Rational : adj. Based on or in accordance with reason or logic...able to think clearly, sensibly, and logically

Rationalism: n. A belief or theory that opinions and actions should be based on reason and knowledge rather than on religious belief or emotional response...the theory that reason rather than experience is the foundation of certainty in knowledge

Rationalize: v. Attempt to explain or justify (one's own or another's behavior or attitude) with logical, plausible reasons, even if these are not true or appropriate

We can easily see from these definitions that the theory of rationalism is actually...well, irrational. It denies experience in favor of thought, or more precisely, confined linear imagination.
 
That is, rationalism denies one's real-world experience in favor of "reason," that which is colored by emotional core beliefs, and "knowledge," which is, to be kind, limited.

Very limited

You: "I just interacted with a spirit. I saw it, I spoke to it, the spirit spoke to me."

Rationalism: "I don't believe in spirits. They cannot possibly exist, the whole idea is too fantastic, what I saw and heard is some trick of the mind." So the rationalist will rationalize it out of his safe little box.

To think "outside the box," you must first get outside the box. Better yet, why not just destroy it completely?

Ever notice the assumptions embedded in the definition of a word? In the sidebar on the left you can read three definitions of words closely related to each other. One is used in the title of this presentation.

By putting the word "rational" in the title with the word "belief," a kind of non-sequitur emereges; a...statement (word) that does not logically follow (is not compatible with) from the previous... statement (another word). Rational and belief  are often seen as incompatible. To be   spiritual implies one has abandoned logic. 

Western science is not the only science. Indigenes worldwide have long and accurately understood physical reality, non-physical reality, and that which binds them together.

So-called western science and its companion religion have carved their respective territories out of the universe, leaving precious little for any others, and have informed their devotees of some of the most bizarre notions ever conceived that would otherwise be amusing, were it not for the violent and destructive history they leave in their wake.

Indigenes accept and understand the universe as it is by embracing personal experience. Even when it challenges our idea of normal.

To help you jump outside the mainstream box, we will look not only at the differences between mainstream rationalism and indigenous empiricism, you will learn;
 
* The differences in language structures, which are helpful in understanding  Native American lifeways, and ceremony and spiritual wisdom: linear thinking v. circular thinking, objectification v. relationship.

* How cultural differences affected history; where we are today, where we could be headed.

* How to develop and evolve your realtionships not only with spirits and the spirit world, but with other humans, animals, trees, the Earth, the stars, even rocks.

* How natural cycles are understood and how to come into harmony with them to improve and enrich your life.

* What myths about Indian people are true and what are not.

* What are the personal benefits to you of understanding how Indian people have been misrepresented in mainstream society.

* To accept the possibility that "extra-normal," or paranormal experiences are natural and denying them is unnatural, which creates a false or skewed understanding of life, death, and life continuing on into the spirit world.

Join us to find out how all this fits together and how becoming aware of these facts and ideas can make your life better.

The idea spiritual belief can also be rational, according to the definitions, is determined by choice. And that choice is, very simply, what we decide is real and what we decide is not real.

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We hear much today of how materialistic people have become. The invention of money with its subsequent concept of wealth, and the legal fiction of property ownership have done much to destroy not only the Earth Mother, but the human spirit as well. Not just of poor people, either. Like the bumper sticker says: "If there were no money, we'd all be rich"

That is no small statement, although it might look like it on the surface.

Whether we want to admit it or not, mainstreamers live in a totally materialistic society. Those of us who try to change that through spiritual teachings are often discounted as "out there," or "bliss bunnies," or worse.

In this lecture we'll take a look at this idea that spirituality and it's distant cousin religion, are irrational concepts, maintained by primitive, unsophisticated, even fearful minds. We'll also have a look at what materialism has gifted to the planet and all her children, such as environmental destruction, species extinction, war after war, acute poverty, disease and so on.

Rationalism and empiricism go head to head in a lively presentation that just might give you a stronger footing when having those late-night debates with your friends.

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