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Hartnell
Almost everything within Satanism deals with a simple psychological concept : "Nature / Nurture." In this post (one of two!), I explain WTF that means. The next part will relate it to Satanism. 


"Nature" refers to everything we are born with. In other words, Nature is everything we have and can do at the moment we're shipped brand new from the factory. It's all the base mechanisms we need to survive as individuals as well as a species as a whole. On the individual scale there's critical mechanisms which sustain an individual organism's life --, like the ability to breathe. On the species scale, there's things like individual variations from height to temperment.


"Nurture" refers to everything which has been added to or changed within us since birth. It's everything that we've learned and ways we have changed outside the normal pre-programmed life cycle from vibrant infant to elderly corpse. These are things like habits, the language we speak, the effects of acculturation to our native culture, (more or less) all individual differences in personality, and differences in height due to failure to thrive (ex. due to malnutrition). 


A much more simple way to describe Nature / Nurture is to include them within the same system defined within the interdependent roles they play as two integrated parts of the same system: Nature is the structure and basic life functions of an organism, Nuture is what ensures it's survival within it's environment.



Both are required to work together to ensure the continued survival of such an organism. Nature without Nurture is symbolized by the Tarot card The Fool. Like the Fool, Nature knows nothing about it's environment by itself, and also like the Fool, that ignorance will result in a stupid, if mercifily swift, death. Nurture without Nature is like software on a DVD. It's useless without a computer to run on.To use another metaphor: Nature is like the living spaceman inside a spacesuit. Nurture is the spacesuit itself -- it's an adaption which allows the spaceman to live within a cold, airless vaccum by providing what the spaceman needs to live within that environment -- air and warmth. The spacesuit is like the knowledge of a special forces soldier trained to survive in a jungle. His knowledge provides what he needs to survive in the jungle -- food, shelter, how to avoid being eaten by a tiger -- by informing him how to find these neccessities and stay safe within in a jungle.


A Footnote I: As is obvious at this point, the debate about Nature vs. Nurture isn't really useful when the debate is framed in absolutes. There's very little in us that are solely due one or the other. For example, the ability to learn to walk at a certain age is Nature. Actually learning to walk is Nurture. It's the same with language acquisition.
Actually, to be frank, the debate isn't useful whatsoever. Nature vs. Nurture is only really useful as a lens to look at ourselves with in order to identify which parts are hardwired and which can be changed, and how these two parts within the same system are mutally interdependent and influence each other. Knowing this, it's obvious why people in every part of the world learn to speak and move, yet they learn to do so in a way unique to their culture (environment.)


A Footnote the Sequel: If you're a fan of the Fourth Way and you're thinking "Hey! This is a lot like essence and personality," that's because those are the terms for Nature and Nuture in that system. They're not like them, they ARE them.  
In the next post, I'll show how Nature / Nurture relates to Satanism.


Until then here's some muzak:




Hartnell Nov 10 '15 · Rate: 5 · Comments: 4 · Tags: nature, satanism, psychology, nurture
Shawn
(Post originally published 5 years ago at the original SIN.)


From "Reversal Theory: The Dynamics of Emotion, Motivation and Personality"


Chapter 6 : The Experience of Rules


Negativistic and Conformist States
...Another important component of the experience of motivation ... concerns whether one sees what one is trying to do as in accordance with, or contrary to, some rule or set of rules to behave in a certain way. The term “rule” here is to be understood in the most general sense as any pressure to conform.It should be taken to include not only explicit rules or orders, but also conventions, routines, customs, habits, expectations, rituals, and so on.The issue here is whether one wants to be compliant or defiant, docile or rebellious, malleable or stubborn, easy or awkward. Is one following the rules or breaking them, being “good”or being “bad”? Is one doing what one is supposed to do, or not?...


The Power of Negative Thinking
On the face of it, negativism is liable to cause nothing but disruption, destruction, and distress. So where did it come from? Why do human beings appear to be programmed with the capacity to spend periods of time in the negativistic state and to display such behavior? Presumably it must serve some personal and social functions, otherwise it would not have survived the exigencies of natural selection during evolution. ... more

Shawn Sep 29 '15 · Comments: 14 · Tags: psychology, satanism, personality
Epicurus Member

Well being an ex-extreme Christian  who loved the almighty God  I can say that I understand  the mind set of a real Christian.  

When one enter sin that "why"of life for a person who truly loveGod, he will do anything so as not to hurt God.The closer you become to God,the more you will be concious about not sinning and will rebuke lust, because lust is against the spirit.  

Taking  a quote from Jesus himself " But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart"- It is a tiny wee bit unrealistic since 'man' is somewhat sexual. Yes one needs to learn the meaning of 'control' in sexuality but it's a bit exaggerated from my own viewpoint. Even though I see nothing wrong about it.

Believe me, you're more likely to end up hypnotized  to  a point  that  when you sin, that sin will grow each time,guilt will increase and more guilt you feel each time the more you will repeat that sin again.   

They say Jesus will set you free because  he already paid for our guilt by dying on the cross to save us all from the Last Judgement. That statement in itself will eventually rest your mind that on the fact that when  you sin you give all the guilt  to Jesus(Note the external being).It's the magic formula that keeps you going and which eventually removethe guilt and allows you to leave everything in God's hand and alas for him to also do the job.   What is the problem of all this ? One can say it is not a problem. But wait what happens when I fall again and again in the same sin?

Is that actually a problem?   Are you really free in that situation? I think the answers to these are a big 'NO'.   It's a no because in that situation one is taking for granted that an external being is solving that habit for you, it does not matter which kind.    

When I started practising the Satanic philosophy I discovered one thing. That it's OK to be guilty, why  is this?Guilt is the inner "voice" that showyou what is right and wrong for you.  So what am I exactly saying here? That you're the one responsible here guilt or not.  

Voilà. There you go,the magic formula for YOU not God not blaming Satan for it.

It's an internal thing not external.  La Veyan Satanism is based on the individuality of the person and YOU meaning that,I have to deal with my stupidity. I am GOD, I am powerful , I can ,  I am , I have got the potential, I decide what is wrong in me. That will increase the potential  in you to believe in yourself anbe what you want  in life.   So  when you are feeling the guilt feeling, meditate on it and ask yourself this: What is my mind and body saying?   

I've got to believe in myself and take responsibility about things myself and also change things myself!  When  you do that you'll see the difference in your life and things will start to make more sense to you.


Ave Satana! 

Epicurus Sep 1 '14 · Tags: psychology, satanistm
Shawn
Fascinating article on the psychology of marketing pop songs.


Music Companies are Brainwashing You to Like Bad Pop Songs



Shawn Aug 7 '14 · Comments: 6 · Tags: marketing, psychology, music, pop music
Shawn

The definition of hypnosis is different depending on who you ask, even among skilled hypnotists. The reasons for this is legion, but I think I've found a way to explain hypnosis in a way that anyone can understand.


The main problem with hypnosis is the confusion between the hypnotic process and what is generally thought of as the 'hypnotic state.' 


The so-called hypnotic state is just a state where the hypnotic process can be the most effective. It's like that position martial arts experts contrive to get someone into so they can demonstrate their 'talent' -- any 'off-balance' state will do, but the cliche is to get a volunteer to thrust a knife at them, which not only gets the job done in getting them off balance but the outstretched arm also gives the martial art 'expert' an easy handle to use.


The way this position is similar to the hypnotic state is that anyone can throw anyone once they have their opponent in this convenient off-balance position ( which I'm told never happens in a real fight ). Similarly, the hypnotic state it's easy for hypnotists to do what they do, but it's a state that almost never happens in real life except in very specific circumstances.


The hypnotic state is a deep state of suggestibility in which the critical mind has been shut off. It's very similar to a dreaming state where no matter what happens, no matter how strange, you just go along with it; if you are dreaming that you're at home, walk through a door, and suddenly find yourself in a movie theater, well, that's just normal.


What makes the hypnotic state so useful to hypnotists are three things --


1) the subject is passive

2) the subject's critical mind is shut off

3) the subject's imagination is on overdrive


With a subject in this state all a hypnotist has to do is speak a narrative which the subject can passively follow along with.


All forms of experience which require someone to become passive to it are naturally hypnotic. Most forms of entertainment these days are hypnotic in this way -- movies and television are the most hypnotic for the masses, reading books is the most hypnotic -- you probably won't believe it -- for those that make the best hypnotic subjects.


In the days before mass media, the rhythmic beating of a drum and the swaying of movement worked well. The swaying of dance and the swaying of a boat along the waves are equally as hypnotic.


Believe it or not, a roller coaster is a hypnotic device -- it requires it's riders to become passive to it and go along for the ride. 'Keep your hands in the coaster' and 'you must be this tall to take this ride' part of it's induction method.


So, there's the hypnotic state and the process of hypnosis. With the hypnotic state defined as I've defined it here, the hypnotic process is the process of directing someone's experience, and that's about all it really is.

Shawn Jul 29 '14 · Rate: 5 · Comments: 14 · Tags: hypnosis, psychology, lesser magic

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