From Practices to Beliefs—The Fatal Shift

How long ago the idea of belief supplanted utility.

The hebetude of religious belief, even the fervor becomes pure boredom as the wait sets in. With nothing to do but believe (or watch your favorite mega-preacher rake in cash) what is the mind to do—practice your tongues?

Years ago religion was a practice. Indigenous ritual and practical application accompanied the shaman as a person of utility, knowledge, and healing arts that surpassed the European physicians of the time. The ritual produced something—a far cry from today’s phony sacraments and preachers who merely pile on more robes, pomp, and pop music to cover the inadequacy of the Christian theme. It has to grow more and more unattainable as the subject matures in faith (lest his integrity outwit his belief) restricting the believer to endless need, never passing initiation phase.

The distance shit falls is equal-to, or less-than the potential splash-back”

Applying yourself into The-Way© meets with more of the same mind—deeper, spoon-bending, concentrated belief, unashamed of the gospel through conditioning, isolation, and surrounding yourself with other “we” believers, ready to wipe up the mess of contradiction with explaining (tissue, standing by)

A useful religion would prepare adherents for the rigors of life—to cut you loose with knowledge to take on the world with the greatest understanding, not a perpetual codependency—the believer out of need (the churches fall horribly short producing enlightenment) and the religion in need of the believers cash.

The monotheistic stall has humanity hamster-wheeling, each generation farther from the last in practical utility. Arriving at belief is less than accomplishing anything, yet the churches pretend it’s the ultimate destination.

Author: jim-

One minute info blogs breaking the faith trap.

26 thoughts on “From Practices to Beliefs—The Fatal Shift”

  1. Europeans had shamans too. There was a concerted effort to wipe them out, and later even what was allowed to remain was targeted.

    I alluded to this before, but Europeans were colonized, though most either want to deny this or just don’t know. Think about it. Europeans were forced to take the pseudo-history of the Jews and their national myths(mostly cribbed from older Middle Eastern cultures) as their own. The holy land was made to be in some patch of desert below Syria. The ancient tribal god of a group of West Semites is worshiped by Europeans. Anyone who disagreed with any of that was tortured, killed, or enslaved, for centuries. Then for a few more centuries, we had vicious wars over who was worshipping said Semitic god and his “son” properly or not. The wars of religion ought to be brought up more than the Crusades. It should also be brought up that most of the witch hunt mania occurred at the same time, often driven by Protestant fanaticism.

    Other than that, there was also Roman colonization. Rome was part of Christian colonization, as they were originally united as a system. The Romans are often painted as these great enemies of Jews and Christians, but in many ways the Roman Empire’s goals and what it promoted tied in well with Judaism and Christianity. Rome was promoted as being a chosen city(and chosen people) meant to unite the world into one ecumene under one system of laws, one army, one overarching religious establishment(Imperial cult and the office of cults) and one emperor. “Peace on Earth” (Pax Orbis Terrarum) was a Roman propaganda phrase put on many coins and other things. That doesn’t seem very different from the end goal of Judaism or Christianity to me.

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  2. “Indigenous ritual and practical application accompanied the shaman as a person of utility, knowledge, and healing arts that surpassed the European physicians of the time.”

    That’s highly debatable. According to following article, we have medical texts dating back to 5th century BCE Greece along with a rich Mediterranean/European herbal pharmacopoeia dating back to ancient times.

    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2956839

    So let’s not be too quick to throw out the medicinal baby with the holy bathwater. 🙂

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    1. I’m not too quick ever, sir. Very interesting study, but I failed to see how it puts post colonialist pharmacology ahead of traditional medicine, as well as the conclusion by the study’s author.
      This dramatic change can be attributed to a number of contributing causes in the history of pharmacy and medical chemistry: the development of organic and analytical chemistry, the rise of germ theory, the development of synthetic drugs, and the effect of the Industrial Revolution and the rise of pharmaceutical companies. All of these factors would have contributed to the diminishing use of traditional medicine, due to scientific, political, and economic motives. Yet these medicines, used for thousands of years, may very well provide important new avenues for pharmaceutical research. This study therefore seeks to urge researchers to collaborate across disciplines in order to better understand and exploit the historical record of traditional medicines in the west, and to conduct research into the bioactive compounds of the most prominent herbal, animal, and mineral substances of the western pharmacopoeia. This work has begun, but there is still much to be done, though it is imperative that research be pursued with regard to potential for healing rather than profit”. Excellent input and certainly my statement may have been a bit too broad. I would re-phrase; “rivaled” vs surpassed, but with a small caveat. Rivales ancient Mediterranean médica, but surpassed the medicina colonialism brought to the americas.

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      1. Fair enough. I’m just loathe to make qualitative statements concerning the superiority of any pre-modern culture’s healing arts given that the pharmacological catalogue of each would have been incomplete (i.e. limited to regional plants).

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        1. Thanks Ron. What better way to access the healing arts than in the natural, even locally limited environment which we live? In my area the forest is full of what most think of as noxious weeds, but each contain medicinal properties very view even consider today. In Panama I can walk down the jungle trail with any of my neighbors as they describe the names and uses of the local plants used in the hotter, wetter, dryer times. I think there is a lot we don’t know—and that was not always the case.

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  3. I’d prefer the old time shaman way of healing. Hey, it may not cure me, but at least I’d get to see a nice floor show with songs and dancing. Beats the hell out of the crap organized religions give you. Plus, the shaman didn’t demand 10% of what you had.

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    1. Oh I agree, even if it didn’t work at least it was fun. Unlike church today, at least when the mass was in Latin it was unintelligible. Ha ha ha

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    1. Monotheism created a codependent step backwards. We’re barely crawling, but believing. The monotheistic stall, where belief is a virtuous endpoint to existence.

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        1. Ok I watched it. So what? Haha. Just kidding. Almost the entire film is concepts very familiar to me from my personal, unguided journey these past few years, though the names and terms are not. Since I was a young man I truly believed that the mysteries surrounding this existence was right under our noses if we only knew how to look (or how not to) It is too bad for humanity that the major religions have capitalized and claimed ownership of the experience, dispensing it through fear and to enrich their own economies. I believe a honest religion would prepare its adherents to own the experience for themselves and cut them loose. Many have misinterpreted it based on their cultural and historical ideas of god, then thought “I AM” was exclusive to them making them special messengers who’d met the source. I have some work to do. Our competitive, noisy economy and culture leaves little time for stillness. Thank you for that share. I’ll probably listen to it again

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          1. glad you liked it! yes, it is familiar to you because this is universal, innate knowing. now, it is merely a ‘remembering’. consciousness belongs to all, and it is the same one. before it is contaminated by thoughts or emotions.🙏

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  4. What the heck does anything mean if everything was preordained for you from birth. Well, in reality, your fate is to live the cycle of life and there is no escaping it. Nothing profound, it’s your choice how your going to live it. Theists accept the presence of an external modifier to the cycle of life scenario and believe it to be a necessary component to a fulfilling life. The fact it includes the supernatural is the natural condition in their world view. To question this paradigm is reason for calamity and mayhem to complicate your life. It’s the don’t rock the boat situation.

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  5. I had to look up hebetude. See, confession is good for the soul.
    Reading this made me love and appreciate the term woo-woo more than ever.
    Now, if you’ll hand me that spoon…

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    1. Now if your belief fails the promised results (signs, anyone) you just have to believe gods will is different than yours. Your belief is inadequate so you pass it off to explanations.

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