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The Evolution of Thought Forms
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When Goddess began enlightening me to the beauty of Her world, I was but a lost soul. I was angry for several years at the thought of the injustices wrought by a religion that was supposed to teach of love and acceptance. I began searching for others who thought the way I did and was ecstatic to find them. One evening, I decided to dedicate myself to the Sacred Feminine, the Goddess and spread the happiness that I had found in Her arms. It was in that dedication that I promised to give back what had been given me, to learn, to teach, to see the excitement of learning in the eyes of future students when Goddess decided to give them to me. At that time I was about as green as a new spring leaf in the ways of Witchcraft, the Wiccan way, but I was very eager to learn all I could. I needed a teacher…
Many events transpired (by Goddesses design fueled by my petitions) to bring me to a Coven that was part of a teaching Tradition; a Wiccan Seminary. It was in those many years that I spent my time and efforts to learn the ways of the Witch, to learn who had awakened me and brought about the changes that will forever alter my life and the way I think. That group of people would be my family and my mentors for those years and I am forever grateful for the roles they played.
As I worked my way up the ranks, through the three degrees of training and the many lessons, so too did the way of how I saw my world and how I worshiped in it. My growth was facilitated by a teacher that had given so much of herself for me. I felt sorry for her having burdened her with the fact that I knew hardly anything coming into the Seminary, but it gave her great pleasure to see her student flourish and grow for the effort. The knowledge and confidence she imparted on me will ever be engrained in my mind and I am so grateful. The pride she felt with all the successes I achieved would not comfort her as the feeling of extreme loss overwhelmed her when the time came for me to step away.
Eventually I outgrew what I felt was the almost dogmatic way of the Tradition and separated myself from it, also losing my Clergy status and all that I had worked for in the process. I had found an unsettling freedom of how I felt about worship or to better define the term and of how I thought about trying to redefine myself as a Witch and a Wiccan. What I did not lose was any of the knowledge and confidence that I had gained through the years of training. I wanted to apologize to those who were hurt by my separating from the Coven but it was through them and my training that I developed and evolved, so I refrained.
For many years before the awakening, and then a few years after that, I had rejected the idea of God. It wasn’t until I learned of my patron Goddesses consort and was introduced to Her God, protector of Her children. I would later come to the realization that He has been with me all my life, nurturing me, protecting me, and waiting for the time I would “come home”. Through the years of training in the Seminary, my bond with both The Morrigan and Cernunnos strengthened and the feeling of having to “worship” them diminished. The same feeling of “calling” on the Elements and/or Elementals lessened as the feeling of respect and co-existence grew. They are all a part of me and I a part of them.
Worship by its very definition separates us from that which is worshipped. We are one in the same. Why would I want to do that?
A lot for simple minds to grasp and wrap our brains around, but we are evolving. The “New Age” isn’t a rebirth of Paganism, though it seems to start out as such and is a good foundation to build upon, but a re-thinking of how we are all connected to the entire cosmos. Paganism had its time for thousands of years prior to the emergence of the Judeo/Christian thought forms and most other religions that have developed in recent times, but all these religions have a common thread; They separate us from each other and separate us from the ethereal energies of the universe. The “New Age” will usher in an ideal that we are all connected; we are all a part of the same energy that is the universe. It is this evolution of the mind that will bring us closer to being one with the All, the One, that ever present energy that is all that ever was, all that is and all that ever will be.
I’m still trying to define myself but I know that I am on the right track for myself. Goddess has given me a couple of students to help facilitate their own spiritual growth and I am confident that they will find the path that is right for them.
Peter Matthiessen stated it best in the following quote:
“Soon the child’s clear eye is clouded over by ideas and opinions, preconceptions, and abstractions. Simple free being becomes encrusted with the burdensome armor of the ego. Not until years later does an instinct come that a vital sense of mystery has been withdrawn. The Sun glints through the pines and the heart is pierced in a moment of beauty and strange pain, like a memory of paradise. After that day…
We become seekers.”
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