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Out Of This World – Excerpts

Here is a selection of excerpts from my published non-fiction spirituality book Out Of This World ( I’ve chosen a small number to focus on quality and profoundness, rather than quantity.

“I’m not here to tell you ‘look within’, or that ‘the Kingdom of God is within you’, I’m here to tell you – look for God, because the delusion is to believe in nothing at all.” (Back cover)

“From time to time, I have ESP moments where I see flashes of energy. Generally these flashes of energy are like tiny wisps, vaguely resembling pyreflies and the Farplane from Final Fantasy X. If you’re unfamiliar with the Final Fantasy series, just Google ‘pyreflies’ to get an idea what I’m talking about. Why is that starting to sound like a black character from a sitcom saying ‘know what I’m talkin’ ‘bout?’

There’s a huge difference between what I see with ESP and ‘pyreflies’ though, and that’s the appearance. The size of the flashes I see are usually small flecks maybe the size of a fingernail, which appear in the middle of ‘empty space’. One time I was meditating and I saw a large number of gold flecks, which is unusual because normally they’re blue, white, or a bluish white, sometimes red, sometimes yellow, and a fair amount of the time they’re a kind of pinkish colour.

These flecks are a sign that through meditation, chanting mantras and generally being open minded, ‘evidence’ of ‘other worlds’ will be revealed to you, and the more open you are, the more often these unexplained events will happen. “ (Pages 76 and 77)

“Some of you skeptics might think the idea of prayer is a strange concept, but ‘speaking from experience’, I know it definitely makes a difference. I regularly prayer for healing to be sent to certain countries, especially ones that have had a long history of war, and you may be thinking ‘why should I consider the idea of prayer ?’, but I know it makes a difference. After making these prayers for healing to be sent to those countries (such as Germany, Russia, Middle East), I don’t know exactly what effect it has, but I feel a very positive energy afterwards.

This ‘positive energy’ makes me feel uplifted and I’d describe it as a ‘warm feeling inside’, or ‘waves of joy’ as the Beatles’ song Across the Universe put it. Compared to before sending the healing, after sending it I feel more at peace and sorry to sound ‘mystical’ for a moment, but almost feel a sense of ‘Oneness’ with the world that I don’t feel normally.

To have these feelings specifically after praying for healing to be sent to particular countries suggests that prayer must have some kind of effect.  Prayer may sound too ‘mystical’ if you’re a skeptic, but if you ask for something reasonable you’ll get a reasonable outcome. What that means is, don’t have unrealistic expectations when you pray like ‘God, please appear out of nowhere in the middle of a stadium at a Super Bowl to convince people you exist’ – because a prayer like this would be unlikely to have a reasonable outcome. In fact, any prayer where you demand ‘God’ to make some kind of affichage de la puissance (‘display of power’) to prove his existence is missing the point of prayer and really only shows that you’re a skeptic at heart. » (Pages 97 and 98)

“After having these experiences and becoming ‘opened up’ to spirituality, I don’t consider myself ‘religious’, I now consider myself a ‘Spiritual Communist’. ‘What’s that? Communist? Aren’t they the guys who killed millions of their own people?’, you’re probably thinking. Actually, you’d be partially wrong – it was totalitarian states that killed millions of their own people, not ‘communists’, since no country to this day has been a true communist country. I chose the wording ‘spiritual communist’ because adding ‘spiritual’ separates it from so-called ‘communist’ countries that were really only regimes, and because ‘communist’ has a strong ‘community’ aspect. Put the two together, and you get ‘a person who is involved within the spiritual community’.” (Pages 99 and 100)

“Even though ‘Spiritual Communist’ is technically a label as well, I consider it more a concept than a label – it’s much better than the ‘Spiritual, not Religious’ term some people use when they fill out a census ferm. ‘Spiritual, not Religious’ is far too vague, and it sounds like the people that call themselves that don’t fit into any existing category, and themselves aren’t actually sure what their ‘spiritual views’ are and how they’d describe themselves. All it really says about them is that they have an interest in spirituality and don’t consider themselves ‘religious’, other than that it says nothing about what they believe.

To me, ‘Spiritual Communist’ means someone who is generally and genuinely a ‘spiritual seeker’ – that you’re not limited by factors like culture, religion, gender, having a particular label, etc – it means you’re open to anything with elements of spirituality in it, in some cases even things that to the ‘average person’ would be considered ‘obscure’.

Totalitarian regimes that called themselves ‘communist’ didn’t represent the true ideals of communism, whereas as being a ‘Spiritual Communist’ has a deep spiritual focus.

The phrase ‘spiritual communist’ to me means that Égalité (‘Equality’ – racial, gender, religious, ect), liberté (‘Liberty’ – and not the statue! Just joking. Liberty in the sense of ‘Freedoms’  in the Human Rights Declaration e.g Freedom of Speech, Freedom of Belief, Freedom of Religion, Freedom of Expression [in its most broad sense of ‘any and all forms of creativity’, as well as well as the freedom to pursue creative outlets without prejudice or ridicule] etc) and Justice (e.g personal, social, etc), are all very important aspects of spirituality, and without these three things (Equality, Liberty, Justice), you don’t have true spirituality.” Pages 103 and 104

Further notes (not found in book):

I would describe Spiritual Communist ‘beliefs’ as ‘eclectic’ , kind of ‘I’m open to [almost] anything’ – as discussed in the book itself, I invented it as an answer to the ‘spiritual, not religious’ label being some people use when they fill out a census, and as deliberate ‘rebranding’ of Communism [as distinct from, unrelated to, and virtually the complete opposite of Soviet Union ‘materialist socialist totalitarianism atheism’ ideology or whatever (bit of a mouthful, huh?)], but feel free to substitute ‘communism’ for ‘communitism’ if you prefer. I also don’t make any pretense whatsoever of it being a ‘religion’- I refuse to associate with the virtually nonsensical ‘New Age’ label, and emphatically reject and repudiate phrases like ‘New-Agey’, ‘New Age Movement’, ‘Mystery cult’, ‘Mystery religion’, ‘Neopaganism’, and just about any words ending in -ist and -ism.

I found out to my surprise today (5/8/17) that a book published in India in 1962 used the exact wording “spiritual communism” – talk about “spooky” (and no, my name’s not “Mulder”)!



My name's Brendan Lloyd - I'm a writer, 29, and living in Adelaide, South Australia who is interested in video games and anime. I have several creative projects in various media (animated series, video games, and lyrics) that I'm writing independently. Introduction, details, and writing samples in blog.

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