“SEED” SUPERSTITIONS FOR SUPERNATURAL “ROOTS”
So long as darkness has existed in contrast to light, so long as moonlight, the mountain cave, the waterfall, and the forest have interested human beings—is just how long “Seed” Superstitions of the Unseen have prevailed. My three part definition of Superstition is: First, there must be the believing in a “Thing(s)” capable of inspiring, or has inspired, “awe”—meaning one perceives indescribable forces from unknown sources to which one surrenders ones mind. Associated with this surrender is a sudden loss of all meaning for whatever concerns reality. Second, a chronic mindset of “Awe” lessens ones awareness of things “doable” in reality and that is replaced by being less and less skeptical about things that cannot be done in the Supernatural. Third, the products from being chronically “Awed” and their consequences all lack correspondence with reality. And that makes products of “Awe,” Superstitions—and consequences of “Awe’s” products Supernatural. Both are what give rise to the three main “Air Castle” Supernatural “Roots”–Warriors, Religion, and Logic (i.e. non-rational and thus “Para-Logic” or “Pseudo-Logic”). Primitive peoples’ formed such “Seed” Superstitions from assumed empirically (numinous) unverifiable gods residing in their Unseen World. Perhaps originally, the implication was that the elements of Nature–such as the sun and moon, the planets and thunder–were personified and deified; that certain metals or herbs were accredited with Supernatural powers; that charms, amulets, certain symbols and signs possess prophetic meanings. Out of this came such features of Superstitions as: (1) a belief, disposition, and tendency to ascribe phenomena which admit of a natural explanation but, instead, are ascribed to occult or Supernatural causes; (2) the making up of Supernatural things and then using Magical Thinking converts it into an unreal reality; (3) switching things from the Supernatural world into the Natural world—or vice versa—and then acting on it in a manner contrary for the intent of its original design—an instance of “Inside-Out” thinking—thoughts opposite to Natural World Logic.
Once Superstition patterns are established, they are of a Conditioned Reflex nature—meaning fear, terror, or other emotions may compel one to believe in what one cannot prove or disprove to the satisfaction of ones senses. Such Superstitious beliefs–fixated by the encroachment of Faith on the rights of reason and knowledge–are maintained because one is unconscious of the narrow range of ones own properly interpreted experiences in the Natural World. Resultant involuntarily and non-rationally done inferences automatically lead them into Superstitions and beliefs in the Supernatural. Their imprint on the mind may seem superficial but it is actually indelible to the point of being totally resistant to Supernatural Thoughts educated out of them, no matter how utterly ones own reason may reject them (since they believe Supernatural reigns). Superstitions cannot be described as an innocent mistake for it is a definite willful belief, and this is without shame. They are beliefs in what is not only contrary to the laws of Nature as generally accepted, but also contrary to experience and to common sense in the Natural world. Because Superstitions and Supernatural things are part of “Air Castles,” they must be clinged to because the idea of letting go of them means falling through a bottomless pit. So, their clinging is done in the face of contrary evidence.
Psychologically, this process is based upon the reality of Europeans being a Fear-Based people, although curiosity, awe, and reverence also enter into it. Verification of this comes from the fact that their imaginations of their primitive beginnings have kindled suspicions up to the present (as seen on television, in movies, etc.) of the existence of Supernatural Beings–gods or devils, giants and werewolves, hobgoblins and gnomes, spirits and genii, aliens, and the like–in order to explain influences and actions of their daily lives. None of this acquired “second nature” has changed to this day, as evidenced by most people today still believing in the existence of invisible Beings that control and regulate human life. This can be to the extent of them as integral components involved in guiding decisions and shaping preferences—and thus fundamental to the human experience. These are some reasons I believe Europeans will never change their Superstitious Beliefs and Supernatural Faiths, no matter how destructive to themselves and to humankind. jabaileymd.com