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Well I thought I would move my question over here from my introduction. I'm looking for a bit of help and I was hoping that someone could maybe point me in the direction of what would be good to read.

 

I'm not much of a god believer, really. I'm usually of the opinion of "Show me it's real and I'm okay". I've never really grown up with any formal religion as in Wales (where I grew up) there is a smattering of everything. However, I did throw together some ideas over the years that would be closer to Buddhism than anything else.

 

Well I've worked (volunteer) in the animal rights/welfare world for a long time and after a long while I became vegan. Mostly because A) I didn't want to kill or be part of killing anything and B) There were a lot of things about it that turned my stomach (and conscious).

 

I've felt disconnected with the world for a while and talks with fellow minded friends and reading drew me towards, well going back to my roots, or making new roots. I don't believe in gods, but I know everything has emotions, a consciousness (soul or life force, whatever you want to call it) and a right to live. I don't "believe" in anything I can't see but a lot of what I "believe" is wonderous.

 

I was wondering if there was any branch of Paganism that I could read about that's similar. I'm not against gods in a iconic sense (as that's what I think they are anyway, icons not beings.. Ideas not rulers. Sorry if that offends you, It's just what I think).

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if you use the search function, what i'd say to stick in there is

"animism"

"atheist paganism"

then get happily stuck in a loop of reading :P

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There are quite a few of us on here who are atheist Pagans, we base our religion/path purely on our love and respect of nature, there are quite a few threads on it which you may identify with, the recent 'is nature enough' thread discusses this and may be a good one for you to read. Like you my spirituality is all about the amazing beautiful natural world around us. The best thing about paganism is you don't have to follow a pre defined path if you don't wish to you can simply take what feels right to you and make your own way.

I've found certain named paths much more interesting and more aligned with my way of thinking such as animism and pantheism not as whole paths but parts of them really speak to me. Make good use of the search engine and I'm sure you will find something that feels like it fits and many of the threads make really interesting reading even if they don't fit your way of thinking. Becca

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Well so far I've stumbled onto "Totemism". But I agree you don't need to have a defined "path". Druid communities and many others have different ideas of what is right, as do many groups. However, there is something comforting in having a "label" if you get my drift.

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I agree with the general consensus, read a little bit about everything…

 

Many years back I studied Buddhism and found it had a great structure for my life at that time; but my magpie of a mind was always looking for other shiny things. I stumbled across a book named the Kybalion which got me interested in Hermeticism. There did feel as though there was a certain degree of synergy between the two (and neither of them rely on the belief in gods. The Kybalion does tend to lean towards a collective unconscious though.

 

I’m not trying to push my beliefs in any way, but you might want to take a look at the book (and available all over the internet for free.)

 

Snuf

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Dear Shinicat,

 

labels just make it easier to google :P

 

Indeed. If thou hast studied the Art and learned the True Name of some Eldritch Thing, google generally works better and faster than scrutinising a sheep's liver. :D

 

BB,

 

John Macintyre

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Dear Shinicat,
labels just make it easier to google :P
Indeed. If thou hast studied the Art and learned the True Name of some Eldritch Thing, google generally works better and faster than scrutinising a sheep's liver. :D BB, John Macintyre

 

... and it's generally less messy

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Dear Shinicat,
labels just make it easier to google :P
Indeed. If thou hast studied the Art and learned the True Name ™ of some Eldritch Thing, google generally works better and faster than scrutinising a sheep's liver. :D BB, John Macintyre

 

... and it's generally less messy

 

But you can't eat Google when you've finished with it! :o_razz:

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