There’s a lot of confusion around all spiritual terminology. Some of this is intentional. So, the following is an attempt to clarify some of these differences.
Tools of Consciousness
Spiritual technologies are tools of consciousness. They result from generations of research by cultures around the world. These processes stand up to the test of science. They are repeatable and measurable. Everyone who can follow a process can use these tools. We call the practice of these processes spiritual exploration.
Religious Beliefs and Superstition
Superstition involves the belief in supernatural causality without any apparent link. This is the essence of the mythologies that make up Western organized religion. Superstition and beliefs of religion cannot be substantiated by any independent evidence. They can not be verified by any scientific method. So, there is no difference between superstition and the beliefs behind the mythology of most religions.
Religious beliefs and superstition depend upon “divine agency” for the source of their authority. Superstition gives weight to cultural programming. It’s designed to elicit negative emotional reactions to any threat. This programming contains messages of prejudice and bias, hate of dissimilar people, or ideas; fear of the unknown, and false conceptions of causation. The superstitions and prejudices of Western organized religion result in harmful social conditioning.
The Mythology of Western Organized Religion
Western organized religion includes the Abrahamic religions of Semitic origin. These are Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. These religions are the rebranding of the ancient Persia, Egyptian, Babylonian, Assyrian, and Greek mythologies. Since its inception, Western theology has morphed into more than 5,000 mutually exclusive hierarchies. Each one picks from a variety of teachings and sacred texts. The programming centers on creation myths, eschatology, and prophecy. All of this is superstition. Groupthink manipulation tactics make religious beliefs impervious to any evidence.
The goal of superstition is to control thought, values, and behavior. This tactic isn’t new. It’s the creation of Hammurabi, the sixth King of the First Babylonian Dynasty circa 1790 BCE. The Western theological construct uses his method of indoctrinating the most vulnerable in the culture. This begins with children but has tendrils to adopt anyone in an emotional or financial crisis.
It should be obvious that there are substantial differences between the superstition of religious beliefs and the tools of consciousness development. This is especially true of the superstitions in the Abrahamic traditions. So, the question is, are you following mythological superstition or involving yourself in spiritual exploration? This topic also dovetails with the difference between spiritual exploration and religion.
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Joseph Campbell & Joseph Campbell’s book The Hero’s Journey, Wikipedia
Abrahamic Religions, Wikipedia