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1 The Philosophy of Exotischism The Essence of the Soul 265 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

2 The Philosophy of Exotischism The Essence of the Soul 266 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

3 The Philosophy of Exotischism The Essence of the Soul 267 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

4 The Philosophy of Exotischism The Essence of the Soul 268 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

5 The Philosophy of Exotischism The Essence of the Soul 269 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

6 The Philosophy of Exotischism The Essence of the Soul 270 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

7 The Philosophy of Exotischism The Essence of the Soul 271 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

8 The Philosophy of Exotischism The Essence of the Soul 272 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

9 The Philosophy of Exotischism The Essence of the Soul 273 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

10 The Philosophy of Exotischism The Essence of the Soul 274 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

11 The Philosophy of Exotischism The Essence of the Soul 275 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

12 The Philosophy of Exotischism The Essence of the Soul 276 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

13 The Philosophy of Exotischism The Essence of the Soul 277 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

14 The Philosophy of Exotischism The Essence of the Soul 278 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

15 The Philosophy of Exotischism The Essence of the Soul 279 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

16 The Philosophy of Exotischism The Essence of the Soul 280 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.

17 The Philosophy of Exotischism The Essence of the Soul 281 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

18 The Philosophy of Exotischism The Essence of the Soul 282 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

19 The Philosophy of Exotischism The Essence of the Soul 283 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

20 The Philosophy of Exotischism The Essence of the Soul 284 that the spiritually and psychologically vulnerable people felt coming into them all of the time.

21 The Philosophy of Exotischism The Essence of the Soul 285 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

22 The Philosophy of Exotischism The Essence of the Soul 286 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

23 The Philosophy of Exotischism The Essence of the Soul 287 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

24 The Philosophy of Exotischism The Essence of the Soul 288 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

25 The Philosophy of Exotischism The Essence of the Soul 289 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

26 The Philosophy of Exotischism The Essence of the Soul 290 believe that God is eternal and that God is merciful, you will get burned. God is nothing and nothing is everything.“

27 The Philosophy of Exotischism The Essence of the Soul 291 Running From Side To Side (A lot of people in the world today go back and forth between believing that God is Eternal and Merciful and believing that Nothing is Everything [that it is better to not believe in God at all]) God is Eternal and Merciful Nothing is Everything

28 The Philosophy of Exotischism The Essence of the Soul 292 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

29 The Philosophy of Exotischism The Essence of the Soul 293 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

30 The Philosophy of Exotischism The Essence of the Soul 294 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

31 The Philosophy of Exotischism The Essence of the Soul 295 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

32 The Philosophy of Exotischism The Essence of the Soul 296 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

33 The Philosophy of Exotischism The Essence of the Soul 297 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

34 The Philosophy of Exotischism The Essence of the Soul 298 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

35 The Philosophy of Exotischism The Essence of the Soul 299 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

36 The Philosophy of Exotischism The Essence of the Soul 300 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

37 The Philosophy of Exotischism The Essence of the Soul 301 from the spiritual force that was constantly sending negative and destructive spiritual energy into them.

38 The Philosophy of Exotischism The Essence of the Soul 302 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

39 The Philosophy of Exotischism The Essence of the Soul 303 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

40 The Philosophy of Exotischism The Essence of the Soul 304 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

41 The Philosophy of Exotischism The Essence of the Soul 305 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

42 The Philosophy of Exotischism The Essence of the Soul 306 from the church (who we 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

43 The Philosophy of Exotischism The Essence of the Soul 307 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

44 The Philosophy of Exotischism The Essence of the Soul 308 Seeker and the doubting Thomas: "Seeker, I know that you think that people such as Thomas are lying to you when they give you an analysis of the world that does not take into account the existence of

45 The Philosophy of Exotischism The Essence of the Soul 309 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

46 The Philosophy of Exotischism The Essence of the Soul 310 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

47 The Philosophy of Exotischism The Essence of the Soul 311 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

48 The Philosophy of Exotischism The Essence of the Soul 312 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,

49 The Philosophy of Exotischism The Essence of the Soul 313 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

50 The Philosophy of Exotischism The Essence of the Soul 314 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

51 The Philosophy of Exotischism The Essence of the Soul 315 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 just said that I will deny it). Those of us in the

52 The Philosophy of Exotischism The Essence of the Soul 316 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

53 The Philosophy of Exotischism The Essence of the Soul 317 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

54 The Philosophy of Exotischism The Essence of the Soul 318 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

55 The Philosophy of Exotischism The Essence of the Soul 319 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

56 The Philosophy of Exotischism The Essence of the Soul 320 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

57 The Philosophy of Exotischism The Essence of the Soul 321 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

58 The Philosophy of Exotischism The Essence of the Soul 322 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

59 The Philosophy of Exotischism The Essence of the Soul 323 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

60 The Philosophy of Exotischism The Essence of the Soul 324 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

61 The Philosophy of Exotischism The Essence of the Soul 325 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

62 The Philosophy of Exotischism The Essence of the Soul 326 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

63 The Philosophy of Exotischism The Essence of the Soul 327 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

64 The Philosophy of Exotischism The Essence of the Soul 328 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

65 The Philosophy of Exotischism The Essence of the Soul 329 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

66 The Philosophy of Exotischism The Essence of the Soul 330 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?”

67 The Philosophy of Exotischism The Essence of the Soul 331 "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

68 The Philosophy of Exotischism The Essence of the Soul 332 are sick or close to death will become delirious and will say things that they would not have said normally and that seems to be coming into them from the outside (almost as if they are communicating with

69 The Philosophy of Exotischism The Essence of the Soul 333 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 in a meeting at their

70 The Philosophy of Exotischism The Essence of the Soul 334 office in Chicago might be communicating subconsciously with a person who is dying in another city (and the person in the meeting in Chicago might not be aware of the

71 The Philosophy of Exotischism The Essence of the Soul 335 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

72 The Philosophy of Exotischism The Essence of the Soul 336 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

73 The Philosophy of Exotischism The Essence of the Soul 337 deep communication from other people that is beyond our comprehension. What about you, Seeker? What do you think about what we've been discussing?“

74 The Philosophy of Exotischism The Essence of the Soul 338 "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

75 The Philosophy of Exotischism The Essence of the Soul 339 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

76 The Philosophy of Exotischism The Essence of the Soul 340 that Thomas always remembers) that spiritual forces always were, spiritual forces always are, and spiritual forces always will be.” Copyright 2009 Don Bergquist


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