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    Re: Describe your path

    My friends call me a totalist. I kind of introduced a scietific explanation of the human mind to religious understanding. I beleive that everything is *real* in one sense or another. At the same time nothing is *real* in one sense or another. I beleive that gods are seperate entities, but that god is also one entity. That there are several faces of one god, but also that all of those faces are completely seperat and actually not part of one god... Basically I beleive that we see things as condratictory because, on a purely physical level, our minds can only contain so much information so we can't coinside two contradictory things into being the same.

    I'm fond of Buddhism and their answer "Yes and no" to many questions. Is there a god? "Yes and no." Is there an afterlife? "Yes and no" That's from a Buddhism lecture I had on campus.

    Asking a person to put all the religions together is like asking a normal three year old (not some prodigy) to put together a 1000 piece puzzle. They just can't do it. Understanding that, I'm not looking at the world around me and studying the religions that we do have to try and decide on which piece of the puzzle I like best. Having decided that, I'm pretty sure I will worship as that religion does and accept their diety/dieties as my own, knowing that I won't ever fully understand the whole picture, at least not in this life.

    My current "projects" in this search are:
    -researching trickster gods and as part of a larger project of classifying dieties and spirits outside of pantheonic methods
    -creating a series of childrens books (probably just for personal use when I have children) covering the basics of many different religious beleif systems.
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    My believe is that there are many energies ,spirits if you will, that guide events in the world. There are energies in everything from the earth we stand on to the the wind that tugs and nips at us. In order to better understand this energies I chose to give them the aspects of the Greek gods. To me this is how all gods came to be, when man discovered these energies they found it hard to worship and give praise to something not seen so they gave the energies aspects and personalities of themselves. I don't know the exact path I follow, and I really don't do anything in the way of worship except to sometimes meditate somewhere quite and full of nature.

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    [quote author=yukanaoe link=topic=135.msg3816#msg3816 date=1287321304]
    I believe all religions are the same. nomatter what you call your god's and goddess's they are all the same entity. i believe everything has its own spirit. rock and tree's to animals and humans.
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    What about animism, what do you think about that? The spirit in everything reminds me of it.

    I wrote some sort of description about my believes also to my introduction, but I guess it's okay to post here too. So I also believe, as yukanaoe above, that all religions are the same in that sense that they all try to approach the same divine in their own ways. From my point of view some of them are more original and some are more affected by the desire of power, authority, etc. (I consider nature based pagan paths to be those more "original" ones, and that's why i'm hanging around ) I recognize this is just my opinion which is based on my way to see nature as a representation of this divine, universal force, which makes the sun shine, gravity to exist, universe to born and maybe someday reborn and so on. I'm sort of attracted by the ideas of shamanism (especially Finnish, Siberian etc.), Finnish reconstructionism which has some animistic tendencies too, but the hard polytheism (which it seems to be) of the belief system has kept me away from it, and most recently pantheism which I still know almost nothing about but sounds quite interesting. Taoism and especially the concept of tao also sound interesting but we'll see..

    I feel connected to this divine when I wander in the woods, touch stones, trees, feel the wind and the sun. I also highly respect the past generations and my roots, but I don't include them to my mainly improvised rituals 'coz I don't believe that our spirit remains in one piece after we die so in that sense they don't exist anymore but in our memories. I believe after we die our soul (or whatever you want to call it) goes into millions of pieces like our physical body and in that sense we reincarnate in many many different things and people.. (i'm not sure if that makes any sense.. Hope it does..)

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    Re: Describe your path

    animism? Hmmm... i shall look into it! thanks!!
    "Close your eyes, take 20 paces farther than you thought nessesary and just when you think you've lost your way completely.. you'll be there. open your eyes" Alice Hoffman

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    Re: Describe your path

    I'm a [hard] polytheist Pagan that has leanings towards Shamanism/animism. I believe in every God and Goddesses, that they are separate beings, but I don't honor all of them. I connect with the Egyptian and Norse pantheons. Set [Egyptian] is my main God. Balance is the key. There is no darkness without light and no light without darkness. I believe in an afterlife and reincarnation. I believe in faeries and ghosts.
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    I'm kind of in a transition period. I have believed for so long that I was a Wiccan but now after having realized the differences I consider myself one less and less and more Pagan. I believe in the God and Goddess. I'm trying to not think of the God as the Goddesses consort as the Wiccan's believe but I kinda like the idea and it feels more comfortable. I believe all the goddesses like Athena and Hecate are personifications of the main Goddess. So if I was going to do a love spell (which I never would but if) I would call Athena but in my mind I would just feel like I was calling the Mother Goddess. I'm interested in Celtic Paganism but I honestly don't know whats different about it than normal paganism. (I was hoping maybe someone could elaborate ) I don't do spells or rituals very often and if I do they're unorganized and last minute but I'd like to change that. I'm just trying to live by the Rede and honor the Goddess and feel my way through. I celebrate Sabbats by myself (but hopefully not for much longer)
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    What are basically my beliefs?
    I concider myself to be Wiccan, which includes following the Wiccan Rede.
    When it come to the choice of Deities, it userally the moon Goddess, and those related to Fae
    As for rituals, it is basicly dealing with Earth, Moon, and Fairy magic.

    Do I believe in the Afterlife or Otherworld?
    I believe in the afterlife.

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    What Gods or Pantheon do you believe in?:
    Well, I'm still a little iffy on this part.
    I believe in spirits, and wherever an offering or prayer is concerned, I pray to or offer things to the "good spirits".
    I am really interested in the Greek Pantheon, but I also believe that all Pantheons are really one in the same. Same gods, different names.

    What rituals do you practice and for what purpose?:
    Whenever I am in need of something (money or other things), I will offer those things to the good spirits. So, if in need of money, I will offer some coins to the good spirits to use in the spirit life. If in need of food, I offer small cakes or honey, etc. I also write requests on a piece of paper and if I'm in a hurry or don't feel like lighting a candle, I will leave it in the offering dish for them. If my request was fulfilled and it was a physical thing I can offer, I offer it to them. If it was a spiritual or emotional thing, I offer them flowers, incense, candles, etc. I basically believe they can help tip the scales a bit. I suppose they could be compared to Saints in the Catholic religion.

    Do you believe in the Afterlife or Otherworld?:
    I believe in the Afterlife. I believe in reincarnation, but not that everyone is reincarnated. I believe when someone dies, their soul can stay on Earth until they are ready to finally move on and either be reincarnated or just eternally rest.

    I also believe in different spirit planes. I can't say I 100% believe in Faeries, but why not? They haven't been unproven. I am open-minded and take everything as it comes.
    “Not all those who wander are lost.” – J. R. R. Tolkien

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    Re: Describe your path

    I am a Skeptical Panentheist. I call myself pagan only very loosely. I believe that the divine is by and large, in everyone and everything - but I'm also open to the possibility that there is, in actuality, no divinity at all. That said, I worship nature. Pure and simple as that. No fancy magic, no fancy rituals.

    My Divine is the wind in my hair, the soil beneath my feet, and the sun above me. It is the trees and the mountains, rivers and oceans, rocks and fish and animals. It is at once both beautiful and deadly - none of this "an it harm none" business. My Divinity is indifferent to the suffering of life, just as it is indifferent to the joys of life.

    The afterlife? In my mind it is one of two things: Reincarnation, or absolute nothingness.

    Also, this:

    [quote author=thalassa link=topic=135.msg2745#msg2745 date=1287093777]
    I don't believe in any gods...and yet I believe in all of them. I'm a pantheist. I believe that the Divine is imminent...the universe and all within it is the body of what I amusingly call the Divine Principal of Underlying Reality (DPUR). But, since I'm also a pragmatist, I go with what works...and belief works. So, to that end, I believe in the anthropomorphic projections of ourselves that we put on forces we either do not understand or have no control over. I do not literally believe that there are divine beings that walk the earth waiting to sprinkle their blessings or wrath on unwitting mortal denizens...but I do believe that they are incredibly useful and powerful symbols to work with.
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    Re: Describe your path

    [quote author=TaiganPagan link=topic=135.msg681#msg681 date=1286696889]
    What Gods or Pantheon do you believe in?
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    No specific ... Just "something" ... I use a generic GOD and GODDESS ...
    [quote author=TaiganPagan link=topic=135.msg681#msg681 date=1286696889]
    What rituals do you practice and for what purpose?
    [/quote]
    Not too many ... Mostly when someone I know needs help ...
    [quote author=TaiganPagan link=topic=135.msg681#msg681 date=1286696889]
    Do you believe in the Afterlife or Otherworld?
    etc...
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    Not sure ... Open to the possibility ....
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    Indian Chief 'Two Eagles' was asked by a white government official; "You have observed the white man for 90 years. You've seen his wars and his technological advances. You've seen his progress, and the damage he's done."

    The Chief nodded in agreement.

    The official continued; "Considering all these events, in your opinion, where did the white man go wrong?"

    The Chief stared at the government official for over a minute and then calmly replied.. "When white man find land, Indians running it, no taxes, no debt, plenty buffalo, plenty beaver, clean water. Women did all the work, Medicine Man free. Indian man spend all day hunting and fishing; all night having sex."

    Then the chief leaned back and smiled; "Only white man dumb enough to think he could improve system like that."




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