Superstition and premonition always lead to fear and worry. Or just the opposite may happen too.
“Do you believe in superstitions?” an eminent artist asked me the other day. I replied, “I believe in myself and in whatever I am experiencing just now.”
Yes, I have held superstitious beliefs and have been scared about dying for the longest time. But the past decade has taught me that I can only be sure of two things: 1. I am alive, therefore I am 2. This is the only Life – in the present moment – I have!
So, when I look back at myself, I see that I was so weak, so unaware of my true Self. Which is why, I was leaning on superstitions and premonitions. I am now strong enough and courageous enough to know myself – my current reality and my true Self. And when I know myself well, why do I need to lean on a crutch __ a talisman, a fear, a ring or a number?
Let me share with you how I convinced myself to out of my superstition-led belief system.
Almost all of us have a good luck charm, a lucky number, and believe in something, often absurd, that we have been conditioned to. Nobody wants to have anything to do with the number 13 for instance. Or we prefer our favorite colors or numbers. There’s a view some people hold that if you bang into a piece of furniture when you are leaving to get something important accomplished, you must treat that as an early warning sign of something terrible that’s on its way. People that champion a scientific temperament will reason against this, intensely. And which is why those who want to believe in superstitions and premonitions will resist the scientific arguments, however reasonable they may be. But here’s a simpler take. If everything is an event in this lifetime, a mere data point, including your birth and your impending death, and since the soul is imperishable, eternal, then what consequence does a furniture that comes in the way or a cat crossing your path or a mere number have?
In anyone’s Life, two aspects are absolutely not dispensable: birth and death. Now birth is without choice and death is unavoidable. What else is important when these two dimensions of your Life are inscrutable? The people who believe in superstition and acknowledge premonition are those who want to live in fear and misery. And because they feel lonely, they want to drag you with them to provide them company! Try letting go of what clutches you in its stranglehold. Experience freedom from what possesses you. Enjoy being liberated. It’s a beautiful world out there. A stumble here, a fall there, a number here and a cat there, can make no difference to your design. What is yours will come to you, no matter what. And no matter what you do, what is not meant for you, will never come to you! Just choose to feel the air in your lungs and the wind on your face; being present in this, the only certain, happening, available, magnificent, miraculous moment of your Life!