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By Deer Tribe / In July 6, 2024


Part of our Tyrants blog series where you will learn the many faces of the tyrants. You will learn about the other tyrants of life like time, situations, space and the environment. You will also learn about the people called “Two-Legged Tyrants” and what their focus is for tyranting you. You will clearly see how you opened the door and let the tyrant in. Best of all, this series teaches you how to stop any tyrant from stealing your life force energy and how to count coup and gain the true teaching for both you and the tyrant.

In each of the tyrants will begin with a story to give an example of what this tyrant is like and how to count coup on them.


My name is Dejazmach Balcha and today most people call me “Father”. I have been in this monastery for fifteen years now, but I haven’t forgotten the event that put me here. I used to be a warrior and I fancied myself a very cunning person until I met my match in Haile Selassie, a warlord of Ethiopia. It all started back in 1924 when Selassie became a warlord and proclaimed himself to everyone as leader with the intent of unifying the country. I received a communication from him to attend a meeting to declare my loyalty and recognize him as leader. I spoke to many of the other warriors thinking that they would see this as laughable as I. However, eventually all succumbed to the request.

Well, I thought, “Not me. Haile Selassie isn’t strong enough to be a leader. He isn’t worthy enough to be my saddle boy,” And so I stayed away from the capital.

Then one day I received another communication from Haile Selassie commanding me to come to the capital. I decided to go, but I went at my speed and I brought an army of 10,000 men to protect me. I also thought perhaps I might start a civil war. I positioned my men in the valley about three miles from the capital and waited for Haile Selassie to come to me. Finally Selassie sent an emissary inviting me to a banquet-a banquet! I am not so dumb I thought. “I know that this is a trap. A ploy to get me there and then arrest or kill me.” So I told him that I would come if I could bring 600 of my personal bodyguards. Much to my surprise Selassie said he would be honored to play host to such warriors.

Throughout the banquet, Selassie was truly amazing, he charmed me in every way possible. However, I let him know that if l did not return to my camp by nightfall, my troops had orders to attack. But I knew what was really going on, he was scared and intimidated by the great warrior that I was and knew I could not be outwitted. At the end of the banquet as I rode through the streets away from the capital, I began to plan my strategy and thought to myself, “Within weeks, I will put this Selassie in his place. In the days to come I will be in charge”.

Now the most unbelievable part of my saga. I returned to my camp only to find the fires doused and all my men scattered everywhere-gone. I spoke to a witness who told me that during the banquet a large troop of Selassie’s men came into camp. I replied “But I heard no battle, no guns firing”. The witness said that was true because the soldiers didn’t come looking for a fight. They brought gold and cash and bought every last weapon the soldiers had. All of my men had been disarmed and scattered in all directions.

I was angered, I collected the 600 remaining men and headed south but was blocked by the very men who had disarmed my troops. This left me only one way and that was toward the capital where Selassie’s troops were waiting in defense.

I had no choice but to surrender to Selassie, but I had to surrender to myself as well and see my pride, ambition and jealousy. I have had many years in this monastery to think about my manipulations and realize that where I made my fatal error was in not being able to see Selassie’s obvious weakness as a strength.

FOOTNOTE: derived from a story in “The 48 Laws of Power” by Robert Greene and Joost Eleffers. Penguin Books Ltd. 1998.



The sly, cunning, devious tyrants are out for themselves and are master manipulators. They will not come straight out and ask for what they want. This tyrant uses a combination of a water and earth sword. That is, they play on your emotions to get you to react physically. Sitting in the southwest, they are manipulators of space and distance by manipulating for a better position. This tyrant will give you many choices all in their favor. In a sense, any time we want something for nothing, even though there is no such thing as nothing, we are being a sly, cunning and devious tyrant.

Underlying Cause

Because this tyrant is unable to receive from life they become greedy. This greediness makes it difficult for them to discern pattern within proper timing and thus interrupts the natural flow of giving and receiving. They, therefore, focus on what you have that they want. They engage in sly, cunning and devious behavior because they don’t trust that they can get what they want if they ask straight out for it. Underneath they believe they don’t deserve to have what they want and their repressed anger comes out as more manipulation.

Unconscious Motivation

The sly, cunning, devious tyrant is attracted to you where you are repressed and closed down. This is where they will manipulate you. Because this manipulation perpetuates more closed symbols and repression, it slows down your self-growth and development. As a result, more repression occurs. The key here is to stay honest with yourself and life and you cannot be conned.

Impact of the tyrant

This tyrant is working on the places where you are unconscious in your life, where you have repressed life and certain aspects of who you are. Often times this will be something in your sexuality, your creativity, or your vision. These tyrants are trying to throw your pattern and timing off by speeding you up or slowing you down by how they manipulate you. Since you aren’t clear about your own needs and you don’t know what you want, you are an easy target.

Where you have an inability to take decisive action, this tyrant will manipulate you. Often you become victim to this tyrant because you cannot see his game and you doubt your ability to deal directly with him. Or you are trying to out con the con man.

The sly, cunning, devious tyrant is counting on the fact that you will not see through his manipulation. They are counting on you to retreat farther into your unconscious where you are repressed. They are communicating to you “I know my manipulations will work because they have worked a hundred times before”.

This tyrant often elicits the same tyrant in us. The character in the story was also manipulating by being sly and cunning. Only he met his match. As the old saying goes “Don’t kid a kidder!” Our self-importance and/or self-pity are the traps that set us up for manipulation.

Write down the names of those in your immediate circle of influence who are this kind of tyrant to you.

Join us on the next blog as we take a closer look at this tyrant. See what you need to do to count coup on this tyrant and be at cause in your circle.

Excerpted from “A Course of Study, Series B: Module 2: The Tyrants of Life″, written by Mary Flaming Crystal Mirror. 

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