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 on: February 15, 2016, 07:00:01 AM 
Started by oldghost - Last post by Amberhawk
Sort of makes you think about people that go out fighting death and those that go out with a smile and a laugh . Ponder this , what if at that last few seconds we glimpse what is waiting for us . What if what we do in this life dictates what happens in are next ?. Say your a slum lord or politician and in your new life you come back as the victim of one but then again what good would that do if you have no memory of what you did before ?.
I'm not sure that matters if you remember. It's about the experience, not a punishment.  Besides, I think there is some instinctual level of guidance there that everyone has and can choose to follow or not. So many people talk about their true purpose, that drive... that thing deep down where they sometimes have to dig to find so they know their life purpose. I honestly feel that's connected and part of the process.

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 on: February 14, 2016, 07:13:06 AM 
Started by oldghost - Last post by oldghost
Sort of makes you think about people that go out fighting death and those that go out with a smile and a laugh . Ponder this , what if at that last few seconds we glimpse what is waiting for us . What if what we do in this life dictates what happens in are next ?. Say your a slum lord or politician and in your new life you come back as the victim of one but then again what good would that do if you have no memory of what you did before ?.

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 on: February 13, 2016, 05:43:27 AM 
Started by oldghost - Last post by Amberhawk
I am not sure the connection between complex souls and desperate hopes for the next world. What's the context because it could likely mean so many things.

I think it's alluding to unhappiness from sensory overload, and the wish for something different or perceived to be better in the next life.

Aaah, I see. Yea, there are no wishes for something different or better. In my mind it just is. Whatever differences that might come are not going to be any better or worse, unless I've missed something somewhere. To me its about just experiencing according to what we wish to experience and being born with situations set up for such experiences to come about. How we take them once we are here will depend greatly on the hitchy glitchy, health and environment related stuff the body we are born to might have. After all, what is a physically solid human existence without the physical stimuli we encounter?.

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 on: February 12, 2016, 10:45:49 PM 
Started by oldghost - Last post by Alchymist
I think you just about nailed it, Firesong. Complex souls are those that are always seeking; those who can't be satisfied with the glib facile answers of politicians and pontificators and economists; those who wonder how good decent honest generous sensible people can so easily be brainwashed into voting for self-serving pompous frauds like Bush, Trump, Thatcher and Harper - or into joining religious cults like Scientology or The People's Temple;  those who think of that which never was and say "Why not?"; people who perceive clearly that we are collectively heading towards ecological disaster and wonder why our leaders seem oblivious. Somewhere, somewhen, we feel, there must be something better, something gentler and kinder, some place or time where unlimited financial greed is regarded as the pathology that it surely is .....

A forlorn hope? Well, perhaps. But perhaps not ......

Alchymist.

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 on: February 12, 2016, 08:00:09 PM 
Started by oldghost - Last post by Firesong
I am not sure the connection between complex souls and desperate hopes for the next world. What's the context because it could likely mean so many things.

I think it's alluding to unhappiness from sensory overload, and the wish for something different or perceived to be better in the next life.

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 on: February 12, 2016, 08:16:29 AM 
Started by oldghost - Last post by Amberhawk
I am not sure the connection between complex souls and desperate hopes for the next world. What's the context because it could likely mean so many things.

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 on: February 11, 2016, 04:49:19 PM 
Started by oldghost - Last post by Alchymist
I can't find the exact quote on Google (thereby proving that Good Ol' Uncle Google doesn't know everything, something I've suspected for a long time), but I think this quote comes from Robert Pirsig, he of "Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance" fame. I'm not sure I have it exactly right, but it's close:

"Complex souls do not fare well in this world. That is why we harbour such desperate hopes for the next. And the next. And the next after that."

Alchymist.

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 on: February 11, 2016, 08:13:27 AM 
Started by oldghost - Last post by Amberhawk
I'm one of those who believes the only thing that causes us from crossing over properly and reincarnating is our own beliefs and fears by the end of each life and how long it takes to cross over depends on if we can work though it ourselves or gain help with the mediums who can see and hear clearly.

Between incarnation there seems to 'usually' be a time of review and reflection to figure out just what sort of experiences we wish to have in the next. Most of us don't recall past lives and when we do it isn't usually very clear because to rely heavily on those past life experiences is likely not part of the point, mostly for the sake of focusing on what drives us in this particular incarnation.

We seem to have a choice to guide for a time if we so choose before reincarnating. I don't think that would have been in my system of belief if my great grandmother didn't spend a lot of time with me after she passed. I was in my mid teens and she was with me until well into my 20s. I haven't felt her presence for a number of years now so she's likely been reincarnated. She was one of the few I could actually get a waking image of as well as long conversations in my dreams.

Any other guide I've ever had tends to be mostly a feel of a presence and whispers of warnings when needed.

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 on: February 09, 2016, 11:35:52 PM 
Started by bluedjango - Last post by Alchymist
Bluedjango, if you're still around, I have to say I'm not entirely ignorant of mysticism either. I've read everything from Jakob Boehme to Sri Chinmoy to Ken Wilber, and taken two years' worth of meditation courses; the course leaders got very annoyed with me for asking questions they had no adequate answers for. "You're in your analyser; it gets in the way of (capital T) Truth", I was told, repeatedly. They seemed to forget that we humans come equipped with analysers for a very good reason; another name for "analyser" would be "baloney detector". We were discouraged from using our analysers, I decided, because it would have been just too easy for us to conclude that they were peddling snake oil and, of course, stop paying them money. Others combined a touching sincerity with appalling ignorance; I've been told, with a perfectly straight face, that "all food turns into sugar in the body", that an amethyst ring someone was wearing "isn't a crystal, it's a gemstone," and that beryl isn't a proper crystal because it doesn't have pointed ends. Sitting for hours in intense meditation with these people quickly lost any allure it might once have had (there was this beautiful exotic dark haired girl - but I digress).

Thus I came to the conclusion that mysticism was a waste of my time (and, incidentally, money), and had no real-world application to practical Witchcraft. I tended to agree with Robert Graves, who in his classic "The White Goddess" (page 479) described Samadhi (eastern mysticism) as "a psychopathic condition, a spiritual orgasm .... the most refined form of solitary vice imaginable." Harsh words perhaps; but justifiable in the circumstances.

Blessed Be everyone,

Alchymist.

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 on: February 07, 2016, 11:17:42 PM 
Started by bluedjango - Last post by smoogoo
It's a pretty straight forward question

Something to think about, the term witch is a cultural one with religious entanglements and its own set of limitation. Take the skill set your referring as a witch having and now look for that in other culturals such as Russia, Jamaica, Japan, China what do you find?

Most people have the potential for these skills in various degrees the rest is in learning, understand and keeping your mind open and personal experience.

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