Where do you think it comes from? The word inspiration (as I understand) comes from the idea of being breathed into, being a sort of conduit for great ideas or works of art rather than their ultimate creator, the spirit coming into someone.
It certainly feels like that sometimes, that a dance or music or an idea comes to me rather than from me.
Greek mythology has the idea of the muses.
I also have also been having very odd dreams lately (apparently that's common in pregnancy interestingly) I have been lucid in my dreams, aware I was dreaming and with control over where I ran or flew. But I remember standing by a door in my dream and knowing I was dreaming and if all this was from my mind I should know or be able to put anything I wanted behind the door but when I opened it the world on the other side was a total surprise. I wonder if that comes from the same sort of place in the mind as inspiration, is there a part of our mind that is not a part of the 'me'? That I experience its ideas rather than feeling responsible for them even though they originate from my own body?
Or does inspiration actually come from outside? From gods or spirit or muses or some sort of collective consciousness or somewhere else?
Yeah, it's provocative. Perhaps the question should really be: is racism bad?
I've been involved in a long and interesting discussion elsewhere about Native American cultural appropriation and racism within the modern pagan community. As part of that, I heard views expressed that I've come across frequently among pagans. They can be expressed as (imaginary examples):
"I really feel drawn to the Morrigan. I guess it's because of my Irish blood" or
"my psychic abilities come from my Romany great-grandmother"
Now these are both forms of racism, in that the beliefs that relationships with gods or innate skills are dependent upon genetic inheritance. I'm not saying that this form of racism is bad, simply that it can be found throughout the pagan community. Roughly the same thing is endemic in the USA, wherever people explain any feelings they have for customs associated with their grandparents' or great-grandparents' culture as "in the blood".
Is it worth trying to dump the term "racism" within the pagan community and use "white supremacy" instead, as that's the thing we're fighting?
Because winter is a pretty dismal time. Shorter days, often no snow but rain and mud, and when snow does come it's usually hectic as helheim trying to get anywhere. And it's bloody expensive. So, jokes relating to winter and winter celebrations here! I'll start:
What do sheep celebrating mid-winter?
It's been a while since I last posted or visited UKPagan forum so long I forgot my password. But I thought I would make a blog entry and have a browse.
A lot has changed over the past few years and my spiritual journey has gone through doubts, different faith exploration some level of syncretism and a lot of confusion. My path seems to lead in all kinds of direction never settling in one place or on one tradition, practice or thought but what I didn’t expect was for my path to lead all they back to where I started but not with the same perspective. It would seem that I am leaving behind paganism in favour of Christianity in the form of Anglo-Catholicism and the Catholic tradition as received in Anglicanism, Roman Catholicism and eastern Orthodoxy; but mostly as understood through the Anglican Church and Church of England. At the same time I haven’t completely abandoned pagan things as such, I still have a connection to the other gods just in a different religious and spiritual viewpoint.
Witchcraft in all its diversity seems to be the only constant more or less, just its witchcraft through folk Catholicism and folk lore, witchcraft through a strange mix of a Christian syncretic world view, popular piety and natural magic and a few aspects of the Christian model of ceremonial magic. Still mostly eclectic and personal to me rather than an established tradition.
Because of my path through modern paganism I have a different understanding of the church, its sacraments and scripture. Not superior just different. There are lots I disagree with about modern pagan anti Christian views but I understand the emotion behind them because I had similar views myself. For me Catholicism offeres ritual mystiscim and the divine in a way that has freedom with in structure and ancient history and tradition that is concistent while still developing and trying to reveal the Catholic faith for our modern world.
Is this a bad thing? Is it ok for a path to change?
This is all my own views and expereince and is realy complicated and not quite making sense but it works for me I guess. Thanks to the Vally and Ukpagan for being great teachers and inspiering people. Theres more on a blog I set up called Mystic Pathways https://mysticpathways.blogspot.co.uk/ it trys to explain in a blanced way my journey.
So after reading this brilliantly amusing thread ( https://thevalley.uk...__1#entry553703 )
I thought it might be useful for people to suggest books which ARE useful and ARE accurate, and not full of rubbish :) or perhaps the top 1-3 books you might recommend to those who are new or wanting to learn more a new area.
For me, one of the books I own that isn't so bad is Breverton's Complete Herbal - which includes Culpepper information. In this, it gives the binomial nomenclature, other names of plants that might be known colloquially, a description of the plant, a history behind the plants, and the plant's uses. It's not as "fluffy" as other books. That being said, I would say it's more of an interesting read than a purely factual tome.
*edit* apologies if someone has already made a thread like this...