Why Call it “Ethereal Software?”

by Mike Sententia on June 9, 2012

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A new reader who I know in real life asked me about the term “ethereal software.” He uses the common pagan / new age term “The Universe,” and wondered why I don’t just use that. I couldn’t give him a quick answer in real time, so I’m writing my answer now so I’ll have it all ready for next time.

Let me ask you, how natural do the following sentences sound:

  • Which Universe are you channeling for that healing session?
  • Why did The Universe select that particular energy for the healing technique?
  • Let’s call the spirit who programmed The Universe and ask them for training.
  • That’s the wrong healing energy for this condition. Let’s reprogram The Universe to do it better.
  • That spirit is using The Universe to drain your energy. You should remove The Universe’s connections to you, then shield against it.

Now, let’s try them again with the term “ethereal software”:

  • Which ethereal software are you channeling for that healing session?
  • Why did that ethereal software select that particular energy for the healing technique?
  • Let’s call the spirit who programmed that ethereal software and ask them for training.
  • That’s the wrong healing energy for this condition. Let’s reprogram that ethereal software to do it better.
  • That spirit is using some ethereal software to drain your energy. You should remove that ethereal software’s connections to you, then shield against it.

Feels much more natural, right? And since everything starts with asking good questions, it’s vital to make good questions sound natural.

In short, awe-inspiring terms like The Universe shut down investigation and curiosity. No one expects you to understand how the actual universe works, so by calling the thing you’re interacting with “The Universe,” you stop expecting yourself to understand how it works, too.

That’s why I call the forces we channel “ethereal software” instead of “The Universe.”

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Ananael Qaa June 11, 2012 at 6:34 AM

As skeptical as I am about “ethereal software” and some of your related bits of terminology, “the Universe” is a jaw-droppingly awful term for the external forces and entities magicians work with. Since the univese presumably includes everything that exists, you might as well say “I’m connecting with something to cast this spell” without any additional elaboration. That something could be anything from a spirit to your own imagination.

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