Every group of people has their own invisible religion.
In the workplace there might be an office “culture”.
In a country you have national norms and traits.
With a relationship you have a dynamic where someone is typically more dominant.
With family members you have certain rules, certain taboos and certain beliefs (like getting on the housing ladder).
Together it makes our identities. It creates a matrix of beliefs, a web of rules and norms that help people provide for each other.
That can be comforting. But it’s also very limiting and suffocating if you can see through it… if you can imagine a different world, or set of beliefs.
We’re all actors playing our predetermined role. Except what we don’t realise is 95% of the script has been written by our friends, colleagues, family and society. They tell you what you are and how to behave. There’s a teeny weeny bit of individuality but that’s largely constrained by circumstances.
For the most part we never notice, let alone question, these invisible religions we believe in.
Things like “I should do what I’m told” or “he knows best” or “I can’t leave this”.
Derren Brown convinced 3 members of the public to push a man off a roof (potentially to his death).
How? By exploiting the social conditioning mechanisms that have been planted in our minds by evolution.
I’m saying this because so many of us are far from our essence, far from our inner knowledge, far from the gut feelings. We use our heads and logic too much – while our heart’s innate knowledge, and our gut feelings are ignored.
Intellectualising things leads to us seeing ourselves as separate from other people. It leads to wars, violence, lack of compassion and exploitation. It leads to all kinds of energy blockages in the body and health problems.
While on the other hand your subconcious and gut feeling is using millions of data points to work things out. It’s natural and free-flowing and leads you where you need to be in my experience. Even if that doesn’t often make logical sense.
So next time you talk to someone notice the invisible religions that you or they hold. And wonder what it would be like if you believed something else.