The (Nonexistent) Power of Negative Energy & The Importance of Critical Thinking

There are many advantages to teaching people to be afraid of the negative energy of other people. I won’t get into all of the shady motivations for promoting this kind of rubbish here. Instead, I’m going to explain what’s actually happening when you think that some other person has effectively damaged your aura, soul, life force, or whatever label you’re using to refer to your general well-being.

When you aren’t taught good critical thinking skills, you become extremely easy to manipulate. Loading people up with a bunch of terrifying beliefs is a simple matter of pressuring them to quickly accept certain conclusions without examining the logic that supports those conclusions. For example, a stranger glares at you and suddenly you feel a surge of panic that causes your lungs to constrict so that you can’t breathe. The next thing you know, you’re waking up on the floor, having passed out from a lack of oxygen. The people clustered around you are offering you their interpretation of what happened: obviously that stranger beamed toxic energy at you for the purpose of harming you. Different groups will attach different labels to this sort of person such as sorcerer or shaman. The labels don’t matter. What matters is how they explain the cause of your upset. Is it really true that another human has the power to beam toxic energy rays at you whenever they want?

The theory that humans can harness random energy in the universe, filter it to be of a certain kind (good or bad), and then use it like a tool to accomplish specific agendas is older than the hills. Throughout history, this same theory has been promoted under many different labels, with “the law of the power of attraction” being one of the most well known ones today. This “law” essentially says that I can force my agenda (good or bad) onto other people and the world at large simply by focusing my mind.

So can I? Are humans really that potent? No, we’re really not. The next time you’re stuck in gridlock traffic, try to visualize clear streets. Will those pesky cars to simply dissipate. Or the next time you order a fast food sandwich and they forget to put mustard on it, don’t complain, simply use your inborn powers to make your desired sandwich spread magically appear. When the cars in front of you fail to dematerialize and your sandwich remains dry, you’ll see what a crock this “law of attraction” business is.

Every day we’re all given plenty of evidence of how incapable we are of making the universe align with our preferences, and yet many people still cling to the theory that humans are far more powerful than they really are. Why is this? Well, all humans have a core need to feel powerful in their lives. How much power is enough depends on who you are having to deal with on a daily basis. As you go through your daily life, your subconscious is performing constant threat assessments in order to keep close tabs on how safe you are. Your safety is supremely important to your subconscious, and it is the element of your being that is best equipped to keep you safe. Without the help of your subconscious’ memory files and guidance, your body would blunder into all kinds of harmful situations. The same is true for your soul and the conscious part of your mind. Your subconscious is the guardian of the group, and it takes its job very seriously.

Now when you have not been through any severe stresses in life, your subconscious will probably feel rather confident about its ability to keep you safe. Calm minds are much harder to con than stressed minds. Stressed minds are grappling with difficult problems that were caused by negative experiences they’ve been through. Those experiences often result in minds feeling like there are major weaknesses in their defenses. A mind that already doubts its own ability to defend itself will be much more receptive to an authoritative personality giving it instructions on how to stay safe.

You’re already feeling uncomfortably vulnerable in the world, and then you meet a fellow named Shane who warns you that there are shady people in this world who have the power to harness the dark energy of the universe. These shady masters of energy have the ability to beam their evil rays at anyone who annoys them, and if they should ever beam those rays at you, well, that would be all bad. Shane explains that in your current state, you’re as defenseless as a kitten on a highway. He says that if you want to protect yourself from dark energy rays, you must erect a sort of force field around yourself that will shield you from the evil beams of others.

To your already stressed out mind, Shane’s grim warnings are quite alarming. Your mind is already struggling to deal with other problems–now it learns it has to worry about a bunch of invisible energy rays as well. Because your mind is already feeling stressed, it is much more likely to just accept any solution Shane offers you without questioning. Here’s where we get into things like religious rituals (such as baptism), which claim to impart some kind of supernatural shield of protection over the person who is put through the ritual. Or there is the very popular notion that you can get a temporary shield of protection set up around you if you get “experts” to pray over you. Many groups also teach that physical touch is an important part of imparting special protection from one person to another. In other words, getting Pastor Joe to pray over you is good, but if he were to pray over you while resting his hands on your shoulders, that’s extra good. And when Sorcerer Sam wants to give you a portion of his supernatural prowess, he must actually touch you in order for his talents to effectively transfer into your being. Why? Because apparently certain kinds of energy and certain supernatural creatures can’t jump the gap between two human bodies–instead, they need a secure channel to be formed by people making physical contact with each other.

Now if physical contact is good, sexual contact must be even more potent, right? Here’s where we come to other groups that teach that all kinds of mystical power exchanges and drastic changes to your body and soul can be forced on you through sexual interactions. With scores of people having very real nightmares of supernatural creatures sexually assaulting them while they sleep, there must be some truth to the idea that other beings can do serious damage to your life force, aura, soul, or biological makeup simply by forcing their negative energy on you. So can they? No.

The Exaggerated Power of Demons

While supernatural beings are very real, they are also very poorly understood. In my material, I use the term demons to refer to malicious, nonhuman entities who are quite real, and who try their darnedest to make humans miserable. But the power of such beings tends to be grossly exaggerated among humans. Demons cannot harm you just by beaming negative energy at you. In fact, demons can’t beam anything at you, because that simply isn’t how they are designed to operate.

To compensate for their lack of actual power, demons rely on a combination of absurd lies and cheap theatrical stunts to make you think they are inflicting much more harm on you than they are actually capable of doing. Perhaps you’ve been told that it’s possible to sell your soul to the devil, have your soul be taken captive, or have demons cut off your ability to communicate with God. Perhaps you think some people are born under a generational curse, or get impregnated by succubi so that they end up carrying some kind of devil spawn. All of these theories are complete rubbish, and if you are at all concerned about them, I encourage you to read my book A No-Nonsense Guide to Demons so that you can get a firm grip on truth. While things like demonic possession are real, they are poorly understood and simply not the epic crisis that people make them out to be. As I explain in my book, you really don’t need the intervention of human “experts” to save you from demonic harassment. In fact, you’re much better off not running to an exorcist the moment you suspect demons are gunning for you. Instead, getting educated about how demons operate and what their underlying agendas are is far more effective than immersing yourself in a bunch of useless rituals.

Demons have a personal beef with humans and they are malicious by nature. Not being humans, demons have many capabilities that we don’t have, and it is their different abilities that gives them the illusion of being mega powerful. And yet if even they can’t damage you by zapping you with negative energy, do you need to be afraid of other humans beaming evil rays at you? No, you really don’t.

Understanding Mental Associations

A witch goes through a bunch of ritualistic hoopla and declares you cursed. The next day, you find out you have terminal cancer. Obviously she gave you the cancer, right? Wrong. Yes, the witch went through her dramatic hoopla. Yes, your doctor sees a tumor on your medical scans. But where you’re going wrong is when you leap to the assumption that these two events are connected–that one event caused the other.

A creepy looking stranger glares at you and you start to hyperventilate. Obviously he used his mind to force your throat to constrict, right? Wrong. Yes, the man looked in your direction. But that doesn’t mean he looked at you. As for his “glare”–that is your interpretation of his facial expression. The man might not have been glaring at all. He might not have even seen you. He might have merely turned his head in your direction while his mind was working on a complex math problem, and you falsely assumed his actions were personally directed at you…and malicious…and a successful attempt to attack your respiratory system.

People who sincerely believe that they have been effectively cursed will swear that they can see evidence in their lives to back up their beliefs. The problem is that such “evidence” is based on a bunch of false assumptions about cause. Those false assumptions are based on false beliefs about what other humans are capable of.

Interpretations about your life are like the top stone of a pyramid. That stone is only able to exist so high up off the ground because it’s resting on top of many other stones. In the same way, interpretations about your life don’t exist by themselves–they rest on a stack of other beliefs and assumptions. If you remove some of the stones in the stack, the top conclusion will fall.

Critical thinking is a method of analyzing in which you take a close look at the stones that are supporting the top conclusion. You pay special attention to the foundation stones: that bottom row of beliefs. You then try to find errors in any of those beliefs. Identifying a single wrong belief can drastically change the way you interpret a situation. Let’s use the witch and cancer scenario as an example. In your mind, you think “That witch used her powers to give me cancer!” This thought is expressing a final conclusion, which is always the top stone of a stack. And while it would be very easy to just sit there stressing over that top stone, you need to do some critical thinking by asking yourself what beliefs and assumptions must exist before that final conclusion can be supported. After all, if you tell me “The sidewalk outside is slippery,” you must have reasons for making that statement. Maybe you know it’s been raining, and now it’s very cold and the ground has frozen. You know from personal experience that frozen, wet ground is slippery. But suppose you don’t know anything about the weather and you know nothing about frozen ground being slippery. In such a case, are you going to randomly blurt out your warning to me? No. Humans are very logical creatures and they always feel they have reasons for the conclusions they come to. But problems arise when those reasons are faulty and no one takes the time to figure that out.

Before you can conclude that a witch gave you cancer, there are certain assumptions that you must be making about not only the witch, but also about the abilities and attitudes of any supernatural beings you believe in, such as God.

If you start at the bottom of this stack and read up, you can see how the two bottom beliefs lead to two assumptions, and that a combination of those assumptions results in the final conclusion. But now let’s see what happens if we correct some of the foundational beliefs.

Once we change the foundational beliefs, the assumptions that were based on those beliefs no longer make sense. By changing the foundational beliefs, we are forced to change the assumptions as well.

With these new stones in place, it no longer works to conclude that “The witch gave me cancer and God is angry with me.” These new stones are forcing you to reevaluate your situation and interpret your cancer diagnosis in a very different way.

Now in real life, things are usually more complicated than I’ve shown here. In real life, there are often many stones on the bottom row, not just two or three. In real life, people often base their conclusions on a mix of true and false beliefs. But the key point I want you to see is that the way you interpret an event is based on a logical flow of if-then statements which your subconscious and soul throw together with lightning speed. When the final conclusion appears as a thought in your conscious, you don’t also see the whole structure of beliefs and assumptions that support that final conclusion. But the structure always exists and if you were to take the time to stop and ponder, your subconscious and soul would reveal their structure to you.

Building Logical Structures

Your soul and subconscious each have their own sets of beliefs, which are focused on their personal priorities. Your soul is the part of you that cares about things like morality, God, and life after death. When it’s time to interpret something that happened to you, your soul supplies some of the foundation stones for your logical structure, and all of the stones that your soul contributes are focused on the things that your soul cares about. In the classic example of a soldier feeling guilty for murdering a man on the battlefield, it is the man’s soul that is making a moral assessment of his actions and drawing conclusions about how God is judging what he did. At the same time, the soldier’s subconscious is focused on issues like physical safety, peer pressure and social expectations.

It is very common for your subconscious and soul to form different final conclusions about what happened to you. In the case of the soldier, his subconscious might feel his actions were justified while his soul might conclude he’s done something unforgivable. When your two elements disagree like this, you will feel extremely stressed until something is done to help your elements settle their differences.

How Trauma Affects Structures

There are different types of trauma. Psychological trauma is when your subconscious is feeling very upset by something you’ve experienced. Spiritual trauma is when your soul is the part of you feeling upset. You can have both kinds of trauma at the same time. And just as there are mild burns and severe burns, there are different degrees of trauma.

The more severely you are traumatized, the more stressed you will feel. The more stressed you are, the more flawed your logical structures will become. The more flawed your structures are, the more skewed your view of reality becomes. This is why traumatized people are often very challenging to relate to socially. Innocent comments can easily be interpreted as intentional insults by someone who is under a lot of stress. Innocent actions can easily be viewed as being malicious or manipulative. Traumatized minds and souls are grappling with some very stressful beliefs which they already believe are quite true. They then fall into a pattern of aggressively looking for evidence to support those beliefs while they intentionally ignore any evidence that counters them.

A woman is traumatized by her first husband cheating on her. Due to that experience, she forms the false belief that all men are cheaters. When she marries again, her unresolved traumatic beliefs continue to haunt her. As time goes by, she feels increasingly insecure in her relationship with her second husband. Even though he hasn’t done anything wrong, the woman begins to feel more and more certain that he must be secretly having an affair. Once she forms this conclusion, she starts aggressively looking for evidence to support it. The unusual scent on his clothes is evidence of another woman’s perfume rubbing off on him. The bouquet of roses he brings her is an attempt to alleviate his own guilt for being unfaithful. When he is late coming home, she discounts his claim that traffic was bad and instead decides he was fooling around with his sexy secretary. In this scenario, the husband is judged as guilty even though he hasn’t done anything wrong. He is then punished daily for a crime he didn’t commit until he finally gets fed up and leaves.

When you don’t take the time to examine your own logic structures, you end up bringing a lot of misery on your own head. The woman in the example I just used destroyed her own marriage by attacking a man who wanted to be her faithful friend. Today there are scores of people dragging through life under huge burdens of terror and stress who could feel so much more comfortable if they were willing to really look at their logic structures. To help yourself in life, you need to think critically. You also need to understand that all humans form false beliefs based on their personal experiences, and that none of us are above being deceived. But the good news is that even if you do spend years believing devastating lies about God, demons, humans, and how the world works, you can drastically improve your quality of life by unlearning the lies you’ve been clinging to.

Now it’s not practical to spend every day staring off into middle space while you contemplate your inner feelings. Self-analysis can definitely be overdone, so when should you really put effort into sorting out the logic you’re using to support a certain conclusion? Well, if I ask you what your biggest fears are, what kinds of thoughts spring to mind? Are there certain situations or people that tend to trigger anxiety in you? Save your analytical efforts for the beliefs that really upset you, because it is stressful beliefs that cause you the most grief in life. The more stress a certain conclusion is causing you, the more likely it is that it is wrong.

If you’re losing sleep at night worrying about what kinds of shenanigans the sorcerer two doors over is up to, then it’s time to take a closer look at your beliefs about the kinds of power humans can get their hands on. If you’re having nightmares about waking up in Hell because you’ve committed an unpardonable sin, then it’s time to examine your beliefs on how Divine judgment works (see Your Soul vs. God: Two Different Judges). If you’re being plagued by nightmares of monsters sexually assaulting you, and you’re afraid that some creepy supernatural entity is trying to mess with your reproductive organs, then it’s time to take a closer look at the assumptions you’re making about the abilities of supernatural beings.

Unprocessed trauma makes us prone to leaping to all sorts of terrifying conclusions. After being severely bullied as a child, you become panicked whenever you see someone looking at you intently. You feel this way because focused, grim looking stares cause your subconscious to flash back to situations in which it was unable to protect you from physical harm. As an adult, your mind has formed a strong link between intense stares and physical assault. It falsely assumes that a stare is a clear sign that assault is about to happen. It is your own unresolved fears about your past that cause you to panic when a stranger glares at you on a bus. Your panic has nothing to do with the man having supernatural powers. The man isn’t causing you to feel panicked–your own false beliefs are doing that. And once your mind flies into panic, your body panics as well, and one of the ways it expresses its distress is by causing your throat to constrict. Suddenly you can’t breathe–not because the stranger is beaming you with invisible death rays, but because your subconscious is freaking out about the possibility of you being physically assaulted again. Well, panic or no panic, you need to breathe, so when your body squeezes your throat too tight, your subconscious intervenes and knocks your body out. Down you drop, and your throat relaxes, allowing oxygen to reach your lungs. In this scenario, your subconscious started the crisis, but it also tried to fix it by calming your body down. After you’ve re-oxygenated, your subconscious wakes you up. Your body is relaxed, your conscious is hazy, and your subconscious is feeling better because creepy glaring man is no longer in sight. But what is your soul doing all of this time?

Your soul is remembering that website you found the other day in which some fear pushing ignoramus terrorized you with a bunch of horror stories about certain evil humans being able to beam toxic energy at you. Your soul now starts stressing over the possibility of that being true. Perhaps creepy glaring man was really one of those devil spawns that you read about. Before you just let your soul misinterpret the whole situation and give your elements new reasons to stress out, you need to take some time to think critically about what you read online. Before you can accept that humans have the power to harness evil energy and fling it at you, many other things must be true. What are those other things?

The internet is like a huge ravine that anyone can dump anything into. Don’t just dive in and start embracing whatever your hands fall on first. You need to be very selective about what you decide to keep and who you decide to trust. Don’t keep returning to sites that are dragging you down and giving you new reasons to feel rotten in life.

Many people get online to vent their personal stresses, and they are doing so in very negative, unproductive ways. A lot of other people fire up ministries and fancy looking websites just to manipulate the gullible and con you into helping them get rich. You don’t owe it to anyone to read their guff, so be selective. Your mind and soul are complex, fascinating things, but they are also delicate and need to be treated with respect. That means you don’t just hold them out like empty buckets for anyone to dump their thoughts into. When you do come across a theory, you shouldn’t accept it until you have sorted out the logical structure that the author is using. For example, claims like God hates gays or You can fix your life with positive thinking are all conclusions which can only be true if other things are also true. So what are those other things? Until you take the time to sort out the logical structure of a particular claim, you can’t make a wise decision about whether or not you should accept that claim as true.

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