Section 3 : The Powers of Spiritual Entities
The above chapters looked at human’s ways of approaching spiritual entities, with the human playing the active role and spirits the passive one. Observations were made from the human point of view. This section will take the standpoint of spiritual entities as its starting point.
The Lord is ruler over all spiritual entities in the universe, and the highest regulator of harmonizing the laws of nature. Deities and buddhas are Heavenly emissaries who carry out the Lord’s will. Deities and buddhas act according to Heavenly principle and utilize natural conditions to be intermediaries between Heaven and mankind. The methods they use are quite complex. These have a close bearing on us, but we are not aware of it. Otherwise, if Heavenly principle had nothing to do with us, there would be no need for deities and buddhas.
A. Being impelled by intermediaries: This is a direct controlling force exerted by deities and buddhas on human beings. When deities or buddhas need to impel someone, they exert force on his cerebrum using cosmic yang rays which act in conjunction with their harmonon. They exercise authority, and cause the person’s harmonon to assume a subordinate position. Such impulsion by intermediaries may be brought on by one’s bonding force, or it may press down on its own. And so the power of spirit intermediaries is present in the brains of all the world’s great men. Sometimes power from several spirit-entities converges on one person, of which it is said “blessings arrive and mind is inspired”. The regulation of human life by spirit intermediaries is like electricity directing the movements of a machine. A human being impelled by spirit intermediaries may not be aware of it, but he has lost his power of initiative, since there is yet another prime mover for the thoughts arising in his brain. However, the power of spirit intermediaries cannot fundamentally change human physiological workings. Therefore if a person is emotionally wooden and unfeeling, like a block of wood or a blade of grass, the power of spirit-intercessors will have no way to take effect. Rather, they must wait till his feelings are aroused before they can accentuate their e-tropic effects, using the opportunity to take control. He is being regulated to go in a certain direction, and he will be driven to meet the demands of the Heavenly principle at work. In sum, as soon as a notion occurs to a person, there will be a response from an unseen place, and the manner of being impelled will be different for each individual. If a person has a demonic thought, he will bring on pressure from demons that will not stop till he is forced to degeneration and downfall. Conversely, the moment a person’s thoughts turn toward the good, then demons will leave and deities will come. This is the invisible, mystery-cloaked background of human history. Only because of this do we find among people the perfect types of worthies, heroes and wicked men.
B. Uplift by intermediaries: Aside from impelling by intermediaries that regulate a person’s thoughts directly, spirit-entities have another sort of power. They use “uplift by intermediaries” to carry him along. Uplift by intermediaries means the force of spirit intercessors that lifts a person up. Joseph’s dream that made him take Mary for his wife and Paul hearing Jesus’ voice on the road to Damascus are examples of miraculous uplift by intermediaries. One can also be lifted up by intermediaries in the human realm, as in the case of changes in a person’s environment have a particular effect on his bonding and harmonizing forces. The fact is, there are many ways of being carried along by intermediaries. There is the miraculous sort, the natural, the humanly determined, the environmental. By and large, aside from the miraculous sort, they are deterministic and rigid. This is what is meant by fate. But when deities apply uplifting force on a human, they must first take a mode which is suited to his environment. Only then do they step in, using the person’s strongest and weakest points to lift him up. In this way the person will not be thrown into reverses and frustrations, or entrapped in misfortunes. Like a bamboo staff held out to a blind person who wanders off in the wrong direction, the uplift guides him to step onto the right path. The impelling and uplifting forces described above are usually applied by freed spirits. In the case of humans having great merit and virtue, there are also high-level spirit intermediaries that give them guidance. As for evil people who hurry day by day toward depravity, there is also a spiritual force–from certain evil freed spirits–which pulls them down. But these baneful spirits are not truly evil in their nature: they are only carrying out their duties and assignments, and perhaps deriving amusement from watching someone’s downfall. In Christianity there is Satan; in Buddhism there is Papyam; and Taoism has its Demon King. All these are rulers presiding over freed evil spirits. Since good and evil are relative, without evil there would be no way to see goodness. Thus in the spirit realm there must be deities who discharge the duties of evil, and thereby stimulate men into turning toward the good.