Children are born in a state of innocence, absent any beliefs. This is our default setting. Learn how you can overcome harmful beliefs and boundaries and return to this natural state.
Return to our Natural State of Innocence
Our original state is absent from any type of religious or cultural programming. Consequently, it is a worldview of innocence, purity, and freedom. So, this is our real spiritual nature. It is the freedom from indoctrination into any type of philosophical or religious dogma. It’s the place where we are happy for no reason at all.
The only programming we have as a child is our personality and instincts. These are necessary tools that connect our consciousness to our bodies. They are tools to help us acclimate to this world.
From this state, we are free to traverse awareness and consciousness without constraint. This default setting provides us with the ultimate platform for living a life of freedom. To be clear, this isn’t a state of non-belief or unbelief. It is the state of having nothing to taint the window of our consciousness. It is that state in which our Spirit and Soul are boundless and free.
Are You an Atheist or an Agnostic?
People like to categorize things. This state of innocence is no exception. As a result, some refer to call this state of freedom atheism. This is a mental state unencumbered by the belief in imaginary friends or enemies. This means they are free of boundaries also known as religious, ethnic, and cultural prejudice and bias.
So, Atheism is a preferred default setting. It is the default setting of innocence where everyone and everything has equal value. They call this Agnosticism. An Agnostic acknowledges there isn’t any objective (scientifically verifiable) evidence to support God. Neither of these positions is a claim of faith for or against any deity or imaginary Beings. Neither of these positions of rational skepticism is a belief system. To return to our natural state of innocence, we must find the programming that distorts our thinking. Then we need to delete it. Overcoming harmful beliefs isn’t easy.
Finding Common Ground
The truth is we are all agnostics. No one knows with absolute certainty whether a Supreme Being, God or Goddess exists. Believers don’t know if their God exists. Believers have faith in their particular concept of God or Goddess exists. An Agnostic is a conclusion based on the lack of knowledge and credible proof. An Atheist is someone with the absence of belief in Gods. The word atheism originates from the Greek term ἄθεος (atheos), meaning “without gods.”
So, no matter what you believe, we are all atheists in someone’s religion. To believe in one god or set of gods is to deny belief in the others. The same philosophical arguments used to prove God exist are the same arguments and proofs for all mythologies. It’s used to prove the existence of Santa Claus, unicorns, and fairies. So, if belief equaled fact, they all Gods would be real. Common sense and logic do not support this type of thinking.
Agnostic Atheism is the position encompassing both atheism and agnosticism. They are atheists because they do not believe in the existence of Deities. And they are agnostic because the existence of Gods or other imaginary Beings is unknowable in principle or by any objective and verifiable scientific method or fact.
Overcoming Harmful Beliefs
One of the best things about spiritual exploration is that you need not believe in any doctrine in order to use them. All you need to do is follow the process. It’s like baking a cake. You follow the recipe and you get a wonderful tasty treat. We find some of these processes in the religious traditions of the East. In fact, these traditions act as storehouses preserving and protecting the integrity of these processes. Some religions attempt to claim these processes as their own. But you can use logic to sort them out.
These processes can help us return to our natural state of innocence. They help us find, face and conquer them. It is what Joseph Campbell calls the Hero’s Journey. It is the call of our desire to seek the unknown. Overcoming harmful beliefs that are programmed by our cultural narrative is hard inner work.
This is an emotionally challenging process to undertake. Confronting deeply held beliefs is only part of it. One of the best processes to identify the sacred ground of our beliefs we call comparative analysis. This is a method of comparative religious study with a grounding in the scientific process. This incorporates emotional checks to minimize your bias and keep your emotions in check.
Doing your own research is often challenging to personal and group relationships. Many religions integrate deeply into the lives of people sometimes dictating the boundaries of personal and business relationships. So, this exposing this sacred ground is scary. It triggers our fight, flight or freeze response.
The Hero’s Journey is the path back to a state of innocence, purity, and freedom. If you are just starting out on this journey, there are some tools you should become familiar with, the suite of Logical Reasoning, Logic Axioms and Tools for Spotting Logical Fallacy. These teach you to question the cultural narrative. Learn all the basic tools to expand awareness and investigate higher states of consciousness. These are the domain of spiritual exploration.
Overcoming harmful beliefs isn’t easy. But if we identify and overcome this programming, we open the door to freedom. We can return to our natural state of innocence.
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Joseph Campbell & Joseph Campbell’s Book The Hero’s Journey, Wikipedia