Perils of Overintellectualisation

I am at the moment working on a manuscript for work (which I am enjoying immensely, and if I ever get my shit together and make a Recommended Book List For The Stuff I Do I will probably put this on it, because for a book about Shinto it is brilliantly Kemetically-relevant – though I’ve long thought Shinto had a lot to reveal to Kemetics).

One of the things the author keeps talking about is a resistance to theologising, to thinking too much about religious matters, rather than performing the recitations and rituals appropriately.

Which is a thing that I think is worth keeping in mind – that the idea that religious thought must be tightly systematised is likely not entirely native to practices that we are reconstructing, regardless of the culture of origin of those practices.

Too much thinking about it gets in the way of doing it, as I commented before. Too much being bound up in being Right about the way to do things rather than doing them, likewise. “Here are three ways of interpreting this word in context” is not something that sits easily with a lot of theologies, that are all about trying to make things tidy and clean and clear, rather than the ways that three different things layer to create a complicated nuanced thing which is all and one and none of these things.

A message I can take from what I’ve read so far goes something like, “Out there, there is the world; relate to it with clean senses and a pure heart. That is the natural and divine way of being.”

Not bad, for Kemetic ponders, is it?

14 thoughts on “Perils of Overintellectualisation

  1. veggiewolf says:

    Reblogged this on Fluid Morality and commented:
    I really must find some good Shinto resources.

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  3. Sihathor says:

    Reblogged this on Sihathor's Open-Air Temple and commented:
    Reblogged for Truth.

    Overintellectualization is a leading cause of Reconstructionist Sclerosis and Doing Diddly Squat Rather Than Something Productive.

  4. Anarchivist says:

    I am always looking for good material on Shinto, so will happily take present and future recommendations!

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