(Continued From Part Nine)
One night in the spring of 2008 a young man named Dan, who had lived in Chicago for several years, was enjoying a late dinner at his favorite pizza restaurant with his friend Thomas. Thomas, who was a student at a college in Chicago, had returned to Chicago the day before from Los Angeles where he had spent his spring break with his family. (Dan and Thomas are people who are real for the purposes of this story but who are not real in real life).
After Dan and Thomas had placed their orders Dan said, "Thomas, I remember that a couple of weeks ago, before you went back to Los Angeles for spring break, you told me that you were concerned about your friend Jeffrey who had become depressed recently. You said that you were trying to figure out what to say to Jeffrey to make him feel better when you got back to Los Angeles. I was wondering if you were able to give Jeffrey some good insights into his problems?"
"Well", said Thomas, "I started out by telling Jeffrey that I believe that everyone is constantly exchanging spiritual energy with other people and that our exchanges of spiritual energy with other people are an important part of our relationships with other people. I explained to him how sometimes people talk about how their current lover was able to tie up their emotional loose ends and was able to help to bring their life into perspective. I explained to him how it almost seemed to those people that the spiritual energy that they had been exchanging with their previous lovers (who were no longer physically present) was transferred to their new lover (who was physically present). I explained to Jeffrey that I believe that people such as him who are spiritually and psychologically vulnerable also have a tendency to transfer their exchanges of spiritual energy from people who they knew in the past to people who they know in the present."
"My conversation with Jeffrey took place at a restaurant in Los Angeles that I like very much where one of the waitresses is a girl who I know named Amber. Amber had told me about how last summer she got involved with a guy who was spiritually and psychologically vulnerable like Jeffrey so I asked her come over to our table and tell Jeffrey about that relationship. Amber explained that at first she was reluctant to get too close to the guy. She was pretty sure that it would not develop into a serious relationship so she felt kind of guilty getting involved with him. But still she sensed that he was reaching out to her and that he wanted to get to know her. After a while Amber realized that even though the exchanges of spiritual energy between her and the guy who was spiritually and psychologically vulnerable were not strong enough for her to be able to get seriously involved with him, it seemed to him like his relationship with Amber was serious. Looking back on the experience Amber thinks that there was a logical basis for her to have a relationship with the spiritually and psychologically vulnerable guy. He had been exchanging spiritual energy in the past with girls who were similar to Amber (girls with normal spiritual structures), and she had been exchanging spiritual energy with spiritually and psychologically vulnerable guys in the past. The spiritually and psychologically vulnerable guy was transferring to Amber the spiritual energy that he had exchanged with other girls who he knew in the past and she was transferring to him spiritual energy that she had exchanged in the past with other guys she knew who were spiritually and psychologically vulnerable."
"When Amber left our table to help some of the other customers Jeffrey commented to me that he could feel some very positive energy being exchanged between me and Amber. He asked me why I had never gotten involved romantically with Amber. In answer to Jeffrey's question about me and Amber I explained to him that most people as they are growing up develop two types of emotions. They develop deep emotions for the people who they are really close to emotionally, and they also develop a "practical" set of emotions that they use when they are in situations where they are dealing with people in their school while they are growing up or where they are dealing with people in business types of situations when they start their working lives. For example, a girl who is running for homecoming queen or for a class office while in high school might develop "practical" relationships where she merges the practical part of her soul with her fellow students for the purpose of getting their votes in the school election. This sort of thing also happens quite often in business situations where a salesperson, for example, might feel that it is important for them to form a temporary spiritual bond with their client so that they will be able to influence the client when they need the client to do something that they want them to do (such as when they need the client to sign a contract). The salesperson knows how to use spiritual links to influence the client's thinking at that important point where the client might be tempted to back out of the deal. Then I explained to Jeffrey that what I think is happening between me and Amber is that I am merging the practical part of my soul with her and she is merging the practical part of her soul with me. So even though the exchanges of spiritual energy between us are positive, those exchanges of spiritual energy are not a good basis for developing a serious relationship."
Thomas thought for a moment and then continued, "At this point in my conversation with Jeffrey he told me that he knew that salespeople were often very influential in guiding the thinking of their customers when they were trying to sell their customers something, but he said that he didn't really understand how salespeople work their magic."
"I then explained to Jeffrey my theory about how salespeople are able to guide the thinking of their customer in a manner that sometimes seems to be magical. I told him I believe that salespeople will, for a short period of time, merge a part of their soul with the soul of their customer. They merge the part of their soul that is practical with the part of the customer's soul that is practical. It might seem to the customer that the salesperson is reading their mind when the customer purchases a product that they had not planned to buy when they started talking to the salesperson. When the salesperson opens up the practical part of their soul to the customer, they are not only guiding the customer with what they are saying to the customer but they are also guiding the customer in a very deep sort of a manner that they don't really understand but that they know is effective. Then I gave Jeffrey an example situation to explain what happens when a salesperson allows their customer to use their soul when they are trying to help the customer to make a decision. I explained that if two individuals go into a car dealership and test drive a new car, one of the individuals might take the car out in the country or out on the freeway to see how fast it will go. Another person might use the car to pick up their kids after school. When they come back and the salesperson realizes that the test drive has helped the customer to overcome the doubts that they originally had, the salesperson will be happy with the end result, but they will not know where the customer went on their test drive. The difference between a salesperson allowing a customer to test drive a car and a salesperson allowing a customer to test drive their soul (by merging the practical part of their soul with the practical part of the customer's soul) is that when a salesperson lets a customer test drive a car they will have no idea where the customer took the car. But when a salesperson lets a customer test drive their soul, the salesperson might know at a deep subconscious level what the customer had been thinking during the period of time when the salesperson had merged their soul with the soul of the customer."
"Then", continued Thomas, "I brought up once again the example that I had given Jeffrey about a high school girl merging the practical side of her soul with her fellow students for the purpose of getting votes in an election. I explained to Jeffrey that when she does this she will notice that one of three things might happen. First, the student might not vote for her and she will have wasted her effort in merging the practical side of her soul with that student. Second, the student might vote for her and her effort will not have been wasted. Third, a spiritually and psychologically vulnerable guy in her class who had previously been a casual friend might start to think that there was a basis for him to develop a serious relationship with her. I explained to Jeffrey that it is my belief that many spiritually and psychologically vulnerable people only develop a practical set of emotions and that is why they might think that there is a basis for them to develop a serious relationship with someone who is only merging the practical part of their soul with them."
"At this point Jeffrey asked me to explain in a little more detail the dynamics of what happens when a spiritually and psychologically vulnerable person starts to believe that they are developing a serious relationship with a person who is only merging the practical side of their soul with them. In answer to Jeffrey's question I gave him another example. I asked him to imagine that he got to know a girl named Vanessa who merged the practical side of her soul with him for a short time. While that took place Jeffrey was exchanging his spiritual energy with Vanessa and she was exchanging her spiritual energy with Jeffrey. I explained to Jeffrey that compared to the amount of spiritual energy that most people exchange with other people he might not have been exchanging a lot of spiritual energy with Vanessa, but he thought that there was a magical exchange of spiritual energy taking place between him and Vanessa because he could sense that her subconscious mind was communicating with his subconscious mind. Then I asked Jeffrey to further imagine that another girl came along who also merged the practical part of her soul with him. It was similar to his exchange of spiritual energy with Vanessa, but it was different because now his subconscious mind was communicating with this new girl's subconscious mind. I explained to Jeffrey that it was my belief that during the time that he knew these girls, he would have been exchanging his spiritual energy with them through the Collective Subconscious when he was with them, and he would have been exchanging his spiritual energy with them through the Collective Subconscious when he was not actually with them."
"After explaining my ideas about spiritual energy to Jeffrey he told me he thought that my ideas about people communicating subconsciously through the Collective Subconscious made sense. Jeffrey said he thought that gaining insight into how the subconscious mind works might help him to learn how to communicate better with other people and might help him to get along better with other people. For example, Jeffrey told me he thought it might be useful for him to program his subconscious mind to communicate to the subconscious minds of the girls who he meets in the future that he has been misinterpreting the situation in the past and that he is sorry if his subconscious mind is sending out signals to their subconscious minds that are stronger than what is appropriate. Jeffrey then said that he is not the type of person who would want to barge in on someone uninvited when they are at home at night after a long day of work. But by Jeffrey trying to form a strong relationship with a girl who is only merging the practical part of her soul with him (the part of her soul that she usually only uses for work situations), he realizes that he might be getting her to think about him more than she would like to think about him during her free time when she is not supposed to have to think about things that are related to work. He realized that even though he does not verbally say things to girls that might make them feel uncomfortable, his subconscious mind might be making suggestions to their subconscious minds that they consider to be inappropriate due to the fact that the girl is only merging the practical side of her soul with him."
After Thomas had finished telling Dan about the conversation that he had with Jeffrey the previous week, Dan thought for a moment and then said, "Thomas, as you know from our conversations over the past few months, Jeffrey is not your only friend who is spiritually and psychologically vulnerable. I have fought many of the same battles that Jeffrey has fought. I like Jeffrey's ideas about realizing that his subconscious mind is communicating with the subconscious minds of the girls who he meets and that this below the surface communication between Jeffrey and the girls who he meets might be making them feel uncomfortable. But having tried to do variations of what Jeffrey is suggesting where his subconscious mind tries to subconsciously apologize to the subconscious minds of the girls who he meets for coming on too strongly, I'm afraid I have to say that I don't think that is going to totally solve the problem. I think that Jeffrey has to go further and not only change the way that his subconscious mind communicates with the subconscious minds of the girls who he knows, but Jeffrey also has to change the way that his subconscious mind communicates with the subconscious minds of the guys who he knows."
"Thomas", continued Dan, "we have discussed before how many spiritually and psychologically vulnerable people have been made into spiritual slaves by people who have taken some of their spiritual energy away from them. Whenever a group makes a person into their spiritual slave, the one who is the spiritual slave starts contributing spiritual energy to the other members of the group. The ones who dominate the spiritual slave through the years care about that person very deeply because of what the spiritual slave does to strengthen the group, not because they want the spiritual slave to become stronger. They might at times ask the spiritual slave what he needs in order to become stronger. But when the spiritual slave tells them what he needs to become stronger, they will make absolutely certain that the spiritual slave never receives whatever it is that will make them stronger. Thomas, you mentioned earlier how Jeffrey thought there might be a basis for you and Amber, the waitress who you mentioned, to have a serious relationship. You said that both you and Amber were only merging the practical parts of your souls with each other. You knew that was not a good basis for developing a serious relationship. It is my opinion, Thomas, that the guys who try to dominate spiritual slaves such as Jeffrey and myself know for certain, just like you know for certain, that they cannot develop a serious relationship with a girl if they are only merging the practical part of their soul with her. I think that the guys who try to dominate spiritual slaves such as Jeffrey and myself will try to make us believe (both while communicating with us verbally and while communicating with us subconsciously) that we will eventually be able to develop a serious relationship with a girl who is only merging the practical part of her soul with us. This tricks us into thinking that we are better off to continue going down the same path that we are presently on rather than trying to make a change. The ones who are dominating us want us to stay where we are. They do not want us to make a change that might make us stronger. This is why I believe that it is important for Jeffrey and myself to realize that while it is a good idea to get our subconscious minds to communicate to the subconscious minds of the girls who we know that we are sorry if we are coming on too strongly to the practical parts of their souls, we also need to get our subconscious minds to communicate to the subconscious minds of the guys who we know that we are suspicious when they tell us, both in verbal communication and in subconscious communication, that we will eventually be able to develop a serious relationship with a girl who is only merging the practical part of her soul with us. We are suspicious because we know that the guys who are dominating us do not really believe that it is possible for a guy to develop a serious relationship with a girl who is only merging the practical part of her soul with him."
"Thomas", continued Dan, "I know that right now you might be thinking that while in theory it makes sense for Jeffrey and myself to try to spiritually overpower the subconscious minds of the people who are dominating us, it will be hard for us to actually make this happen. While it is true that most people in the world today have less spiritual energy than their ancestors had (because they grew up in a very scientific and skeptical world where it is difficult for a person to have any sort of deep religious faith), most people in the world today do have a fair amount of spiritual energy because they have been exchanging spiritual energy with other people through the Collective Subconscious throughout their lives. I think that in order for people such as Jeffrey and myself to avoid being overpowered spiritually by the people who are dominating us spiritually, it is important for us to come up with a framework for understanding (and for believing in) spiritual energy exchanges. I think that Jeffrey and I should maybe come up with a variation of Pascal's Wager."
"That's an interesting idea", replied Thomas. "When your subconscious mind and Jeffrey's subconscious mind try to confront the subconscious minds of the guys who are trying to dominate you and mislead you with false information, their subconscious minds are likely to let you know that there is no way that you will be able to overpower them spiritually at a subconscious level. Their subconscious mind will tell your subconscious mind that you are basing your argument (that they are destroying you on a subconscious level by giving you false information) on the idea that people exchange spiritual energy with other people through the Collective Subconscious. They will argue that you do not really truly believe that people exchange spiritual energy with each other through the Collective Subconscious because you do not have scientific proof. They will argue that for this reason you will not have enough faith to stop them from overpowering you spiritually on a subconscious level. But what you can do is to subconsciously communicate to the people who are trying to spiritually overpower you that while you might not have absolute scientific proof that people exchange spiritual energy with other people through the Collective Subconscious, you do believe deep down in your heart that there is a logical reason for you to believe that exchanges of spiritual energy between people through the Collective Subconscious actually do take place. You have a logical reason to believe that people exchange spiritual energy with other people through the Collective Subconscious because if it is true that people do exchange spiritual energy through the Collective Subconscious, and if you do not have a strategy for dealing with that, then you will continue to allow other people to hurt you by stealing your spiritual energy. You cannot afford to bet (or wager) that people do not exchange spiritual energy with other people through the Collective Subconscious because the potential negative consequences for you are too great and too damaging if it is true that this exchange of spiritual energy does take place and if you have no defense against the people who are stealing your spiritual energy through the Collective Subconscious."
"As usual, Thomas", replied Dan, "I think that you understand this issue very well. My subconscious mind has trouble communicating to the subconscious mind of someone who is bullying me subconsciously that they should stop what they are doing because the other person knows that I am weaker spiritually than they are and that I do not really believe at a deep level that people exchange spiritual energy through the Collective Subconscious. But if I let them know that I choose to believe that people exchange spiritual energy through the Collective Subconscious because that is a better bet (or wager) for me to make than not believing that people exchange spiritual energy through the Collective Subconscious, then I might be able to convince them that in the future I will not be as easy of a spiritual prey for them as I have been in the past."
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