We have all been taught certain myths since birth. These myths have been around since the beginning of human consciousness when tribalism ruled us. These ancient beliefs served us at that time. Humans were focused on survival, and it was an us or them mentality. Dog eat dog. Yet human evolution has brought us prophets throughout our short time here on earth who have tried to expose the lies, such as: Jesus, Buddha, Muhammed, Gandhi, John Lennon, Martin Luther King Jr., Rosa Parks, Ruth Bader Ginsberg, Emily Dickinson, J.K. Rowling, and many others. All prophets have two things in common; they are all human, and they all envisioned a better world where love, unity, and equality reign.
Do you have that in common with them? Do you envision a better world? Can you imagine a future where humans work together for the good of all?
I do! I believe it will happen and I believe we are experiencing a massive global awakening to that truth. However, some of us are still sleeping. Some are still vibing with fear and tribalism. Perhaps you’re on the stairstep but are confused by this paradigm shift you’re experiencing. Perhaps you’ve been awakened your whole life and want to help others open up to this new love path. Below are the top three myths we must unlearn before we can truly awaken to our collective humanity.
Myth 1: Our religion makes us superior.
I grew up with this belief system. My religion (Christian-Baptist) was best. My religion’s interpretation of our holy text, the Bible, was the absolute truth. We were saved and going to heaven, all others were not. Read more about my experience here.
To me, this is the greatest myth we must unlearn. It is the foundation for all human division. Humans have been at war, killing each other in the name of their gods, ever since they made them up. Each religion comes with their own holy books that have all grossly misinterpreted humanity’s experience with the Divine/Higher Power/Universe/Source/Spirit. All of these ancient books are translations of translations of oral tradition stripping the core message of the prophets that spoke in them. What is the core common message of all major world religions?
Do unto others as you would have done unto you.
What is hateful to you, do not do to your neighbor. This is the whole Torah; all the rest is commentary. Hillel, Talmud, Shabbat 31A
In everything, do unto others as you would have them do to you; for this is the law of the prophets. Jesus, Matthew 7:12
I am a stranger to no one, and no one is a stranger to me. Indeed, I am a friend to all. Guru Granth Sahib, pg. 1299
Regard your neighbor’s gain as your own gain, and your neighbor’s loss as your own loss. T’ai Shang Kan Ying Pien, 213-218
We affirm and promote respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part. Unitarian Principle
Not one of you truly believes until you wish for others what you wish for yourself. Muhammed
One word sums up the basis of all good conduct…loving kindness. Do not do to others what you do not want done to yourself. Confucius, Analects 15.23
We are as much alive as we keep the earth alive. Chief Dan George
Do not do unto others whatever is injurious to yourself. Shayast-na-Shayast 13.29
Treat others in ways that you yourself would find hurtful. Udana-Varga 5.18
One should treat all creatures in the world as one would like to be treated. Mahavira, Sutrakritanga
Lay not on any should a load that you would not wish to be laid upon you, and desire not for anyone the things you would not desire for yourself.
This is the sum of duty: do not do to others what would cause pain if done to you. Mahabharata 5:1517
The golden rule is the most gorgeous piece of wisdom that humanity has managed to put forth. It is the truth and the core of the Divine. Doctrines, religious expectation, and religious superiority all distract us from the very truth which all religions have derived. We do not need to engage in any beliefs that move us away from the unity that our prophets tried to inspire. Doing so has caused so much damage to our collective breath. Holy Wars, hate, racism, and bigotry all stem from this myth.
Myth 2: Our nationality and/or race makes us superior.
Each of us could have been born in any part of the world, with any color of skin. Just because we happened to be conceived on one side of the ocean, on one side of an invisible border, does not make us better or more deserving of life. It does not make others less deserving. Having the belief structure that nationality and/or race makes us superior distracts us from the common core of all of our religions, which again, is to do unto others as you would have done unto you.
In America, this myth is told to us since the day we begin school. Immediately before we even understand the concept of nationalism, we are indoctrinated daily with the pledge of allegiance, which tells us that America is more important than any other country in the world. We stand to face a symbolic superiority archetype and pledge our loyalty to the land we were born upon.
I am not suggesting we don’t love our country, because in doing so coincides with the golden rule, to do unto others as you would have done unto you. However, I am suggesting that patriotism can move us away from loving humans that are not born on our side of the invisible man-made line. In fact, it can cause us to murder our fellow brothers and sisters on the pure basis of geographical differences of birthplace.
Myth 3: Being Male is superior to Being Female.
This myth did serve its purpose at one time in human history. During the “dog eat dog” days, it makes sense how the patriarchy evolved. Perhaps because of the physical strength needed for survival, or the testosterone needed for protection. Religions have fueled this myth purely to uphold the patriarchal rule. However, this does not serve humanity anymore. In fact, it hurts the collective from rising together. Even looking at humanity from such a binary perspective fuels bigotry, division, abuse, rape, assault, and once again moves us away from the golden rule.
We must learn to look at one another as our fellow human;
All committed to the purpose of rising together, creating a better world for all.