Does dogma kill the Starchild?

StarchildWHEN was the last time you felt awe and wonder for the world around you? When did you last stop not only to smell the flowers, but to wonder what makes their scent so beautiful? When did you last look down at the earth beneath your feet outdoors and marvel at the expanse of life growing there? When did you stop being amazed and asking questions?

Do you know what I’m talking about? That magical, childlike wonder that encourages us to look at the world in a different way, to take in the sheer awesomeness of the elements, the planet and all who share her; that beautiful, bright, shining inquisitiveness that encourages us to explore, to grow and to SEE what so many people miss as they stomp through life.

My teachers referred to this element of the self as The Starchild (it’s a really fitting title, isn’t it?). The Starchild is one of several elements that makes up the human ‘whole’, and it’s the part of us that keeps the magic alive and helps us to walk in beauty.

Rigid doctrine

Not too long ago, I was watching a documentary on TV which focused on a fundamentalist Christian group in the States.  What became really apparent was that nobody seemed to think for themselves or to ask questions. Despite their claims of a deep connection to the divine, they seemed to take much for granted and lived by a set of rigid rules and doctrine, dictated by their leaders. The ‘light’ from The Starchild seemed to have been extinguished in each and every one of them.

This led to some interesting discussions with some friends of mine who were raised in organised religions (and, to be clear, I’m absolutely not putting all organised religion in the same category as a fundamentalist church from the deep south) and were taught, it seems, from a very early age to not question the ‘rules’. One of these unspoken rules seemed to be that the teachings passed down to them are accepted and lived by; there’s no room for doubt, reason or disagreement.

If we learn to blindly follow without question, if we learn to judge and to live in the head and in negative emotions, the beauty, innocence and magical qualities of The Starchild might become buried, deep, deep down, never to marvel at the light again. If the Starchild thrives on doing, seeing, adventuring, questioning, exploring and seeing the beauty and life in all things, doesn’t this contrast directly with dogmatic teachings?

Switching off

If dogma effectively kills The Starchild, it’s a problem not only confined to some of the stricter organised religions, but also found in politics, science and, perhaps, even with some adults and peers we might come across during our childhood. If we’re taught to switch off that bright-eyed, innocent, delightfully inquisitive part of ourselves, we’re learning to close down our Starchild.

Insisting there’s a scientific explanation for everything, stubbornly pointing to biblical texts at every turn or insisting something is right because it fits with a political system does not a Starchild make.

The Starchild understands the magic of the mystery; that some things aren’t meant to be understood by us humans… yet The Starchild gazes in awe and wonder anyway. And that’s beautiful, isn’t it?

What do you think? Please do leave me a comment.

Until next time, walk in truth and beauty,



About Taz Thornton (

Speaker | writer | firewalker | empowerment coach | shamanic artist | mentor | encourager. Debut tome underway for Moon Books. Follow me on Twitter - @TazThornton and find FirechildShamanism and TazThorntonOfficial on Facebook.
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7 Responses to Does dogma kill the Starchild?

  1. Kam Birdee says:

    Very interesting blog, thank you Taz. For years, people have done their best to control me to become like them or the person they have wanted me to be. My heart never allowed it to happen for too long and when I challenged and questioned, I was ostricised. I live my life in awesome wonderment and revel in the magic of life. My Light is shining brighter than every with an open heart


  2. Tim says:

    I think that the heart of the issue is the difference between education and indoctrination… To be educated about a subject does not necessarily take away the inherent magic of the subject, it just teaches why something is such, and hopefully, encourages the pupil to ask more questions, to dig deeper and search for more answers.
    To be indoctrinated is a different mindset: The Qur’an has a passage relating to how disbelievers (which equally applies to the indoctrinated, because being told to believe something is not the same as *believing* something) have had a veil put over their eyes and hearts, and that it does not matter if they are told or not told, for they will continue to disbelieve, and for them it is a great punishment (that they are not viewing the world with an open mind) However, even then, those people are still living in accordance with God’s Will, and the lifestyle which He has chosen for them, so even though they seem to not following His Will, they are still following his Grand Design…
    They say you can bring a horse to water, but you can’t make it drink… Fortunately, indoctrination can be overcome with education, which would indeed free the mind to consider the alternate possibilities…


  3. Charlie says:

    The path of organised belief and enlightened representation are ever thus. If we accept that any and all religions are designed to be the omnipotent influence on the guiding principles of society, withstanding both the absence of social structure and more crucially enforcement, it would be foolhardy to render them indistinct from faith and discovery, as it would to discount the influence of Dogma.
    Does attending church define our character, will confession provide absolution, concealing women produce a purer society, or the incomprehensible avoidance of bacon sandwiches create a place in heaven? Probably not, but it does distract from the path of riches or the unsponsored voyage of discovery.
    Deities provide a sustainable method of singular rule, the fetes issue a personal responsibility to our environmental balance, but they all offer simplistic answers, there is a joy in its discovery, but after that it becomes Dogma.
    The availability of modern media has sounded the death knell for religious fervour, the more attainable discovery becomes the less convenient the existing Dogma is.
    Yet without some hunger for answers, there would have been no need for religion and without religion, we would not enjoy the compendious knowledge and misdirection that form part of our daily entertainment.
    The joy for me comes in the certain knowledge that everybody on this planet know’s something I don’t, that leaves at least 6 billion more things to find out – stick that on the bucket list


    • Firechild says:

      Thanks Charlie – interesting points. For me, there’s often a huge gulf between religion and spirituality… and much of this divide has to do with dogma.

      What does everyone else feel?



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