The human being is an interesting creature. One that denotes itself from others on this planet because of a few qualities it acquired that differentiate it from its fellow animals. Since the beginning, we have tried to make sense of our surroundings. Born naked and afraid in the Savannah, many millennia ago, with no sense but that of our own survival to guide us, we created stories about the things that most scared us, to tame them, and quiet our minds, as well as to ensure our survival. If we yelled loud enough, did not those dark clouds seem to be frightened of us, instead of the opposite, and glide slowly away? Did that not mean, then, that they were possessed with agency?
What else, then, was animate in the arid, unfriendly plains? And so, as time passed, we developed and grew, as much in our physical form as our mental. We bested the beasts that hunted us, and began to eat them. We tamed the lands that surrounded us, and eventually began to grow our foods on them. We tamed the lupine and feline quadrupeds, and made them our pets and companions, what we know as dogs and cats today. We tamed the Spirits of the rain, of the hunt, of the dark. Who knew what dangers lurked just out of sight of our watch fires, in the night? Sometimes, caves kept us safe and warm, and there we could rest with less fear. As we became more numerous, we began to define our Spirits, gave them qualities and names. Our societies grew. Always, we kept looking for answers. As well, we kept looking for the best methods of perpetuating our tribes, our arts, our beliefs, in the hopes that our human DNA would survive as a child, a clay pot, a song, a story, jewelry or Deity. We have been perpetuating this methodology, in part, since the beginning of our self-awareness.
All that we do in our lives is based upon trial and error, and sometimes we happen upon a system of thoughts and actions which boost ourselves beyond what we are, because it changes what we consider ourselves to be (and by extension, our reality). Errors are inevitable, of course, but there are ways of minimizing them. If I keep burning myself on the same stove-top, wouldn’t I be silly to not try to find a way of stopping it? These methods make me more efficient in my treatment of others and myself. They help my survival, and that of others. This gives me time to consider how to better my life even more. Instead of staying in the same rut, for untold years, recycling the same negative thoughts, I ascend to a ‘higher plane’.
The same methods have been utilized for thousands of years, and have been given various names, but their purposes never varied: that of survival among growing numbers of people. What I have simply done was to collect all the most positive aspects of our human traits, and explained why you should reproduce them, in your everyday life. Since we are the basic building blocks of society, you and I, it goes to reason that adoption of these traits are not only beneficial for ourselves, but for all those around us. There is nothing magical or mystical involved.
Spiritual thought is the art of transcending our animal nature to aim for what the spiritual see as Godhood, but what I see as a “perfected” version of ourselves. Even though the goal is unattainable, the striving for it makes us better people, and should not be discounted.