Oh gosh first of all thank you all so much for your replies! They're all very helpful and I really appreciate it. I'm glad I'm not the only one skeptical of all this, and I'm glad I don't need to try to give up anything to be on this path.
From what I can see, perhaps it's not so much that you are sceptical, but maybe you are finding difficulty in accepting what you discover, and what could be a new role for yourself as a seeker.
Yeah, I think this is completely right. I confused and placed the blame on my skepticism but I think you're right in that I'm just having a hard time accepting what I'm finding. It certainly doesn't help always hearing everyone calling anything slightly mystical complete bs and anyone having anything to do with it entirely discredited and crazy..
When I read books or articles, I annotate a lot. I note logical inconsistencies, compare and contrast related reading, fact check, draw little comics, and sometimes I just snark at the author. My margins are a chaos of post it's. I've found it very helpful to actually interact with the text instead of just glowering at it and thinking, "no, that's not quite working for me." If I find something I like I have a special blue color I use to make it stand out. Eventually the blue gets transcribed in another notebook. This works for me, and maybe it might help you?
Also, a wonderfully witchy friend of mine jokes and calls herself a 'science witch'. She's very logical and also a deeply spiritual person. It isn't impossible to find a balance between the two.
Yes! This is exactly what I was thinking of doing! It's so hard to keep everything in your head. It's also an excuse for me to get another really pretty notebook to write everything in
Also gosh I hope I'm lucky enough to find a 'science witch' I can talk to. I'd be interested to hear what she thinks of a lot of things.
...and dragons (well, maybe not dragons ..... but that's another story)...
I'd be quite interested to hear this story sometime
I would say; trust your own judgement, your own information, your own intuition; but always be ready to change your ideas, when new information comes along. Don't let your own judgement harden into dogma.
Thank you. That's probably something I need to work on in some areas.
If you're not skeptical at first, you're doing it wrong. It's healthier that way.
Once it starts working, you'll start seeing. Once you start seeing, you'll start believing. Once you start believing, it will start working. Once it starts working, you'll start seeing. If you can follow that, then you're doing it right. You'll realize, one fine morning, that your skepticism is a memory.
Oh I'm so happy you saw this post and replied. I'd kinda been hoping you would, as you seem to be the sort of grandfather-to-get-things-straight around here c: But yes, this is essentially what I had been thinking would be how it would progress. I think my concern is that, even when it's working, how would I know that it happened because it worked and not that it was just something that would have happened regardless..?
Skepticism is the turning of a page, seeking the words on the next, and expecting something exciting.
One thing I've never been skeptical about is the existence of a higher intelligence, and each creatures spiritual link to it. I believe it because I see it in the complexity of the smallest living thing to the highest mountain. I feel it... the feeling came from spending hours and hours in the woods, and down creeks when I was a small boy. I never knew why anybody went to church, because the wonder of creation was just about everywhere else.
I know I'm with you on that. To get rid of any doubt I think I just need to go outside more often
The only thing I hate to see is "card carrying" skeptics. They reject everything, and see it as an elite intellectual process, being above those silly "believers". As Atheists, they feel the need to eradicate any form of stupid religion or any reference to it, though most have problems mainly with Christianity, probably because they don't really understand it. Hell, most church-going Christians don't understand it.
I can only hope I didn't used to come off this bad, but I know that phase is definitely something I'm not really proud of. I'm definitely glad I grew out of it, but I do think it was (unfortunately) what I'd needed at the time
At least I had the decency never to actually be rude or mean to anyone about their beliefs.. ">_>