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Xerek Files: Entry Number Twenty One – [Legacy of Cain]

Religion has been around for almost as long as Homo sapiens have existed.  It’s even possible that religion has its origins with the previous species of Homo before modern humans have evolved.  As a result, religion has had an effect upon human evolution and development.  They have even helped to shape civilizations and empires.  In the Western World, the dominate religions are the three Abrahamic religions.  As a result, there are those who turn to these religions and their accompanying holy texts as a means to explain how and why extraordinary traits and abilities form and develop.  Among these individuals, there are those who turn to the Mark of Cain as a means to explain this as well as to explain how extraordinary traits and abilities are unnatural and unholy.

With the Bible, it never explains exactly what this Mark looks like or what it is.  All that it says is that God gave Cain a mark as a means of telling everyone not to kill the oldest son of Adam.  The supporters of the claim that extraordinary traits and abilities are connected with the Mark of Cain never describe what the Mark looks like either, but they do connect extraordinary traits and abilities with Cain in one form or another.  This is because of the fact that, at times, extraordinary traits and abilities manifest themselves with easily visible indicators telling the world that this individual possesses extraordinary traits and abilities.  And since the Mark of Cain was an easily visible sign telling people who laid eyes on Cain not to kill him, it allows these individuals to make the connection between extraordinary traits and abilities with the Mark of Cain.

As a result of this connection, a legend has developed and is going around that says Cain was the first mutant to exist on Earth and that it is from him that all extraordinary traits and abilities originate.  There are some who even think that besides receiving his Mark, a part of Cain’s curse was to become immortal for no one, not even Death itself, would dare strike him down.  With this idea, there are mixed opinions regarding his current physical condition with some claiming that he retains his health and vigor while others claim that over time, he has become decrepit and weak but yet continues to live on.

With this legend, through a number of different relationships, it allowed for Cain’s curse to be passed down from one generation to the next, allowing for the propagation and manifestation of extraordinary traits and abilities in others and to spread among the population.  However, there are some who claim that there were people who actually killed Cain, either deliberately or inadvertently, and as a result, became subject to God’s wrath for violating his decree not to kill Cain.  As a punishment for this, God cursed these individuals by causing them to possess and manifest extraordinary traits and abilities.

But regardless of the details or exactly what story the person subscribes to, proponents of this idea claim that all extraordinary traits and abilities, past, present, and future, stem from Cain as a result of him killing his brother.  As a result of this, in these individuals’ eyes, it makes those who possess extraordinary traits and abilities unholy and unnatural, and thus, must be dealt with using appropriate measures to correct the situation and to help protect humanity as a whole, or at least God’s faithful, from the dangers that these individuals pose.  There are even those who claim that doing so is meant to protect the human soul.  But regardless of the details, some believe that acts of violence, ritual exorcisms, or other such actions are the best means of dealing with the situation.  Otherwise, the threat continues to exist and if allowed to go unabated, will condemn all of humanity to the pits of perdition.

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Posted by on May 20, 2013 in Xerek Files

 

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Xerek Files: Entry Number Twenty – [Approach]

With the nature of extraordinary traits and abilities, they constitute natural talents for those who possess them.  And like all natural talents, it shapes the individual’s perceptions in regards to them and how to go about using them.  As a result, there are some who use their particular trait or ability without receiving any kind of formal training while others receive some form of training in regards to the use of the extraordinary traits and abilities that they have.  And regardless of how the individual approaches the situation, there are different schools of thought available in the use of the extraordinary traits and abilities that are available in any particular individual.

With the approach of how to use one’s extraordinary traits and abilities, there are basically two broad schools of thought with their use.  These two schools of thought consist of 1) the personal control approach and 2) the wild-man approach.  With the personal control approach to the situation, it is done through some form of training in order to allow the individual in question to use the extraordinary trait or ability that they possess with increased efficiency.  With the wild-man approach, it essentially consists of the individual going about and using their extraordinary trait or ability as they see fit without any training they received from another.

There are differing opinions on which school of thought is the best approach to use and why that school of thought is the most effective approach for the situation.  With the personal control approach, proponents claim that it allows the individual to better tap into the traits and abilities that they possess and to use them with the greatest level of efficiency.  This is because the individual in question might not be fully aware of the extent of the extraordinary trait or ability that they possess and the training that they receive will help them tap into that.

With the wild-man approach, proponents proclaim that with certain talents and skills, they are best used without the influence of any kind of training or such related formal structure.  With those who’s extraordinary traits and abilities come naturally, these individuals regard the use of their traits and abilities as something that doesn’t need to be molded or sculpted and tend to subscribe to the wild-man school of thought because they don’t see much need to improve upon using what they already have.  However, there are those who are just against the idea of any kind of proper training or the idea of a formal education, so they just use their extraordinary traits and abilities without a care, even if doing so is at a detriment and not to the fullest effect of their particular trait or ability.

Of these two schools of thought, from what has been observed, the personal control approach appears to be the best approach on the matter for it allows the individual with the extraordinary trait or ability to best utilize the talents and skills that they have.  Even those with raw talent can benefit from receiving formal training for even the finest of unprocessed skills can benefit and have their skills and talents improved upon with some kind of training.  Much like the raw material that is obtained from nature, they are better used after they are processed in some manner.

But in the end, it’s up to the individual in question on how to go about and approach the situation in regards to the use of their extraordinary traits and abilities.  A person’s mindset is an important factor to consider in regards to any matter, and the use of the person’s extraordinary traits and abilities is no different.  Some people think that the best way to use their extraordinary traits and abilities is to do it without any formal training, relying solely upon their intuition and instinct on how to go about using the traits and abilities that they have while others see that the best way to tap into the extraordinary traits and abilities available is receiving training on the matter to help guide the individual on the best way to conduct themselves in the use of the extraordinary traits and abilities that they possess.  In the end, it is about personal choice.

 
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Posted by on May 13, 2013 in Xerek Files

 

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Xerek Files: Entry Number Nineteen – [Psychosomatic Situations]

The human brain is a very powerful thing, for everything that we are as individuals, and everything that occurs within our bodies, is controlled and regulated by the nerve cells that exist within our heads.  Since who we are as individuals is found within the neural pathways of our brains, what we as individuals believe can, at times, have an effect upon our body.  As a result, there are times when we as individuals can have a subconscious effect upon how the body reacts and performs.  One such example is with psychosomatic situations.

A psychosomatic situation is when physical symptoms occur due to mental or emotional causes.  As a result, the individual in question is capable or is no longer able to perform some form of physical task because of some non-physical trigger.  And the nature of the trigger varies between individuals.  But in the end, it doesn’t matter what the exact nature of the trigger is for the result of it is the same.

In regards to those with extraordinary traits and abilities, there are those who are incapable of using their particular trait or ability until some mental or emotional requirement is met while others need to meet a set of circumstances or be placed in just the right set of environmental factors before they are able to use their particular extraordinary traits or abilities.  Some individuals need to experience some form of intense emotional reaction before their particular ability manifests itself such as anger, fear, depression, or other emotional state.  Others have the idea that only when events like a full moon, a meteorological phenomenon occurs, or a certain season arrives before they are able to use their particular trait or ability.  There have even been some documented individuals who need to engage in what has been called a harrier’s dance before they can use their extraordinary traits and abilities.  A harrier’s dance is essentially a series of physical movements that the individual needs to perform in order to meet their particular psychosomatic trigger.  These movements can have a fluidity to them, giving the impression that they are dancing in some manner though this isn’t always the case.  There are also others that need to possess some object before they are able to tap into their extraordinary traits or abilities.  This can range from large objects like a sword to small objects like a necklace or cufflinks.  It doesn’t matter exactly what the object is, but as long as it has some form of special significance for the individual, it allows the individual to tap into their abilities.

However, there are situations where the individual experiences some form of mental block that prevents them from using their abilities freely.  They’ve experienced some form of mental or emotional trauma that prevents them from tapping into their extraordinary trait or ability.  As a result, their particular trait or ability is essentially trapped and cannot be used.  For these individuals, psychiatric treatment is the best course of action in order for them to use their extraordinary traits or abilities.  However, there are situations where this mental block can be so deep and existed for so long that the individual can be completely oblivious to the fact that they actually possess any form of extraordinary trait or ability.

There’s also the possibility that the individual experiences some form of reversal of what has just been described.  They need to meet some requirement before they are no longer able to use their extraordinary trait or ability.  And the triggers for this can be exactly the same as those that cause others to tap into their extraordinary traits and abilities in the first place.  It all depends upon the individual in question.  This is because each individual requires a different set of needs in order to function and operate.  And those with extraordinary traits and abilities are no different.  And with those who are subject to psychosomatic effects, it demonstrates the power that the brain has over the body for everything is controlled and regulated by that vital organ.  Without it, the body cannot operate and we cease to exist as living beings.

 
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Posted by on May 6, 2013 in Xerek Files

 

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