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 on: July 21, 2014, 09:42:02 AM 
Started by skyhawk - Last post by marisol
Welcome Skyhawk

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 on: July 21, 2014, 09:39:46 AM 
Started by Amberhawk - Last post by marisol
Welcome Amber.

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 on: July 21, 2014, 08:05:12 AM 
Started by skyhawk - Last post by Angel87
Welcome to TCC, skyhawk

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 on: July 21, 2014, 07:14:26 AM 
Started by skyhawk - Last post by empty6
Welcome Skyhawk

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 on: July 21, 2014, 07:07:44 AM 
Started by Chikari - Last post by empty6
And then you have to define "tangible"; consider this:   if a person hears voices in their head, are they real?  I think many of us would say ,"no...", but if they aren't real, how could the person hear them? 

So it becomes a matter of subjective reality.
Glad to see this, its a point I often make to friends

I suspect that "angel" and "demon" are simply convenient labels we attach to the experiences I've described, depending on whether the encounter felt positive or negative. Some of the "inhabitants" of these alternate Universes - or of the depths of our subconscious minds - can be decidedly tricky critters. Not everything they tell you can be taken at face value.

Alchymist.   
makes a lot of sense to me


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 on: July 21, 2014, 04:56:02 AM 
Started by Chikari - Last post by Chikari
Apologies. CR stands for Celtic Reconstructionist.

No problem! :)

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 on: July 21, 2014, 04:18:54 AM 
Started by Chikari - Last post by Edan
Apologies. CR stands for Celtic Reconstructionist.

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 on: July 21, 2014, 03:30:10 AM 
Started by Chikari - Last post by Aunt Thora
I believe there are spirits about.  Yes, have seen them for time to time.  Believe there are good and bad ones.

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 on: July 21, 2014, 02:56:49 AM 
Started by Draconis Rex - Last post by Draconis Rex
Jut a wee bump to highlight this thread again.......

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 on: July 21, 2014, 12:49:51 AM 
Started by leryssa - Last post by Alchymist
Paraphrasing C_A's signature; Jesus might have been an OK guy, but some of his fan clubs give me the willies.

Leryssa: what you may have been reacting to is not so much the Christian God as such, as to the atmosphere in the bookstore created by its human customers and staff, some of whom may be in all probability fundamentalist fanatics who would cheerfully burn all of us at the stake if they ever got the chance. Powerful emotions, positive or negative, can affect the ambience of a place. I have visited a few Christian bookstores, and in most of them - or even in the Christian religion section of our local library - I have felt a strange undercurrent of unease. Maybe it was just me - but I got the distinct feeling that the place didn't want me there.

Some churches are the same. I have, on my travels, been inside many Christian churches of all denominations, from Roman Catholic and Anglican to Methodist and Unitarian; and the feelings I get run the gamut from a deep sense of welcoming peace to an intense atmosphere of dark, brooding menace. In my experience the atmosphere depends, not so much on the specific denomination, as on the people - the kind of Humans who regularly visit and worship there, and, of course, on the clergy. And there in fact seems to be little correlation between the atmosphere and the specific denomination, although perhaps the Baptists and Presbyterians might, on average, be slightly more oppressive.

One's individual sensitivity also plays a big part in this. It is reputed that the writer James Joyce, who grew up in an oppressive, punitive Catholic environment, would refuse to take part in family prayers because he was convinced that by doing so he would be running the risk of inviting possession by what he saw as the jealous, punishing demon-God of the Old Testament.

As always, shielding is the key - which can be as simple as strongly visualizing a sphere of silver-white light surrounding and protecting your whole body. A brief, subvocalized protection spell, of the form "May the Goddess Artemis protect me within these walls; as is my will, so mote it be", or, perhaps, a charged pentacle, may also be of help.

You have been given excellent advice by everyone here, I think, Leryssa; I hope my 2c. worth might also be of assistance. Blessed Be,

Alchymist. 

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