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. But what actually happened was that instead of using the information that had been published on psychological weaknesses to help other people become stronger, many people began to study the psychological information that had been published and they began to use that information to purposely take advantage of people who were spiritually and psychologically vulnerable. As a result of what has happened, we have a situation today where there are a lot of spiritually and psychologically vulnerable people who have become very discouraged.
Most of us think of successful salespeople as being individuals who are very different from people who are spiritually and psychologically vulnerable. While spiritually and psychologically vulnerable people are often nervous when they are around other people, successful salespeople seem to thrive on being with other people and they seem to thrive on meeting new people. It would be nice if a successful salesperson could sit down with a spiritually and psychologically vulnerable person and give them some insights that might help to make them stronger. In the following story we are going to see what might happen if a successful salesperson named Mike were to sit down in a Chicago bar with a spiritually and psychologically vulnerable person named Dan and talk with him about things of a spiritual and psychological nature.
After Mike and Dan had ordered their drinks Mike said to Dan. "Dan, I understand that you are spiritually and psychologically vulnerable and that you are interested in having a better understanding of things of a spiritual and psychological nature. I would like to help you understand these things better but as you know, the fact that a person has a lot going on spiritually in their own life does not always mean that they will be able to explain those spiritual things to another person. I believe that a lot of our spiritual activity goes on at a subconscious level and for this reason it is difficult to understand things of a spiritual nature. Dan, why don't you start out by telling me your ideas about spiritual things and when you are done, I will try to add some insights to what you have told me."
"Sure", said Dan. "Last night I spent some time with a friend of mine named Thomas who is a college student here in Chicago. Thomas has spent a lot of time studying things of a spiritual nature and I would like to share with you some of the things that Thomas and I talked about last night. Thomas started out last night by telling me that last week when he was in Los Angeles on spring break he went out to dinner with his friend Jeffrey. Jeffrey is spiritually and psychologically vulnerable and he has been discouraged lately. Thomas wanted to try to give him some insights to help him feel better. Thomas started out by telling Jeffrey that he believes that everyone is constantly exchanging spiritual energy with other people and that our exchanges of spiritual energy with other people are an important part of our relationships with other people. Thomas explained to Jeffrey how sometimes people talk about how their current lover was able to tie up their emotional loose ends and was able to help to bring their life into perspective. He explained to Jeffrey how it almost seemed to those people that the spiritual energy that they had been exchanging with their previous lovers (who were no longer physically present) was transferred to their new lover (who was physically present). Thomas explained to Jeffrey that he believes that people such as Jeffrey who are spiritually and psychologically vulnerable also have a tendency to transfer their exchanges of spiritual energy from people who they knew in the past to people who they know in the present."
"One of the waitresses at the restaurant in Los Angeles where Thomas and Jeffrey had dinner is a girl who Thomas knows named Amber. Amber had told Thomas about how last summer she got involved with a guy who was spiritually and psychologically vulnerable so Thomas asked her to come over to their table and tell Jeffrey about that relationship. Amber explained that at first she was reluctant to get too close to the guy. She was pretty sure that it would not develop into a serious relationship so she felt kind of guilty getting involved with him. But still she sensed that he was reaching out to her and that he wanted to get to know her. After a while Amber realized that even though the exchanges of spiritual energy between her and the guy who was spiritually and psychologically vulnerable were not strong enough for her to be able to get seriously involved with him, it seemed to him like his relationship with Amber was serious. Looking back on the experience Amber thinks that there was a logical basis for her to have a relationship with the spiritually and psychologically vulnerable guy. He had been exchanging spiritual energy in the past with girls who were similar to Amber (girls with normal spiritual structures), and she had been exchanging spiritual energy with spiritually and psychologically vulnerable guys in the past. The spiritually and psychologically vulnerable guy was transferring to Amber the spiritual energy that he had exchanged with other girls who he knew in the past and she was transferring to him spiritual energy that she had exchanged in the past with other guys she knew who were spiritually and psychologically vulnerable."
"When Amber left their table to help some of the other customers Jeffrey commented to Thomas that he could feel some very positive energy being exchanged between Thomas and Amber. He asked Thomas why he had never gotten involved romantically with Amber. In answer to Jeffrey's question Thomas explained to Jeffrey that most people as they are growing up develop two types of emotions. They develop deep emotions for the people who they are really close to emotionally, and they also develop a "practical" set of emotions that they use when they are in situations where they are dealing with people in their school while they are growing up or where they are dealing with people in business types of situations when they start their working lives. For example, a girl who is running for homecoming queen or for a class office while in high school might develop "practical" relationships where she merges the practical part of her soul with her fellow students for the purpose of getting their votes in the school election. Thomas told Jeffrey that this sort of thing also happens quite often in business situations where a salesperson, for example, might feel that it is important for them to form a temporary spiritual bond with their client so that they will be able to influence the client when they need the client to do something that they want them to do (such as when they need the client to sign a contract). Then Thomas explained to Jeffrey that what he thought was happening between him and Amber was that he was merging the practical part of his soul with her and she was merging the practical part of her soul with him. So even though the exchanges of spiritual energy between them were positive, those exchanges of spiritual energy were not a good basis for developing a serious relationship. Thomas then explained to Jeffrey that it is his belief that many spiritually and psychologically vulnerable people only develop a practical set of emotions and that is why they might sometimes think that there is a basis for them to develop a serious relationship with someone who is only merging the practical part of their soul with them."
"Then Jeffrey asked Thomas to explain in a little more detail the dynamics of what happens when a spiritually and psychologically vulnerable person starts to believe that they are developing a serious relationship with a person who is only merging the practical side of their soul with them. In answer to Jeffrey's question Thomas gave him an example. Thomas asked Jeffrey to imagine that he got to know a girl named Vanessa who merged the practical side of her soul with Jeffrey for a short time. While that took place Jeffrey was exchanging his spiritual energy with Vanessa and she was exchanging her spiritual energy with Jeffrey. He explained to Jeffrey that compared to the amount of spiritual energy that most people exchange with other people he might not have been exchanging a lot of spiritual energy with Vanessa, but he thought that there was a magical exchange of spiritual energy taking place between him and Vanessa because he could sense that her subconscious mind was communicating with his subconscious mind. Then he asked Jeffrey to further imagine that another girl came along who also merged the practical part of her soul with him. It was similar to his exchange of spiritual energy with Vanessa, but it was different because now his subconscious mind was communicating with this new girl's subconscious mind. Thomas explained to Jeffrey that it was his belief that during the time that Jeffrey knew these girls, he would have been exchanging his spiritual energy with them through the Collective Subconscious when he was with them, and he would have been exchanging his spiritual energy with them through the Collective Subconscious when he was not actually with them."
"After Thomas explained his ideas about spiritual energy to Jeffrey, Jeffrey told Thomas that what he had said made a lot of sense. Jeffrey said he thought that gaining insight into how the subconscious mind works might help him to learn how to communicate better with other people and might help him to get along better with other people. For example, Jeffrey told Thomas he thought it might be useful for him to program his subconscious mind to communicate to the subconscious minds of the girls who he meets in the future that he has been misinterpreting the situation in the past and that he is sorry if his subconscious mind is sending out signals to their subconscious minds that are stronger than what is appropriate considering the fact that they are only merging the practical parts of their souls with him."
Dan thought for a moment and then continued. "After Thomas had finished telling me about the conversation that he had with Jeffrey last week, I reminded Thomas that I am also spiritually and psychologically vulnerable. I told Thomas that I had tried to do variations of what Jeffrey was suggesting where his subconscious mind tries to subconsciously apologize to the subconscious minds of the girls who he meets for coming on too strongly, but that I didn't think that was going to totally solve the problem for Jeffrey. I told Thomas that I think Jeffrey has to go further and that he also has to change the way that his subconscious mind communicates with the subconscious minds of the guys who he knows."
"Thomas and I have discussed before how many spiritually and psychologically vulnerable people have been made into spiritual slaves by people who have taken some of their spiritual energy away from them. Whenever a group makes a person into their spiritual slave by treating them unfairly, the one who is the spiritual slave starts contributing spiritual energy to the other members of the group. The ones who dominate the spiritual slave through the years care about that person very deeply because of what the spiritual slave does to strengthen the group, not because they want the spiritual slave to become stronger. I reminded Thomas how he had told Jeffrey that Thomas and Amber were only merging the practical parts of their souls with each other and how Thomas knew that this was not a good basis for developing a serious relationship. I then told Thomas I believe that the guys who try to dominate spiritual slaves such as Jeffrey and myself know for certain, just like Thomas knows for certain, that they cannot develop a serious relationship with a girl if they are only merging the practical part of their soul with her. I told Thomas I think that the guys who try to dominate spiritual slaves such as Jeffrey and myself will try to make us believe (both while communicating with us verbally and while communicating with us subconsciously) that we will eventually be able to develop a serious relationship with a girl who is only merging the practical part of her soul with us. This tricks us into thinking that we are better off to continue going down the same path that we are presently on rather than trying to make a change. The ones who are dominating us want us to stay where we are. That is why I believe that it is important for Jeffrey and myself to realize that while it is a good idea to get our subconscious minds to communicate to the subconscious minds of the girls who we know that we are sorry if we are coming on too strongly to the practical parts of their souls, we also need to get our subconscious minds to communicate to the subconscious minds of the guys who we know that we are suspicious when they tell us, both in verbal communication and in subconscious communication, that we will eventually be able to develop a serious relationship with a girl who is only merging the practical part of her soul with us."
"At this point I told Thomas I knew that he might be thinking that while in theory it makes sense for Jeffrey and myself to try to stop other people from overpowering us spiritually, it will be hard for us to actually make this happen. I told Thomas that while it is true that most people in the world today have less spiritual energy than their ancestors had (because they grew up in a very scientific and skeptical world where it is difficult for a person to have any sort of deep religious faith), most people in the world today do have a fair amount of spiritual energy because they have been exchanging spiritual energy with other people through the Collective Subconscious throughout their lives. Then I told Thomas I think that in order for people such as Jeffrey and myself to avoid being overpowered spiritually by the people who are dominating us, it is important for us to come up with a framework for understanding (and for believing in) spiritual energy exchanges. I told him I thought that Jeffrey and I should maybe come up with a variation of Pascal's Wager."
"Thomas liked that idea. He pointed out that when my subconscious mind and Jeffrey's subconscious mind try to confront the subconscious minds of the guys who are trying to dominate us and mislead us with false information, their subconscious minds are likely to let us know that there is no way that we will be able to overpower them spiritually at a subconscious level. Their subconscious minds will tell our subconscious minds that we are basing our argument (that they are destroying us on a subconscious level by giving us false information) on the idea that people exchange spiritual energy with other people through the Collective Subconscious. They will argue that we do not really truly believe that people exchange spiritual energy with each other through the Collective Subconscious because we do not have absolute scientific proof. They will argue that for this reason we will not have enough faith to stop them from overpowering us spiritually on a subconscious level. Thomas then said that what Jeffrey and I can do is to subconsciously communicate to the people who are trying to spiritually overpower us that while we might not have absolute scientific proof that people exchange spiritual energy with other people through the Collective Subconscious, we do believe deep down in our hearts that there is a logical reason for us to believe that exchanges of spiritual energy between people through the Collective Subconscious actually do take place. We have a logical reason to bet (or wager) that people exchange spiritual energy with other people through the Collective Subconscious because if it is true that people do exchange spiritual energy through the Collective Subconscious, and if we do not have a strategy for dealing with that, then we will continue to allow other people to hurt us by stealing our spiritual energy. The potential negative consequences for us are too great and too damaging if it is true that this exchange of spiritual energy does take place and if we have no defense against the people who are misleading us with false information and who are stealing our spiritual energy through the Collective Subconscious."
Mike thought about what he had heard for a moment and then said "Dan, I think that Thomas is on the right track here. Your subconscious mind has trouble communicating to the subconscious mind of someone who is bullying you that they should stop what they are doing because the other person knows that you are weaker spiritually than they are and that you do not really believe at a deep level that people exchange spiritual energy with each other through the Collective Subconscious. I agree with Thomas that you should let the spiritual bullies know subconsciously that you choose to believe deep down in your heart that people exchange spiritual energy through the Collective Subconscious because that is a better bet (or wager) for you to make than believing that people do not exchange spiritual energy through the Collective Subconscious. But I think that this strategy by itself is not enough. After subconsciously communicating your version of Pascal's Wager to the spiritual bully, the subconscious mind of the spiritual bully might say something like this to you: "Dan, you know that at a deep down level I do not really believe in the myth of God. You are basing your argument that I am misleading you with false information that I am sending into your subconscious mind on the idea that even though I don't believe in the myth of God, I do believe at a deep down level that people exchange spiritual energy with each other through the Collective Subconscious. I believe that people exchange spiritual energy with each other through the Collective Subconscious because I have experienced strong exchanges of spiritual energy with other people through the Collective Subconscious throughout my life. But even though your assumptions are correct, I am going to steal some more of your spiritual energy through the Collective Subconscious right now and your variation of Pascal's Wager is not going to prevent this from happening. And do you know what I am going to do with the spiritual energy that I steal from you? I am going to merge it with my own spiritual energy and I am going to use that extra spiritual energy to give me enough spiritual power to spiritually overpower a person who I have been trying to cheat recently. You are not only going to give me some of your spiritual energy right now but you are also going to feel bad afterward that you have made it possible for me to cheat a person who you would probably really like if you got to know them."
"Dan", continued Mike, "the example I just gave of what might be communicated subconsciously between a spiritual bully and a person who was spiritually and psychologically vulnerable might seem a little bit strange at first. You would think that if someone told you subconsciously that they were not only going to take some of your spiritual energy, but that they were also going to use that spiritual energy that they stole from you to do something that you would not approve of, that you would not allow that to happen. But if you have never had a conscious awareness of the idea that a person might subconsciously steal some of your spiritual energy and might use that spiritual energy to do something that you would not approve of, your subconscious mind would have trouble preventing that from happening. You might feel a lot of frustration and confusion as your subconscious mind was trying to communicate to your conscious mind that something was very wrong, but without having a conscious insight into the situation, it would be hard for you to direct (or program) your subconscious mind to prevent this from happening in the future. I believe that conscious insight into what might be going on in the subconscious mind is very important so that the conscious mind will know how to program the subconscious mind."
Dan thought for a moment and then said, "That's pretty good, Mike. I will program my subconscious mind to subconsciously tell spiritual bullies that while I may be weaker than they are spiritually, I have chosen to believe deep down in my heart that people exchange spiritual energy with each other through the Collective Subconscious because that is a better bet (or wager) for me to make than believing that people do not exchange spiritual energy with each other through the Collective Subconscious. This will hopefully convince them that in the future I will not be as easy of a spiritual prey for them as I have been in the past. And if they then tell me that they are going to steal my spiritual energy so that they can use that spiritual energy to give them extra spiritual power so that they can cheat another person who they otherwise would not be powerful enough to cheat, my subconscious mind will not be powerless to prevent that from happening. My subconscious mind will reply to the subconscious mind of the spiritual bully that I am aware that spiritual bullies take pleasure in doing things like that but that I am not going to let it happen."
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