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Title: Does your path still surprise you?
Post by: Arnemetia on July 21, 2010, 10:54:23 AM
Many years ago, I started on a path that gave me many answers and just as many questions.  I have recently wondered where that path is taking me.  Doors have been opened and closed, wonderful teachers have come and gone, I continue seeking.  Still a student and often learning from students.  It always amazes me that there is still so much to learn and that the lessons come from some of the simplest sources.  How about you?
Title: Re: Does your path still surprise you?
Post by: Doktor Howl on July 21, 2010, 10:57:39 AM
Occasionally.  For example, one of the other Discordians sent me cottage cheese in the mail.  That was pretty surprising.

But given that our path is the study of the human race itself, there aren't too many shocks after your first few years.
Title: Re: Does your path still surprise you?
Post by: Amythestorm on July 21, 2010, 12:44:04 PM
If it didn't continue to surprise and enlighten, would it be worth traveling!?!?
Title: Re: Does your path still surprise you?
Post by: Doktor Howl on July 21, 2010, 12:45:40 PM
If it didn't continue to surprise and enlighten, would it be worth traveling!?!?

Yes, if you're a misanthrope.
Title: Re: Does your path still surprise you?
Post by: Amythestorm on July 21, 2010, 12:50:49 PM
I'll let you know about that...I'm becoming one more and more everyday ;)
Title: Re: Does your path still surprise you?
Post by: Doktor Howl on July 21, 2010, 12:53:11 PM
I'll let you know about that...I'm becoming one more and more everyday ;)

Then the OverChurch of Discordianism (Reformed) may be for you!
Title: Re: Does your path still surprise you?
Post by: Amythestorm on July 21, 2010, 12:56:02 PM
Ya know, I've been starting to wonder.

I can't believe I'm saying this out loud, but after catching up on some posts while I was gone, I've missed your unique input. ;)
Title: Re: Does your path still surprise you?
Post by: Doktor Howl on July 21, 2010, 01:57:52 PM
Ya know, I've been starting to wonder.

I can't believe I'm saying this out loud, but after catching up on some posts while I was gone, I've missed your unique input. ;)

Every board needs a gadfly.   :)
Title: Re: Does your path still surprise you?
Post by: oldghost on July 21, 2010, 05:47:14 PM
Me  the choice was easy, everthing else seem wrong to me. I was raised Roman Catholic ,you could say it was rammed down my throat so I rebelled . I always found the natural world around me to be my friend and the best teacher to have . Everday I learn something new or just see it. When I can learn no more I,ll be dead. oldghost
Title: Re: Does your path still surprise you?
Post by: C_A on July 22, 2010, 04:58:45 AM
... It always amazes me that there is still so much to learn and that the lessons come from some of the simplest sources.  How about you?

AMAZE, yes.  Suprise?  No.
Title: Re: Does your path still surprise you?
Post by: Mitch on July 22, 2010, 10:15:50 AM
AMAZE, yes.  Suprise?  No.
I concur.
Title: Re: Does your path still surprise you?
Post by: Hjolmaer on July 22, 2010, 12:13:52 PM
If the path doesn't amaze you regularly, you may not be paying enough attention to it.
Title: Re: Does your path still surprise you?
Post by: Doktor Howl on July 22, 2010, 12:50:03 PM
Affirmations, ITT.
Title: Re: Does your path still surprise you?
Post by: Serpentium on July 23, 2010, 07:40:24 PM
Paths are for people who like the comfort and security of knowing someone has been there before them. I like the feeling of
uncertainty that comes from hacking away through the undergrowth of tangled brambles and creepers, and seeing where I end up.
Title: Re: Does your path still surprise you?
Post by: The Pet Goddess on August 06, 2010, 04:47:12 PM
My path through life is leading me down trails that at times I am reluctant to travel.  I try to hide behind a tree here and there or behind a large rock, but someone always seems to come along and try to drag me along with them.  Joined a New Age group and have been exposed to a lot of ideas I had not considered before.  Recently attended a crop circle lecture where the focus was on alien life and the World Teacher.  I am scheduled for a past-life regression next week and have been having stress headaches right and left just thinking about it.  Then a friend asked me to go with her to a spirit circle (mediums contacting the dead), but I declined.  Some things I need a little time to think over first.

I feel like the nice little stream I have been paddling my canoe along has over swollen its banks and is now a swift flowing river that is carrying me out to see.  Oh... and I lost my paddles along the way.   :-\
Title: Re: Does your path still surprise you?
Post by: An tAthair on August 07, 2010, 05:51:08 AM
You mean, the past surprises you, but not the future?
Title: Re: Does your path still surprise you?
Post by: claudette on August 07, 2010, 06:15:13 AM
I never thought I would be on my particular path at age 52, so yes, I'm very surprised.  It seems as if I had to stumble down every path to find the right one for me, but isn't the journey the best time ever?  Those vine covered, weed infested side trails are great fun too.  That's where I pick up odd facts and mind-opening ideas that keep life interesting.
Title: Re: Does your path still surprise you?
Post by: blue moon on August 07, 2010, 06:16:06 AM
Many years ago, I started on a path that gave me many answers and just as many questions.  I have recently wondered where that path is taking me.  Doors have been opened and closed, wonderful teachers have come and gone, I continue seeking.  Still a student and often learning from students.  It always amazes me that there is still so much to learn and that the lessons come from some of the simplest sources.  How about you?

More and more everyday, and apparently I still continue to be quite the simpleton, happily.
Title: Re: Does your path still surprise you?
Post by: blue moon on August 07, 2010, 03:19:10 PM

Do you mean simpleton mental-wise or that you are living a simple life?

lola, mayhap both ;D
Title: Re: Does your path still surprise you?
Post by: The Pet Goddess on August 07, 2010, 03:32:41 PM
Dead people aren't so bad. I would recommend you ground, center, and shield before you go and keep your shields up until you get home, though.

Why?
Title: Re: Does your path still surprise you?
Post by: The Pet Goddess on August 08, 2010, 06:22:29 AM
Some will argue that shielding 'blocks the experience' but shielding is totally subjective and forms to whatever you think it should so that's a bit ridiculous, in my view.

Thank you.  That was my first concern.
Title: Re: Does your path still surprise you?
Post by: blue moon on August 08, 2010, 08:02:59 AM
An interesting root for me is still the bible. I'm still quite influenced by it, and referencing directly to it has proven not always to be necessary because it dwells within.

To me, for me, it is not about strict religious guidlines alone, it is a great number of things that go back to the basics of rudimentary psychological development and the evidence of such within one's daily life.

Everything I encounter, everything I study still seems to subconsciencely have to go through that mental filter.

The bible represents both good and bad, hence, not condoning mediocrity but rather instead requiring us to think for our own selves and to develop as self-sufficiently as possible, or else we would not be of any service, of any quality, to anyone else.

Every directional path I take from day to day still represents biblical development to me.

::) Of course a good number of my posts may suggest otherwise, but for what ultimate purpose? Smile, too many things already make one frown, why should I habitually do so?
Title: Re: Does your path still surprise you?
Post by: blue moon on August 08, 2010, 02:18:52 PM
Of course. I didn't mean it is my only influence, just the one I am rooted in. As for esoteric, it makes better sense as I uncover more of it.
Title: Re: Does your path still surprise you?
Post by: Doktor Howl on August 08, 2010, 04:18:30 PM
Dead people aren't so bad. I would recommend you ground, center, and shield before you go and keep your shields up until you get home, though.

Why?  They'll just wait until she goes to sleep.
Title: Re: Does your path still surprise you?
Post by: The Pet Goddess on August 08, 2010, 07:20:12 PM
As to shielding my home... I do so when I feel called to do so.  I like to think that I am able to pickup on when someone is considering or trying to harm me and mine.  I rather think by keeping a constant flow of Reiki, in that I am always flowing for someone or something even if through my higher self, that I am able to perceive when negative energy or intent is headed my way.  Sometimes I have to spend quite some time building shields till I know the job is done right and is strong enough to withstand or turn away the undesirable.  It is only then that I am able to relax and let go of fear.
Title: Re: Does your path still surprise you?
Post by: SuperFrank on August 13, 2010, 01:11:14 AM
Surprises from a path make it more fun. Predictable happenings make it easier to prepare for. I'm therefore good with whatever happens.
Title: Re: Does your path still surprise you?
Post by: Doktor Howl on August 13, 2010, 02:33:21 PM
I would assume her home is warded and shielded. I assume everyone's is, actually. Hmm. I don't know. I don't think dead people have that much of an attention span for harassing the randomly curious when there are mediums willing and able to play with them around.

I don't think you actually buy into the dead people talking via mediums, though.

Nope.  I don't buy into any supernatural events or phenomena.  The good thing is, Discordianism/Erisianism doesn't require that belief (Eris is gonna do it anyway).
Title: Re: Does your path still surprise you?
Post by: Blackmoons Owl on August 13, 2010, 04:22:40 PM
Paths are for people who like the comfort and security of knowing someone has been there before them. I like the feeling of
uncertainty that comes from hacking away through the undergrowth of tangled brambles and creepers, and seeing where I end up.
Stay out of my garden.  Geeze....  :-p
Seriously...I do see where you are going with this and I am finding myself straying further from that path as time goes on. 
Title: Re: Does your path still surprise you?
Post by: SuperFrank on August 14, 2010, 12:14:01 AM
Paths are for people who like the comfort and security of knowing someone has been there before them. I like the feeling of
uncertainty that comes from hacking away through the undergrowth of tangled brambles and creepers, and seeing where I end up.

Don't give me that. It's still a path even if it only appears behind you.
Title: Re: Does your path still surprise you?
Post by: Hjolmaer on August 14, 2010, 08:03:18 AM
Don't give me that. It's still a path even if it only appears behind you.

I concur.

The act of hacking through the underbrush is going to leave a path.  Unless you're a 3rd level druid.
Title: Re: Does your path still surprise you?
Post by: Serpentium on August 14, 2010, 07:57:40 PM
I concur.

The act of hacking through the underbrush is going to leave a path.  Unless you're a 3rd level druid.
Third Level Druids fly everywhere on magnetically re-aligned Bluestones. (Or they do over here)
Title: Re: Does your path still surprise you?
Post by: Hjolmaer on August 15, 2010, 08:55:50 AM
Third Level Druids fly everywhere on magnetically re-aligned Bluestones. (Or they do over here)

I was referring to the Trackless Step class ability.

You now have me curious about the Bluestones.......
Title: Re: Does your path still surprise you?
Post by: blue moon on November 01, 2010, 12:26:50 PM
Don't give me that. It's still a path even if it only appears behind you.

I adore you pic, SuperFrank! *lola* too cute!!
Title: Re: Does your path still surprise you?
Post by: FireWillow on February 22, 2011, 07:29:22 PM
I may be surprised by things that are revealed to me on my journey, but I'm not at all surprised by that path I travel.
Title: Re: Does your path still surprise you?
Post by: blue moon on February 23, 2011, 05:52:00 AM
I may be surprised by things that are revealed to me on my journey, but I'm not at all surprised by that path I travel.

kinda ditto ;D I just wanna keep movin'!
Title: Re: Does your path still surprise you?
Post by: dark magus on March 03, 2011, 03:59:15 AM
What surprises me is stuff I'd forgotten.
Some one posts a comment, I start to answer and it's sort of like dejavue (sp). Memories flooding back building on new idea's since encountered.
Most of the time I clear my post and move on.
Title: Re: Does your path still surprise you?
Post by: The Pet Goddess on March 03, 2011, 10:23:57 AM
The coincidences in my life are no longer coincidences but a way of life for me.  They still inspire awe, joy and delight.  I am excited and extremely grateful each and every day for having been granted access to such a wonderful, beautiful, fantastic world. 
Title: Re: Does your path still surprise you?
Post by: C_A on March 11, 2011, 06:28:33 AM
What suprises me about my path....I guess it's better stated as what STILL suprises me about my path...The twists and turns and absolutely USELESS agglomeration of JUNK people are willing to take ON whilst ignoring the things that are already THERE and STILL call it WICCA.

Shoot...THAT never ceases to AMAZE me.
Title: Re: Does your path still surprise you?
Post by: Khara on March 11, 2011, 06:41:20 AM
What suprises me about my path....I guess it's better stated as what STILL suprises me about my path...The twists and turns and absolutely USELESS agglomeration of JUNK people are willing to take ON whilst ignoring the things that are already THERE and STILL call it WICCA.

Shoot...THAT never ceases to AMAZE me.

This isn't just on the Wiccan path...  I see it every day on my own.  I remember when most were scared of this path we follow, when you stayed in the closet because in the closet kept you alive, or at least unmaimed.  The people who chose this path, or for whom this path was chosen (either works  ;) ) were filled with the desire to grow and learn. 

Then Llewlyn starts publishing books on every damn subject imaginable by people who don't know squat and the next thing you know you have a shit load of people who are suddenly Witches, Pagans, Wiccan and so forth.

We didn't get the fluff until it became popular.  Not that I want to go back to the old days, but at least back then you knew EXACTLY where you stood.

There are still positive points of being outcasts... just sayin...
Title: Re: Does your path still surprise you?
Post by: C_A on March 11, 2011, 07:36:33 AM
There are still positive points of being outcasts... just sayin...

Agreed!  JUST SCREAMIN'
Title: Re: Does your path still surprise you?
Post by: NyteShaed on March 14, 2011, 01:23:13 PM
What suprises me about my path....I guess it's better stated as what STILL suprises me about my path...The twists and turns and absolutely USELESS agglomeration of JUNK people are willing to take ON whilst ignoring the things that are already THERE and STILL call it WICCA.

Shoot...THAT never ceases to AMAZE me.

Seeing that come from you doesn't surprise me, considering the things I've seen you claim as Wicca.  But then, you are the definition of a McWiccan after all.  (or perhaps a Wicca King, since "Have it your way" was Burger King's slogan)
Title: Re: Does your path still surprise you?
Post by: lilpnkbnny on March 14, 2011, 03:01:58 PM
What suprises me about my path....I guess it's better stated as what STILL suprises me about my path...The twists and turns and absolutely USELESS agglomeration of JUNK people are willing to take ON whilst ignoring the things that are already THERE and STILL call it WICCA.

Shoot...THAT never ceases to AMAZE me.

I think most of that comes from the confusion of being a solitary. There is so much information, yet the real meat and potatoes of Wicca is buried and it takes effort to see just what that is. The first thing I found on the subject was all about nature. It seemed if you were at peace in the outdoors and felt a connection to it, that was Wicca. I did like so many I see now and made my introduction on this site and a new Wiccan and went on about my love of nature. Then reality hit me and I saw there was so much more to it than that. I'm surprised by my path because it goes in circles, zig zags, up, and down. I have no idea what I am at this point. I know how I feel and what is right for me. What is it labeled?.... Your guess is as good as mine.  :)   I consider myself a spiritual mutt. A little of this and a little of that. Whatever rings true to me, I absorb and lay the rest to the side. It gets added to often. It's been an interesting ride to say the least.
Title: Re: Does your path still surprise you?
Post by: sewenchanted on March 14, 2011, 07:09:06 PM
I think most of that comes from the confusion of being a solitary. There is so much information, yet the real meat and potatoes of Wicca is buried and it takes effort to see just what that is. The first thing I found on the subject was all about nature. It seemed if you were at peace in the outdoors and felt a connection to it, that was Wicca. I did like so many I see now and made my introduction on this site and a new Wiccan and went on about my love of nature. Then reality hit me and I saw there was so much more to it than that. I'm surprised by my path because it goes in circles, zig zags, up, and down. I have no idea what I am at this point. I know how I feel and what is right for me. What is it labeled?.... Your guess is as good as mine.  :)   I consider myself a spiritual mutt. A little of this and a little of that. Whatever rings true to me, I absorb and lay the rest to the side. It gets added to often. It's been an interesting ride to say the least.


I really like this......Spiritual Mutt.....sounds good to me! ;D 8)
Title: Re: Does your path still surprise you?
Post by: Alchymist on April 07, 2011, 12:56:23 AM
To be a Spiritual Mutt is the only way to go. I say this, having owned, or been owned by, a great many dogs, and been acquainted with many others; virtually all the purebreds of my acquaintance have been either nervous, anxious, neurotic or borderline moronic in some degree; and all the most intelligent, well-balanced, courageous and friendly dogs have been mutts and mongrels of undistinguished lineage - as I am myself, both ancestrally and spiritually. (Undistinguished, I should make clear; as for the other qualities, time, as always, will tell.)

 Inbreeding, whether of dogs or humans, with all of its unfortunate consequences,  is the physical equivalent of obtaining all one's spiritual learning from a single source, or a small group of interlinked sources; the same applies to scientific learning also. To rely on just one source of information is to run the risk of becoming closed-minded, rigid, humourless, smug, shrill, fanatical - fundamentalist, in short. I have seen good friends, whom I once admired as intelligent and perceptive, become narrow-minded, spiritually arrogant, dismissive or scornful of any but their own opinions - and stupid. It was not an edifying sight.

It is perilously easy to fall into the single-source trap, the source that has "all the answers"; mainly, because it absolves you of the necessity of thinking; and thinking is hard work - perhaps the hardest there is.

Blessed Be, Fellow Mutts,

Alchymist.
Title: Re: Does your path still surprise you?
Post by: Healer Ashling on April 07, 2011, 11:02:48 AM
I do not really have a path. I know where I want to end up in life, but as for a path? Who cares? Making my own is just as fun. "I came to a split in the road. One path was well travelled, the other not." Me, I romp right down the middle through the brush :)

I do not think we really need a path to follow, we need to make our own. How can we be surprised if we make it?
Title: Re: Does your path still surprise you?
Post by: lilpnkbnny on April 07, 2011, 11:45:05 AM
That reminds me of the quote I put on my daughters yearbook page.

Do not go where the path may lead; go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.
Title: Re: Does your path still surprise you?
Post by: Healer Ashling on April 07, 2011, 05:58:13 PM
Exactly, one cannot be surprised by their path if they are the ones making it. So, if your path surprised you, hop off it, and tromp out your own, no surprises that way :)

Title: Re: Does your path still surprise you?
Post by: Snake-Man on April 07, 2011, 06:09:17 PM
Further expanding on LPB's yearbook quote:


Some people feel comfortable following a well-established path.  Others choose to go where there is no path, and leave a trail.

Me?  I find a path and set trip-wires and booby-traps.   ;D
Title: Re: Does your path still surprise you?
Post by: Healer Ashling on April 07, 2011, 06:17:02 PM
Further expanding on LPB's yearbook quote:


Some people feel comfortable following a well-established path.  Others choose to go where there is no path, and leave a trail.

Me?  I find a path and set trip-wires and booby-traps.   ;D

You are just plain mean :P

Well, I find paths already worked boring. Maybe it is just me, but I do not want to follow someone elses' guidelines, I want to do what feels right to me.
Title: Re: Does your path still surprise you?
Post by: lilpnkbnny on April 07, 2011, 10:43:00 PM
I always find my own path. Others might not agree with it when it's happening, but they see I always come out ok on the other side.

Although..... I think I am following SM because there have been many trip wires along the way.

Those booby traps are a bitch
Title: Re: Does your path still surprise you?
Post by: Alchymist on April 08, 2011, 01:06:00 AM
Exactly, one cannot be surprised by their path if they are the ones making it. So, if your path surprised you, hop off it, and tromp out your own, no surprises that way :)

Sorry, but I can't agree. I would say that if you're blazing your own trail through the forest, surprises are far more likely than if you follow an established path. You can be hacking your way through thick underbrush, and suddenly find yourself on the edge of a chasm..... That kind of thing doesn't happen if you follow the well-travelled road.

This is as true in the spiritual realm as it is in the mundane world. For many years I worked as a mining exploration geologist, mostly in the Yukon and Northern British Columbia; in some areas, the forest undergrowth is so dense that one can often find oneself walking on tangled branches several feet above ground level. On one occasion I was hacking my way through just such a dense tangle of vegetation, and I looked down.... into thin air. I was standing on underbrush, out over the edge of a cliff, with just a few flimsy-looking branches between me and a three hundred foot drop.

You don't get yourself into that kind of situation if you follow an established trail.

Alchymist. 
Title: Re: Does your path still surprise you?
Post by: Healer Ashling on April 08, 2011, 04:54:52 AM
You can if you never see that drop coming on your path. Like, everyone goes down the path, its well worn but no one tells you that there is a drop coming up. That can be a surprise.

I understand that way of looking at it, but sometimes you need to be thrown that drop to remind you to stay on your toes. I mean if you look at it, by choosing that job you put yourself in that position.
Title: Re: Does your path still surprise you?
Post by: DarkRunes on April 01, 2012, 02:36:20 AM
im not surprised by my path anymore my path requires my mind body and soul to all work togeather allowing me to atune to everything around me so as to better commune with the spirits i seek guidance from and help to enrich my life and mind