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Posted: Sep. 8, 2002
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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!
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| With Freedom Comes Responsibility ... ||Nov 21st. at 12:19:59 pm UTC|
|Rev. Jeva Singh-Anand (Sioux City, IA) ||Age: 36 - Email - Web|
One of the truths Wicca and Pagan thought teaches is the immanence of deity. The Gods are in us and around us; they permeate and ensoul the world. That is a truth many faiths have recognized, in many cultures. One such example is the Indian greeting "Namaste": that which is God in me salutes that which is God in you. The Catholic thinker and aviator Antoine de Saint-Exupery stated that his civilization had made Man the inheritor of God, that all people were ambassadors of God, and he interpreted the seven virtues in this context. Because we are all holy, living in a world that is also sacred, we bear a great burden of responsibility toward our fellow humans.
That is what has motivated me and the Siouxland First Wiccan Congregation to become involved in our community. Late August, we were approached by one of the local media, asked what we intended to do on September 11. It struck me that we, as an accepted religious community, were expected to do something to give something back to the community. Since then, all of our Sabbats have included community action and toward fellowshipping with other congregations.
It still surprises me just how warmly we continue to be received. True, not everyone will love -- or even accept us. In fact, one of the local fundamentalist churches has begun to pray for us. Well, it's a free country, and as long as their actions do not turn harrassive, let them do what they want. Meantime, we have plenty of other work to do.
Work is its own reward, and that's another big motivator for me. The psychiatrist Wilhelm Reich stated, "Love, work, and knowledge are the wellspring of our life. And they shall govern it, too."
Robert Heinlein, in _The Moon is a Harsh Mistress_, put it more bluntly, "Taanstafl! No free lunch."
That works, too.
| Does Music Qualify? ||Nov 21st. at 12:47:00 pm UTC|
|Peg (Orlando) ||Age: 41 - Email |
I don't know if this is Pagan oriented but I have always loved listening to music and it's a high motivator for me. And it seems that no matter what is going on in my life, there's always a song that comes out that shows me what direction to go in. Like the song "Missing You" by John Waite came in at point in my life when I needed it.
| My Motivation.... ||Nov 21st. at 3:41:54 pm UTC|
|waterdragun™ (salem, IL) ||Age: 34 - Email |
"To touch is to heal,to hurt is to steal...."
| Truth ||Nov 21st. at 4:17:32 pm UTC|
|Jeffrey Fink (WV) ||Age: 24 - Email |
Truth motivates me. "No lie can stand in the face of truth"
| My Life-guide ||Nov 21st. at 5:56:05 pm UTC|
|Freyja (Denmark) ||Age: 25 - Email |
"The secret rhythm of the universe is the rhythm of love which moves the stars and the planets..."
| My Motivation ||Nov 21st. at 6:46:14 pm UTC|
|Peggy Derr (VA) ||Age: 17 - Email |
i practice what i believe whichis that do no harm and respect nature.
| My Motivation ||Nov 21st. at 7:51:39 pm UTC|
|Bonnie (Yankton SD) ||Age: 23 - Email |
My four month old son is my motivation. To be able to know that I did something so right that the Goddess would bless me with such a gift is motivation enough for me.
| Balance ||Nov 21st. at 8:06:41 pm UTC|
|Ravenstone (Everett, WA) ||Age: 50 - Email |
The ideas of balance and Self-responsibility are what motivate me as a Witch and a human being. I come from a fundamentalist version of Christianity, where I could petition Deity and somehow hope that my behavior would qualify me for a positive answer. This left me in somewhat of a "victim" mode. The idea that I can take responsibility, and work my will (for the good of all) through Magick, was and is liberating to say the least. The striving for balance motivates me as I witness Mother Earth going through Her circle of changes, and I witness first hand the Wisdom of the Elements in their process of give and take. Blessed Be.
| My Motivation ||Nov 21st. at 9:24:24 pm UTC|
|Aidan Silkfire (Backwater Town, Oregon) ||Age: 14 - Email |
To strive for a balance between dark and light so that I may live life down to the last little bit, well that's more poetic than the general sense but that's the whole idea.
Also, Truth is a great motivation for me. It's easy to tell Lies to keep our bodies, but to tell the Truth is a great deal easier on the mind and soul.
I also don't want it all to come back and bite me in the tush, so there. :-)
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| My Motivation ||Nov 21st. at 10:45:18 pm UTC|
|Alicia Milstead (Deland, Florida) ||Age: 22 - Email |
What keeps me going more than anything else is that I know where I truly belong, and I feel secure in the place I have found within myself. Even when I was very young, I realized that the strictly Roman Catholic life my parents wanted me to lead was not for me at all. It was a hot point, especially between my father and I, ever since I realized, at about age 10, what it really was that I was being drawn to. My parents taught tolerance, but could not tolerate such a difference in their daughter. The turning point in my struggle to finally become myself out of my own free will came when I met the man I was to marry. He was the epitome of everything Mom and Dad feared and disliked. Christmas of the year 2000 was a mess for us all becuase of this. I moved out New Year's Day, and married at the end of last January.
Ever since, life has been a journey of discovery and learning. I'm in a place where people delight in who I am. It's no small thing to me that I see the arrival of my husband into my life as a gift that will forever be sacred. So, my purpose is freedom of will and caring and empathy for all life.
What you chose to do with life is your decision, but be sure that you always give back, and give even if there's nothing to get back.
| Quantum Mechanics ||Nov 22nd. at 2:48:06 am UTC|
|DT (Madison, AL US) ||Age: 44 - Email |
I seek truth through science. I am a physicist whose specialty is cosmology. I find truth in mathematics, science, research, and relationships with my grandchildren. I do not know if there is a God/Godess or not, but I am open to discussion on the subject and widely read. If truth is to be found in magic, I would appreciate an intelligent discussion about why it represents truth. I cannot call myself an atheist, but rather agnostic. I've learned enough about science to know just what it is that I don't know.
| Honesty ||Nov 22nd. at 6:09:58 am UTC|
|Maggie (Leicester UK) ||Age: 42 - Email - Web|
I guess my major motivation force is honesty, honestly recognising who and what I am, then honestly trying to live by my principles. I think it's best summed up by this extract from the Desiderata
"You are a child of the universe no less than the trees and the stars.
You have a right to be here.
And whether it is clear to you or not,
no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.
Therefore be at peace with God,
whatever you conceive him to be,
and whatever your labours and aspirations in the noisy confusion of life,
keep peace with your soul."
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