It is important to remember that a blessing is a real action, not a symbolic act. By real action, I mean one where energy flows and produces an effect. Blessings behave according to certain laws, laws that are similar to the laws of electricity. There must be a source of power, a conduit through which the power moves, and something that will receive the power and use it in a manifest way.
Electricity comes from a generator and travels through a wire to a transformer, which converts it into a usable quantity. From there it travels to a motor or some other appliance, which converts it into some form of force, whether motive, heat, or light. In order for electricity to flow, all of these elements must be present. Likewise, in order for a blessing to be real, these same elements must be present, although in their equivalent spiritual form.
Thought is the medium of Spirit. Patterns or “bodies” of thought seem to take on a life of their own, even those based upon false premises. As long as enough people think those thoughts, the pattern will exist, and it will exert some amount of “force” on the actions of those who engage with it. The so-called “mass-mind” is this kind of pattern. Therefore, it is possible for the energy within it to act as a “source” of power that when tapped into can produce tangible manifestations of energy. These are short-lived, however, because they require constant maintenance or “spin” in order to stay energized. But while they are energized, the power within them can be “bestowed” in a kind of blessing similar to those originating in Spirit. The mass-mind has its own priesthood to whom those who participate in that mass-mind look to for favors, and the blessings they bestow can feel real indeed. But the energy of those blessings are more akin to static electricity – a quick discharge producing a jolt but nothing that will live on its own.
There are many different kinds of mass-minds, each having their own built-up charge. Within each of these mass-minds are accepted patterns through which that charge can be dispensed to produce certain effects. And there are the participants who willingly provide their minds and bodies as “motors” to keep the whole thing animated. For instance, schools are mass-minds. They have a complex body of thought organized into logical patterns that are continually kept afloat through dialog and ritual. Similar to a living organism, they give birth to (matriculate) offspring in the form of graduates, who then act as missionaries, spreading the faith wherever they go. They do this with authority, because the aura or charisma of the energy of the mass-mind for which they are emissaries is tangible. When they endorse someone who is outside of their energy field, the differential creates quite a “pop,” a kind of blessing that lends reality to the body of thought they represent.
Some mass-minds are based on outright superstitions, depending on the vast unknowns of the subconscious mind for their aura of authority. They use patterns of thought more like suggestions, encouraging their participants to fill in the blanks with their own dark fears so as to lend to the illusion of a living organism. The motivation for keeping such a mass-mind alive can be not so much for power as for identity. In a universe that is perhaps more vast than comfort allows, a walled encampment can provide a kind of security otherwise not found. But, having its basis in fear, power then becomes the dominant theme, power to defend against the darkness of the unknown. The self-generated energy produced by spin (interpretation) can be inflicted upon others as a kind of curse, which the recipient drives home with his or her own power of belief. Thus we have “black magic” and its social equivalents, such as advertising and nationalistic fervor.
Until we experience blessing as a real action and not merely a symbolic act, we will be unaware of how the Spirit, and it counterfeits, move in our life. Part of being alive in God is knowing how God works – how power, force, and energy operate and how results are obtained. The effects we feel are quite real, but they have different points of origin that, when understood, give us a greater capacity for action and the power to discern those things that are truly alive.