What is normal for the spider is chaos for the fly. Our frame of reference determines our reality. If we increase the bandwidth of this frame of reference, will it change our reality?
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. To be successful in any given culture, you must learn to live within the boundaries they set, within “the illusion of normal.”
Experiences and ideas outside of the cultural benchmark threaten those who control cultural folklore. Believe it or not, in distant times past, the general cultural narrative was more inclusive than 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 in our modern world?
What is normal for the spider is chaos for the fly.
Some are born with the natural ability to traverse different states of consciousness. They don’t need to learn or use any techniques. They 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 existence. Their community was much more inclusive.
These gifted individuals teach others how to tap into these other realities. What is normal for the spider is chaos for the fly. There isn’t just one reality.
The Illusion of Normal
The inclusive culture outlined above became taboo when Western Organized Religion took control. These religions are the Abrahamic Religions (1) 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 a customer. Who decides what normal is for you? They do.
The illusion of normal is simply a set of Western cultural standards. Even if you don’t believe in their superstition and mythology, their reach still affects you. The Abrahamic religions force their values, bias, and prejudice on the culture.
We are products of the cultural narrative 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 inherently harmful and morally corrupt. It’s easy to spot. It’s a cultural narrative that promotes sectarianism, genocide, racial, ethnic, and gender discrimination.
There was once just one source of this cultural programming, namely religion. As civilization progressed, religious mythology took root within the culture. It reflects backward, regressive, and repressive values into society through all media. It infiltrates the government with its discriminatory ideas.
We grow up in society thinking this is how 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 behaviors.
Who decides what normal is? It is the entity that controls the cultural narrative. The religions which govern 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 yours. Most people can only perceive what we expect to perceive. Their beliefs limit their perception of reality.
“People live their lives bound by what they accept as correct and true. That’s how they define reality. But what does it mean to be “correct” or “true”? Merely vague concepts… Their Reality may all be a mirage. Can we consider them to simply be living in their own world, shaped by their beliefs?” ― Masashi Kishimoto
What people call the paranormal is normal for the Witch and Shaman. These people “see” through the veil separating normal from non-ordinary reality. So, they become a threat to the status quo of the dominant cultural frame of reference.
In times past, indigenous cultures knew how to care for and cultivate those with these gifts. They helped facilitate the use of these natural talents. Many cultures developed some form of Shamanic Journey. It provided access to the realms we call non-ordinary reality or the paranormal.
The Shamanic Journey is available to everyone. The beginner should always prepare and proceed with proper instruction by a qualified teacher. It’s a “best practice” to work with others who experience this inner work. It is true even if the solitary path is your calling.
So the Witch or Shaman brings a great deal of value to others’ lives. They assist and guide in the healing of spiritual and physical trauma. Sometimes this is a significant risk to their health and wellbeing.
What are the implications?
The “illusion of normal” is an artificial construct 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.
Please 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, 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 choose.
“Normal is an illusion. What is normal for the spider is chaos for the fly.” ― Charles Addams
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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