Welcome back to Satanic Sunday.
As I continue working towards some goals I would like to achieve in my career and personal life, I’m increasingly motivated to define the connections among the different aspects of my life that I’m pulling together. This week I’ll be discussing something that is deeply important to me – how I feel that Satanism and the concept of vital existence relate to overall wellness.
If you read my most recent post, you know that I am working towards becoming a wellness practitioner. It’s something that I feel is truly an expression of my authentic self, and I really believe that wellness is woven deeply into the threads of Satanism. They go hand in hand, it’s written all over The Satanic Bible. I’ll specifically be addressing negative core belief systems, compulsions, vital existence, and life after death through fulfillment of the ego.
Wellness is multifaceted, holistic, highly individual, and complex. It does not necessarily mean being the medically perfect weight, eating the ‘perfect’ diet, having perfect blood tests, and having the highest level of fitness. Wellness is about feeling happy and satisfied with your life in a wide range of areas, including your relationships, career, physical health and fitness, social life, and finances, to name just a few. Someone who eats a ‘perfectly healthy’ diet can have terrible interpersonal relationships, while someone else could have a very strong social life and career, but poor physical health. Both would have work to do in order to achieve a higher level of wellness, whatever that means for them.
One thing that many people struggle with, whether they realize it or not, are negative thought patterns and belief systems. These are generally deeply ingrained beliefs, often influenced by the people and environment surrounding us in childhood. These beliefs can be a part of us in such a deep way that they impact how we see the world, how we act, and how we think of ourselves. If those thoughts and beliefs are negative, then they are limiting.
Whatever alleged “truth” is proven by results to be but an empty fiction, let it be unceremoniously flung into the outer darkness, among the dead gods, dead empires, dead philosophies, and other useless lumber and wreckage!
…the lie that even intelligent persons accept as fact–the lie that has been inculcated in a little child at its mother’s knee–is more dangerous to contend against than a creeping pestilence!p. 32
This passage comes from The Book of Satan in The Satanic Bible, and LaVey starts this section out with a call to action, to question indoctrinated beliefs. This applies to challenging our internal belief systems as well. Negative core beliefs hold us back from becoming our best, most vital and successful selves. If you were taught as a child that you are unlovable, you may not be as successful in interpersonal relationships as you would like to be. If the people that raised you taught you that you were not good enough, whether through words or actions, you may have trouble with self-esteem or confidence, which can permeate into all aspects of your life.
Popular lies have ever been the most potent enemies of personal liberty. There is only one way to deal with them: Cut them out to the very core, just as cancers. Exterminate them root and branch. Annihilate them, or they will us!p. 32
Hate your enemies with a whole heart, and if a man smite you one one cheek, SMASH him on the other!; Smite him hip and thigh, for self-preservation is the highest law!p. 33
These passionate calls to action are some of the reasons why I think The Book of Satan may be my favorite. These lies and enemies – they are literal lies and enemies, yes, but also represent your negative beliefs about yourself. Fucking get rid of them! I’m not saying it’s easy, but the logic is clear. Do the work to eradicate that negativity – see a therapist, talk to a friend, get over a grudge. Negative beliefs are only detrimental, and will hold you back from achieving what you want in life. Self-preservation is the highest law, and that means preservation of your highest, most well and vital self, free of any hindrances.
Satan represents indulgence, instead of abstinence!p. 25
Satanism also represents indulgence without compulsion. Compulsions tie us down, drain our vital energy, and restrict our freedom. If it makes you feel good to indulge and spend money on a gift for yourself, or to celebrate a loved one’s special occasion, then it’s the right thing to do. You should indulge whenever necessary! However, if you continually overspend, with negative consequences, that is a compulsion and not an indulgence. The compulsion would impact your finances, possibly your relationships, and your mental health. Having compulsions like this drains us of the vital energy that we should be putting towards activities that support expression of our authentic selves.
Satan represents vital existence, instead of spiritual pipe dreams!p. 25
Vital existence – it’s what we all strive for, Satanist or not, and it’s one of my favorite concepts. It’s that almost indescribable feeling of being your truest, most authentic self in every aspect of your life. And you cannot have a vital existence without vital energy, it’s what fuels and drives us to be successful. If you’ve ever been in a situation that is continuously draining, such as having an addiction or major compulsion, or being in a horrible job, you can easily understand. There’s not much room left for vital existence when you’re completely exhausted from putting a great deal of energy towards something that you don’t truly believe in at work, or in the instance of an addiction, a compulsion that’s gotten out of control.
Life is the one great indulgence; death the one great abstinence. To a person who is satisfied with his earthly existence, life is like a party; and no one likes to leave a good party.p. 92
The party of life will end for all of us eventually, so while we’re here, there’s no time to waste by not living your most authentic life. Obviously Satanists do not believe in heaven or afterlife, but it doesn’t mean that your existence simply ceases at death.
Make yourself a Terror to your adversary…Thus shall you make yourself respected in all walks of life, and your spirit–your immortal spirit–shall live, not in an intangible paradise, but in the brains and sinews of those whose respect you have gained.p. 33
If a person has been vital throughout his life and has fought to the end for his earthly existence, it is his ego which will refuse to die, even after the expiration of the flesh which housed it.p. 94
Make yourself a terror to the negative beliefs and negative thoughts that are holding you back. Treat them as a true enemy! I’m not saying that it’s easy to do, or that it can be done alone, but as I stated earlier, the logic is clear. If you eradicate the things that are holding you back from your maximum vitality, you will feel well and have a more fulfilling life, with the ability to achieve your goals and aspirations. When you live in this way, it will touch the people around you. You will not be forgettable. They will know you, they will remember you, and you will live on in their minds and memories as a strong presence.
Thanks for reading! See you next week.
All quoted material comes directly from The Satanic Bible by Anton Szandor LaVey, unless otherwise linked or noted.
Interpretations and opinions are my own; I am not a spokesperson for, nor endorsed by, the Church of Satan or any other entity.