What is normal for the spider is chaos for the fly. Our reality is determined by our frame of reference. Increase the bandwidth of this frame and your reality changes.
Who Decides What Normal is?
Most people go along with the boundaries set by their culture. It is the dominant culture that determines what is acceptable and normal. To be successful in any given culture, you must learn to live within the boundaries they set.
Experiences and ideas outside of the cultural benchmark are a threat to those who want to control the narrative. Believe or not, in distant times past, the general cultural narrative was more inclusive than it is today.
We know previous cultures were more inclusive. They accepted those who were unusual or gifted. These are what people today call primitive cultures, but are they primitive? Who decides what normal is for you and me?
What is normal for the spider is chaos for the fly
There are those who are born the natural ability to traverse different states of consciousness. They don’t need to learn or use any techniques, these are the natural Seers, Shaman, and Healers. The providers of great wisdom, knowledge, and healing of mind, body, and soul. For them, non-ordinary reality or the paranormal is simply another vantage point of reality. Their community was much more inclusive.
In fact, they taught others these skills by helping them to learn ways to tap into these other realities. What is normal for the spider is chaos for the fly. This means there is over one reality.
The Illusion of Normal
The inclusive culture outlined above became taboo when Western Organized Religion took control. This is the paradigm of the Abrahamic religions (1). The Western Organized Religions of Semitic origin, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. These are the rebranding of earlier Egyptian, Babylonian, Persian and Assyrian mystery religions. They don’t want you to question the cultural narrative they provide. You are their customer.
The illusion of normal is simply a set of standards that are imposed by Western culture. Those who do not believe in the superstition and mythology of the dying-god sects are still affected by their reach. The Abrahamic religions force their values, bias, and prejudice on the culture.
We are products of the cultural narrative in which we spend our formative years. If we are lucky, we grow up around open-minded freethinkers. However, a large portion of the world is still under the control of an inherently harmful and morally corrupt cultural narrative. It’s a cultural narrative that promotes genocide, racial, ethnic, and gender discrimination.
There was once just one source of this cultural programming, namely religion. As civilization progressed, religion took root within the culture. It reflects in its backward, regressive, and repressive values into society through all media. It infiltrates government with this backward ideas.
We grow up in a culture thinking this is the way it is supposed to be. Our skewed reality is the illusion of normal. It is nothing more than an arbitrary benchmark that supports a delusion. It’s an illusion created to maintain control of our values and therefore our behaviors.
Who decides what normal is? It is the entity that controls the cultural narrative. The religions which control this are the Abrahamic religions with nearly 4 billion members worldwide (2).
What Are the Options for Reality?
This illusion is easy to see if you travel to a foreign country where the paradigm differs vastly from your own. Since we can only perceive what we expect our reality is limited by our beliefs.
What people call the paranormal is normal for the Witch and Shaman. Those who are drawn to these paths can often “see” through the veil separating normal from non-ordinary reality.
In times past, indigenous cultures knew how to care for and cultivate those with these gifts. They helped cultivate our natural gifts. Many cultures developed some form of Shamanic Journey. This provided access to the realms we call non-ordinary reality or the paranormal.
The Shamanic Journey is available to everyone. The beginner should always take care to prepare and proceed with proper instruction by a qualified teacher. It’s a good practice to work with others who have experience in this inner work. This is true even if the solitary path is your calling.
So the Witch or Shaman brings a great deal of value to the lives of others. They assist and guide in the healing of spiritual and physical trauma. Sometimes this is at significant risk to their health and wellbeing.
What are the implications?
The illusion of normal is a creation of those who control the cultural narrative. So, we must learn to see beyond this construct to “see” reality. The first step is admitting your current view of reality is an illusion.
Realize that we are programmed to judge. Then you will remove the layers of the cultural narrative that are obscuring reality. Believe it or not, but the study of logical reasoning is one of the best tools for any spiritual explorer.
Who decides what normal is in your life? Is it you, or something else? You get to decide.
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(1) Abrahamic Religions, Wikipedia
(2) List of World’s Religions by Population, Wikipedia
(3) Joseph Campbell & Joseph Campbell’s book The Hero’s Journey, Wikipedia