Superstition can be played as many things as you want to believe...although some beliefs may have valid points, it is never a good thing to let the mind run wild. No good can ever come from any thinking that causes fear and overreaction of the psyche.
Superstition has been an effective way of controlling people for many years. Many other ways are also used to control people and with little effort at that...just let your work boss mention the contest coming up for an advancement. Competition (another name for work harder) in the work place is a very good way to get more work out of someone for the same pay. Some churchologist organizations use this method of control and group fear to scare the followers into believing anything - even with the fear of physical bodily harm if they don't believe.
The thought of Voodoo dolls are another example...these words through mass exposure from movies, television, and stories, bring fear to many. The victim usually receives word or indication of some kind, there is a doll with their name on it. This is not to say this method does not work, but, only to point out the way superstition and fear work against the self.
Panic attacks are another good example - sometimes overreaction from fear causes the psyche to overreact and to bring on a panic attack............well, how many individual do you know, throw salt over their shoulder, knock on wood, walk around extended ladders, etc. True, where there is smoke-there is usually fire, but why fan the fire and perhaps become victim to the fire you helped to spread.
There are many valid beliefs in all cultures around the world, and these are good to be made aware of to exercise caution, and as a reminder to keep ones heart centered.
With right thinking, attitude, and a lot of laughter, almost anything you think of can become true as long as it is remembered to keep the dream within reach.
Not saying that one must meditate to center your heart or become enlightened to enjoy life. Many individuals center themselves through other ways.
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