Best to begin with the idea that there is more than one thing to express reverence and gratitude to in this life.
The Gods and not gods that make up the group honored as Kindred Spirits most often exist outside of normal awareness,imaginations or beliefs of worshipers.
They are not beings as wished for, or a chosen group of favorite things to own and direct.
They do not require sacrifice devotion or recognition to be naturally occurring spirit family.
Their individualization of will, Their thoughts, Their actions, Their voice are their own.
There is no need for implied contracts,swearing of oaths, making vows and keeping promises.
An imperfect connection with imperfect knowledge exists, that some how,
acts of Appreciation - Kindness- Love - Caring are able to cross space and time.
spirit encouragement has value between beings, between worlds,between ages.
The sincerity of the source of expression is the vital element of the form and composition of the energy spirit feeling exchange flow.
Complementary resonance may or may not be reciprocated with the free will and unique styling of Kindred Spirits or other spirit agents.
Important to mean what you say, and say what you mean without words, if the expression compromises or corrupts the authentic exchange between spirits - distorts intention from affection to influence or entrapment, the imperfect connection with imperfect knowledge is itself not respected.
The holidays, the religions, the rituals, the words ,
the practices are not the original expression of individuals, but the habits of groups of people.
It is not in an of itself the direct full experience of personal connection,
but a socially acceptable stylized approximation,
a reminder that becomes tradition ,collected, bundled and passed on as group thought,group action, group voice, group will.
With it claims of special access or favor by participating and contributing to sustaining the standards of the tradition.
The importance of the "deal" as part of group spiritual practices is more about human understanding and comfort than a specific near perfect exclusive relationship dynamic with the spirit world.
Claiming to know.
I find myself identified as a priest in a religion that to me is about, "Getting to know".
I focus on repeated group holiday ritual experience as being the opportunity to reintroduce, remember...
It begins with Loving this Whole World.
All of the planetary anatomy and composition, layers of minerals, numerous gases, moving waters.
All of the Life and Living that takes place , that has taken place,
All the struggles, All the storms, All of the centuries, Home for us all.
It is an honor to live, to move about on this land, to breath the air, share of it's water.
Appreciate the control of attention and awareness.
The foundational principals of human perception and behavior are not based upon agreed rational logical conclusions of learned authority,
but the basics of human physiology and the individuals sense of self mastery in the limitations of circumstance and mortality.
the gift we have been given.
by the great givers.
an inner mind and personal will.
Predestined outcomes may be linear , in the sense that you end up over there,
between now and then are directional conscious and unconscious influences on paths around and through the apparent singularity of a living growing ageing bodily experience.
promoting appreciation kindness respect through simple acknowledgment and recognition,
offerings of attention and awareness of relationship between things,within things, around things.
relating subjects and objects to one another
expressions of reverence and returning to the sources of blessing.
The oldest remains of peoples actions are the deposits from the manufacturing of stone tools.
Early settlements are often determined by what they left behind, signs of habitation, fire pit, butchered bones.
People developed special ways and places to make a resting place or home for honoring and visiting
The spaces that remain,
of a time generations removed from the language we understand,
were orienting their subterranean construction,
by watching the sky.
The same sky, the same land exist before there are eyes that have grown to see it.
The same sky, the same land witness our life effort as part of our being.
We share Time together.
They will always be around.
Resting places, returning points, occupational standards
for life forms in three dimensional spaces?
Or anatomical features of a living system that we inhabit?
In the Habit of
Are all observable objects and phenomenon not accurately
described in whole,
if we consider them
as being encapsulated by the perceptive field of the beholder?
More than meets the eye.
The Eye that meets the More.
Not just the habit of looking, but what and how you look,
as well as how you think you look to others while looking at things,
and your awareness of that aspect in a social cultural context can alter and affect what can be seen in a object or subject.
Experience is more than the sum of time and space and
It is the shared awareness of the responder from within.
This involves context the third person unseen, environmental
influencers, feelings associations
Understandings, unconscious habitual patterns that can be
confused and characterized as part of the body that is self identity ego unique
person hood and recognizable spirit
Discovery is not the same as finding what you are looking
Things are not appreciated honored or respected when they
are expected to appear or behave as you wish them to.
The natural world as quantified and qualified in description
and relationship is real .
Light clear understood safe / dark possible wonder dream
( not all that is real )magic realities exist,unexplained uncanny unknown persist.
Science is real, science is physical projection of thought and
mind into theory into places we cannot directly access, except through imagination
, a process of testing novelty against standards.
A Life Spirit of it's own,as practiced by people, as a discipline and focus for work, the crafting of attention and caring.
looks like a religion to me, certainly a temple of veneration.learning, what an idea!spirits of invention.
A Love of the describers of the described? A passion for
description. Resonating with a sense of truth beyond one’s own observations, an
externalized decision judgment facility –
displaced spirit seat of the beholder
The explained rational comforting truth and trust spirit antenna is traditionally oriented to the sun and the day productivity work industry agriculture manufacturing, trade commerce accomplishment achievement agenda awareness with its collective concerns for contracts , promises prayers reciprocal symbol gift exchange and the special nature of the deal. the encouragement of belief or faith in system order or class of animal vegetable or mineral its worth determined by its use, subject to weight and measurement contents labeled and prepared for distribution and eventual consumption.
Material world belief is based around what humans can make from spirit less or useless material.
The technological is the super natural made reality, so is ART.
not easily understood by its appearance but what it can do.
I asked as an afterthought, as she was packing up to leave.
“Do you still have the bag, that you brought His ashes here,
with you now? “
Taking her down the weird basement stairs,
individual brightly colored steps,
The wooden treads paint wearing away in the center.
Careful to tell her,
“Don’t trust the hand rail! It’s
loose at one end.”
Passing by the dusty old marimba,
the drum kit and stray cat poo,
My personal private magic work
place, Lies just ahead and below.
A mass of objects and offerings,
A heap of devotional stuff piled
up in the corner,
Composed and arranged, aligned
Tools and traps, bottles and
boxes, vessels and containers, not presented for ordinary display.
Erratic particulars reassembled
tangled transposed trophies of my temple of one.
Layered activity, legacy of
deposit, idols that are not idle.
Many shelters within shelters,
homes within homes, worlds within worlds.
The place of my monthly mound journeys of
late, and the special healing prayers that pop up.
He never posted to the private
list about his personal experience, but he contacted me personally about what I
had shared, and how I was sharing on the private list.
I greatly appreciated what he had
to say to me, it encouraged my sense and sensitivity of sacred sharing.
The substance and subject
embodied in ceramic caricature,
Crystal spheres, copper wired in
the sockets of my oracular head of the ancient wise.
She had come up for the equinox
this year, his memorial was last.
She had left bits of his ash in a
few of my sacred spots developed on the land,
Now I hoped she would rub the bag
on the top of the head, pointing out the inter locking circles of Isaac’s
magic, doing my best to explain the additional patina and luster this offering-
this action brings into being.