Are you drawn to the paranormal and supernatural but also fear it? This love and fear relationship is a part of our instincts. Understanding how this works helps us to control this automatic reaction.
Paranormal and Supernatural Fear
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. Some cultures teach the fear of people who do not share their ethnic, racial, or religious beliefs. The fear of people with differing religious beliefs is the fear of anything paranormal and supernatural.
We are born to explore. It’s a part of our nature. We want answers, so we explore everything we can, from the planet to our consciousness. So, we love the unknown too. Loving and fearing something seems like a contradiction, but maybe not.
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 physical reaction level?
Many people share several fears—the fear of heights or falling from high places. The fear of the dark, deep water, and confined spaces are common fears. Many people have a fear of snakes and insects, especially spiders. These are natural fears, which means they are part of our instinctual programming. The purpose of understanding fear is to give us the ability to move beyond them.
Loving and Fearing the Unknown
To love and fear something seems like the opposite, but there is an interesting connection between these emotional triggers. Both love and fear have a strong emotional tie to our primitive instincts. Triggering either creates the same chemical reaction in our minds. Many people like scary movies and amusement park ride because they trigger powerful chemical reactions in the brain, just like love.
People with ideas that don’t fit the dominant cultural narrative challenge the belief system’s authority. So they demonize anyone with ideas that challenge their control. They demonize anything that could threaten their cash flow.
Understanding fear starts with finding the origin. You can then determine if it is a natural fear or something someone taught you. Identifying the source gives us to power to overcome both the anxieties that come from within versus the external fears they have programmed us to believe.
Loving and Fearing the Unknown
Our fear of the paranormal and supernature comes from our cultural narrative programming. 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. Fear is part of the fabric of these religions.
“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 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 it.” — B. Perry E. Scarze
Fearing the paranormal and supernatural keeps us inside the boundaries of organized religion. This apprehension comes from Western Organized Religion’s fear-based theology. It is a tool to keep you within the limits 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. Intelligence is not a defense against brainwashing. The more you expose yourself to negative programming, the more susceptible you become to its influence. Learning and understanding fear is something they do not want you to do.
Keeping you ignorant of fear that is programmed isn’t a new strategy. Western religion isn’t new. It’s the combination of the mystery religions of the Assyrian, Egyptian, Persian, and Babylonian empires. All they did was rebrand it. For example, the very concept of Devils comes from this lineage.
Some experiences defy categorization, like the current trend of seeing shadow people in your peripheral vision. But, this is a topic for another discussion.
Concept of the Devil
When we demonize someone or something, we associate it with evil. Going back to ancient history, 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. The Hindus call these lights in the sky Devas. The Assyrians sought to dehumanize their foe, so the Hindu Devas became the Devils, evil Gods of the Assyrians.
Slandering the Hindu Deity became part of Persian mythology. Persian mythology becomes a vital cornerstone concept of Western theology. If it were not for the Assyrian’s hatred of the Hindus, devils, and demons might not be Western theology.
Fear blocks us from the spirit’s gifts and virtues. In comparison, 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 far beyond mythology’s belief.
Western organized religion does not want their followers to understand the basis of their fear-based doctrines. Loving and fearing God is okay, but we must reject anything threatening the belief system. Fearing the unknown is accomplished through self-hypnosis and group hypnosis. These techniques come straight from the mythology of the ancient mystery religions mentioned above.
Instead of offering tools for awakening, Western theology provides 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
“What many people see paranormal experiences as an expansion of awareness. It is 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. We encounter them more often on the 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 paranormal and supernatural are a range of unexplained phenomena. These unknowns include 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 depends on the programming of your worldview. If you expect to see aliens, you see an alien if something unexplained appears. However, if you anticipate angels, the same phenomenon is an angel.
Above all, it’s your cultural background and cultural programming level that will determine how you frame unknown phenomena. That’s why it’s essential to free yourself as much as possible from the cultural narrative. Doing this takes some effort because we live when social programming and propaganda have saturated almost every corner of the globe.
Paranormal and Supernatural is Normal for the Seer
The ancient and indigenous cultures of the world were the pioneers of consciousness. Seers and shamans engaged in different practices to push awareness and consciousness boundaries.
These ancient techniques are proven 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. The Enneagram process is an analytical approach for those not inclined to devel into the mystical side.
Shamanic State of Consciousness
One way to fight fear is to deal with it directly. Michael Harner refers to the fifth state of non-ordinary consciousness 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. It’s good at helping to break down all kinds of barriers, including our fears.
SSC is not 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. The Shamanic Journey is a haven to explore our beliefs and fears.
SSC is the most prevalent form of spiritual practice. You can find some strain of this spiritual technology in many ancient cultures, which is likely the source of all modern religions. To make it more marketable many call it creative visualization.
The Shamanic State of Consciousness is significant for several characteristics. While in SSC, you control when, where, and how long they travel. You can learn this process using a CD with a drum track. There are several great authors (4) who have books with CDs.
Using the Analytical Processes to Conquer Fear
Another great way to cut through cultural programming and propaganda is the practice of logic. By studying logical reasoning, you will learn to spot the misuse of argument. Arguments are tools the unscrupulous can use to manipulate and sell us things. The educational systems in the West don’t teach people how to think. They teach how to memorize the things they want you to know.
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. We recommend studying Logical reasoning, along with the toolkits for spotting logical fallacy and the truth-seekers axioms. Together they will help you determine fact from fiction, theory from mythology.
Don’t let the cultural narrative hold you back. Loving and fearing are closely related to emotional triggers for our instincts. We can learn to understand this connection and move beyond fear. Above all, don’t ignore the paranormal.
Fearing the unknown is a learned response. The dominant cultural narrative programs you to keep you from exploring it.
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(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