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Making A Difference
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While growing up I learned quickly that people have a tendency to fear things that they don’t understand. I also learned that by acting ‘less intuitive’, people were less likely to be frightened of me. I instead found ways to get people to feel that they were not alone in different ways. One such way included cards. The cards allowed us to have fun and let down our guards, for nothing truly mattered as we played, and we were able to learn to get along and enjoy each other’s company without fear. We essentially became a group in which we looked out for one another. We welcomed one and all from all types of "cliques" in high school. I had friends who were African American, Latino, some from England, and even from Israel. Some were gay, some were straight, some bisexual; it did not matter. I before long had created a name for myself. Though In all honesty (while I thought it was cool) , I didn't much care for it. I was simply just being me.
What was my secret? It's simple actually. You see, I learned through all of high school and middle school that most people were just as afraid as I was… and once I learned that, I found ways to interact with them that were non-threatening.
Eventually, I ended up searching out religion and found Hecate. Ever since she and I found each other, she has been preparing me, grooming me. You see, when people talk to me, they know that I am honest with them, and I will not judge them like others do. It is also through this relationship that I had discovered something that I had never given thought to even though it was right in my face like a red hot air balloon 3 feet away…
It all started with a friend of mine named B. (who happens to be Mormon/pagan and a great friend who does not force his beliefs on people. Go B!) B and I were talking about life, and I was doing what came naturally. Afterwards, it suddenly dawned on me: “Wait. I just realized something…” ”Oh, what’s that?” asked B. “I just realized that I am like a traveling priest.” B. laughed and stated, “You just now are realizing that?” without missing a beat. I truthfully replied, “Yes.” He then went on to tell me that he had known that for a long while. As another friend put it (we will call her V) , "It makes sense. You are basically doing what Hecate does for those who can’t hear her in the way that you can." Needless to say I was a bit freaked out. Why would my patroness make me a traveling minister or priest like in other Christianity based faiths?
When I asked V about it she clarified and said, “No it’s not like you’re a priest (her also being a former Mormon gone Pagan/Wiccan.) It’s more like this: You are more like what the Mormons have. The elder Mormons are there to basically show that the religion is not bad, and to help those in need. By you doing something similar, you are helping to show that Wiccans, and Pagans are not evil. You are showing that they are good." That’s when everything seemed to click. (And boy, did it click!) It did not matter that I was not Christian. I am who I am. I am pagan and I am a good person.
I am a friend to all religions out there that promote peace. Do I approve of all of them? No, I don’t. However, as a good friend once told me, “I believe that all religions are good. It is when a religion’s leaders and followers promote or encourage bad things to happen to other people that it is no longer a good religion." I must say that I took these words to heart. And honestly, I fully agree with them.
I am Wiccan. I am a witch. I am a Pagan who went from a Mennonite tradition of faith to Wicca after learning about reincarnation from Buddhism. I have friends who are Wiccan, Catholic, Nordic, Christian, Mormon, Egyptian, Celtic, Norse, Viking, Native American, Russian, Australian, and even people of the Jewish faith, as well as many more. I can honestly say I have a lot of respect for all of whom I have met. I will always be there for them and I know that in everything we do, we all affect something else.
The fact that we as Pagans can show others that we are not bad just because of our religious beliefs is a powerful message that we will all eventually teach our children. I have learned so much from so many other people, and they from me. That said, I will continue to do my best to promote Wicca as a peaceful religion.
Am I perfect? No, I am not. No one is. We are all teachers, and students alike. We all have so much we can share if we all just are willing to go a little bit further. As someone once said, “If words can not move them, move mountains. Make them see what is right in front of them, and let them see who you truly are.” We are all just people. So let’s all walk the path together. Let’s show people of other faiths what it means to walk the path of the peaceful warrior.
As for myself, in a lot of ways I choose to walk a path of the crossroads, as does she, my patroness, Hecate. People have a tendency to come and find me when they are at a crossroad or Hecate has me run into them. I have met and helped many to the best that I can. The truth is, "We all can make a difference!" Let us all "show" the world that though we come from different areas, different origins, ethnic backgrounds, genders, that we are still people. And as people, we all can lend helping hands to those in need. The question is, what will you do to try and better yourself and those around you? That, fellow readers, is something only YOU can decide.
Peace, Love, and blessings,
all my own experiances
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