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The Responsiblity of Elders of Pagan Paths
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This is a great and powerful time for the Earth and Nature based beliefs. Whether you call yourself Wiccan, Pagan, Witch, Shaman or Neo-something, we are seeing a greater return and flowing toward these beliefs than at any other time in history. Thousands of people both young and old reach out to us seeking answers, searching for the truth and fellowship with others of like mind. Without exception, these people are hearing the voices of our ancestors and they are listening to the gentle voice of the Lord and Lady that echo's in their soul. For those of us who have traveled this path for a time, this is the beginning of a new era and one that requires a change in our thought processes. I will speak to this in greater detail later.
My experience from talking with others has shown, that while many of us are out of the proverbial "Broom Closet, " when talking with close friends who share our beliefs, we quite often play our cards close to the vest when dealing with others outside our close circle of friends. In many cases, this is still a necessity because of family or work considerations, however it carries over into our dealings with other followers of our community with whom we have not become comfortable. With the dawn of this new era, we must shed these apprehensions to move forward and embrace those just becoming enlightened to the voices of our ancestors.
Hopefully, those of you who have walked this path for a time can remember how confused and unsure you were when beginning you journey. Like myself, there is a possibility that you wrestled with the emotional conflicts between what you had always been led to believe by the unaware, and what your heart was telling you. You probably also were unsure where to start reading and learning even though there were only a hand full of books or so to choose from.
Today it is just as confusing to the new seekers of truth and information if not more so. They still struggle with the same emotional conflicts as we did, yet there are several hundred books to choose from and relatively few of us willing to step far enough away from the shadows to offer advice and guidance in making the right choices. It is an intimidating situation for them to say the least.
This is the area where I want to nudge your comfort zones and present a concept, which you may not have, thought about.
Earlier, I said that those of us who have followed this path must change our thought processes. In considering this, we must come to understand that the beginning followers of the Earth and Nature beliefs we see today are the new generation. These are the people who are coming forward to learn, understand, embrace and dispel the centuries of superstition and misconception that surround our beliefs. Therefore, we must move forward to embrace the next generation.
We must move forward to assume the role of mentors and guides.
If we ever hope to achieve understanding and acceptance of our beliefs to build unity within our scattered communities, WE MUST shoulder the responsibility of ensuring THAT future becomes a reality. We simply cannot sit idle and hope those who follow will understand the true meaning of our ways without adequate guidance.
As with any rite or ritual, we know from experience that the realization of our intent and will is totally dependent upon the energy we pour into that working. We must then understand that that ensuring a positive future for our ways is no different. We will get back exactly what energy we put into the Cauldron of the future.
We are the Elders of the Wiccan, Pagan and Witchcraft community, and we are the future Wise One's of the past. If we do not teach our traditions, values, morals and ethics of the old ways, who will?
I receive many requests each and every month of new ones seeking information. Each and every one represents our future reaching a hand out to us, the Elders, the Wise One's of these paths for guidance and answers. They are willing to understand, accept and follow this path, if we will only take the time to truthfully answer their questions and guide them from our wisdom and experience.
Understand this clearly my friends: They are the future, our legacy, the ones who are reaching out to change the centuries of myth, superstition and misconception which we and those before us have sought for so long.
So as you surf the Internet or encounter one who is new to our ways, embrace them with love and make the connection with their spirit. I urge you to not pass them by, but to reach out and take that hand if even only momentarily to answer a question or offer reassurance.
Let the love of the Lord and Lady fill your spirit and move a few steps further away from the shadows. Assume your place as one of the teachers of Strength, Honor, Harmony and Balance.
Come forward to help bring the Lady's children home to the warmth and security of her bosom.
I charge you to step from the shadows and take your place within the Circle to escort the dawn of a new day for our beliefs. We need to acknowledge this need and responsibility. Many of use seem to not have the time, however, I assure you, that once you take this step forward, the Gods and Goddesses will make sure that you are not overwhelmed. This, I speak from experience of myself, and from the sharing of others who have told me the same. It is based on heart condition and the true desire to do what is needed to guide those who seek.
Chief Two Trees, who I had the wonderful opportunity to study under several years ago, always reminded me to never forget that our future is the children. They are the ones to carry forth, and the ones who, in turn, will be there for us, and the future generations.
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