25 Feb 2015
in Community, Healing, Life, Life Lessons, Media, Rants, Religion, Spiritual or Philosophical
Tags: Bible, good christians, Good people, hurtful words, judgmental, non christians, Pagan, perspective, Religion, You're going to hell
WARNING! This topic may be offensive to certain parties. Its intent is not to be hurtful or even discriminate against said party(ies) but to provide a new level of ‘awareness’ to those who it DOES apply to. You have been adequately warned, proceed to read at your own risk. Thank you for your understanding.
The most vulgar and ugly phrase I have come across in the human language by far has to be, are you ready? “You’re going to hell!“. Yep. You read that right and that’s definitely what I typed, “You’re going to hell!”. You might be wondering how in the world this simple phrase can honestly and truly be so vulgar, but – think about it. How would you feel if someone said this very thing to you?
Especially if you considered yourself say, a ‘Good Christian‘. What if you were a non-Christian?
Non-Christian folk often have to put up with hearing this sort of thing all the time, especially if they’ve chosen a different path that they feel, honestly and truly connects them with the Divine in some way. In our world, there is not just one path to God, Yahweh, Gaia or whatever name you use to refer to the creator, there are many. Some are honestly more positive than others.
Now bear with me because I will be, most likely, pulling the Christians a few times in here, only because they are the best example. So if your Christian and don’t like being criticized, you were warned earlier but – this is where you may wish to get off. Just saying.
It’s no secret that I’m not a Christian – but I have Christian roots and so I try to be as respectful as I can toward the religion. The people on the other hand – they are hit or miss. It’s like what Gandhi said, “I like your Christ. I do not like your Christians, they are so unlike your Christ,” and that has been my general feeling of most “All smiles” Christians I meet. More
07 Jan 2013
in Community, Life, Magic, Media, Religion
Tags: Asatru, authentic living, Buddhism, culture, fellowship of isis, Heathenism, Hinduism, life, Pagan, paganism, Religion, Religion and Spirituality, spirituality, Taoism, Vancouver, Wicca, Wiccan
Very essential Heathen altar. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Back home now, safe and sound. The trip back to the states went much more smoothly than crossing the border, believe me. lol So here’s my 1st official post since I’m back in the States. I hope you enjoy! Sorry if the formatting is a little messed up too. Can’t help that.
Oh! One more thing, I know it’s a small stretch but the Title is based on a Movie reference. If you get the reference, major Geek and Brownie-points for you! I didn’t want to add too much because than it would have been an obvious and rather “famous” quotation. If you do know what it is, be sure to say so in the comments. 🙂 And it doesn’t count if someone “Posts” the answer to what it is and you say, “Oh! I get it now! Duh!”. 😛
More often than not, when someone asks me what my religious orientation is or something related to it I state firmly and very plainly, “Pagan”. To me Pagan implies the modernized definition (check What Pagan Means to Me to find the definition) and that I worship multiple deities or forms of Spirit, I might have appreciation or reverence for nature (though I know not all Pagan groups do, but most do) and maybe more. That’s the general gist it implies though. More
26 Dec 2012
in Community, Life, Media, Religion
Tags: Christian, Goddess, Gods, Heathenism, Hellenic religion, history buff, Jewish, Muslim, Neopaganism, paganism, paganism today, polytheistic, Religion, Religion and Spirituality, Vancouver B.C., Worship
Wheel of the Year (Photo credit: nearlywildlife)
So I have a funny yet kind of “sad” story regarding my trip up to Vancouver that I can and will share with you. On my way up, we had to obviously stop at the border for them to check the passengers, luggage and other stuff. When the Border Guard got to me, oh boy, I sure did not see what was coming next – I visualized it entirely different. He asked me the standard, “What’s your business in Canada?” and I was honest and said, “I’m here visiting a friend“.
Then he asks how we met, how long we knew each other, wanted to know my friends full name and unfortunately I had a brain-fart on his surname and “Oh boy!” did I get a little flack for that. I didn’t find him intimating or anything and he was just doing his job; I can’t fault him for that – but when my religious orientation came up that got really awkward for me. I really didn’t want to tell him but after being badgered so long I just said what I was and he said, “Oh! Yeah? I know what those are. I’m a history buff,” as if that should have been a comfort. More
18 Sep 2012
in Books, Comics, Community, Healing, Life, Media, Self Empowerment, Spiritual or Philosophical
Tags: art, balance, Black-and-white, Dante, DAWN, Devil May Cry, evil, good and bad, Horned God, Joseph Michael Linsner, New York City, Religion, shades of grey, shaiya, Silver Line, society, Spiritual Growth, Spiritual Health
Shaiya, Goddess of Light and Goddess of Shadow
In these last few months I have come to understand and met people who see the world from a very “Black and White” perspective. For those unfamiliar with a perspective like this, it means, someone who sees good and bad only or what is perceived Good and Evil only, with no leeway for anything in between.
So if you screw-up with a friend who has this type of perspective, chances are they are going to kick you to the curb or like a bad habit quicker than you can say, “I’m sorry” and sincerely mean it. These individuals most likely may even be the sort to easily hold grudges (I can attest to the fact this is true of both people I knew).
The wondrous and yet sad part is, the world is far from being so one-way or another. It is more than just “Black” and “White“. It is many shades of “Grey” as well. Nothing is ever as it seems and yet sometimes it can be exactly that. It all depends upon the person as we are ALL just as capable of Good, Evil, or walking “The Silver Line“. More
12 Jun 2012
in Art, Books, Comics, Life, Media, Movies & Television, Music, Religion, Spiritual or Philosophical
Tags: all father, All mother, Brahma, Celtic Mythology, Christianity, Dagda, father god, Freyja, God, god figures, Goddess, Great Spirit, Hindu, hindu culture, holy mothers, Joseph, Mary, mother god, Norse mythology, Odin, Pagan, Religion, Saraswati, spirit, spirituality
The Theotokos of Vladimir, one of the most venerated of Orthodox Christian icons of the Virgin Mary. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Whether you believe it or not, all religions no matter what they are have some commonalities one way or another. Many cultures out there who have their own religion had little or NO contact (way back in the day) with some of these cultures who’s religions are now major in the world at large. One of these commonalities I see and feel that has been a persistent element is that of the “Mother God” and “Father God” themes. More
22 Oct 2011
in Healing, Life, Religion, Self Empowerment, Spiritual or Philosophical
Tags: Creator, Earth, God, Human, life, Namaste, New Age, postaday2011, Religion, Religion and Spirituality, Religion Spirituality, Shard, spirit, spirituality
Image via Wikipedia
In a previous post called “Fear + God = Does Not Compute For Me” I touched briefly on the concept of “The Divine Within Us“. I decided I’d follow that up with a very special post of its own. I’d like to open up with a word that you’ll often see me use at the end of my posts, because it has a VERY important place to me in this particular topic. That word is “Namaste“. While Sanskrit is a high context language the interpretation I shoot for usually is this, “The spirit in me respects the spirit in you,” “the divinity in me bows to the divinity in you“.
Using some of my past know how in regards to the Bible (and I know some of the same can be found in other sacred texts of other traditions) I’ll be pulling up the old topic of “We are created in the image of our creator” and how it correlates to the meaning of this word “Namaste“. More
18 Oct 2011
in Life, Self Empowerment, Spiritual or Philosophical
Tags: father, fulfillment, life, philosophy, postaday2011, Religion, rules
A Father’s Rules For Finding Fulfillment. I actually really enjoyed this and I could just imagine hearing my own father’s voice uttering these words to me if he were still alive.