What is different about these two groups in this picture? How do you tell them apart? Is one group better than the other?
The picture tells the story. It’s a clash between science and religion. Let’s review the top portion of the picture first..
Support Those Seeking the Truth
The top portion of the picture is a group of famous scientists from the 1940s. People like this are responsible for responsible for all the advanced technologies that make our modern world. They develop everything from advances in medicine and medical treatments to engineering and electronics.
Those who seek the truth using evidence include all branches of scientific inquiry. There are many branches of scientific inquiry, everything from archeologies, botanists, to physicists. Any person or group who makes contributions to help mankind is worthy of respect and support. We support those seeking the truth with the use of verifiable evidence and processes.
What is the Scientific Process?
The scientific method is a system of inquiry using evidence. The Oxford English Dictionary defines the scientific method as a method or procedure characterized by natural sciences. It is a process which follows a set number of steps; systematic observation, measurement, and experiment, and the formulation, testing, and modification of hypotheses.
This process involves deriving predictions from data to form a hypothesis. This is how those seeking the truth come up conclusions and predictions about how things work. It’s a never-ending process. They continue to carry out experiments based on those predictions to see if the results are repeatable. They expand knowledge and revise conclusions when they find new data and results.
A hypothesis is a prediction of how something will act. A hypothesis can be narrow or broad. Scientists test hypotheses by conducting experiments. Under modern interpretations, a scientific hypothesis must be falsifiable. This means, the hypothesis must be something others can replicate. This process helps us learn how to reject those preaching fiction as truth. If there is no proof, the conclusions are invalid.
The scientific process and logical reasoning are similar methods. There subsets of this mental toolbox everyone needs. This includes the logical axioms and tools for spotting logical fallacy. Using these will enable you to sift out the facts from the fiction.
For that reason, we recommend you respect anyone who seeks truth for themselves. Also, respect anyone with the courage to seek their own spiritual truth. This is possible using the ancient spiritual technologies passed down through the generations. These ancient tools are all about consciousness development. With this approach, you find your own spiritual truth. You are seeking truth within yourself.
Exploring consciousness with repeatable processes follows the scientific mode. Many ancient cultures are the storehouses of these processes. Everyone has their own way of awakening using them. And, each of us has spiritual gifts to aid in this quest. These gifts are sleeping in our DNA. So, waking these gifts is the key. It sets our spiritual walk into motion. It opens our minds to new potentials.
Accessing these gifts was the central goal of many ancient cultures. And so, we benefit from generations of research. The results are a set of powerful tools anyone can use. We call these tools spiritual technologies. These are sound methods for expanding awareness and exploring consciousness.
These processes support those seeking self-development and improvement. When you use common sense and logic, you will reject those preaching anything. You don’t need doctrine you need tools.
Above all, these ancient tools stand up to the test of science. They are repeatable experiential phenomena. Higher states of awareness show measurable physiological signatures which differ from the basic states of consciousness (waking, sleeping, and dreaming). These processes do not require belief in a religion. You follow the process. For the most part, these tools come from Eastern traditions. This probably because their focus is on developing human potential.
Other schools of thought have a similar eclectic approach. For example, Gurdjieff’s approach was to adopt what is already proven to be effective. After all, human physiology hasn’t changed in thousands of years. The tools of these ancient pioneers stands the test of time and science.
You can list these tools in several ways. Some fall into more than one group. We like this simple method.
- Tools to enhance critical thinking. This study of basic logical reasoning along with spotting logical fallacies and logical axioms. Then we also use a comparative analysis. This is a step-by-step way of comparing beliefs between different worldviews. Above all, these tools will help sharpen your ability to discern fact from fiction.
- The Enneagram Personality Profile. This is an analytical tool. It provides insight into the mechanisms of ego, personality, and instinct.
- Seated meditation is often the heart of your spiritual practice. This includes a range from Beginning Meditation and Mindfulness Meditation through Japa Meditation and more advanced Siddhis of Patanjali.
- Moving meditation helps us strengthen the mind-body connection. It is also an important key to our health and wellness. This progression includes several methods of energy collection, such as Forest Bathing, Qigong, and Tai Chi.
- Pathways for expanding and exploring awareness. This progression includes a range of processes from lucid dreaming, the Shamanic Journey and Guided Meditation to third-eye awakening and soul memory awareness. Practical tools to guide your path, a spiritual journal, and automatic writing.
- Healing practices are the final group. This branch includes Pe Jet, Reiki, and Shiatsu. Self-care is also a part of this group and is vital to our overall health and wellness.
All the above processes differ from beliefs derived from mythology and supersitition. Now lets review the bottom portion of the picture.
Reject those Preaching Fiction as Truth
The bottom portion of the picture is a group of religious and political leaders from Germany in the 1940s. These are people who profess to know what is true but use mythology and the misuse of logic to support their arguments. This would include most religions. In fact, the most popular religions are rebranding efforts of earlier mythologies. The three religions that make up 4 billion followers are the Semitic religions of Christianity, Islam and Judaism. In the picture above this is the Catholic Church aligning with the Nazi Party.
These are two extremist groups which joined forces projecting the idea that they were supporting those seeking the truth. When, in fact, they were using groupthink manipulation tactics that prey on people’s basic fears. They use insecurity and fear to build an extremist base that took over the government. It blamed minorities, immigrants and the disabled for the problems of the country. These groups became the scapegoats, which allowed them to merge power.
The fact is, the Semitic religions are the rebranding of Egyptian, Babylonian, Persian, and Assyrian mystery religions. One source of this data comes from their own internal documents. The Catholic Encyclopedia from 1907 is one of the best resources to find information not meant for public consumption. There are also several other external sources that also show this rebranding and assimilation of these superstitions. See the resources below for our favorites.
Admission of Pagan Origin
“Symbolism in a greater or lesser degree is essential to every kind of external worship. And we need not shrink from the conclusion that in the matter of baptisms and washings, of genuflection’s and other acts of reverence, of lights and sweet smelling incense, of flowers and white vestures, of spiritual unction’s and the imposing of hands, of sacrifice and the rite of the Communion banquet. The Church has borrowed without hesitation from the common stock of significant actions known to all periods and to all nations. In such matters as these, Christianity claims no monopoly or originality.” — The Catholic Encyclopedia and International Work, Vol. 14 (1907).
We recommend that you reject those preaching fiction as truth. These are people claiming to have the truth. Reject any group that claims to have preferential treatment based on their mystical relationship with an imaginary entity.
This article should prompt important questions. Which group do you support? Does the content of the article trigger a negative emotional response? This is possible especially if you are a member of those who follow one of the Semitic religions. If this is you we recommend you ask yourself if you support those seeking the truth? Or do you support those preaching fiction as truth? How do you decide who to support?
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The Oxford English Dictionary
The Catholic Encyclopedia and International Work, Vol. 14 (1907)
The World’s Sixteen Crucified Saviors by Kersey Graves, 1881
Mystery Babylon the Great, The Mother of Harlots and Abominations of the Earth, By Darrell W. Conder, 1993
Mystery Babylon and the Lost Ten Tribes in the End Time, by Darrell Conder, 1990
The Mythology of all Races, Volume V, Semitic, by Stephen Herbert Langdon, 1931
The Mythmaker, Paul and the Invention of Christianity, Hyam Maccoby, 1986
Messiahs: Christian and Pagan, Wilson D. Wallis, 1928
The Origins of Pagan and Christian Beliefs, Edward Carpenter, 1996
Bulfinch’s Mythology, The age of fable, the age of chivalry, legends of charemagne,1860
World Scripture, a comparative anthology of sacred texts, a project of the international religious foundation, 1995