We are currently living in one of the most colorful and liberating times when it comes to the healing arts. Could we still have superstitions lurking in our outlook on life?
Superstition is what our minds do when it becomes unbearable to live in a state of uncertainty. Scientists are people with a very high tolerance to live with unanswered questions. But no one can live in indefinite uncertainty. We need some sort of rock shelf or raft to hold onto from time to time as we tread water in the ocean of debatable issues that comprise the inherent nature of our lives. Superstitions are a negative solution to that struggle. Hope is the positive solution. Either one is your choice. It is a question of whether you want to live inside the experience of fear or hope. Both choices take the same amount of energy to maintain.
Life is, and will forever be, a mystery. Even if we discover all the patterns and causes of world phenomena, we will never understand the inherent reasons for the is-ness of life. The questions do not ever end. And sometimes our minds get tired of living in a state of questions. In an effort to rest, we invent unfounded explanations as an escape from the eternal asking that seems to be the human condition. In time it becomes impossible for humanity to maintain the absurd premises of superstitious thinking and it is easy to see the absurdity in hind sight. But in the grips of frustration we often can’t see the unfounded measures we have compulsively taken to reconcile the grief that has befallen us.
You may not think you are superstitious… but at some point, no matter how rational you may be, your delicate mind has encountered the ageless impulse of irrational fear followed by irrational bargaining with the unseen ‘powers that be’ in the hopes that you will avoid pain. It could be a lucky hat you put on before a show, or maybe a simple ‘bless you’ after sneezing. Superstition at best can alter your route down a sidewalk, at worst, it can burn you alive. Many New Age (and old religious) leaders knowingly or unknowingly use this compulsive mental tendency to get us to buy into a scheme or social groups.
How do I release my mind from a compulsive habit of ‘irrationalizing?’
The presence of fear is the determining factor in identifying superstitions. If you feel vibrant and excited by what you’ve gotten involved with you have expanded your imagination and increased healthy creativity. If your line of thinking is filling you with dread, worry, and suspicion, ask yourself what you are afraid of? The key to uprooting compulsive superstitious behavior is to commit to thought processes that lead to feelings of clarity, hope and happiness. Make a vow to make the best of whatever you are given in life. Seek improvement and clarity rather than mystery and emotional turbulence. Many people criticize positive thinking as idealistic and deluded. It isn’t. Practicing positive thinking does not mean you are denying the notions that bad thing might happen in life. Positive thinking is pledging yourself to a warriors spirit which will always try to use every challenge as leverage up into greater happiness rather than an excuse to sustain unhappiness. Many people roll their eyes at the term New Age as impractical and irrational. It isn’t. The movement itself is a tremendous leap forward in creative thinking and problem solving which invites you into the power of your own imagination as a way to find balance and healing. Discernment is needed in any paradigm- scientific or otherwise. And I ask you… Which Age would you rather live in? The Old one or the New one?
When fears emerge- your only map through that forest is to follow what feels good rather than what feels bad. We live in a neutral universe. Neutrality is the ONLY form of true unconditional love because it enables the ultimate gift of freedom to choose for ourselves what is right and wrong. The fact that the universe is neutral does not mean that there is no such thing as right and wrong. There is right and wrong. It is just up to us to locate it in every new situation and to live inside the harmony or disharmony of our choices.
Certainty is ill-advised in a spinning, spiraling world. Moving on is a life imperative. As the singer Llhasa De Sela sang, “There is nowhere to stop anywhere on this road.” Stopping and concluding definitively is the cause of superstition and religious oppression. Truly effective religions welcome questioning and experimentation.
We’ve come a long way from our Medieval mental trappings and black cats are certainly glad about that. Maybe now we might consider letting those same black cats really talk to us… the way they’ve been trying to do for centuries.
Listen to: 03 Anywhere on this road by Lhasa De Sela