Quotes from James Van Praagh’s Adventures of the Soul: Journeys Through the Physical and Spiritual Dimensions

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Long ago I accepted an opportunity to receive the online PDF version of Van Praagh’s Adventures of the Soul  book that was made available (likely through Hay House). I’ve read parts of it but I’m more of a hardcover-between-my-hands sort of book reader, so the PDF has been on my computer for probably years.

JVP is also on my Facebook follow list so when he put something out today that resonated in me, I thought about his PDF book that I still have.

That inner nudge that I always follow said to revisit that long-stored PDF file because there was something that I needed to share today from that book.  So here we go from JVP’s Adventures of the Soul.  Whatever resonates today with me is what will appear here:

“— Your personality, memory, and mind are all contained in your astral body. When your physical body dies, the “real you” is still in your astral body, and it becomes aware of life outside the human body in the Astral Plane to which your earthly acts have drawn you.

  • The lowest Astral Plane draws the least evolved souls—those who have not learned the lessons of love and respect.
  • The intermediate Astral Plane draws in those who need rest and rehabilitation after a long physical disease, traumatic experiences, or inflexible beliefs.
  • The highest Astral Plane is what we humans would call heaven—a place of opportunity for souls to grow in spiritual consciousness.

— The soul will eventually decide whether to return to the Earth plane for more experience or to venture on to the Mental Plane. This level offers unlimited development of the individual soul. There is access to the accumulated wisdom of the ages.

— The highest realm is the Celestial Plane. Here is where the individual soul becomes one with all universal life. Christ, Buddha, and other great spiritual leaders are here. (p7-8)

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You can be a well-read spiritual scholar, but unless you apply the concepts of love, compassion, and empathy to your daily life, all that book learning is for naught. (14)

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Religion vs. Spirituality

Many people ask me about the difference between being religious and being spiritual. I think that difference is significant. Religion is a man-made, organized belief system consisting of various creeds, teachings, rituals, and documents and usually (but not always) revolves around a deity of some kind. If people follow a specific belief system, it is their conviction that this is how they will receive a greater position on the other side.

In contrast, spirituality is the very personal search to find the greater meaning in life and one’s existence in this world. It doesn’t have to involve rituals or written words and may encompass having a love for a Divine Source, or God, and learning to use this all- encompassing energy in every situation. In being spiritual, you have a respect and love for self and an understanding of your connection to others. (p15-16)

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Everyone has spirit guides, and they can change with our earthly circumstances. We have:

  • Personal guides, who are people we’ve known in the physical dimension
  • Mastery guides, who are drawn to us based on certain activities we’re currently engaged in
  • Master teachers, who are very evolved and may never have incarnated on this physical plane (p29)

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Since my NDE (near death experience), I have done some research, and I discovered that besides the feelings of peace and love that survivors experience, many people have observed a “weblike” matrix of interconnecting lights existing above and around humans. I think this matrix might be what is commonly referred to as the Akashic records, an energetic imprint of every thought, action, emotion, and experience that has ever occurred. Sometimes called the “Collective Consciousness” or “The Book of Life,” it’s the vibrational record of every soul and its journey. Everyone has the power and right to access the Akashic records because, as souls, we are the records. (38)

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Death Is Merely Change

There is a monologue from Shakespeare’s play ‘As You Like It’ that begins:

‘All the world’s a stage, And all the men and women merely players: They have their exits and their entrances; And one man in his time plays many parts . . .’

I am very fond of that quote, and I’d like to take the liberty of expanding on it. Before the “actors” make their entrances, they choose the parts that they will play and whom they will play them with. And after they make their exits, they still watch us from backstage and cheer us on and root for a fine performance. When it comes time for our exit, they will be there in the wings to greet us, and we in turn will continue to watch the play and applaud for our fellow actors, before it’s time for them to join us backstage. Then we can all decide on the best time to make a new entrance, and in what roles. (50-51)

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The love energy of each particular soul as it leaves the body vibrates at different rates, and the energy you happen to be vibrating at when the silver cord is broken will determine your place in the dimension of Spirit. The levels aren’t deemed good or bad (that’s not a concept in Spirit), just different. Some humans who made a conscious effort to use their free will to raise the energy of love on Earth (or who made the “tapestry” brighter) will gravitate to the corresponding level in Spirit, and those who lowered the energy will gravitate to a different level.

Just as the earth is composed of many countries, the Spirit World is composed of many levels. These “worlds within worlds” are energetic levels and not in a specific location. The Spirit World, or heaven, is not “up”; it’s interdimensional. Everything occupies the same space, but the energy vibrates at different rates, and each level is a solid, real world to those beings in it. (p70-71)

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Like attracts like, so the beliefs you held on Earth about the hereafter are mimicked in the Astral World, for the sake of a smoother transition. For instance, if you have a very strong belief system as a born-again Christian, you will gravitate to an astral level that is the home of others of your belief system. The same could be said for nonbelievers or skeptics of life after death. They will of course live on, but they will be at a level in the Astral World made up of other nonbelievers who may not, at first, accept life past the physical world. (p73)

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I was blown away, but then I realized that we are exactly what we think, and the environment we create matches the level of awareness we’re at. It is a misconception to believe that all souls have an immediate expansion of consciousness once they leave the body. You are what you believe, and you will expand and grow and evolve in your own time. (p74)

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Random acts of kindness such as a smile to a stranger carry more weight than attending church every Sunday out of obligation. You can literally change the energy field around you by keeping your thoughts high-minded, and only attract those who gravitate toward the higher vibration. Remember that like attracts like, so when you bring that energy into your life, only good things can happen—and what you reap may arise from something you had no conscious awareness of sowing. (p78)

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Souls in the Astral World may reincarnate directly from there, or they may move up to the subtler dimensions known as the Ethereal World….The Ethereal World—also known as the Thought Plane—vibrates at a higher rate than the Astral World. It seems to be made up of soul beings who have reached a point of purity of mind and thought, and really are connected to us through what is known as inspiration. …  It is a formless realm that is made up of pure consciousness. Thought and energy move about faster here than data in any supercomputer you can conceive of. …It is the place where the “higher self” resides. This plane is filled with light and love and truth. (p79-80)

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The Celestial Plane is often referred to as the “Angelic Realm.” The souls who dwell on this level have achieved a particular degree of spiritual evolution and would be considered elevated beings. It is where angels and archangels; mystics and masters; and prophets whom we know as Jesus, Mohammed, and Buddha reside. …  The entities on this level have no humanoid characteristics and are connected to all life and able to bring the best attributes of higher conditions of being to others. This is also known as the bliss level, where there is a feeling impossible to conceive of on the lower spheres. It is tangible yet beyond the imagination and has been described as “divine joy.” (p81-82)

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Your soul has delved into the dimensions of many worlds, planets, star systems, lifetimes, positions, situations, and experiences in order to bring knowledge, insight, and understanding to the world of Spirit. Just as a bee goes from flower to flower to bring pollen back to the hive, so does your soul go from life to life to bring your unique experience back to the Source. The soul’s adventures are always about learning, experiencing, expanding, and evolving.

People are constantly asking me, ‘What is my soul’s purpose?’ The easy answer is to love unconditionally. The energy that we call ‘love’ is what the world of Spirit is made of; it’s the natural rhythm of the Universe. (85) “

 

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“The Garden of Forking Paths”

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Ah yes, mid Netflix show, that quote caught my attention enough to write it down: “The Garden of Forking Paths.”

The show was “The OA” and it was spoken in an early episode of season 2.  And if anyone follows that particular series, you are open to considering multi-dimensional theory and the eternity of the Soul in its pure-light state that simply “samples” life in many different roles and many different settings throughout collective consciousness timeframes.

I assume the woman they call OA is the Divine Incarnate reference to the Alpha and the Omega, except it is reversed so that she is known as ‘the ending and the beginning’ (the Omega and the Alpha).  She is the Eternal One with self/True Self awareness—she is the aware and intentional traveler between or among all transitory lives.

multidimensionallivinglives56.jpgNow in theory we all travel many journeys and live many diverse lives throughout the created construct of TIME.  We ALL walk ‘the garden of forking paths.’  It’s just that most of us aren’t aware of doing more than one life at a time while staying within the parameters of that life experience.

OA had the option of shifting out of one life and into another but finding “the cast of players” seemed to be similar in those different lives. It’s just that few cast members remembered the others from one life to the next.

But, and it’s an important BUT, … she eventually realizes what happens in one life affects all other lives and affects all other participants in those other dimensions. Which means that whatever issues are resolved in one life, resolve smoothly in the other lives, and whatever issues remain unresolved prior to that person’s death in that life, are left to the other lives to resolve the issue in order to free the ‘karma,’ if you will, of all the original issue’s participants.

I know it seems complicated in a way, but to me who actually guides hypnosis clients through their own “Past-life Explorations,” it makes perfect sense; so I enjoy the interesting theories and subject treatments that this series explores.eternalone456.jpg

“The OA” isn’t a ‘warm and fuzzy’ nighttime tale, but it is a thought-provoking exploration of how we move through life in different situations with diverse and even life-threatening challenges; and how we confront shadow issues in ourselves and in others.

I thought season two of “The OA” took it to an even higher comprehension level.  And I applaud the writers for that.   Good stuff!  Well done!

 

 

Revisiting “The Law of Attraction”

This morning I was listening to someone’s recorded audio presentation on the BTO Show (probably Sara Landon) Drjoequantumfield56 (2).jpgand she was mentioning that many people may have misinterpreted the higher intention behind the popularized “Law of Attraction.”  Properly utilizing this “law” can indeed provide you with what you think that you desire at the time, but whether or not that desire (often material-based) is truly in your best interest as a learning opportunity for your present earth-based classroom experience, is another consideration completely.

Then a few minutes later I saw Dr. Joe’s take on the same thing and wondered if he was actually promoting the very thing that Sara was seemingly warning against, or was he taking it in a different direction entirely? I don’t think of Dr. Joe as a material-focused guy since he seems to be more focused on helping us create a better, healthier life for ourselves that is more in line with our spiritual pursuits. (Or that is just my personal opinion of him.)

I guess that ‘ultimate intention’ question is for you to decide, but what both people are referring to as the ‘wish-provider, big-box store for your every desire’ is often called the quantum field, or the akashic field, or the ‘field of all possibilities’ per Tom Kenyan, or SPIRIT in general as the creative matrix of all universal consciousness.

Dr. Joe is explaining here that to access and receive the benefits of our connecting into that wish-fulfillment center, we don’t just make a statement of desire or express a desperate need for the desired health rhondaburnesquotelawofa33.jpgchange to occur for us.  He is saying that to attract what you truly want you have to hold the energy frequency of it already existing for you.  It is the elevated, emotional energy charge we hold in our energy field that creates the direct connection for the fulfilled desire to be transmitted to you. He refers to that connection as your electromagnetic signature—what you send out electromagnetically from you, intentionally or not, is what you attract magnetically back to your energy field.  (Example: Think of cat hair magically flying onto your polyester pants as you walk through a room full of cats—if you still wear polyester pants. 🙂 )

It is the electric charge generated by the polyester fabric as you walk that attracts the cat hair hanging in the surrounding air—that is the same electric charge that provides an unwelcome spark from your fingertips when then touching a metal object in a very dry atmosphere.

To sum it up, the affecting events that transpire in our lives can often be assessed in simplistic terms: What you think is who you are. The emotion you transmit from your own personal, energy-generating field is what is magnetically attracted back to you.  This is the key importance of holding higher frequencies of thoughts and emotions in our lives, because what we send out electromagnetically is, for better or worse, what we attract back to us.

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Dr Joe Dispenza – OFFICIAL NEWS & FAN PAGE

“To turn a potential into a reality in the quantum field, you have to combine a clear intention with an elevated emotion. You have to tap into the feeling you anticipate you will have when you manifest your intent, and then feel the emotion ahead of the experience. ⁣

The elevated emotion (which carries higher energy) is the magnetic charge you are sending into the quantum field. When you combine the electric charge (your intention) with the magnetic charge (elevated emotion), you create an electromagnetic signature that is equal to your state of being. ⁣

The thoughts we think send an electrical Signal out into the field. The feelings we generate magnetically draw events back to us. Together, how we think and how we feel produces a state of being, which generates an electromagnetic signature that influences every atom in our world. This should prompt us to ask, what am I broadcasting (consciously or unconsciously) on a daily basis?”  
Dr. Joe Dispenza

 

 

 

Higher-frequency Emotions

I’ve written previously about holding higher frequencies of energy within us and around us—of being in higher-frequency locations and with higher-frequency friends who help us feel good about ourselves and about being with each other.

I’ve written about Spirit in general as the energy matrix of the universe, and Soul as the energy package that holds a particular frequency of a person or a place.

The driving engines of those intentional, higher-frequency energies are our thoughts and our emotions. Here are a couple views other than my own on the importance of holding higher-frequency emotions.

 

Dr Joe Dispenza – OFFICIAL NEWS & FAN PAGE

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“When you embrace elevated emotions in meditation or life, what you are actually doing is signaling your genes ahead of the environment. The body doesn’t know the difference between an emotion created by an experience you’re having in the outside environment and experience you are creating internally by embracing this new, elevated emotion. So when you embrace elevated emotions and think thoughts that are greater than the self-limiting ones that keep you stuck in the past, your body begins to prepare chemically for the future (because it believes the future is happening now).

These elevated emotions have a higher (and faster) frequency than base emotions, like guilt, fear, jealousy, and anger. And since all frequency carries information, when we change the frequency, we change our energy. That new energy can then carry new information-a new consciousness or set of intentions or thoughts.

The more elevated the emotion, the faster the frequency and the more you feel like energy instead of matter—and the more energy becomes available to create a more coherent energy field, shifting further away from disease and more towards health ( or for that matter, toward signaling the gene).”   Dr. Joe Dispenza

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“Man needs to understand that his own intelligence controls the atoms of his body. He should not live in a closed chamber of mental narrowness. Breathe in the fresh air of vital thoughts and views of other people. Expel poisonous thoughts of discouragement, discontentment, hopelessness…

Feast unstintingly on the creative thinking within yourself and others. Take long mental walks on the path of self-confidence.”      Yogananda

Synchronous Sources

Not a surprise that much of my blog-material inspiration comes from information sources that I follow on Facebook.  I do recognize that Facebook represents different things to different people, but to me I like the thought-provoking and more inspirational stuff that I follow on there, along with the beautiful images.

Also not a surprise is that sometimes with the many sources that I do follow, they seem to line up down the scrolling page in an uncanny, synchronous fashion to make a case for or to substantiate my opinions on many aspects of what we refer to as this life or this reality experience that we share.

So this morning by the third posting, I recognized the pattern of information being explored, and simply took note of it here. This is how it presented itself in this exact order on my homepage:

Resonance Science Foundation

nassambathtun8 (1)“What we call matter is really just specific dynamics of the field we are bathing in.”Nassim Haramein

 

 

Dr Joe Dispenza – OFFICIAL NEWS & FAN PAGE

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“…When you want change in your life, what do you do?
You have been programmed to think that in order to get something different, you have to do something different. This negative programming is limiting you with every thought in your mind, and it is known as your “box.”

The truth is for you to make changes at the deepest level of yourself, you have to become someone different, breaking free of your “box.” At this never seen before live stream Changing Boxes meditation workshop, you’ll be able to tap into to a field of information, a frequency, that is the highest expression of connection between everything you desire from the future and experience it in the present moment….”   (I would have listed the link for the podcast but there is a $60 charge for participating. This same phenomena of “tapping into the field of information frequency (akasha) to create your desired reality” that Dr. Joe is mentioning here, I have personally experienced, but through listening to a Tom Kenyan CD set called “The Sphere of All Possibilities,” [NOTE: I reviewed the set here April 7, 2016 called “Trippin on Tom Kenyan”] and likewise, it was even more money.)

The Shift Networkselfinquiryshift

“Self-inquiry is the most powerful antidote for ending self-delusion and dropping the mask to reveal our true face to the world and ourselves.”
Quote via Mark Matousek

 

 

Resonance Science Foundation

 “All perceptible matter comes from a primary substance, or tenuity beyond conception, filling all space, the akasha or luminiferous ether, which is acted upon by the life giving Prana or creative force, calling into existence, in never-ending cycles all things and phenomena.” – Nikola Tesla

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Resonance Science Foundation

“The universe exists solely of waves of motion.” – Walter Russell

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The Shift Network

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“Discover an expanded map of psyche and cosmos, including the nature and role of transpersonal experiences.

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Learn more & register here : https://theshiftnetwork.com/PsychologyOfTheFuture “

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And the sequence concluded with Alberto V’s post for the day:

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The Invisible Matrix of the Universe

I’ve noticed that my article information sources tend to come in waves. Right now the incoming tide seems to be flowing from Alberto V.  This partial quote was from his standingvilloldo45.jpgJanuary 18th book-hawking email.

Again, I’m not pushing his books, it’s just that he briefly mentions a subject that I’ve often tried to explain—the invisible matrix of the Universe as a living, intelligent field of energy—or what indigenous people commonly refer to as “Spirit.”

“…I learned that there are two magical ingredients to health. The first can only be found in the invisible matrix of the universe─what I call Oneness. The second is the plants that promote health, but do not treat specific disease.

The ancients knew all about the invisible world. In the Hindu Vedas it’s referred to as akasha, or the vastness of space─the field of wisdom that forms the foundation of the cosmos. While Western science holds that the cosmos is made up of dead energy and matter, indigenous peoples consider the cosmos a living, alexgrayehergyfieldsintelligent field they know as Spirit. … “ –  Alberto Villoldo, PhD

Hence we are indirectly referring to the Indigenous ‘animism’ reference in the religion chart from September 21st where the belief is that Spirit—the intelligent, animating force of the universe exists in all things; animals of course, but even in the earth, the air, fire, and the waters of our planet. All molecules of matter and all affecting forces have Spirit within them, and Spirit expresses Itself through them.

So considering this subject matter as more than esoteric lingo, then what is the difinspiritandsouldifference between Spirit and Soul? When you talk about someone’s Soul or the Soul of a place, what is that referring to?

I’ve had this discussion previously with friends and depending on whom it is that you are discussing these subjects, the interpretations are variable. But to me, who is trying to explain this as best that I can, I say the Spirit reference in general pertains to the overall energy matrix from which we emerged and to which we will eventually return.

Spirit is often thought of like the Tao is described—the invisible, intelligent force animating matter, non-matter, and consciousness itself.

But the Soul is the individual energy package that encases ‘the Self’—both lower self (this incarnation) and Higher Self (ALL incarnations), as separate from the immensity of the Oneness.  It represents the individual droplet of water in that vast ocean composed of an infinite quantity of other similar droplets. energymatrix432.jpg

The Soul uses Spirit to exist in whatever form it chooses, material or non.  And Spirit uses the individual Souls to experience greater and more diverse aspects of awareness/consciousness that add to its perpetually expanding database of ALL experience, both imaginable and non.

Can the words be used interchangeably at times?

Perhaps by some folks, but to me they shouldn’t be.

The Soul of a place can represent the larger, enclosed, energy cocoon of that location within the greater matrix of the earth’s energy field.  Some places hold a more positive energy—a higher-frequency vibration—where it feels good and happy to be there, and other places hold a more lower-frequency vibration—one of spookiness, uneasiness, creepiness, or negativity (Some say it feels like evilness).

And just as some individuals can tend to hold their own frequencies either high or low, so can the overall energy of a location hold a certain frequency that makes it feel very good or very bad.  I would refer to that feeling as the Soul of a place—it means the energy frequency that the place holds.

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I think we’ve all been in places that have made us feel amazing and like we are flying high; and likewise we’ve been to places that we couldn’t stand to be in for more than a few seconds before we’re bolting for the door.  I know that I have been.

So I would say that the Soul of a place is the energy cocoon of that location—the frequency it holds within it.  Meaning that the frequency of the vibrating energy held by that location’s matrix-cocoon is whether or not the soul of it feels desirable to us or not.

To me, I think of the Soul as more of an energy package, whereas Spirit is not only the universal field in which the package exists, but also composes the creative molecules that creates the energetic web defining the package itself.

Go back to my post on November 27th on leaf perimeters to better visualize this energy package surrounding us.  I went on ad nauseum in that about the energy capillary system in the leaf, but the tree defined the leaf’s perimeter that determined the limits of the water dispersion system within that leaf. electrofieldblue8 (1).jpg

Your Soul defines the energy-cocoon surrounding you, but Spirit is both the environment in which your Soul flourishes AND the composition of the energy strands themselves that nourish your existence in the physical world and beyond.

The invisible matrix of the universe is simply what we call SPIRIT.

Evolution and Transformation

I’m still considering the previous post with theworldreligionsnames.jpg “Evolutionary Tree of Religions” showing the known beliefs of cultures from our earliest documented origins to the present, when I assess my own life for my personal belief transformations throughout the years and decades of my own existence.

As children, we don’t have much say in how we are taught to perceive the world around us and view our place in that world. Those beliefs were thrust upon us by parents or religious leaders, or we were simply immersed into them by the religious community’s power in our birth location.

age of questionsWhen we reach a more questioning age, we start to have doubts about what we’ve been told to believe because we can then pit that prescribed belief against what we see for ourselves as occurring to us and around us—what we feel as opposed to what we’re told to feel.

That’s when the “WHY’s” start to accumulate within us, and we conclude there must be more to this world and to ourselves than what we have been previously told by others. That’s also when we start searching for our own answers to the deepest questions of WHY we exist and what we are supposed to do with our lives.

jimmycarterquotereligion.jpgThe biggest WHY I’ve always felt about organized religion in general is: Why are they trying to control my thoughts and my behavior, or trying to force me to believe what makes no sense to me?

Why are they insisting on placing blame on me for something I had nothing to do with that supposedly occurred thousands of years ago, or why are they trying to shame me simply because I am a woman?

So my own spiritual evolution has been as transformational as that chart showed, except mine happened in a considerably shorter time period. And amazingly enough, I find that the earliest form of religion known as animism, is still my basic belief because I’ve personally witnessed it through my own energy work and shamanic experiences.  Spirit is a conglomeration of energy, and it can take innumerable forms.

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“Animism is the worldview that non-human entities—such as animals, plants, and inanimate objects—possess a spiritual essence. Animism is used in the anthropology of religion as a term for the belief system of some indigenous tribal peoples, especially prior to the development of organized religion.” (Wikipedia)

I would hardly call my evolution of beliefs primitive, but I would certainly call most organized religions as such: primitive, judgmental, biased, misogynistic, deceptive, and meant to control the masses using psychological ploys with threats of physical harm to non-compliers.

Check out the chart again for the most recent dates of those religions mentioned and see when your own religion originated. See the branch that it grew from. See the root of that branch and the tree it connects to. Everything on that chart is simply a matter of a particular interpretation per region of what is happening to us and around us.

Every different religion is a particular perspective associated with an original founder’s perception or interpretation of life and how it developed.

Then others took that original perception and tweaked it to match their own interpretations for whatever reason they felt was valid.

Maybe God spoke to them. Okay.  Maybe God speaks to anyone who will actually listen. OR….maybe they interpreted whatever they “heard” or intuited as GOD when it might have been something else laying down rules of shoulds or should-nots.

sciencereligion.jpgBut again, why were these behavioral rules even necessary if not to control the masses and justify a self-appointed leader seizing control over a group of people?

One thing you cannot do when you assess a religion’s origins is to take the personal motive out of them.

No matter the myth—no matter the story, someone said to others: “This is the world as I see it—This is the world as I was TOLD it is to be—This is how we live our lives—This is who we pay homage to and worship in specific ways—This is MY truth and it must also be YOUR truth because I said it is so—This is MY belief and it shall now be YOURs as well, because I am stronger and more powerful than you are—My followers are stronger and more powerful than your followers—We will crush you if you do not follow our beliefs because MY GOD IS GREATER THAN YOUR GOD!“  10powerfulreligions

Etc., etc., through the ages. Dominant religions were the ruling religions.

So if you take the human motives out of organized religion, there is little left to actually believe other than what one personally interprets for oneself.  I think that’s called subjective relativism.

Relativism is the idea that views are relative to differences in perception and consideration. There is no universal, objective truth according to relativism; rather each point of view has its own truth.” (Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy)

Or that’s simply my opinion of organized religions: They seem to operate from their own concept of cultural relativism which tends to negate the opinions of others not within their circle of influence.