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 on: September 07, 2016, 04:26:10 PM 
Started by Nymree - Last post by Draconis Rex
For my own part, I certainly have no desire to become a Godhead, and I imagine I speak for most of us all. However your point is about striving for that plain and I would certainly agree that we should all strive to be the best that we can be. For those who succeed to a greater degree, this may be perceived as a God complex, but only if the arrogance was to accompany that achievement.

The struggle to get there is what makes us better, not the achievement, so the struggle ever continues.

I can't say I agree with the concept of mortal becoming Deity, apart from the issues with omnipotence and omnipresence, I believe it could get pretty crowded and what would one become God/ess of anyway? most of the positions are filled.  ;)

 72 
 on: September 07, 2016, 07:53:17 AM 
Started by bluedjango - Last post by bluedjango
I guess what it comes down to is learning what it is to be one, and then start practicing it. When you practice, you become. Everyone has areas they are not exactly brilliant in when it comes to various skills of a witch. But if you start practicing regularly, daily, and living it... that is when you are.

I agree wholeheartedly !

Based on earlier chats elsewhere on this forum, when I was seeking out the details of what Wicca and Witchcraft are, as well as my own encounters with other seekers, it became clear that there is some degree of first encounter after witch 😊 one engages in what amounts to about the same as a three year degree -- obviously not everyone  is that academically able and a simple feeling in ones heart aught and healthy curiosity aught to be quite adequate

Do no harm
Peace
Shy dark

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 on: September 07, 2016, 05:48:52 AM 
Started by Nymree - Last post by Mystik Witch
Speaking as a Pagan, what I find problematic is the notion that the gods are somehow on a higher spiiritual plane. To me, Paganism is a celebration of earth and the gods are extensions of this.  They're on another plane, but not necessarily a "higher" one.

I have to agree with you Ashe on this one. Being taught the Christian beliefs all my life. I have always been told God/ess are in the highest kingdom. Kingdom? Who said they are in a kingdom at all? What makes them more powerful them me? I agree, I don't remember everything I have been taught throughout all the lives I have had, but as I live so do I remember what I have already learned before. I believe I was and am a God/ess who has come to this game board to learn more lessons and help others learn theirs too. Upon learning these lessons, (or not), I will go back to the spirit world changed. Whether it is for good or to add the lessons I didn't learn here. These lessons are to be added the next life I am about to live. This is yet to be known. Still, I believe I am already a God/ess. Waiting for my game to be over so I can move on.

I hope this makes sense to others. The book Re-Member by Steve Rother helped me to understand as well as it cleared up a ton of things I had been thinking at the time.

Thanks for the discussion. It has made me think hard about my beliefs. BB! MW

 74 
 on: September 02, 2016, 02:27:18 PM 
Started by Nymree - Last post by Ashe Isadora
Many people say "Thou art God/dess" before cakes and ale so to some this could be redundant. Especially if you perceive the deities as archetypes or projections of our own human qualities.

Speaking as a Pagan, what I find problematic is the notion that the gods are somehow on a higher spiiritual plane. To me, Paganism is a celebration of earth and the gods are extensions of this.  They're on another plane, but not necessarily a "higher" one, .

This is a great topic, but to me it reflects a more eastern or even Christian POV than my vision of Paganism can handle. 

YMMV



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 on: September 02, 2016, 12:51:58 PM 
Started by Nymree - Last post by Nymree
This is hypothetical, and based purely on the idea that gods are ascended beings/mortals. We're assuming here that human beings are capable of ascending to godhood, which is where the discussion could come in.

My thoughts are, if ascension to this higher state is possible, and that is what (at least some) gods are, why shouldn't we strive for godhood? I can understand that arrogance is destructive, but in consideration of the whole concept surely it would make sense to work towards and encourage aspirations for godhood, rather than shunning the idea that mortals can become gods?

Then, you also have the whole "mad with power", god-complex issue. And I suppose just trying could be enough to drive someone mad.
But I often see or hear of the idea of striving for godhood shunned and seen as arrogance, rather than as a legitimate spiritual aspiration. But, why? I'm more curious as to why this aspiration would be a bad thing, other than for the previously listed reasons.

I'm not looking to become a god(dess), of course. It's just more of a shower thought. And I'm sorry that this discussion does make a few leaps and assumptions, but working with those in mind; what makes aspirations to godhood necessarily bad?

Blessed Be,

 - Nymree

 76 
 on: September 01, 2016, 11:30:47 AM 
Started by Alchymist - Last post by marisol
Congratulations Myranda. Sounds like a huge opportunity to help the community. Good luck.

 77 
 on: September 01, 2016, 11:26:12 AM 
Started by Ashe Isadora - Last post by marisol
I found the study of mythology to be helpful. I started out identifying with the Lord and Lady. But as my path evolved so did the deities. It's different for everyone. I can't say this one first and this one or that one next. Finding the deity/deities is part of the journey we take and is not written in stone. So, I would say research carefully. Expect changes and embrace your path.


Blessings.

 78 
 on: August 30, 2016, 09:21:37 AM 
Started by Alchymist - Last post by Amberhawk
Wow, congrats to her and good luck indeed!  Because most of those things are so very individual and personal subjects it would be difficult to come up with answers that would be fairly standard.

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 on: August 29, 2016, 07:19:10 AM 
Started by Alchymist - Last post by Mystik Witch
WOW! Good luck with this. Energy is being sent your way. I wish you all the best in this new adventure! BB! MW

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 on: August 29, 2016, 12:23:56 AM 
Started by Alchymist - Last post by Alchymist
My wife Myranda is now, officially, the Pagan Chaplain at our local hospital. She has been requested to provide a short description of what it means to be a Chaplain for Pagan patients. Quoting from an email message sent from the head honcho Chaplain.....

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.... once our Sacred Space is built, we're going to have an opening ceremony .... and hand out a leaflet to all hospital staff that come for the open house. .... Specifically, we're asking that a representative from each faith group interested in being included in the leaflet would answer the following question in 50-75 words: "If I'm caring for someone from your faith community, what is the most important thing I need to know?" .... A few suggestions might include your views on prayer, meditation, diet, special medical procedures .... medical assistance in dying, organ transplants, autopsies, and life support.

They don't ask for much, do they?

Well, if anyone on the Forum here has any suggestions as to what might be included, we'd be very grateful. Either a pm at obyrneprice@shaw.ca or here on the Forum.

Blessed Be everyone,

Alchymist.

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