of pursuing the anticipated rewards by doing more of what you think will bring them. World control becomes your aim. Ultimately, it's your-world control, and even your-inner-world control, by striving for outer world control. The unknowingly manipulated becomes a manipulator:
If other people are involved, you will try to please them to give them what makes them release the reward you seek. If the reward is inconsistent and unpredictable, you may try even harder, just trying to figure out how to get the desired love, attention, approval. This one is much harder to break, because when the reward doesn't come, you think you didn't do well enough - yet.
Upon stopping, you will notice a feeling of emptiness. The pursuit of anticipated desire fulfillment has been a kind of filling of its own. When you stop, emptiness strikes, and it strikes double: You lose the illusion of future fulfillment. And you lose the trance of pursuit.
Now, bam, you land in this moment and first thing is: Emptiness.