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Death of a Friendship within the Craft
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Some Pagan Prayers
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September 8th. 2013 ...
Introduction to the Five-way Road: A Pagan Pilgrimage
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August 4th. 2013 ...
Fair Weather Witches
Pagan Studies II: Modern Paganism in the Americas
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My Pagan Manifesto
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Humility and Community Service
H is for Hubris
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June 23rd. 2013 ...
Magick and Play
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Coming Out Of The Broom Closet: My Own Answer.
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This was a mental dialogue/experience I had earlier this morning, in relation to the topic of what's been called, "Coming out of the broom closet, " or telling people that you've become Wiccan. I won't say for sure that I myself becoming Wiccan as such, but I will say that I've recently had a non-Christian spiritual change, and so I think this is something Wiccans (or probably anyone on a non-Abrahamic path) might relate to. I probably would have preferred if I could have posted this anonymously, to be honest...since it relates an experience that some might consider me arrogant to presume that I have had. I also wish to apologize in advance to anyone else here who believes in Kali who feels that I have mischaracterized her or that I am delusional. I have recorded what I felt that I perceived.
I will also confess that I have had to go through a lot of changes in my own thinking; my journey from the beliefs I held during a Christian period has been a long one, and sometimes confronting and frightening. I've had to try and shed a lot of baggage, and a lot of beliefs, which not only limited me, but also were toxic, fear-based, and offensive to others. I still have more developmental work in front of me where that is concerned yet, a lot more.
I know that there are a lot of people out there who aren't Christian, and who have no desire to be. These people, whether Atheists, Wiccans, Pagans, Hindus, or members of the myriad other non-Abrahamic faiths can often be persecuted and made to suffer on a daily basis, simply because they have been touched by an aspect of the Divine with a different name, and in some cases, a different character to that which is described within the pages of the Qur’an or Bible, or because, in the case of Atheists, they, through no fault of their own, have either chosen themselves or been chosen for another path.
I have heard of people losing their homes, their children, their employment, (or being refused as potential job applicants) and essentially made to feel like total non-entities, again purely because of, "Thou shalt have no other Gods before me." Wiccans who practice magick, which is often entirely benign (and may even be actually therapeutic) in intent, are forced to remain underground and erroneously maligned as Satanists.
This is wrong, on a monstrous scale, especially considering that, if I am honest, during my own Christian period, nearly all of the most compassionate, altruistic, principled people I knew were avowed non-Christians. It does nothing to bring people closer to God. Also, despite all of the chest beating about their own supposed persecution that some Christians do, I suspect that their own memories of it are not as clear as they suspect...otherwise they perhaps would surely not be so willing to engage in such (at times) vicious and relentless persecution of people of other faiths themselves.
I have noticed that the only time many Christians ever try and engage in any sort of peaceful dialogue with members of other faiths is when they themselves are a minority; this is vile hypocrisy in the extreme, and I feel that it is a form of hypocrisy that Jesus Himself actually would have been opposed to. We can remain hopeful that eventually a day will come where it does cease.
If there's anyone else out there though who has recently converted to another faith, and is suffering due to being unable to share with others the joy that they have found...I just wanted to let you know that you aren't alone. Jai Ma!
I'd just got out of the shower, and was sitting on my bed thinking about an atheist I'd known some years ago on IRC who converted to Christianity. When he did so, there was a lot of the usual talk in the Christian channel where it happened about how the angels of Heaven cheered every time it happened, etc. I found myself thinking with some bitterness that although my own recent conversion *away* from Christianity had made me very happy, they would be saying some things that were very different.
As I thought this, I had the impression of another mind touching my own; for some reason I thought "preacher, " or "pastor."
The accompanying energy was harsh, aggressive and fearful; I didn't like it, although it initially also contained a superficial degree of sorrow.
"And now you are lost to us. You have turned away. You have become damned."
I answered with a verse from the New Testament, John 10:28.
"'I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish. No one can take them out of my hand.' If I was ever truly saved, I still am. Nothing can change that. I have had much help, over the space of years, and I have conquered my fear of hell fire. The truth has set me free, as it was promised."
"Yet after his having died for you, in order to give you that, you have still spat in Jesus' face by going to Kali, " was the answer. Can you not see that this is what you have done?"
His words stung, and I was rendered unable to reply. For the first time in days, I experienced pain. I could freely admit that I barely knew anything about the accompanying religion that She was from; the only thing I did know was that in the short time since I had acknowledged and begun to worship my Mother, I had experienced a degree of joy more intense than virtually any other that I had ever known. I did not know or understand how that could be demonic in origin.
Then, once again, my mind was filled with Her image, and the warmth that always accompanied it. I sensed a tinge of anger initially, but that vanished almost immediately. A warm smile slowly spread over my face, which I could picture also on Hers, and then Mother Kali answered my accuser. Her words were a whisper, but I felt that they were also laced with laughter and a sense of infinite patience.
"No. Jesus is not that insecure. You yourself may be. He is not."
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