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OPEN: Hey, Good morning! Welcome to STAG, streaming to the world from KMUD in California. I’m calling today’s program “The Energy of Life and The Mylar Envelope.” It’s really important that we approach our life situations with as much of our energy as we can find. If we try to use our Life energy to improve our standing with others, we won’t have enough to solve the problems and overcome the obstacles that confront us every day. We’re all covered with what I call a Mylar Envelope. You remember Mylar. Nothing gets passed it. The knowledge of our Mylar Envelope will help us retain our Energy so we’ll have more to work with. The result is stress reduction. We’ll also get a little re-charge of energy a bit later when we take Communion. But first…

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SOUL: 1-Before we investigate that Mylar envelope, let’s look at the apparent energy transfer that we live with every day. Even though I may seem to take some of your Soul energy to myself, I can’t use you Soul.
2-[read it} I CAN'T USE YOUR SOUL

Remember, East is east and West is west, and never the twain shall meet? That's what our souls are like. Our souls are so individual, that they can never connect. About the best we can do is to sidle up next to someone else's soul and cozy-in. But for this discussion, I don't call that meeting, really connecting to that soul. It's like apples and oranges.

I'd like to clarify some terms for the discussion. Interchangeable are the terms soul, life force and power. I don't usually like the term power because it is too often connected with a desperate reaching for mastery over others. But in terms of the energy to deal with a situation, power fits into this discussion.

What we have to do is understand how our life force is diminished. This happens on the conscious and unconscious level. Trauma is an easily understood way of losing a part of your soul. Most all of us have suffered physical trauma at some time. Have you ever noticed that very often a broken bone doesn't hurt as much as you might expect at first? When I practically cut off my thumb with my table saw, it didn't hurt after the initial nick of the saw blade. But it hurt like hell after I got it sewed up.
That numbness that protects us from the immediate hurt (so we have the opportunity to deal with it) is what psychologists call disassociation. We are somehow able to "go away" from the hurt for a bit. We give away a bit of our life force to the trauma to cover it up while we get on with more immediate concerns than pain; for instance, bleeding to death.

The thing is, that the power we give away to the trauma stays away. It is recoverable, but only under very special circumstances. Circumstances beyond our usual capacities. It's very difficult to do a self-analysis and find the source of the drain of power, or it's amount, or it's present location. If we were able to bring these skills to the problem, we probably wouldn't have lost the life force to begin with.

Just to clarify, maybe you've heard people say things like never having gotten completely over that operation. Just never seemed to have the same energy they had before the accident. That's power loss.

A somewhat conscious way to give up power is when we try to help someone. We see someone who appears very needy and divert some of our energy to the person. The waif who shows up on the doorstep is a good example. Taking the same wino to dinner every Sunday is another. Humanitarian acts though they may be, taking in the waif, or feeding the wino, we are engaging in a transfer of strength from us to them.

Another semi-conscious way of losing life force is by giving in to another, by overriding our own sense of "ought-ness" and supporting someone's behavior. If a junky ever approached someone for money by saying, "Hey mister, got a five so I can get a fix," he'd surely be turned down. But think back to the times when you've given money to panhandlers, knowing that they were lying when they said the money would be used for food or shelter. We all have an aversion to supporting other's destructive behavior. Besides, it feels like being used. I hate it when I think someone is trying to use me.

The fourth way to lose power is the sneakiest. It's buying into someone's trip on such a low level that we often don't notice it. It's very akin to buying into someone's addiction mentioned above, but is way sneakier. We often lose life force energy when others take it away from us.

We meet with some people for more than a few minutes time and find that when we part with them we feel drained of energy; plus a certain measure of relief at being out of contact. It looks like a long, rounded-lip exhalation of air coupled with a slow shaking of the head.

In a very subtle way that person has "stolen" some of our life-strength. Does this next statement sound familiar? "God, it makes me tired just listening to her."

Let me quickly say right here, that we are just as guilty of gathering life force from others as they are from us. People are people. We all act in the same ways. One of the things life is about, is discovering the ways we retard the quality of our lives; finding out what does us not only physical, but mental harm so we can fix it and lead happier lives.

Back to power. Let's look at the transfer of strength and its results.

When you give up some of your life force or soul to a situation, you have less to work with, obviously. If you come into a set of circumstances with one hundred percent of the power available to you, then lose thirty percent to the other person (or thing), you've only got seventy percent left. That seventy percent may not be enough to deal with the situation effectively. Of course, you may not have had enough energy available at the start, but your effectiveness is certainly less when you give some strength away.

We might use the analogy of physical work. If you dig holes for a living, you'll be using a lot of physical energy to do your work. Say you can dig eight of these holes in an average day. Today when you come to work you find that before you can start digging holes you have spend two hours clearing the digging site of rocks, debris, etc. It's going to take you longer to dig your eight holes today because you don't have the usual amount of strength available when you start. Today it may take you nine and a half hours to dig out your eight holes.

Dealing with mental or spiritual problems or challenges also uses up energy; life force, strength, soul energy. It is also true that any given spiritual challenge has a fixed energy-need for its solution or attainment. If you have a heavy confrontation coming up with someone, how can you be effective if you give up thirty percent of your power-to-do-work to the other person by somehow supporting their position rather than your own?

An interesting sidelight is that spiritual exhaustion always results in physical exhaustion. We lose two ways when we lose parts of our soul.

As I said earlier, it's almost impossible to recoup our life force by ourselves. That means a continual drain on our spiritual energy. After years of giving up little bits of souls to others, we can get to the point where we have trouble dealing with the most basic and usual challenges; like making a simple shopping trip though a crowded store. Just being jostled by the crowd closes in on us making us dread our next trip for food. I saw a person, a person whom I know to be very fearful, almost start a fistfight over a completely innocent and obviously accidental collision with a shopping cart. She was ready to throw punches.

When we get so depleted spiritually, we don't even have enough strength available to stop ourselves from engaging in destructive behavior; destructive to others or ourselves. Addiction is a clear example of this. There isn't a junky alive who doesn't know the harm he's doing to his body with each new fix. But can he stop? Not apparently. Not enough spiritual strength to control his own behavior.

What allows the drunk to smash his fist into the wall or through the plate glass window, knowing that it will cause him severe physical trauma? That same drunk would throttle anyone who caused the same type of injury to his hand by coming up and stomping on it. Don't we all experience times when despite our own wishes and determination we do destructive things to ourselves? Some people eat too much, smoke too much, and watch too many movies. We just don't seem to have the gumption to get up and do something positive.

The foregoing is just the beginning of the dynamics of life-force transfer. Remember at the beginning we established that our souls are unique to us. Although everyone has a soul, our souls are not interchangeable; they can't mix, so to speak. So look what happens when the transfer of life force is accomplished.
We have me with seventy percent of my soul-strength left, and you with the other thirty percent of that strength. But My soul- strength doesn't mix with yours. That means, listen carefully, YOU CAN'T USE ANY OF MY THIRTY PERCENT.

Whether you took in from me unawares, or I consciously gave it to you, you can't take advantage of your new possession. It just sits there causing you more frustration because your need still isn't being satisfied.
Don't try to make any of this into conscious, predetermined action. That will really confuse things. Remember that we hardly ever know when this stuff is taking place. If we did, I repeat, we wouldn't let it happen.

The crux of this whole discussion is that we can't use other people's energy, life force, soul-strength.

The way I see it, we're in a lot of trouble. There is a continual drain of our life force. There is also an accumulation of great amounts of other's life force that is totally useless to us. To top it off, I can't regain those lost bits of my soul.

The solution to this dilemma is as hard to realize as understanding and recognizing the concept of life force transfer.

We need to examine the frame of reference of humanity and it's Creator. If we humans have a little spark of God's life force in us, if it's God-Energy that created us and sustains us minute by minute, then that is a life force to which we can connect.

Notice that even though we all have that God-force, we can't connect with the God-force in others. We can only get up next to it. To connect with that God-force we have to go through God. The God-force that we were given is unique to us, but all of our bits of God-force are contained in God. Our uniqueness can connect with God because that uniqueness came from Him.

I suppose if you could give some of your uniqueness to another person you might be able to connect with them. But only with that part that was your uniqueness. This is one of the principles by which we might go about recovering some of our lost soul-bits.

But notice that even when we connect with other people, we're technically connecting only with ourselves, not them. Also, they still can't use our strength.

Well, at least we've established a possible source of usable strength. We may not be able to use others' soul force, because it's not compatible, but we can use God's. So it's not a complete dead end.

We'll get back to God's life force in a bit. I want to talk about love. There's a point of possible confusion in all this power transfer stuff. Also, investigating love in this context will give us some method of practical application in improving our relationships with others and ourselves.

It could be stated that loving is giving of your life-energy to another person. Let's see how common sense disproves that idea.
The best of all situations is for us to act with one hundred percent of our initial life-strength. If we don't have to "feed" our life-strength to others to gain some kind of approval or support for our actions, we'll maintain our total power. This is where the familiar term of "giving power to others" comes in. I've heard people say, "Well, why did you give in to him? You just gave him power over you." The reply might be, "Oh, I just didn't want to rock the boat." We're clearly in the area of seeking others' approval.

Here's how that relates to love. When we love someone, we are allowing them to act in ways that they can retain as much strength as they have without using some of their energy trying to make their actions okay to us. By letting them be who they are, we don't siphon off any of their life force. We allow them to act with one hundred percent of their energy.

If true loving was a giving away of our life force, it would result in a total negative effect. Others can't use what we give, and we wind up with less. That sounds so wrong, it must be right.

Loving isn't giving of yourself; it's letting other people be. What a blow to traditional thinking.

But you know, I'm reminded of what they say about God. He takes us as we are, where we are. He doesn't care about our past. Or even the fact that we're going to continue to act like jerks.

At the moment we turn to Him, He accepts us. I always say that giving and love are the same. True giving, no strings attached, is loving. Love manifests itself as unconditional giving.
Well, God gave His Son His Son gave His life. But notice the absence of any power transfer. I don't detect any transfer of God's life force to me by His allowing His begotten flesh to die, nor do I see any gain of life force for me in Jesus voluntarily going through with His own crucifixion. There's no direct benefit to me in either of those acts.

Indirectly is a whole different ball game, though. It's through the agency of those two events that I'm able to re- establish contact with God.

Without Christ's death substituting for my own, I've got a pretty dim future. Being merely human, and imperfect, the most I can expect for my BEST efforts is to pay for my imperfections with my life. God's entrance into the physical reality in the form of Jesus is the only way that substitution can take place. But again, that's an act separate from any life-force transfer. We don't automatically get any of God's soul because Jesus died.
We still have to access that God-force. And that's possible! That's the Good News. That's what the word Gospel means. It's something that's New, and it's Good for us.

Faith, or faithing as I call it, is just as hard to realize as the two concepts of life force transfer and that loving isn't giving power.

The first thing we have to know is the word from which faith is translated. If Biblical faith was really a ritualistic dance done by firelight on the top of a hill, that's what we'd need to o to be saved. The Bible repeats to ad nauseum, that we're saved by faith. It doesn't say we're saved by anything else. Not love, not charity, not hospitality, not hope, and not even works. Even the Book of James doesn't eliminate faith from the saving process. James does say that you must have some works to go with your faith, but doesn't do away with it completely.

So it's faith that saves, but what is the stuff? The Greek word that turns into faith in the Bible is pistis. Pistis is one step away in derivation from a primary verb called peitho. A primary verb! Let's play a little game with verbs.
We'll substitute some common verbs for the word pistis instead of the word faith. Let's say that pistis means swimming, that's a verb. We're saved by swimming. I know that sounds ridiculous, but we're just trying to establish the feeling of a verb being in the sentence. We're saved by verbing, if you will. Here's more. We're saved by roller skating, we're saved by grocery shopping, we're saved by eating dinner, we're saved by working at the food bank.
A primary verb is something that is observable movement. No action, no verb. There's a good word. Action. Let's put in action instead of pistis. We're saved by action is a reasonable statement. I don't bump on it, even if I still want to investigate the action. Let's do that.

The main ingredient in the primary verb peitho is persuaded obedience or surrender. In other words, acting (that's the surrender part) on the word (that's the persuaded part) of another. Now obviously we're talking, in this context, of the word of God that persuades us to surrender something of in an action.

That's what faithing is. It's acting in a way that shows dependence on something God has said He would do; like provide for our needs. When you give that homeless person some food, you can bull through your fear that you won't have enough, or you can quite comfortably and cheerfully give him your last, trusting that God will somehow make up for what you will need.

Faithing is going through the silly motions of putting yours shoes on and swinging your paralyzed feet down to the floor every morning based on God's promise that He's a God that wants to heal. It may look stupid to your doctor, but it backs up with observable action that you trust some of your life to God. That's faith. That's what the Bible says we're saved by. We're saved by acting in trust of God's word.

It's really not important that we even know how that saving happens. Those who can open their minds like little children don't need more than the knowledge that acting as though God will help them will save them. Why, little children don't even have to really have an understanding of precisely what saving means. They know instinctively that saving is something desirable.
But, even though it's not important to know the saving process, that knowledge is the reason for this discussion, and so needs to be outlined. It's a matter of life force transfer, as you may have already guessed.

Without going through the many scriptural references available, the Bible says that what allows us to look just like God, that's what Justified means, just like God, is when the Holy Spirit is in us. It's like God seeing Himself when He looks our way. If we have the Spirit in us, it covers our imperfections. God just sees His Spirit. The Bible has that Spirit as the Spirit of Christ. God, Christ, Both, Either. Take your pick, God gives us lots of options.

So there's our connection. We act in faith or trust of God's word, and He implants His Spirit in us. And any time God looks our way and sees His Spirit, we're undeserving of death for our imperfections.

Here finally, is a life force we can use. We're connected to that life force already through our creation. Boy! What a boon! Look at all the good stuff that comes out of that.

There's a source of soul-strength that can substitute for the strength we've lost in our daily lives. When a needy friend absconds with a bit of your soul, you can just do a little faithing and fill that hole.

Secondly, we can operate our daily lives from a larger power reserve. We can be much more effective in dealing with all the little draining situations that come up.

And, as though feeding on itself, having more strength retards the further loss of life force. Because we're stronger, we tend to lose smaller bits of our soul to situations and people.

The last energy saving we make is in not using our present reserves in the difficult search for those already lost bits of ourselves. We've got something to take their place, something better, bit for bit, than what we lost.

Practically speaking, what does a large reserve of life force look like? What kinds of things does a strong person do or say? We all know. Spike Lee made a whole movie about it.

Do the Right Thing.

A person who feels a lot of soul-strength will hardly be seen doing or saying things to gain the approval of others. He's more worried about the truth than his image. Ever notice how strong people never seem to bluster, or posture, or flatter, or dominate the conversation? They're not locked into that fear that people might not like the real them. They figure that if the truth- seeking them isn't acceptable to the other person, the other person isn't worth their time and life force.

Another display of strength is the ability of the person to lovingly point out destructive behavior to others. The blunt way to say that, is they're not afraid to call people on their jerkiness. After all, a person not willing to work on his destructive behavior can't bring much too a relationship except a drain on the others' life force.

I'm pleased that I came on this perspective of how we interact. It gives me more confirmation concerning God and Faithing. Maybe it even helped you in some way.

Faithing isn't new with me. I've done it. I've seen that it actually works. I've seen that whatever bits of God's life have

found their way into me have caused a change in my behavior. Things don't seem to bother me quite as much as they used to. I seem to have more control, and thereby make more prudent decisions in time of challenge. I don't take things as personally as I once did. I'm hardly ever worried about the future. I've got the strength to become vulnerable to folks, and receive the love that they're putting out. I've got a good life.

I recommend you try faithing. Figure out something that you're sure God has said He'd do for anybody, and start moving toward your chosen goal trusting that He'll give you the help you need to get there. Be sure that there's something in the goal that's against circumstance, though. One key in recognizing faithing, is that to an onlooker it looks like your action won't work or is wasted effort, or silly.
So there's a simple way out of our power dilemma. Faithing. The strength we get with the implantation of God's Spirit takes care of all sides of the problem at once. We get a refill for the strength we've lost to others. Our increased strength helps us deal with life without losing as much of our strength as before. We cause ourselves much less stress by being able to make more prudent decisions when problems come up. We also get God's salvation as a bonus. We win all the way around.
I'd say it was time to let God help us take back control of our lives.
Faithing will do that.

I know that some have found objections to what I’ve said so far because they don’t think it all makes sense. Maybe I can clear that up.

I do have to say that in reality the actual energy, life force doesn’t go anywhere, except to the side. People can’t use our life force, but what really happens is that we pretend that we’ve lost it. We act as though we have less.

Here’s a different way to look to this issue, a little more practical, everyday look.

People are going to Screw Up. When their Screw Up involves you, you can at least not experience the stress behind taking the other person's actions personally. I've held for a long time that we can't take anything personal, even the good stuff. People do very little for reasons other than their own. Some people even become known as Do Gooders as a result of their doing nice things for their own reasons. While you're probably not a Do Gooder, I think you can understand how even nice things can be done for selfish reasons.

That's a pretty good bonus. Most of us have very large Personal hooks inside us. We don't have to be a Paranoid to take things personally. People are even casual sometimes in telling how this or that person doesn't like them because they didn't speak at the market, Or wave back as they drove by. We just love to play the Victim. Why? It relieves us of taking responsibility for our actions.
There are no victims. We are only affected by other's behavior to the extent that we allow. The feelings that get stirred up inside us, that originate inside us, don't come from outside us. They are ours, and result from the ideas that we hold, not from what others say or do. It's Sticks and Stones.
I like to characterize our condition by saying that we are all covered by a big Mylar envelope. Nothing gets out nothing gets in. We can have no Real effect on others. Others can have no Real effect on us. Here's a good example.

I taught school for fifteen years. Ten years after I stopped teaching, I realized that I wasn't a teacher by the commonly held idea. All I was was a bringer, a discoverer of evidence. The student was the one who accomplished the understanding. I couldn't put that understanding into the student's head. Mylar envelope.

You can't change anyone. Until we have the capability of getting inside someone's mind and installing new beliefs, we'll have to muddle through this life locked in our Mylar envelope; M-velop. Listen to this statement. "I changed his mind." See? You can't change someone's mind. The change happens inside the other person. Didn't I really mean, "What I said, changed his mind?" That's more like it. M-velop. You can't make someone two inches taller. You can't change someone's basic self, basic worth. You can't change a person. M-velop.

Well, now that you nod in agreement, focus back to the fact that they can't change you, either. M-velop.

What's the sense in governing some, nay, any of our actions by what people say about us? Or think about us? I don't have to try to make that person like me. When someone flies off the handle for no apparent reason, I can even say thanks, for giving me a better understanding of their attitude. There's a definite detachment that comes with understanding our having an Mvelop over you whole body.
It may, at first, be thought that the M-velop would prohibit any commerce between people. This
argument doesn't take notice of the principles that govern all interaction. As I see it, interaction
is a four step process.

In practice, it looks like this:

Having that impenetrable M-velop surrounding each person doesn't preclude getting things done, or true interaction.

The main part is whether or not you accept, govern your behavior (put your body on the line) by what they said. I think you have experienced this in other parts of your life. I know that you can think of some time when you did something that you thought was nice for someone and they rejected the niceness. I can even carry this out to an absurdity.

Say you see someone, possibly an older, weak looking person coming up to the bank door right behind you. You slow up and start to position yourself to give the door an extra hold as you enter, so that the other person won't have to deal with re-opening the door. It doesn't play out the way you had it planned. As you slowed and opened the door for yourself, the person sped up and scooted, with surprising speed for someone so frail looking, and sidestepped into the bank in front of you, got the next place in line and they didn't even acknowledge your favor.

OK, you did something nice and got rejected. "What a rotten thing to do. What an insensitive, rotten person she must be. Probably hates the whole world." That's taking it personally. All that kind of thinking says, "I got victimized." I bet you'd have to change your opinion of that old biddy if you saw her with her grandkids. See what I mean? Taking something personally lets us be victims. Someone very wise once said, "Taking things personally is a trick we play on ourselves to save face." You want to yell after her, "Hey, I'm a person too!" We allow something that's not true to obscure our sure knowledge about ourselves to the contrary. It's us deciding to take as real the evidence presented.

I know that this is hard to accept, but many of the things we do are done for our protection. And if it will get us some validation by accepting the evidence, we will easily pretend something is real, then play on that. I'm thinking of the person who goes and cries on a friend's shoulder that, "Nobody likes me." A lot of sympathy (validation) can come out of that. At least until the friend gets on to what’s going on and refuses to play any more. If it's not to our perceived advantage, we won't take on the role of victim. We only be a victim when it serves us, which usually means, let's us get away with something. Remember above I said that it lets us escape responsibility. Like a couple months ago when I was victimized by that tree stump that jumped out in the middle of the road, and totaled my car.

It's all in how you accept (or reject) the presented circumstances. When you run the evidence through your filters (all your experience, all your known objectives, how you want to be), apply it to the total context of your life, then it's easy to let someone say nasty things about you, because you know they aren't true. Look at the whole context, not just the immediate circumstances. Back up, see the forest.

"You rotten, no good SOB. You aren't good enough to be nothing." "Excuse me a second, I have to check my context." "Well, I checked. Screw you." Or maybe better: "Hmmm. Well, you found me out." :-)

I'd be willing to bet a little money on your not having a very big Shoe size button. I bet if someone started making disparaging remarks about what size shoe you wear you wouldn't be very stressed by it, or want to do something so that person wouldn't hate the size of your feet. Starts to get silly, huh?

Allow me to go farther out. One day, out of the blue, as you select a package of cheese at the deli, the guy next to you starts getting really rude about the fact that you have two legs. I'm almost positive that you don't have a Two-legs button, and wouldn't be able to take such statements personally. When it's a level playing field, when everyone's the same, there's no room for being personal. That evidence is always rejected.

Well, I keep saying that we're all the same. All us Adams are the same. If I know that other guy is a thief/liar/etc the same as me, his insults don't overpower me. That's the level playing field from the other side.

Lastly, I have to remind that it's the same process, regardless of the evidence. I'm positive that you understand flattery. I'm just as sure that you have known people who have taken flattery as 100%. Everyone seems to know it, too. That person has some need that allows them to "believe" a lie. And pretty soon, they really believe it and wind up in a bad fifteen year marriage.

If someone does something that "makes" you feel good, it's because you've got a big button of acceptance for that thing. There’s some significant reason for you to react to the statement.

When we stay with the process, it's easily seen that it works on both the negative and positive sides.

If someone tells you you're a good person, you can say thank you without getting gushy, or embarrassed; both of which responses are inappropriate. But only if you accept that you ARE a good person. If you never focus on your goodness, you'll have to react differently to such nice words.

No one can get passed your Mylar Envelope, but God.

COMMUNION: 1-If God has promised to put a bit of His Spirit in us when we act in trust of something He’s said that applies to Communion. Communion, as you may have often heard me say, is a faith act.

2-The Bible says very plainly that the wine, which represents Jesus’ blood, will cover our mistakes and short fallings. The bread is for our healing. Isaiah is one very clear reading of that. Chapter 53 says he bore our iniquities and also that he took on our infirmities. Those are promises of God. All it takes to make a faith act is to move our bodies, drink the wine and at the bread, accordingly. The finalizing of the faith act, the addition of god’s Spirit to our lives, is talked of many, many times in the New Testament. The Spirit comes and lives inside our bodies.

3-Time to get some of that. Take the wine, and thank God for His grace and as His continued mercy, in Jesus’ name. {do it}

4-Now for some healing. When we do the faith act of eating the bread, it also brings the Spirit. When that Spirit is present it works on our infirmities. 2 Peter says, “by His stripes we were healed, because he was talking after the crucifixion. Our healing took place 2000 years ago. Let’s access some of that healing. Take the bread and talk some faith with me. “By his stripes I was healed, in Jesus’ name.

WRAP: 1-These two ideas have reduced the stress in my life. They helped level the playing field. They’ve helped set me free from the Approval of Others.
2- If you’d like to discuss these or any other topics, STAG is a friendly place to do that. We’re at 88 Briceland Rd in Redway. The number there is 707 923 ALLY (2559). We’ll have Dr. Gene Scott’s program at 11 am.
3- ST is also on the web at You’ll also find 130some past shows there in the Radio Archive.
4-You know, you can start right this minute exercising your knowledge that you never lose any of your Life Force to others. And you can gain a little additional charge by acting in trust of God’s stated word.
5-And this stuff really works because God is real and keeps His word.

This is Jack, Bye.

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