(Part Two)

 


Happy Days and Magic Crystals
Many years ago people would often talk about unlocking the secrets of the mind.  Many people were also fascinated by the psychological research that was going on at that time.  Today, when we analyze the reasons for why there have been so few spiritual and psychological advances made over the past few years, we have to wonder if maybe there are not too many more advances that need to be made.  A lot of people have already decided that most of the major advances in spiritual and psychological research have already been made.  And these people have already begun to turn their attention to using what they have learned to help them in their daily lives.  

Unfortunately, many of the people who have been applying what has been learned from the research are the ones who are the most afraid of the results of that research (and are the ones who have the most to lose if people start to pay close attention to the findings of the research).  They are the ones who take pleasure in taking advantage of other people spiritually and psychologically.  They take pleasure in hurting other people psychologically by doing unfair things to them or saying unfair things about them and then denying that they have done anything wrong.  By doing this, they are able to tie other people in psychological knots from which they cannot escape.

As the period of spiritual and psychological advances came to an end, it became apparent that there were two basic types of people who had been damaged by society and who were beginning to become an embarrassment to society.  (These were people who were not totally comfortable with the inconsistencies in our society and who had been in one way or another damaged spiritually and psychologically by the stronger members of society.)  The first type of person who had been damaged by society basically liked the superficiality in the world but just didn't know how to be tricky enough or dishonest enough and for that reason had been taken advantage of by other people.  These people thought that the goals of society were basically good, but that they personally were not adequate (or not worthy).  These people were thought of by the stronger members of society as "good people" who had a bad streak because of the fact that they were weak and not really autonomous (or not totally together).  The second type of person who had been damaged by society liked to act rebellious.  They prided themselves on not being superficial.  But these people could not hide their secret admiration for the stronger members of society who were able to get away with things.  These people were thought of by the stronger members of society as "bad people" because they did not accept society's superficiality (and also because they were not really autonomous [or not totally together]).  But many people felt that these "bad people" had a good streak because it was obvious that they secretly admired many of the stronger members of society (the ones who were able to get away with things).

Over the past few years the people who are a little bit more spiritually and psychologically vulnerable than the two groups described above (the "good people" and the "bad people") have been unintentionally working together with the stronger members of society to help lift up and encourage those people who had become an embarrassment to society many years ago when the major advances made in spiritual and psychological research were made.  But it has not been easy for the people who are a little bit more spiritually and psychologically vulnerable to do this (and they have not done it voluntarily).  Whenever one of the "good people" started to embarrass the stronger members of society with their weaknesses, the stronger ones would encourage them to increase their feelings of spiritual power by attacking one of the people who was more vulnerable than themselves spiritually and psychologically by doing something unfair to them or saying something unfair about them and then denying that they had done anything wrong.  This increased the spiritual power of the "good person" at the expense of the person who was a little bit more spiritually and psychologically vulnerable than themselves.  In a similar way whenever one of the "bad people" started "acting up" (or started acting disruptive), the stronger members of society would in a very obvious manner start to make life unpleasant for (or "lean on") one of the people who knew the "bad person" and who was a little bit more spiritually and psychologically vulnerable than the "bad person" was.  Whenever the strong members of society did this, the "bad person" would see what was happening (no doubt finding the situation to be "delicious") and would be able to increase their feelings of spiritual power at the expense of the person who was a little bit more vulnerable than themselves.  The more vulnerable person would not like what was happening but they would have no way to stop it.  The "bad person" would gain a sense of importance as it became clear to everyone watching that, while the "bad person" might be bad and weak, at least they were better and stronger than the person who was being forced to take the blame for them when they "acted up" (or were disruptive).  The stronger members of society knew that they could not discipline the disruptive person (the "bad person") because that person would not be able to handle the discipline (because they were too weak), so they disciplined someone else instead (someone who was a little bit more spiritually and psychologically vulnerable than the "bad person" was).

A lot of people have tried to "make sense" of some of the things that were going on in society during the years following the era in the last century when the major spiritual and psychological advances were made.  There were idiotic TV shows and movies being produced that depicted life in the past in a very inaccurate (and a very over-glamorized) way.  A lot of people shook their heads trying to figure out why so many people seemed to find so much enjoyment and so much meaning in these silly excuses for entertainment.  Some people at that time refused to even have a television set in their homes.  They wanted to make a statement to the world that they did not like (or understand) what was going on.  What people failed to realize at that time (it is more clear now looking back) was that these TV shows and movies may have actually been a way to disguise the spiritual power transfer that was taking place at that time between the "good people" in society, who had become an embarrassment to the people who were spiritually strong, and the people who were truly vulnerable spiritually and psychologically.  It appeared to a lot of us that these "good people" loved this type of entertainment because it somehow made them nostalgic about the past.  But actually, they were gaining real-time feelings of spiritual power coming into them from those who were spiritually and psychologically weaker than themselves during this period of time.  They were gaining this spiritual power by doing unfair things to people who were more vulnerable than themselves (or saying unfair things about them) and then denying that they had done anything wrong. That was probably a large part of what was making them feel better about themselves.  It was not just the memories of the past.

 

There was something else going on during the years following the period of major spiritual and psychological advances that had a lot of people confused.  The same stronger members of society who had been encouraging the "good people" to get lost in nostalgia were starting to "look the other way" when a lot of the "bad people" described above started getting involved with drugs.  It was generally thought at the time that the stronger members of society were looking the other way when it came to the subject of drug use because they knew how important it was to be socially accepted.  What we failed to realize at that time was that society's apparent acceptance of drug use at that time may have actually been a way to disguise the spiritual power transfer that was taking place at that time between the "bad people" in society, who had become an embarrassment to the people who were spiritually strong, and the people who were truly vulnerable spiritually and psychologically.  It appeared to a lot of us at that time that these "bad people" loved drugs in part because of the feelings of social acceptance they felt that they gained from using drugs.  But actually, they were gaining real-time feelings of spiritual power coming into them from people who were spiritually and psychologically more vulnerable than themselves during this period of time.  They were gaining this spiritual power by "acting up" (or acting in a disruptive manner) and then being rewarded for their actions when the stronger members of society punished another person for what they had done (someone who was more vulnerable than themselves).  Whenever they did this, spiritual energy was taken away from the more vulnerable person and that spiritual energy was given to them.  That was probably a large part of what was making them feel better about themselves.  It was not just the drugs.

The spiritually weak and vulnerable people described above like to imagine that someday these "good people" and "bad people" who they have unintentionally been helping to become stronger are going to maybe in some small way repay them for what they have done (or at least stop trying to drain them dry).  But when one of these spiritually and psychologically vulnerable people tries to explain the above described situation to one of the "good people" in an effort to hopefully reduce the amount of spiritual power that is constantly being drained out of them, the "good person" will very likely claim that the weaker person is being unkind (that they are trying to tear down [or stop contributing to] a spiritual structure that they themselves have willingly helped to create).  And when one of these people makes a similar plea to one of the "bad people", these people will respond by once again "acting up" (or acting disruptive),  knowing that when they do so, the stronger members of society will once again reward them by giving them some of the more vulnerable person's spiritual power.  

(Continued In Part Three)

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