There are strict boundaries of thought in our modern culture this includes ignoring the paranormal. For this reason, anything else outside their definition of normal is taboo. Is it a mistake to simply ignore these occurrences?
Ignorance is not necessarily bliss
Is it possible we classify our experience of paranormal events on our expectations? For instance, two people view the same paranormal event. And, to one person it appears as an alien spacecraft while the other sees angels. If this is the case, is there a single underlying cause? And, these two people classify it differently because of their expectations? Is this a breakthrough of perception which expectation is distorting?
What about when several people have similar recollections of the experience? Is this a breakthrough in perception? Perhaps those who see ghosts or specters are simply glimpsing beyond the veil of normal reality? One thing is for sure. Many people find the paranormal interesting. In contrast, our culture wants us to ignore or fear the paranormal. Ignoring the paranormal could be a natural reaction. That is part of our fight, flight or freeze reaction. Or, it could be the programming of dominant the cultural narrative. Then again, perhaps its a combination of the two.
It seems like ignoring the paranormal is the overarching strategy of Western culture. After all, the supernatural and paranormal do not fit neatly into the modern Western worldview. The supernatural and paranormal simply aren’t predictable. Yes, this is contradictory because many of the “sacred texts” like the Bible contain references to paranormal beings and events. Therefore, in order to reinforce their belief system, they need a way to explain away these occurrences. They say these supernational events are part of the past and can no longer take place in the modern era. We know from experience this isn’t true.
Guiding Quote, Guru Tua
“Ignoring the paranormal is a mistake. Much of what might be termed paranormal, is a breakthrough in perception. Our basic level of waking consciousness filters out much of what really is here to perceive. That is, unless there is some breakthrough in our consciousness, or tear in reality that we perceive.
As our consciousness becomes more refined through the use of spiritual technologies of meditation and shamanic journeying, it is not uncommon for the spiritual explorer to begin to perceive things on the outside the scope of ‘normal’ experience. Severe trauma can “shock” someone into phases of perception that allow them to experience glimpses of these other realms. But, if they are not ready for such experiences it can compound their problems. That’s because there are few guides or Shaman to assist them. Joseph Campbell has a quote that relates directly to this phenomenon, “The psychotic drowns in the same waters in which the mystic swims with delight.”
Pay attention to these glimpses into the other realms. The Mystic and Shaman have long understood that there exist other planes of existence ready for our exploration. As you undertake your spiritual journey you might encounter things ithat don’t fit in ordinary reality like spirits or spirit guides. Here your journal is of great importance as these glimpses into non-ordinary reality can form a picture over time. Often these brief observations begin to form a pattern. This could be a message of great importance to the traveler.”
— Guru Tua
When we encounter the paranormal
Ignoring the paranormal is a mistake. When you encounter something outside the normal realm of reality stop ask and yourself some questions:
- Why now, why at this time, this place?
- Is this encounter similar to other encounters? Or, is it something new?
- Does this experience fit into any pattern?
- What type of emotions does this event bring up (fear, awe, curiosity)?
Another key point to remember is we are mystical beings. So, it is our nature to explore and push the boundaries of reality. Generally speaking, supernatural events are occurrences beyond the boundaries of normal reality. But, what is normal? Who defines what the boundaries of normal? In that case, ignoring the paranormal is a mistake. In other words, paranormal encounters are simply breakthroughs in perception. Above all, we should indeed explore them. And, we should also examine why we fear them.
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