Sorry to get serious right away, but our world needs your attention. We are in an energy war—that is, authoritarians are using energy to make others submit to their demands. We all need to act now to end it once and for all!
I believe people are genuinely good inside. But things happen—hence, the centuries-old problem of certain people (authoritarians, dictators, autocrats, all types of bullies) wanting to control others for their own gain. Then there is everybody else—those who are physically, mentally, and emotionally worn down into being less of the person they always could have been. They have long been on the losing side of this. Not anymore!
I think of myself as a reporter who conveys key experiences I’ve lived through or witnessed. I’ve learned a lot after being shut down for much of my life. As a result, intuitively I believe I can help others.
Bullies act the way they do probably because someone has tried to control them. They have learned to never back down. They cannot change, for they know of no other way to be. Their lack of character and empathy leads us to wonder, “Is there any human being ‘home’ inside?”
The only way I see to fix this old, old problem is for all who have submitted to authoritarianism to say “no more.” Then they can immediately begin the process of becoming stronger deep inside where bullies have harmed them the most. Where their emotional shutdown has occurred. Where they have reacted by adopting Survival Mode.
Survival Mode Reaction
Survival Mode is a reaction you might have experienced when faced with emotional abuse. Whether the abuse comes from a parent or dictator in your home country, there is no difference except in its scale.
Survival Mode can be defined as emotionally shutting down in order to survive. Fully feeling and expressing your emotions has likely never been allowed. You respond by operating in Survival Mode, which means you are less than the person you could have been. Yet to fight any kind of an energy war that’s present in family, national, and global events, you must be all here. Totally present. Not shut down.
Until I went through my healing process, I had no idea how many ways people could shut themselves down. Here’s how I described the Survival Mode I experienced in my writings.