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The Secret of Mana
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"This... is dedicated to the forces that watch over us - however we may envision or name Them." -Scott Cunningham, Wicca: A Guide for the Solitary Practitioner
"It doesn't matter what you have faith in, as long as you have faith... Your hearts are in the right place, but your minds just gotta wake up!" -The Muse, Dogma
I'm very eclectic, which is defined in the English language as "not following any one system, such as philosophy, religion, medicine, etc., but selecting and using what are considered the best elements of all systems." I believe that all branches of knowledge are connected, whether it's religion, science, philosophy, math, literature, et cetera.
Everything that you learn is a piece to an infinite puzzle. My partner once told me, "You know what I believe: I really believe that there's a link in some shape or form to every belief out there... that it's somehow all connected and because we're so stuck in our own ways, our 'bubbles, ' we don't see the bigger picture."
This bigger picture is the secret of Mana.
Secret of Mana is actually a role-playing video game that was released for the Super Nintendo console in the early nineties; it was my favorite game as a child, introducing me to a magical force known as "Mana, " along with Elemental Spirits and an evil empire that tried to consume the earth's energy to create a technological utopia, almost destroying the natural world in the process.
I later discovered that Mana isn't a made-up force. It's based real beliefs. When I was younger, I found an Occult explanation of Mana in Raven Grimassi's Wiccan Magick:
"Mana is raw, unconscious energy that exists within material and automatically shapes itself around concepts, condensing and empowering them... When we feel the power or energy of a place (such as Stonehenge or the Great Pyramid), what we are sensing is the accumulation of its Mana." (Grimassi 109)
"According to the ancient Hermetic teachings of the European Mystery Tradition, the stars and planets radiate celestial energy into the crystallized forms found in the Mineral Kingdom... The belief in the inherent power dwelling within stones eventually led to seeing them as divinatory tools. A good example is the use of a crystal ball in foretelling future events. In part this is connected to the belief that dwelling within the crystal itself is the divine spark of consciousness. This is known as its... Mana, which connects it directly to the Source of All Things." (Grimassi 53)
"In primitive thinking our ancestors believed that herbs contained an indwelling power... the divine creative spark dwelling within the creation, and therefore it had a consciousness of its own... this concept [later] shifted to thinking of the power within the plant as Mana, and later still as a Nature Spirit... " (Grimassi 34)
Mana has been celebrated in every culture throughout time. In India it was referred to as "prana, " a Sanskrit word meaning "the breath of life" in English. In Hindu and Buddhist traditions, it is known as "Brahma, " the Over-soul that encompasses everything that exists.
In science it is known as energy, which vibrates and moves within all matter. In the famous movie Star Wars, it is referred to as "the Force." In a video game called Final Fantasy VII, it is called "the Life Stream."
The Ancient Egyptians named it "Akasha" thousands of years before Rome. The Hebrews called it "Yahweh." The martial arts masters of the East referred to it as "Chi." Some call it the Everything, while others call it the Source of All Things.
In the ancient shamanic religions of the Old Ways in cultures in Europe, Asia, Africa, the Americas, and all over the world, Mana was honored as Mother Earth and Father Sky, symbolizing the two varying degrees of energy.
The Mother represents the absorption of energy, which is black, while the Father represents the release of energy, which is white. Between these two poles of light and darkness, there is an infinite spectrum of color.
The Ancients believed that these two opposing forces are necessary for existence, so they honored them as the Holy Mother and the Holy Father because they knew that no one in this world is motherless or fatherless.
Pagan symbols of these two extremes in energy fields became the God and the Goddess, who are symbolic figures of mankind and womankind; like how men and woman need each other to maintain the survival of humanity, so too do both light and darkness need each other to sustain the Universe.
One can actually observe this pattern of energy when studying the electromagnetic spectrum of Physics (black, red, yellow, orange, green, blue, indigo, violet, white), which coincidentally corresponds to the Chakra system of ancient Hindu teachings.
The Dark Mother and Light Father gave life to all the colors of the rainbow... to everything.
In the modern monotheistic religions of today, such as Christianity, this magical energy which surrounds us and exists within us is known as God, for Jesus Christ himself said in the Lost Gospel of Saint Thomas: "The Kingdom of God is within you and all around you, not in buildings made of wood or stone. Split a piece of wood and I am there, lift a stone and you will find me."
Many people today say "Amen" when praying to God, but most don't know that "Amen" is actually the Hebraic word for "I am." "Thou art the Kingdom, the Power, the Glory, forever and ever, I AM." I am Divine, as are you; everyone has God because everyone has the gift of Mana. There is a reason God is ubiquitous; God is literally everything, including you and me.
God is the modern term for Spirit, which is made up of all elements of the Universe.
"Kneel to your own self. Honor and worship your own being. Meditate to yourself. God dwells within you as you." -Uvaka Muktananda
This is the secret of Mana.
Grimassi, Raven Wiccan Magick
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