Animism, one of the world’s oldest religions, predates monotheism and polytheism. It existed around 2 million years ago, and some scholars claim organized religions emanated from it.
Animists believed everything has a spirit. They believed spirit/consciousness exists in the sand, water, humans, animals, trees, stars, and everything in the universe. They even believed the earth had a spirit.
Animists respected all living things since they believed every creature has feelings. For this reason, they only cut down trees or hunted animals when necessary. Some historians claim animists asked trees for forgiveness before cutting them down, and they conducted sacred rituals before killing animals to prevent their spirits from avenging their deaths.
Moreover, animists believed everything in the world is sacred, valuable, and has rights because all things have a soul. Also, they believed in the existence of a spiritual world, and they worshipped rivers, trees, and rocks, as they believed everything is holy.
Why Modern Society Must Practice Animism
Modern society must practice animism because it will eradicate our materialistic perception of the world by reminding people that the world is sacred. Furthermore, the society must practice animism because it encourages the conservation of nature. Christianity and Islam have not prevented people from destroying nature because they only focus on encouraging people to respect and worship a Male God.
Animism will prevent the destruction of nature since it enlightens people that nature has personal rights and deserves respect because it has a soul. For this reason, the society will avoid dumping waste in rivers, killing animals recklessly, and cutting down trees because it will respect and value the sacredness of nature.
Besides this, people will respect each other because of the belief that the Divine Spirit exists in everyone. There will be no killings or the exploitation of labor because of the belief in the sacredness of human life. Furthermore, practising animism will make modern society acknowledge the existence of the spiritual world and the importance of awakening our spiritual selves. It will make people to focus on the inner world instead of the outer world hence resulting in lower stress levels.
We ignore ancient religions because we believe they were a product of primitive foolish folks. Little do we know that ancient religions such as animism had a powerful effect on society and nature. They made people respect each other and conserve nature. Besides, they resulted in people valuing life hence making mental illnesses such as depression rare.
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Why Our Prayers Are Ineffective
Recently, I discovered that most people’s prayers are ineffective. I thus meditated on prayer, studied what many great thinkers wrote about prayer, and discovered the reasons why our prayers are ineffective.
Firstly, I realized that our prayers are ineffective because our minds are never silent. Many spiritual teachers believe the Creator usually talks to us after we pray, but we never hear the message because we are always thinking about our problems, the future, the past, and so on. We can only hear the Creator’s message regarding our prayers when we silence our minds. For as Rumi said, ‘the quieter you become, the more you are able to hear.’
Secondly, it dawned on me that our prayers are ineffective because our emotions and thoughts seldom align with what we pray for. For instance, we sometimes think deeply about our inability to become prosperous after praying for prosperity. Or, we sometimes continue worrying about the future despite praying to God to bless it.
The thoughts and emotions we embrace after prayer matter because we often attract what we deeply think and feel. Therefore, it’s difficult for our prayers to be answered if our thoughts and feelings align with what we don’t want.
Thirdly, our prayers are ineffective because we make decisions and take actions that don’t align with what we’ve prayed for. For instance, after praying for riches, most of us embrace laziness and make decisions that lead to poverty. As well, we avoid taking risks, and we fear taking the path that leads to riches despite fasting and praying hard for riches.
Fourthly, our prayers are ineffective because we are never alert for answers. After praying for something, most of us either forget about the prayer or focus on why the prayer is not getting answered. From my research on prayer, I learned that spiritual masters are usually alert for answers after praying. They constantly analyze their experiences since they believe they’ll find the answers to their prayers in their experiences.
In conclusion, although I believe action is bigger than prayer, I also believe prayers are effective because the Creator is a conscious being that can hear and answer our prayers. Moreover, the fact that many ancient cultures believed in prayer – despite living far away from each other – makes me believe that prayer works. Therefore, I think most of our prayers are ineffective because we haven’t mastered the art of prayer.
Anyway, I believe these are not the only reasons for ineffective prayers. You are thus free to provide more reasons in the comment box below.
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20 Powerful Spiritual Truths You Must Know Right Now
After reading several spiritual books and meditating every day, I realized the following truths, which I believe everyone must know.
- What you do unto others shall be done unto you.
- You exist within the Creator. Therefore, your blessings and opportunities are infinite.
- If Jesus came today, none of us would have believed that he was the Son of God.
- You’ll experience a spiritual awakening once you realize the true history of man.
- Many spiritual beings exist among us, and we’ll only see them when we raise our states of consciousness.
- Once you know the esoteric knowledge the Illuminati possesses, you’ll never be the same again.
- Myths have hidden spiritual truths in them. Therefore, don’t ignore them completely.
- No one, including those who wrote the Bible, knows how God created the world.
- Always study nature because the principles of the Creator are written in nature.
- The most important spiritual knowledge is found in banned biblical books and secret societies.
- Everyone has magical powers; the problem is that nobody bothers to awaken them.
- We are controlled by the Illuminati because we are led by our egos. It could be impossible for them to control us if we lived as our higher-selves.
- Immortal kings or Gods once ruled the earth.
- The more you fight the ego, the more it grows. The only way to overcome the ego is to practice living as your higher-self.
- If you focus on material things and ignore spiritual development, you’ll never be fulfilled.
- Only those who avoid competing with others can live in harmony with others.
- The search for God is madness for God exists within the seeker.
- Your true self, which is creative, clairvoyant, and magical, will never arise if you attach yourself to the ego/false self.
- Once you stop comparing your present moment with memories, you’ll see the blessings within every moment.
- ‘You’ll never lack anything if you study the laws that govern the universe and live by them.
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