Supremacy – More Common Than We Think?

Supremacism – the belief or ideology of superiority, control and domination. That some particular group is superior to all others and has a right to dominate, control and subjugate others. (1)(2)

When we think of supremacy we tend to picture Nazis, war, mass genocides, white supremacy (e.g. Ku Klux Klan) or something similar and we tend to think that it is something that happens somewhere else in the world and/or that it is an extreme event and that we are not affected by it or do not partake in it in our daily lives – but is this actually true?

Supremacy is alive and thriving in our societies under many guises and forms that we may not fully realise or recognise. It is not just restricted to group activity but can also be present in our individual actions.

For example, people are being belittled, bullied, abused and harassed every day on the internet and social media. Children and teachers are being bullied every day at school. Workplace bullying is extremely common. Every parent who tries to dominate their children is engaging in it. Anyone dominating or abusing someone in a relationship is doing it. The mainstream media engage in it every day. Any form of discrimination is supremacy. And before you think that you do not engage in any of the above consider that even judging someone or viewing them as different, separate or inferior for any reason is supremacy.

Every time we hold someone in judgement we are treating them as less than equal to us and seeking to control, dominate and subsequently subjugate them. We may not like to hear or read this but this is actually what is occurring.

Every time we meet another human being, do we hold them as a fellow human being, a member of our own species and respect them as a highly sensitive being equal to all others? Do we see or sense this first and foremost or do we first see the differences or project our own ideas or expectations on to them and allow that to prejudice our perception?

Supremacy starts with our daily interactions and relationships – these are the seeds that are sown and grow quickly into tall toxic weeds.

A word that we may be more familiar with is bullying and this is the same thing on a smaller scale but still carries the same force as supremacism. As I have outlined in the examples above, some forms of bullying are obvious to us and some may not be so obvious.

Every time we do not treat others with decency and respect we are holding them as less than human.

As humans, we are all equally precious and highly sensitive beings that are loving by nature, so to hold another less than this is denying who they are, it is denying their very inner essence. In this denial we denigrate and reduce someone to be far less than who they are.

Everyone deserves at the very least, decency and respect because we are by nature decent and respectful. We know this must be true for when we do not experience decency and respect in our world we feel hurt, pain or suffering.

To be clear in this blog, I am not saying that we all need to agree with each other. There will be of course times when we have a different viewpoint on life, a different way of living, a different perception on what is truth. This is perfectly healthy and inevitable in any free society. There is a way to respectfully disagree if that is what is needed when an agreement or a consensus cannot be reached. So no one needs to be forced to agree, submit, conform or sign up to anything, for that would be supremacy in itself.

That said, there is a big difference between respectfully disagreeing and seeking to crush, destroy, dominate and suppress others simply because they have a different lifestyle, philosophy or point of view to yourself.

“A person who develops real understanding of life will have true compassion. With true compassion one will become free of suffering. Why is this so? It is so because true understanding means that you will know how to respect all the choices another has made, choices that have led to all that you see before you. You may not agree with the choices but respect for them must lead over the reactions you have to them. As you deepen your respect, your reactions lessen, then disappear.” (Serge Benhayon, Esoteric Teachings & Revelations Vol II, Pg. 71)  

What we are talking about here is live and let live – the basic premise of true compassion. Allowing everyone the freedom to choose between differing viewpoints or ways of living and allowing them to co-exist and to cross pollinate, then eventually the one unified truth will naturally come through that benefits all of humanity. For this to occur there needs to be a genuine equal respect given to all and this will allow the real truth to emerge.

Love for others and respect for their rights and dignity, no matter who or what they are: ultimately these are all we need. So long as we practice these in our daily lives, then no matter if we are learned or unlearned, whether we believe in Buddha or God, or follow some other religion or none at all, as long as we have compassion for others and conduct ourselves with restraint out of a sense of responsibility, there is no doubt we will be happy.” (Dalai Lama XIV) (3)

True compassion is not tolerance as even with tolerance (and the word gives it away) we are essentially begrudgingly putting up with another and pretending to get along with another even though we privately still see them as wrong or inferior, so tolerance is still supremacy.

We can be as nice and polite, friendly, cordial and even professional as we like and still feel superior.

Supremacy can be an attitude whether it is expressed outwardly or not. We may think we are not being judgmental or superior to others if we don’t say it openly but expression is in all of our movements too, so how we go about our day will carry this seed of superiority and separation even if we think we are concealing it. The truth is the recipient of this force still feels it too.

Could it be that there are some in this world who deliberately, aggressively protect or defend their views or way of living so that the flaws in them are not exposed? Is this more about self-interest and maintaining a dominance over others, rather than supporting humanity to find the answers to the questions that we all seek and that definitely need answering?

Supremacy is a force that is designed to suppress and subjugate humanity to be far less than its true nature. It holds us back as a human race.

So why do we seek to control each other and life itself?

It has been documented that supremacy is an ideology founded on fear which in some way justifies the aggressive or violent actions e.g. white supremacy. (4)

As we have all experienced, the world can be a harsh, unsafe place to be in and we have all been affected or hurt by the world in one way or another in our lives. So is it possible that supremacy is a form of security or protection or a way of coping with the harsh realities of life?

Perhaps despite its ugliness and despicability, it is a reaction to the harshness of the world and a method of controlling life from fear of being hurt by it again.

We do not need to judge anyone who engages in supremacy (including ourselves) but perhaps bring a greater understanding as to why it occurs and why it exists in our societies.

This is not to say we need to accept it either, as it is a form of abuse that should not belong in our world and we do need to be calling it out and saying ‘no’ to it wherever it pops up, starting with an honest look at our own lives.

The key to knocking out supremacy is firstly understanding that we are all one human race living on the one planet and in that sense equal. Secondly, we are all equally delicate, highly sensitive energetic beings and we have all been deeply hurt or affected by the world in one way or another.

We can easily feel this by simply looking deeply into the eyes of another human being and connecting to the precious essence of someone, which goes way deeper than any outer appearance, behaviour or belief.

If we accept this viewpoint, it becomes clear that we are all in this together and we all have a common experience of the world. It also becomes clear that it is ridiculous to be attacking or fighting or seeking to dominate each other.

Can we see that we have way more in common than we do have differences?

Can we feel the potential that we have to support and raise each other, with no-one left behind or left out, rather than clambering over each other to be at the top?

Can we work together to clean up the stinky mess that is this planet of ours, rather than simply fighting to be at the top where the air may appear to be slightly less putrid but actually still stinks?

Can we sense the inter-connectedness of humanity, designed to work together in collaboration for a bigger purpose?

 

References:

  1. Yourdictionary.com. (2019). Supremacy dictionary definition | supremacy defined. [online] Available at: http://www.yourdictionary.com/supremacy [Accessed 24 Feb. 2019].
  2. Collinsdictionary.com. (2019). Supremacy definition and meaning | Collins English Dictionary. [online] Available at: https://www.collinsdictionary.com/dictionary/english/supremacy [Accessed 24 Feb. 2019].
  3. Goodreads.com. (2019). A quote by Dalai Lama XIV. [online] Available at: https://www.goodreads.com/quotes/144337-we-can-reject-everything-else-religion-ideology-all-received-wisdom [Accessed 24 Feb. 2019].
  4. The Atlantic. (2019). The Resurgent Threat of White-Supremacist Violence. [online] Available at: https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2018/01/the-resurgent-threat-of-white-supremacist-violence/550634/ [Accessed 24 Feb. 2019].

By Andrew Mooney, Physiotherapist, complementary health practitioner, Cornwall, UK

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152 thoughts on “Supremacy – More Common Than We Think?

  1. It is crazy, sad and shocking that with all our modern day advances we still as a world wide society get it so wrong and lack the basic premises of true respect and compassion.

  2. I feel that this is the trap is we get hooked into, by placing expectations of how others should be based on our own ideals, beliefs and pictures that we carry. But as you say Andrew we have no idea of the choices another has made in this life, let alone previous lives that have got them to where they currently stand.

  3. How many of us truly see other people as equal? I know that I have a trait in me, an insecurity which tells me that I have to be perfect in order to be okay, so when I do things to a standard that I think is good, when I outperform another and am better at something than them, I feel pride, I feel better than. But the falsity of that balloon is so strong because if a third person comes along who is even a tiny bit better than me at something I feel worthless and slumped on the ground. How real is the pride and supremacy if our bubble can be popped so easily?

  4. ‘The mainstream media engage in it every day.’ Sadly this is so true, as is our appetite for it – else papers and digital platforms wouldn’t be sold/visited. I’ve been bullied whilst people stood by and let it continue. I could feel their fear of standing up and their relief that at least it wasn’t them. But then they have to live with the knowing that they didn’t stand tall. And I know this all too well too. Supremacy energy is everywhere. I used to think there were good people and bad but actually we’re all in this together and all subjects of energy. What we choose to move us is important as no-one gets away when supremacy energy is allowed to run the show.

  5. The ultimate absurdity is to set a whole against itself, fighting parts of its own body to ‘be the best’. The absolute stupidity of someone smashing themselves in the face with a boxing glove sums Supremacy up.

  6. Many years ago I witnessed a headmaster bully a nine year old child in front of the whole school, I was appalled. I also knew he bullied the teachers. Eventually the school managed to get rid of him I sincerely hope he is no longer teaching.

  7. “Can we see we have way more in common than we have differences?” So true. Pictures of us as skeletons come to mind. We are all the same under the skin.

  8. I very much appreciate this blog because supremacy is something usually confined to a few extremist groups. People don’t want to admit supremacy is everywhere. I know I’ve not admitted it to the degree I do now, but I’ve felt it in my body and felt shy about meeting people knowing I harbour the energy of supremacy whenever I judge. It’s wonderful to realise this and that I’m not a bad person. Now I can recognise the energy and say no more to it every time I become aware it’s running around my body, I don’t have to indulge in it.

  9. We only need to look at the media and the news at large and see that supremacy is very much alive and influential.

  10. ‘Any form of discrimination is supremacy.’ This truth exposes the ugliness that is there and in huge amounts in the world. The more extreme ends we know are so against our nature but also the more insidious pockets which includes sympathy. Sympathy is far more on my radar than it used to be because I have experienced it towards me so I can learn how toxic it really is. My experience is that sympathy actively sees another as less than the universal being they are, pigeon holes them into a small box and keeps them there. There is nothing cold-hearted in seeing someone in the grandness of who they are.

  11. Any attempt to control situations, people or outcomes, is supremacy. The question is how many of us can recognise this energy in ourselves?

  12. What does it say about us as loving human beings who are all connected by our humanness that in our world is accepted tolerance as the next best thing because we cannot contemplate that we may not be that different after all. One scratch below the surface of our skin and we all bleed.

    1. So agree Lucy. It feels dreadful to,admit after thousands of years of so called evolution we as human society don’t even have that as a base level as yet.

  13. When we truly connect to our multidimensionality and therefore the multidimensionality of all others, we know that we are simply vehicles of energy and that we are all equal in this and there comes an appreciation of each person’s individual expression in the appreciation of one’s own. How can we then play ball with the awful energy that says one person is superior to another?

  14. Supremacy energy can be in the smallest daily routines, when we simply want to control the result from an initial picture we may have (‘how things should be’) instead of remaining open to its natural unfolding, allowing the learning, reflection or interaction that is there to be experienced.
    In the end of the day there can’t be individuality or ownership (only in the limited eyes of supremacy), but a greater observation and understanding of each piece of life that is revealed to us while we live, which is available to everyone when we surrender to it.

  15. Reading this stopped me in my tracks ‘The mainstream media engage in it every day.’ It is true. The media are all about Supremacism. What have we allowed and why oh why have we allowed this for so long? When we look at just this alone in the world without all the other corruption and abuse going on it is clear to see there is work to be done in not allowing this anymore.

  16. ‘Every time we hold someone in judgement we are treating them as less than equal to us and seeking to control, dominate and subsequently subjugate them. We may not like to hear or read this but this is actually what is occurring.’ This is great to be pointed out as I do feel this. This is why judgement feels so awful. But judgement isn’t an inevitability. We can let it go in an instant and not even pick it up in the first place when we make a choice to live from love and not fear.

    1. Yes and I find the key is that when we feel the energy of judgement or bullying or supremacy to not react to it, however awful it may feel, because otherwise in that reaction we are not able to lovingly call out what is going on and are far more likely to slip into supremacy ourselves when responding.

      1. I’m so needing to watch this one in myself. Any reaction does not serve, however awful the action I have witnessed or as you say I’m feeding the supremacy energy in my judgement….Hmmm.

  17. The other side to the supremacy is inferiority energy. And as I write, I ask myself which of the two is the more deadly? One cannot exist without the other. Inferiority complex is fostered in many of us from young: feeling less than another, group, gender, race, or class and inadequate – where does this come from? Many of us find it difficult to accept we are equal to everyone else. Until this is exposed and each person supported to value themselves as equally worthy, supremacists will continue to be in the driving seat.
    Our responsibility is to take loving command of the way we walk and express and not let this happen.

    1. What a great point, if we play into the game of low self-worth we allow space for another to take the driving seat in our lives while we flounder wondering what we can do to make a difference.

      1. When in the company of one who plays the game of low self-worth, our responsibility is to not collude with this, if we do we’re playing the game of supremacy. Our responsibility is to lovingly call it out and re-affirm through movements and expression that we are equal and one.

  18. We talk about bullying but not supremacy, they are one and the same and much of societal norms centre on the energy of supremacy – the need to dominate at the expense of another, for example win an argument or competition, excel in school subjects, exams and sports. So called ‘success’ is synonymous with supremacy.

    1. This is a great point you make here that so many of our systems and societal norms are based on competition and ultimately supremacy. We have sanitised and refined it so much that we have even convinced ourselves that it is a good thing to champion one human being being greater, smarter, faster etc over another. This shows just how deep up to our armpits we currently are in supremacy.

      1. We place our children into schools only to have them fed the nonsense of competition, winning and becoming number one. Rather than test results, we could instead offer opportunities for them to appreciate their true value as human beings and make working together central to the school day, not working in isolation.

  19. Andrew, in a nut shell, this totally exposes the game we have been playing and the simple answer to our many woes: “Can we work together to clean up the stinky mess that is this planet of ours, rather than simply fighting to be at the top where the air may appear to be slightly less putrid but actually still stinks? Can we sense the inter-connectedness of humanity, designed to work together in collaboration for a bigger purpose?” – thank you Andrew for all you bring in this powerful blog!

  20. Well said Andrew – we do tend to think that we have advanced as a society and that supremacy is a thing of the past, but “Supremacy is alive and thriving in our societies under many guises and forms that we may not fully realise or recognise. It is not just restricted to group activity but can also be present in our individual actions.”. Just because our buildings are taller, just because we have fancier phones, just because we can anihilate thousands of people with the push of a button instead of having to race out and kill with spears, does not make us more advanced if we still have supremacy reining strong in our world for true advance comes not from technology and buildings but from us deepening our relationships with self and others.

    1. It appears at the moment that with more sophisticated and more available forms of technology it is actually aiding the spread of supremacy energy and making things much worse e.g. social media and will continue to be this way until we decide to use these things more responsibly.

  21. The energy of supremacy is laced within all our institutions and in the home too. When we feel we are right or wrong, more or less because we are older or younger, more experienced or less experienced we are placing our focus in a place that is devoid of love. When we truly love from the heart it is impossible to see yourself as more or less than anyone around you. Love from the heart knows that we are all equal and that we all bring an angle of God that no one else possibly can and that we all have an innate wisdom because of this. In this awareness appreciation of yourself and of all others is a given – no supremacy possible.

    1. This is so true Michelle, for no one is totally free of this energy of supremacy and so we must be vigilant in realising how much each of us dabbles in it on a personal level.

      1. I have learned that this overall awareness is great but it is in those subtle places that we can still get caught out in spite of it – so yes a vigilance is needed to catch ourselves when the expression of it is in play.

  22. “We do not need to judge anyone who engages in supremacy (including ourselves) but perhaps bring a greater understanding as to why it occurs and why it exists in our societies.” bringing understanding to any issue always feels a good thing to do, preventing instant judgement- whether it be of ourselves or another.

  23. The supremacy energy starts from a very early age, but is it learned from parents or is it a way of coping in a world that does not support us so we shut down and toughen up ?

    1. Supremacy is one form of energy that is here to shut us down and to prevent us from feeling and knowing the all that we are. It is not that we use it as a coping mechanism as such, but by its very nature it’s something we align to to not feel the hurt of having already been crushed by it.

  24. This has really opened my eyes to see all the supremacy energy around us all the time, whether one person dominates a conversation or someone is overpowering another, or someone’s shouting at their child in the supermarket, it’s all one and the same.

    1. Supremacy energy is everywhere. We often want to locate it in the big events but it is found where ever human beings inhabit and your examples confirm this. But do we not also have to be aware of this ugly energy within ourselves and reflect on why it rears its head when it does?

      1. Absolutely. We are very good at judging others when they yell at their children in the supermarket but do we ever stop to consider how we contribute to the pool of energy that feeds this incident?

  25. You are absolutely correct Andrew, there doesn’t feel a difference between supremacy and bullying, it all feels one and the same energy that we have all received and enjoined. Recognising it is a great step to catching ourselves and exposing the behaviour.

  26. Love this post. “The key to knocking out supremacy is firstly understanding that we are all one human race living on the one planet and in that sense equal.” When we feel equal there can be no judgement – so no supremacy.

  27. Andrew I have never ever seen it so clearly as I have now, thank you for exposing the evil of supremacy, this is one of those articles I want the world to read as the wisdom held in it is so very beautiful.

  28. Sometimes our own insecurity is so strong that to stop feeling so uncomfortable with it we try to control and dominate others… then supremacy reigns. The more secure we are in ourselves the easier it is to simply let other people be.

    1. Yes this is true, however the reverse is also true too; when we are insecure and feel less we can allow that supremacy over us to take hold, further confirming our false belief that we are not as significant as others and therefore we allow it to perpetuate. In this instance the so called victim is just as much the perpetrator as the one who expresses the supremacy as they allow the rot to keep turning. When we are fully claimed no one can tell us we are less and it is the responsibility of each of us to do so.

    2. I agree Rachel. When we feel content and secure in our own skin there is no need to bully or be bossy. Allowing others to be who they are- as we can do for ourselves – no controlling. Feels good to me…..

    3. “The more secure we are in ourselves the easier it is to simply let other people be’ Beautifully expressed Rachel. And with understanding and wisdom we see through bullying behaviour and connect to what lies beneath the surface, feeling we’re lacking in something, insecure or fearful of being threatened by another who appears more present or confident than ourselves. Things are not always as they appear on the surface, and why judging another is unhelpful.

      1. What really hit home for me after reading this blog was the subtlety to which supremacy runs in society via judgement of any kind. That was personally a big ‘ouch’ moment for me because I could feel how I still fall into that when I observe other people being cruel, abusive, and disrespectful to myself or others. The quotes of Serge Benhayon and the Dalai Lama on true compassion through greater understanding of others choices, and respecting that, makes a lot of sense and offers a way of living without the emotional rollercoaster of emotions that we can fall into.

  29. Should we include in the definition of Supremacism the political members of the British government that are elected by the people, but there to serve themselves? How else will history describe Brexit?

  30. It feels like the energy of supremacy is around us much more than I previously thought, it is so great to notice it and expose it. Thank you for bringing us to a greater awareness of it.

    1. Yes – it is scary how normalised supremacy is and yet when we encounter it it still hurts. How many of us are honest enough to say so and to express how unacceptable it is in all its forms?

  31. Awesome to bring understanding to our ways of being, our behaviours, our actions and even our thoughts. I love equality, I know equality and in many ways I live equality. However, sometimes I still catch a momentary comment or thought that in some way I, or another is ‘better’- a fleeting second of supremacy is still supremacy. What I enjoy about this blog, is knowing it is not about pretending it does not exist, yet look at why we choose this and continue to re-cycle it in existence.

    1. Yes Michelle deep down we all know and value equality because in the inner essence of our being we know we are equal.

  32. What we have yet come to realise and accept as a human race is that all our movements and choices and expressions either feed a pool of energy that contributes to the horrific acts we witness in our world, or our movements and choices and expressions align with love and unity, which will prevent these acts taking place. We have so much more power and responsbility than we currently allow ourselves to understand.

  33. It’s true Andrew, attitudes of supremacy are much more common than we realise, and yes, beginning with removing them from our own lives is how we take responsibility on an individual, community, and global level.

  34. Supremacy is definitely a real force in our world that is designed to prevent us getting together and working together as a human race to discover the truth about life and the real answers to the problems in our world.

  35. “Supremacism – the belief or ideology of superiority’ over another – in any way what so ever. It is oh so common and keeping ourselves set apart from others is central to it’s ability to thrive. So we promote ‘my’ family and ‘my’ friends/ work/ etc as secular to all others, separate and aloof.

  36. “Can we feel the potential that we have to support and raise each other, with no-one left behind or left out, rather than clambering over each other to be at the top?” The question is ‘the top of what?’We have this inbuilt belief that we go from the bottom of things to the top, that we are forever either moving up or down but this is a such a massive misconception. The direction is either in towards ourselves or away from ourselves, it’s much more of a horizontal plane than a vertical one.

  37. I wonder from my own experience of being a supremacist if it’s not true to say that those that practice supremacy are in fact the most sensitive amongst us, despite their blatantly insensitive acts towards others?

    1. Yes, no-one is a monster. When I drop the judgement of myself and of others I can see the set up we’ve fallen for, how life isn’t the cut-throat mission to survive it’s made out to be.

      1. Survival. How far from the truth can you possibly get when eternal beings are focused on survival? And how much closer to the truth would we be if we were living as the eternal beings that we all are?

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