Children are born in a state of innocence, absent beliefs. This is our default setting. Learn how you can overcome harmful beliefs and boundaries and return our original state.
Return to Our Natural State of Innocence
Our original state is absent from any religious or cultural programming. It is a worldview of innocence, purity, and freedom. This is our true spiritual nature. It is the free of any religious dogma or beliefs. It’s the place where we are happy for no reason at all. This is the way we are meant to live.
The only programming we have as a child comes from 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. These are our only default mechanisms necessary to live a happy and fruitful life.
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. Nothing taints 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 and this state of innocence is no exception. As a result, some refer to call this state of freedom as atheism. This is a mental state unencumbered by the belief in religion, 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. Some call this freedom, freethinkers.
Freethinkers are those who are willing to use their minds without prejudice and without fearing to understand things that clash with their own customs, privileges, or beliefs. This state of mind is not common, but it is essential for right thinking… ― Leo Tolstoy
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 exists 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 thinking.
Agnostic Atheism is the position encompassing both atheism and agnosticism. They are atheists because they do not believe in the existence of Deities. They are agnostic because the existence of imaginary Beings is unknowable and unprovable.
Overcoming Harmful Beliefs
One of the best things about spiritual exploration is that you do not need belief. You follow a 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. Some 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 we get from 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 research into your belief system is often challenging. Religious ideologies integrate deeply into our psyche. The programming dictates 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 our natural state of innocence. Our psyche is pure and free of cultural programming. When you are just starting on this journey, start with the analytical tools. These are 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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(1) Joseph Campbell & Joseph Campbell’s book The Hero’s Journey, Wikipedia