Fearing the Unknown ―Understanding Fear of the Paranormal and Supernatural

Fearing the Unknown ― Understanding Fear of the Paranormal and Supernatural

Is there any fact that would change your mind regarding the paranormal and supernatural?  Fearing the unknown is a part of our cultural narrative we don’t even recognize it is a learned response.

Understanding Fear

We are born to explore the unknown.  It is in our nature.  We want answers.  So, we explore everything we can from the planet to our consciousness.

Fear is a reaction that triggers your natural fight, flight, or freeze reaction.  It’s the way your mind prepares your body when facing danger.  The obvious question is what experiences are worthy of this level of physical reaction?

Many people share several common fears.  The fear of heights or falling from high places.  The fear of the dark, fear of deep water, and confined spaces are all common. A lot of people have a fear of snakes and insects, especially spiders. These are natural fears, which means they are some are part of our instinctual programming.  The purpose of understanding fear is to give us the ability to move beyond them.

Fear is a part of the programming of our cultural narrative.  Fearing the unknown is a learned response.  Many cultures teach the fear of fire.  But, increasingly, we find cultures teach the fear of people who do not mirror share their ethnic, racial, or religious beliefs.  Included with the fear of people with differing religious beliefs is the fear of the unknown paranormal and supernatural.

Understanding fear starts with finding the source.  Then you can determine if it is a natural fear or something which you were taught.  This gives us to power to overcome both the fears that come from within versus the external fears we have been programmed to believe.

Fearing the Unknown

Our fear of the paranormal and supernature comes from the cultural narrative.  This narrative is under the control of the most popular religions.  These religions are the Abrahamic religions (1) of Semitic origin, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.  The fear of the unknown and especially the paranormal and supernatural are part of the fabric of these religions.  That is, with the exceptions of the supernatural events they sanction.

Why is the paranormal a thing of fear? For many people, the paranormal is a thing of fear. People fear what they cannot understand, and those who do understand the strange happenings of our world are regularly ridiculed.

It is a strong-willed person who takes to the paranormal and investigates it. It takes great courage to dip your feet into the unknown — and that’s what you are — a courageous person. You are delving into the unknown. — B. Perry E. Scarze

Fearing the unknown, and especially the paranormal and supernatural keep us inside the boundaries of organized religion. This is coming from the fear-based theology of Western Organized Religion. It is a tool to keep you within the boundaries of their doctrines.  It keeps you a paying customer.

Because these religions have such enormous reach, it’s hard to escape their cultural influence and programming. Fear is a great motivator. You can be intelligent, but still, be brainwashed if you are exposed long enough.  Learning and understanding fear is something they do not want you to do.

This isn’t a new strategy.  And, Western religion is simply the combining and re-branding of the mystery religions of Assyrian, Egyptian, Persian, and Babylonian empires. For example, the very concept of Devils comes from this lineage.

Concept of the Devil

When we demonize someone or something, we associate it with evil.  But, the origin of this concept is not well known. Going back to ancient history, we find the Assyrians were at war (2) with India in 810 BCE.  In the Hindu religion, the deities are the bright lights of the stars and planets in the Heavens.  They call them Devas.  The Assyrians sought to dehumanize their foe.  So, the Hindu Devas became the Devils, evil Gods for the Assyrians.

Slandering the Hindu Deity became part of Persian mythology.  In turn, Persian mythology became a cornerstone concept of Western theology.   If it were not for the Assyrian’s hatred of the Hindus, the concept of a devil or demon might not be in Western theology at all.

Fear blocks us from the natural entry points of gifts and virtues of the spirit.  Whereas, understanding fear enables us to go beyond and conquer them.  The gifts of the spirit are beyond the boundaries of doctrine and dogma.  Similarly, the truth about altered states and higher states of consciousness is also far beyond the belief in mythology.

Western organized religion does not want their followers to understand the basis of their fear-based doctrines. Instead of offering tools for awakening, they provide promises of an afterlife.  As a result, they program their followers with the fear of anything beyond their abilities and comprehension.  They want to keep their paying customers.

Paranormal and Supernatural Events as Clues

Paranormal and Supernatural Events as Clues - Understanding Fear

What many people call a paranormal experience is simply a glimpse into the realm of the Siddha or Shaman. When people ask about this experience, I tell them to read the works of Carlos Castaneda. Mr. Castaneda provides a supposedly fictionalized) depiction of other realms that exist alongside normal reality.  Altered states, such as Mr. Castaneda describes, are very possible even without the use of Hallucinogens.

There are certain periods when paranormal experiences are more prevalent.  They tend to come on a full moon, Solstices and Equinoxes. This is because the veil between these realms is the thinnest during these times.  Perhaps the thinnest point is the Fall Equinox. — Guru Tua

The supernatural and paranormal are a range of unexplained phenomena.  The unknown includes everything from ghosts and apparitions to unidentified flying objects and alien contacts.  Are these the same thing, but we interpret them differently?

These may be glimpses into other realms of reality.  The frame of reference simply depends on the programming of your worldview.  If you expect to see aliens.  Then if something unexplained appears, you see an alien.  However, if you expect to see angels, then the same phenomenon is an angel.

Above all, it’s your cultural background and the level of cultural programming that will determine how you frame unknown phenomena.  That’s why it’s important to free yourself as much as possible from the cultural narrative.  To do this takes some effort because we live in a time when social programming and propaganda have saturated almost every corner of the globe.

The Paranormal is Normal for the Seer

The ancient and indigenous cultures of the world were the pioneers of consciousness.  They were Seers and Shaman engaging in all types of practices to push the boundaries of awareness and consciousness.  The Shamanic Journey is one tool for exploring awareness which we find all over the world.  Many ancient cultures discovered the rainbow of consciousness techniques that remain viable to this day.   These are ways of exploring the unknown.  Ways of breaking down the cultural boundaries that are the basis of the fear programming of the Western paradigm.  Two examples are the ancient practice of the Shamanic Journey.  And, for those who are not inclined to the mystical side of human nature, there is the analytical side of logic and the Enneagram of Personality.

Shamanic State of Consciousness

One way to fight fear is to deal with directly.  The fifth state of non-ordinary consciousness that Michael Harner refers to it as the Shamanic State of Consciousness (SSC).  Michael Harner is an anthropologist, writer, and modern-day Shaman.  This age-old process allows you to experience for yourself that there is more to reality than you’ve been told.  It’s good at helping to break down all kinds of barriers, including our fears.

SSC isn’t a mood.  It’s a separate state of consciousness.  In this state, the brainwaves are also in the theta-wave area. Besides being self-aware, you project yourself into a “visionary state” of consciousness. You are both the director and participant within a landscape of non-ordinary reality.  This is a haven to explore our beliefs and fears.

This state is probably the most ancient form of spiritual practice known commonly as the Shamanic Journey. This spiritual technology has similarities across many cultures around the globe and also more than likely the source of modern religion.  Creative visualization is the modern rebranding of this process.

The Shamanic State of Consciousness is significant for several characteristics. The person in SSC controls when, where, and how long they travel. So, by setting the goals of their journey they provide a level of freedom and control.  You can learn this process using a CD with a drum track.  There are several great authors (4) who have books with CD.

Using the Analytical Processes to Conquer Fear

Another great way to cut through cultural programming and propaganda is the study and practice of logic.  Logic is learning how to think and reason. The educational systems in the West don’t teach people how to think.  For the most part, they teach how to memorize the things they want you to know.  Regardless of whether or not they make sense.  Being a freethinker has always been an asset.  And, it is now more than ever.  And, the underlying foundation for freethinking is logic.  Here are some tools every spiritual explorer needs.   Logical reasoning along with the toolkits for spotting logical fallacy and the logical axioms.  Together they will help you determine fact from fiction, theory from mythology.

In Conclusion

Don’t let the cultural narrative hold you back from understanding fear.  If you’ve read this article, then you are probably walking the path of awakening.  Above all, don’t ignore the paranormal.

Fearing the unknown is largely a learned fear.  This keeps you from exploring the unknown.

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References

(1) Abrahamic Religions, Wikipedia
(2) Assyrian war with India.  historum.com/threads/forgotten-battle-between-assyria-and-india-encounters-with-the-indian-war-elephants.
(3) Joseph Campbell & Joseph Campbell’s book The Hero’s Journey, Wikipedia
(4) Sandra Ingerman, “Shamanic Journeying: A Beginner’s Guide to the Spirit World.”

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