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Erica Galindo
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Last edited on: January 20, 2016.


Natural laws do not apply to the Inner World.

Because Soul is other…it is governed by laws 
different than gravity…motion…mass…time—and these physical properties exert
 their inexorable power on Body and Mind…but only touch Spirit and Soul 
indirectly. And this is why Outer World remedies fail to heal a broken Spirit and 
ruined Soul…and why counseling can take such a long time…why drugs can just 
mask the real problem…and why we wear such competent and deflecting masks while 
we’re bleeding from every pore.

Stomach food is not Soul food…nor is it Spirit 
food…for when you fast—still your Soul can feast.

But we starve our Inner World…either by feeding it 
what it cannot digest…or ignoring it all together. “Out of sight; out of mind”  
is our modern stance…or “out of Soul; out of our minds.” Our lives are built 
upon the visibilia of the Exterior World. The present day penchant for tattoos 
illustrates this (literally and figuratively) of how O.W.O.—“Outer World-
obsessed”—we’ve become. When was the last time you heard a good sermon on the 

We’ve lost the recipes.

God loves pigs….He made them. So when the Shimmering 
Shepherd says not to feed pigs pearls…it must mean (among other things) that 
swine still need to be fed…just not pearls—they can’t digest them anyway. But 
surely…something must nourish them…even if they’re ungrateful…gluttonous…un-genteel 
and gentile.

…like me.

And we used to know how to do this….feed our Soul, I 
mean.  Perhaps during the Protestant
Reformation, more was thrown out than just the bad—but a greater part of the 
good. One only has to read portions from Brother Lawrence’s Practicing the 
Presence of God, Teresa of Ávila’s The Interior Castle, and Dark Night of the
 Soul by St. John of the Cross to conclude that we’ve “thrown soul care out with 
the bath water.”  Yet all three of these 
“mystics” discovered the same Inner World Law at work—

You can’t give what you haven’t got.

Sound simple? No, it most assuredly is not. In my own 
life I’ve had much cause to berate and batter myself for (and deservedly so)
…shame of my past, even to the point of inflicting myself with wounds…sensing 
always the seductive pull toward oblivion…like the insistent fingers of 
relentless retreating waves…like lovelorn caresses that tug toward the 
ultimate undertow… to carry me far away at last from myself and pain and 
self-revulsion… to the bridge…then over…and down. Maybe even hell.

Truth is—while devising new tortures and agonies for 
myself…I discovered it wasn’t just about me and my warranted ruination…but that 
it prevented me from strengthening my four beautiful children…and loveliest 
wife. Because I couldn’t give what I hadn’t got. Because fathers are for 
strength. They are to give of their abundance of masculine power and lend it to 
their children. With a dagger poised above my own heart—how was I ever to 
empower theirs?

The hand that holds the knife cannot also bestow blessing.

To give power, I must have power….If I have not 
power…I must be empowered. And here, dear reader, is how the lifelong  
starvation of my Soul was revealed. Unconsciously…inadvertently…I had nothing 
to give my kids but disappointment with myself…and how to lose a Soul. This 
prospect was more abhorrent than my self-abhorrence. I thought I loved them…but 
my love was of the weakest and frailest sort.

In the Outer World you can write a check…or add it to 
your credit card debt…but in the Interior World—You can’t give what you haven’t got. You may try to fake it, but
 everyone (and your children) will eventually see through the façade…see through 
the man-made religion into the desert that is your Soul.

I know a lot of scarecrows with good doctrine. And 
like any good accountant they can sniff out errors a mile away. They might be 
sniffing me out right now. And that’s okay…I love scarecrows. I used to be one.

But scarecrows don’t burst forth in founts of 
empathy…there’s no geysers of Grace. This is an Inner World Law. If those dying 
of thirst seek out the scarecrows—they will perish. Because all they have to 
give is straw.

But if you wish to love others…and give them what 
they need—you must taste of His bounty before breakfast…linger upon His love at 
lunch…and sup upon his sufficiency at night. You must own it. Meditating on His 
acceptance of you is true food.  If you
 are like me…it may take time to digest. That’s okay…his manna and mercies are new 
every morning.

It is not noble to suffer for your sins, while those who need you are dying.

The good man from his
 inner good treasure flings forth good things,
and the evil man out of his inner 
evil storehouse flings forth evil things.

Matthew 12:35

Copyright 2013

Did you miss Robin’s previous post? Read How to Lose Your Soul Part VII

2 Responses

  1. Rebecca Hansen

    I am very interested in reading the previous posts on this subject. I click on the link at the end but said nothing found. This has been HIS subject of choice in my life this yr. So I am collecting and reading what I can get my hands on. Is there anyway I can get them sent to my e-mail ?


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