One can argue that hierarchical religions are not an improvement on the spiritual dimension inhabited by humankind’s indigenous ancestors, but one should not conflate religious discipline with an appreciation for this dimension. Religions, like modern states, are artificial constructs, developed for political control–not for the benefit of humanity. As unnatural entities, religions and states serve as superficial counterpoints to the authentic indigenous nations and their spirituality that both church and state have attempted to annihilate. Indigenous nations do not own this sacred dimension, but they do serve as caretakers of the ports of entry to accessing its magical and mysterious powers. While the majesty of creation is available to everyone, an appreciation of the humility required in order to comprehend its powers is foreclosed by the arrogance and ignorance of hierarchical religions.
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