That was a "pow right in the kissah" if I've ever read one, OvertOne/OverTone (and have I told you before what a genius name you have?
). What a brilliant read!
If I would consider myself part of a religion, it would be Pagan/Taoist (but the "Pagan" part is what is relevant here.), and even though it was over two thousand years ago, it bugs me that the Christian (I originally wrote "Christmas"!
) people "took" so many of our holidays and attached zany stories to them in order to bring some sort of order to the people and, in a lot of senses, create followers. (No offense to anybody who's of a mainstream religion - I just don't agree with anything that is SO structured and filled with a bunch of "commandments" that I don't believe God said to begin with.)
I see all your points, buddy. You've hit so much on the head. And even though I see what you're saying - just like I believe the Christians bastardized and warped so many Pagan traditions, the Mayan calendar was bastardized and warped to be fitting of a couple of individual's egos - wouldn't there STILL be truth to the Dreamspell? After all, when I think about it, even if the Gregorian calendar is "wrong" (I quote that 'cause wrongness and rightness are relative.), if I look up my Western astrology chart, I'm a Sun in Pisces, Moon in Capricorn, Aries Rising, Mercury in Aquarius, blah blah blah - and when I read what they mean, they are BANG-ON. So there must be some sort of truth to what is created or even just REVISED in that sense because, after the creation or revision, that energy becomes "out there" in the Universe consciousness and adapts itself - and we to it, right?
It's like when you said, "A whole subconscious world view is actually linked to the particular calendar we use, and the effects of this are partly overt [. . .] and partly insidious." I totally agree with that, but in this case, don't the ends justify - or just not hinder - the means? Like, they may have created this Dreamspell calendar to create THEMSELVES, in a sense, but isn't there some sort of truth since it's been put into the Universe consciousness? And when I read my "Red Spectral Earth" evaluation, it's full of so much love and hope because of how I interpret it . . . Shouldn't it be up to the reader to decide whether they take that information and derive all the beauty and love out of it as opposed to deriving ego trips and individual agendas? If people garner happiness out of the uplifting words, isn't that worth more than where it came from? (And yes, I realize that this is the deal with Christianity as well - that so many words were created to "keep people in line", although there are many who derive much happiness and love from said words - words of, say, the Bible. So I'm not CONTRADICTING my earlier statement because I DON'T agree with churches and the Bible and the commandments and all that - but I DO agree with the message that Jesus's, whether having actually existed or not, "people" have decided to pass on to the world. Love and healing and light and hope are all very important, and I'm happy that so many people find that in their mainstream religions. It's the ones who DON'T and use their religions as excuses or allowances for their behaviours that I truly don't agree with.)
Maybe I'm not making much sense (but *I* get it!
), but this is my long-winded way of telling you I'm actually quite in agreement with you.
It may seem like I'm challenging you all the time, O, but you REALLY make me think - I think you'd be an amazing person to sit down and have tea with!
Please keep blessing us with your notions and information!!! I send you tons of love.