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 on: October 06, 2016, 04:59:09 PM 
Started by Nymree - Last post by Alchymist
Religious and/or spiritual eclecticism has an honourable pedigree. Almost all religions and spiritual practises have built on pre-existing traditions. Gerald Gardner's Wicca, for example, incorporated many elements from Crowley's OTO (or at least it did before Doreen Valiente removed some of them), mediaeval magical grimoires, notable the Keys of Solomon (so-called), Freemasonry, perhaps some bits and pieces from genuine but half-remembered earlier Witchcraft traditions, woodcraft, naturism and possibly even odds and ends of Indonesian magic picked up from Gardner's sojourn in what was then Malaya. The Golden Dawn was, by any objective standard, a mishmash, incorporating Quabalah, John Dee's Enochian studies, elements of Egyptian religion and even some bits and pieces of Hindu and Buddhist traditions (notably the Tattvas). Good heavens, even some parts of the Old Testament of the Bible, especially Genesis and the Song of Solomon, derive from earlier Babylonian and Canaanite religious traditions.

It was the 19th century poet William Blake who said "I must create my own system, or be enslav'd by another man's". So I wouldn't worry too much about other people's disapproval of so-called "religious tourism". If others want to stick with one pre-existing tradition, unadventurous and uncreative as it may be, well, let them; but they should at least extend the same courtesy to we few who possess the Questing Gene and cannot be content with what we feel is a mind-numbing orthodoxy. We must each choose our own Path, whether a broad well-trodden highway or our own twisting forest trail.  By all means, create your own spiritual path; you'll be in excellent company.

Blessed Be Nymree, and all who follow "The Road Less Travelled."


 on: October 06, 2016, 03:07:27 PM 
Started by Nymree - Last post by Nymree
I only recently came across the term "religious tourist", which is why I use the quotation marks. This is the idea of an individual taking parts of different paths and religions that they like, and weaving it together into their own religious path.

Now, from what I could gather, there's a lot of disapproval towards this. However, I haven't been presented with an actual argument as to why it is a bad idea or wrong to do, and the only thought I can gather for it is that it may be somehow disrespectful towards those of the set tradition, maybe. I'm not opposing the idea of it being bad, nor am I supporting it - I just haven't been given much of an argument for either side other than my own experience.

This way of being spiritual and religious, though, has always suited me, and until recently didn't know it was approached with an amount of contempt or disapproval - it has been working really well for me, and I've found a lot of happiness and fulfillment following a very eclectic, almost patchwork-quilt path that has been researched into and carefully considered.

However, I really don't know if I'm missing something here - I'm new to the world of religion and spirituality, and although I've fallen in love with the path I've begun to develop for myself, I am hesitant to live it if it really causes this much conflict or contempt within a community. However, rather than anything else I'm hesitant more because it's all new to me, and so naturally I suppose I'm afraid to mess things up or do something naive or ignorant.

Apologies if my overwhelming ignorance on the topic (or religion in general) radiates out like a ball of toxic stupidity  ;D I'm doing my best, but want to reach out into the community like the social being I am to gather some opinions and then come to some conclusions on my own thoughts.

Again, apologies for any offence and/or slip ups.

Blessed Be!

 on: October 06, 2016, 01:31:48 PM 
Started by Lunetta - Last post by Canis
Welcome back.

 on: October 06, 2016, 06:21:18 AM 
Started by Lunetta - Last post by Mystik Witch
Hello and Welcome to both of you! Hope you enjoy your time here! Like og said... do you remember what your name was before? BB! MW

 on: October 06, 2016, 12:21:52 AM 
Started by Lunetta - Last post by oldghost
Welcome back . What name were you called before ?.

 on: October 05, 2016, 12:05:35 PM 
Started by Lunetta - Last post by MooreDinsmoor

Welcome, again,
I too am looking to understand so much more and discover. While my life is long I always seek so much more.
Thank you

 on: October 05, 2016, 09:46:38 AM 
Started by Lunetta - Last post by Lunetta
I was a member of this forum years ago when I was just starting to explore my path. I was young,  na´ve, and very new to pagan views. I have since learned a healthy respect for all ways and religions, but had forgotten all of my login information from years past. And so, fitting as it may be, a new profile was created for a more mature me.

I look forward to meeting some of you here, as well as learning a great deal from all of your different walks of life. The information on this site is so vast, and I can't wait to delve in and become more knowledgeable and understanding.

Merry met, and blessed be. ✨

 on: September 21, 2016, 03:57:13 PM 
Started by Nymree - Last post by marisol
Stupid and very funny. Even I am smarter than that. ;D ;D

 on: September 12, 2016, 05:56:51 PM 
Started by Nymree - Last post by Draconis Rex
I've seen that one before; A completely new and as yet unexplored level of stupid that goes far beyond the realms of Darwinian moronism (so unbelievably brainless it needed a new word to be created for it).

 on: September 12, 2016, 01:42:54 PM 
Started by Nymree - Last post by Canis
You mean something like this genius?

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