Showing posts with label negativity. Show all posts
Showing posts with label negativity. Show all posts

Sunday, May 12, 2019

Mental Miasma Is Real

All religions, that I know of, have an emphasis on being clean and pure, especially before religious or spiritual activity. Even Christianity, the religion that is supposed to accept the dirtiest among us, often has holy water at the doors of its churches for people to use before they enter. Specifically in Hellenic Polytheism, we routinely practice purification not only of our clothes and bodies before rituals, but also of the altar, altar tools, and offerings themselves. We even clean our statues on a regular basis, sometimes ritually. Nothing is left to chance with negativity or impurity, because we believe that too much negativity or miasma (pollution) on something, in whatever form that pollution may be, can hinder one's connection with the Gods, if not disrupt it completely. This holds dire consequences in both the short and long term. In the short, it may obstruct your ritual activity. In the long run, it can have a profound impact on your relationship with the Gods and therefore your general feelings and attitudes in daily life. The good news is that miasma is normally easily remedied with simple purified sea or sea salt water and good hygiene. The only thing that would require higher measures would be unusual miasma like coming into contact with a dead body. In that case, you might want to use sulfur for purification along with the other elements. A good scrubbing with Lava soap might do the trick.

But I think there is another form of miasma that I myself have experienced, and that may be overlooked in some circles, and that's the pollution of the mind. Mental negativity on the quality of life is not just an opinion, it's scientifically documented. Think about it, the body cannot live without the mind. In fact, you cannot do anything correctly or productively without your brain. If it is in disrepair, you will be too, and the bad part is that a mind which has been damaged a lot or allowed to deteriorate, can take a little while to mend, although it's certainly possible to do so. So what do I mean by mental miasma? It is any ailment of the mind that causes you to lose connection with the Gods or Higher Powers in any way. This normally happens during prayers or rituals, but can impact you at any time. It's really a problem with people who have depression, anxiety or other mental problems, but it also consists of simple negative thoughts entering your consciousness during the given time period that disrupts your connection with the Gods. It can actually make you feel so terrible that you don't feel as if your prayers or rituals did anything, literally a feeling of nothing. It's the worst state you can find yourself in. 

In my own experiences, I have consistently recorded these negative impacts of mental pollution on myself. I have noted, for example, the difference in how I feel during a simple prayer when I have a positive vrs a negative mindset or attitude. The first thing I considered was the building up of negative energy and emotions over time, because these can have a lasting impact on the brain. If you're routinely pessimistic about life, hate people or the world, think negatively of yourself or others, or do things to others or yourself that are negative, that can infect your mind with enough negativity to divide your connection with goodness (the Gods). Or, simply not thinking rightly about the Gods, Higher Powers, or yourself can cause it, and I am not talking about your personal beliefs. I am referring to an attitude of pessimism toward the Gods. If you fear things such as, They aren't listening, they don't care, they don't like me, what if I am wrong or doing something wrong, etc. This will overwhelm you with negative feelings of the mind and body and you won't feel spiritual. Furthermore, if allowed to persist, this is how your mind will be conditioned to respond to all forms of spirituality at any time. You'll find yourself in constant combat for the right to simply be spiritual.

So, the question, is how do we curtail mental miasma? The answer is good news. Quite simply, don't be a negative person in your actions or thoughts, and when it comes time to do rituals or prayers, leave all else behind. In other words, focus and don't let go of it. If you feel it slipping away, just realign back to the former state. Think goodly about the Gods and yourself at all times. The Gods are good, they always do good, there's no evil in them, life is beautiful, I am a good person, I can achieve, etc. These self-statements are typically called affirmations, but depending on how badly your mind has been polluted, you may have to do them several times during the day instead of just once or at a certain time. The important thing to always do when reciting these affirmations is to hold firm. Never let them slip away into any form of doubt or fear, because then all will be lost and you'll have to refocus. Just literally shut it all out, give it no consideration or thought at all. It can be a battle, but eventually, your mind will recondition itself and a positive feeling will happen naturally for you.

In the Goodness of the Gods,
Chris Aldridge.

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Saturday, May 13, 2017

Negativity Will Destroy You - A Pagan Story

This picture is of my new car. It suffered significant front-end damage from unfortunate accidents last year and this year. I have the money to repair it, but haven't, because I often like to keep it as a reminder of where I used to be in life. Probably due in large part to my once uncontrolled and untreated depression and anxiety disorder, I used to be a very negative person. By negative, I mean regularly angry, normally complaining, fussing and fighting, and always looking at the bad side of everything. My new car was one of the things in my life that suffered consistent damage during this time, and they were freak accidents. The vehicle was actually struck a total of 4 or 5 times within a 6 month period, or thereabouts. The first was by the garbage truck as they were coming through for weekly pick-up, and the company paid for all of the damage which was over $700. The other two happened when my wife and I hit animals running out in the middle of the road at night, causing the damage you see in the photo. Finally, there are some minor scratches on the other side of the front-end and on the bumper where something had clearly struck or rubbed up against it. I never discovered the source.

Once I was treated and placed on regular medication for my mental issues, as many people know, my entire mood and perspective on life did a dramatic 180, and I became an extremely happy and positive person. My life completely altered and improved beyond anything I could have formerly believed. It's an amazing story to say the least. But once my new life started to take hold, I noticed that bad things stopped happening to me and the people and things I loved and held dear. For one, things stopped hitting my car. Good things began to pour into my life from many different directions and places, and at that moment I understood why I had been living a life where I thought the universe was out to get me.

When you are overtly or largely negative, it's going to attract to you, and create for you, nothing but negativity itself. And this will slowly destroy you and everything in your life. Mentally, emotionally, physically, and materialistically, it will take everything from you in the worst ways. In the Greek religion, we believe in something called miasma, and it basically means pollution or impurity. If this is not cleansed, it is believed that it can interfere with your connection to the Gods. If you think about it, this makes a lot of sense in my case. The more I embraced negativity, the more my life left the presence of the Gods, and therefore, left the presence of goodness and positivity, which allowed the opposite to flourish. I have since understood the immense importance of living a positive life with a good attitude.

I'm not saying you're never going to have a bad day, or that you should never be upset about anything, but when you allow said conditions to become your existence and control the fundamental things about your life, such as your personality and mentality, it's going to dissolve you.

In the Goodness of the Gods,
Chris.

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