reply to post by masonicon
I beg to disagree.
Religion is not outlawed. In fact, the free practice of religion is protected
by the "powers that be". It's in the Constitution of the
United States of America. Religion is only under attack by other religions
. If religious-minded folks would just accept that there are
different religious ideologies then no one would feel like their religion is being threatened.
As a personal anecdote, I happen to be a Buddhist, and a spiritualist, and a theosophical magician. I've also done time as a Shaman, a Wicca witch,
and I've been part of some Voudun rites. Religion is not being threatened one bit, except by biased and uneducated other religious zealots.
This one is a bit more difficult. Yes, there are some conspiracies that the media and mainstream news outlets try to squelch. Most of those are done
with good reason. For instance:
• Barack Obama is not a Muslim socialist who wants to bring Communism to America. So news agencies say this is inaccurate.
• The Jews are not part of a New World Order in cahoots with the Masons and the Illuminati.
For one thing, the Masons are a public fraternity that welcomes members. Go join if you're curious about what happens in their Lodges.
Secondly, the Illuminati were a group of 1700s scientists, philosophers and free-thinkers who felt it was time to move away from the superstitious
Christian Dark Ages and into the enlightenment
. The group disbanded at the end of the century.
Third, the Jews are a religious peoples with structured dietary plans, money regulations and the like. They only seem "evil" and "powerful"
because they're more careful and conservative with their possessions and their lives. No New World Order necessary.
All one needs to do is search the actual, legitimate histories of conspiracies they are curious about to uncover the real truth of the matter. Is
Barack Obama a Muslim? No. Is Alqueda a radical Islamic terrorist organization that is conspiring to damage non-radical-Islamic nations? Yes. Is there
a New World Order composed of Jews/Masons/Illuminati? No. Is there a striving by zealous religious fundamentalists to change the Constitution and what
it means to be a citizen of certain countries? Yes.
Research goes a long way towards enlightening oneself.
This is another one of those difficult ones. Certain things fail miserably. Horoscope Astrology does not work. Feng Shui does not work. Dowsing does
On the flip-side though, there are legitimate spiritual pseudo-sciences which can help. Meditation works. Tarot can work if done correctly.
Again, it's all about researching and learning the methods. Visit astrologers and count the mistakes they make compared to the correct answers they
give. One correct answer does not make up for 7 wrong ones. Or find a dowsing rod and try to "follow" it to water. Realize you'll find water better
by using your ear, not a "wishbone" stick.
Learn some legitimate Buddhist, Hindu, or Chakra meditation. Practice them and see how your body improves, your focus strengthens, and other things.
Have 3 separate Feng Shui "experts" visit your home and take note of the contradictory movements they make with your furniture.
skepticism because some of it is legitimately a scam, while other things are legitimately functional processes.
Alright, you cannot honestly sit there at your keyboard and tell me that the government and "Powers that Be" are covering up paranormal events.
ATS exists. This is a forum for open discussion of these kinds of events. ATS is proof that the "Powers that Be" are NOT
conspiring to cover
up paranormal experiences.
I am proof of this. Why? Because I am on here, and I have openly discussed my own paranormal, spiritual, religious, and pseudo-scientific encounters
on this board, with my friends, in my schools, at my place of work, in the local library, among my family, and with complete strangers who were
interested enough to ask.
There is no movement to "cover up" the existence of paranormal things. There are only claimants who cannot show any evidence of their encounters.
You cannot blame a man for not believing you when you have no way of demonstrating that what you say is true.
The legitimacy of all of these things require the same amount of evidence and trial-and-error as regular scientific studies from all walks of life.
And skepticism, is what will keep the true pioneers into the supernatural field honest both with themselves, and the people they are trying to
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~ Wandering Scribe
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