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  4. Moonsmith

    Spiritual advice please!

    Well, the others have said it all really. You're probably working too hard at it. To start with, what do you think that you would feel if you did "feel your god?" How would you know when you've got what you are looking for? OK, so if you are St.Paul then the start point is pretty obvious but then he was about as manic as you can get so major swings were to be expected. For most of us the realisation of deity [if it ever comes at all] is a slow gentle realisation. I wouldn't start with research, I would just accept the one tenet that you have stated with some certainty: The next step is to live with that thought for a while and see what form, if any, that consciousness takes. Don't worry if it takes time, just enjoy the thinking. I would agree with Freydis about your deity finding you but please be careful here. If you think that a god or two are knocking on your door keep them on your doorstep a while before inviting them in. Check your own mood and feelings at that time. and There are plenty of very spiritual atheists within Paganism and outside of it. and If you find that Chistianity is what calls, don't worry but please, if you return take one thing from Paganism. The devil, hell and guilt are nothing to do with spirituality, they are control mechanisms. Enjoy your belief without fear. Many of us Pagans have had stand up rows with our deities!!!! Edited to add: Do not confuse spirituality with religion. The Christianity that I was involved in had little to do with spirituality, it was all religion, tenet and creed.
  5. Ellinas

    Word Association

    Burning
  6. Ellinas

    Spiritual advice please!

    If you want evidence for the existence of a particular version of deity, it's no wonder you are confused. I was a fundie Christian. I would have said, years ago, it was the only valid religion, that there were proofs of its validity. I was wrong. It's an iron age development grafted on the top of bronze age mythology, within the context of the national deity of Israel. Nothing more, nothing less. There is no "evidence" that it is somehow more right or correct than any other mythology. Or any less, for that matter. What has relevance to you, spiritually, only you can answer. Just remember that no-one else's spirituality is yours - and yours is no-one else's. The question is what is valid for you - what makes rational and emotional sense given the way you see the world. The next step is to keep an open mind, investigate the mythologies, decide what it is you believe (I don't mean which mythology you believe in - rather, how do you think the universe works) and see which mythology, or combination of mythologies, best fits. That will take time. You may have some false starts. That's fine. We're here if you need to discuss this as the process develops.
  7. Freydis

    Spiritual advice please!

    Go with the flow. If you feel drawn to the Norse gods do a bit of research and see where it takes you. If the gods want to make contact they will find a way of making sure that you know it.
  8. Stonehugger

    Word Association

    Deck
  9. Stonehugger

    Spiritual advice please!

    I imagine that one way of exploring the spiritual, as distinct from the intellectual side of Christianity would be to spend time with Christians, especially ones who are doing something impactful in the community (which I know is a terribly clichΓ©d style of writing! - sorry everyone.) You might get into whatever is inspiring them. I tried that for a while but got put off by dogmatism, exclusion of minorities etc etc but maybe I was unlucky.
  10. Rob333

    Spiritual advice please!

    Hello all, Basically I need help!! I have became religious/spiritual over the last couple of years. I have spent a lot of time focusing on Christianity as I think it has the most compelling evidence. But I don't 'feel' God or Jesus. It is very much an intellectual belief rather than a soul belief. I think it's true but I don't feel it's true if that makes sense. Anyway, time and time again I am drawn back to the Norse god's. I don't know why this is as I have never studied any proofs of their existence etc. But I 'feel' the gods more than the God of the Bible. For example, listening to Norse music moves me in a way Christian music doesn't. So basically I am looking for some help as I have been in a state of confusion for nearly 2 years. I am completely confident that there is more to this universe than the material world we see. I am sure the universe is full of consciousness. But I don't know what the next step is. Is my feeling of the Norse god's just down to me liking the Norse mythology or is there someone more to it? Is my not 'feeling' the God of the Bible down to my spiritual under development, as I was an atheist for the first 27 years of my life? I would say I feel spiritually 'dead' as it is something I have never really understood. Please provide any information or opinions you think could assist me as I am losing my mind!! Rob
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  12. Veggie dancer

    Beltane Blessing to all

    It is such a shame. For years I've had plans to help revive the Maypole's and get some people out dancing with them. Always so bloody busy and also I'm sometimes a bit useless about organising myself to do stuff. And now I really am too busy with the baby.. maybe next year.
  13. Veggie dancer

    Beltane Blessing to all

    Hello. yes I did choreograph that πŸ™‚ and I think that video is the dress rehearsal so I am in it as one of my dancers had a physio appointment so I stood in. Though I think I go wrong as I wasn't sure 100% of her part. 😳
  14. Moonsmith

    Beltane Blessing to all

    Veggie? Did you choreograph that? Are you in it?
  15. Stonehugger

    Beltane Blessing to all

    Success πŸ™‚ It's such a shame that so many village maypoles are unused or just survive as field names or whatever.
  16. Veggie dancer

    Beltane Blessing to all

    Or this
  17. Veggie dancer

    Beltane Blessing to all

    https://youtu.be/H_V9pFIr8Q8 this might do it
  18. Moonsmith

    newbie, feel a connection to draconic paganism

    One of my daughters has just started out on my Anne McCaffery collection. Most of her science fantasy books involve some kind of symbiosis, even the ones that have nothing to do with the Dragon series. The first one is "Dragonflight."
  19. Ellinas

    Word Association

    Pop...! Sorry, couldn't resist...
  20. Moonsmith

    Beltane Blessing to all

    Not belated at all. That is the joy of the fire festivals; they are under the control of the seasons. They mark the turning of THIS year as opposed to years in general. Our hawthorn wasn't in full blossom until last week and still isn't snowing petals. Plenty of time for Beltane celebration. Hip hooray, here comes the May. Out-door loving starts today.
  21. Stonehugger

    newbie, feel a connection to draconic paganism

    I know exactly what you mean. (Regarding dragons, have you read the Pern books by Anne McCaffrey? I couldn't put them down!)
  22. Stonehugger

    Word Association

    Cherry
  23. Stonehugger

    Beltane Blessing to all

    Belated Beltane greetings πŸ™‚ Apparently (a word which always signifies that truth is about to be told...) they're a good early season food source for bees. This link seems to have lost its - um - linkyness. It seems to point to Youtube in general now. πŸ™
  24. Ellinas

    Word Association

    This reminds me of a T shirt I saw recently - "Make love, not war? Get married and do both" Anyhow... "Bite"
  25. Ellinas

    Beltane Blessing to all

    Well, I hope you carried an hour glass at the same time, and were suitably robed...
  26. Ellinas

    Hello there

    I wish to second what Snufkin has said. Loons R Us.
  27. Ellinas

    Hi Everyone :)

    It also occurred to me after I posted my last that you mentioned Hekate. These might interest you: Hekate: Liminal Rights Hekate: Keys to the Crossroads Hekate: Her Sacred Fires I have the first two of these, but have not yet got around to obtaining the third. This link is quite fun and might also be of interest to you. An alternative and slightly less developed version of the same site is here. I assume it's an older version, and have no idea why both exist.
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