Calling All Eclectics!

Well, I think all the basic denominational types have put their two cents worth in — Christianity of all types, Judaism, Islam, Buddhism, Vedanism (aka Hindu), Taoism, atheism/humanism, and a couple of flavors of neo-paganism including straight Wicca and my own hunny, Morgan, bearing the druid standard. For that matter, I’m sure I’ve missed a few.

So how many of us are out here not knowing where we fit in? For myself, I’m sort of a New Agey eclectic Taoist neo-pagan animist psychic-oneness-with-the-Aether type… >gasp< …and that doesn’t even get into the Gnostic elements I’m looking at inserting. I guess my religion could be called the school of Stranger in a Strange Land by way of What The Bleep Do We Know (and yes, I know “Ramtha” is involved; s/he’s the one bad part of an otherwise good primer on quantum spirituality). Or vice-versa; it’s been a long road.

The Matrix is a good metaphor for the same basic idea, if you ignore the sequels (Reloaded was a good potential setup, but Revolutions dropped the ball in another time zone). Star Wars is good too, though its Buddhist detachment-heavy ethos is rough for me. A married Luke helps — that’s why I make the occasional comment about being a “Reform Jedi.” >g<

The media-savvy have probably already grokked my basic philosophy: We Are More Than This. “Luminous beings are we, not this crude matter.” “Thou art God and I am God and all that groks is God.” (Replace “God” with “love” in that last sentence and you get my perspective on it. 8^) “Heroes choose what they want — being in many places at once, experiencing many possibilities all at once…and then collapsing on the one.” “I’m trying to free your mind, Neo. But I can only show you the door. You’re the one that has to walk through it.” Etcetera ad infinitum — literally. That, in a nutshell, is what I believe: for all that we are tiny motes in an endless sea of mostly nothing, every one of us is an infinite part of an infinite whole. Is that a Paradox? Hell yeah. In the classical world, paradox is nature’s way of saying “you’ve got a misconception here.” In modern politics, it’s logic’s way of saying “Bush is lying again.” In metaphysics, though, paradox is just our (currently) finite perceptions running up against their limits, at least IMHO.

As you might imagine, this rather outrageous alchemical mixture of belief in the possible makes joining an actual religion…problematic. There’s always UU, I suppose, and I’ve been to a few services, but for me it’s about the exploration, the journey, the mystery, the possibilities. (One of the front-runners for Unified Field Theory is the idea that quantum essence is basically possibility itself — a likelihood of existence that solidifies when it becomes, er, “entangled” with other possibilities.) Not to mention that to go to local UU services means getting up early on Sunday morning. I’m not that good at altering reality, not yet anyway. >g<

So who else is trying to figure this weird thing we call reality out, and what are you grabbing from Column A and Column B? Inquiring minds and all that.

(/) Roland X
“We need a renaissance of wonder. We need to renew, in our hearts and in our souls, the deathless dream, the eternal poetry, the perennial sense that life is miracle and magic.” — E. Merrill Root

Poll

So what are you?

• I’ve got The Right Way. (This can include True Atheism.) 0%
• I don’t know and YOU DON’T EITHER! 😉 6%
• I’ve got MY right way. YMMV. 46%
• I mostly follow a traditional path, but crib from other faiths a bit. 13%
• Have some from Column A, try ALL of Column B… 0%
• I’ve stolen from more faiths than Robin Hood and Ali Baba put together! 20%
• Other. There HAS to be an Other. 13%

Votes: 15

2 comments

My personal alchemy (4.00 / 2)

It’s no secret that ceremonial magick greatly influenced modern Wicca…most of the trailblazers in the Craft (Gardner, Valiente, Sanders, etc) were ceremonial magicians before they were Witches, and they brought a lot from ceremonial magick into the Craft.

However, there was a tendency in the 80’s to try to get away from the ceremonialism in Wicca, and to find a more pure, nature-centred version of Craft ritual.  These days, there are still a lot of ceremonial remnants, but few recognise all of them.

Really, if one strips away all ceremonial magickal influence from Paganism, you get…ADF-styled Druidry.  Nothing bad with that, mind you.  I hang with Stonecreed Grove ADF quite often, and count many of them as my friends.  However, Wicca is what brought me to Paganism, and Wicca is what I like, especially the older, British-Traditional styles.

My coven, then embraces the ceremonial magickal heritage of the Craft, going against the grain somewhat in the dominant modern Wiccan paradigm.  This means adapting many Qabalistic sources (often dripping with Judeo-Christian imagery) as well as medieval mystical traditions (like Abrmelin workings).  It’s actually quite easy…many of the old magickal traditions borrowed heavily from Pagan mysteries, and peeling away the veneer is part of the journey.

It’s all a part of Wiccan tradition.  Someone once said that Gerald Gardner (founder of modern Wicca) borrowed from any system that didn’t run to fast to get away.

I guess I’m just a Brit-Trad at heart…but it’s amazing just how much of a hodge-podge goes into even that.

Blessed Be

Taliesin Athor Govannon
HP, Coven of Caer Arianrhod
Taliesin’s Witchcraft Page

by Taliesin on Mon Oct 31st, 2005 at 23:21:11 PDT

Equal opportunity believer (none / 1)

Yoga Student/Born Again Hebrew Christian turned to New Age turned to Native American to Buddhism to Wicca to Quantum Physicist.(without the degree)
I do miss having a regular congregation, but I have been able to worship with just about anyone anywhere.
How I worship or pray can change from day to day based on what is going on with me.  I gain a lot of inspiration from writers. There have been so many great books written that give me a path for the journey.
I was thinking that it might be interesting for us to diary about where we have been on our path so far.  I know that mine has been a long and winding road.

by empathy on Tue Nov 1st, 2005 at 18:13:21 PDT

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