What is normal for the spider is chaos for the fly, meaning there are different realities! What we think is normal depends upon a narrow frame of reference.
Normal is an Illusion
The boundaries of the culture is what most people call normal. To be successful, you must learn to live within these boundaries. Experiences and ideas outside of this benchmark threaten those who control this narrative. Believe or not, in distant times past, this narrative was more inclusive.
We know this is true because there are communities where acceptance of everyone is the norm. These are what we think of as primitive cultures. But, are they really primitive? Perhaps not. Who decides what normal is for you and for me?
Those gifted with the innate ability to traverse different states of consciousness experience different realities. These are the natural Seers, Shaman, and Healers. They 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. What we think is normal is an illusion.
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, meaning there are different realities!
Who Decides What Normal is…
The type of inclusive culture outlined above became taboo when Western Organized Religion took control. This is the paradigm of the Abrahamic religions. The Western Organized Religions of Semitic origin including 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.
We are often products of the cultural narrative in which we spend our formative years. If we are lucky, we grow up around open-minded freethinkers. However, much of the world’s population is still under the control of a cultural narrative that is inherently harmful and morally corrupt. It’s a cultural narrative that promotes genocide, racial, ethnic and gender discrimination. There was once just one source of this cultural programming religion. Then as civilization progressed, religion took root within the culture and eventually reflected in its backward, regressive and repressive values into society.
So, we grow up in cultures thinking “this is the way it is supposed to be.” Our normal is an illusion. It is nothing more than an arbitrary benchmark which 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 which controls the cultural narrative. The religions which control this are the Abrahamic religions with 3 billion members worldwide.
What Are the Options for Reality?
This illusion is easy to see if you travel to a foreign country where the paradigm is vastly different than your own. Additionally, if you involve yourself in
Since we are only able to perceive what we expect our reality is limited by our beliefs. So, what people call the paranormal is normal for the Witch and Shaman. Those who are drawn to these paths are often able to “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. The development of these gifts through ritual and the Shamanic Journey, provide access and control to the journey into other realms we call non-ordinary reality or the paranormal.
The Shamanic Journey is available to everyone. However, the novice or beginner should always take care and proceed with proper caution and instruction with a qualified teacher. It’s a good practice to work with others who have experience in this type of 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 great risk to their own Being.
What are the implications?
If normal is an illusion created by the cultural narrative, then we must learn to see beyond this construct in order 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 be able to begin to 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 the spiritual explorer.
Who decides what normal is in your life? Is it you, or something else? You get to decide.
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Joseph Campbell & Joseph Campbell’s Book The Hero’s Journey, Wikipedia
Abrahamic Religions, Wikipedia
List of World’s Religions by Population, Wikipedia