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You may recall all of the excitement raised years ago about the idea of subliminal advertising.  It was found that if messages were flashed at you on a movie screen, you could be influenced to buy the product being advertised.  What frightened a lot of people was the fact that the images were flashed so quickly that the viewer was not conscious of them.  The messages were aimed at the viewer's subconscious mind (they were aimed at the viewer's soul).

It was reassuring to learn later that people could only be influenced to buy if they already had a predisposition to buy the product in question.  For example, someone who really didn't like the taste of alcohol couldn't be persuaded to buy a Budweiser with subliminal advertising but a beer drinker who enjoyed drinking Schlitz might be influenced to make such a decision.  Nonetheless, there were a lot of negative feelings about such advertising and when advertisers have tried to use subliminal advertising and have gotten caught, it has made the public very angry.

At the same time that the discoveries were being made about subliminal advertising, there were a lot of people who were fascinated by the idea of "consciousness".  Many people believed at that time that by becoming aware that our thoughts of the past and the future are only silly dreams that sap our mental energy, we should be able to increase our energy levels.  But no matter how hard we try, it is simply very difficult to maintain an awareness of the present moment.

We may have trouble being aware of the present moment not because of our thoughts of the past and the future.  We may have trouble being aware of the present moment because our souls are constantly exchanging information and ideas with everyone we meet.  This process would most likely work in a manner similar to subliminal advertising where we would be exposed to a lot of ideas but would only allow into our souls the ideas that we are already predisposed to.

Your Consulting Group

The illustration below shows in a simplified manner the dynamics of a process that is constantly taking place inside of every human being beginning very early in life and lasting throughout their lives.  In this illustration, two people who are different from each other (a liberal and a conservative) are having a conversation with each other.  There will be strong energy flows between the individuals and their consulting groups but weak energy flows between the individuals themselves.   

When the liberal person on the left talks to the conservative person on the right, she "consults" with subconscious spiritual messages very quickly and very efficiently with other liberals who she has met during her life (her consulting group).  After making a comment to the conservative person, the conservative person subsequently hesitates for a moment and looks off into space while also "consulting" with subconscious spiritual messages very quickly and very efficiently with like minded conservative people who she knows (her consulting group).  The liberal and the conservative each feel some warmth during the encounter because even though they are not talking directly to a close friend, their good friends are involved indirectly in the conversation through the automatic subconscious spiritual communication process.

Now imagine that you put two people who are similar to each other (both liberals) in a conversation.  

There will be a strong energy flows being as the two like-minded people are each getting good vibrations from their consulting groups through exchanging subconscious spiritual messages and are also receiving good vibrations from each other.  If you have a situation where the consulting processes of two people match very closely, people who observe them may say that they have "good chemistry". 

The concept of the consulting group is very similar to the concept of the soul.  Our consulting group members are people who have allowed us to access their souls and who we have allowed to access our soul.

Linking and Embedding Your Spiritual Graphics

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 the automatic subconscious spiritual communication process.  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 the automatic subconscious spiritual communication process works correctly for people (when they link to others spiritually rather than embedding), 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 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 the other 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.  

The people who are capable of linking their spiritual graphics with other people do sometimes get themselves into situations where they will allow another person to develop low level exchanges of spiritual information with them (they will unknowingly allow this person to start a "relationship" with them where the spiritual information is embedded rather than linked).  This often happens in business situations where a salesperson, for example, might feel that it is important 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).  These people know how to use spiritual links to influence the client's thinking at that crucial point where the client might be tempted to back out of the deal.  Usually, the client does not believe deep down in his or her soul that they could have any sort of a real relationship with the salesperson who uses this type of low level spiritual connection to help make a transaction go more smoothly.  For this reason, the client will not put forth any subconscious spiritual energy to try to keep their low level spiritual connection with the salesperson alive after the transaction has been completed.  But people who are only capable of low level exchanges of spiritual information with other people (those people who embed the spiritual information of other people into their souls and who embed their own spiritual information into other people's souls) will more or less bring this person into their soul and will subconsciously "introduce" them to all of the other people who they have met during their lives in these types of situations who they have embedded into their soul, and who have they tried to embed their own soul into.  Some sort of permanent low level dynamic real-time exchange of spiritual information probably does take place between the salesperson and the person who tends to embed spiritual graphics (rather than linking them), but it would most likely only be a very low level of spiritual exchange that neither person would be consciously aware of.    

 

 

 

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The Consulting Process

When we are interacting with other people (or when we are trying to "think through" a tough problem), we will draw upon the resources of our consulting group (discussed earlier in this essay).  These are people who have allowed us access to their souls and who we have allowed to access our soul.  If we go out on the spiritual network and "contact" six members of our consulting group asking for input on a problem that we are trying to solve, we are likely to receive six answers that are fairly consistent with our own opinions.  After we receive their responses, the thoughts and feelings that they have sent to us through the spiritual network will automatically merge with our own thoughts and feelings and a consensus will be formed (even though we might think that we came up with the answer to our problem through our own cognitive thought processes). 

When The Birds Fly South

It is fascinating to read about how one generation after another of birds, when they fly south for the winter, will often return to the same tree that their parents or grandparents had visited when they were alive.  When we hear stories such as these, we might find ourselves thinking that maybe the parents of the birds genetically passed on to them the special knowledge that was needed for them to find the same tree that their parents (and grandparents) had visited.

There are a lot of people who through the generations have wondered if maybe each new generation of human beings, just like the birds, is born with all of the knowledge of the previous generations somehow embedded deep into their minds, hearts, and souls.  Most of us are fascinated by ideas such as these.  Those people who tend to be intellectual and not-very emotional by nature might be fascinated by the idea that there might be a lot of special knowledge from past generations embedded deep in their minds (possibly even knowledge about the origins of mankind).  And those people who tend to be strongly emotional by nature might find themselves attracted to the idea that there might be memories of a lot of strong emotions embedded deep in their hearts and souls from previous generations (possibly stronger emotions than they have ever been able to feel before in their own lives).

Many years ago it was thought to be fashionable to say that you would like to take a journey to the center of your mind and discover the mysterious things that might be hidden there.  But through the years people of a more intellectual and not-very emotional nature have become reluctant to take that journey in pursuit of true and ultimate knowledge because they have come to realize that there are probably just as many non-rational and strongly emotional things embedded in their minds from previous generations as there is true and ultimate knowledge.  And people of a strongly emotional nature have also become reluctant to take that trip because they have come to realize that along with the strong emotional feelings that have been embedded deep into their hearts and souls from previous generations is probably also a lot of true and ultimate knowledge.

Setting Up Psychological Complexes  

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 and tying them in psychological "knots" from which they cannot escape. 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 has developed who  take pride in taking advantage of people who are psychologically (and spiritually) vulnerable.  Instead of using the information that has been published on psychological weaknesses to help other people become stronger, they have used that information to further damage people who have been damaged enough already.

It is appropriate that one of the terms used to describe psychological abuse is "a complex" because there are at least two components to a complex (it is not a simple thing).  First of all someone does something unfair to another person or says something unfair about another person.  The second part of the complex is the "cover up" that occurs after the unfair deed has been done or the unfair comment has been made where the person who placed the complex on the other person denies that they have done anything wrong.  This second part of the complex ties the victim up in a spiritual and psychological knot from which it is very hard to escape.   

The Judges Of The Spiritual World  

We live in a spiritual world and there are some spiritual dynamics that take place whenever a person places a complex on another person (where a person does something unfair to another person or says something unfair about anther person and then denies that they have done anything wrong).  Following the placement of the complex people who know the receiver of the complex (the victim) will sense increased negative spiritual energy coming into them from that person.  They may be suspicious that the person who placed the complex is responsible but if they confront the person who placed the complex, that person will very likely try to avoid taking the blame (and deny that they have done anything wrong) by perhaps insinuating that the victim is just imagining things.  

All of us are members of the spiritual network.  Together as a spiritual group we are constantly forming a consensus as to what we as a group consider to be right and what we consider to be wrong.  When someone gets away with a spiritual power play like the one described above, a spiritual judgment is made against the person who lost the spiritual power play (in this case the victim of the complex).  If the one who places the complex is able to successfully deny that they have done anything wrong, the judges on the spiritual network have no choice but to allow them to keep the spiritual energy that they have taken.  As a group we decide to give some of the spiritual energy that the loser previously had to the winner.  The winner is allowed to exchange that spiritual energy with anyone he or she chooses to exchange it with (they do not have an obligation to exchange that energy with someone who the loser of the power play likes).  Once the judges on the spiritual network decide that the winner should be allowed to take some of the spiritual energy of the loser, that energy is theirs to do with as they like.

Hammering Down The Nails 

Millions of people today are members of spiritual groups (or spiritual entities) that aim to spiritually enrich their members by allowing them to continue to keep the spiritual power that they previously gained by doing something unfair to another person or saying something unfair about another person and then denying that they had done anything wrong.

As the victims of spiritual power plays many years ago began to understand the dynamics of what was happening to them (where a greedy person would purposely tie them in a spiritual and psychological knot from which they could not escape), they began to (with insight) regain some of the spiritual power that had been taken from them.  At that point, the people who specialized in placing these psychological complexes on other people began to pool their spiritual resources with like minded people in an effort to make it impossible for the victims of their spiritual power plays to regain the spiritual power they had previously lost.  As the nails they had so carefully hammered in started to come loose, they made an attempt to hammer those nails back down.  

Just about when it appeared that all hope was lost and a lot of these people were starting to become discouraged, they started to get even more nervous as it became clear to them that the world was starting to become one large community.  Many of the people in the developed countries who had used heavy-handed techniques to steal spiritual power from other people were now concerned that the people they were starting to meet from authoritarian countries (countries with authoritarian governments) around the world would condemn them for having stolen spiritual power from other people.  But much to their relief they found that many of these people had the ability to not only "look the other way" when confronted with evidence of unfair spiritual practices (such as stealing spiritual power from other people), but they also had admiration for the rough and aggressive people who had become strong from stealing spiritual power from other people.  Many of the people from the authoritarian countries had learned that in order to survive it was necessary to forge alliances with people who were rough and aggressive.  They had also learned that the people in their countries who questioned authority were often punished for speaking out and for expressing their opinions.  Instead of being the threat that they at first appeared to be, many of the people from the authoritarian counties ended up becoming valuable allies to the people in the developed countries who took pleasure in stealing spiritual power from other people.   

Letting The Witnesses Speak

Whenever a society places a severe penalty on committing a crime there is a danger that the life of anyone who witnesses that crime may be put in danger.  If the criminal knows that by allowing the witness to live, they will be severely punished, they may feel it is necessary to make sure that the witness is never allowed to identify them.

There are a lot of people who have tried to put an end to the practice of one person trying to hurt another person spiritually and psychologically.  They have made it known that they disapprove of such practices and that they think that people who engage in such practices should be punished.  But by being so open in their disapproval of these practices, they have created a situation where people who hurt other people spiritually and psychologically now feel that it is necessary to more or less destroy the people who they have damaged.  They feel that they must make certain that the people who they have damaged are never allowed to become strong enough so that other people will want to listen to what they have to say.

If we want to make sure that people stop hurting other people spiritually and psychologically, we have to make sure that we do not reward the ones who commit the crimes because we are so impressed by their spiritual energy and then punish the victims for their lack of spiritual energy.

 

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Self-Recrimination and Self-Destructive Guilt

It has often been noted that many spiritually and psychologically vulnerable people have a problem with self-recrimination (being overly critical of themselves) and that they also have a problem with self-destructive guilt (feeling bad about the wrong things that they have done).  But a lot of people have trouble figuring out just what it is that these vulnerable people have to feel so guilty about.  The spiritually and psychologically vulnerable people are the ones who are often forced by the stronger members of society to become the scapegoats for everything that goes wrong.  And in doing so these vulnerable people often end up helping other people much more than they hurt them (but of course they may not always be happy about the fact that they are always forced to be the scapegoats).

One of the things that spiritually and psychologically vulnerable people are criticized for (and one of the things that makes them feel guilty) is not speaking up and letting other people know how they feel about the things that bother them.  But over the past few years many of these vulnerable people have learned that when they do speak up and when they do let other people know how they feel, these same people who had previously encouraged them to speak up will more or less tell them to "put up and shut up".  After this happens the spiritually and psychologically vulnerable people will no longer be critical of themselves for not speaking up through the years because they will realize that if they had spoken up, it would not have made any difference anyway.  So where is all of their self-destructive guilt coming from if they are no longer angry with themselves and if they are no longer critical of themselves for not having spoken up in the past?

The answer to that question appears to be that through the years the spiritually and psychologically vulnerable people were dominated by the stronger members of society.  And the guilt that they are experiencing was imposed on them through the years by the stronger members of society who had been dominating them.  Some of the vulnerable people had a higher percentage of guilt imposed on them than did others but what they all shared was that through the years they had picked up deep-rooted feelings of guilt from the people who had dominated them.

 

As these vulnerable people try to understand the nature of this guilt that was imposed on them (guilt that is now inside of them and that is now tearing them up inside) they may at first come to the conclusion that the people who had been dominating them had felt guilty because of the spiritual and psychological damage that they had done to the vulnerable people.  The vulnerable individuals had always sensed that the ones who dominated them also seemed to care about them.  But now that they realize that these people were not actually trying to help them, they have to figure out why the people who had dominated them had seemed to be good people who had seemed to care about what happened to them (when now they have come to believe that these people who had dominated them actually didn't care about them).

Whenever a group places a person in the position of the scapegoat, the one who is the scapegoat starts contributing spiritual energy to the other members of the group.  The stronger members of the group really do care deeply about the scapegoat because they want to make sure that the scapegoat continues performing the role that they were given by society.  If the scapegoat becomes stronger and if they step out of the role that they were assigned, there is a chance that the people who had benefitted from the spiritual energy that was contributed by the scapegoat will start to become weaker.  In analyzing the situation, it appears that the ones who dominated the scapegoats through the years cared about them because of what the vulnerable person's weaknesses did to strengthen the group, not because they wanted the spiritually and psychologically vulnerable person to become stronger.  They were carefully monitoring the vulnerable person to make sure that they never became strong enough to step out of the role that they had been assigned.  The people who dominated them did not feel guilty for having damaged the vulnerable person spiritually and psychologically.  In fact, the people who had dominated them might have felt guilty for not having done more to weaken them so that the vulnerable person would have been forced to, in their role as the scapegoat, give even more of their spiritual energy to the group. 

Most of us like to help other people if we are given an opportunity to do so.  But we like to do it voluntarily.  The use of sacrificial lambs and scapegoats is a part of our heritage but we should perhaps start to think about moving onward.  Instead of forcing people to give their spiritual energy away for the benefit of the group, maybe we should ask them if they want to give.  And if they say no, maybe we should say "that's fine, you don't have to".  

 

 

If you asked 20 people what they thought about the argument that was presented above that spiritually and psychologically vulnerable people should not be forced to give their spiritual energy to other people , you would probably get different opinions.  One person might say, "yes, it is time for mankind to move onward in its evolution and stop the old fashioned spiritual practice of robbing Peter to pay Paul (taking one person's spiritual energy and giving it to another person or to other people).  But another person might say, "wait a minute.  Let's be realistic for a moment.  If it is true that we have been taking spiritual energy from the spiritually and psychologically vulnerable people and giving that spiritual energy to the other members of society, and if we suddenly start to give these people an even break and start to treat them equally, then we are going to have a big problem on our hands."

"At this point in history (right here, right now), we know that many of our religions are based on myth, yet in spite of this we have still continued to hold onto some of our religious beliefs.  We no longer believe in the myth of God, but we sense very deep and very complex exchanges of spiritual energy taking place between ourselves and other people and this makes it impossible for us to turn our backs on our belief in spiritual forces.  We are in a transition period where we know that the myth of God is not real, but we also know that the spiritual power that we feel in our everyday lives is similar in some ways to what God was described to be like in the myths."

"We are in a very delicate transition period and it would not be wise for us at this time to turn our backs on the use of spiritual sacrificial lambs and scapegoats.  Things are very fragile right now.  Those people who say that everyone should be allowed to be free of spiritual bondage are not being realistic.  The individual people who have been (and who continue to be) used as spiritual sacrificial lambs and scapegoats might want to be free of their spiritual bondage, but the rest of us are not ready for this type of change at the present time."

 

 

There are a lot of people in the world who think (and who believe deep in their hearts) that people who are spiritually and psychologically vulnerable will never be able to break out of their spiritual and psychological bondage (and for this reason will always be crazy).  They know that as long as people throughout the world feel that they need spiritual sacrificial lambs and scapegoats to keep providing spiritual energy to the other members of society, then it is unlikely that these spiritually and psychologically vulnerable people will ever be able to break free of their spiritual bondage.  The spiritual will of the majority will be enforced and this very deep and very complex spiritual force that some people call God and that other people in another part of the world might call something else will block any effort made by spiritually and psychologically vulnerable people to develop strong (or normal) exchanges of spiritual information and spiritual energy with other people.  But if people throughout the world eventually decide that they would be better off not relying on spiritual sacrificial lambs and scapegoats for their spiritual fulfillment, then the spiritually and psychologically vulnerable people might be able to start breaking free from the spiritual bondage that makes them crazy.

 

 

You may have found yourself in a situation where you went to a store or a car dealership because of an advertisement you saw that was displaying a product that you wanted to buy and that was quoted at a very attractive price.  When you got there you were told that the product was no longer available. At that time you might have gone home frustrated and disappointed or you might have just fallen for the false advertising, allowing yourself to be convinced by the salesperson to buy another product that ended up costing you more money than you had intended to pay.

The store or the car dealership had told their salespeople that  a "nail-down order" had been issued in regards to the item that had been advertised.  In other words, the item was more or less "nailed-down" to the floor (no one was going to be allowed to buy it).  The advertised item was only being used to bring people into the store or the car dealership so that the salespeople could sell the customers products that would bring in much higher profits than the advertised item would have brought in.

When spiritually and psychologically vulnerable people become spiritual sacrificial lambs and scapegoats early in life they might find themselves in the role of a customer who went into a store not knowing that a "nail-down order" had been issued on the product that they were interested in.  The spiritually and psychologically vulnerable people might have tried to early in life to make the people in their community understand that they felt they had been unfairly deprived of their spiritual energy and that they wanted that spiritual energy back.  But just like salespeople are sometimes forced to go along with a "nail-down order", the people in the community where a person has been made into a spiritual sacrificial lamb or a scapegoat might be afraid to help the spiritually and psychologically vulnerable person for fear that the people who had made the spiritually and psychologically vulnerable person into a spiritual sacrificial lamb or scapegoat might do the same thing to them if they try to help the vulnerable person.     

Individuals who are approached by a spiritually and psychologically vulnerable person early in life will tend to develop relationships with the vulnerable person that are very polite.  They will feel that they cannot afford to get too close to the vulnerable person because they are afraid that they will accidently let out the "secret" that society has robbed the vulnerable person of their spiritual energy and that society has no intention of giving that spiritual energy back to them.  Because of the fact that the spiritually and psychologically vulnerable person's relationships are based on this artificial premise, they naturally have trouble getting close to other people.  They end up having polite relationships with men and polite relationships with women.  But because the men and women they are involved with tend to dominate them, they are likely to get into situations where the men they know and the women they know may start relating to each other indirectly by exchanging spiritual energy through (or by way of) the spiritually and psychologically vulnerable person.  For example, a spiritually and psychologically vulnerable man may transfer the spiritual energy he receives from the men he knows to the women he knows (and likewise, he may transfer the spiritual energy he receives from the women who he knows to the men who he knows).

 

 

Early in life this transferring of spiritual energy that is done by the spiritually and psychologically vulnerable man is not too much of a problem.  But as he gets older, he will naturally want to start getting closer to the women he knows.  And he will sometimes sense that these women want to get close to him.  When a woman meets him she may be reminded of times in the past when she knew men like him who transferred to her the spiritual energy of other men who she was attracted to at that time.  The woman may show a lot of interest in him at first.  But as she senses what is happening (that she is actually just receiving the spiritual energy of other men who the spiritually and psychologically vulnerable man knows), it may occur to her that it might be more efficient for her to directly form relationships with the men who she is interested in, rather than routing those relationships through another person (the spiritually and psychologically vulnerable man).

Societies in all parts of the world seem to be a long way from dropping the use of spiritual sacrificial lambs and scapegoats.  But because of situations like the one described above (where normal men and women who are not spiritual sacrificial lambs and who are not scapegoats are increasingly finding themselves confused by [and inconvenienced by] the end results of our present spiritual practice or robbing Peter to pay Paul), a lot of people are starting to doubt the wisdom of getting our spiritual fulfillment by simply stealing the spiritual energy of some people and giving that spiritual energy to other people.

 

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It is important for us spiritually and psychologically to feel that we are giving something to other people.  We feel good when we give to other people but we also like the fact that when we give to others, they often will try to give something back to us.  They might not be able to give us money in return for what we give them but they usually will give back appreciation and love to those who help them.  The appreciation and the love that we receive from the people who we give to can make us stronger spiritually and psychologically and can enrich our lives.  

But sometimes things happen where a person is forced against their will to give their spiritual energy to another person (a person in this situation becomes a spiritual sacrificial lamb or a scapegoat).  An example of this might be a situation where one of the popular students in a high school classroom starts showing up late for class or starts turning in their assignments late.  The teacher might be afraid to discipline this popular student out of fear that the disruptive student might not be able to handle the loss of face that would result from the discipline.  The teacher might decide that the disruptive student needs a boost of spiritual energy.  The teacher might start to suddenly make life difficult for one of the quiet students in the class who is always on time and who is not disruptive in class.  By timing his attack on the more quiet student to coincide with the time when he should have been disciplining the more popular and disruptive student, it would demonstrate to anyone observing the situation (in this case everyone in the class) that the teacher wanted to take some of the spiritual energy of the quiet person (and also any respect that the other students previously had for the quiet student) and give it to the disruptive student.  This would save face for the disruptive student and would also protect the teacher from criticism that he did not use discipline when the popular student was disruptive.  The teacher did use discipline, but he disciplined the wrong person (he disciplined a student who less popular and who was in his opinion less worthy than the more popular and disruptive student was).  After the "discipline" the behavior of the disruptive student would improve at least temporarily.  While it would certainly be unfair for the student who took the blame (and who had to unfairly receive the discipline that should have gone to the other student), it would make the teacher look good and it would also give a spiritual boost to the disruptive student (who would no doubt find the situation to be "delicious").  The teacher gave a spiritual gift to the disruptive student and the disruptive student probably gave the teacher feelings of appreciation and love in return.

A question arises when looking at the above situation.  Was the gift that was given by the teacher an example of "giving from the heart"?  In some ways it was an example of giving from the heart and in some ways it was not.  The teacher was not really giving the disruptive student anything from his own heart.  He was taking the spiritual energy of the quiet student and giving it to the disruptive student.  The quiet student was the one who was giving from the heart, not the teacher.  The teacher was not giving up anything at all.  For the teacher it was a win-win situation that had very little to do with the heart.

Spiritually and psychologically vulnerable people such as the quiet student in the example above can over time develop a reputation for being selfish people who never give to others.  This happens because in their role as the spiritual sacrificial lamb or scapegoat they are never given the credit for the spiritual gifts that they give.  They may make attempts to escape their role as the spiritual sacrificial lamb or scapegoat hoping that they can avoid a situation where they will be forced to continually give spiritual gifts to other people and then watch while the appreciation and love that is given by the recipient of the spiritual gifts goes to another person (such as in the example above where the appreciation and the love go to the teacher).  But it is very hard for a person to escape the role of being a spiritual sacrificial lamb or scapegoat.  The types of people who take pleasure in stealing the spiritual energy of another person and putting them in the role of a spiritual sacrificial lamb or scapegoat are not the types of people who are going to allow them to break free of their spiritual bondage.

 

 

Most of us can tell when we meet a person if they are a giving sort of a person or if they are a selfish person who is just totally wrapped up in themselves.  But we need to realize that it may be possible that early in life some of the people who we define as being selfish and totally wrapped up in themselves may have been unfairly deprived of their spiritual energy (when their spiritual energy was unfairly taken away from them) and they may have as a result been forced to give away a lot of their spiritual energy to other people.  It is not a perfect world and sometimes things happen that should not happen.  If it is true that they did not want to end up in their present situation but were forced down that path when their spiritual energy was taken away from them (and if they tried to stop what was happening but were not able to), then it can be argued that even though they may have given away a lot of their spiritual energy and even though they now appear to be selfish and totally wrapped up in themselves, they should not be blamed as much as they presently are.  They are not really selfish by nature.  They were simply forced by their community into a spiritual position that they did not want to be placed into.  They appear to be totally wrapped up in themselves because they are nervous about the fact that their spiritual energy is constantly being drained out of them and that there is nothing they can do to stop the situation.

Sometimes people who are spiritual sacrificial lambs and scapegoats get defensive when people suggest that they should learn to be less wrapped up in themselves.  They feel that the people who are trying to get them to change are the same types of people who put them into the difficult spiritual position that they are presently in (they are the same types of people who deprived them of their spiritual energy originally) .  They need to, with insight into the situation, stop blaming themselves for having become people who are wrapped up in themselves.  But they also need to realize that they might have, since having been forced to give a lot of their spiritual energy to other people through the years, forgotten that throughout their lives they have tried to reverse the path that they were on so that they could give to others freely from the heart rather than being forced to give to others.  When they realize this they will understand that they may have in some ways unintentionally become similar to people who are by nature selfish and who are by nature totally wrapped up in themselves. 

When trying to understand people who have been forced to become spiritual sacrificial lambs and scapegoats, we need to remember that not all people who are totally wrapped up in themselves like being in the spiritual position that they are presently in.  When analyzing people in this position, we need to look at the specifics of each particular situation. Are they by nature selfish and totally wrapped up in themselves or did they become that way because they were forced to give from their hearts rather than being allowed to give freely from their hearts?

 

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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 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 individuals might find the spiritual energy that they receive from a new man or woman who they have just met to be stronger and more intense than the spiritual energy that they received from any of the other men or women who they knew in the past (and the new man or woman might find the spiritual energy that they feel coming into them from the spiritually and psychologically vulnerable person to be stronger and more intense than any of the other exchanges of spiritual energy that they have experienced from spiritually and psychologically vulnerable people in the past).  The spiritual energy being exchanged might be fairly strong and intense because the spiritually and psychologically vulnerable person has transferred the spiritual energy that they had exchanged with other people who exchanged spiritual energy with them in the past to the new man or woman and because the new man or woman has transferred the spiritual energy that they had exchanged with spiritually and psychologically vulnerable people who they knew in the past to the new vulnerable person who they have just met.

The spiritually and psychologically vulnerable person might imagine that the other person must care deeply about them (or is possibly guiding them subconsciously) because they can sense that they are exchanging quite a bit of spiritual energy with that person (possibly more spiritual energy than they have ever exchanged with anyone else).  They can sense that person's spiritual energy coming into them and they can sense that their spiritual energy is going into the other person.  But the fact that someone exchanges spiritual energy with you (even if it is more spiritual energy than you have ever exchanged with another person before) does not mean that they care about you deeply or that they are somehow intentionally guiding you subconsciously (and it does not mean that they want to increase the amount of spiritual energy that they are exchanging with you).  In fact, sometimes in these situations a person who is accustomed to having normal exchanges of spiritual energy with other people might get nervous when they sense that they are starting to have strong exchanges of spiritual energy with a person who is spiritually and psychologically vulnerable (and they might want to cut back on [rather than increase] the amounts of spiritual energy that are being exchanged).  It is hard for the spiritually and psychologically vulnerable person to understand what is going on unless they can possibly learn to understand that most people are constantly exchanging large amounts of spiritual energy with other people (and most people receive very strong and very deep spiritual and emotional guidance from the people who they exchange spiritual energy with).  Most people do not get excited by the fact that they are exchanging spiritual energy with another person.  Exchanges of spiritual energy are for most people just a normal part of life. 

In a situation where a spiritually and psychologically vulnerable person meets a man or a woman who is similar to men or women they knew in the past who have exchanged spiritual energy with them, they may sense that the other person really wants to get to know them.  For example, when a spiritually and psychologically vulnerable man meets a woman who is similar to women who have exchanged spiritual energy with him in the past, he might notice her looking at him a lot and smiling at him.  He might sense spiritual energy coming into him from her and he might sense that she seems to want to get to know him.  But he might also sense that even though he catches her looking at him and smiling at him a little more often than what might be considered to be appropriate, it does not seem that she really wants to get too close to him.  Eventually the spiritually and psychologically vulnerable man might meet a woman who is curious about why she has these mixed feelings towards men such as himself and who will make an effort to get to know him better.  If you were to ask her later for an analysis of what happened between her and the spiritually and psychologically vulnerable man, she might say something like the following:  "At first, I was reluctant to get too close to him.  I was pretty sure that it would not develop into a serious relationship so I felt kind of guilty getting involved with him.  I felt like I was maybe using him.  But still I sensed that he was reaching out to me and that he wanted to get to know me."

"After a while I realized that even though his feelings towards me were not strong enough for me to be able to get seriously involved with him, it seemed to him like our relationship was serious.  I guess he was exchanging more spiritual energy with me than he had ever exchanged with any other girl.  What he didn't realize was that even though he thought that we were exchanging a lot of spiritual energy, I was exchanging more spiritual energy with several other people (both men and women) during the time that I knew him than I was exchanging with him."

"Evidently, when he met me he sensed that I had a spiritual structure similar to some other girls who he had known in the past.  He transferred the spiritual energy he had exchanged with those other girls to me.  But he didn't realize that, compared to the amounts of spiritual energy that people usually exchange with each other, he had never really exchanged very much spiritual energy with other people.  When I met him, I could sense that he wanted to get involved with me but I didn't really understand why.  Now I understand why he was interested in me.  His relationship with me was the best relationship that he had ever had even though some of the people who knew both of us at the time thought that I was just using him.  What a lot of people had trouble understanding at that time was that there was a logical basis for us to have a relationship.  Just like he had been exchanging spiritual energy with girls similar to me (girls with normal spiritual structures) in the past, I had been exchanging spiritual energy with spiritually and psychologically vulnerable guys in the past.  It was in some ways like one of my usual relationships in that he was transferring to me spiritual energy that he had exchanged with other girls in the past and I was transferring to him spiritual energy that I had exchanged in the past with other spiritually and psychologically vulnerable guys."

When spiritually and psychologically vulnerable people meet people of the opposite sex, they will sometimes (like in the situation described above) unknowingly send out spiritual vibrations to the other person that signal to that person that the spiritually and psychologically vulnerable person wants to get emotionally involved with them.  This should not make the spiritually and psychologically vulnerable person feel ashamed.  They got caught up in emotional involvements early in life that were weak by normal standards and as they got older it was natural for them to try to transfer the spiritual energy that was developed during these early involvements to the new people who they met.  As long as they understand what is going on they should be able to learn to, with insight, stop trying to develop weak (but intense) relationships with people who are not interested in developing weak (but intense) relationships with other people.  And as other people begin to see that the spiritually and psychologically vulnerable person understands the nature of their emotional structure and that they know who they are, other people might start to become less reluctant to get close to them.

 

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We have heard all of our lives that God is eternal and that God is merciful.  And we have heard that God preserves and protects us.  Most people will go through difficult periods in their lives when they question whether or not God is being merciful to them.  And they may during these times believe that God is not preserving and protecting them.  They may also during these times doubt that God is eternal.  They will think that a force as destructive as what God appears to be to them at those times could not survive for very long.  They will believe that God is no longer serving man's needs because God is destructive.  For this reason they may at that moment decide that man will eventually need to get rid of God.  A lot of the people who question God during the difficult times in their lives eventually come back to a belief in God when things in their lives turn around and when things start to get better for them.  They once again start to believe that God is merciful and that God is preserving and protecting them.  They once again believe that God is eternal because a positive force such as God will be in demand for many years to come and man will have no reason to get rid of God.  But there are other people who truly believe that God has turned his back on them.  They feel that God is not merciful towards them and that God is not preserving and protecting them.  Like other people they go through hard times in their lives when they question whether or not God is merciful and whether or not God is preserving and protecting them.  But unlike other people things in their lives do not turn around for them and things do not get better.  Things get worse and they feel that they have to shut themselves off from the force called God to protect themselves from the damage that they feel that this force is doing to them.  They tend to think that God is not eternal.  They believe not only that God has turned his back on them but that God will also eventually start turning his back on other people.  And when that happens, there will be so many people who want to get rid of God that God will at that point go away.  At that point God will no longer serve man's needs and God will disappear.

For many years now the church has been under attack.  It has been under attack not only for the lack of compassion it shows for people who express their doubts about religious myths, but also for its lack of compassion for people who have been abused spiritually and psychologically (and its lack of compassion for many of the people who are going through a difficult time in their lives).  Those people who have been damaged spiritually and psychologically are forced to turn away from God because God is made up of the combined spiritual energy of a group of people who believe that people who are spiritually and psychologically weak should be destroyed.  The people who are spiritually and psychologically vulnerable are forced to turn away from God because at this point in history the spiritual energy called God is sending very negative and very destructive spiritual energy into people who are spiritually and psychologically vulnerable.  In order to avoid being crushed by this negative spiritual energy they feel that they are forced to try to shut off that energy and to detach themselves from it.

The world is constantly changing and there have been times in history when everyone was under increased pressure (such as during difficult economic times).  During these times the people who found themselves in a difficult situation such as, for example, being without a job or any not having hope for getting a job soon sometimes started to feel the need to shut themselves off from the spiritual entity called God.  They noticed that when they were weak and that when they were down on their luck, they could feel that same negative spiritual energy coming into them from the spiritual entity called God that the spiritually and psychologically vulnerable people felt coming into them all of the time.

During these difficult times in history it is not uncommon for one of the people who has a normal spiritual structure and who is temporarily down on their luck to strike up a friendship with a person who is spiritually and psychologically vulnerable.  At that point in time both the person with a normal spiritual structure who is temporarily down on their luck and the spiritually and psychologically vulnerable person are "hiding from God".  The person with a normal spiritual structure hopes that things will improve and that they will get back on their feet and that they will get back on good terms with God, but they are not totally convinced that will happen.  In order to be prepared in case things do not turn around for them, they may start to listen to the ideas of a spiritually and psychologically vulnerable person.  They will listen to the vulnerable person say things like "you've got to stop believing that things are going to change.  Every time you start to trust God you are like a moth that is attracted to the flame so much that it flies into the flame and burns itself.  If you continue to believe that God is eternal and that God is merciful, you will get burned.  God is nothing and nothing is everything."

 

A person with a normal spiritual structure may for many years go back and forth between believing that God is eternal and merciful and believing that perhaps God is nothing and that nothing is everything.  When things are good and they are back in the good graces of the spiritual entity called God, they are sustained by the positive spiritual energy that is flowing into them from God.  When they are down on their luck and the spiritual entity called God starts sending negative and destructive spiritual energy into them, they once again turn their back on God and they turn off their feelings as much as they possibly can to avoid being crushed by the negative spiritual energy that is coming into them.

The people who have normal spiritual structures and who occasionally make friends with people who are spiritually and psychologically vulnerable know deep in their hears that there is an automatic communication process taking place between human beings.  They know that whenever two or more people are together, subconscious spiritual messages are traveling between their souls, exchanging information, educating the other person, and influencing the other person.  They know that this is a spiritual force that preserves us and protects us.  They know that no person can be strong unless they have the ability to exchange spiritual energy with other people.  When spiritually and psychologically vulnerable people tell them that they need to learn to further detach themselves from the world they might start to believe that these people are lying to them because those people are giving them an analysis of the world that excludes the existence of spiritual forces.  But they might not realize that the spiritually and psychologically vulnerable people who they are talking to might have died many years ago if they had not taken the path of detaching themselves from the spiritual force that was constantly sending negative and destructive spiritual energy into them.  

It would be nice if the people who keep running between ideas such as "God is eternal and merciful" and "nothing is everything" could learn to become more stable and if people who are spiritually and psychologically vulnerable could also learn to become more stable.  A lot of us might be skeptical about the people in the church but those people do understand a lot about the nature of spiritual forces.  One of those people could probably explain to spiritually troubled people how they could become spiritually stronger.  These church people might not always share what they know with other people but they definitely understand this side of the world very well.  Imagine a situation where one of the leaders in the church decides to talk openly with one of the people described above who has a normal spiritual structure but who occasionally strays away from the church (who we will call for the sake of this example "the Seeker") and one of the spiritually and psychologically vulnerable people described above (who for the sake of this example we will call "doubting Thomas" [the one who questions everything]).  The church leader might say something like the following as he begins to address the Seeker and the doubting Thomas:  "Seeker, I know that you think that people such as Thomas here are lying to you when they give you an analysis of the world that does not take into account the existence of spiritual forces.  Thomas appears on the surface to be a very truthful sort of person.  He wants hard evidence for everything.  But you, me, and almost everyone else who Thomas meets do not really trust him.  We know that spiritual forces existed before we were born (spiritual forces have always been a part of our history).  We know that spiritual forces exist today (spiritual forces are an important part of our lives today).  And we also know for sure that spiritual forces will exist in the future long after we have passed on into the afterlife (spiritual forces will be an important part of mankind's history after we have gone).  We know that we are sustained by our exchanges of spiritual energy with other people in the same way that we are sustained by food.  While Thomas may understand that future generations of people after he has departed this earth will still need to eat food, he does not understand that future generations of people will also need to exchange spiritual energy with each other.  Because of his negative experiences where he only receives negative and destructive spiritual energy from other people, he believes that eventually everybody will receive negative and destructive spiritual energy from other people and mankind will then decide that spiritual forces should no longer be used (that mankind has outgrown the need for spiritual forces)."

"I'm a cynic, I'll admit that to you (but of course if you tell anybody I said that I will deny it).  Those of us in the church know deep in our hearts that the religious myths are not true.  That is probably why we get so defensive when we hear people express their doubts about the religious myths.  I know that those of us in the church are too harsh towards any sort of weakness and that we do not really want people who are weak to become stronger.  But eventually the world will change.  Those of us in the church will eventually be forced to acknowledge that a lot of our present ideas are just a rephrasing of the imperialistic ideas of the 1800s.  The spiritual force that we call God (the combined spiritual energy of the people who say that they believe in God) is a bit too old-fashioned and a bit too conservative at the present time but when things start to change mankind is not going to abolish spiritual forces.  When things change spiritual energy will still get exchanged between people but the nature of the spiritual energy being exchanged will probably change.  For example, instead of the cold-hearted ruthless people getting all of the positive spiritual energy coming into them from God (the combined spiritual energy of the people who say they believe in God) and all of the weak and gentle people getting negative and destructive spiritual energy coming into them, we might have a situation where everyone gets a more moderate and neutral type of spiritual energy coming into them".

"Seeker, I know that in some ways you are similar to me and that in some ways you are similar to Thomas.  You have some of the same problems that Thomas has because during the times that God has turned his back on you (when you were down on your luck) you started to believe that eventually mankind would be forced to abolish spiritual forces.  When you meet other people they will sense that you basically understand that spiritual forces always were, that spiritual forces always are, and that spiritual forces always will be.  But they can see that you have a part of you that shuts yourself off from them because a part of you is like our doubting Thomas here.  A part of you thinks that spiritual forces will eventually be abolished.  That is ridiculous.  Seeker, both you and Thomas need to constantly be reminding yourselves that spiritual forces always were, that spiritual forces always are, and that spiritual forces always will be.  If you understand that basic fact of life, then other people will see that you are on the same page that they are on (that you know the score, so to speak) and they will probably trust you a lot more than they do at the present time."   

"What do think about that Seeker?  Do you agree with me?  How about you Thomas, do you agree?".  "There is something I still don't understand", replied the doubting 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 and that seem to imply that there might be a higher power above us?"

"That an interesting point," replied the church leader.  "My church is a bit too conservative for speaking in tongues but I've read enough reports to know that sort of thing has in fact happened.  Often people who are sick or close to death will become delirious and will say things that they would not have said normally and will say things that give the impression that they are actively communicating with someone who is not in the room.  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 who is dying in another city (and the person at the meeting in Chicago might not be aware of the subconscious activity that is taking place).  There might be some sort of comfort mechanism that mankind has developed through the years to help us in times of distress (and this same sort of communication through other people utilizing the collective subconscious of mankind to give comfort during times of distress may also explain the speaking in tongues).  We draw upon the collective subconscious and we get comfort from some sort of deep communication with other people that is beyond our comprehension.  What about you, Seeker?  What do you think about what we've been discussing?"

"You know, church leader, I think that you might be on the right track here", answered the Seeker.  "And I think I understand why you would deny what you just said here if we repeated any of this to anyone else.  It would be bad for your karma as a church leader if people thought that you had ideas such as these.  I feel that Thomas and I have been fed here spiritually today.  And I will always remember (and I hope that Thomas always remembers) that spiritual forces always were, spiritual forces always are, and spiritual forces always will be."

 

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You may have heard it said that it is a good thing that we all feel shame from time to time.  For example, it is good for us to recognize when we make mistakes and to feel some shame when that happens.  The shame becomes a positive thing because it will remind us to not make the same type of mistakes again.  Most people agree that the type of normal shame that most people feel from time to time is a good thing.

There is another type of shame that is recognized by pretty much everyone as being a bad thing.  This type of shame is called toxic shame.  Toxic shame poisons our emotions.  It can make people afraid to expose their true feelings to other people.  While normal people may express emotions such as anger or unhappiness from time to time, people who have toxic shame become a personified version of their shame.  For example, rather than just expressing anger or unhappiness from time to time, they might actually develop the persona of an angry person or develop the persona of an unhappy person.  

It has often been noted that many spiritually and psychologically vulnerable people have a problem with being overly critical of themselves and that they also have a problem with feeling more shame than is constructive in regards to the wrong things that they have done.  But a lot of people have trouble figuring out just what it is that these vulnerable people have to feel so guilty about and what they have to feel so ashamed about.  The spiritually and psychologically vulnerable people are the ones who are often forced by the stronger members of society to become the scapegoats for everything that goes wrong.  And in doing so these vulnerable people often end up helping other people much more than they hurt them (but of course they may not always be happy about the fact that they are always forced to be the scapegoats).

In trying to understand why people who are spiritually and psychologically vulnerable might have trouble breaking free from the toxic shame that they suffer from, it might be useful to consider that the reason they have not been able to break free from their toxic shame might be that the stronger members of society (who have forced them to become scapegoats for everything that goes wrong) might not have allowed them to break free from their shame.  In fact, they may have turned the spiritually and psychologically vulnerable person's normal shame into toxic shame by never giving them an even break. 

When a spiritually and psychologically vulnerable person works really hard and starts to make progress in their lives there is a good chance that one of the people who has benefitted from the spiritually and psychologically vulnerable person being the scapegoat for everything that goes wrong will start to become unhappy.  They will not only be unhappy about what is going on but also something bad might happen in the group that they are in and the blame that would normally have gone to the spiritually and psychologically vulnerable person might end up being placed on them.  They will not like taking the blame for the group's problems any more than the spiritually and psychologically vulnerable person likes having to take the blame for everything.  But when the person with normal spiritual abilities is forced to take blame that normally would have gone to the spiritually and psychologically vulnerable person and they start to get upset and uncomfortable with what is going on, the other people in the group might start to blame the spiritually and psychologically vulnerable person for the discomfort that is being experienced by the person with normal spiritual abilities (who is being forced to take the blame that would have normally gone to the spiritually and psychologically vulnerable person).  This is the point where the spiritually and psychologically vulnerable person's weak spiritual abilities become a problem for them.  If the group recognizes that the blame that usually goes to the spiritually and psychologically vulnerable person is instead going to one of the group members who has normal spiritual abilities, the group's love of the person with normal spiritual abilities will make them overturn their decision on who will get the blame for whatever just happened and they will once again direct the blame at the spiritually and psychologically vulnerable person.  The spiritually and psychologically vulnerable person does exchange spiritual energy with the other group members but that spiritual energy is not as strong as the spiritual energy exchanged by the other group members.  The group feels more love towards the people with normal spiritual abilities in their group than they feel towards the spiritually and psychologically vulnerable person because they exchange more spiritual energy with the people who have normal spiritual abilities.  For this reason the spiritually and psychologically vulnerable person may feel that they will end up taking the blame for everything that goes wrong (but not all of the blame is coming from themselves).  Sometimes the group decides to give the blame to people who are spiritually and psychologically vulnerable because the group wants to protect the group members who have normal spiritual abilities from having to take the blame.  The shame felt by the spiritually and psychologically vulnerable person becomes toxic because they are never able to get rid of the shame (they cannot control it because it comes into them from the outside).  Even if they try to do the right thing the shame will still come back to them.  Many spiritually and psychologically vulnerable people simply stop trying to do the right thing when they realize that no matter what they do, the group will blame them for everything that goes wrong.  Other spiritually and psychologically vulnerable people keep on trying to do the right thing hoping that someday the group will stop constantly trying to push the blame for everything that happens onto them.

 

It is natural that there is more competition between members of the same sex than competition between members of the opposite sex.  Early in life, spiritually and psychologically vulnerable people are sometimes taken advantage by members of their own sex who they are competing with and sometimes members of their own sex do unfair things to them that steal their spiritual power and that gives their spiritual power to the person who took advantage of them.  By the time they reach adulthood many spiritually and psychologically vulnerable people experience a feeling of psychological release when they realize that no matter what they do, they will never really be able to (and would never really want to) become close friends with the types of people of their own sex who have been taking advantage of them through the years.  When they become adults and meet people of their own sex with normal spiritual abilities they might feel more confident in dealing with these people than they did when they were younger because they will no longer be thinking of these people as people who are better than them.  It would be silly to admire someone who is constantly trying to take advantage of you.

But while spiritually and psychologically vulnerable people might be able to get over their awe of members of their own sex they often have trouble getting over their awe of members of the opposite sex.  For example, a spiritually and psychologically vulnerable man might keep thinking he has a chance of getting romantically involved with certain members of the opposite sex when there is actually no possibility of that happening.  If might be useful to him if he could understand why some of the types of relationships that he tries to develop have no chance of success.  It would be useful to him if every time he met a new woman he could instantly understand the dynamics of what would happen if they got to know each other.  He could save a lot of the spiritual and psychological energy that he is presently wasting on "involvements" that make him look silly and that don't have any chance for success.  If he could do this he might be able to experience the same type of psychological release that he experienced when he reached adulthood and realized that some of the men who he had grown up with and who he had once admired when he was younger were not really the types of people who he wanted to spend time with.

One type of woman who can cause a problem for a spiritually and psychologically vulnerable man is a woman who is willing to exchange a certain amount of spiritual energy with him and who lives by the motto "never use love as a selfish tool".  The spiritually and psychologically vulnerable man will not believe that this woman could possibly take advantage of him (doing things such as being nice to him when they are face to face but talking really bad about him to other people behind his back).  He would not believe that she could do this because he knows that she believes that you should never use love as a selfish tool.  He will think that due to the fact that he is exchanging spiritual energy with her, there is at least some love between them.  And for this reason he will not think that she would take advantage of him.  What he doesn't realize is that she often exchanges a lot more spiritual energy with other people than she does with him.  He also does not know that she believes that love does not exist between people who exchange small amounts of spiritual energy with each other.  For this reason she would not feel bad about using the low levels of spiritual energy that she exchanges with him as a selfish tool.

Another type of woman who can create a problem for a spiritually and psychologically vulnerable man is a woman who thinks of herself as a giving person and who would not, like the woman discussed above, consider using the low levels of spiritual energy that she exchanges with the spiritually and psychologically vulnerable man as a selfish tool.  She might make efforts to try to get the spiritually and psychologically vulnerable man to open up and talk with her more so that he can start to increase the amounts of spiritual energy that he exchanges with her and with other people.  When she sees him start to open up to her she might like the good feelings that she is getting and she might start to imagine that something might happen between them if he continues to increase his levels of spiritual energy.  But there is a good chance that some event will develop in his life that will cause him to once again retreat into his isolation and make him reduce the amount of spiritual energy that he is exchanging with other people.  An example of something that might be a setback to the woman's efforts to help him become spiritually and psychologically stronger would be the example mentioned above where a spiritually and psychologically vulnerable person is making progress in the group that they are in and then a person with normal spiritual abilities starts having problems that they did not have before.  When this happens the group will punish the spiritually and psychologically vulnerable person for what is happening to the other group member and the spiritually and psychologically vulnerable person will once again become sad and discouraged.  The woman who was trying to help him might now feel that there is no chance for him to ever be able to exchange enough spiritual energy with her for them to have any sort of serious relationship.

As spiritually and psychologically vulnerable people learn to better understand their relationships with members of the opposite sex, they should be able to start getting free of situations that drain their spiritual energy and that do not really enrich their lives.  As they learn to understand that people of the opposite sex do not always have the spiritual and psychological skills necessary to help spiritually and psychologically vulnerable people become stronger, they might be able to relax more with people of the opposite sex and stop expecting them to perform spiritual and psychological miracles that are beyond their powers.

 

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As the 20th Century came to a close it was starting to become clear that a new class of people was beginning to develop.  The seeds that helped to create this new class of people (who in later years were to behave in many ways like the warriors of the past) were being planted as early as the 1930's.

In the years preceding World War II many people began to abandon their religious beliefs because of the conflicts between religious myths and science.  During World War II the excesses of the warlords in Asia and the white supremacists in Europe also led many people to abandon their faith in men who tried to make themselves into gods. This led to a short period in history where people began to question the long-standing notion that cruelty and abuse were necessary components in a civilized society.

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 by doing something unfair to them or saying something unfair about them and then tying them in psychological "knots" from which they cannot escape by 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. It was also felt that by the year 2000 the old-fashioned practice of making other people into spiritual sacrificial lambs and scapegoats would also be abolished.  It was thought that by this time in history we would all be secure enough spiritually and psychologically that we would no longer need to make other people into our spiritual slaves.

Over the past few years the new class of warrior that has developed around the world has shown that it takes 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 used that information to purposely abuse people who have been abused enough already and have also used that information to continue making spiritually and psychologically vulnerable people into their spiritual slaves.  

But recently something new has started to take place.  It appears that we have started to enter an era where the new class of warriors who have taken such pride in abusing spiritually and psychologically vulnerable people and making them into their spiritual slaves have developed such a strong dislike for the people who they have been dominating through the years that they are starting to want to have nothing to do with these vulnerable people.  The warriors are so sick of the spiritually and psychologically vulnerable people that they don't even want them around as spiritual slaves anymore.  But from time to time they might try to "get under the skin" of one of the spiritually and psychologically vulnerable people and bring out some of that repressed anger that they used to enjoy watching these people display when they were mistreated.  It might give them a laugh or two occasionally to bring back the old game but we are moving into a period where many people are moving away from the idea of using spiritual sacrificial lambs and scapegoats.

Being as we may be moving away from the time in history where people are forced to serve as spiritual sacrificial lambs and scapegoats it is probably better for spiritually and psychologically vulnerable people not to spend too much time worrying about what happens when one person is forced to serve as another person's spiritual slave.  We do seem to be moving into a period of time where there will be less of that sort of thing going on.  Nonetheless, it might be useful for spiritually and psychologically vulnerable people to have a basic understanding of what happens when one person serves as another person's spiritual slave.  As the old practice of people using other people as spiritual slaves slowly fades away there will still be situations where someone gets forced into the role of the spiritual sacrificial lamb or scapegoat by another person. 

Spiritual slavery appears to exist in many cultures in the world and the mechanics of how spiritual slavery works no doubt varies from culture to culture.  For this analysis we will look at how a person might become a spiritual slave in one of the developed countries of the western world and how their efforts to escape from their spiritual slavery will probably end in failure.  Early in life the individual who becomes a spiritual slave 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 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 slaves.  They have to deal with not only the pressure of their own lives but they also have to absorb the pressure of 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 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 will 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.  Actually, they are just feeling the negative spiritual energy that the spiritually and psychologically vulnerable person has 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 an evil curse on the other person.  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 was being directed towards the person who had made the spiritually and psychologically vulnerable person into their spiritual slave.

 

 

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It appears that cultures throughout the world are starting to move away from old fashioned practice of using spiritual sacrificial lambs and scapegoats.  Of course, it will take some time for this change to take place.  It would be good for us 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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In the spring of 2008 a young college student named Thomas was returning home to Los Angeles from Chicago.  Sitting next to Thomas on the airplane was the pastor of a church in the Chicago area named Ronald J. Dickerman.  Pastor Dickerman was headed to Los Angeles to attend the yearly annual meeting of his church.  (Thomas and Pastor Dickerman are people who are real for the purposes of this story but who are not real in real life).  Neither Thomas nor Pastor Dickerman were the types of people who generally got into long conversations with other people on the plane but this night was different.  Thomas and Pastor Dickerman started talking shortly after takeoff and within about 20 minutes Thomas (who considered himself to be a bit of an atheist) was on a first name basis with his new friend, Pastor Ron.  He had already told Pastor Ron that he was very concerned about his best friend back home in Los Angeles.  Thomas had talked to his best friend Jeffrey several times on the phone during the time that he was in Chicago.  It seemed to Thomas that Jeffrey had become somewhat depressed recently.

Pastor Ron asked Thomas to give him some background into Jeffrey's situation so that he could maybe give Thomas some insight into what Jeffrey might be going through.  "OK, Pastor Ron.  Let me first tell you about an experience that Jeffrey had at a summer job last year before he started his senior year of high school.  Jeffrey told me that his boss at the place where he was working 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 his 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 that 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 must be at least somewhat happy with him and must be 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."

Pastor Ron thought about what Thomas had said.  Then he asked Thomas if Jeffrey had ever had a serious relationship with any of the girls who he knew.

"Let me give you an example of what usually takes place between Jeffrey and the girls who he gets to know", said Thomas.  "Last year, Jeffrey was getting to know a girl named Audrey.  One night he was talking to Audrey at a school activity and a boy in his class named Brent came over and broke into the conversation.  After his conversation with Audrey, where Brent broke into the conversation, Jeffrey noticed that Audrey seemed to be more reluctant to talk to him than she had been before.  But he also noticed that she was acting like there was now some sort of an emotional attachment between him and her.  Jeffrey had sensed this sort of thing with girls before and he had always been troubled by the fact that the girls only seemed to feel an emotional attachment with him after they had decided that they wanted to start avoiding him.  What do you think might be going on here, Pastor Ron?"

Pastor Ron thought for a moment and then said:  "Thomas, in regards to Jeffrey's summer job, I think that Jeffrey was correct in his analysis that when his boss treated him unfairly, it motivated the other employees and the work of the other employees improved as a result.  Jeffrey was also right in noticing that the boss was pleased that the performance of the other employees had improved after he bullied Jeffrey.  And I think that Jeffrey's final observation that the other employees lost their motivation when the boss stopped bullying Jeffrey was also correct.  But I think that Jeffrey probably does not realize that what happened when he was bullied by his boss is similar to what happened to him when he was getting to know Audrey and when Brent cut in and interfered.  Just like the manner in which the other employees at the summer job did not want Jeffrey to benefit from the bullying that was taking place, when Jeffrey develops a relationship with a new woman (or a new girl), there will be people who do not want Jeffrey to benefit from his relationship with the new woman.  Throughout his life, Jeffrey's emotional involvements with the women (or the girls) who he knew were probably very weak.  He was able to exchange spiritual energy with the women but he was probably not able to exchange a lot of spiritual energy with them.  Whenever Jeffrey would develop strong enough exchanges of spiritual energy with a woman so that other people were able to notice what was taking place between Jeffrey and the woman, those other people would then start to express their opposition to what was happening and they would try to destroy the relationship before it got strong enough to be of any benefit to Jeffrey.  Jeffrey would at this point be in a worse situation than he was in before he got to know the new woman.  The woman would at this point realize that her relationship with Jeffrey was similar to relationships that he had developed with other women throughout his life.  She would think that Jeffrey must really be strongly attached to her if during the short period of time that she had known him he had developed feelings for her that were similar to the feelings that he had developed for the other women who he had known in his life.  She would misinterpret the situation and she would start telling everybody she knew that Jeffrey considered her to be an incredibly amazing (or an incredibly "hot") woman.  I'm afraid that unless Jeffrey figures out a way to increase his levels of spiritual energy, he will just keep repeating the same pattern over and over again where every relationship he develops with someone of the opposite sex ends before it actually begins."    

"Thomas, I think that Jeffrey's problem with his boss at the summer job and his problem with Audrey and Brent were both indirectly based on guilt.  It might seem strange for you to hear me say that because from what you told me Jeffrey seems to be a pretty nice guy who tries not to hurt other people.  I'd like to present to you an example situation to explain what types of events in Jeffrey's life might have made him into a person who suffers indirectly from guilt.  I'd like to present an example that shows how some people who suffer from guilt may not actually feel guilty for what they have done (or for what they have not done) in their lives.  Some people who suffer from guilt have had their guilt imposed upon them by other people.  Here is an example of how that could happen and how that could rob a person of the spiritual energy that they need in order to succeed in life and the spiritual energy that they need in order to develop good and long-lasting relationships with other people."

"Thomas, most of us have been in situations where we were going through a hard time and then we were very disappointed when the people around us (who we hoped would encourage us during our time of trouble) actually seemed to be happy about our misfortune (thereby making our pain even worse).  When a family is going through a hard time (such as a death in the family or a financial set back) and a new family member comes along, there is a danger that some of the more aggressive and unkind members of the community that the family is involved in will start to put increased amounts of pressure on the family in an effort to hurt the family at a time when they are down and vulnerable.  Some families can handle this type of pressure and humiliation better than others, but it is not easy for anyone to feel negative spiritual energy coming into them from members of their community when they feel that those people should be trying to help them in their time of difficulty.  When a family is pressured in this sort of a way and a new member is born into the family, there is a danger that the family will transfer the negative spiritual energy that is coming into them from the members of their community that are pressuring the family to the new family member.  The other family members are able to keep their equilibrium because they do not have to absorb the negative spiritual energy that was previously coming into them."  

"While the other family members are allowed to develop normal types of spiritual and emotional relationships with other people outside of the family, the new family member who was forced to take on the negative pressure that was coming from the community into the family will develop only limited spiritual and emotional relationships with other people.  When the family realizes that the spiritually and psychologically vulnerable family member is having trouble developing relationships with other people, they might decide to take some action to try to correct the situation.  For example, they might remember back to the pressures that the family was under when the spiritually and psychologically vulnerable family member was born and they might talk to the new family member about those times in an effort to hopefully help them understand what might have led to their spiritual and emotional problems.  They might explain to the new family member how those pressures were so hard on the family that they were afraid that the father (and family breadwinner) might not be able to hold onto his job because of all of the pressures that he was feeling.  The new family member might at this point feel bad that they caused these problems for their family.  They might express to the other family members some feelings of guilt for the problems that they caused for the family and they might apologize for what happened.  Thomas, I don't know for sure what Jeffrey's situation was but I think it is possible that something like this example situation I'm describing might have been what happened to Jeffrey early in life."

 

 

"Unfortunately, when the spiritually and psychologically vulnerable new family member tries to accept part of the responsibility (and acknowledge some feelings of guilt) for the circumstances that they were born into, there is a good chance that the other family members will start to feel increased negative spiritual energy coming into them at the same time that the new family member is starting to feel some new feelings of spiritual freedom and is starting to feel increasing amounts of spiritual energy coming into them.  Now that the new family member is not being used as the scapegoat for the family's problems, the other family members will start absorbing the pressure that the new family member had been absorbing for them.  The other family members might at this point decide that it would be better for them to not accept the apology of the new family member.  The new family member will once again be forced to start absorbing the large amounts of negative spiritual energy that are being sent by the members of the community towards the family.  It may appear to some people at this point that the spiritually and psychologically vulnerable new family member is suffering from feelings of guilt, but they are actually suffering from a lack of spiritual energy caused by being forced to absorb not only the pressures in their own life but also the pressures of other people (the other members of their family)."

 

 

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"I appreciate your insights into Jeffrey's situation, Pastor Ron.  I think I understand now what Jeffrey might be going through and why he might be so discouraged.  I have another question for you, if you don't mind.  This is something that I've always been curious about.  I'm a bit of a skeptic when it comes to things of a spiritual nature but I've often wondered how church people sometimes are able to speak in tongues (languages that they never actually learned).  What is actually happening when a person is speaking in tongues in a church service?  How could that be possible?"

"Thomas, I think we have to consider that perhaps we ourselves are the mechanism for apparently supernatural phenomenon such as when people speak in tongues or when a sick person is delirious and they seem to be talking to someone who is not in the room.  I believe that every person on earth communicates subconsciously with other people by exchanging spiritual energy with other people (at an incredibly fast speed) through the Collective Subconscious."  

 

 

"In regards to speaking in tongues, I think it is possible that when this type of spiritual event occurs someone at a meeting in their office in Chicago might be communicating subconsciously through the Collective Subconscious with a person who is speaking in tongues in a church meeting in another city.  The person in Chicago might be providing feelings of comfort to that person who is speaking in tongues.  Another person who is in Eastern Europe might also be communicating subconsciously with the same person in the church meeting who is speaking in tongues.  This other person might be providing the foreign language component that is being used in this spiritual event.  There might be several people from different parts of the world participating in the spiritual event with none of them being consciously aware of their involvement in what is taking place.  And I think that something similar might be happening in the Collective Subconscious when a person is sick or dying and where they appear to be speaking to someone who is not in the room.  They may actually be talking to someone who is trying to comfort them through the Collective Subconscious and the person (or people) who are comforting them probably have no conscious awareness of the spiritual event that they are participating in."

 

 

"Pastor Ron", said Thomas.  "I know that some people believe that when we die our souls remain in the Collective Subconscious and perform tasks such as helping people who are still living when they take part in spiritual events such as the ones that you have just described.  This seems logical in some ways but it seems like a very cold and limited sort of an afterlife to me.  It seems to me that the afterlife would have to be more fulfilling than that."

"Thomas", said Pastor Ron.  "Spiritual energy travels between us and other people so quickly that we are not consciously aware of it.  For this reason, it seems to us that the spiritual world is very limited and very non-fulfilling because we can only sense, or can only see, the spiritual world in a very limited sort of a way.  But I believe that there are spiritual things below the surface that we cannot see that might be very rich and that might be very fulfilling.  Religious leaders throughout the world and throughout the centuries have presented a very positive picture of what heaven (or the afterlife) would be like.  Of course, no one knows for sure, but I like to think that our activities in the afterlife will not seem strange to us at all and that those activities will be very fulfilling."

 

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One night in the spring of 2008 a young man named Thomas, who had just returned to his home in Los Angeles from Chicago the night before, was enjoying a late dinner at his favorite pizza restaurant with his best friend Jeffrey.  Thomas had been in Chicago going to school for the past three months.  Thomas and Jeffrey had talked to each other a few times on the phone during the time that Thomas was in Chicago .  Thomas knew that Jeffrey had become somewhat depressed recently and he was hoping that he could help Jeffrey feel better about his life (Thomas and Jeffrey are people who are real for the purposes of this story but who are not real in real life).

After a few minutes of talking to each other about what they had been doing since the last time that they saw each other Thomas said to Jeffrey, "Jeffrey, if it's OK with you, I was hoping that we could talk tonight about some of the reasons that you have become depressed recently.  I'd like to start out by talking about spiritual energy.  Sometimes people such as yourself who are spiritually and psychologically vulnerable have a lack of spiritual energy and this lack of spiritual energy can make it hard for them to develop good relationships with other people.  You might 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).  I believe that individuals 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 (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).  Jeffrey, I see our waitress Amber coming over this way.  I'd like to ask her to explain something to you."

"Amber", said Thomas, "Do you remember how you told me about what happened last summer when you got involved with a guy who was spiritually and psychologically vulnerable?  I was wondering if you could explain a little bit about that relationship to Jeffrey."

"Sure", said Amber, "at first, I was reluctant to get too close to him.  I was pretty sure that it would not develop into a serious relationship so I felt kind of guilty getting involved with him.  But still I sensed that he was reaching out to me and that he wanted to get to know me.  After a while I realized that even though the exchanges of spiritual energy between us were not strong enough for me to be able to get seriously involved with him, it seemed to him like our relationship was serious.  I guess he was exchanging more spiritual energy with me than he had ever exchanged with any other girl before.  When I met him, I could sense that he wanted to get involved with me but I didn't really understand why.  Now I understand why he was interested in me.  His relationship with me was the best relationship that he had ever had even though some of the people who knew both of us at the time thought that I was just using him.  What a lot of people had trouble understanding at that time was that there was a logical basis for us to have a relationship.  Just like he had been exchanging spiritual energy with girls who were similar to me (girls with normal spiritual structures) in the past, I had been exchanging spiritual energy with spiritually and psychologically vulnerable guys in the past.  He was exchanging with me spiritual energy that he had exchanged with other girls in the past and I was exchanging with him spiritual energy that I had exchanged in the past with other spiritually and psychologically vulnerable guys."

"Thanks a lot Amber", said Thomas.

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 Amber and Thomas, and he asked Thomas why he had never gotten involved romantically with Amber.  "Jeffrey", said Thomas, "most people as they are growing up develop two types of emotions.  They develop deep emotions for the people who they are really close to emotionally, and they also develop a "practical" set of emotions that they use when they are in situations where they are dealing with people in their school while they are growing up or where they are dealing with people in business types of situations when they start their working lives.  For example, a girl who is running for homecoming queen or for a class office while in high school might develop "practical" relationships where she merges the practical part of her soul with her fellow students for the purpose of getting their votes in the school election.  This sort of thing also happens quite often in business situations where a salesperson, for example, might feel that it is important for them to form a temporary spiritual bond with their client so that they will be able to influence the client when they need the client to do something that they want them to do (such as when they need the client to sign a contract).  The salesperson knows how to use spiritual links to influence the client's thinking at that important point where the client might be tempted to back out of the deal.  What I think is happening between me and Amber is that I am exchanging my practical  types of emotions with her and she is exchanging her practical types of emotions with me.  So even though the exchanges of spiritual energy between us are positive, those exchanges of spiritual energy are not a good basis for developing a serious relationship."  

"Thomas", said Jeffrey, "I know that salespeople can be very influential in guiding their customers to make a decision, but I don't really understand how they work their magic."

"Well Jeffrey", said Thomas, "I think that salespeople, for a short period of time, will merge a part of their soul with the soul of the customer.  They merge the part of their soul that is practical with the part of the customer's soul that is practical.  It might seem to the customer that the salesperson is reading their mind when the customer purchases a product that they had not planned to buy when they started talking to the salesperson.  When the salesperson opens up the practical part of their soul to the customer, they are not only guiding the customer with what they are saying to the customer but they are also guiding the customer in a very deep sort of a manner that they don't really understand but that they know is effective.  Here is an example situation that I think is similar to what happens when a salesperson allows their customer to use their soul when they are trying to help the customer to make a decision.  If two individuals go into a car dealership and test drive a new car, one of the individuals might take the car out in the country or out on the freeway to see how fast it will go.  Another person might use the car to pick up their kids after school.  When they come back and the salesperson realizes that the test drive has helped the customer to overcome the doubts that they originally had, the salesperson will be happy with the end result but they will not know where the customer went on their test drive.  The difference between a salesperson allowing a customer to test drive a car and a salesperson allowing a customer to test drive their soul ( by merging the practical part of their soul with the practical part of customer's soul) is that when a salesperson lets a customer test drive a car they will have no idea where the customer took the car.  But when a salesperson lets a customer test drive their soul, the salesperson might know at a deep subconscious level what the customer had been thinking during the period of time when the salesperson had merged their soul with the soul of the customer."

"Jeffrey", continued Thomas, "In the example I gave a couple of minutes ago about a high school girl merging the practical side of her soul with her fellow students for the purpose of getting votes in an election, the girl will notice that one of three things might happen.  First, they might not vote for her and she will have wasted her effort in merging the practical side of her soul with that student. Second, they might vote for her and her effort will not have been wasted.  Third, someone of the opposite sex who had previously been a casual friend might start to think that there is a basis for him to develop a serious relationship with her."

Jeffrey thought for a moment and then said "Thomas, why is it that spiritually and psychologically vulnerable people really feel like they might be developing a relationship with a person who is only merging the practical side of their soul with them?'  "Well, Jeffrey", said Thomas, "let's say that you got a know a girl named Vanessa who merged the practical side of her soul with you for a short time.  While that took place you were exchanging your spiritual energy with Vanessa and she was exchanging her spiritual energy with you.  Compared to the amount of spiritual energy that most people exchange with other people you might not have been exchanging a lot of spiritual energy with her, but you thought that there was a magical exchange of spiritual energy taking place between you and Vanessa because you could sense that your subconscious mind was communicating with her subconscious mind.  Then another girl came along who also merged the practical part of her soul with you.  It was similar to your exchange of spiritual energy with Vanessa, but it was different because now your subconscious mind was communicating with this new girl's subconscious mind.  During the time that you knew these girls, I believe that you would have been exchanging your spiritual energy with them through the Collective Subconscious when you were with them, and I believe that you would have been exchanging your spiritual energy with them through the Collective Subconscious when you were not actually with them."

"Jeffrey", said Thomas, I'd like to change the topic for just a minute or two.  Last night I had an interesting conversation on the plane with the pastor of a church in the Chicago area who happened to be sitting next to me.  When he introduced himself to me he told me that I could call him Pastor Ron.  I asked Pastor Ron about something that has always confused me.  I asked Pastor Ron how it could be possible for a person in a church meeting to speak in tongues (to speak in a language that they have never learned).  Pastor Ron told me that he thinks that we ourselves might be the mechanism for apparently supernatural phenomenon such as when people speak in tongues or when a sick person is delirious and they seem to be speaking to someone who is not in the room.  Pastor Ron believes that every person on earth communicates subconsciously with each other by exchanging spiritual energy through the Collective Subconscious."

 

 

"Pastor Ron told me he thinks it is possible that when this type of spiritual event occurs someone at a meeting in their office in Chicago might be communicating subconsciously (through the Collective Subconscious) with a person who is speaking in tongues in a church meeting in another city.  The person in Chicago might be providing feelings of comfort to that person who is speaking in tongues.  Another person who is in Eastern Europe might also be communicating subconsciously with the same person in the church meeting who is speaking in tongues.  This other person might be providing the foreign language component that is being used in this spiritual event.  Pastor Ron feels that there might be several people from different parts of the world participating in the spiritual event with none of them being consciously aware of their involvement in what is taking place.  He also thinks that something similar might be happening in the Collective Subconscious when a person is sick or delirious and where they appear to be speaking to someone who is not in the room.  They may actually be talking to someone who is trying to comfort them through the Collective Subconscious."

 

 

"Then I told Pastor Ron that I knew that some people believe that when we die our souls remain in the Collective Subconscious and perform tasks such as helping people who are still living when they take part in spiritual events such as the ones that we had been discussing.  I told Pastor Ron that I thought that this would be a very cold and a very limited sort of an afterlife.  In answer to my comment, Pastor Ron explained to me that spiritual energy travels between us and other people so quickly that we are not consciously aware of it.  For this reason, it seems to us that the spiritual world is limited and non-fulfilling because we can only sense, or can only see, the spiritual world in a very limited sort of a way.  Pastor Ron believes that the spiritual things below the surface that we cannot see are probably very rich and very fulfilling."

"Jeffrey", continued Thomas, "earlier this evening I went online with my computer.  I noticed an ad for a psychic from India named Kala who was offering a free introductory session so I did a video chat with her for a few minutes.  I wanted to ask her what she thought about some of the things that I talked to Pastor Ron about last night.  After explaining some of Pastor Ron's ideas to Kala she told me that she liked Pastor Ron's ideas about the afterlife.  But she added that she felt there were a lot of pastors and other church people who would challenge the idea that there might be an afterlife where there is no Hell.  Then Kala said "Thomas, I know that some people in your country might say that their Jesus would never send anyone to Hell.  Other people in your country might say that their Jesus would not hesitate for a moment to send people to Hell and that their Jesus is a warrior who will someday come back to the earth to lead an army in an attempt to destroy the enemies of the church."  Kala told me she thinks that in recent years a new Jesus has been created.  The spiritual entity of the original Jesus (which is the combined spiritual energy of all the people who believe in the original Jesus) is still alive.  The spiritual entity of the original Jesus is loving, compassionate, and forgiving.  The spiritual entity of the new Jesus that has been created (which is made up of extremist conservative church people) is the combined spiritual energy of all of the people who seem to take pleasure in being cruel to people who are weak and who are eager to send other people to Hell."

Jeffrey thought about what he had just heard and said to Thomas "I think that what Kala said made a lot of sense.  As you know, Thomas, the church that I grew up in was made up largely of extremist conservatives.  I know that there are a lot of liberal people and a lot of moderate people who do not like it when the extremist conservative church people try to legislate morality.  These liberal people and moderate people think it is very strange that the extremist conservatives want to pass laws to control the lives of people who they have never met, people who they would not want to meet, and people who have done nothing to hurt them.  But sometimes, Thomas, when I hear the extremist conservatives talk about the liberal people and the moderate people who they dislike so much I sense that they really believe deep in their hearts that they have personally been hurt by these people."

"Jeffrey", said Thomas, "a couple months ago when I was living in Chicago I met a spiritually and psychologically vulnerable guy named Dan who is a little bit older than us and who is from a very conservative church background that is similar to yours.  Let me tell you about an experience that Dan had in college that I think explains why sometimes extremist conservatives will feel that liberal people or moderate people have hurt them personally.  Dan told me that when he was in college he made a couple of liberal friends.  One of these friends was a guy who he would hang out with quite a bit and the other friend was a girl who he got involved with for a couple of months.  When he told me about the relationship with the girl it reminded me of what Amber told us earlier about when she got involved with a guy who was spiritually and psychologically vulnerable.  What bothered Dan about these relationships is that when these two friends ended their relationships with him he was confused as to why they were ending the relationship.  The sudden manner in which they ended the relationships made him think that maybe they had been trying to use him.  But it was hard for him to think that he had been used because he enjoyed the time he had spent with them.  Earlier this evening when I was doing the video chat with Kala, she mentioned to me how some of the extremist conservative church people sometimes use members of their own church group as spiritual slaves.  They will steal the spiritual energy of these people by being mean to them and by treating them unfairly.  By doing this the spiritual energy of the spiritual slave (a spiritually and psychologically vulnerable person) will be transferred to the other members of the group.  After talking to Kala I realized what the motivations of Dan's two liberal friends might have been when they tried to get close to him when he was in college.  I think they recognized that Dan was a spiritual slave to the extremist conservative church people and that his spiritual energy was constantly being drained out of him and sent to those people.  I think that Dan's friends saw an opportunity for them to interfere with the flow of spiritual energy that was going from Dan to the extremist conservative church people.  The extremist conservative church group that Dan had been a part of when he was growing up had only allowed him to develop a practical set of emotions.  Dan's college friends merged the practical parts of their souls with him and they allowed him to get involved with them further than he had been able to get involved with anyone else before.  Whereas normally a person might not want to spend their free, non-working time with someone who only wanted to get involved with the practical part of their soul (the part of their soul that they usually only use for work situations), Dan's college friends felt that getting involved with Dan would be beneficial to liberal people and moderate people everywhere because their involvement with him would cut down on the amount of spiritual energy that Dan was constantly sending out through the Collective Subconscious to the extremist conservative church people.  This is I think an example of why extremist conservative church people sometimes think that liberal people or moderate people have actually hurt them personally.  And I think that Dan's friends did not feel that they were hurting Dan because they were able to cut down the amount of spiritual energy that he was constantly sending to the people who had made him into a spiritual slave.  I think they felt that they were decreasing the amount of control that the extremist conservative church people had over Dan."

 

 

Jeffrey thought for a moment and then said "after hearing what Amber had to say a little while ago about her involvement with a guy who was spiritually and psychologically vulnerable and after hearing you talk about how people communicate subconsciously through the Collective Subconscious, I think I have an idea now as to how I might be able to communicate better with other people.  For example, I could try to, with insight into the situation, program my subconscious mind to communicate to the subconscious minds of the girls who I meet that I have been misinterpreting the situation in the past and that I am sorry if my subconscious mind is sending out signals to their subconscious minds that are stronger than what is appropriate.  I am not the type of person who would want to barge in on someone uninvited when they are at home at night after a long day of work.  But by trying to form a strong relationship with a girl who is only merging the practical part of her soul with me (the part of her soul that she usually only uses for work situations), I might be getting her to think about me more than she would like to think about me during her free time when she is not supposed to have to think about things that are related to work.  And I think that it would be beneficial for people such as Dan, who has had a serious involvement with a girl who was only merging the practical part of her soul with him, to realize that he might be sending stronger signals to the subconscious minds of girls who he knows now who are only merging the practical parts of their souls with him than he was sending to the girls who he knew before he got involved with the liberal girl who he knew in college.  I hope that people such as Dan and myself can, with insight into the situation, get to the place where we are not trying to form serious relationships with people who are only merging the practical parts of their souls with us."

 

 

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