When the raven was released from the ark, it didn’t come back. It was interested only in its own self-preservation. But the dove returned with an olive branch.
The ‘worldly-wise’ have no time for religion. They are too busy seeking their own advantage in the world. Worldly success is their highest value, and they use all the worldly arts at their disposal to secure it. But they have no wings to fly with.
The ‘birds of appetite’ on the other hand, do have time for religion. But they use it for their own ends, and twist it into the dark arts of occult self-aggrandizement. They pick at religion like a raven picking at a dove.
The ‘birds of appetite’ are divas. ‘Yapping dogs’ and ‘ignorant pigs’ are muppets and muggles.
“Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast ye your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn again and rend you.” (Matthew 7:6)
But neither should you give that which is holy unto the ravens.
In the shamanic universe, there are black magicians and there are white magicians. Black magicians use their powers for their own personal advantage and self-interest:
“You are seeking something along with God, and you are acting just as if you were to make a candle out of God in order to look for something with it. Once one finds the things one is looking for, one throws the candle away. This is what you are doing.” (Meister Eckhart)
White magicians don’t seek their own benefit, whether that be fame, riches, pleasure, power or influence. They don’t seek “something along with God”, but trust in God alone. Thus, the fruits of their work are not for themselves only but for the higher good.
“For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?” (Mark 8:36)
Why pray? Why meditate? Why work out? Why practice kundalini yoga? Why study religious or philosophical texts? Why go to church? Why have therapy? Why take psychedelics? For your own power and glory or for the glory of God?
“Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.” (1 Corinthians 10:31)