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Super-stition or Stuper-stition

Little minds are tamed and subdued by misfortune, but great minds rise above them.
-Washington Irving

In lieu of Halloween, I thought I would take a closer look at superstitions and why people buy into them.

A superstition is defined as being a widely held but unjustified belief in supernatural causation leading to certain consequences of an action or event, or a practice.

Take a look at a few superstitious beliefs shared by many cultures around the world:

  • Knocking on wood or spilling salt over your shoulder hoping to prevent bad luck.
  • Pulling out a gray or white hair will cause ten more to grow in its place.
  • If a black cat walks towards you it brings good fortune, but if it walks away it takes the good luck with it.
  • If the palm of your right hand itches it means you will soon be getting money, and if the palm of your left hand itches it means you will soon be paying out money.
  • It is bad luck to walk under a ladder.
  • To break a mirror means 7 years bad luck.
  • Don’t step on a crack on a sidewalk or walkway…There’s even a rhyme for it: Step on a crack. Break your mother’s back.
  • Whatever food the mother is craving at a given moment, she should be given it immediately, otherwise the baby will have a birth mark on his/her body which will resemble the food
  • If you put your handbag on the floor/ground you will never have money.
  • Do not sweep over someone’s feet, they will never marry.

And the list goes on and on…

Ridiculous and irrational as they may seem, there are people who really do rely on these practices to obtain good luck in there daily lives. Imagine if that same energy was re-focused on something positive.

I believe Marguerite Blessington said it best when she said, “Superstition is only the fear of belief…” Think about it, by putting our belief in something that holds no merit, we are allowing fear and ignorance to take over our thought pattern. It’s like being held hostage without a gun.

When will we realize that it is our belief in these nonsensical superstitions which cause them to manifest. The sum total of your life is directly connected to your belief system. “Belief kills and belief cures…”

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