Traditions and Paths forum: Five things about my personal path

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Jul 27, 2010 8:31 AM CST
Name: Val
I thought it might be fun to list five things about our personal paths. They can be anything relating to our personal beliefs. I'm only asking for five, so it should be easy. Of course, if anyone would like to write more, please do!

I'd prefer it to be things that we believe or do since saying the things that we don't believe usually doesn't say much. For example, if I say that I don't honor Isis in my rites, that really doesn't say much about my actual beliefs and practices.

Okay, since I started this thread, I'll go first.

1. My main deities are Taranis, Cernunnos, Lugus, and a King deity and a Hag deity.
2. I strongly believe in reincarnation. Especially reincarnation into a family line.
3. I am a hard polytheist.
4. I give offerings to honor my Gods, ancestors and land spirits.
5. The symbols most important in my personal path are the wheel (associated with Taranis) and the ram-headed snake (associated with Cernunnos).

Who else would like to share five things (or more) about the particular path that you follow?
Jul 27, 2010 7:21 PM CST
Name: The Son of Wood elf
Somewhere in the Milkyway Gala
An interesting question; Perhaps you should have first asked how many now what path they are following and the tenets of the path. But to answer your question.

In my path:
1) I hold to the belief that the universe (Multiverse ) is itself a living and self aware being.
2) That the Multiverse has a multidimensional multi-plainer make up.
3) The Gods all the Gods are real and exist in a higher plan of our Multiverse.
4) All things have life from a stone at a rivers edge, to the great oak.
5) Each life we live is out lined by our true self (that part of us that lives forever).
6) The fey are real and are the children of the earth.
7) Like the universe the earth is a live and self-aware.
8) Elders are ancestors that have reach a goal of true enlightenment and have risen to a higher plain of understanding and power.\
9) All life is a part of the universe, and has a desire to join completely with the Multiverse.
10) Through living and observing life understanding is gained.
11) All souls long for knowledge and seek to be able to join again with that which made him/her, that which substance we are made of.
12) Each soul out lines the life it will lead and lessons it hope to learn before it is born again. In this way our life is predestined by our selves.

An even dozen things about my path.
Aug 1, 2010 10:51 AM CST
Name: Val
Thanks so much for answering, MacMorrigan. I really appreciate it. I like to learn about other paths/beliefs.
Aug 1, 2010 4:39 PM CST
Name: Neal Linville
Winchester, KY
Hmmm...this is kinda thought provoking for me, as I look back over the years its been such an evolution- thinking back on "old me", I don't even feel like the same person in many regards. So I'm contemplating aspects of my spiritual practice that are more basic and have lead to and supported that aspect of change, progression, evolution, manifestation- kinda natural chaos, if that makes sense.

1. I call upon many deities toward various pursuits, but have never worked extensively with any one or few. I see each as manifestations of Divine Source through human imagination and co creative power. As funny as it may sound, that's something I love about polytheism- there's a God or Goddess out there for any situation!

2. I tend to embrace the idea of reincarnation too. I'm enough of a skeptic that I never commit whole heartedly to particular ideas, but personal experiences through meditation, dreams, tarot, channeled readings, and gut feelings, have lead the concept of reincarnation to ring true with me.

3. When I'm saturated in a natural setting, or tending the earth (my crazy, extensive garden), is when I feel most connected with the Divine, when the concept of "the oneness of the Universe" becomes crystal clear.

4. I see God/Goddess in all things, light and dark. I work hard at leaving all judgments behind by reminding myself of nature- the day a hungry cat catches a mouse- bad day for the mouse, great day for the cat? Not bad or good, just nature, and as a whole, beautiful and part of Divine perfection. I feel the microcosm and macrocosm mirror each other, it helps me to see myself and all humans as integral parts of that system. Every individual experiences from different perspectives, no 2 exactly alike, and I can't say that any are wrong- I feel our perception of our world is a huge part in creating our individual realities, the Divine within us at work.

5. I am strongly drawn to Goddess worship in her many aspects, Maiden, Mother, Crone, the giver of life, with the promise of death- her cycles are nature. Learning to see the Crone as the Grandmother, warm, safe, and familiar, as well as the Hag, was a huge part of my path in dealing with death.

This was a cool idea, Val! I found it the day after you posted, and had to think a little bit about it- I love it when threads do that :-)
Aug 1, 2010 9:00 PM CST
Name: Val
Thanks so much for answering, Neal. I agree that it is interesting to look back every so often and notice what a winding and changing path that we've taken.

Your answer has given me another idea for a question. (mischievous grin) I like things that make me ponder too---things that I have to gnaw on for a while.
Aug 15, 2010 3:36 PM CST
Name: Kathleen Tenpas
Wickwire Corners NY
I had thought it might be inappropriate for me to answer this, as I am Christian, but I thought about it long and hard and here's what I came to:

1. I believe in the Creator God/Goddess. Being very Protestant, I have little use for Madonna worship, but know that the feminine is as strong as the masculine.

2. My heritage path is Christian, and I honor that path in abiding by the belief system instilled in me since childhood. (this is not to say that I agree with Organized Christianity in any of its multi-headed entities)

3. I believe that the spirit/soul lives on beyond our present physical bodies.

4. I believe that the Earth is a living entity peopled with spirits beyond our ken. There is a reason that all cultures have fairies, dragons and nature spirits. And there is a reason that I am most myself in the presence of these spirits.

5. There is purpose to every life.
Aug 15, 2010 6:55 PM CST
Name: Val
Thanks for sharing Kathleen. I don't think it's inappropriate at all. I'm sincere when I say that I like to learn about other paths and beliefs.

Do you identify with any particular denomination? I really wouldn't know the differences anyway but I was curious.

Anyway, thanks so much for answering.
Aug 16, 2010 4:59 AM CST
Name: Kathleen Tenpas
Wickwire Corners NY
I belong to the Reformed Church in America. It is a Calvinist church that uses the church order formulated by Huldryk Zwingli in the Swiss Reformation. We have compacts with the Presbyterians, Lutherans, Episcopalians and the United Church of Christ and can exchange ministers and share Communion, although Communion is open to all 'who confess Christ as their savior' in the Reformed Church. When I was a kid, I attended a Baptist church with my grandmother. My mother took us to an Evangelical United Brethren church which was sucked up by the Methodists and I also attended a Presbyterian church in the summer with my cousins. I was told when I was a teenager that I wasn't allowed to ask anymore questions in a Sunday School class in the Baptist church. I'm pretty sure they are still praying for my conversion from my heathen ways!

LOL, aren't you glad you asked??
Aug 16, 2010 8:06 AM CST
Name: Val
Yes, I'm very glad. The only denominations that I know anything about are Nazarene, Seventh Day Adventist, and some type of Pentecostal called Church of God (I knew the last two because I went to their private schools). Neither required conversion and they were interesting to learn about.

I've also visited some Catholic Masses and thought they were beautiful. Once I visited a Jehovah Witness meeting and thought that was interesting. So even though I could never believe in the basic premises of Christianity, I still find it interesting (I could say the same thing about Islam, Buddhism, Taoism, Judaism, Hinduism, etc.). Also, I enjoy seeing people who are devoted to their Gods---regardless of who their Gods are. It's a beautiful thing.

Is communion a rite that the priest *has* to officiate? Or is it a rite that you could do at home alone if you wanted to? I think I understand the symbolism a little but is it a rite that you could perform yourself?
Aug 16, 2010 1:29 PM CST
Name: Kathleen Tenpas
Wickwire Corners NY
I'll have to check. I do know that an ordained Elder in the church can celebrate both Communion and Baptism. Stan is an Elder, although he is not presently serving in that capacity. I think that perhaps in the Reformed Church, it is possible for members to celebrate Communion without the presence of an ordained minister. "Where two or three are gathered..." comes to mind. I have an email in to our pastor and will let you know what I find out. We have taken Communion to my parents' home with the minister and Stan acting as the Celebrants.

edited to say that yes, as long as there is an Elder present to administer the sacrament, you don't need a Minister. And as far as the sacrament goes, when Stan was an acting elder, I made the bread and we bought the grape juice at the supermarket. Not quite the same in the Catholic church where the sacrament must all be consumed by the congregation or the priest before the end of the service. Our leftovers turned into croutons or bird food and juice for the kids.
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Sep 28, 2010 11:08 AM CST
Name: Val
I am so sorry for not replying earlier (I thought that I had already replied). Thank you so much for taking the time to answer my questions. The answers were very interesting! I learned something new.

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