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    Re: Spirit guides

    I'd be happy to have a conversation about it, starting with your insightful comments. Judging from the other posts to this thread, it's probably not a good fit right here. I'll start another thread...
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    Re: Gods as Metaphors

    To avoid being misunderstood, I was rejecting the initial premise of the thread as a false dichotomy.
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    Re: Gods as Metaphors

    I think when experiences stretch the boundaries of our capacity to comprehend, and our ability to precisely articulate, we naturally respond with poetry.
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    Re: The three centres of Paganism

    Outside of meditative experience, time is linear. Nothing of human life today isn't rooted in human history in some way or other. We have about 5000 years, give or take, of written evidence of past...
  5. Re: What exactly are gun rights activist against?

    Maybe you just need to watch a few more Twilight Zone episodes.
  6. Re: What exactly are gun rights activist against?

    If that paragraph really puts me at risk of being banned, I'll gladly remove myself.
  7. Re: What exactly are gun rights activist against?

    They should be driving the solutions, ceaselessly, until the situation starts improving, and they should never stop trying to further mitigate the potential harm that guns can do. Private citizens...
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    Re: Sociopaths: Can They Be Cured

    It's not expected to fix what's wrong with them. It's intended to suppress the behavior.
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    Re: Sociopaths: Can They Be Cured

    They made him nauseous with drugs administered at the beginning of the screening, rather than shocks. The film depicts a real treatment approach that was originally developed to "cure" homosexuality...
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    Re: Spirit guides

    That idea is common enough now, but I don't find it in the source documents, or similar literature in the same tradition from the same period.

    Here's the money shot from the Mather's translation,...
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    Re: Sociopaths: Can They Be Cured

    The psychiatric industry has, with exceedingly rare exception, given up on the idea of cures. The focus these days is on managing symptoms as well as possible. Most psychiatric issues relate to...
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    Re: Spirit guides

    I wonder if anyone here considers the Holy Guardian Angel associated with the so-called Abremalin Operation as fitting the basic (modern) idea of a spirit guide?
  13. Re: Juvenile offenders & life sentances

    Life sentences aren't punitive and they're not instructive. They're social prophylaxis.
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    Everyone is a little different from the hypothetical average person. Some people are very, very different; and that is by comparison to age-matched peers for younger people, and then to the general...
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    Re: The most important thing

    My personal jargon makes distinctions among mysticism, religion, and magick. They're interrelated, interdependent, and ultimately all serve the grand point of everything, whatever that may be. Note...
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    Re: Are we taken seriously?

    It's the idea of ancient priesthoods (Egyptian, Greek, Roman, etc.), presumably dedicated to the deeper meaning (secrets if you will) of a particular mythical story line and its associated...
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    Re: Are we taken seriously?

    Never is such a strong word.

    Language is an organic and socially responsive thing. Basically, when a people have need of a label, a label is selected and used. If the need for the label is common...
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    Re: Ghosts

    We can also understand ghost phenomena as perceptual experience that, while perhaps often having something to do with the dead concept, is in fact a function of the living, not the dead. It could be...
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    Re: Are we taken seriously?

    In one sense I like the basic usage of the Pagan label to refer to non-Christians. That was part of the common jargon of Christian leadership during the original, imperialistic Christianization of...
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    Re: What happens when you die?

    A critic on every corner.



    I'm with Joni Mitchell. We're billion year old carbon.
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    Re: What happens when you die?

    I'm content to leave the moderation of the posts to the moderators. You can ignore my posts if you don't like them, in the meantime.

    And just so you know, post #14 is poetry.
  22. Re: What Types of Divination Do You Do?

    I've studied and practice a lot of methods.

    I like pendulum and spirit board type division better than pictorial oracles like Tarot; I like the physicality of them, and I also feel overly...
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    Re: Last Movie Watched?

    The Wicker Man.

    Just last night. First time I've ever seen it shown on cable TV.
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    Re: Honest Appreciation

    The simple answer to your parenthetical question is yes, that is the very nature of theurgy, in my opinion.

    There's an alternative perspective to the way you've framed your questions that's...
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    Re: What happens when you die?

    What you're talking about?
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