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Magickal Path: Sufi / Bard / Freemason
Age Group: Adult
Sun Sign: Taurus
Occupation: Cinematographer/Film Maker
Relationship Status: Single
Sexual Orientation: Bi-Sexual
Located in: Northgate, Washington
Likes: My sufi Master, Murshid, Zikr, Nice People, Druidism, Paganism, Deep forests, writing poetry, Love, harmony and beauty, ice cream, Tantra, Reiki, nature, gardening, More to come...
Dislikes: Mean people, psychic vampires, gossipers, braggers, More to come....
Born and raised Catholic, but in 1982 I decided at 19 to become a born again Christian and from there went to an evangelical seminary which led me to become an Pentecostal preacher. This lasted about Seven years. And then like from a long sleep, I awoke from that dream after I became aware of Christian origins, and in general, the process of my spiritual unfoldment was so rapid, Christianity could no longer contain me.
I wondered spiritually for several years before joining the United States Navy in 1993 and in 1996, the middle of my enlistment, A friend and fellow Gunner introduced my to the world of Wicca....I fell in love. It was like coming home to rest after being away for a long time. Additionally I received training from in the Magical arts under Leon Reed, the great West coast Magician and Qabalist in the Art of Medieval incense making. I mastered that art under him right at about the point when conjured the Goddess Aphrodite to physical appearance having made an extremely powerful blend for that purpose. That experience was both beautiful and terrifying and I had a look on my face as if I had been abducted by aliens for about 3 months after that. She gave me the recipe herself during a shamanic voyage I made to her realm to inquire of her as to what she wanted in her incense. Thus I mastered that art and now I teach it as I’m required to according to the tradition.
At some point I was very interested in joining a Coven that was a British tradition that had a lineage going back to about the 14th century. It really interested me. I had known members of the group for some time and I was close with them. But in the midst of making my petition I became aware that the members of this tradition had very toxic relationships with one another that played out in backbiting, infidelities and arguing which I found myself caught in the middle of. This was besides that fact that they had been infiltrated by Cowens (Imposters - the original Masonic use of the word) they took into their midst via initiation who then sought to disrupt the circles unity. They also were initiating people who were completely unfit for esoteric work of any kind but had mercy initiations when the people cried for it long enough. And knowing what I do about initiation, how it binds one together with their coven mates as a karmic family, I was no longer interested in initiation into that tradition and left, as that situation disintegrated. Disheartened, I left my pursuit if Wicca as I felt I had learned all it had to offer me; poisoned by commercialization, bitterness and apathy. More to come…..Some weeks Later I was just beginning a class in anthropology called ‘American Religious Diversity’ taught by Dr. Thomas W. Murphy where you for a semester, would get to become an anthropologist and do a research portfolio on a faith which you were not familiar with. Tom and I had known each other for a couple of years or so and he came up to me and said “You know with your back ground you should pick Sufism as the faith to do your project on.” I agreed because as a witch I had always heard about these strange mystics called the Sufis that were really hard core in their practice. It was around that time I met the woman from Persia who has inspired much of my poetry…never more love or more pain.
During the project, I also worked at the college and cleaned the rooms at night. One night in particular, I was lamenting a nasty breakup with an ex- almost wife when while cleaning one of the rooms, with not a soul around, I yelled out into the mid air, “Love…Ha!! What the hell is that If it even exists anyway…which I doubt!!” And suddenly there came an ethereal hush to an already quite room, as many of you know the timeless sensation in ones immediate environment when deity is beginning to manifest. The answer came up through the ground, into my feet and up through my body and settled into my heart chakra. A voice, loud but soft and gentle vibrated at the center of my being saying “Love…is that which remains…and is left standing…when all else falls away.” And the next week I got the courage to ask, “what is it that remains and is left standing when all else falls away?” The answer came without hesitation….”You”. I was broken and began to cry.
From there I pursued the Sufi path and was initiated in 2004. It is immensely rich and the Magickal work is all done internally. The first place I heard about the Sufis was a Training Coven I was in that was associated with the Ravenwood School of Wicca out of Atlanta. I really liked Ravenwood's material as it breaks the surface of the glossy mainstream commercialized Wicca that has become a popular juxtaposition in contrast the abrahamic religions. But the popularized Wicca, made mainstream by corporate booksellers and television producers, has come into it's own as well. Nothing wrong with it mind you, though I don't necessarily see it as a spiritual path. I personally wanted more authenticity which most often requires a Student teacher relationship. This can only be found in the inner circle of the Wiccan tradition...the old, old ways known only by the old timers. Your lucky if you can find it. Sincerity and longing for the truth can lead one there. That's one thing I love about Seattle. We have it all out here, and then some.
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