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Most of us have heard the old expression "ignorance is no excuse for breaking the law".  If courts of law accepted the idea that ignorance was an excuse for breaking the law, then any criminal could just claim that they were ignorant of the law and it would become impossible to convict anybody of any crime.  Sometimes people blame spiritually and psychologically vulnerable people for having weak spiritual and psychological structures.  They might say that the more spiritually and psychologically vulnerable members of society, who tend to be antisocial, are a threat to everybody in the society because sometimes antisocial people blow up and commit violent crimes against other people.  The vulnerable antisocial people might argue that they should not be viewed as being a threat to society if they have not actually committed any crime.  They might have trouble understanding why other people often treat them like they are guilty when they believe that they are innocent.  These vulnerable people might believe that spiritually and psychologically vulnerable people should not have to take the blame for their weak spiritual and psychological structures and that society should take some of the blame and should help them to become stronger.

In recent years it has become more and more common for society as a whole to refuse to take any of the blame for the problems of people who are spiritually and psychologically vulnerable.  In fact, many people today have studied the findings of the psychological research that has been done into what damages other people psychologically and they have used that information to not only not help people who are spiritually and psychologically vulnerable but they have used that information to further damage people who are spiritually and psychologically vulnerable.  For this reason there is a danger that in the coming years more and more spiritually and psychologically vulnerable people will fall apart psychologically.  Being as society as a whole seems to have little interest in helping spiritually and psychologically vulnerable people become stronger, those people are going to have to learn how to become stronger before they are ripped apart spiritually and psychologically by people who are not only trying to hurt them but who have also acquired enough advanced psychological knowledge to be able to do a lot more damage to the spiritually and psychologically vulnerable people than people were capable of doing in the past (when less knowledge was available about psychological weaknesses).  If things continue at the present pace it might become possible that at a future date it might become illegal to be spiritually and psychologically vulnerable.  If that were to happen and if a spiritually and psychologically vulnerable person were to explain to the judge that they were not aware of (or were ignorant of) the techniques for becoming stronger spiritually and psychologically, the judge would probably rule that they were guilty of the crime of being spiritually and psychologically vulnerable, claiming that ignorance was not an excuse for breaking the law.

 

 

You may have heard the old saying that when a warrior takes another person's life, that person's soul then becomes a part of the warrior's soul.  In our society today we don't really kill other people like the ancient warriors did, but we sometimes hurt other people emotionally.  When we hurt another person emotionally (by killing part of their life force), that person's soul then becomes a part of our soul.  Spiritually and psychologically vulnerable people often get hurt by other people who steal their spiritual energy from them and in doing so make the more vulnerable person into their spiritual slave.  One of the ways that people steal spiritual energy from other people is by doing something unfair to the other person or saying something unfair about the other person and then denying that they have done anything wrong.  Spiritually and psychologically vulnerable people have a lot of trouble breaking free from their spiritual slavery because they don't understand the complex nature of spiritual forces and the dynamics of what happens when another person steals their spiritual energy.  The person who steals their spiritual energy is probably just using the spiritual energy that they take from the spiritually and psychologically vulnerable person to help them cheat somebody out of something to gain some sort of a temporary personal gain.  By merging their own spiritual energy with the spiritual energy that they have taken from the spiritually and psychologically vulnerable person, they are able to spiritually overpower and control the person who they are trying to cheat because their spiritual levels will be higher after taking the vulnerable person's spiritual energy than the spiritual energy levels of the person who they are trying to cheat.  The individuals who steal spiritual energy from spiritually and psychologically vulnerable people know that the more vulnerable people tend to think that things of a spiritual nature must be divine and altruistic so they know that the spiritually and psychologically vulnerable person will not be able to understand how the other person is using the spiritual energy that they are stealing from the vulnerable person.  Due to the fact that the spiritually and psychologically vulnerable person does not know how their spiritual energy is being used by the person who stole their spiritual energy, it will be hard for them to develop enough insight into the situation to be able to avoid having their spiritual energy stolen from them by that person (and by other people) in the future.  

At this point in history there does not seem to be any logical or justifiable reason for one person to steal the spiritual energy of another person.  At the present time when one person takes another person's spiritual energy they just use the extra energy they gain to cheat somebody out of something for a temporary personal gain.  But there was a time in history when there was a very real danger that another country might invade your country and that you might be killed in the invasion or that you might have your property and your wealth taken away from you.  At those times it might have been logical for some members of a society to serve as the spiritual slaves for other members of society.  For example, by some people serving as spiritual slaves and giving some of their spiritual energy to the stronger members of society, those stronger members of society might have been able to at that point have enough extra spiritual energy to overpower and fight off a foreign enemy that had the potential to take over the country and do great damage to everyone in that country.  In that example, the spiritual slaves might have possibly benefitted from giving up some of their spiritual energy because by doing so they would have helped to save their country from a foreign invasion.  The spiritually and psychologically vulnerable person might have given something up but they also might have gained something in return for what they had given up.

In our present world when our spiritual energy is taken by another person we do not get anything back in return for what we have given up.  Some people might try to fool the spiritual slaves by making them believe that their spiritual energy is going towards a good cause but due to the fact that the person who steals the vulnerable person's spiritual energy is not using that extra spiritual energy that they steal to do anything that could possibly benefit the person whose spiritual energy has been taken, anyone observing the situation will have to conclude that the spiritually and psychologically vulnerable person is foolishly giving away their spiritual energy when there is really no good reason for them to be giving away that spiritual energy.  Anyone observing the situation will conclude that the spiritually and psychologically vulnerable person is guilty.  They are guilty of being foolish.  

Breaking free from a pattern of being a spiritual slave and having your spiritual energy stolen from you is not an easy thing to do.  Spiritual forces are complex and can be very difficult to understand.  But once spiritually and psychologically vulnerable people come to understand that in our present world there is no divine or altruistic reason to let another person take your spiritual energy, the vulnerable person should hopefully be able to, with insight into the situation, start to regain some of the spiritual energy that they have been giving up to other people through the years.  There is a lot of pressure in life and if we let other people take too much of our spiritual energy, we will not have the levels of spiritual energy that we need in order to deal with the pressures in our own lives.

 

 

It has often been said that it is difficult to fight a war on two fronts (or against two enemies).  The problems that you encounter with one enemy weaken you to the point where it is difficult to deal with the other enemy.  Spiritually and psychologically vulnerable people are fighting a war on two fronts in that some of their enemies will try to make them feel guilty for the spiritual and psychological weaknesses that they have developed through the years and some of their other enemies will try to make them feel guilty for foolishly believing that there is some sort of divine or altruistic thing happening when another person steals their spiritual energy.  Some people view spiritually and psychologically vulnerable people as being weak.  Other people view them as being foolish for incorrectly believing that something divine or altruistic is happening when another person steals their spiritual energy.  And a third group of people (the ones who pose the biggest danger to people who are spiritually and psychologically vulnerable) view spiritually and psychologically vulnerable people as being both weak and foolish.  When a spiritually and psychologically vulnerable person says that society is responsible for making them weak and that they themselves are not responsible for their problems, the people who are dangerous will use the vulnerable person's foolishness (in regards to their not understanding that spiritual things in today's world are not divine and are not altruistic) as an excuse for why society should not have to take the responsibility for the weaknesses of the spiritually and psychologically vulnerable people.  The dangerous people might claim that due to the fact that the spiritually and psychologically vulnerable people are not only weak but also are foolish by nature, there is nothing that anybody could do to help them and that society therefore had done everything that was possible in the past to help the spiritually and psychologically vulnerable people and that society owed them nothing now and owed them nothing in the future.     

There is a problem with the argument that spiritually and psychologically vulnerable people have no one but themselves to blame for their weaknesses and for their foolishness in regards to the nature of spiritual things.  The problem with that argument is that the weaknesses that the spiritually and psychologically vulnerable people develop when their spiritual energy is stolen from them also weaken their powers of observation.  The weaknesses that have been imposed upon spiritually and psychologically vulnerable people have limited their powers of observation to the point where it is hard for them to understand things of a spiritual nature.  It can be argued that if they had not been deprived of their spiritual energy (and as a result lost some of their powers of observation) they would have understood that things of a spiritual nature are not divine and are not altruistic and for this reason they would not have become foolish in regards to their understanding of things of a spiritual nature.  Spiritually and psychologically vulnerable people were weakened by society when their spiritual energy was stolen from them and their powers of observation were also weakened when their spiritual energy was stolen from them.  For this reason it can be argued that if society were to start helping spiritually and psychologically vulnerable people to overcome the spiritual slavery that makes them weak and that makes them foolish in regards to the nature of spiritual things, then spiritually and psychologically vulnerable people could start to become stronger and they could start to play more useful roles in society.  

 

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You might have once heard somebody in a position of power at a company laugh and brag about how easy it was for them to intimidate and frighten a person who was spiritually and psychologically vulnerable.  There is an old saying that you reap what you sow but a lot of people don't like the idea that you have to work at planting seeds if you want to have a harvest.  A lot of people prefer to reap where they don't sow.  A person in a position of power at a company who purposely tries to intimidate and frighten a spiritually and psychologically vulnerable employee is the type of person who likes to reap where they do not sow.  It is easy for them to frighten the spiritually and psychologically vulnerable person because early in life the vulnerable person probably had someone who was in a position of power over them making it impossible for them to develop spiritually and psychologically.  That person who had power over the vulnerable person early in life planted the seeds of spiritual and psychological weakness into the vulnerable person and as the spiritually and psychologically vulnerable person goes through life they will meet people from time to time, like the boss in the present example, who will reap the harvest from the destructive seeds that were planted in the vulnerable person early in life.

While the boss who frightened the vulnerable employee is out drinking with his friends at a bar bragging about his conquest saying things like, "you should have seen it - his face went totally red", the spiritually and psychologically vulnerable employee will very likely be at home laying down in bed feeling sick.  The vulnerable person might have a headache and will probably have the same feelings that they have had many times before during their life when someone in a position of power was treating them unfairly and where there was nothing they could do to stop it.  They will feel that they need to think rationally and snap out of what they are feeling but their underlying feelings of panic that they have kept below the surface and that are now coming to the surface will make it impossible for them to think rationally.  Just like they have done in similar situations in the past where they had no clue as to what they should do, they will probably decide to just let the situation unfold and hope that the solution to the problem will somehow magically appear.  

As the days go by the vulnerable person (a spiritually and psychologically vulnerable man in this example) might notice that his boss is becoming a bit more accepting of him and he might also notice that some of the other employees who had been having trouble with a lack of motivation at their jobs are now doing better than they had done before.  The vulnerable person will realize that when the boss treated him unfairly, it motivated the other employees and the work of the other employees improved as a result.  The spiritually and psychologically vulnerable man will then realize that his boss is at least somewhat happy with him and happy to have the vulnerable man working for him because any time the boss wants to, he will able to improve the performance of the group by treating the spiritually and psychologically vulnerable man unfairly.

But as soon as the spiritually and psychologically vulnerable man starts to be comfortable in his new role as the person who is responsible for the improvement in the performance of their group, the other employees will once again start to lose their motivation as they will be unhappy that the spiritually and psychologically vulnerable man is no longer being treated unfairly.  At this point the boss will feel the need to once again treat the vulnerable man unfairly.

The spiritually and psychologically vulnerable man might at this point use his present work situation to help him understand what happened to him early in life when people in a position of power treated him unfairly.  He will hope that by gaining insight into what caused the original trauma that makes him freeze up when he is treated unfairly, he will be able to handle this type of pressure better in the future.  What he learned from the experience described above was that early in life, just like in the experience he just had at work, when he was treated unfairly by people in a position of power there was really no way to negotiate with the person or people who were treating him unfairly because that person or those people who treated him unfairly liked the end result of what occurred when they treated the vulnerable man unfairly.  They liked the fact that when they treated the vulnerable man unfairly it motivated the other people in the group to do better.  The group that the vulnerable man was in did better when the spiritually and psychologically vulnerable man was treated unfairly.  That was probably one reason why the vulnerable man was never able to break free from his difficult situation early in life.  If the vulnerable man would have been allowed to become stronger early in life it would have made the group as a whole become weaker and the group would not have allowed that to happen.

The spiritually and psychologically vulnerable man might have imagined during the early years of his life that the person or people who had treated him unfairly early in life did not like him because they always seemed to be trying to block or discourage his efforts to develop good relationships with other people.  They would often pressure him when he tried to do something that might help him to develop good relationships with other people.  The relationships could never develop because he was pressured so much when he tried to develop good relationships with other people that he would have to back off from trying to develop good relationships in order to reduce the pressure that was being put on him.  After analyzing what happened in the work situation described above, the vulnerable man realized that the person or people who were treating him unfairly early in life probably did not want him to develop normal relationships with other people because if that were to happen, there would be nobody left to provide extra energy to the other members of the group when they started to lose their motivation.  Instead of his spiritual energy going out to other people in genuine relationships where the other person could return to him the spiritual energy that he was sending to them, he was forced to only send a small amount of spiritual energy to the people who he had relationships with and he was forced to send a lot of spiritual energy to the other group members so that they could become stronger at his expense.  This transfer of spiritual energy to the other group members happened whenever he was treated unfairly.  The person or people who treated the vulnerable man unfairly early in life did what they did because of their love for the group that they were a part of.  Because of their strong love for their group, they had a strong desire to make their group stronger.

When a spiritually and psychologically vulnerable person is treated unfairly and when they start to freeze up or panic (because they don't know what is happening to them at that moment) it might be useful for them to learn to understand that society allows them to be treated unfairly because it is generally thought that the good of the many is more important than the good of the individual.  They may not like the fact that they are forced to sacrifice their spiritual energy for the good of the group, but it might be useful for them to understand why this is allowed to happen.  Another thing that runs through the mind of a spiritually and psychologically vulnerable person when they are treated unfairly is wondering what will change in their future relationships as a result of the spiritual attack that is being made on them in the present.  They know that every time someone makes a spiritual power play on them where they are forced to give up their spiritual energy for the benefit of the group, their relationships with other people become worse as a result.  But they don't really understand the manner in which their relationships with other people change for the worse when they have their spiritual energy taken away from them for the benefit of the group.

Following is an analysis of the differences between linking your spiritual information (or spiritual graphics) with other people and embedding your spiritual information (or spiritual graphics) with other people.  Spiritually and psychologically vulnerable people over time tend to develop a spiritual structure where they embed the spiritual information of other people into their souls rather than forming real-time and automatic spiritual links between their soul and the souls of other people.  Each time someone unfairly takes advantage of a spiritually and psychologically vulnerable individual it forces that person to move further away from the normal situation where a person forms automatic spiritual links with other people and pushes them further into being forced to form artificial spiritual links with other people where the spiritual information is embedded rather than linked.  The spiritually and psychologically vulnerable person might not like the fact that what is happening to them might force them further into only being able to embed the spiritual information of other people into their souls, but it might help them deal with the panic they feel when they are treated unfairly if they could understand the exact manner in which their relationships with other people will change in the future if the person who is attacking them (and who is causing them to panic) is allowed to steal the vulnerable person's spiritual energy.

 

 

If you are familiar with the world of computer graphics, you already know about the concepts of linking and embedding.  When you want to insert a graphic into your document, you can choose to link it in such a way that the graphic shows up in your document but is actually stored somewhere else on your computer or somewhere else on the network.  If you choose to embed the graphic in your document, the graphic will become a permanent part of your document and it will reside in your document.

In a large company several people may link to a particular graphic which resides on the company network.  If the company chooses to update (or change) the graphic, the next time a person opens their document, they will have the latest version of the graphic.  If they embed the graphic, the next time they open their document, they will get the version of the graphic that existed when they created their document originally.  

There is a strong similarity between the linking of computer graphics and the dynamics of what happens when people automatically exchange spiritual information with other people.  But while your computer program goes out on the network to access the latest version of the desired graphic, human beings go out on the "spiritual network" to access spiritual information (thoughts and feelings) from other people.  When people link to other people spiritually they are constantly receiving updated, dynamic, and real-time exchanges of subconscious spiritual information with other people who they know by accessing their spiritual information through the spiritual network.  

Those people who are not able to automatically exchange spiritual information with other people (individuals who are spiritually and psychologically vulnerable) have a tendency to embed spiritual information from other people into their souls.  For this reason they have trouble keeping up strong relationships with other people.  But embedding the spiritual information of another person in your soul (and embedding your spiritual information in another person's soul) is not quite the same thing as embedding a graphic in a document that you are working on.  When you embed a graphic in a document that you are working on and the graphic changes on the network, you will have exactly the same graphic in your document that you had before.  When you embed the spiritual information of another person in your soul and you or the other person goes through some sort of a change, there is some updating of the "spiritual graphic" that you have in your soul of the other person (and some updating of the "spiritual graphic" they have in their soul of you) that takes place.  Unfortunately, the updating of spiritual information that occurs when people embed the spiritual information of another person into their soul will not be as strong or as accurate as the updating of spiritual information that takes place when a person automatically links their spiritual information with another person.  

You may have heard 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.  It was almost as if the spiritual energy that the individual had been exchanging with their previous lovers (who were no longer physically present) was transferred to their new lover (who was physically present).  Individuals who are spiritually and psychologically vulnerable (people who tend to embed the spiritual information of other people into their souls) also have a tendency to transfer their exchanges of spiritual energy from people who they knew in the past (people who exchanged spiritual energy with them in the past) to people who they know now (people they know in the present who exchange spiritual energy with them).  The spiritually and psychologically vulnerable person might think that the person they are involved with must care about them deeply because they can tell that they are exchanging quite a bit of spiritual information with the other person.  But because of the fact that they have formed a relationship with the other person based on embedded spiritual information, the other person will not think that the volume (or the quality) of the spiritual information being exchanged is a good basis for a relationship and they might even get nervous when they sense they are exchanging a lot of embedded spiritual information with the vulnerable person.  They might think that it is not appropriate to have a lot of spiritual information being exchanged in a relationship that is based on embedded spiritual information and they may want to cut back on the amount of spiritual information that is being exchanged.  This tends to be the unfortunate end result of embedding the spiritual information of other people into your soul and it is understandable that spiritually and psychologically vulnerable people are not be happy when they are forced further into only embedding the spiritual information of other people into their souls (when they are treated unfairly and have their spiritual energy taken from them for the benefit of the group).

When someone treats a spiritually and psychologically vulnerable person unfairly and causes that person to freeze up and panic from all of the confused feelings that come rushing into them at that moment, it would be useful for the vulnerable person if they could at that moment understand exactly why they are feeling panic.  The information presented in the example above might help some spiritually and psychologically vulnerable people understand what goes through their minds when they freeze up and when they start to panic.  Other spiritually and psychologically vulnerable people might be from a different background than that of the spiritually and psychologically vulnerable person described in the example above.  Learning to understand our fears can help us to overcome our fears.  But each person is different and each person needs to on their own come to terms with the things in life that are difficult for them to understand and the problems in life that are difficult for them to solve.

 

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In the summer of 1978 a conversation took place between two young men who were both going through a time of change in their lives and who had known each other when they were in high school.  One of the young men (who are individuals who are real for the purpose of this story but who are not real in real life) was a struggling Rock Musician/Philosopher who had been a very strong person when he was a teenager but who now felt like he was on the way to some sort of an emotional meltdown.  The other young man was a spiritually and psychologically vulnerable individual who had never been very strong and who looked to rock and roll music and philosophy as a way to help him understand life better so that he could become stronger in the future.

As these young men were talking, subjects such as consciousness (gaining an awareness of the present moment), existentialism, and God came up.  One of the things that the young men agreed upon was that God was not really an issue any longer in the world because it was obvious that the hypocrites in the Church (people who do not practice what they preach) were not Christians.  The Rock Musician/Philosopher (Keith) had over the past few years gone from being one of the top students in his high school class to begging for money on the streets to support his passion for rock music and philosophy.  When he was in high school he and his friends started getting interested in Nietzsche and existentialism.  He realized at that point in his life that he and his friends (and his parents and their friends) were constantly trying to steal spiritual energy from other people by saying unfair things about them and then denying that they had done anything wrong.  Yet at the same time they professed to believe in religions and philosophies that put forth ideas such as "do unto others as you would have them do unto you".  They were flying too high (and they were for perhaps the first time in their lives vulnerable) because there was a wide gap between what they professed to believe and the way that they actually lived (and because everyone knew that there was a wide gap between what they professed to believe and the way that they actually lived).  The spiritually and psychologically vulnerable young man (Jeffrey), on the other hand, had never been one of the top students in his class (although he was still in the top 25 percent of his class because he put in longer hours of studying than the other students did).  Jeffrey had always admired people like Keith who were able to get good grades without having to work as hard as he did and he hoped that someday he would be free of the emotional conflicts that he felt interfered with his concentration and with his ability to succeed in life.   

 

 

As the years went by the Rock Musician/Philosopher (Keith) eventually went back to school to finish his degree and he became a Computer Systems Analyst for a large aerospace company.  At his 20th year high school reunion he was sitting at a table with several of his old friends from high school.  Somebody at the table said "whatever happened to Jeffrey.  I don't think he's been to any of the reunions".  At this point Keith said, "I actually spent some time with Jeffrey a few years after we were out of high school.  It was interesting spending time with Jeffrey because we both were interested in the consciousness movement and in existentialism at that point in our lives."

Keith looked around at the group at the table and sensed that the group seemed to be at least moderately interested in hearing more about Jeffrey, so he continued his story.  "Do you remember how when we were growing up somebody would occasionally take advantage of Jeffrey's shyness and vulnerability?  I used to wonder why it was so easy for people to intimidate and frighten Jeffrey.  As I got older and started to learn more about psychology (and life in general) I realized that it was possible that the reason it was so easy to intimidate and frighten Jeffrey (and other vulnerable people such as Jeffrey) was that some person (or some people) had planted the seeds of spiritual and psychological weakness into Jeffrey at an early age.  As Jeffrey started to go through life, he would meet people from time to time who would take advantage of him.  Those people who took advantage of Jeffrey tapped into and took advantage of the weaknesses that were planted into Jeffrey early in life."

Keith paused for a moment and then continued, "I remember once discussing this aspect of Jeffrey's life with him.  He said that after high school he had become somewhat less afraid of other people than he was when he was younger because of the insights that he had gained through the years about what might have caused his original spiritual and psychological weaknesses.  But Jeffrey pointed out to me that he was still being intimidated by other people.  He said when people would try to intimidate him he would try to stand up to them.  He might call them a coward for trying to take advantage of weaknesses that had been planted into him at an early age.  The other person would just laugh at him and say that Jeffrey was not being real.  They would say that he was trying to dive down deep into the subconscious (and that he was trying to take everybody else down deep into the subconscious with him) because he was afraid of real life."

One of the men at the table named Mike Gunderson, who was now a high school football coach, was smiling when he heard Keith talk about Jeffrey.  The football coach said "one of the things that we are always telling our players is that a person has to concentrate on the present.  Thinking about the past does not do you any good.  Trying to make excuses for yourself is not going to get you anywhere.  And even if it is true that somebody placed weaknesses into your subconscious mind early in life, you should not talk to other people about something like that.  This is a competitive world.  If you tell another person what your weaknesses are, they are not going to pat you on the head and give you sympathy.  When you tell another person what your weaknesses are, they are likely to make a mental note of what your weaknesses are and then in the future they will try to take advantage of those weaknesses every chance they get."

Keith and the other people at the table were laughing after Mike finished talking.  Some were laughing because they were in agreement with what the coach said and others were laughing because they knew that even though what the coach said was not very nice and was not very sensitive, there was at least some truth in what he said.  They knew that often people do purposely take advantage of other people's weaknesses and that if you are around people like that you had better not tell them what your weaknesses are.

When the laughter finally ended, Keith said, "you explained Jeffrey's dilemma pretty well there, Mike.  Jeffrey gets attacked by other people and there is nothing he can do about it.  He has deep spiritual and psychological weaknesses and other people not only do not help him become stronger but they often purposely take advantage of Jeffrey's weaknesses.  Jeffrey feels that if he could gain insight into the factors that led to his original spiritual and psychological weaknesses he could break out of the vicious cycle he is in where people keep taking advantage of his weaknesses over and over again.  I remember once Jeffrey gave me an explanation of what he thinks happens to him when someone purposely takes advantage of his spiritual and psychological weaknesses."

"Jeffrey told me that his boss at a place he had once worked did something unfair to him.  He also said that he could tell from comments from his coworkers that the boss had bragged to his coworkers about the unfair thing that he had done to Jeffrey.  As the days went by Jeffrey noticed that his boss was becoming a little bit more accepting of him and he also noticed that some of the other employees who had been having trouble with a lack of motivation at their jobs were now doing better at their jobs than they had done before.  Jeffrey realized then that when his boss treated him unfairly, it motivated the other employees and the work of the other employees improved as a result.  Jeffrey then realized that his boss was at least somewhat happy with him and was happy to have Jeffrey working for him because Jeffrey was indirectly responsible for improving the performance of the other members of the group.  But as soon as Jeffrey started to be comfortable in his new role as the person who was responsible for the improvement in the performance of the group, the other employees started to lose their motivation because they were unhappy that Jeffrey was no longer being treated unfairly.  At this point his boss started to once again start treating Jeffrey unfairly."

At this point in Keith's story Mike Gunderson, the football coach, spoke up saying "Keith, what I said earlier about people needing to forget the past and get on with their lives might be good advice for football players who are already fairly strong spiritually and psychologically, but it is also true that people like Jeffrey do need to understand the weak foundations that their spiritual and psychological structures are based on.  Most of us view our lives as a series of relationships that lead to other relationships (we transfer the spiritual energy from relationships we had with people in the past to people who we have relationships with in the present).  But people such as Jeffrey get hung up on trying to take back (or regain) the spiritual energy that they lost early in life when their spiritual and psychological structures were damaged by people who were stealing their spiritual energy.  The problem with Jeffrey's approach to understanding his spiritual energy problems is that he does not understand the nature of spiritual energy transfers.  Jeffrey does not understand that as he goes through life, the spiritual energy from the relationships that Jeffrey had with the people who took advantage of him early in life by stealing his spiritual energy gets transferred to new people he meets who also take advantage of him by stealing his spiritual energy in the present.  I think people such as Jeffrey need to look at their spiritual energy problems as not being caused by one big event that happened before their first memory in life but rather think of their spiritual energy problems as being caused by a series of relationships where a lot of other people took advantage of them and stole their spiritual energy.  Jeffrey did not have all of his spiritual energy stolen from him by the first people who took advantage of him.  Those people took some of his spiritual energy and as he went through life he transferred the spiritual energy from those early relationships where people stole his spiritual energy to other new people who also stole his spiritual energy.  If Jeffrey wants to, with insight, regain the spiritual energy that he has lost (and if he is going to go deep into the collective subconscious to do this), then he needs to know where in the collective subconscious to look for the thieves who stole his spiritual energy.  With insight, Jeffrey might be able to find out where his spiritual energy went and he might be able to regain some of that spiritual energy.  But he has to know where to look for that spiritual energy.  Do you agree with that Keith"?

"That's pretty good, Mike", said Keith.  "I've never really looked at it that way but what you said makes sense.  Nobody likes it when people such as Jeffrey keep going down a pathway that goes to nowhere (trying to find the original source cause of their spiritual and psychological weaknesses and thinking that they will be able to regain their spiritual energy if they can only locate that original source).  We all know that Jeffrey will never regain his spiritual energy by simply going back into the past and trying to understand what happened when he had his spiritual energy stolen from him early in life.  We all know that life is not that simple.  Your explanation of the situation makes more sense, Mike.  The original trauma that a person goes through when they lose their spiritual energy early in life is hard to understand because life is dynamic and life is always changing.  Before the original spiritual power play is over (where a person such as Jeffrey has their spiritual energy stolen from them for the first time), they might already be involved in another spiritual power play where another new person is stealing their spiritual energy.  But if Jeffrey could look at the original spiritual power play that deprived him of his spiritual energy as the first in a series of spiritual power plays where people deprived him of his spiritual energy, he would be more likely to understand what has happened to him through the years, and with insight, he might be able to pick up the various pieces of his life that he now believes have no connection with each other and he might be able to start putting all of those pieces together."

 

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In the period following World War II there were many books and articles published that showed how people are capable of putting complexes on other people (damaging other people psychologically) by saying unfair things about them or doing unfair things to them and then denying that they have done anything wrong.  There were a lot of people at that time who believed that by the year 2000 people would no longer want to gain feelings of personal power by taking advantage of other people psychologically.  It was thought that once people realized the manner in which they were hurting other people, they would want to stop doing it.  

Over the past few years a new class of people (the warrior class) has developed.  These are people who take pride in taking advantage of people who are spiritually and psychologically vulnerable.  Instead of using the information that has been published on psychological weaknesses to help other people become stronger, they have studied that information and they have used that information to further damage people who have been damaged enough already.  They have also used that information to continue making spiritually and psychologically vulnerable people into their spiritual slaves.  

When a spiritually and psychologically vulnerable person becomes another person's spiritual slave, they end up absorbing the pressure that should be going to the people who have attacked them and who have made them into their spiritual slaves.  They have to deal with not only the pressure in their own lives but they also have to absorb the pressure that is being directed towards the people who have made them into spiritual slaves.  If they eventually, with insight into the nature of their situation, get some sort of psychological release where they no longer feel the need to absorb the pressure of the people who made them into a spiritual slave, they will notice very soon that they will have increased pressure put upon them by people in their group who are upset that the person who made them into a spiritual slave is not happy about the new situation where they have to absorb the pressure that was previously absorbed for them by the spiritual slave.  The spiritually and psychologically vulnerable person might also be accused of being evil after they break free from their spiritual slavery.  The ones who have been using them as spiritual slaves might say that they are feeling increased negative spiritual energy coming into them and they might claim that the spiritually and psychologically vulnerable person is evil and has put a curse on them and that is why they are feeling increased negative spiritual energy coming into them.  Even though they are just feeling the negative spiritual energy that the spiritually and psychologically vulnerable person has been absorbing for them through the years, it will appear to anyone observing the situation that the spiritually and psychologically vulnerable person probably has in fact put some sort of a curse on the other person because of the obvious pain that the other person is going through.  The group will now cast the spiritually and psychologically vulnerable person in the role of an evil person and the vulnerable person will be forced to go back into their old role where they were being forced to absorb the pressure that is being directed towards the person who had made the spiritually and psychologically vulnerable person into their spiritual slave.

 

 

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One of the reasons that spiritually and psychologically vulnerable people have trouble breaking free from their spiritual slavery is that they don't understand the complex nature of spiritual forces and the dynamics of what happens when another person steals their spiritual energy.  The person who steals the vulnerable person's spiritual energy is probably just using the spiritual energy that they take from the spiritually and psychologically vulnerable person to help them cheat somebody else out of something to gain some sort of a temporary personal advantage.  By merging their own spiritual energy with the spiritual energy that they have taken from the spiritually and psychologically vulnerable person, they may be able to spiritually overpower and control a person who they are trying to cheat (a person who they were previously not strong enough to cheat) because their spiritual levels will be higher after taking the vulnerable person's spiritual energy than the spiritual energy levels of the person who they are trying to cheat.  The person who stole the vulnerable person's spiritual energy knows that spiritually and psychologically vulnerable people tend to think that things of a spiritual nature must be divine and altruistic so they know that the spiritually and psychologically vulnerable person will not be able to understand how the other person is using the spiritual energy that they are stealing from them.   If spiritually and psychologically vulnerable people could develop insight into the fact that when someone steals their spiritual energy, the spiritual energy that the spiritual thief has stolen gets merged with the spiritual thief's own spiritual energy to help them succeed when they are trying to take advantage of another person or cheat another person, it might help the vulnerable people understand these people better and perhaps, with insight, allow them to figure out how to stop other people from stealing so much of their spiritual energy.   

With insight into the nature of their spiritual slavery, a spiritually and psychologically vulnerable person might be able to finally start making progress in breaking free from the spiritual slavery that is depriving them of the spiritual energy.  But sometimes spiritually and psychologically vulnerable people who have made progress in overcoming their spiritual slavery will suffer setbacks when they meet people from cultures (or social groups) other than their own.  They may unknowingly allow someone from another culture (or from another social group) to push them back into the world of spiritual slavery that they have been trying to escape from.  

For this analysis, let's look at how a person who is a spiritual slave in one of the developed countries of the western world might be forced back into spiritual slavery by someone from a different culture (or someone from a different social group) that is not quite as aggressive as the culture or social group that the spiritual slave was born into.  Early in life the individual in our example, who is from a very aggressive family in one of the developed countries of the western world, is never given an even break.  Other kids get away with things that they do not get away with.  If they question anything or ask for the same things that the other kids ask for they will be put under a lot of pressure.  They learn to keep their opinions to themselves because whenever they speak up they are punished.  By being treated in this manner their spiritual energy is never really allowed to develop.  They will eventually get into a position where anytime one of the other kids feels bad about something they will take advantage of the spiritually and psychologically vulnerable person (the spiritual slave) knowing that no one will protect the more vulnerable person from the spiritual and psychological attack that is being made on them.  Because of this process the spiritually and psychologically vulnerable person ends up absorbing the pressure that should be going to the people who have attacked them and who have made them into their spiritual slave.  They have to deal with not only the pressure of their own lives but they also have to absorb the pressure that is being directed towards the people who have made them into spiritual slave.  

When this spiritually and psychologically vulnerable person meets someone from a different culture (or someone from another social group) that is less aggressive than their own culture or social group, they might sense that they are getting some sympathy from the other person as they explain to the other person the spiritual slavery that they are trying to escape from.  They will sense that the other person is not as aggressive as the people in their own social group who have made the spiritually and psychologically vulnerable person into a spiritual slave and that this person understands them and sympathizes with them.  But what the spiritually and psychologically vulnerable person does not understand is that the new person who they have just met might sympathize more with the people who have made the spiritually and psychologically vulnerable person into a spiritual slave than they sympathize with the spiritually and psychologically vulnerable person.  It will be hard for the vulnerable person to recognize this fact because the person who they have just met might seem to be the type of person who would never treat another person in the rough and aggressive manner in which the spiritually and psychologically vulnerable person was treated by the people who made them into a spiritual slave.

A spiritually and psychologically vulnerable individual such as the one in the example above might say something like the following to a person from a different culture or social group that is more passive than the one that the vulnerable person was born into:  "Early in life the people in the social group that I was born into deprived me of my spiritual energy in a very aggressive manner and forced me to become a spiritual slave.  Over the past few years I have developed insight into my situation and, with that insight, I have managed to start breaking free from my spiritual slavery."  The other person might express a feeling of distaste when they hear about the aggressive manner in which the spiritually and psychologically vulnerable person was made into a spiritual slave, but they also might be upset when they hear about what has happened because they might have a lot of sympathy for the person who is starting to lose their power over the spiritual slave.  This person from the other culture or other social group might also have made other people into spiritual slaves and they might have experienced the pain that a person goes through when one of their spiritual slaves "pulls the plug" by starting to break free of their spiritual slavery (which suddenly puts the person who made the other person into a spiritual slave in the very uncomfortable position of having to suddenly absorb large amounts of pressure that they might not have felt for several years [pressures they have not felt since they made the vulnerable person into their spiritual slave]).  When a spiritually and psychologically vulnerable individual gets into a situation like this one where they think they are getting sympathy from a person from another culture or another social group and starts to "open their heart" to this person, there is a good chance that the other person will try to push the spiritually and psychologically vulnerable person back into spiritual slavery.  They may mislead the spiritually and psychologically vulnerable person into thinking that they like the vulnerable person more than they actually do.  The spiritually and psychologically vulnerable person will start sending the large amounts of spiritual energy that they have just regained (spiritual energy they have regained from breaking free from their spiritual slavery) towards the new person who they have just met thinking that this person really cares for the vulnerable person and that this person will start sending equal amounts of spiritual energy back to the spiritually and psychologically vulnerable person in return.  In actuality, the person from the other culture or other social group will purposely allow the spiritually and psychologically vulnerable person to send them a lot more spiritual energy than they intend to send back to the spiritually and psychologically vulnerable person.  They will do this because they have more sympathy for the person who made the spiritually and psychologically person into a spiritual slave than they have for the spiritually and psychologically vulnerable person.  They may not approve of the aggressive techniques used by the person who made the spiritually and psychologically vulnerable person into their spiritual slave (in their culture or social group people may use less aggressive and more subtle techniques when making other people into their spiritual slaves), but they do not like what happens when people who were once spiritual slaves start to break free from their spiritual slavery.  There is a good chance that this person from the other culture will start to do everything in their power to push the person who is trying to break free from their spiritual slavery back into a position where they will once again be forced to serve as a spiritual slave.  But if the spiritually and psychologically vulnerable person could gain insight into what happens when they meet a person from another culture or social group who has made other people into their spiritual slaves, they might be able to avoid a situation where they waste the spiritual energy that they have regained (spiritual energy that they have regained from overcoming their spiritual slavery) by sending it to a person who has no intention of returning the spiritual energy (or love) that is being sent to them by the individual who is trying to break free of their spiritual slavery.

 

 

It appears that cultures throughout the world will eventually move away from the old fashioned practice of using other people as spiritual slaves, but it will no doubt take some time for this change to take place.  In the meantime, it would be good for all of us, those of us who serve as spiritual slaves and those of us who do not serve as spiritual slaves, to keep trying to understand more about the nature of spiritual slavery.  The transition from the old way of doing things to whatever new order that may develop will probably be smoother if we can learn to understand more about the dynamics of the old fashioned practice of using other people as spiritual slaves.

 

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If you live in one of the developed countries of the Western World you have probably turned on your television at one time or another and seen a very dishonest looking person talking about a "rapture" where God was going to come back to earth and where the dishonest looking person and his (or her) friends were going to be taken up to heaven while all the rest of us were left behind on the earth.  When most of us see things like this on television (or read about things like this in a book about Bible Prophecy) we don't think too much about it because we know that there is no way that something like that is ever going to happen.  For one thing our knowledge of science makes us skeptical about people rising up into the sky and even if that was possible it is unlikely that a divine creature like God would only take the dishonest people up into a "rapture" and then leave everybody else behind.

But even though we know that something like this could never happen some of us are still concerned when we see a television show (or read a book) that talks about Bible Prophecy and a rapture where all of the dishonest people are taken up into heaven and where everyone else is left behind.  To understand why church people continue talking about a rapture when science tells us that this could never happen, it might be useful to see what would happen if one of the people who is a doubting Thomas could sit down and talk openly with a church leader about the rapture and Bible Prophecy.  If a doubting Thomas could sit down with a church leader and talk openly about these topics the conversation might go something like the following:  "Church Leader," asks the doubting Thomas, "people in the church have been preaching about the Antichrist (or the anti-Christian spirit) for over 200 years.  In every generation people in the church have believed that they were living in the last times and that the Christians would soon be attacked by an anti-Christian beast that would try to swallow them up.  They believed that when this happened they would have to resist the beast and that if they successfully resisted the beast, then instead of the beast devouring them and swallowing them up, the church people would swallow up the beast.  I know that you as a Church Leader in the world today who was raised with the same knowledge of science that I was raised with would probably have trouble picturing a situation where people started rising up into heaven and where they disappeared totally from the earth while everyone else was left behind."

"First of all, Thomas," replied the Church Leader, "I'd like to say that I will talk openly with you today but I want you to know that if you repeat anything that I say to another person, I will deny that our conversation ever took place. You are right in assuming that I do not believe that one morning the phones will be ringing off the hooks at police departments around the world with people reporting that their friends and relatives are missing and that later everyone will learn that a fairly large percentage of the people on earth have disappeared because they have been suddenly taken up to heaven in a rapture.  Thomas, what I'm about to say might not seem to fit in with our discussion about the rapture and Bible Prophecy but it is important.  Many people such as yourself who doubt the existence of spiritual forces are victims of something called spiritual slavery.  Those people such as yourself who are victims of spiritual slavery will often have other people deprive them of their spiritual energy early in life and also throughout their life.  One way that people make other people into their spiritual slaves is by doing something unfair to them or saying something unfair about them and then denying that they have done anything wrong.  When people make other people into spiritual slaves they will also blame them unfairly whenever something goes wrong."

"When a person becomes another person's spiritual slave, they end up absorbing the pressure that should be going to the person who has made them into their spiritual slave.  The individual who has been made into a spiritual slave will have to deal with not only the pressure in their own life but they also will have to absorb the pressure that is being directed towards the person who has made them into spiritual slave.  If they eventually, with insight into the nature of their situation, get some sort of psychological release where they no longer feel the need to absorb the pressure of the people who made them into a spiritual slave, they will notice very soon that they will have increased pressure put upon them by people who are upset that the person who made them into a spiritual slave is not happy about the new situation where they have to absorb the pressure that was previously absorbed for them by their spiritual slave.  The person who has been forced to become a spiritual slave might also be accused of being evil after they break free from their spiritual slavery.  The ones who have been using them as a spiritual slave might say that they are feeling increased negative spiritual energy coming into them and they might claim that the spiritually and psychologically vulnerable person is evil and has put a curse on them and that is why they are feeling increased negative spiritual energy coming into them.  Actually, they are just feeling the negative spiritual energy that the spiritually and psychologically vulnerable person had been absorbing for them through the years.  But being as the person who made the more vulnerable person into a spiritual slave is going through obvious spiritual and psychological pain as a result of what has occurred, it will appear to anyone observing the situation that the spiritually and psychologically vulnerable person probably has in fact put some sort of a curse on the other person.  The spiritual slave will now be cast in the role of an evil person and the person who had been a spiritual slave will be forced to go back into their old role where they were being forced to absorb the pressure that is being directed towards the person who had made the spiritually and psychologically vulnerable person into their spiritual slave."

 

 

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"Thomas, it is very hard for people who use other people as their spiritual slaves to stop what they are doing and to set their spiritual slaves free.  Back in the 1800's many people were forced to give up their slaves.  This was hard for them because the slaves were a source of very inexpensive labor for them.  When they were forced to give up their slaves they had to start hiring people at the market rate for employees and that rate was much higher than what they previously had to pay to use slaves to do the work that needed to be done.  In the same way it is hard for people who have spiritual slaves to give up those spiritual slaves.  When they give up their spiritual slaves and are forced to deal with the pressures that the spiritual slave had previously been absorbing for them, they will find that their lives will start to become much more difficult for them.  Do you have any questions about what we've discussed so far, Thomas?"

"Actually, Church Leader", replied Thomas, "I think I understand and I think that I agree with a lot of what you've said.  It is true that people such as myself have become spiritual slaves against our wishes and that it is hard for us to break free from our spiritual slavery because of the side effects that occur when we start to break free (the major side effect being that the people who have been using us as spiritual slaves cannot handle the increased pressures that they feel when we start to break free from our spiritual slavery)".

"At first, Church Leader, I thought you might be getting a bit off topic when you started talking about spiritual slavery but I think I understand where  spiritual slavery fits into our original discussion about the rapture and Bible Prophecy.  I think it is clear to most people in the world that a lot of the people who use other people as their spiritual slaves refer to themselves as being Christians and refer to people who are spiritual slaves as being non-Christians.  So it could be argued that the people who serve as spiritual slaves have the spirit of the Antichrist because they are not Christians.  But many people question how this could be true because the Antichrist is supposed to be a powerful beast and people who serve as other people's spiritual slaves are not powerful people at all.  They are obviously not powerful and they have a lot of trouble succeeding in life because the spiritual energy that they need in order to succeed in life is constantly being drained out of them by the people who have made them into spiritual slaves."

"I think I understand where you are going with this analysis, Church Leader.  It seems to me that a lot of the people in the church today still hold on to the imperialistic ideas of the 1800's.  It also seems to me that the spiritual force that we call God is actually the combined spiritual energy of the people who say that they believe in God at this point in history.  When people in the church today pray to God they are picturing in their minds a "person" who was born into an upper middle class family in one of the developed countries of the world.  This "person", who represents the combined spiritual energy of the people in the developed countries of the world who claim to believe in God, had exchanges of spiritual energy with other people coming into them from their community early in life that cemented into their soul a firm belief in the idea that "you should not give a sucker an even break" and that you should make every effort you possibly can to break, crush, or destroy anybody who is a sucker and anybody who is weak.  But of course this "person" who the church people pray to always was and always is careful to give the impression to other people that they are kind and compassionate (they know that it is easier to trick other people if they do not see who you actually are).  This "person" who the church people picture as being God in their minds feels that it in order for them to maintain their wealth and to maintain their levels of spiritual energy, it is necessary for them to oppress and to trick other people (and this includes increasing their levels of spiritual energy by making other people into their personal spiritual slaves)."

"That's right, Thomas," said the Church Leader, "and the people who serve as spiritual slaves are afraid that the church people who use them as spiritual slaves (and the non church people who use them as spiritual slaves) are going to devour them (or swallow them up).  And the church people (and non-church people) who use other people as spiritual slaves are afraid that if their spiritual slaves gain their spiritual freedom then they (the people who had been using other people as spiritual slaves) will be devoured (or swallowed up) because they will no longer be able to handle the increased pressure they would feel if they were no longer allowed to use other people as their spiritual slaves." 

"Thomas, this is hard for me to say because I am one of the people who uses other people as spiritual slaves.  It is becoming increasingly difficult for those of us in the church to talk about the Antichrist and the rapture because people are becoming increasingly aware that the people in the church who use spiritual slaves (and people who are not in the church and who use spiritual slaves) are actually the bad guys and that the people who serve as spiritual slaves are actually the good guys.  If Christ were physically alive today he would probably be supportive of the people who church people label as having the spirit of the Antichrist and he would probably not be very supportive of the people in the church.  Most people in the church today know deep in their hearts that Christ would not approve of what happens when people who are spiritual slaves are continually denied their much needed freedom.  Many people in the church today look forward to a rapture that they believe will take place in the very near future.  They know that the people who serve as spiritual slaves have been under increasing amounts of pressure over the past few years as they have been denied in their attempts to break free from their spiritual slavery.  These spiritual slaves who have been trying to break free have been pushed further and further into their roles as spiritual slaves (causing them to lose more and more of their spiritual energy and forcing them to give more of their spiritual energy to the people who have made them into spiritual slaves).  The people in the church who gain power from these people who they use as spiritual slaves dream of a coming rapture where the spiritual slaves will finally stop fighting the roles they have been given as spiritual slaves and where they will be forced to give their slave masters even more of their spiritual energy than they have given them before.  Thomas, when you see a dishonest looking man or woman on television talking about the coming rapture, you might think that they are talking foolish or crazy.  They are not.  They really do believe (and they have good reason to believe) that a time is coming soon when their spiritual energy levels will rise to a higher level than their spiritual levels have ever been before.  And if you (and if people who are similar to you) are not careful, Thomas, the spiritual levels of those people who have made people such as yourself into their spiritual slaves will someday rise up to such a high level that they will feel like they are in heaven (or in a spiritual paradise) even though their physical bodies will still be here on this earth.  Thomas, if you want to break free from your spiritual slavery before the rapture that the church people are dreaming about comes (when you will be forced to give even more of your spiritual energy to the people who have made you into a spiritual slave), then you are going to have to, with insight, learn to understand that while the religious myths might not be true, the spiritual forces that those religious myths are based on are real."

 

 

"Thomas, it appears that cultures throughout the world will eventually move away from the old fashioned practice of using other people as spiritual slaves, but it will no doubt take some time for this change to take place.  In the meantime, it would be good for all of us, people such as you who serve as spiritual slaves and also people such as myself who use other people as their spiritual slaves, to keep trying to understand more about the nature of spiritual slavery.  The transition from the old way of doing things to whatever new order that may develop will probably be smoother if we can learn to understand more about the dynamics of the old fashioned practice of using other people as spiritual slaves."

 

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On a summer night in the summer of 2009 two men in their mid-30s, who lived in a suburb of New York City, were riding together to the Eastern Temple of Peace and Enlightenment (a temple that is real for the purpose of this story but that is not a temple in real life).  One of men (who are individuals who are real for the purpose of this story but who are not real in real life) was a real estate agent named Cody.  The other man (who was a computer IT-type person who had trouble keeping a job for very long) was named Johnny.  Cody and Johnny had been friends for many years.  As Cody turned his BMW into the parking lot of the Eastern Temple of Peace and Enlightenment, Cody said to Johnny "I really appreciate you coming here with me tonight, Johnny.  I know that you are skeptical of all religions, Eastern religions and Western religions, but please try to listen carefully to what the speakers say tonight, even though you might think that what they are saying is not relevant in the world that we live in today.  When we are done here at the temple tonight I'm hoping that we will have time go out somewhere where we can talk about what we hear from the speakers who will be here tonight."

Johnny was a little bit nervous as he and Cody walked into the Eastern Temple of Peace and Enlightenment.  He tended to always get nervous at church-type services because he always felt like he was the only person in attendance who did not find any meaning or inspiration in what the speaker was saying.  Johnny had always felt that if he had been born 200 years earlier he might have been a strong supporter of the church.  Johnny felt that at one time it was unthinkable to question the power of the church because of the external dangers that our societies were faced with at an earlier time in history.  There was a time in history when there was a very real danger that another country might invade your country and that you might be killed in the invasion or that you might have your property and your wealth taken away from you.  The church had a lot of power at that time because even if a person in the year 1800, for example, thought that religious myths might not be true, they believed that they (and the other members of society) would be personally safer from external dangers (like their country being invaded by another country) if people such as themselves did not question the religious myths.  There may have been a lot of people at that time who kept their doubts about religious myths to themselves because they felt it was important for their country to be united and strong.  In our world today, according to Johnny's thinking, we are not as concerned as we were at one time about our individual countries needing to be united so that we can fight off an invasion from another country.  And that is probably the reason why Johnny and people similar to Johnny did not see any harm in questioning the myths upon which many of our religions are based.

The first speaker for the evening at the Eastern Temple of Peace and Enlightenment started off by saying:  "How often do you and I really listen to other people?  Have you ever been talking to someone about three or four different topics when they suddenly say 'now you're talking'?  Suddenly you wonder if this person has been listening to you at all.  Did they think that you were not talking during in the 20 minutes prior to the moment you happened to say something that they agreed with?  Were they only listening to you when you expressed an opinion that was similar to their own opinion?  I would like to suggest that we make an attempt to become more accepting of people who seem to be defensive and who don't want to listen to any ideas that differ from their personal view of life.  When we get into a conversation with a person and after 20 or 30 minutes they say 'now you're talking' maybe we should tell them that we did not mean to offend them by not trying to find out more about their views on life before spending 20 to 30 minutes talking only about our own view of life.  We could apologize for not having gotten to know them better so that we would know what was important to them and what was not important to them.  We all have our own viewpoints of life.  We are really no better than other people in this regard.  And by getting into a deep conversation with another person about the issues that are important to them we give them a chance that they don't get very often (which is a chance to talk about what they want to talk about without getting cut off by the other person)".

The second speaker for the evening talked about the "divine order of things".  He said that there is a divine order of things in this world and that when we try to fight the divine order (rather than being in harmony with the divine order) we always end up failing miserably.  Johnny felt that what the speaker was saying made some sense.  He knew that you shouldn't fight against divine forces, but he felt that there were a lot of gray areas when it came to trying to please a divine being.  He knew, for example, that the people who try to live by the 10 commandments often fail miserably in life while those who bend and break many of the 10 commandments often seem to do quite well in this world.  Anyway, he didn't mind too much that this speaker had raised issues that had always troubled him because he knew that within an hour or so he would be sitting across from Cody discussing the issues that the two speakers for the evening had talked about.  Cody always had a way of explaining things in terms that Johnny could understand.

After the meeting at the Eastern Temple of Peace and Enlightenment ended, Cody and Johnny went out to a nice restaurant that they had been to many times before.  After getting seated at their table Cody started the conversation, "Johnny, I'm curious to hear your ideas about what the speakers had to say tonight.  To start out with I was wondering what you thought about the first speaker who spoke about learning how to really listening to other people by keeping our own opinion out of the conversation to allow the other person to do something that they have always wanted to do, which is give their own viewpoint to another person without being cut off by the other person before they are able to fully express themselves."

"You know, Cody", said Johnny, "that sounds like a really good idea but I think that a lot of people today use the aggressive listening techniques such as the ones described by the speaker tonight to take advantage of other people.  For example, many salespeople are known to practice techniques such as these when they are having trouble selling something to a customer who refuses to say "yes" and refuses to buy the product that the salesperson is selling.  By keeping their own view of life in the background for a few minutes (and thus disguising the fact that they are willing and able to take advantage of the customer at the first opportunity they are given) the customer is fooled into thinking that there is no harm in opening up and talking freely with the salesperson.  At the start of the conversation the customer might be afraid to open up and talk freely with the salesperson because he knows that if he does that the salesperson will succeed in selling him something that he will regret buying later.  When the salesperson temporarily pushes his own ego into the background (temporarily not showing the customer his own true view of life) the customer will say things that provide the ammunition that the salesperson will need to later attack the customer's resistance to purchasing what the salesperson is trying to sell him."

"Okay, fair enough," said Cody.  "And what did you think about the second speaker who spoke about being in harmony with the divine order of things?  I remember that you once told me that you thought that people who try to live by the 10 commandments often fail miserably in life while those people who bend and break many of the 10 commandments often seem to do quite well in this world.  Am I correct in assuming that you didn't really understand what the second speaker was talking about tonight in his references to the divine order?"

"That is true, Cody", Johnny replied.

"Johnny, I remember once you told me you believed that if you had lived 200 years ago you would have probably supported the church because at that time every country had external enemies that might attack them.  You felt that if you had lived then you would have kept your doubts about the religious myths to yourself and you would have supported the church as a way to show support for your country to help protect your country from external attack.  In our society today we may not worry about another country invading us, but a new danger has arisen over the past few years.  Let me explain a little bit about what has been happening."  

"For many years cultures throughout the world have practiced spiritual slavery by not allowing some of their members to develop spiritually.  By doing this they have taken the spiritual energy of the spiritual slaves and they have given that spiritual energy to other people in the society.  It was thought that society as a whole would be stronger if some of the members of society gave up their spiritual energy for the benefit of the group (making the other members of society spiritually stronger than they would have been otherwise)".

"When a person becomes another person's spiritual slave", Cody continued, " they end up absorbing the pressure that should be going to the person who has made them into their spiritual slave.  The individual who has been made into a spiritual slave will have to deal with not only the pressure in their own life but they also will have to absorb the pressure that is being directed towards the person who has made them into spiritual slave.  If they eventually, with insight into the nature of their situation, get some sort of psychological release where they no longer feel the need to absorb the pressure of the people who made them into a spiritual slave, they will notice very soon that they will have increased pressure put upon them by people who are upset that the person who made them into a spiritual slave is not happy about the new situation where they have to absorb the pressure that was previously absorbed for them by their spiritual slave.  The person who has been forced to become a spiritual slave might also be accused of being evil after they break free from their spiritual slavery.  The ones who have been using them as a spiritual slave might say that they are feeling increased negative spiritual energy coming into them and they might claim that the spiritually and psychologically vulnerable person is evil and has put a curse on them and that is why they are feeling increased negative spiritual energy coming into them.  Actually, they are just feeling the negative spiritual energy that the spiritually and psychologically vulnerable person had been absorbing for them through the years.  But being as the person who made the more vulnerable person into a spiritual slave is going through obvious spiritual and psychological pain as a result of what has occurred, it will appear to anyone observing the situation that the spiritually and psychologically vulnerable person probably has in fact put some sort of a curse on the other person.  The spiritual slave will now be cast in the role of an evil person and the person who had been a spiritual slave will be forced to go back into their old role where they were being forced to absorb the pressure that is being directed towards the person who had made the spiritually and psychologically vulnerable person into their spiritual slave."

 

 

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"Johnny, 200 years ago the divine order of things was to allow some people in the society to be spiritual sacrificial lambs to give more spiritual energy to the elite members of society.  This was justified because it was thought that if you had a strong and powerful elite class, then those people would be better able to protect the country from a foreign invasion.  Today, the divine order of things is to allow people to continue using other people as spiritual sacrificial lambs (or spiritual slaves) because there are so many millions of people in the world today who are dependent on their spiritual slaves that if these spiritual slaves were allowed their freedom, the effect on society could be disastrous.  I do not feel guilty if I use aggressive listening techniques such as the ones described by the speaker at the temple tonight to sell a spiritually and psychologically vulnerable person (or spiritual slave) a house that he can't really afford and that he will probably not be able to pay for.  The reason I feel good about doing this is not only because it is important for me to get a nice commission check but also because it is important for us to keep spiritual slaves from becoming too strong.  And when the spiritual slave who I duped, or fooled, into getting in over his head financially ends up losing everything he has, I will be the first one to say that it is his own fault because he makes bad decisions.  And why, Johnny, do you think that no one will challenge me when I tell an outright lie by saying this person should take all of the blame for something that I purposely tried to make happen?"

 

 

"Well, Cody," said Johnny, "if you are in a war it is considered honorable to lie about your enemy if telling the truth would cause your country to lose the war.  You've explained some things to me tonight that I have always had trouble understanding.  If you are the type of person who uses other people as spiritual slaves (and you and I are those sorts of people, Cody) then you will do everything you possibly can to keep spiritual slaves from gaining their spiritual freedom.  If these spiritual slaves break free from their spiritual bondage, the lives of people like you and I are going to become very difficult as we will be forced to start absorbing some of the pressures of life that the spiritual slaves have been absorbing for us through the years.  You're a good friend, Cody.  Thank you for explaining the spiritual facts of life to me.  I think you've turned this skeptic into a believer.  And I will see you at the Eastern Temple of Peace and Enlightenment on Sunday."

 

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Most of us feel that we have a pretty good idea as to what is right and what is wrong, and we are usually not afraid to express our opinions about what we consider to be right and what we consider to be wrong.  How can we be so sure that we are right about an issue when the guy who lives down the block from us is so sure that we are wrong about the same issue?  The guy who lives down the block began a socialization process of automatically exchanging his subconscious spiritual thoughts and feelings with other people early in life. We also began the same socialization process early in life. How can our opinions be so different?

Even though we were each developing spiritual links with other people as we were growing up, we were not developing our spiritual links with the same people. The people we developed our spiritual links with became an important part of our thought processes. They became like a conscience telling us what was right and what was wrong. Whenever we would express our opinions about an issue, we would feel that we were being "watched" and that we were being supported by these people who we were spiritually linked to. We would hear a "small voice" inside of us telling us that we were right. The guy who lived down the block also felt that he was being "watched" and that he was being supported by the people who he had developed his spiritual links with. Like us, he would hear a "small voice" inside of him telling him that he was right.

Unfortunately, some people do not succeed in developing automatic exchanges of spiritual information and spiritual energy with other people.  These spiritually and psychologically vulnerable people become spiritual slaves.  Their spiritual energy is taken from them and it is distributed to other people.  To explain how this process works we are going to be looking at how two spiritually and psychologically vulnerable individuals (Thomas and Michael) might become spiritual slaves and how their efforts to escape from their spiritual slavery will be resisted by the people who made them into their spiritual slaves.  First, let's look at Thomas.  When growing up Thomas is never given an even break.  Other kids get away with things that he does not get away with.  If he questions anything or asks for the same things that the other kids ask for he will be put under a lot of pressure.  Thomas learns to keep his opinions to himself because whenever he speaks up, he is punished.  By being treated in this manner his spiritual energy is never really allowed to develop.  Because of this process Thomas ends up absorbing the pressure that should be going to the people who have attacked them and who have made him into their spiritual slave.  He is forced to deal with not only the pressure in his own life but he also has to absorb the pressure that is being directed towards the people who have made him into a spiritual slave.  If he eventually, with insight into the nature of his situation, gets some sort of psychological release where he no longer feels the need to absorb the pressure of the people who made him into a spiritual slave, he will notice very soon that he will have increased pressure put upon him by people in his group who are upset that the person who made Thomas into a spiritual slave is not happy about the new situation where they have to absorb the pressure that was previously absorbed for them by Thomas.  Thomas might also be accused of being evil after he breaks free from his spiritual slavery.  The ones who have been using him as a spiritual slave might say that they are feeling increased negative spiritual energy coming into them and they might claim that Thomas is evil and has put a curse on them and that is why they are feeling increased negative spiritual energy coming into them.  Actually, they are just feeling the negative spiritual energy that Thomas has been absorbing for them through the years.

 

 

 

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Michael, the other spiritually and psychologically vulnerable young man in our example, lives in the same town as Thomas.  Michael is also a spiritual slave but the family and the social group that Michael grew up in practiced a more subtle type of spiritual slavery than did the family and the social group that Thomas grew up in.  For example, when Thomas was growing up if he questioned anything, he would immediately be put under a lot of pressure.  When Michael questioned anything while growing up the people around him would act like they were listening to him but would not actually do anything that would help Michael to get his issue resolved.  As a result, Michel (just like Thomas) learned that it did not pay to question things.

 

 

 

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When looking at the above situation, it appears that Thomas and Michael do actually have quite a bit in common.  They both were accused of being an evil person who puts curses on other people when they tried to break free from their spiritual slavery.  They both had managed to successfully play their role as a spiritual slave to people in their social group while they were growing up while at the same time gaining enough insight into the nature of their spiritual slavery so that they would be able to (at least temporarily) break free from their spiritual bondage.

But now that Thomas and Michael have both been forced back into their role as a spiritual slave to the people in their social group they will find that it will become increasingly difficult for them to break free from their role as a spiritual slave.  It might be useful for Thomas or Michael if one of the people who had made them into a spiritual slave were to sit down with them to help them try to understand why it is so hard for them to break free from their spiritual slavery.  If one of the people who had made Thomas into a spiritual slave were to sit down with him and try to help him understand why it is so hard for him to break free from his spiritual slavery, that person might say something like the following.  "Thomas, the world is full of complex spiritual forces that are very hard for a lot of people to understand on a conscious level.  A lot of our spiritual activity takes place at a deep subconscious sort of a level where we are constantly exchanging spiritual information and spiritual energy with other people through the Collective Subconscious.  I am more consciously aware of things of a spiritual nature than you are because my exchanges of spiritual energy with other people are more dynamic than your exchanges of spiritual energy with other people."

 

 

"I know that you think that due to the fact that you are my spiritual slave and due to the fact that I fought against your attempts to break away from your spiritual slavery, that for this reason you believe that you are involved in some sort of a deep subconscious spiritual conflict with me.  You are correct in thinking that you are involved in some sort of a deep subconscious spiritual conflict with somebody.  But you are actually involved in a deep subconscious spiritual conflict with one of my enemies, Jerry Spikes.  I'm sure you remember Jerry from the church that we grew up in.  Jerry has been trying to send a lot of negative spiritual energy into me in an attempt to destroy me.  The reason that I fought against your attempts to break free of your spiritual slavery was that I have been using you to absorb the negative spiritual energy that is being sent towards me through the Collective Subconscious by Jerry Spikes."

Thomas looked a little bit surprised and then responded.  "I remember that in our church while we were growing up I got along very poorly with Jerry Spikes but I could never figure out why we got along so bad."

"That right, Thomas" said the person who had been using Thomas as a spiritual slave.  "When I made you into a spiritual slave I forced you into a deep subconscious spiritual fight with Jerry Spikes.  Jerry hates you because you have blocked his attempts to hurt me by sending negative spiritual energy into me through the Collective Subconscious.  Thomas, I know that you have tried to break free of your spiritual slavery by forgiving (in your heart) those who have hurt you.  That is a good strategy, Thomas.  But in our world today where the use of spiritual slaves is common, spiritual slaves will often fail in their attempts to forgive their enemies because they don't really know who their enemies are.  For example, you thought that Jerry's hatred of you had no good basis in fact and that he would eventually get over it.  Now you understand that he actually does have a reason to dislike you and that time is not going to heal that wound.  As long as you continue to block Jerry's attempts to hurt me by sending negative spiritual energy into me through the Collective Subconscious, you are going to have a bad conflict with Jerry Spikes."

"Thomas, I remember once when we were talking a few years ago you mentioned that you could never understand why you and Michael from our class in school had never become friends.  Being as Michael was a spiritual slave and you were a spiritual slave you wondered why you and Michael had never become friends.  Thomas, I remember Michael pretty well.  I remember that Michael's family was very active in their church and I knew a person in Michael's church who had forced him to become their spiritual slave.  It was a very similar situation to what happened when I made you into my spiritual slave.  The person who made Michael into their spiritual slave forced him to absorb the negative spiritual energy that their enemy (a person who was also in Michael's church) was trying to send into them through the Collective Subconscious.  Similar to the situation between you and Jerry Spikes, there was always a lot of tension between Michael and the person who was the enemy of Michael's slave master."

"Thomas, as long as you and Michael continue in your roles as spiritual slaves, you and Michael will have trouble developing a close friendship with each other.  You have a deep subconscious spiritual connection with my enemy that you are not able to break free from.  And Michael has a deep subconscious spiritual connection with the enemy of the person who made him into their spiritual slave that he is not able to break free from.  The beliefs of the people in the church that we grew up in are very different from the beliefs of the people in the church that Michael grew up in.  As long as you and Michael are locked into a deep subconscious spiritual connection with the enemies of your slave masters, you will have deep subconscious spiritual characteristics that are similar to those of my enemy and Michael will have deep subconscious spiritual characteristics that are similar to the enemy of the person who made him into their spiritual slave.  For this reason, as long as you and Michael remain spiritual slaves, when you and Michael are together, your soul will not be able to make a deep subconscious spiritual connection with Michael's soul.  And that will make it hard for you and Michael to become friends."

 

 

 

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Eventually, cultures from throughout the world will probably start to move away from old fashioned practice of using other people as spiritual slaves.  Of course, it will take a while for this change to take place.  In the meantime, it would be good for us to keep trying to learn more about the nature of spiritual slavery.  The transition from the old way of doing things to whatever new order that may develop will probably be smoother if we can learn to understand more about the dynamics of the old fashioned practice of using other people as spiritual slaves.  Everyone, those who serve as spiritual slaves and also those who use other people as their spiritual slaves, will be better off when things eventually change if they can now start to learn more about the nature of spiritual slavery.

 

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If you live in one of the developed countries of the Western World you have probably turned on your television at one time or another and seen a very dishonest looking person talking about the end times (or the end of the world).  They talk about how their spirit and the spirits of the other church people will rise up into Heaven while the spirits of the non-church people will be suffering in Hell.  When we hear things like this on television or in a book on Bible Prophecy, we tend to try to ignore what they are saying because we know from our knowledge of science that there is no Heaven and no Hell and even if there was it would be very unlikely that a divine being like God would only allow the souls of the dishonest people to rise up into Heaven while the souls of everyone else will be forced to suffer in Hell. 

But even though we know that something like this could never happen some of us are still concerned when we see a television show or read a book about Bible Prophecy that talks about how in the end times the souls of all of the dishonest people are going to be taken up into Heaven while the souls of everyone else will be forced to suffer in Hell.  To understand why church people continue talking about how someday the souls of the dishonest people will go to Heaven while the souls of everyone else will suffer in Hell (when science tells us that this could never happen), it might be useful to see what would happen if one of the people who is a doubting Thomas could sit down and talk openly with a church leader and ask them how this could possibly be true.  If a doubting Thomas could sit down with a Church Leader and talk openly about this topic the conversation might go something like the following:  "Church Leader," asks the doubting Thomas, "people in the church have been preaching about the end times for over 200 years.  In every generation people in the church have believed that they were living in the last times and that soon the souls of the church people would rise up to Heaven while the souls of everyone else would suffer in Hell.  I know that you as a Church Leader in the world today who was raised with the same knowledge of science that I was raised with would probably have trouble picturing a situation where something like this could happen."

"First of all, Thomas," replied the Church Leader, "I'd like to say that I will talk openly with you today but I want you to know that if you repeat anything that I say to another person, I will deny that our conversation ever took place. You are right in assuming that I do not believe that one day the souls of church people who have passed away will rise up out of the ground and will go up to place called Heaven where they will be met by church people who are still alive whose souls have also risen up into a placed called Heaven.  And I also do not believe that the souls of non-church people who have passed away will descend into a place called Hell where they will be met by non-church people who are still alive whose souls have also descended into a place called Hell.  Thomas, what I'm about to say might not seem to fit in with our discussion about the end times but it is important.  Many people such as yourself who doubt the existence of spiritual forces are victims of something called spiritual slavery.  Those people such as yourself who are victims of spiritual slavery will often have other people deprive them of their spiritual energy early in life and also throughout their life.  One way that people make other people into their spiritual slaves is by doing something unfair to them or saying something unfair about them and then denying that they have done anything wrong.  When people make other people into spiritual slaves they will also blame them unfairly whenever something goes wrong."

"When a person becomes another person's spiritual slave, they end up absorbing the pressure that should be going to the person who has made them into their spiritual slave.  The individual who has been made into a spiritual slave will have to deal with not only the pressure in their own life but they also will have to absorb the pressure that is being directed towards the person who has made them into spiritual slave.  If they eventually, with insight into the nature of their situation, get some sort of psychological release where they no longer feel the need to absorb the pressure of the people who made them into a spiritual slave, they will notice very soon that they will have increased pressure put upon them by people who are upset that the person who made them into a spiritual slave is not happy about the new situation where they have to absorb the pressure that was previously absorbed for them by their spiritual slave.  The person who has been forced to become a spiritual slave might also be accused of being evil after they break free from their spiritual slavery.  The ones who have been using them as a spiritual slave might say that they are feeling increased negative spiritual energy coming into them and they might claim that the spiritually and psychologically vulnerable person is evil and has put a curse on them and that is why they are feeling increased negative spiritual energy coming into them.  Actually, they are just feeling the negative spiritual energy that the spiritually and psychologically vulnerable person had been absorbing for them through the years.  But being as the person who made the more vulnerable person into a spiritual slave is going through obvious spiritual and psychological pain as a result of what has occurred, it will appear to anyone observing the situation that the spiritually and psychologically vulnerable person probably has in fact put some sort of a curse on the other person.  The spiritual slave will now be cast in the role of an evil person and the person who had been a spiritual slave will be forced to go back into their old role where they were being forced to absorb the pressure that is being directed towards the person who had made the spiritually and psychologically vulnerable person into their spiritual slave."

 

 

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"Thomas, it is very hard for people who use other people as their spiritual slaves to stop what they are doing and to set their spiritual slaves free.  Back in the 1800's many people were forced to give up their slaves.  This was hard for them because the slaves were a source of very inexpensive labor for them.  When they were forced to give up their slaves they had to start hiring people at the market rate for employees and that rate was much higher than what they previously had to pay to use slaves to do the work that needed to be done.  In the same way it is hard for people who have spiritual slaves to give up those spiritual slaves.  When they give up their spiritual slaves and are forced to deal with the pressures that the spiritual slave had previously been absorbing for them, they will find that their lives will start to become much more difficult for them.  Do you have any questions about what we've discussed so far, Thomas?"

"Church Leader", replied Thomas, "there is quite a bit of documentation about supernatural types of things, such as people speaking in tongues (going into a type of a trance and speaking languages that they never learned).  I know that I'm a skeptic but in the back of my mind I know there are some things that go on that we can't explain.  Even if it is just mystical guesswork on your part, could you please give me some way to picture in my mind what the dishonest looking person on television is actually talking about when they say that their soul and the souls of other church people are going to rise up to Heaven while the souls of everybody else will suffer in Hell.  Also, could you please try to explain how some church people are able to speak in foreign tongues?  And why is it that sometimes people who were very logical throughout their lives might start talking in a delirious manner when they are close to the end of their life, giving other people the impression that they are actually talking to someone even though there is no one in the room with them?"

"First of all, Thomas", replied the Church Leader, "I'll give you my analysis of what is happening when a person speaks in a foreign language that they have never learned during a church meeting or when someone close to death starts talking to someone who is not in the room.  When it comes to things of a supernatural nature, I think we have to consider that perhaps we ourselves are the mechanism for these apparently supernatural phenomenon.  For example, someone at a meeting in their office in Chicago might be communicating subconsciously with a person speaking in tongues in a church meeting or a person who is dying in another city (and the person at the meeting in Chicago might not be aware of the subconscious spiritual activity that is taking place).  This might be some sort of comfort mechanism that mankind has developed through the years to help us in times of need or times of distress."

"Thomas, when you see that dishonest looking person on television talk about their soul and the souls of the other church people going to Heaven and other people's souls going to Hell, I think they are actually referring to the Collective Subconscious.  Some people believe in reincarnation but what I think actually happens is that when a person is born spiritual energy comes into them from other people who they interact with early in their life but also that spiritual energy comes into them through the Collective Subconscious.  We are all connected to each other spiritually through the Collective Subconscious.  It is my belief that throughout the history of mankind every person who has ever lived has had exchanges of subconscious spiritual energy and spiritual information with other people through the Collective Subconscious.  The part of ourselves that is involved in these exchanges of spiritual energy and spiritual information with other people is the soul.  This spiritual energy and spiritual information moves at such an incredibly fast speed that we are not conscious of it.  When we pass away our soul goes out into the Collective Subconscious and our soul will in this manner still be alive inside of other people who continue to live after we have passed on into the afterlife.  Individuals such as yourself who are spiritual slaves feel uncomfortable when you hear people talk with confidence about the afterlife.  You sense that they really believe what they are saying and that they really believe that they will have a more prominent place in the afterlife than will people such as yourself who are spiritual slaves.  And I think they are probably right.  In your position as a spiritual slave you have weaker exchanges of spiritual energy and spiritual information with other people than do people who are not spiritual slaves.  This means not only that life will be harder for you than it is for people who have normal exchanges of spiritual energy and spiritual information with other people (people who are not spiritual slaves) but also that when you pass on into the afterlife there will be less of your spiritual energy (or soul) going out to the Collective Subconscious.  When you pass on into the afterlife you will probably not be able to put as much of your soul into the Collective Subconscious as will people who have stronger levels of spiritual energy.  Church people might talk about how they are going to Heaven and how you going to Hell, but what they really mean is that they will have more of their soul out in the Collective Subconscious comforting people who are in distress and performing other spiritual tasks after they pass away than you will."

 

 

"Thomas, I know that you are more sensitive to talk about the end times and the soul going to Heaven or Hell than a lot of people today.  There are people in the world today who are spiritual slaves like you are but who would break out laughing if they heard a dishonest looking person on television talking about souls going to Heaven or Hell.  These people are spiritual slaves like yourself but while you were made into a spiritual slave by people in the church, they on the other hand were made into spiritual slaves by people who were not church people.  These individuals who were made into spiritual slaves by non-church people get nervous when they hear one of the people who made them into a spiritual slave talk about death in a light-hearted and confident manner.  They know these people must be nervous about death and it doesn't make sense to them why these people could talk in such a confident manner about death. These non-church people who have made others into their spiritual slaves are of course at least somewhat afraid of death but they are not as afraid of it as the people who are their spiritual slaves.  They know that they not only have an advantage over their spiritual slaves in life but that they will also have a better position in the afterlife than their spiritual slaves will have.  These non-church spiritual slave masters (just like the church slave masters) know that they will have more of their souls out in the Collective Subconscious comforting people who are in distress and performing other spiritual tasks after they pass away than will the people who they have made into their spiritual slaves.  Do you have any other questions about this, Thomas?"

"No", replied Thomas, "I think I understand both spiritual slavery and the afterlife much better than I did before.  If I and if other spiritual slaves such as myself manage to break free of our spiritual slavery, we will be making things much better for ourselves both in this world and in the afterlife where we will exist in the Collective Subconscious.  Now I know why the dishonest looking person on the television looks so smug when they talk about the afterlife. They are not really sure how good it will be for them but they know for sure that their position in the afterlife will be better than the position of their spiritual slaves."

 

 

It appears that cultures throughout the world will eventually move away from the old fashioned practice of using other people as spiritual slaves, but it will no doubt take some time for this change to take place.  As we move away from the present situation where spiritual slavery is thought to be necessary, the lives of the millions of spiritual slaves who live on the earth today will start to improve and these people will also have reason to hope that their position in the afterlife in the Collective Subconscious will be better than was the position of the spiritual slaves who went on into the afterlife before them.

 

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In September of 1968 two high school sweethearts from Miami, Florida were saying goodbye to each other. Allan and Linda had been dating for several months and neither of them liked the idea that they would not be seeing each other until Christmas break, which was over three months away.  Allan had been accepted by a university in California that had a very respected political science program and Linda had been accepted by a college in Chicago that had one of the best nursing programs in the United States. They were both headed off to the schools that they had dreamed of going to for a long time.  (Allan, Linda, and the other characters in this story are real for the purposes of the story but they are not real in real life). 

During the final two weeks before they took off to go to different parts of the country they talked a couple of times about how they would handle social pressures from their peers when they got to their new schools. Linda knew that she might feel some social pressure from the other girls to get involved with one of the guys at the school in Chicago and Allan knew that he would probably feel some pressure to impress the guys in California by demonstrating to them that the girls there were attracted to him. They discussed these pressures a couple of times but they came to the conclusion that they both had matured beyond the point where they used love as a tool to impress other people.  Before they met each other they both had been involved with other people who they had cared about. Linda felt that her relationship with her former boyfriend had made her a stronger person. The strength that she received from him helped her to be better able to handle the pressures of life. When she met Allan she experienced the same positive feelings that she had experienced with her previous boyfriend but being as Allan was a better match for her, she knew that she could never receive the same level of emotional support from another guy she might meet in the future as she got from Allan. And Allan felt that Linda gave him more emotional support than he would ever be able to receive again from another girl.  On their last night together in Miami they agreed that even if the pressures of college did push one of them into getting emotional support from someone else, that when they got back together again their relationship would be stronger than ever.

 

 

When Allan and Linda got together again during Christmas break three months later they were very excited.  They had a lot to talk about and they were very happy to see each other again.  They decided to go out to one of their favorite restaurants on their first night back in Miami . It did not take long until Linda raised the topic that was on both of their minds.  "Allan", Linda said gently, "do you think this is a good time for us to talk about the guys I met in Chicago and the girls you met in California?"  Allan looked a little bit concerned and said, "the last couple of weeks at school were very hectic with the final exams.  I've been so busy that I haven't had a chance to sit down and think about what was going on in California.  I need a day or two to analyze what happened.  How about if you go first and talk a little bit about Chicago.  I'm sorry that I'm not prepared.  I just need a day or two to think about things."

"No problem, Allan", said Linda.  "I'll go first.  On the first Saturday night that we were in Chicago I went with some of the other girls in the dormitory to a party that was designed for all of the 1st year students so that they could get to know each other. It was a hot Chicago night in late September and nobody really wanted to go back to the dorm when the party was over so several of us decided to take a walk down to a park on Lake Michigan, which was only a couple of miles away from the school.  Out of the six guys who were a part of the group that went down to the lake I could sense that two of the guys kind of liked me.  One of these guys was from Oregon and his name was Ron.  He was kind of shy but not afraid to talk to me so we walked along together talking for most of the way down to the lake and back. The other guy who I thought liked me, Eric, seemed a little bit nervous about approaching me and he kind of reminded me of Peter Johnson.  Eric was from Ohio and a couple of his friends from Ohio were with us that night going down to the lake.  He kept joking with his friends and he didn't talk to me very much.  I sensed that he wanted to talk to me but didn't know how to approach me."

"Let's see if I have this straight", asked Allan.  "You were with a shy guy from Oregon named Ron and you were also with a guy from Ohio named Eric, who reminded you of your first boyfriend, Peter Johnson?"

"That's right", said Linda.  "What was really odd is that the situation that night was similar to when I got together with Peter back before I met you.  When I met Peter I sensed that he liked me but he seemed afraid to approach me.  Then one night I noticed that he looked surprised when he saw another guy showing some interest in me.  That guy was also kind of shy like Ron from Oregon was.  Within a week or two after Peter saw me with the shy guy he came up to me and asked me if I was dating the shy guy.  It took me by surprise and I said "no".  Peter said he was just curious because the shy guy seemed to have kind of a limited emotional structure and everyone knows that love is based on strong emotions."

"That's interesting", said Allan.  "I think I remember you telling me once about how you and Peter got together but I guess I didn't pay much attention to it at the time.  Now, I'm more interested, of course, because I think you are about to tell me that a couple of weeks after the walk down to Lake Michigan and when the pressures of your first college classes started, you were approached by Eric from Ohio and he used Ron from Oregon as a basis for developing a relationship with you in the same way that Peter Johnson used the shy guy you knew in high school as a basis for developing a relationship with you at that time."

"That's correct, Allan.  When I met Peter Johnson in high school I transferred spiritual energy that I had exchanged with other guys in the past who I had known to Peter.  Even though the relationship had kind of a shallow basis (the fact that Peter was capable of stronger exchanges of spiritual and emotional energy than the shy guy was), I felt that I was exchanging a lot of spiritual and emotional energy with Peter.  Then I met you and that spiritual and emotional energy that I had been exchanging with Peter was transferred to my relationship with you.  The relationship with Peter made me stronger than I had been before but my relationship with you was much better than my relationship with Peter.  Being as the basis for our relationship was more solid than the basis for my relationship with Peter, I was able to put more of myself into the exchanges of spiritual and emotional energy that I had with you than I was able to put into the relationship that I had with Peter." 

"Allan, do remember the letter I wrote you where I said that even though we were 2,000 miles away from each other, I could still sense your spirit and your emotions very strongly?"  "Of course I do" said Allan, "and I felt the same way.  You were not physically with me in California but it almost seemed like you were there".  Linda smiled sweetly at Allan and said, "Well, here is what happened when Eric from Ohio approached me two weeks after classes started and used the same line that Peter Johnson used on me three years ago.  I suggested to Eric that we walk over to a pizza place close to the campus and talk.  As I listened to him and started reacting to him emotionally I started to feel weaker and not stronger.  I could tell that he was bringing back some of the same emotions that I had developed with Peter Johnson.  It was interesting that those old feelings were still there but those feelings made me feel weaker and those feelings clouded my mind.  I got a really low score on an exam during the week that I was getting to know Eric and I felt that I was starting to fall apart spiritually and emotionally.  I had to tell him to leave me alone.  I realized that some of the spiritual and emotional energy that I had been exchanging with you through the Collective Subconscious (or by whatever technique it is that people exchange spiritual energy with) was starting to be transferred towards Eric.  My exchanges of spiritual and emotional energy with Eric from Ohio were interfering with my exchanges of spiritual and emotional energy with you."

Allan looked a little bit confused for a moment and then he said "if your initial friendship with Ron from Oregon was responsible for getting you into an unpleasant involvement with Eric from Ohio, then I imagine that you also felt the need to cut off your contact with Ron from Oregon ."

"That's right Allan", said Linda. "I knew that if I got too friendly with Ron, there would soon be somebody else like Eric around trying to compete with Ron by providing the spiritual and emotional energy that Ron was not capable of providing. I could tell that Ron did not think it was fair when I started avoiding him.  He couldn't understand what he had done that would make me want to avoid him.  If I could have explained it to him the way I just explained it to you, I think he would have understood.  But how could I tell Ron that he is not only spiritually and emotionally weak, but also that people like Eric will sometimes use the weaknesses of people such as Ron as a basis for establishing a relationship with one of the girls who Ron likes?"

Allan thought things over for a few seconds and said "if I had a chance to explain to Ron what happened between you, Eric, and Ron, I would start out by explaining to him that most people are constantly experiencing automatic exchanges of spiritual and emotional energy with other people.  But sometimes people do not succeed in developing automatic exchanges of spiritual and emotional energy with other people. These spiritually and psychologically vulnerable people (people such as Ron) become spiritual slaves. Their spiritual energy is taken from them and it is distributed to other people. Early in life (perhaps even before their first memory) they learn that if they ask for the same things that the other people ask for they will be put under a lot of pressure.  They learn that they are better off when they keep their opinions to themselves because whenever they speak up, they are punished.  The end result of the pressure that they are put under is that their spiritual energy levels and emotional energy levels are never really allowed to develop. When a person is made into a spiritual slave they are also from an early age put under a lot of negative pressure if they try to develop relationships (or exchanges of spiritual and emotional energy) with people of the opposite sex.  As a result, as these individuals go through life they will try to develop relationships with people of the opposite sex but they will only be able to exchange a small amount of spiritual and emotional energy with the other person.” 

“I would then explain to Ron how you got involved with Peter Johnson in high school when Peter used the weak exchanges of spiritual and emotional energy you had with a spiritually and psychologically vulnerable guy who you knew in your high school as the basis for Peter to develop a relationship with you (the reason being that Peter Johnson had higher levels of spiritual and emotional energy that the did the vulnerable guy you knew in high school). I would explain how that relationship made you a stronger person. But then I would explain how when you and I got together you transferred the spiritual and emotional energy that you had been exchanging with Peter Johnson to me because we were very much alike in many ways and we were able to exchange with each other larger amounts of spiritual and emotional energy than we had ever been able to exchange with anyone else. Then I would explain what happened during the week that you and Eric from Ohio started exchanging spiritual and emotional energy on the basis that Eric had higher levels of spiritual and emotional energy than Ron had.  I think at that point Ron would better understand some of the things that have been going on between him and people of the opposite sex who he has met during his life.  And he would start to understand why some of the girls and women who he has met during his life suddenly started to avoid him when he felt that he had not done anything to hurt them.  The relationships that girls and women develop with guys like Eric from Ohio tend to be a bit on the shallow side and when those relationships are over the ladies often want to not only avoid the guy who they actually got involved with (the Eric type), but they also might feel the need to avoid the shy guy (in this case Ron) who set things up for the Eric type.”

By this time it was about 9 pm and Allan and Linda had finished their dinner. “Linda”, Allan said. “It’s only about 9 pm and the night is young. Let’s go out dancing, ok”? “Great idea, Allan”, replied Linda. “Let’s go”.  

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In January of 1969 a young college student from Miami, Florida named Allan was returning to a university in California after Christmas break to continue his first year of studies.  His first three months of classes had gone very well.  He was met at the airport by his roommate Phil.  They had a good time talking while they headed back to the university.  (Allan, Phil, and the other characters in this story are real for the purposes of the story but they are not real in real life).

Later that evening Allan asked Phil if he could get his advice about a personal situation that Allan was a little bit confused about.  Allan explained how on his first night back in Miami on Christmas break he went out to dinner with his girl friend, Linda. He had talked to Phil about Linda many times before during their first three months together as roommates.  Phil knew that Linda had gone to a college in Chicago that had one of the best nursing programs in the country while Allan came to California because the university they attended had a very well respected political science program.  Phil also knew that before they headed off to go to different parts of the country Allan and Linda agreed that if the pressures of college forced Allan to get emotional support from a girl in California or forced Linda to get emotional support from a guy in Chicago, that their relationship was strong enough so that they would be able to quickly patch up any damage that might have been done to their relationship while they were apart when they got back together in Miami on Christmas break.

"OK, Allan", said Phil, "so what happened when you told Linda about Nicole?"  "Well", Allan said, "her response to hearing about Nicole was similar to my response when she told me about a guy she met in Chicago named Eric.  She seemed very logical.  She asked some questions and she helped me to understand what might have been happening during my short time with Nicole.  And by the way, Phil, when I explained to Linda how you helped me to break things off with Nicole, she wanted me to let you know that she appreciated what you did."  "Well", said Phil, "that's what friends are for."  

"Phil", said Allan, "what happened between Linda and Eric in Chicago was similar in some ways to what happened between Linda and her first boy friend in high school, Peter Johnson.  In high school she had sensed that Peter liked her when they first met but she said he had been afraid to approach her.  Then one night Linda noticed that Peter looked surprised when he saw another guy showing some interest in her.  That guy who was showing interest in Linda had a reputation at the school for being shy and quiet but he wasn't afraid to talk to Linda.  Within a week or two after Peter saw her with the shy guy he came up to her and asked her if she was dating the shy guy.  This took her by surprise and she said "no".  Peter then said that he was just curious because the shy guy seemed to have kind of a limited emotional structure and everyone knows that love is based on strong emotions.  Peter became her first boyfriend but the relationship was based largely on the fact that Peter had a stronger emotional structure than the shy and quiet guy had."

At this point Phil made a comment something to the effect that he had seen that sort of thing happen a couple of times in his own high school when he was younger.  He then asked Allan if Linda's involvement with Eric in Chicago was based on Eric having stronger emotions than a shy and quiet guy in Chicago who was showing some interest in Linda.

Allan went on to explain that when Eric first met Linda in Chicago he was afraid to approach her.  Allan then explained how after having seen Linda talking to a shy and quiet guy named Ron, Eric got his nerve up and approached Linda using pretty much the same line that her first boyfriend, Peter Johnson, had used on her in high school.  "She started to feel herself responding to Eric" said Allan.  "Eric brought out some of the same emotions in her that Peter Johnson had brought out in her in high school.  But after spending a few days getting to know Eric she started to feel emotionally drained.  Her mind was clouded and she got a very low score on an exam.  She figured out that her involvement with Eric had interfered with the exchange of spiritual and emotional energy that she had with me through the Collective Subconscious (or through whatever technique it is that people use to exchange spiritual and emotional energy with each other).  She said that she had to tell Eric to leave her alone.  Her relationship with Eric was more superficial than her relationship with me and for that reason it did not give her the strength that she needed in order to handle the increased pressures of college life that she was experiencing.  Her relationship with Eric was based on the fact that he had stronger levels of emotional energy than Ron had but her relationship with me was based on the fact that we were similar in a lot of ways.  For this reason she was able to experience larger exchanges of spiritual and emotional energy with me than she was able to get with Eric."

 

 

After hearing the story about Linda's involvement with Eric, Phil thought about what he had heard for a few moments and then he started to give Allan his analysis of what was happening between Eric, Linda, and Ron.  "Allan", began Phil, "when trying to understand people such as Ron and the shy guy who Linda knew in high school it is easy for us to get caught in a trap.  What we see on the surface is that it appears that Eric used the argument that he had stronger emotions than Ron did as his basis for developing a relationship with Linda.  And furthermore it appears that the relationship he developed with Linda did not last because Eric's emotional structure was not strong enough to satisfy her.  Compared to you, Eric was nothing emotionally and he was not able to satisfy Linda.  The problem with this analysis, Allan, is that Eric is not going to accept it because of his weak ego.  Guys like Eric always have weak egos.  And being as he is accustomed to using people like Ron as his spiritual slave, or scapegoat, he is going to try to spin things around so that it appears that Ron really did have quite a bit of spiritual energy.  Eric's lies will in this way distort the situation and make it appear that there probably was in fact a good basis for Eric to have a relationship with Linda.  After his relationship with Linda is over, he will change his story and he will make it appear that his relationship with Linda was not just based on the fact that Eric had more spiritual energy than Ron had." 

"Allan, I'd like to tell you a true story about a friend of mine in high school.  My friend Jeffrey was a spiritually and psychologically vulnerable person like Ron.  One summer Jeffrey got a summer job.  He told me that his boss at the place where he worked that summer did something very unfair to him.  He punished Jeffrey for no good logical reason.  Jeffrey also said that he could tell from sarcastic comments made to him by his coworkers that the boss had bragged to his coworkers about the unfair thing that he had done to Jeffrey.  Jeffrey told me that when this problem with his boss started, he felt so bad that he would have to lay down in bed almost every night when he got home from work.  Jeffrey had felt this same sense of panic in the past anytime a person in a position of power over him was treating him unfairly and when there was nothing he could do to stop it.  Jeffrey knew that he needed to think rationally and that he needed to snap out of what he was feeling but his underlying feelings of panic that he had kept below the surface and that were now coming to the surface made it impossible for him to think rationally.  Being as he did not know what he could do to resolve the problem he decided to just let the situation unfold and hope that the solution to the problem would somehow appear magically."

"As the days went by Jeffrey noticed that his boss was becoming a little bit more accepting of him and he also noticed that some of the other employees who had been having trouble with a lack of motivation at their jobs were now doing better at their jobs than they had done before.  Jeffrey realized then that when his boss treated him unfairly, it motivated the other employees and the work of the other employees improved as a result.  Jeffrey then realized that his boss was at least somewhat happy with him and was happy to have Jeffrey working for him because Jeffrey was indirectly responsible for improving the performance of the other members of the group.  But as soon as Jeffrey started to be comfortable in his new role as the person who was responsible for the improvement in the performance of the group, the other employees started to lose their motivation because they were unhappy that Jeffrey was no longer being treated unfairly.  At this point his boss started to once again start treating Jeffrey unfairly."

"Jeffrey had always felt that perhaps early in his life people in a position of power over him had treated him unfairly but he could never understand why they would have done that to him.  He didn't understand why other people might want to hurt him.  After his experience at his summer job he started to realize why people he knew early in life might have mistreated him and why no one at that time would have stopped that abuse from happening.  What Jeffrey learned from the experience at his summer job was that both in the experience he had at the summer job with the unfair boss and also in the experiences he had early in life back before his first memory, when he was treated unfairly by people in a position of power over him, there was really no way that he could have negotiated with the person or people who were mistreating him.  The reason that it was not possible to negotiate with these people was that the person or people who treated him unfairly liked the end result of what occurred whenever they mistreated Jeffrey.  They liked the fact that when they mistreated Jeffrey it motivated the other people in the group to do better.  It made the other group members stronger.  That was probably the reason why Jeffrey was never able to break free from his difficult situation early in life.  If Jeffrey would have been allowed to become stronger early in life it would have made the group members become weaker and the other group members would not have allowed that to happen."

"After analyzing what happened at his summer job, Jeffrey realized that the person or people who were treating him unfairly early in life probably did not want him to develop normal relationships with other people because if that were to happen, there would be nobody left to provide extra spiritual energy to the other members of the group.  Jeffrey was forced to only send a small amount of spiritual energy to the people who he had relationships with and he was forced to send a lot of spiritual energy to the other group members so that they could become stronger at his expense.  This transfer of spiritual energy to the other group members happened whenever he was treated unfairly.  The person or people who treated Jeffrey unfairly early in life probably did what they did not because they hated Jeffrey but rather because of their love for the group that they were a part of.  It might have even made them uncomfortable at times when they abused Jeffrey, but they liked the end result of what happened when they stole Jeffrey's spiritual energy and gave that spiritual energy to the other group members."

Phil thought for a moment and then continued.  "Jeffrey told me once that he had a similar situation to the one that Ron had with Eric and Linda in Chicago.  In this case the guy's name was Brian and the girl's name was Brenda.  Jeffrey felt that Brian, the guy who got involved with Brenda for a while until she broke off the relationship because his emotions were too shallow, was trying to make people think that Jeffrey was actually the guy who had developed strong emotional feelings for Brenda.  Jeffrey knew that was not correct.  He knew that his emotional structure was just as weak after he got to know Brenda as it was before.  Jeffrey knew that he had not developed any sort of a genuine exchange of spiritual and emotional energy with Brenda.  But Jeffrey was not able to get Brian to back down and admit what had really happened.  Brian did not want to admit that he had developed a genuine and fairly strong exchange of spiritual and emotional energy with Brenda and that after getting a good dose of Brian's emotions, Brenda knew that Brian was not the type of guy who would be able to sustain her emotionally.  About a year after Jeffrey's "involvement" with Brian and Brenda, Jeffrey was getting to know a girl who he liked and suddenly another guy who reminded him of Brian came over and broke into the conversation in a somewhat rude and awkward manner.  In this case, though, the other guy already had a girlfriend so Jeffrey was confused as to what his motivations were.  Jeffrey figured out that it was possible that the guy was trying to interfere with Jeffrey's attempt to get to know the girl because this guy had once used someone similar to Jeffrey as a scapegoat in the same way that Brian had used Jeffrey as a scapegoat.  When he saw Jeffrey talking to a girl he felt the need to come over and take over the conversation so that this girl would not get to know Jeffrey too well.  He feared that if this girl really got to know Jeffrey she would realize that guys like himself and Brian use guys like Jeffrey as scapegoats when girls dump them.  And then this girl would spread the word around the school that guys such as him and Brian had actually been dropped by their previous girlfriends because of their weak emotions and not for whatever false reason that he and Brian had made up at the time to avoid social disgrace."

At this point Phil said to Allan.  "I think that about does it for my analysis.  Do you have any more questions, Allan?"

"No", said Allan.  "I think that you have come up with a very good analysis of the situation.  Thanks to you, Phil, I think that I understand guys like Ron and Jeffrey a lot better now."


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