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The Great Escape

Author: Crick [a WitchVox Sponsor]
Posted: January 2nd. 2011
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With the advent of the Roman New Year, certain thoughts have gathered in my mind. Why is it that we as a species constantly seek to alter our state of consciousness? Every single day there are literally billions of folks, who engage in activities that are intended to alter the sense of reality that we are introduced into from birth. What is it that we are trying to escape from?
Can it be the behavior that we as humans have introduced into this world, a behavior that we accept as natural? Or is the mystery of life to become cognizant of such activities and to find a higher sense of truth?

We as a species engage in this activity of escape through a wide variety of ways. This may be through alcohol in its many forms and proofs. Or perhaps through the use of a wide variety of drugs which are ingested in every way imaginable. It is interesting to note that though all drugs have the same intended result to some degree, we as a species have become divided as to which drugs are acceptable into which segment of our many societies. The same questions and/or concerns arise over many other forms of consciousness-altering, such as those associated with spiritual endeavors like vision quests and Chautauqua’s or sexual eroticism with its many avenues of so called “sexual freedom”.

As pagans we proclaim our purpose in this life as ‘seeking out the mysteries of life’ and yet we have literally hundreds, if not thousands, of ways to escape the very reality that we claim to seek an understanding of.

Why? By engaging in such activities, are we not as a species subjugating our very purpose for being in this realm? Is this behavior a means of escaping from our spiritual responsibilities in regards to those lessons that deity, as we individually relate to such a concept, has placed before us? In short, are we simply copping out as a species? And as pagans of many and divergent paths, do we not have an obligation to seek an understanding of such personal behavior?

Are we simply a facsimile of the three Abraham religions, which espouse love and peace on one hand and yet engage in every type of escape known to humankind on the other hand? As pagans, do we truly seek a greater understanding of self and thus of our spiritual growth? Does our proclamation that we are Pagan translate into tangible actions in regards to our responsibility to self and to those around us? Or do we simply join in the stampede to find a form of escape from this reality with its panorama of harsh and difficult lessons?

And what about those activities that we engage in using mind-altering substances that are intended to enable us to connect with spiritual endeavors? Are such activities actually inclined towards such worthy goals or is it just another means of legitimizing the great escape from our current state of reality… A reality that may well be constructed for this particular realm only? This of course assumes that one believes in reincarnation and thus the possibility that we are re-injected into the human awareness or perhaps a sense of reality that we are totally unaware of from our current state of understanding.

If they are constructive means of reaching a spiritual plateau, then what about the billions of folks around the world who employ mind-altering techniques simply as an avenue of escape? Are they showing irresponsible insolence to a sacred means of connecting to deity?

Why do you suppose that our world is in such a flux? And more importantly what is our individual responsibility towards such an impasse of misguided actions? Is our responsibility, if any, confined to becoming beacons of personal behavior for others by instilling a greater knowledge of spiritual self within ourselves?

Does it involve becoming actively engaged in the pagan community, provided that such a community extols the virtues of learning our life lessons and utilizing the wisdom that comes from such hard earned lessons? If you are of the mindset that mind-altering substances are relevant to attaining certain spiritual plateaus, what are your personal responsibilities to yourself and to others that you may be teaching… especially in the cases where certain substances may be deemed illegal in your particular swath of society?

Of course, your understandings of this subject may well be in the minority when compared to the current mindset of our species: that engaging in the Great Escape is both fashionable and acceptable on a grand consciousness of behavior. If this brief observation is acceptable, then what does this say of the spiritual direction of humankind?

Are Pagans as an alternative society, intended to make a difference in such a casual mindset? Or is paganism better served as a lifeboat to those who seek a greater understanding of self and life than that which is currently offered by the myriad religions that abound around our planet? Can pagans, who in many cases, came from a former religion and/or spiritual path, find the inner strength to expand their learning curve of life?

If the Great Escape turns out to be legitimate tools of the spiritual trade, can pagans bring such an understanding back into perspective?

Or are pagans relegated to failing the self incurred goal of seeking out the rigid and/or flowing lessons of life which may well hold the key to opening the spiritual door for each of us? Are pagans simply seeking to enjoin the Great Escape by way of indulging the many substances available to humans, just under a different societal label?

Our world as it stands today, and yes extending back to our roots, leaves a great deal of room for improvement on the spiritual level and throughout society as a whole. And yet each of us owns a piece of the responsibility for our existence. And at the end of the day we each must determine our contribution to that responsibility. Ok, folks, it’s time for the old man to get his first cup of java. I would be very interested in hearing your thoughts and comments in a common respect manner. After all, we are pagans!!!





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