Friday the 13th: Superstition and Fear
It's Friday the 13th! Are you superstitious? Do you allow fear and superstition to control your life? Maybe you do and don’t even realize it. . . . . .
You only have to think of the last time we had a Friday the thirteenth to know that somewhere, your superstition stepped in, and you hoped in a quiet way that nothing bad would happen to you. Sometimes we make that bad thing happen, because we are creators in our own right. For example, it’s amazing that we would create immense success out of a belief that says we need to close the door three times in order to ensure the energy is good. We do this, and a huge success comes out of this ritual, because we have just won a tremendous business contract worth millions of dollars. We confirm to ourselves, “It’s because I opened and closed that door three times.” At the end of the day, it’s a door with a handle. It’s because you believed in the superstition, and you were able to perform as a well-functioning human being and create that success.
If you can create success with a rabbit’s foot, lucky penny, closing the door three times, or whatever, then imagine what you’d create if you didn’t need inanimate objects or rituals. The universe doesn’t understand good, bad, or indifferent, so we need to shift the focus onto our desires, in order to move ahead and away from fear and superstition.
We have become so proficient in creating that we don’t always realize we are creating, even when we think negatively. This is also a tool for waking up, and we can use this to our advantage. For example, we can ask questions such as:
Do I want to be afraid every day?
Do I want to create things for myself that may be less than what my true self wants?
Am I at the mercy of the universe?
Well, obviously not. Why, you may ask? Because if we were, we would have had things happen all the time that we didn’t want—and we don’t. We know on some level that we have the power, free will, and choice to create. For example, when someone calls on the phone, and we knew who it was before we answered; when we think a letter is coming, and it does; when a situation turns out the way we thought it would; or when we ask for something, and it comes to us.
We also created superstitions many lifetimes ago, so that we could use them to wake up and to see beyond the fear that we create inside our minds. Instead, we still allow it to use us.
Everything is interlaced. Nothing is one-dimensional. When we think about superstition and fear, we can see that we are able to create negative or positive outcomes. Superstition is a tool we use so we can see beyond the very behavior we fear that is going to bring us success or failure. If we can see past that behavior, we go into a realm where we understand on a deeper level that it’s actually all of us who are creating the success or failure.
Excerpt from our book WTF I’m Trying to Be Spiritual – A Guidebook for Loving Yourself without Fear © 2014 Bishop&Varga