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Religion’s Role in Shaping Human Behavior

(Here is part 2 in My Story Room, under the heading: What do you do when Life as a Human Being is More Painful than Pleasant? Remember, thoughts are “things” with a reality of their own and each of us, an artist. With thoughts in the form of beliefs, attitudes, values and expectations, we paint the landscape of our lives. In other words, thinking, feeling, acting and reacting is where it all begins, from nothing to something, from dreams to reality. – Pete)

To understand how thoughts shape our behavior, take a look at the Story of Creation in the Bible. It doesn’t matter if the events depicted are historically accurate or not. Our thoughts, feelings, actions and reactions, can still be influenced by them just because they exist in writing, which makes them part of this world. For example, just by hearing or reading the word “Flu,” you can catch it, depending on how open you are to suggestion. I saw the word “Flu” written on a wet road one night and came down with flu the next day. Another time, a passenger on my bus asked if I had the flu. Then he followed it up with: “Everyone I know is getting it.” Again, I came down with the flu the next day.

After this unpleasant demonstration, I decided to harden myself against the power of suggestion. I reminded myself that I should be the one to control my thoughts and feelings, not others.

Back to the Story of Creation. For our purpose, I chose to use the Vatican version of the bible because the English translation is easier to understand.

God Introduces the Idea of Dominion

In the Book of Genesis, Chapter 1, Verse 28: God says to Adam and Eve: “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth and subdue it; and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the air and over every living thing that moves upon the earth.”

In Chapter 3, Verse 16:, God said to Eve, after she had eaten fruit from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil against God’s command: “I will greatly increase your pangs in childbearing; in pain you shall bring forth children, yet your desire shall be for your husband, and he shall rule over you.”

So, just like that, Eve lost her status as “help mate,” (equal) to Adam. Now, how many men have grown up believing they have the same rights as those given to Adam and how many women support them in this belief? As a man or woman, how do you react to this idea? Do you take it seriously or not? If you were to take it seriously, how would you translate the idea of having dominion over others into reality? Would it include control over people? What form would it take and how far would you go with it? In other words, what kind of reality would you create in response to this idea?

Here is how the Merriam-Webster dictionary defines the word Dominion:

DOMAIN

1. law: supreme authority SOVEREIGNTY, having dominion over the natural world.

2. law: absolute ownership.

Synonyms for dominion:

ascendance (also ascendence), ascendancy (also ascendency), dominance, domination, hegameny, imperium, predominance, predominancy, preeminence, reign, sovereignty (also sovranty), supremacy.

(In late 2020 or early 2021, the legal definitions for domain, “supreme authority” and “absolute ownership” was changed along with the list of  synonyms. To see the current definitions of “Domain” and associated synonym list, click here.

This new list is far less autocratic than Merriam-Webster’s original interpretation of dominion shown above {Oxford Language definition of autocrat: “…taking no account of other people’s wishes or opinions; domineering.”}. Hopefully, they updated their definition of “domain” because of actual changes in legal interpretation and not as a result of lawmakers trying to hide their true beliefs from public view.

It helps to remember that every thought is a suggestion, a blueprint for action. When authorities and the public in general support extreme views like supreme authority and absolute ownership, it’s pretty clear that some of us are taking the idea of “authority” and “ownership” very seriously. Taken to  extremes you can bet that conflict and violence are hiding in the mix, along with all the other possible and probable experiences associated with these interpretations.

As we can see in everyday life, some run as hard as they can with the idea of  having dominion over others. Harder than God intended or does it matter if we, as beings of aware energy, live eternally? Isn’t there something for us to learn from everything? Since this story is still being taught in churches and in bible study groups on and off the Internet, how many people in the world today do you think still accept the idea of “Dominion” as a framework for shaping their own and other people’s lives?

In addition, how large a role do “Gods,” or inner forms of consciousness, play in shaping the structure of our lives, societies, and institutions? How much do they help us and how far do they go with our lives? If they see that we’re hopelessly lost in life, do they have the power to pull the plug on us? Don’t we? If they oversee us, who oversees them?

In Chapter 4 of Genesis, God Introduces a New Dimension for Human Interaction

After Cain and Abel grew up, Chapter 4, Verses 1-16, “Cain [4:3] brought to the LORD an offering of the fruit of the ground, and Abel [4:4] for his part brought of the firstlings of his flock, their fat portions. And the LORD had regard for Abel and his offering, [4:5] but for Cain and his offering he had no regard.”

Just like that, the thought of jealousy, hate, and murder is unleashed upon humanity. It is another challenge for us to play with and learn from. As a result of God’s action, one son is pitted against the other. To make matters worse, “The LORD [4:6] said to Cain: Why are you angry, and why has your countenance fallen?”

In [4:7] He says: “If you do well, will you not be accepted? And if you do not do well, sin is lurking at the door; its desire is for you, but you must master it.” Later, Cain kills Abel. God knows it and shames him even more by placing the mark of a murderer on his forehead for all to see. Is God rubbing it in again or is he creating a new challenge for humanity to overcome? Why? Is the challenge for God to get us right or are we responsible for improving ourselves? How can we be your best selves without knowing who we are and what it feels like to be our worst selves?

Not only is jealousy, hate, and murder introduced into the world, so are associated ideas like competition, comparison, and polarization, setting one person against the other. Again, are these shifts in thought and feeling good or bad things or are they challenges we choose to further our development as Beings of Aware Energy in human form? Are we parts of God becoming?

In Chapter 6, Verse 5, The LORD saw that the wickedness of humankind was great in the earth, and that every inclination of the thoughts of their hearts was only evil continually. (Does the “Lord” believe He has no part in the matter? Should he?)

[6:6] And the LORD was sorry that he had made humankind on the earth, and it grieved him to his heart.

[6:7] So the LORD said, “I will blot out from the earth the human beings I have created – people together with animals and creeping things and birds of the air, for I am sorry that I have made them.”

[6:8] But Noah found favor in the sight of the LORD. (Which brings us to the idea of stewardship.)

Here is the Merriam-Webster definition of stewardship:

Stewardship:

1: the office, duties, and obligations of a steward
2: the conducting, supervising, or managing of something, especially, the careful and responsible management of something entrusted to one’s care, (like) stewardship of natural resources.

Synonyms for stewardship:

administration, care, charge, conduct, control, direction, governance, government, guidance, handling, intendance, management, operation, oversight, presidency, regulation, running, superintendence, superintendency, supervision.

(It’s not mentioned specifically but it’s easy to see that the management of people is clearly included under the idea of stewardship or government.)

In Genesis, Chapters 6 and 7, God sees only evil in the world and decides to wipe out all human and animal life with the exception of Noah, “who pleases him.”

Charging Noah and his family with the responsibility of building an Ark and gathering all male and female pairs to repopulate the earth, he creates the idea, or dimension, of “Stewardship” upon the earth. If you strongly believe in the idea of stewardship, caring for those in need or less fortunate than you, what kind of person will that make you and what kind of reality will you create? Stewardship is a step up from the sometimes brutal treatment of others under the idea of dominion but, make no mistake, both belief systems are based on authoritarianism, the idea that one person is of more value than the other, good versus bad.

Both dominion and stewardship depend on value judgment, ideas of right and wrong, good and bad, enforced by the shame of guilt and the fear of punishment. It is a system of ideas that assumes that what we are is bad, and if we’re bad, we must be controlled from the outside in. Value fulfillment, on the other hand, provides us with a new way to think about ourselves. Unlike value judgment that assumes we’re bad, value fulfillment assumes we’re good. In a value fulfillment world of what works best and makes us happiest, in our oneness with and separation from All That Is, as both products of creation itself, we don’t judge ourselves by our experiences, we accept responsibility for our part in creating them so we can learn from them.

Learning from ExperienceWhen we stop pointing the finger of blame at others and accept full responsibility for the consequences of our thoughts and actions and the reality they create, we become Conscious Creators instead of unconscious creators. Instead of worrying about being right or wrong, good or bad, we get excited about exploring the differences between what we like and don’t like, what works for us and what doesn’t, what makes us happy and what doesn’t.

We control ourselves from the inside out. To create what we like, we must know what we don’t like. To create what works for us, we must know what doesn’t. To create what makes us happy, we must know what makes us unhappy. This is the only way to create what we want with continuity.

When we choose to learn from our experiences instead of judge ourselves by them, we take one small step for ourselves and one giant leap for mankind. To live by value fulfillment and practice idealism is to do the best we can with what we know and learn more to do better. It is to appreciate how good we are, how much we do, and how well we do it. It is to understand how challenging Being and Creation is for All That Is, not just ourselves. It is to acknowledge the magic and wonder of All That Is.

All in this togetherAll in This Together – Partners in Evolution

During moments of disaster and times of great stress, don’t we all reach out to higher consciousness, or our idea of an unseen “God?” At some time in life, don’t we feel like we’re all in this (Being and Creation) together? What will happen if we think and feel this way more often? Will it change us? Will it change the world? Will it change the way we treat each other and ourselves? I think so. What do you think?

Excerpt from We Create Our Own Reality:

The challenge of Being and Creation is learning how to use the power of thought and imagination to shape the energy of ideas into a pleasing reality. The prize is a sense of satisfaction, the feeling of a job well done. Like learning how to walk or talk, it is a personal, subjective endeavor that requires creative aggression. It is a balancing act that makes falling part of learning how to stand.

In a value fulfillment world of what works best and makes us happiest, there is no right or wrong, good or bad; there just IS! There is the difference between what we like and don’t like, what works for us and what doesn’t, what makes us happy and what doesn’t in our oneness with and separation from All That Is, as both products of creation and creation itself. If you think about it, besides making a living, isn’t this what we spend our lives trying to figure out, how to create a life that’s worth living?

To fulfill its greatest potential, consciousness, or aware energy, wants to be and do everything it can. More than that, it wants to become its True Self, the self it loves to be. It can only do that through free will, exploration, and experimentation.

The three foundational principles shared here: dominion, stewardship, and all in this together – partners in evolution, provide different dimensions for the development and expression of All That Is. Think about all of humanity, with all of its different people and systems of belief. Each one of us is busy exploring the differences between what we like and don’t like, what works for us and what doesn’t, what makes us happy and what doesn’t. During this process, we learn that every thought is a suggestion, a blueprint for action and our goal is to learn what works best and makes us happiest in the creation of our personal and shared reality. When an idea no longer works for us or makes us happy, we want to know how to replace it with something that works better. It’s the only way for us to become more of who we are and what want to be.

In my story, there are times when we paint ourselves into corners that are so dark, one lifetime is not enough to understand what brought us there. It may take many lifetimes to fathom and move beyond a particular dilemma or challenge. But, as multidimensional, vibrational Beings of Aware Energy, this is what Being and Creation is all about – living, loving, learning and evolving. I don’t know about you but, for me, this is what works best and makes me happiest. It makes my life in human form worth living!

For reference, read: Seth on the Reality behind Reality where he talks about various levels of consciousness, each supporting the other. Here’s a excerpt:

Seth: “Now some of those within your reality are having their first experience with an ego as you think of it. Others are returning to it, the system, in an effort to learn more. There are guardians, so to speak, within your system, reincarnated for the last time to help keep it in some kind of order while the others mature. There are also some, not physical, who keep an eye out over the whole proceedings.”

Short Interview with Hidden Hand, Alleged Ruling Bloodline Priest

You were Chosen Before You were Born ∞The 9 D Arcturian Council

The Ball of Light – A Lucid Dream about the Nature of Being and Creation gives you an idea of what each of us can do behind the scenes in dreams and altered states of consciousness, if we choose to explore them.

What I Learned in Catholic School

My Recurring Superman Nightmare

All of these experiences speak of a much larger reality behind this one. To open ourselves up to it is to expand awareness and understanding of ourselves and All That Is.

Did we choose to become human beings for an opportunity to learn or are we thrown into life to sink or swim so All That Is can fulfill its greatest potential? I suspect it’s a mixture of both. What do you think?

The referenced articles above make it clear that we’re all at different stages of development and there is a need for a mixture of belief systems to enrich our experience and keep us on our toes. When some of us define ourselves as dominionists, some of us as stewards, and some of us think of ourselves as all in this together – partners in evolution, we create a broad spectrum of ideas and story lines to choose from. This in turn, provides us with a large number of challenges to face, overcome, and learn from. What draws us to dominionism, stewardship, or the idea of being all in this together? I think it’s a matter of how much we allow ourselves to buy into ideas that reflect fear and survivalism as opposed to love and creationism. What do you think? Do these ideas hold any meaning for you?

According to the Arcturian Council, Earth is the most challenging place to be in the universe today and that we’re being watched and helped by those who want to learn from us and our experiences. Why? Because, if they can be reminded of what works for them and what doesn’t, what makes them happy and what doesn’t, from our experiences, they won’t have to experience them first hand. It’s like you and me watching dramas onstage or on television. As we sit in the audience or our living room, we get to see other people act out situations we may have found ourselves in at one time or another, which helps us remember the differences between what we like and don’t like, what works for us and what doesn’t. This way, we don’t have to keep reliving them firsthand to remember them. Yes, life seems a lot like on-the-job learning.

By Roger Peterson (Pete)  https://realtalkworld.com

Part 1: What do You do when Life as a Human Being is More Painful than Pleasant? How come I never think about how good I am, how much I do, and how well I do it?

Part 3: What do You do when Life as a Human Being is More Painful than Pleasant? Moving Beyond Fear, Anger, and Depression

“We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.” – Albert Einstein

“You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.” ― R. Buckminster Fuller

What others will not or cannot do for us, we must do for ourselves.

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