However, religion must be kept in an equalibrium with the rest of our lives and activities. Too little and you can stray from the path the Gods and Goddesses have set your feet upon. On the other hand, too much religion can become an obsession that can change your personality and your outlook on the rest of your life. Some extreme examples of this have happened over the past few decades, including the Jim Jones massacre and the David Koresh, Waco, Texas, cult disaster. More recently we had the Reverend Terry Jones threatening to burn copies of the Koran ! There is a very fine line between knowing the Gods are speaking to you and thinking they have chosen you, and only you, for some great endeavor or purpose. It is at that point that you become obsessive and start having feelings of megalomania. When I was in college, in my psychology classes, we studied these effects of superiority and how they change the minds and personalities of individuals. Others opinions mean less and less, distrust and paranoia set in, they feel they are never wrong, that their intellect is superior to others, and their anger level rises because few, if anyone, can meet their high expectations for excellence. Anger of course can, and does, lead to violence.
I see some mild signs of these symptoms in the blog comments I read on some of the chat rooms and blogs on the internet.
( Most people on my blog have been very nice. ) This happens when the commenters, are not giving their opinion, but what they believe is the only opinion. I also see it in the anger level of their comments. It worries me also that some of these individuals use e - mail addresses that hide their identities. Many times I have read blogs and disagreed with the point they were making, but is my view, the only view ? Of course not !
To keep my life in religious balance I try to never allow my religion to alienate others. I don't feel that my religion is better than anyone elses, and I never push my religious views on anyone. I just throw them to the wind and see where they are blown. Some individuals will pick up on them, but many will ignore them. And good for them ! I love independent people ! There is a great line from one of the Dirty Harry movies that goes : " Man's got to know his limitations. " I have been asked to do more than I am doing now, but realize that to do this would over reach my capabilities. Individuals with megalomaniacal tendencies tend to feel they have no limitations ! They can do it all, and do it well . Unfortunately, as we have seen from history, this is rarely if ever true. The final thing I try never to do is allow my religion to interfere with the rest of my life. I write my blog, I perform all the seasonal rituals, ( and then some ), but I don't obsess about it 24 hours a day. It is a wonderful part of my life, but not all of it.
Keeping religion in balance with the rest of ones life is good for your mental health. Concentrating on any one thing for too long can cause obsessive tendencies, which can lead to destructive behavior. If you feel you are spending too much time on religious activities or thoughts, just back off for a while and take a break from it. This helps to keep things in perspective and not allow your religion to get out of balance with the rest of your life .
Go with Odin's wisdom, Freyja's love and Thor's protection !