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When I say "alternative" I mean outside of what's considered mainstream. Do you have a philosophy, ideology, belief system that's outside the realm of what's considered mainstream, "acceptable", "credible" by most peoples' standards?
Even in things you might necessarily believe in but like the idea of...like mythological creatures?

I find a lot of these things fascinate me. I love hearing different perspectives, and what people have believed in throughout the ages, and the stories people still tell. I apologize for the vague nature of my question, btw...
 

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I do have a fascination with Atlantis, and I do believe that Atlantis did exist at one point. According to the tales, the Atlanteans were a very advanced and evolved society not too different from our society today. However, because this was way back when, due to their rapid evolution they were unable to weild such massive knowledge and began to abuse their power. Not that some of us don't commit the same sins, but because we did get at least two millenniums to grow as a species, we are able to get a better grasp of the knowledge we're receiving nowadays. Or at least I hope so.

I'm also very interested in the Edgar Cayces readings. I've read about his takes on Atlantis, the life of Jesus Christ, reincarnation, twin flames, etc. His views, if you will, definitely makes life much more interesting and meaningful. Life then becomes so much more than "You're born, you live, you die. The end." I really do believe that each and everyone of us is here to gather experiences and knowledge, to teach and to learn from one another, and just evolve. That our souls are on a constant quest to get closer to the truth, return to the truth, or redefine the truth.

In terms of mythical creatures, I'm personally not too sure. But there is a very vague bit in the Bible about how some Angels from heaven mated with the daughters of man, and gave birth to monstrous creatures, known as the Nephilim. Because the angels themselves were not of this realm, their "seeds" could not adapt comfortably to the physics of our plane, hence, the monstrous offsprings. And these offsprings were all wiped out by the "Great Flood," during Noah's Ark. And for their carnal sins, these fallen angels are currently held captive awaiting their judgement.

This also fascinates me, but I'm unsure if I buy this or not. Perhaps for the moment, it is just purely interest on my part. But I would definitely need to do more reading and digging if I want to be more convinced.

So yes, I do find that my ideology and belief systems sit outside of mainstream.
 

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I'm feeling my deep Paganic roots coming up lately. When it comes to ,theology, it's an interesting symbolic study, but I haven't gone that much into it. But because I've always connected to nature and the thought that after I die I will be taken back to my Mother Nature, was the only comforting concept of death, paganism is slowly growing on me.

smaller, tribal religions or mainstream religion offspring and branches are quite interesting. There goes the motive through smaller religions and, for instance, Sufism, of connecting to your spirit and letting go of Ego through rhythmic music and movement. Because I've been dancing my whole life so far, I can feel the idea and relate to it. Rhythmic movement allows you to let go and become one with the frequency....

 

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I find a lot of these things fascinate me. I love hearing different perspectives, and what people have believed in throughout the ages, and the stories people still tell.
I could say the same thing. I'm very interested in finding out about all the ways people have seen and explained the world throughout time and how old belief systems might still have influence on today's culture. I'm not religious myself but I'm interested in different religions because it will help me to be more considerate and understanding of other people's beliefs.

Although I like researching these things I wouldn't say they influence my own world view. I like to find scientific explanations for these things for example how the sight of a certain kind of fish started the dragon mythologies and so on.
 

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Oh yeah, very much so. You should see my library. Heck, you should see just my iPod library (Calibre). A post above mention Atlantis and Edgar Cayce. All very interesting and fuels some fantasy images for my mind. I am going to say something a little weird, but a "mentalist" once said one of my lives was as a genetic specialist in Atlantis, trying to create the perfect human being. How could she believe that, some might be thinking, after reading that part of the post, but I just absorbed the info, thought it was fun and went on to the next thing.

I'm a bit like a sponge, reading all kinds of alternative info, and not really judging critically if it's true or not. I leave a lot of doors open, I guess. Someone with more critical thinking skills would probably think half of the stuff I read is stupid (I have been a member of the conspiracy community for over 15 years). Underground bases with aliens who eat humans, I've read it all. One of my fav tangents I went on was trauma based mind control and the Hollow Earth Society. Astral attachments that increase when someone smokes weed, the astral plane, akashic records, DMT machine elves, the unseen all around us.... I love all these subjects.

Medicine, I'm a mix of traditional and some alternative. I take a lot of supplements like coconut oil, Vit D, cinnamon, fish oil.
 

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I have a suspicion that I'm a elf living in a humans world.

I did not choose the elf life...it chose me. :th_o:
 

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Definitely. I don't think I really believe it, but I find it all incredibly fascinating, for all the reasons other posters have already mentioned.

Spiritually I feel closest to paganism. Regardless of whether there's anything supernatural about it or not, I believe that nature is the greatest power on this earth. I was raised Christian so I'm pretty familiar with that, but I'm now more interested in the more ancient beliefs of my ancestors and of the people in my current home.

Even as a kid I adored reading stories from other mythologies. Some were even better than fairy tales.

In the past I took it a lot more seriously: took a couple of reiki courses, regularly used oracle decks (helped to solidify a lot of the things that were floating around in my mind), and saw a psychic once. Still waiting to see if the predictions play out; this year and the next 15 - 20 years will tell me whether she was full of it or not. ^__^;;

And no need to apologise for the vague nature of your question! All the better to go on tangents with.... XD
 

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A infp friend believes that she has pleiadian connections, and that in her past life regression she was a Buddhist monk that committed suicide. Her stories of her dreams and visions are so fascinating. Recently i've been intrigued by Siberian shamanism, before that native american folklore, particularly skin walkers. Observing that i constantly connect dots but almost always come to no conclusion, perhaps out of fear that it will limit me somehow.
 

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I am going to say something a little weird, but a "mentalist" once said one of my lives was as a genetic specialist in Atlantis, trying to create the perfect human being. How could she believe that, some might be thinking, after reading that part of the post, but I just absorbed the info, thought it was fun and went on to the next thing.

...akashic records...
During my readings on Atlantis, I did come across several sources that speculated that the Atlanteans did try to create the perfect human...via surgical experimentation...interesting indeed.

Ah, the akashic records! Yet another theory that I find very intriguing!
 

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I think folklore is increadibly interesting, it is so engrained in our understanding of the world, how we think, perhaps prehistoric stuff even, as people told the stories long before they were written down.

What I believe in myself varies some, but I try not to make all that much a fuss about what is real and not. if it is cool, it is cool, even if not real.
 

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I remember writing a paper in middle school about Atlantis. I examined the different possible explanations for it; theories on where it was. I don't remember what my opinion was, sigh.

I really like folklore, and need to read more of it. Even though I'm not spiritual in the slightest, the stories are really fascinating to me. We teach a lot of folklore in Elementary school where I live, and it's cool to look at all the different stories from all the different cultures/religions. Plus the vivid imagery in some of the stories...
 

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Paganism as a concept interests me. Then again, religions that revolve around worshiping the individual self and his/her own body (rather than a god or multiple gods) interest me as well. Satanism is pretty much this, I guess. Though I can't say I'm that interested in associating with any sort of organized religion. Why can't I have my own brand of spirituality? (hey, that's actually a pretty good idea).

I've always loved reading up on ancient myths and deities as a kid. Greek mythology, in particular.
 

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Then again, religions that revolve around worshiping the individual self and his/her own body (rather than a god or multiple gods) interest me as well. Satanism is pretty much this, I guess. Though I can't say I'm that interested in associating with any sort of organized religion. Why can't I have my own brand of spirituality? (hey, that's actually a pretty good idea).
I find the idea of self-worship interesting too. I think that was one problem with being so religious/spiritual when I was younger: it was less a means of self-actualisation and more just another avenue for escape. I was longing for a stronger relationship with God/the gods, or for a stronger connection to other worlds, or to go back to some other world which was more compatible with my values. One of my theories about the sudden switching-off of my beliefs is that I need to actually accept myself as a human being and find my feet in this world before I can do any real good. Whether it ever leads to switching back on, or if it really is just an evolution into believing that nothing is for real, I don't know. I don't really care anymore either. I would never worship myself because worship isn't really my cup of tea (nor do I find humans particularly worthy of it), but I absolutely do find it beneficial to get more in touch with that side of myself. Get out of my head and a bit more into my body. Learn to let go of my self-consciousness a bit.

The idea of the left hand path vs. right hand path: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Left-hand_path_and_right-hand_path interested me for a while too. Not that I did much with the information. Just chewed on it until I moved onto something else. But I always like some food for thought. Like mundane humanity vs. divinity... I like to find the pros and cons of both extremes and find a happy medium for myself.
 

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I always believed in a creature called Nøkken in my country. It was said that he was a manlike creature who lived in the rivers and the lakes. He would hide in the water, and when someone came to his lake, he could turn into a horse and make them ride on him. When they sat on him, he would run into the water and drown them. He could also turn into a prince, make women fall in love with him and then trick them into the water. I was sometimes scared of being alone in the forest if I knew I was nearby a lake or a river when I was a child.

I also believed (and still believe) in little fairy creatures in the forest. They hide in trees, in bushes, under rocks, in the moss, and they watch you and only come out when you're not there or at night. I used to sit and wait for them to accidentally come out so I could get to know one of them, but no one ever came.
 

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Right now I'm learning more about djinn. -shivers-
This is a hard subject to talk about because it seems like the rabbit hole leads to conspiracy theories being related to supernatural phenomena and.. similar but not entirely related, that racism might be influenced by the paranormal.

Basically, I hope that people are wrong about djinn. :p
 

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@Rune, do you take he archetype of Gin as a literal creature? @AmisAmora satanists try to stay away from the label "organized religion". They do not want to be taken as the opposite of the Christian church, as that would give almost the right to people to look at their beliefs and their language as literal. But I think there's a problem that they should have predicted is gonna arise - if you use a symbol of Satan or devil, people who for far longer time have followed a concept where the archetype of devil quite literally was taken as the root of all evil, will most likely ignore all your explanations of it.... There's too much emotional association with the word. While you can of course say - those who are supposed to understand and will be the right people, will understand and look beyond the collectively recognized meaning of it...

But when I recently started looking into satanists, the Lavey family, damn they make so much sense.

You, as an intelligent person, should be suggested to find your own meaning in all the mythologies, religions, archetypes, spiritual teachings and filosophies. Just blindly following whatever is being told to you or whoever managed to brainwash you first, is an insult to the gift that is the human mind and awareness.... In my opinion :D
 
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