A voicehearer’s path ~

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As I Understand “it” ~

raven_ac_small1I have posted a lot on this blog, and will continue to post here. I have posted also on Hubpages. I want to make it clear, however, that when I post, it is generally my opinion. Yes, I do quote other references, and yes, I do comment what I have understood as other perspectives, but I want very much to reiterate, for all and sundry that most of the time, what you are getting when you read my work, is simply my opinion.

I am a Libra, with a Taurus moon, Gemini rising. That means I love beauty, can be stubborn, but will usually try to get my way through gentleness rather than bullishness. But, I can be a bit bullish.tiffanybutterflypng Now, that doesn’t necessarily mean I am proud of those traits, that’s just my star chart. I have lived in this body for 56 years, and am studying and applying myself daily to learn to be less willful, desiring to be more like the teachers I consider to have most affected my life. That would be Y’shua and Buddha. There are, of course, many teachers along the way whose interpretations of the great ones have been quite influential in my life and my perspective. I have also been priviledged to study under a Lakota teacher and a Shawnee teacher. Both of whom have taught me wonderful things regarding the spiritual life.

One of my favorite authors is Huston Smith, his Religions of the World is one of the best, simply because he attempts to be objective, and did his research from inside each path to Spirit, rather than from the outside looking in. Another favorite of mine is Sun Bear, an Ojibwe teacher whose books carry much teaching in traditional lore, and who attempts to translate the Ojibwe perspective into something livable on a daily basis, even by those of us who are mostly of wasichu blood.

serenitywmatThe swan has been a teacher of mine since childhood, when I related to the story of the Ugly Duckling, by Hans Christian Anderson. I enjoy exchanging opinions with others, and quite frankly would enjoy input from others whose opinions may not be the same as mine. Thanks for reading my posts.


Magic ~

hocus-plate-small0003_edited-5I have been struggling over this post for some time. I believe in “Magic”, I just don’t necessarily believe that Incantational magic is something to be pursued by those wishing to grow in this lifetime. So much of the very essence of “Magic” as one sees it through the Harry Dresdens and the Harry Potters is an attempt to control the elements, or another human being. According to Harry Dresden’s take on that, an attempt to control another human is Black Magic, so I can respect the Dresden/Butcher perspective.  And since the two “heroes” I have spoken of are fictional, I could choose to leave it there and not be wrong.  BTW, for those who wish to explore the ability to control others, may I suggest that you read the Dresden Files, as you will not just see that attempting such control is wrong, but why.

There are, however, a growing number of folks who desire to learn the stormsways of magical control of the elements around them, and it is for these that the struggle presents itself.  Let us say, hypothetically speaking, that you are one of those rare birds that actually does have the “power” to turn aside storms and control floods. This would certainly be a handy skill in emergencies. I don’t know a single person who wouldn’t have liked to have that ability at some point in their lives.

But what about non-emergencies . . . . .what about the times when you are just disgusted with someone’s actions . . . . . .should you pull a storm or strong wind, or lightening, or some other elemental phenomenon down on their head? Can you see clearly enough all the circumstances surrounding an incident, so that you do not send the lightening in the wrong direction? Do you truly have a “God’s Eye” view of all of the particulars of a given situation so that you know exactly what is needed? Or would you, like Butcher’s hero, Dresden, make some mistakes along the way that would be painful to live with at the very least?

The thing that has slapped me around these past several years, and in fact, was a major reason for my disgust with at least the fundamentalist sect of the Christian church, is that attempts at controlling others, or circumstances themselves, even when approached with the highest of intentions, can move so quickly from the clear to the murky as to be the tiffanys-holy-spiritproverbial slippery slope. I have witnessed the prayers of those who were intent upon doing only “God’s Will”, praying that “Brother Joe” find himself in the midst of a storm, (whether of weather or circumstances), in order to find the need for “Jeeeesus in his heart!” If you listen to these folks with a clear heart of your own, you will recognize that it is not God’s will they are wanting to put forth, it is their own will, for it would not do for “Brother Joe” to be “saved” in a Presbyterian ministry, when they are “Full Gospel”! No matter what it is that “Brother Joe” really needs.

I know most pastors and ministers out there would argue with me on this regard, but I see such prayers as being akin to the controlling incantations spoken by some silly love sick child who wants some boy to fall in love with her. One is putting the same intent out into the Universe. It’s all about control. And that, dear readers is the crux of the matter. To attempt to control the hearts and minds of others, by whatever means, is wrong. As far as I am concerned it should rank in the first order of “Thou shalt Nots”.

Delusions ~

twirl1I have been AWOL for a couple of weeks, please accept my abject apologies, I have several thoughts on the “boards”, just couldn’t seem to get them put together well enough for a post.

I have been thinking about a lot of things, “magic”, delusions, compassion, principles, and, unfortunately, it’s just been a bit of a jumble, and wouldn’t come out of my fingers onto the board as a readable comment. It’s too late to worry about losing my mind, that is already gone, so, well, I guess I’ll just have to fake it in the meantime.

According to several sources on the “web”, delusions are firmly held beliefs in the presence of overwhelming evidence to the contrary. Most do couch that in terms that excuse those of us with some sort of spirituality, but then, the implication is that even the belief in the spiritual side of life is delusional.

Delusions are pathological beliefs which persist despite clear evidence that they are actually false. They can vary widely in content, but are always characterized by the absolute certainty with which they are held. Such beliefs reflect an abnormality of thought processes; they are often bizarre and completely unrelated to conventional cultural or religious belief systems, or to the level of intelligence of the person suffering from them.

Of course, the key word there is pathological, i.e. harmful, beliefs. Unfortunately, there are many harmful beliefs that are part of this or that religious system that are allowed to remain part of the overall culture, just because they have been expressed in religious terms. Christianity’s many sects have those who believe, in spite of the teachings of Y’shua regarding compassion and treating one’s fellows as one would be treated, that one does not need to forgive a non-believer, or even a believer if they do not ask for forgiveness. That isn’t how it’s said in the Book, in fact, the Book can be quoted as teaching that if we do not forgive, (no matter who) we will not be forgiven, but it is how it’s taught by more than one denomination.

The sadness there is that the teachings of one who would have us treating all others with some respect, at least, for their humanity, indeed, for the common ground they hold with us, are then skewed and made into the bylaws of a “them and us” club. So, here, in this little practice that should not be present in the path of the Nazarene at all, is a delusional teaching that allows those with an inclination to believe the preacher over the words in the Book, to practice something so anathema to the original teacher as to bring about such harmful acts as the Inquisition  and the Crusades, neither of which fall anywhere in the principles taught in the Book.

One of the most harmful of delusional states is the is one that allows the believer to feel that they could or should control the lives of others. This happens so often it is simply accepted as a matter of that person’s faith, yet, beyond the laws that govern peaceful cohabitation with our fellow travelers none of us has the right to attempt to control the lives of other, and each of us has the obligation to love others as they are. Hm, perhaps that is exactly why we get sidetracked with all the other stuff. Allowing someone the freedom within the law to be themselves, and loving them too is a pretty tall order.

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