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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!
| Reponses: There are 97 responses posted to this question.
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| My Rede ||Nov 22nd. at 3:56:33 pm UTC|
|juliaane (NC, USA) ||Age: 51 - Email |
What goes around, comes around
Work like you don't need money
Love like you have never been hurt
Dance like nobody is watching
Sing like nobody is listening
Live like it is Heaven on Earth......
Do No Harm...
| Member Of The Way ||Nov 22nd. at 4:04:17 pm UTC|
|Micheil MacCutcheon (Dover, NH) ||Age: 46 - Email |
I live life with Joy in my heart and share it daily. And in life what you send forth is often what returns. So live life with joy.
I heard this from Donna Reed Show: "When you deal with others, use your heart. When you deal with yourself, use your heart."
Between the heart and the spirit lies the true path.
| Well... ||Nov 22nd. at 6:32:40 pm UTC|
|Zephyr (New England) ||Age: 23 - Email |
for sheer get up and go power, I've always liked:
You can't make tracks in the sands of time if you're sitting on your butt.
| My Response ||Nov 22nd. at 7:37:23 pm UTC|
|SunsetSeashell (Gold Coast, Queensland, AUST.) ||Age: 24 - Email |
The Wiccan Principles of Belief (*not* the Wiccan Rede), my own Personal Rede as well as various personal mottos are my guiding principles. Emphasis on "Guiding" - they are not commandments and I can ignore all these guidelines whenever I want - at the same time I do accept responsibility for my actions, thoughts and feelings (be they "good" or "bad"). My personal rede is such: Respect and live in Harmony with myself, Respect and live in Harmony with Others (including society, the wider community) and I am responsible for my actions, thoughts and feelings and their subsequent repercussions (be they "good" or "bad"). Two of my mottos are: "Walk in Light, Walk in Shadow", "I am here to understand not to be understood" :-)
| An Addition To My Original Response ||Nov 22nd. at 10:23:48 pm UTC|
|SunsetSeashell (Gold Coast, Queensland, AUST.) ||Age: 24 - Email |
I also try and be grateful for all blessings God/dess and Universe has bestowed upon me in the past, in my present and in my future. I like to say "Thank You" to God/dess and Universe daily (or at least aim for that). My little ritual is to just say "Thank You" and mean it whilst pouring a libation onto the Earth.
Sometimes I like to take a minute and reflect on what I have to be grateful for: from physical things such as not being disabled, my cat Bibs, being able to hear and see, my computer working, etc to the more spiritual which includes any lessons learnt as well as guidance given.
| Limitless ||Nov 23rd. at 11:57:23 am UTC|
|Jibrille (Virginia) ||Age: 15 - Email |
Some people might call me an immoral person, because I don't believe in morals the way most other people do. I view clear cut morals like "harming someone is wrong", etc. are social programming at best. Of course, just because I'm not Wiccan and don't have any real sense of moral boundry doesn't mean I'll go off doing whatever I wish. Although I certainly don't have any restraints as to what I can do, I just don't abuse that privledge which I give myself. What motivates me to try and steer away from what most people term "negative" magick is the fact that I also promise myself that I will accept total responsibility for whatever actions I may commit. By this I don't mean the Three Fold Law, by this I mean the reactions of people around me and chain events that may occur from my actions. If I'm frightened by the potential consequences, then simply won't commit the act (also because if I'm worried about the outcome, my magick won't be quite as potent anyway).
I guess I'm kind of Taoist on my view there, but I try not to view the world as divided between colors or elements or anything else. I believe that it's important to see it as a whole and accept it as a whole of both positive and negative, and I don't deny myself of negativity if that's what I feel must be done.
| Direct From The Alien ||Nov 23rd. at 10:34:48 pm UTC|
|Carrie de la Haye (Wichita Falls, TX) ||Age: 35 - Email |
My sister loves top search the net for stuff about aliens and conspiracies. Often, she sounds completely wacky. Occasionaly she comes across something that seems to fit, seems obvious but always nice to hear again and nice to repeat to one's self. My favorite, that I think of every day is "You create your own reality". Obvious right? But when you think about it not everybody beleives in complete free will. I really beleive we bring on our own realties. Your actions may not always catch up to you right away but I beleive they will, someday. So this is what motivates me. I, like everyone, want a happy, pleasant abundant reality; a balenced and harmonious world. Like I said something take a while to catch up. If everyone worked for such a world we would have one. So, my every action is dedicated to bringing about that harmomy...even if it is only in my car, in line at the store or in my own home with my children (who get told they creat their own reality when they get put into time out!!)Peace.
| Seize The Day ||Nov 23rd. at 11:52:25 pm UTC|
|Jasmine Dragon (Cuba, New York) ||Age: 17 - Email |
The phrase Carpe Dium Has a vibe to it that will not allow you to escape it. I hear the phrase and know what it means, this is what gets me through life. I know what i am capable of and what i want, so i go for it to the maximum. Only, while doing this the Wiccan Rede echoes in my mind.
| Motivations... ||Nov 24th. at 12:09:07 am UTC|
|Noelle (Ohio) ||Age: 23 - Email |
My motivation comes from Christ and my conscience. There's something so simple about "love thy neighbor as thyself" that sums up just about everything one needs to know ethically. I also have a strong sense of justice. It is very difficult for me to restrain myself from action and patiently await the fullness of time for their just desserts.
I try to keep my books balanced so if necessary, the backlash of my actions are contained.
| "Live Simply So Other May Simply Live" ||Nov 24th. at 7:24:39 am UTC|
|Morning Dove (Salisbury, MD) ||Age: 25 - Email |
Another Good Moto is "The Best Things In Life Aren't Things!"
Materialism and Greed are the greatests "evils" in this word, and I feel that if we all practed an ounce of Buddhism we would be much happier. There is no need to partake in this "disposable world" or to "Keep up with the Jonses". Living Simply is about being gentle on the environment and not spending beyond your means. You don't have to have a new car every year, you don't need to collect all the merchandise from "insert favorite TV show here" to prove your a real fan, and you don't need to buy everything brand new or to throw everything away... Give to Goodwill and buy from it too. Abundance can be a burden, so don't bring it home... When you shop, ask yourself, "Do I REALY NEED this?" or "Will I realy enjoy this for a long time?" Just Say NO to Capitalism!
| Why I Follow The Path Of Paganism. ||Nov 24th. at 7:47:22 am UTC|
|K.T (England) ||Age: 14 - Email |
Why do I follow the path of Paganism? That is a difficult question to answer. There are many reasons. a) I believe that people have the right to choocse what they believe in, whether they want to be pagan, christian, budhist or atheist. Everyone has the right to choose their religion and noone has the right to stop them. b)I find that Wicca's beliefs are the ones which most closely match my own, and that Wicca is right for me. c)Why not? because people think I am a child of the devil and worship the moon?
K.T (P.S to all the pagans and wiccans out there: you are not alone!)
| Our Founding Fathers ||Nov 24th. at 12:22:20 pm UTC|
|Stephanie Stanton (New Orleans, LA) ||Age: 47 - Email |
I know it sounds corny, but it's true for me. Their courage and brilliance and willingness to be reasonous to the Crown in order to found this nation so that freedom and the pursuit of happiness would be the top priority amazes me. Susan B. Anthony, Sojourner Truth, Frederick Douglas, Abe Lincoln and Elizabeth Cady Stanton motivate me for the same reasons. All of these Patriots risked all for a greater way of life for others as well as themselves. Gerald Gardner is in there as well for me, in working and seeing the Witchcraft Laws repealed so that we may live out of the broom closet. I admire the folks who worked all of their lives to make change, knowing full well they probably wouldn't see the changes within their lifetimes, yet never giving up the fight. "It is Winter we are sowing, and hands other than ours will harvest"...Elizabeth Cady Stanton. Elizabeth knew that was the case and never gave up. And that reminds me of a Yoruban proverb that Luisah Teish says often..."I stand tall because I stand on the shoulders of my ancestors". I will continue to stand on those shoulders and let their passion and motivation continue to motivate me.
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