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What’s Your Motivation?
What motivates you? What is the guiding principle(s) by which you steer your course? The Rede? Freedom and Justice for All? Honor? Kindness? Truth?
Have you ever had to wrestle with conflicting impulses or actions that may be contrary to what you hold to be your guide? How did you resolve it?
Is there a quotation (or quotations) that best sums up the ideals that you try to live up to or that is your inspiration? Please share it!
| Reponses: There are 97 responses posted to this question.
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| Knowledge ||Nov 20th. at 11:02:34 am EST|
|xi (Conneaut, OH) ||Age: 25 - Email |
for whithout knowledge one can know survive. with out it one goes stale and loses the thoughts of life and wishes to be no more. Even Methusila ( not sure of spelling here and bad at it anyway) spent his entire existence learning what he could so that he had something to keep him going. Knowledge to man is like milk of the mother to a babe, it makes us who we are in the eyes of all who behold us be they mortal or gods. that is my motivation.
| Simplicity ||Nov 20th. at 12:00:03 pm EST|
|The Sweeper (OK) ||Age: 48 - Email |
My life is motivated by the needs of my spouse, my children, the people in my life, and even those who are not.
I am motivated by the sunrise and the sunset, the stars of night sky and the bright sunshine of the day.
I am motivated by the quiet of a soft snowfall and the roar of a raging thunderstorm.
I motivated by the need to feel and experience all the gifts of the gods and I feel blessed by them.
I follow no arcane rules or specific guidelines, I simply try to do the right thing, help others, harm none and follow my path where it leads.
| Free Will ||Nov 20th. at 12:08:39 pm EST|
|James Shrek (Pittsburgh PA) ||Age: 25 - Email |
I try to steer my life by Free Will........the concept that every bieng is free to make their owbn choices, even if those choices don't agree with me. The only time I throw that out is if the action would violate another's Will; for example, murder is wrong because it is a termination of another's Will, basically saying 'My will to kill you matters more than you'. There's a lot more to it, and I know it ain't perfect, but s'okay, neither am I.
| The Three "P's" ||Nov 20th. at 3:07:48 pm EST|
|Jennifer Paige (Hillsborough, NC) ||Age: 26 - Email - Web|
I am ever motivated to promote religious tolerance and understanding.
Beyond that, I try to stick to the three "p's" I set for myself in my Initiation rite: Patience, Passion, and Perserverance. These transcend into everything I do, permeate every part of my life. If I am dedicated to these three ideas, I am the most dedicated to myself, our world, and the Divine.
| Connecting With The Universal Energy ||Nov 20th. at 3:45:50 pm EST|
|Appleluna (Palm Desert,CA USA) ||Age: 27 - Email |
What motivates me is my longing since childhood to merge with that universal cosmic consciousness that is apart of us. To create a relationship with the different God\desses that make up this Universal Consciousness. My guiding principles are to have love,respect,keep integrity,honor myself as part of God\dess,learn,trust my instincts, undertand others have there own paths and be open to all. When i first realized all that I could accomplish with magick and knowledge i had to fight with myself to not do negative magick out of hurt or anger. It's easy to let go of one's self in all that so i had to keep in mind that karma is unecsapable and let the universe even things out for me. To me the ability to have an open mind and heart is the greatest gift ever.
| LIFE ||Nov 20th. at 6:37:13 pm EST|
|Dravon (California) ||Age: 25 - Email |
I believe that the spirit of life itself motivates me and the time I am to share in this world. I live by a simple quote "Live as if you will die today, Dream as if you will live forever" James Dean-
| The Dance ||Nov 20th. at 6:50:16 pm EST|
|CarrieAnn (Salem) ||Age: 20 - Email |
My motivation is creation itself, being an artist it is my life and my particular form of magick.
To bring a little more honest beauty into the world and walk the pollen path.
"I embrace my desire to
feel the rhythm, to feel connected
enough to step aside and weep like a widow
to feel inspired, to fathom the power,
to witness the beauty, to bathe in the fountain,
to swing on the spiral
of our divinity and still be a human.
With my feet upon the ground I lose myself
between the sounds and open wide to suck it in,
I feel it move across my skin.
I'm reaching up and reaching out,
I'm reaching for the random or what ever will bewilder me.
And following our will and wind we may just go where no one's been.
We'll ride the spiral to the end and may just go where no one's been."
| It Is The Little Things In Life... ||Nov 20th. at 6:57:14 pm EST|
|Rainsong (San Juan, PR) ||Age: 30 - Email |
I find that the big joys or tragedies are easier to understand and either enjoy or overcome, albeit with help. These are things that others experience and live in their lives. However, just as a papercut can be painful while it gains no sympathy from people (as opposed to a broken leg), it is the little things in life that can either trip me up or keep me going. A smile, a cute pet, a nasty look, a lack of chocolate... These little things can add up during the day.
| Survival ||Nov 20th. at 8:35:07 pm EST|
|Robert Storm (Tucson,Az/ Asheville,NC) ||Age: 48 - Email |
The longer I live the more my motivations are driven by my deire for the Craft to survive. In addition to leaving my daughter something of spiritual value as well as mundane security, I am ever focused on contributing to the longevity the spititual path of Wicca by whatever means possible, be it through writing, public speaking, supporting like causes, or the building of a Santuary devoted to the Elder Gods. Since I believe we need more safe places to worship and coven, I have bent my will to that task. The green, the rich earth, a place where others may come and have an environment of open expression and study; this seems to be a worthy goal. So the motivation would be one of providing support for other believers and ultimatly a legacy. Stormbringer
| Here We Go ||Nov 20th. at 9:10:40 pm EST|
|Sheila (land of enchantment) ||Age: 33 - Email |
Remember, what you think, is.
| From Ceredwen... ||Nov 20th. at 9:50:59 pm EST|
|Alexis Eudy (Eugene, OR) ||Age: 18 - Email |
Think of Ceredwen and her cauldron.. and the potion for her son that was recieved by Gwion Bach (Taliesin). Wisdom! Inspiration!
| My Answer ||Nov 20th. at 10:04:17 pm EST|
|Elaina (Mulkeytown, Illinois) ||Age: 25 - Email |
I personally don't follow the rede. Why? Phyllis Currott's Witch Crafting has a great section on this too. If you worship all life as sacred, and feel the divine in everything that is including yourself and if you see all the inhabitants of this planet as extensions of the Gods and Goddesses then why would you ever want to intentionally hurt or bring harm in any way to anything? You don't have to have the paranoia of the Rede or the three-fold law to stop you, you respect and love your Goddess/God so much that you want to always do what's best for people and the earth. I know that we all make mistakes and screw up but it is one's intention that makes the behavior harmful or not.
So I watch my intentions and try not to do anything that seems overly selfish or harmful.
I love life and I love the Goddess so that's my reason for motivation.
I have a temper when someone really makes me mad and purposely tries to hurt my feelings or p*ss me off. I have had huge cravings to cast hexes on these people and ruin their day or say something like "for the rest of the day you will find everything going wrong." I just keep reminding myself that the root of nearly all conflict is fear...and mostly in my age bracket of 20-25 or so it stems from low self-esteem, so people in order to build themselves up attack others to try to soften their fear that they are afraid noone will like them for who they truly are. So they hide behind the masks of anger or attitude. I try to remember that these people are suffering and I don't need to add to that suffering.
My statement that sums up stuff for me is from the Charge...
"If you don't find it within you will never find it without"
This is how I live. If I want something like friendship or love I have to start at home first, inside myself. I know that if my intentions are wrong then I will encounter people who are harmful and situations that are harmful, so I try to keep my insides clear.
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