Many play power games

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All play games

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Playing power games can be dangerous. It is something different from an amusement game. A game, in its everyday sense, is something that amuses, entertains, or pleases. Children learn by playing; adults play to relax; old people play again with children.

Hooks (Agganci). An example of how to play power games Acrylic painting by Aurora Mazzoldi
Hooks (Agganci). Acrylic painting by Aurora Mazzoldi.

Playing makes happy. We look kindly on playing people, and occasionally, we would like to take part too. We can become friends through playing. Often we don’t even realize we are playing, but we do it or, better, some parts of us take the overhand.

Everything we do can be a game, and we are the ones who program it! Life gives us a wide range of possibilities, and every choice we make has its very definite path. Our preoccupations and fears can turn this path into a drama, even if our partners have made the same choices as us. Our encounters are not predestined; we wish them, and who is there in that given moment has just the same desire as we. Telepathic messages continue to flow in all directions through the invisible cobweb of relationships around us.

Many play power games

Games have potentially no taboos. We put them. Frequently, we are so fond of playing power games that we don’t even consider the consequences. Sporadically, they can be humanly dramatic, but we should consider that things were agreed upon. We encounter many traps, and we often pretend we don’t see them. Anyway, games allow us to make our experience.

To play power games, we cast a hook; we ask something without saying it. The game begins with an offer, a hook, a call to meet/fight. In my introspective paintings, I have described some of these “hooks”. Are they the ones I use? Maybe, but they are universal. Only the ones who follow the same illusion, however, can perceive this call. We put the limits, but we should consider that, as the wheels turn, it is difficult to stop them. If, while playing, we break a window glass, the responsibility is ours and ours alone.

The law of Karma makes this concept clear. Frequently, we feel imprisoned in a mechanism, but we should remember that everything is a consequence of our choices. Even if we need very little to avoid the worst, we think it’s easier to let go. Responsibility doesn’t mean to feel guilty, but to understand and remember! Life can be a wonderful game if we understand its rules.

Aurora Mazzoldi

See also: Relationship power-games