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 on: July 21, 2014, 05:42:35 PM 
Started by Jamni90 - Last post by Draconis Rex
Okay Jam..... No, I wasn't born a Wiccan. I was born a Protestant, to a Mother who was brought up Plymouth Brethren and what my Fathers beliefs were I'm not entirely sure. 

I'm not a Wiccan now, but I am very much a Pagan.

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 on: July 21, 2014, 05:20:44 PM 
Started by Jamni90 - Last post by empty6
I was born human/dragon; at that age religion meant nothing to me...... sorry, couldn't resist  ;D ;D ;D ;D

haha same here if you change human/dragon to werewolf/bat

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 on: July 21, 2014, 03:18:47 PM 
Started by Jamni90 - Last post by Peridot
There are many ancient traditions that had altered states of consciousness as a part of their religious practice. These can be induced by certain ingested substances, inhaled substances, fasting, and repetitive sounds, among other methods. Schizophrenia is not the only way to hear disembodied voices. (Does that affect the validity of the religious experience?)

I remember reading that very educated peoples were sometimes known as mystics because of their knowledge and education. The Druidic caste comes to mind. They weren't just priests, they were a highly educated group of men and women who also conducted ceremonies. The lines between faith, magic, science, and philosophy were not always as clear as they seem in modern times.

There are some fantastic books on these kinds of 'altered-consciousness' traditions. Check out Mircea Eliade, he's written extensively on the subject.

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 on: July 21, 2014, 02:46:14 PM 
Started by Jamni90 - Last post by MoonlitWings
No worries Jamni, people on here are very accepting of other's beliefs. If you had mentioned
gave a theory that prophets may have been seeing things and considered wise, while today they might have been asked to get a doctor or something.
that as well in your original post, you might have gotten better responses and started a very interesting conversation with everyone here :)

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 on: July 21, 2014, 02:42:23 PM 
Started by Jamni90 - Last post by MoonlitWings
lol Drac ;D

I was not born Pagan (currently not a Wiccan, but am a Pagan now), but Wicca is what lead me to Paganism. I however was born into a Christian family. One side Jehovah's Witness, the other Catholic. Immediate family just considers themselves Denominational Christians. So Paganism found me, not the other way around. I am hoping there is at least a Pagan relative/ancestor in the family somewhere D:

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 on: July 21, 2014, 02:39:56 PM 
Started by leryssa - Last post by MoonlitWings
Also took me awhile to get rid of the guilt complexes as well, but personally, I just never felt comfortable in a church. Some hymns are nice, but I could care less about them really. I do have issues though with me having to sneak and hide to learn anything about Paganism, let alone witchcraft. Makes me sad when I'm over in the Occult section at Barnes & Noble and my sister glaring at me for being there. I honestly could stay at that section all day and the Eastern Religions section if my family wasn't around on book excursions.

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 on: July 21, 2014, 02:13:57 PM 
Started by Jamni90 - Last post by Draconis Rex
Nobody here is going to be offended Jam, we all have our own beliefs - or not as the case may be. I myself have a cousin who calls herself an Atheistic Pagan, she has always had this belief and/or attitude, and I myself am a Heinlein Pagan (sounds better than agnostic...).

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 on: July 21, 2014, 02:02:01 PM 
Started by Jamni90 - Last post by Draconis Rex
I was born human/dragon; at that age religion meant nothing to me...... sorry, couldn't resist  ;D ;D ;D ;D

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 on: July 21, 2014, 01:59:25 PM 
Started by leryssa - Last post by Draconis Rex
Very true Mari, it took me a loooooong time to get rid of guilt complexes related to my cross over from Christianity to Paganism, even though I was never really a true Christian and had backslid many years prior.

Even today I still get an occasional twinge. Churches do make me uncomfortable but it's only me, and hymns make me cringe inside (they always did); I hate hymnal.

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 on: July 21, 2014, 01:54:39 PM 
Started by Jamni90 - Last post by Jamni90
Used to believe in God/Gods to say the least. I tried reading on Norse Mythology, i like the symbolism though. But i just imagine all our purpose is to reproduce, but i don't really mind if people wanna practice a religion aslong as its not dominant as a society basics like a theocracy. So sorry if you people think i'm being against people believing just because i gave a theory that prophets may have been seeing things and considered wise, while today they might have been asked to get a doctor or something.

I think its cool that people believe in different things though.

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