Myth and superstition are not things of the past they are beliefs that people hold. What are the 10 superstitious beliefs you still cling to? Are your beliefs vehicles of superstition or truth? It’s worth finding out. Come and see how to do it.
Even if you consider yourself a freethinker, the cultural narrative still affects your life. Learn how to minimize their affect. Superstition can affect the values within the cultural narrative and it shows us how things which have no factual basis can control the society. To make a culture healthy, you need to reduce the effect of superstition. It starts with the individual. Let’s do it!
Superstitions of Religious Mythology
The three most popular religions today are copies of earlier mythologies. The modern versions of these systems are the Abrahamic traditions (1). Judaism, Christianity, and Islam are the result of rebranding and repackaging of the ancient mystery religions of the Mediterranean. In a round about way, these religions helped to give new life to the dying mythologies and superstitions of Egypt, Babylon, Persia, and Assyria. These systems have grown into a worldwide force, boasting a membership of almost 4 billion members. These are the beliefs people cling to no matter what happens. No modern corporation could get better brand loyalty.
Are these religions vehicles of superstition or truth? What do you think? Has your opinion changed or have you held the same beliefs your entire life?
What Are The 10 Superstitious Beliefs — Pagan
There are two sets of superstitious beliefs that we want to examine. The first is the folklore of the pagan traditions which existed before organized religion, and the superstitions of organized religion.
Myth and superstition go hand-in-hand. The 10 most powerful superstitions are those which change the values of the culture. These differ from those which have no weight in the cultural narrative. The beliefs that people hold are often the catalyst for unhealthy behaviors like genocide and genital mutilation to name just a few.
Pre-Christian pagan superstitions have little weight in the culture today. They relate to concepts dealing with destiny, bad, or good luck and fate. These superstitions have little effect on the modern culture include:
1) The date Friday the 13 is bad luck
2) Walking under a ladder is bad luck
3) Breaking a mirror brings 7 years of bad luck
4) breaking a window is also bad luck
5) A horseshoe mounted above a doorway turned up is good luck
6) A horseshoe mounted above a doorway turned down is a ward against evil spirits
7) A black cat crossing your path is bad luck
8) The number 666 is evil and bad luck
9) A rabbit’s foot is a good luck charm
10) Opening an umbrella inside your home is bad luck
Although the list above is well known, it has little or no effect on our cultural narrative. However, the myth and superstition of religious mythology does have a huge impact on many societies. There are three religions which have cultural mass control which dictate the values and laws of a culture. These are considered part of the ancient pagan folklore, which existed long before organized religion.
What are the 10 Superstitious Beliefs — Religion
Everyone has a unique approach to the subject of a higher power. Each religion proclaims that to have the correct interpretation of these systems. They have a critical mass in the culture. So, they significantly influence the cultural narrative in many parts of the world.
Whether you believe in these religions, you still feel their effects. They use their influence to infiltrate society with their myth and superstition. Use proven groupthink manipulation tactics that make and maintain converts. Faith and belief can subvert thinking. These tools have an inverse effect on the use of reason and common sense.
If you look behind the curtain, you can see how organized religion sells destiny and fate. Most people don’t see how they use predestination and choice to make customers. Superstition and fate become invisible, but powerful forces which are woven into the fabric of their doctrines.
“When an inner situation is not made conscious, it appears outside as fate.” — Carl Jung
Organized religion uses spiritual language to cloak their doctrines. For the most part, these are selling tools and distractions. (2) They use spiritual language as vehicles of superstition or truth which conceal their true motives.
Spiritual language receives a high level of respect, so religious leaders get respect and attention because of their positions. So, it is not surprising that religious leadership attracts people with narcissistic tendencies. Religions use buildings, clothing, and rituals to give the appearance of spirituality. At the same time, they promote ideologies which with bias and prejudice. Religious spirituality is the home of bigotry and discrimination. It is a testament to the power of indoctrination. The beliefs that people hold which do not align with the beliefs you hold seem illogical. But your beliefs are illogical to them, so you are even.
The superstition of religious mythology culminates in these ten beliefs:
1) The existence of a Supreme Being, God
2) The existence of Angels who serve God
3) The existence of a Supreme Evil, the Devil
4) The existence of Evil Spirits who serve the Devil
5) Belief in a variety of Afterlife or life after death benefits
6) Belief in Hell and eternal punishment
7) The Belief in the efficacy of prayer
8) Belief that their sect is the only true, accurate version
9) Believers must protect their belief system from outside influence
10) Science, secularism, and humanism are enemies of their faith
So, what are the 10 superstitious beliefs which are a part of your worldview?
“I believe the simplest explanation is — there is no God. No one created the universe, and no one directs our fate. This leads me to a profound realization that there probably is no heaven and no afterlife, either. We have this one life to appreciate the grand design of the universe and for that, I am extremely grateful.” — Stephen Hawking
Superstition and Fate, Destiny, and Fate
The belief that you are destined for something is a source of hope. Not only does it imply you are going to achieve your desires, it also implies you will receive afterlife benefits.
Religions use hope to keep people paying customers, they promise prosperity, health, and positive afterlife rewards. So, even if your life situation isn’t what you want, religious superstition and fate give you hope. If you don’t get what you pray for, it’s your fault. Your belief isn’t strong enough, or you didn’t pray enough. It’s always your fault.
To hope for a better future isn’t a bad thing. Misplaced hope and trust leads to unfulfilled desires and broken promises which have emotional consequences. When things don’t work out destiny and fate are blamed for the chaos of life. We believe we are destined to fail. When we realize that we do not have full control over our lives, it can lead to negative thinking and depression.
Here is where the three major religions step in to provide a solution. If you become a paying member, you get afterlife benefits of a haven which range from a mansion to 50 virgins. It all depends on the superstition and mythology you choose. If you don’t become a paying member, not only do you miss out on the benefits, you are doomed to an eternity in hell. So, it is extortion when the same entity which offers both the promise of benefits if you comply or the threat of punishment if you do not.
Do you believe in destiny and fate or a combination of them?
Which Are Vehicles of Superstition or Truth?
There are tools for expanding consciousness which do not require belief in mythology or superstition. For instance, we find techniques for meditation and Shamanism on every continent. There are some processes from the Western tradition as well. The Enneagram system is an example.
When we talk about spiritual exploration, we are referring to processes which expand awareness and enable us to explore higher states of consciousness. Since they are processes., they don’t require belief or faith in any religious doctrine.
Whare Are The Beliefs That People Hold Sacred
Adults need to have the ability to make an informed decision about what they believe. But most people don’t choose a religion; their families indoctrinate them into the religion when they are children. So, do not have the ability to make an informed choice made about what they choose to believe.
Others choose religion when they are going through a crisis. That’s because people in need are vulnerable. Vulnerable people are susceptible to groupthink manipulation tactics.
However, if you are reading this, you have the choice to become a freethinker, a healthy skeptic. You can reject mythology in place of facts. When you leave the superstition of religious mythology, you start down the path to spiritual freedom. You can still follow the spiritual quest, but you can do it without religion.
What are the 10 superstitious beliefs that are holding you back? Are they a combination of the folklore of pagan and organized religion? Do you have fewer than ten superstitious beliefs in your worldview? Are you a freethinker who does not believe in any of the folklore?
(1) Abrahamic Religions, The British Library: https://www.bl.uk/sacred-texts/articles/the-abrahamic-religions
(2) The science of superstition—and why people believe in the unbelievable, The Conversation: https://theconversation.com/the-science-of-superstition-and-why-people-believe-in-the-unbelievable-97043