Have you ever noticed how a flock of birds in flight will turn to the left or to the right at exactly the same moment? Most people who have watched birds in flight agree that the birds could not have accomplished this by simply following the "lead bird". There has to be some sort of automatic communication process taking place between the birds. This communication system is so effective that when any one bird turns left, right, up or down, it has faith that the other birds will also move at the same time.
The Philosophy of Exotischism embraces the idea that there is an automatic communication process taking place between human beings. 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. This information travels between our subconscious minds in a manner similar to the way that radio, television, and cell phone signals are sent. But instead of us broadcasting our data out to the world, it is more likely that there is a force in nature that comes into us, draws out our subconscious spiritual thoughts and feelings, and passes those thoughts and feelings around to other people.
A Spiritual Snapshot
In the early days of man's development the automatic subconscious spiritual communication system worked fine and no one felt a need to try to understand how it worked. The caveman's spiritual nature helped him keep his group together just like the birds' automatic communication processes helped them to fly in formation.
Eventually people from all parts of the world started to develop religions to help them understand the spiritual phenomenon that they intuitively knew existed. But by the nineteenth century, with the advances in science, a lot of people were already questioning those religions. By the time the twentieth century arrived and two world wars had shattered a lot of people's faith, ideas such as existentialism began to flourish. Existentialism encouraged people to use logic to sort out the complex problems of life rather than relying on religious ideas that were based on myth and that were no longer useful in a complex society.
Why are we unable today to believe in spiritual forces? For one thing we no longer have a spiritual road map that we can trust. Many years ago religion provided people with a way to perceive of the spiritual world. Those people who lacked spiritual abilities could at least learn about spiritual forces and were able to develop spiritual faith through the church. As existentialism and scientific thought spread throughout the world it also spread to the people in the church. A lot of the leaders in the church did in fact denounce science when it questioned the creation story and they also denounced existentialist types of thought. But these very same church leaders (and their followers) were being constantly influenced by the advance of science and existentialist thought themselves through the subconscious spiritual communication process and through their contact with society. They slowly started to change in a manner that eventually made them become very similar to the existentialists.
Those of us who were born in the latter part of the 20th Century could sense spiritual activity coming into us from our parents (and from other people who we had contact with early in life). From these spiritual connections we "picked up" the same spiritual information that robbed the leaders in the church of their belief in spiritual forces many years earlier. The spirit of reason, logic, and practicality came into our souls at an early age and it robbed us of our belief in spiritual forces.
The Spiritual Pathway
Most of us are fascinated when we hear stories about people who have had near-death experiences (where the person was dead for a short period of time and then came back to life). Many of these people have talked about being in
a tunnel. Some say they walked through the tunnel and that they saw other people there. Other people say that they rushed through the tunnel at an amazing speed.
Of course, the question we have all asked
ourselves is, "what would have happened to these peoplesí souls if they
wouldnít have come back to life?" Would they have stayed in the tunnel
(lived in Heaven or Hell), would they
have left the tunnel and come back to life eventually (by way of reincarnation) or would they have just roamed around for a while in the tunnel and then just faded away (when the wheel finally stopped spinning).
There are a lot of scientists who believe that extra sensory perception and telepathy are impossible. They argue that you cannot sense things or know things that are outside of your own body. But many of these scientists have been confronted with (and have been very impressed by) evidence that indicates that many people really have been able to sense things outside of their own bodies. A lot of scientists are starting to realize that energy is matter and for this reason it really may be possible for us to sense things outside of our own bodies. A mystic might really have been able to sense that a plane crash occurred in another part of the world because he (or she) was tuned into the spiritual activity of the people who were aboard the plane. In the same way, each of us might be constantly exchanging spiritual information with other people who we know by way of the same sort of spiritual pathway (or tunnel) that is used by mystics and by people who have telepathic abilities.
We may be fascinated by stories of near-death experiences not because we are hearing about a tunnel where we go when we die but rather because we are hearing about a tunnel that we use in our everyday lives. As their energy levels approach zero, the thoughts of the people who have near-death experiences may slow down enough for them to be able to see the pathway (or process) that we use to exchange spiritual information with other people (a process that usually occurs at incredible speeds that we cannot imagine).
The Spiritual Exchange
Early in life most of us start picking up the subconscious spiritual thoughts and feelings of everyone who we come in contact with. After a certain period of time we mature to the point where we are able to send our subconscious spiritual thoughts and feelings back to other people. Usually what we send back to other people is well received because it is made up of our own unique thoughts and feelings merged with the thoughts and feelings that we have been picking up from other people since shortly after we were born. At this point our soul begins a process of exchanging subconscious spiritual thoughts and feelings with the souls of other people.
Because of the automatic nature of the subconscious spiritual communication process, we donít usually think very much about the spiritual activity that goes on between ourselves and other people. We might occasionally find ourselves at a religious camp or a conference where we our encouraged to "drop our shields" and experience the magic of connecting spiritually with the other people in the group. Most of us have had these sorts of experiences but something about the fast pace of our lives makes us always go back to our ordinary lives once the special spiritual event is over.
It Comes From Up Above
There are two things that are necessary for anyone who wants to tune into a radio station. First of all, you must have a sufficiently good radio to pick up the signal and you must be within range of the radio station. Second, you have to know the radio station's frequency and you have to tune in to that frequency.
When it comes to exchanging spiritual information with other people, you are under the same basic restrictions when accessing spiritual information from your "spiritual provider" (your spiritual support group) as you are when you tune into a radio station. In order to pick up a good signal from the Southern Baptist station, for example, you need to have a basically strong spiritual structure and that spiritual structure has to be similar to that of other Southern Baptists. When you pray it is very unlikely that many disciples of Shamanism will "pick up" your prayer but it will probably be picked up by a lot of other Southern Baptists (who are tuned into the same spiritual frequency that you are tuned into).
When a disciple of Shamanism with a basically strong spiritual structure uses meditation to increase their energy levels, it is very unlikely that very many Southern Baptists will respond to the meditation and send the Shaman the spiritual energy that he (or she) is seeking. But it is very likely that other Shamans (who are tuned into the same spiritual frequency) will send spiritual support (or energy) to their fellow spiritual support group member.
When Itís Time for a Change
As mankind has evolved from the early cave man days to the present time, there have been many changes in the way that people think about spiritual forces. Unfortunately, the bad people in the world who like to hurt other people seem to be born with a good understanding of spiritual forces. For example, hundreds of years mean ago people might have justified their cruel behavior towards other people with the argument that the people who they hurt were people who had no value to society. The bad people who did this knew that their cruel actions damaged the spiritual and emotional lives of the people in the bad person's community. But they got away with it because their society either did not believe in spiritual forces or believed that spiritual forces did not have a big impact on people's lives.† Eventually, the people in the community became so uncomfortable with the situation that they started to turn towards religion as a way to stop the mean and cruel people in their community from destroying the community. Religion made people believe that God knew what everyone did, that God knew what everyone thought, and that God would eventually catch up with the people who did bad things and would punish them for what they had done.† Mean people could no longer justify the cruel things they did by claiming that the people who they hurt were of no value because the people of the community now believed that everyone was important because everyone had a soul and because everyone had been created by God.† And the knowledge that God could see everything and that God would eventually punish them for their bad deeds would make the mean people think twice before hurting another person.
In recent years with the advances in science and the with the shattering of religious myths, mean people have started to once again justify hurting other people by using the argument that those people are of no use to society.† Thanks to the laws that we have today mean people can no longer get away with physically hurting other people, but they can get away with hurting other people spiritually and emotionally.† For example, when a person bullies another person they can leave that person with spiritual and emotional scars that the other person might never recover from.† During the past few years as we have slowly lost our faith in the myths that our religions are based on, there has also been a change in the way that people think about bullying. Today there is a lot more bullying going on than was the case in the past in and there are also a lot less people today who are willing to step in and stop a bully from hurting another person. The same spiritual forces exist today that existed during the time when people believed that God knew everything and believed that God would eventually punish those who hurt other people. While we might not believe that God exists today we could improve our spiritual lives if we could come to a belief that what people thought God was in the past was actually the combined spiritual energy of all of the people in the community.† If we could start to believe that everyone is spiritually connected to everyone else then people such as bullies would think twice before doing spiritual and emotional damage to another person.† And more people would be willing to step in and try to stop bullies who are trying to hurt another person.† Bullies would be less respected and less powerful and people come to a belief that those who are bullied are people of value who they are connected to spiritually.
Navigating a Straight Course
Most of us who were born in the last half of the 20th Century were encouraged very strongly by our teachers and by our families to learn to think as carefully and as logically as possible. We were taught to respect science and we were taught to challenge any ideas that were not backed up by cold and hard facts. Our teachers and families were not trying to mislead us. They wanted us to be able to successfully navigate our way through life and they sincerely believed that it was dangerous to accept any ideas that were not based on the facts.
The same respect for the truth that was instilled in all of us as children is causing a lot of people to start questioning the physical laws that in the past have been so important to science. But while a lot of people are impressed by the argument that energy is matter (we may be able to exchange spiritual information with other people in the same way that radio, television, and cell phone signals are sent and received), the real reason we are starting to once again believe in spiritual forces is that we realize from our experience dealing with other people (and from our strong emotions towards other people) that our spiritual links (both positive and negative) with other people have had a large influence on our lives and will continue to have a large influence on our lives in the future. As we learn to better understand the nature of spiritual forces, we should be able to start steering a straighter and a more consistent course as we navigate our way through life.
Copyright Don Bergquist 2009