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For many people, the paranormal is a “thing” of fear.

Is there any fact that would change your mind regarding the paranormal?  Is there anything you can do to lessen the fear of the unknown?

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

The paranormal is more fearful than it should be.  This fear is largely due to Western Organized Religion and it’s fear-based doctrines. Western Organized Religions are the Abrahamic religions of Semitic origin, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.  The fear of the unknown and the paranormal are sewn into the fabric of these religions. And, because they 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.

Of course, us of fear 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.

Where Does the Concept of the Devil come from?

When we demonize someone or something, we associate them with evil.  But, the origin of this term not well known. Going back to ancient history, we find the Assyrians were at war with India in 810 BCE.  In the Hindu religion, the deities are personified as the bright lights of the stars and planets in the Heavens, called the“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 Assyrians 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.  These are not philosophies or doctrine.  They are characteristics of who we are.  These 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.  Instead of tools for awakening they provide promises of an afterlife.  As a result, they program fear into anything of beyond their abilities and comprehension.  They want to keep their pay customers.  They most certainly don’t want their customers awakening.

Is The Paranormal Simply Another Realm?

“What many people call a paranormal experience is simply a glimpse into the realm of the Siddha or Shaman. When people ask about this realm I tell them to read the works of Carlos Castaneda. Mr. Castaneda provides a (supposedly fictionalized) depiction of other realms that exist alongside the domain of the normal waking. Altered states, such as Mr. Castaneda describes, are very possible even without the use of Hallucinogens. And, it is during the Fall months that paranormal experiences are more prevalent. This is because the veil between these realms is the thinnest during these times. The thinnest point is the Fall Equinox.” — Guru Tua

Perhaps 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.  Maybe all of these are one and the same thing?  It’s possible these are 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 which 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 the Normal Realm 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 of the tools which are found in all parts of the world.  They discovered the rainbow of consciousness expanding techniques that are 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.

Shamanic State of Consciousness

One way to fight fear is to deal with directly.  The fifth state of non-ordinary consciousness is referred to as the Shamanic State of Consciousness (SSC) (by Michael Harner noted anthropologist, writer, and 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 the programming of fear.

This isn’t a mood.  It’s a separate state of consciousness.  In this state, the brainwaves are also in the theta-wave area. In addition to 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 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. Additionally, we see modern versions re-branding this experience such as is found in “creative visualization” methods. 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 a number of great authors who have books with CDs For example, Sandra Ingerman, “Shamanic Journeying: A Beginner’s Guide to the Spirit World.”

Using the Analytical Mind to Break the Cycle of 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 they make sense or not.  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 fear the cultural narrative hold you back.  If you’ve read this article then you are probably walking the path of awakening.  Above all, don’t ignore the paranormal.  You might even be a spiritual explorer.

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