Sacrifice and Rituals
By letting go… we are made aware of who we are. It is an exercise that tests what you really know about yourself. Maybe you find how ignorant you are or maybe it solidifies what you all ready knew. We let go, give up, make believe, dream, wish, and fly – and only then do we see the other side of ourselves. Jesus said, “Give up your life, for my sake, and you will find it.” It’s a good exercise to put into practice. It has to do with sacrificing and letting go, which would give you a better understanding of who you are and what you want. You can know something by simply knowing it, but you have a better perception with multiple angles if you let it go. Just think about letting something go that you love more than anything. You will quickly become agitated and defensive and even selfish, “I can’t get rid of that, that thing means the whole world to me!” Well sure it does, but why? Because it is a part of you. To let go of that special part of you – to let go of you – is to give it up to the world and make the world better. It’s a form of sacrifice. Modern people use the word Compromise. In a relationship it’s better for one person to be the submissive type and the other to be the dominant type. And it is worked out. It’s as if you say to yourself, “If I can make our relationship better by being the submissive one instead of the attractive dominant one, then I will do that at a cost – the cost being that’s not the type I wanted.” A “useful cost” emerges that endures for a very long time. When you sacrifice or compromise, you are performing a “useful cost” ritual.
Modern people use rituals everyday. Rituals or rites are designed to materialize some desired effect (positive) or consequence (negative) that will serve our needs, allowing for meaning to take place if it is positive, or hinder us and cause problems if it is negative. You may realize that getting up, brushing your teeth, having a shower, drinking some coffee, and reading the paper are all designed to get you ready for the day – the morning “ritual” to awake your mind and prepare your spirit for whatever may occur or happen. It’s useful to note that there is no end to what rituals we can come up with.
In accordance with rituals we use two types of motivations or modes that allow us to cultivate/manifest our desires or consequences and they are either a virtue or vice. Virtues are considered good and benevolent, while vices are considered bad and malevolent. Virtues and Vices are the bedrock of all people – from compassion to hate, from loyalty to jealousy, and so on.
The goal of being seems to be… “Find just the right pressure.”
As Jung taught me, people don’t have ideas, ideas have people – And we all believe what we are told even when the choice is ours! I’m not sure if there is anything left that is free, unique, and unhindered. We are all trying to find the “sweet-spot” while avoiding worry, doubt, and conflict. From whence does worry manifest? Why does conflict happen? It has to do with too much pressure! It is not conflict if it feels right! The pressure surprises us and we get caught up in it and we worry, doubt, and don’t know how to act (unless you accommodate or reframe your perceptions). Beings are in constant need of things being just right. Falling 10 stories is bad… falling 3 feet, from a ledge, onto soft feathers is good. If you could notice when doubt, worry, or conflict arises it is usually when your being is applying too much pressure or when some other external element is applying too much pressure. The object of being seems to be… “Find just the right pressure.” And when you sin you are simply applying too much pressure.
The Christians talk about sin like it’s a blasphemous thing. It is not some critical, damning action or thought that will condemn you for life. You will not spend eternity in Hell for not finding the right pressure. What is the entomology of sin? Sin comes from the Greek word hamartia – meaning to miss the mark. It is an archery term. These things, these flaws, these sins are nothing more than missing the bulls eye with your arrow. Christians got a hold of it and applied it to morals. Condemn people who sin (who miss the mark morally) – well if that’s the case; condemn us all for having to crawl before we learn to walk. The church has exploited sin. Is God only interested in you if you consistently hit the mark? Is religion only for the obedient few? Is God a tyrant?
Seeing time paralyses the being seeing it
God is the same being that killed the many in order to save the one (the biblical account of Noah) and he is also the same being that killed the one (Jesus) in order to save the many! In game theory and economic theory, this is called a zero-sum game. Zero-sum is a mathematical representation of a situation in which each participant’s gain of utility is exactly balanced by the losses of the utility of the other participant. If the total gains of the participants are added up and the total losses are subtracted, they will sum to zero [wikipedia].
In our time, the world has become contradictory, paradoxical, and dual natured. There are two sides to everything. There’s an old Jewish doctrine that says God and Man are twins. God is all knowing and all seeing. Humans are very limited – able to control, perceive, and work under limited circumstances. Time is not linear. It is sporadic, criss-crossed, and has multiple doors and to see time you must stand in multiple door-frames. For every one occurrence, there are thousands of possibilities. Knowing the future is like knowing all the potential possibilities that can occur, that won’t occur, and that can change – many things decide the future. There are so many possible futures and every week, day, or second the future changes. Some doors that were once open, may be closed forever. For instance, as an example, there are 539 ways, give or take, that I could die (539 doors to walk through). If I could use my mind and see each death, I would become overwhelmed by the possibilities. And if I can see my deaths, I can also see other peoples deaths. And if I can see all deaths I can see when all people are born, and so on, until what I see encompasses everything. There is no more room available for one who sees everything to explore reality. Humans can only explore reality, while God sees everything. Seeing time paralyses the being seeing it! So a good church is designed to let God enjoy life as we do. I’ve been to churches that try to wake God up… to move him – to get him out of locked viewing mode and into exploratory living. Pentecostal churches are best for this practice. However, church is extremely bad for you if you don’t understand what church is trying to do. I think that’s why many people give up on church.
Desire and wanting things causes all sorts of trouble for man
Lack of empathy leads to selfishness, ego, insincerity, and in some cases, cruelty. These people are not uneducated or overwhelmed in a sea of chaos – they just don’t care. It’s good to have a healthy lack of empathy – you can’t be there for everyone – but empathy is one of the most passionate, enduring, unifying, and bittersweet virtues ever. To have someone who understands what you are going through is a true friend. The people who do that successfully are the closest to God.
People get a kick – a high – out of torturing people. But people get a kick – a high – out of helping people. Who is right when they both have the same effect – when they both come from the same mother? Wouldn’t we have only “Good” if that were all it took? It seems Good is just as problematic as Evil.
Desire and wanting things causes all sorts of trouble for man. Just look at what the white man did to the Indians of the Americas, who by all accounts, were not savages and actually practiced their spiritual beliefs better than the Christians and also performed better politically. While Christians were hypocritical, selfish, and muddied their beliefs and desires, the Natives were the least selfish in their desires. Natives ask “spirit” to be more “spirit”. They ask “mother earth” to be more “mother earth”. They ask the “creator” to be more “creator”. They do this selflessly and at a great price. They don’t want for themselves. They desire for mother earth to be the wholesome teacher and healer she has always been. They don’t ask for material things. Christians and Natives know that if you ask for something, and you do it properly by praying, worshipping, and sacrificing, you will get it – at some time or another. And both cultures are correct. But it can be argued that Natives do it better. Hopefully more and more young, educated Christians become aware and alter and adopt their views to reflect a deeper spirituality.
We can’t have everything we want – that belief even extends to the things that are good for us. It seems the powers that be do judge what we receive – whether that be Gods, Genetics, Astrology, or Ideas. There’s an old Mongolian exercise. Take your palm and make it as flat as you can. Then try to bite the middle of your palm. Watch what happens. This exercise is designed to reflect that you can’t have everything you see.
For being set free – while it’s our most treasured goal – has dangers as well.
The last thing in the entire world and world of worlds and all the philosophies and religions is to be released – set free – in the most profound way that makes us – but there is a price to pay – that is why death is the last thing in life. Death consolidates everything we have learnt, desired, and strive to be and puts rules on us. We are here on earth to learn those rules, for being set free – while it’s our most treasured goal – has dangers as well.
Probably the main reason people have a hard time with the bible or with church is because of how strict it is. In the Old Testament you could get punished or even killed for doing even the smallest thing. In Genesis, one of the oldest, ancient stories we have, Noah was the most righteous person living… Except one day, after the flood, he worked a vineyard, and drank some of the wine they made and became drunk while resting naked in his tent. His son saw him naked and was ashamed. Then Noah cursed him. So even seeing someone naked was a crime in those days, worthy of punishment. They were so fixed on morality to the point of exhaustion. They didn’t see like we do today. Humanity has come along way from that. But we needed that (I suppose it’s gotten less strict now) to have a solid foundation of morality to build upon. Overcoming trials and tribulations is one of the highest callings. Overcoming poverty, lack of energy/motivation, sickness, disease, and war makes a person strong – a modern hero. I think having a firm hold on morality can help one become strong and be a better person. But there happens to be a flaw with us that seems to stay regardless of how moral we think we are.