In our “civilized” society there doesn’t seems to be a need any more to rites of passage or initiations. We have become developed and brush all those things aside as ancient or superstition. Yet with doing this, there has come a great hollowness in our lives, there are no more special events, that distance parts in our lives and make us grow.
The monotheistic religions of the middle east, which spread over a large part of the world, have eradicated, or at least attempted what they saw as pagan and demonic rites. But with doing so, the stole a part of our soul. The spirit of our ancestors and our people was lost as such.
In some monotheistic denominations, we still see a vague remembrance of those ancient rites, but lost due to all philosophy or theology draped around it. And it makes mankind weaker by it.
To really grow, people need challenges, not only it can be a strive to reach the goal, but also it can widen our view on life. As such it makes us more whole then before. For example, a rite of passage can be combined with a show of strength and courage, for which one needs to practice and even prepare on a psychological level. It can be a hard experience, transforming ourselves totally, but in monotheism or other modern religions and philosophies we won’t find this back. Instead they have produced empty rites, which al to much doesn’t contribute to a deep and spiritual connection with ourselves, or how we see the higher/ divine realms.
As such there only grows emptiness, we don’t feel fulfilled and look for experiences on other levels, trying desperately to find something worthwhile.
In ancient cultures they didn’t have this issue, as they knew how valuable rites of passage and initiations where, they put forward a time of change, and a separation between for example boyhood and adult, or between the mundane and spiritual world.
If we as a race wish to survive, we need to challenge the habits which have controlled our society, our thinking for to long. We have become weak through it, and it is bringing us to destruction, of who we are, our folk soul and our cultural inheritance.
We can create and bring forward rites of passage in many ways, in the family, brotherhood, through a knighthood, etc. The possibilities are endless, but what is important is that they renew the ancient traditions, maybe in a more modern way, put us before challenges, through which we can grow and blossom, as such becoming a more whole man or women..
This is a challenge for the future, as our fast growing civilization is forcing us to choose between going with or against the flow. Yet there is no necessity in the end, all depend on the choices we make, and what we bring forward in our lives. May whatever comes your way, be a wonderful experience, transforming you till your inner core and connect you with a deep spiritual element in your life, which can carry you through the hardest challenges, which may lay ahead.
Just a short post today, as it has been a while since I last posted anything on this blog. Meanwhile have been busy, for example on facebook. I started a page there https://www.facebook.com/#!/sethian.theblacklodge , feel free to check it out. Some posts of this blog can be found there, also some new material and some art I am working with. I will add new articles to the blog and FB page soon.
In many religions and philosophies the question what comes after death, is one of the main points of discussions. Through history almost every civilization has brought forward a response or probable answer to this question.
As a (Dark) Spiritual Atheist I do not believe in most of the possibilities brought forward by religious communities, but I must admit that I do believe in a kind of further existence. For this I rely on a few basic points, first of all the laws of physics and secondly the teachings of Carl Gustav Jung.
In the law of physics, we find a theory/ law that states that energy cannot be created or destroyed. In a system there is conservation of energy, which means that energy remains indefinitely, but can change form.
Carl Gustav Jung teaches us, that in the collective unconsciousness all that happens is stored as in an archive, something that we can see as the Akasha records, of even a kind of world soul. Though Jung states that in the unconsciousness this energy is a-personal, we can see a possibility to go from a random storage of memories, idea’s and thoughts of a person to the creation of a psychoid archetype, a.k.a. a archetypal deity, which is described by Jung as being an entity which exist in the psyche, but also in the world at large, which means that these beings are and are not.
Maybe best to use an example to explain, what I am stating. A man is born into a simple family, he has no power, no influence, but becomes known as a hero, a great scientist, occultist or so. During his life all that he does and thinks is stored into the collective unconsciousness and after he dies people start to remember him, they talk about what he did, what a wonderful person he was and as such they start creating an archetype, they send energy towards the non personal storage of the man’s deeds and life, freeing this from the remaining records in the collective unconsciousness and raise him up to be a psychoid archetype/ archetypal deity.
If only remembered by a few people this likely will not happen, but the more people that remember or think of him, the more chance there is, this process will happen. If thousands or ten thousands remember the person, his non personal form in the collective unconsciousness is not only freed, but can also reach a god like status. We don’t speak of the god image of the monotheistic systems, but those of pre-Christian times.
Best we can bring this together in one simple rime, which I recently wrote down for my face book profile: “ The heroes of old seem to be gone and cold, but as we sing the lore of their glory, they live for evermore, telling the way to go, for all to show.”
Another example. In the first dynasties of ancient Egypt, it was widely believed and accepted that only the kings, who were seen as descendants of the gods, could remain alive after death, when they changed their forms and went to live with the gods in the sky, protecting from there the land of Kemet (Egypt). And factually it’s easy to understand this, if we see it against the theory of Carl Gustav Jung, as after death the kings were remembered, they offered food and drink to them, and as such sended energy towards the collective unconsciousness, raising these kings from mortals to archetypal deities.
Only with the demise of the Old-Kingdom this practice changed, and one started to accept that higher nobles would live on after death and through time, this was brought to common man.
In the 18th dynasty we have pharaoh Akhenaten, who brought forward, that none could live after death, then through him, as he was the only one, who had the Aten, which he raised to being the only god, in his heart. Again we can see parts of what Jung described in this.
I know that some groups, who follow the path of the Order of the Nine Angles accept that some people as such, broke free from being mortal and became a dark or archetypal god.
Whatever may be, it is interesting to ponder on, and decide for ourselves what we wish to accept and how to form our lives, not giving control to others, and their indoctrination.