Wow, have we hit a goldmine of critical thought or what? There are really some insightful and thoughtful comments on the last few posts. Now we are really getting somewhere. Namely, the deep down areas of your subconscious programming. This is where the major breakthroughs are made.
We’re on the question of whether your beliefs serve you. In particular, the belief that you are a sorry, pathetic sinner who is in a predetermined path of destiny, or, if you have the blessing of free choice (whether from a higher power or not).
I’ve stated all along that I reject the “sorry sinner” view for the very simple and practical reason that it doesn’t empower me.
This is a very easy thing for me to do, because I’m open to question all my beliefs, and I wasn’t raised in a religious environment, with all of the programming that entails. This has been a challenging exercise for a number of you, but a great one nonetheless.
Much of organized religion has not allowed their followers to mature to adulthood. There is a parent/child relationship that supports a dependence and lack of maturity. Organized religion works best (and gets more money in the collection basket) when you need it desperately. You can see how many people on the blog have chosen not to participate in the faith they were taught at childhood because it leaves them no room for independent thought.
And it isn’t just the Christian belief in original sin that creates worthiness issues. There is plenty of lack programming to go around from the other organized religions.
As I related in my book, “How to Get Smart, Healthy & Rich!," the same horrific manipulation of young minds is happening in many temples, mosques and synagogues around the world. Millions more children are right now receiving the same negative programming which will relegate them to lives of suffering, limitation, and fear.
And what a despicable, tragic, and heinous crime that is.
The real problem is the fundamentalists in all organized religions. They have highjacked the true message and distorted it to reflect their agenda. So hateful bigots like Pat Robertson, Jerry Falwell, and Oral Roberts claim to teach the Bible. Murderers like Osama bin Laden profess to represent true Islam.
I remember a few years ago. The press was reporting that the Arab world was outraged because Israel killed Islamic cleric Sheik Ahmed Yassin, the spiritual leader of Hamas. I wondered what kind of world is it, when you can get a job running an organization that organizes and trains assassination squads and suicide bombers – and still be called a “cleric” or a “spiritual leader.”
Fundamentalism has today evolved into a code word for hate, persecution, and intolerance. Idiots like Robertson, Falwell and Roberts no more teach the message of Jesus Christ than bin Laden, Yassin, and Saddam Hussein represented the true message of Islam. They have simply highjacked the message and use it to manipulate their mindless followers.
And depending on the religion: if you prostrate yourself enough, beg for forgiveness enough, say enough “Hail Mary’s,” ambush enough American GI’s, rub enough rosary beads, pray to Mecca enough times each day, blow up enough abortion clinics, kill enough Jews, or send enough money to the televangelist – you will be saved.
A lot of the world's organized religions are set up as cosmic frequent flier programs.
If you collect enough points, you win the free trip to paradise. Whether we look at the Christian concept of original sin, the Buddhist 8-fold path, the Hindu doctrine of karma, the Jewish Covenant, or the Muslim Code of Law, they all are set up with the basic presupposition that you are a flawed being who needs salvation.
And if that’s what you are taught beginning at four or five years old, is it any wonder that you would grow up with worthiness issues? Along with low self-esteem, fear-based consciousness, and a tendency to self-sabotage?
If you went to a private Catholic school and the nuns told you that you were born a sorry sinner, what are the odds you are going to grow up liking yourself? If you are a Hindu who believes that this time around, you are reincarnated from an Egyptian horse thief to pay penance, what are the chances you’re going let yourself be successful? If you’re a Buddhist who believes you must go through 129 lifetimes to find enlightenment – and you’re only on lifetime 57 -- what are the odds that you’re going to let yourself become wealthy this time?
If you believe that you’re a sorry wretch and God or Allah has predetermined your destiny - what’s the point of trying for greatness? Better to get a six-pack of rancid, fermented hops, plop into the recliner, and rub the hair off the back of your head watching mindless drivel like CSI.
If instead you believe that your rational mind and free choice come from God (or the Universe) – you can then take responsibility for your own life. By seeing yourself as a co-creator with God or the Universe, you have the reason and desire to grow and learn.
My philosophy is to question all of my beliefs. If they serve me, I keep them. If they don’t, I drop them like a hand grenade and replace them with ones that do.
So how you doing on that?