Where Does Power Reside?

3 Min. Gold News

A Read on Important Issues


Power resides only where men believe it resides. […] A shadow on the wall, yet shadows can kill. And ofttimes a very small man can cast a very large shadow – George R.R. Martin – Clash of Kings

 The world is speeding up, and empires are rising and falling. Gold is changing hands and the currency wars are heating up.

George R.R. Martin, bestselling author of the series Ice and Fire and the HBO series Game of Thrones, has one character question another with this answer:

Power resides wherever people think it resides. Nothing more.

Your power lives wherever you think it lives. What do you believe? What do you name as the thing you trust, or fear. That is where you give your power.

And what is power? It’s the ability to curate, or arrange, or harness energy and put it to work to change a present condition, or maintain a present condition.

Let’s say I’m hungry. I have the power to get myself to the fridge, open the door, take out something yummy, put it in my mouth and digest it to run my body and mind.

So I have power in my body, and in my decision making skills and will, which gets me to move my body.

It’s easy to forget that a great power is in the decision making and will that’s required before there’s any conscious action or inaction. There is our great power. We own it. And the well developed person understands, respects and nurtures this power. It’s the catalyst to the actions and inaction in our lives.

Power is magnified when additional people are added. Mob mentality is an entity to itself. If you transfer your will and decision making to this entity, then it is taken over and you can be moved into action or inaction that you may not have chosen when alone.

That is why I go into solitude, so as not to drink out of everybody’s cistern. When I am among the many I live as the many do, and I do not think as I really think; after a time it always seems as though they want to banish me from myself and rob me of my soul…
~Friedrich Nietzsche

Here’s one of the reasons why critical thinking skills are important. It gives a person the ability to wisely rule their power.

Where does power live? It lives where you believe it lives.

If you find yourself in a relationship where someone sways you to their will and decisions, then you have given your power to another. They may say you must transfer for the sake of God, or the company, or the diet, or the political party, or the good of your group. If they succeed in manufacturing your consent then you have transferred your power in exchange for something you have decided is worth the exchange. They convinced you that you must let them rule your own well being. They promised you something of value. Remember that the value of your own ability to curate your life is worth more than what they are offering. Trust your own judgement. Make mistakes and learn from them. Try to walk, fall down a few times, and soon you’ll be running. Let them carry you and you will never run.

Perhaps they are a parasite who wants something you have. Parasites feed off of you.

What could they offer of value? Perhaps a promise of protection, or money or status or health.

You have power of decision making and will. You. There is nothing anyone has that has equal value to your own will.

You can join with them if you choose, but you never have to give them your power.

Power lives in you for your own life.

Trust is a good thing when it’s earned over time through repeated experience. Aligning with a group is good when there’s a like-minded goal, and freedom to disagree, to speak freely, and to leave if you choose.

A well developed person is socially adept, keeps their own power, and aligns with others who are like minded in an area.

There are times in a person’s development, where they may be so used to being told what to do, or accept ideas without critical thought, that they lose the ability to use their own power. If a person comes to this place, a manipulated and thwarted condition, and they wake up, they might need help in removing themselves from a controlling party. Not a physical removal, usually, but permission to transfer their power back to themselves.

Here is the place a manipulated person can find themselves in:

They gave their power to a person who used it against them, meaning the other person got their money or efforts or love or support and also took their power. The giver wakes up and knows something is wrong. But before they can learn to manage their own power they need a new entity they trust to give them permission to transfer their own decision making back to themselves. They need help removing the police in their head.

That’s why it is very hard for an abused person to leave a relationship where they are clearly being taken advantage of. That is why a victim stays.

An interesting and vulnerable place.WiredMonk.July27.2008d

When they leave there is tension. There is tension whenever one party takes back their own power. There is tension whenever an entity feels they are losing power. It’s the rise and fall of empires. It’s the rise and fall of relationships. We see this with countries all the time. We are seeing this with the currency wars taking place all over the world right now.

The newly free person is full of conflicting thoughts as they learn that they have freedom. The police in their head takes time to leave and stay gone. Don’t be too worried about the existence of tension, it’s all part of the transfer of power back to yourself. It’s a good sign that your world is speeding up, and your power is changing hands.

That tension goes away, and then there is peace and freedom. The sun shines again.

Here is a permission slip:

If you were good and kind, and transferred your power to someone or to a group who did not fulfill their promises, then you are free to leave. Even if you stay with that person or group you can align without giving them your power. Your choice.

Its’ a social contract. If you did your part and if they did not, or they just give further promises that they will deliver in the future, then they breached the contract.

The social contract.

They broke it and you did not.

You are free to go.

People, groups, countries, empires. Peace treaties and trade agreements. Currency wars, religious tension, and family dynamics.

Where does your power reside? Only where you believe it resides.

Elaine in the Okanagan


Parasites (Fly Away)
words and music by Elaine Diane Taylor

From the album Coins and Crowns. Available on iTunes., the site store and wherever you find your digital music distributed and streamed.

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Thank you to Jim Rickards for including me in his New York Times bestselling book The New Case for Gold.

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Nothing on this site is intended as individual investment advice. We’re all watching which way the wind is blowing.


Gold is at $1,964.77 US per ounce.


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via Gold Price

From the recent Gold Rush Trail trip:





My thoughts…

Remember that in quantum physics you can never tell what an individual particle will do, but you can tell quite certainly what a group will. There are powerful groups who understand cycles and physics and are using this against unaware citizens of all nations.

A mob mentality can be moved in the heat of the moment. Persuasion is key. Timing is key. Intensity of emotion is key. Outrage is a force that can be manipulated without clear data. The truth does not matter. Only the narrative matters. The fact that a group believes a story is what matters. True or not. It’s not relevant.

When a group aligns emotionally it becomes one force and that force can be moved by a leader. Whether it’s a hockey team, a troop, or a mob. For good or bad the group can be moved and can be lead to believe a story that confirms their current belief.

So, check facts from independent sources. Don’t use just one source that hates one side or another. An ages old tactic of persuasion is to win trust in order to deceive.

Another is to limit sources of information. Another is to incite rage.

Most people want fairness. So if the concept of fairness can be manipulated or framed it can be used to incite.

Look after yourself and only risk what you don’t mind losing.

Mind being the operative word there. :) As in, your mind.

I was in a religious cult for years and I’ve seen the game being played. It lead me to research the rise and fall of closed systems – a cult, a political movement, a relationship, a nation, a company, a religious group – and how to spot the time to join and the time to leave.

And the time to run.

Be alone for a part of each day. Think and reason out your opinions.

Decide who you are and what you want.

Each day.

Gold is the most trustworthy asset financially and your mind is your most trustworthy asset personally.


I’ve been working on the jewellery all week. Linen envelopes and wrappings have been ordered from my seamstress in Texas and the latest order of ethically sourced and fair paid gold has been cleaned. The gold is direct from local, independent miners along the Gold Rush Trail. Each pendant has 2 grams of gold, plus an 18K gold curb chain made in Italy and sourced from a Canadian family owned company. The newest batch of gold is from the Princeton area. It’s ready for the glass to be hand torched and formed into the individual pieces. Box prototypes are almost ready, to be partly lined with linen and all handmade with recycled paper. The poem and care card will be the last things to be letterpress printed. I love every stage and take great care.



There are two new songs in the works now.

Here’s the lyrics below to one:

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painting by: Alex Schaefer      Alex Schaefer’s website


(Liar, Liar, Banks on Fire)



Watch the waves move to stand
To crash in the oncoming storm
One side reaching for safety
Or bricks for windows and doors
Sticks and carrots are frozen
Stiff the cold-blooded world
Rules may always be golden
but the straight and narrow have curled


So hard to stay an angel
When devils are clipping the hedge
Tools can be turned on a dime
When the notion takes up in their head


Watch the waves pushed to stand
A more calloused wind than before
They’ve set the banks afire
After the looters got bored
See the fevered green shoot(s)
the red, the white, the blue
Rockets all race to Euclidean space
to start the game anew


So hard to stay an angel
When devils are clipping the hedge
Those tools can be turned on a dime
When the notion takes up in their head


Watch the waves try to stand
Naming the good and the bad
The party gets pushed to the future
With the mylar balloons looking sad
A burning Age is turning
Banks blazing fit to fight
All those futures raging
Against the dying of the light


Walls of rage and flame
Precious market’s gain
This turning is no riot
When the dark and deeps’ insane
Banks and brawn and creeping dawn
Break the locked down night
Stoke the brick and pounding feet
Minds and hearts and pain


So hard to stay an angel
When devils are clipping the hedge
Tools can be turned on a dime
When the notion takes up in their head

Liars, liars, banks on fire


words and music Elaine Diane Taylor
©2020 Elaine Diane Taylor


A Terrible Breeze    (War and Social Media)

The news comes down
A little bluebird sings (Twitter)
Words of war
Fire and furious things
Of testing might
‘Til no patience knows
If keeping still
Still keeps you safe at home

It’s a terrible breeze
They speak of today
Of threats that used to live a world away
We all know wind
Can blow both ways
And a terrible breeze can blow us all away

A worldwide net
Sees our village grow
‘Til we all forget
What each one used to know
How a blind bird’s wings
Can reach the shore
And turn that wheel of peace and war

It’s a terrible breeze
They speak of today
Of threats that used to live a world away
We all know wind
Can blow both ways
And a terrible breeze can blow us all away

Village fools sinking down, down, down
Debt and gold wound in numbered shrouds
Deal of a life it’s bread and clowns
Can we afford another go ’round?
The news comes down.

words and music Elaine Diane Taylor

Single available on iTunes

and on other major music distributors.


Coins and Crowns

words and music Elaine Diane Taylor
from the album Coins and Crowns

Coins and Crowns is featured in Episode 1 of Mike Maloney’s documentary series Hidden Secrets of Money.


Not Much of a Holiday (Bank Holidays and Media Persuasion)

words and music Elaine Diane Taylor

Single available on iTunes

and other major music distributors. Also available with liner note booklet direct download MP3 on the site Store.



Preparing for the Fall live boutique album available for digital download now — featuring Wag the Dog, Black Swan Dive,  American Pie and Gods of the Copybook Headings. Also available on iTunes, Google Music, Amazon Music and major digital distributors.



The Gods of the Copybook Headings

words by Rudyard Kipling and music by Elaine Diane Taylor

from the album Preparing for the Fall.


The copybooks of the early 1900s gave us all the wisdom we need. The sayings that were copied are the truths, the gods, of our world. All the empires who followed the gods of the marketplace instead have fallen, and there’s terror and slaughter when the gods of the copybook headings return. The lyrics are by Rudyard Kipling. One of my gurus.

Another Week on Wall Street

words and music Elaine Diane Taylor

from the album Coins and Crowns.

A little grease (Greece) is floating out to sea, and little pigs (Portugal, Italy, Greece and Spain) are bobbing up and down, they’ll send a storm and we’ll see, when the tide goes out who’s naked on the beach“. The world is changing as we know it.


Nothing on this site is intended as individual investment advice. We’re all watching which way the wind is blowing.

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