Self and Those Who Would Condemn

To most people, being balanced in the 5 parts of the Self, as described below, is basically being “normal”. Most people fall into this category due to being fairly rational and while having all of these basic traits, each is of sufficient levels to counterbalance the others, thus creating harmony within the individual.

Should a person express a higher propensity towards one trait or another, they then fall into a category of being “imbalanced”. If one or more traits falls into an extreme level of dis-harmony, a person may be labeled “psychotic”.

For myself, I believe to be a bit high marked in “Extraversion” and “Neuroticism”, however not to such a degree as to be labeled “psychotic”.

5 parts of the Self:

  1. Extraversion: This trait includes characteristics such as excitability, sociability, talkativeness, assertiveness and high amounts of emotional expressiveness.
  2. Agreeableness: This personality dimension includes attributes such as trust, altruism, kindness, affection, and other prosocial behaviors.
  3. Conscientiousness: Common features of this dimension include high levels of thoughtfulness, with good impulse control and goal-directed behaviors. Those high in conscientiousness tend to be organized and mindful of details.
  4. Neuroticism: Individuals high in this trait tend to experience emotional instability, anxiety, moodiness, irritability, and sadness.
  5. Openness: This trait features characteristics such as imagination and insight, and those high in this trait also tend to have a broad range of interests. (Ref. “A” below)

By examining the trait list above, I would suppose that a person’s Spirituality or Religious sense would be focused on their degree of “Openness” as this has to with imagination and creativity. One of the things I find difficult to comprehend then if openness is a desired trait, why then does it seem so many people with devout religious beliefs are seemingly so closed minded? Why do so many feel that their way, and only their way, is the correct path or avenue to “God” or whatever label one chooses to place upon an Omniscient Deity?

Such labels as “God”, “Allah”, “Creator”, “The Almighty”, “The Source”, “The Collective Consciousness”, “The All”, “The Source” and numerous others have been used throughout antiquity and contemporary times. Since I have a pension for the Nordic Pantheon, I will include the “All Father” as a reference to Odhinn, the hierarchy of the Æsir of Asgaard (heaven), however it should never be construed that Odhinn ever referred to himself as the omniscient or omnipotent on the same level as the “Creator”.

In this light, while studying the Nordic Pantheon throughout most of the 1990’s and receiving a Fellowship within the International Rune Gild in 2000CE, I began to realize the important difference between a person’s Beliefs and their Faith.

The Nordic pantheon, which correlates greatly with most of Teutonic races beliefs, holds fast to the idealism of Emulation of the gods whom are never to be worshiped. This led to much of the confusion among the Norse during the “Conversion Period” between 950 and 1100CE when many of the tribal kings were converting to Christianity in order to make pacts and treaties with Saxon, Germanic and French kings.

While many of the Norse kings may have, for the betterment of their own people and peaceful trade between people to the south, converted to this new (to them) idea of Christianity, many found it impossible to give up their traditional roles as Odhinnists. This of course caused a great deal of controversy in Rome and the newer version of the Holy Roman State and the Anglican Church of England.

Emulation of the Nordic gods was in essence the best manner in which to honor what the Nordic held dear. To work, honor and act like the attributes assigned to the many gods and goddesses of Odhinn’s realm. Even with the truncated emotions list above, the gods and goddesses could be fit into any one of these categories. The literal hundreds of gods and goddesses simply represented the many hundreds of aspects of Human Nature.

From the kindly and good nature of Gjefon(B), goddess of crops and fertility to Loki(B), the mischievous one to Braggi, Lord of the Boast and skald(B) to Odhinn, the All Father himself, it is the traits of each god that is to be acknowledged and recognized for the good in each aspect, not worshiped as some “God”. The Jewish rabbi “Jesus” or “Yeshua” frequently spoke of the having “God within” and spoke parables of “looking within” to find the “kingdom of God”(C).

 It was much the same for the Viking warriors that sought within themselves the strengths to continue their travels on under adverse conditions, to sail beyond the known boundaries of the known world and to conquer lands and peoples that increased trade and their family lines. While Hollywood may portray these fierce warriors as ruthless vagabonds, they truly had Life and expansion of resources in mind, not mere destruction of foreign lands.

 This brings me to my contemporary view of both the pagan concepts of “emulation” and the Christian aspects of “salvation”. Most traditionalist within the many facets of Christianity are unable to grasp the idealism that the dogmatic interpretation of the doctrines of the Christian Faith were formulated long after their proclaimed “Messiah” lived and died. Paul, other Apostles and the Disciples were the cornerstones on which the foundation of the Christian Church was built, not Yeshua.

 In my mind, The Christ, Jesus, was attempting to get his Jewish rabbi brethren to seek new wisdom from the Torah. To read it and understand it as he did and to accept the Omniscient One as he saw “him”; a loving Most High that truly brought forth Life in the individual, not an overbearing spiteful and wrathful deity demanding obedience from His followers or face His vengeance. To separate the writings of the ancient prophets from the inspired word of God known through the hearts of those who truly understood.

 As we know, The Christ died in a gruesome manner for sticking wholeheartedly to his beliefs and enlightened, insightful awareness. In today’s world many who do not follow the tradition and dogmatic doctrines of the Christian church are threatened in much the same manner. Ostracism from their families, criticism from their religious leaders and proclaimed to die a spiritual death at their hands. Is this love? Is this the understanding they truly expect all to have?

 Our personality traits, work ethics and even people’s God-given sexual orientation is brought to bear the wrath of these individuals whose only mantra is “Believe our way or be banished!”

Where anything not specifically outlined in the doctrines and creed of organized religion is looked down upon with scorn and spite. Even when these individuals do right and good in the eyes of society is labeled as not being “Right with God”. Wherein, I ask, do these same spite filled individuals that so condemn others, find it is their right to do so?

 Does not the Bible itself teach such lessons as “Judge not lest ye be judged”? “Seek not to pluck the mite from anothers’ eye while being blinded by the plank in thy own”? If these truly are their beliefs, then how can so many so wrathfully turn away from their own God by being so judgmental as to turn their own children away from them? How can they say that they, and they alone shall enter heaven through “eye of the needle” while acting in such an egregious manner?

 “Love thy neighbor as thyself” and “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you” seem to be forgotten fairy tales amidst their lust for condemnation of others who do not share their particular religious views.

 I don’t know, it just seems to me that the very people who are condemning others to eternal Hell are the one’s in need of reclaiming their Faith. Not those who would never treat another person with such contempt as to presume to know what is best for them.

 Just a thought.

 Blessings of Peace,

Al

References:

A. http://psychology.about.com/od/personalitydevelopment/a/bigfive.htm

B. Dictionary of Northern Mythology; Simek; D.S. Brewer 1996 ISBN 0 85991 369 4

C. King James Version of the Bible ©1974

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