Enlightened self-interest is wisdom. Everything has a cost and you will have to pay in one way or another. If you’re damned if you do and damned if you don’t, I feel it’s better to do what you will and accept the consequences.
Shall we discuss mechanism behind exorcism? As I made mention of earlier, the spirit world is shaped by connections, resonance or sympathy, like affects like, but likewise there is a broader cycle between all pairs, a principle of duality and even a seasonal rotation.
If one has fallen into a bad lifestyle, one attracts beings that resonate with the energy their activities are generating. Fear attracts fear. Anger attracts anger. Decay attracts death. Lies attract confusion and illusion. Both great minds and small not only think alike, they live in the same spiritual space.
Do you think people that suddenly go from a little angry to a full blown rage are attracting rageful beings? I do, yes. They join what could be called a chorus of rage. They are even discovering this with online psychological research. Trends in mood show up worldwide. We resonate with each other, and on a more local level, we resonate with beings that could exist in that state well before humanity ever came to experience it.
But you can’t shift one of these situations, necessarily, just by going to the radical opposite. You can’t happy the despair out of people. Those rare extreme situations, where a spirit can be dealt with simply by countering their influence, work because the greater balance of energy there stands against this negative influence. The sorrowing dead can’t be liberated merely by smiling at them.
Buddhists have a path they refer to, and the Native Americans referred to the same path. The Buddhists called this path the Great Wheel. Shamans of all world cultures saw it as a road that ran around the entire horizon, and the spirits were meant to move along this path. So just as it doesn’t help to tell someone in Middle America the direction to Kyoto, Japan from their location, you can’t help one of the departed move on by describing the ultimate enlightened state. This shows up even in Buddhism, where rather than thinking of demonic beings as something to destroy, they dealt with them as being the grossly unenlightened.
Expect a snake to act like a snake? Exactly, but go it just one step better. In Native American culture, if wolf was found to be troubling the deer so much that the tribe could not hunt, they would show respect to both deer and wolf and then call on bear to stand against wolf. Wolf as a spirit often acted where there were no physical wolves involved.
Your thoughts are welcome. Be well friends.