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    Re: Paganism is a religion built upon consumerism?

    I realize that as we don't know each other it's possible to interpret people in vastly different ways than they intend. My meaning is so far from attempting to insult people for needing to work that...
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    Re: Paganism is a religion built upon consumerism?

    "Read over what you've written and notice how insulting you were to so many of us who have to work for a living, but have still managed to be decent people."

    I have, I see no where I have...
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    Re: Paganism is a religion built upon consumerism?

    I think being unwilling to pay for something is different than being unable. And having worked with a lot of homeless/foster youth alumni/that trauma and mental health impacted people who can barely...
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    Re: Paganism is a religion built upon consumerism?

    I feel like the deeper spiritual powers are to serve our community.... ESPECIALLY those most in need. The fact that so few pagan communities seem to be focusing on actively solving community...
  5. Re: Ásatrúarfélagið getting hate mail over temple in Iceland

    "Hilmar adds that he and other members of the congregation are not interested in using the ancient religion of Ásatrú as a vehicle for romanticized machismo. And we are not obsessing over some...
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    Re: Let's create a (hypothetically) perfect nation

    "companionship, comfort, unconditional love, and so on." Many humans do this even when not working a traditional job. In fact these are valuable services that too often we ask women to do for free-...
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    Re: Let's create a (hypothetically) perfect nation

    I think that's where the idea of combined socialism for base necessities and wellness (people frequently can't work if they're ill/disabled/a child/elderly/mentally ill) and capitalist based...
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    Re: Let's create a (hypothetically) perfect nation

    I think we are in agreement that "on the other end of abundance is the human tendency to get disconnected from caring about others, and teaching empathy and critical thinking and compassion...
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    Re: Let's create a (hypothetically) perfect nation

    I think just as at the cellular level, healthy bodies have a certain amount of capacity to generate instinctual health, so too healthy people have better instincts and behaviors and wisdom toward...
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    Re: Let's create a (hypothetically) perfect nation

    I love this idea and believe in it.

    I think one way to achieve this would be to create voluntary alliances of small communities who essentially create their own chosen codes and preferences for...
  11. Re: Great Mother- frustration with heathenism and connecting to Frigg

    Thorbjorn- I'm sorry you experienced that and you seem a person unworthy of such insults. The more research we do into the physical and long term repercussions of social defeat and attacks (whether...
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    "I would not agree with that on the whole. There are some on-line communities, e.g. /r/asatru and Facebook Asatru that are absolutely toxic, and are rife with insults."

    This is unspeakably helpful...
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    I don't think being hateful is disallowed in heathen values? ;) To a person what they earn by their deeds. I do believe a person can redeem themselves, but let them do so by a combination of time and...
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    There is the issue with rindr, there is the issue in the edda's where Odin (desguised) is telling Thor he could have used help holding a woman down during "sex"- and there is the issue of whether...
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    Well- agreed, the northern path as presented may not be for me-- so if I feel a deep connection to my ancestors but specifically want to call from them those among them that serve compassion and...
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    I guess that's why the ways deities are defined by people (the human construct) matters to me because we can define that.

    I don't want to define the husband of my mother as "the terrible one". If...
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    Medusa-- yeah I actually started out very atheistic and was just doing meditations with deities as sort of inspiring concepts rather than real beings.

    I guess that's were things got weird for me,...
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    :)
    "I believe they are worthy of worship, not because they are perfect, but because they are gloriously imperfect. They balance each other, watch the boundaries, step in and correct each other when...
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    I know, I used to come up imperfection with the idea of understanding and accepting everything--- the problem is that doing so means allowing a LOT of suffering under the guise of "hey everyone is...
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    Yes I realize this could have fit in the rant section perhaps-- but I feel like this is a part of myself, the experiences and spirits associated with my ancestors live within me, at least their...
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    Your words are a comfort Tylluan.
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    I like a lot of your visions. I think I relate to a lot of heathenry and specific heathens ideas about it, but I've had problems with a lot of what is said as "fact" in a lot of places by heathens. I...
  23. Great Mother- frustration with heathenism and connecting to Frigg

    This is a long ramble-- for those who want to skip the ramble and instead share their own-- feel free to just share your own experience with the mother goddess, great mother, motherly ancestor...
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    Re: Understanding who I am

    I have wondered about many similar things! I do not have answers because I don't not know. I remain very agnostic (meaning I don't know) about what is or is not within the spirit realm.

    However...
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    Re: Experiencing UPG - spirits etc.

    I thank you so much for your response-- I really genuinely did not mean to post that ramble as it came out, I was planning to edit it or delete most of it. I had wanted to ask the question of others...
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