All things are containers of Spirits.
Humanity and our bodily form are intertwined and inseparable.
We know with a Human Mind, our flesh is a container in a Human form.
We Feel and experience the World around us with a Human Heart.
It is one of the things that People do best.
Perhaps part of the design of the shape of our container .
An Ancestral commandment to look after yourselves and take care of one another..
Comfort to strangers……….. who may be other
On My way in,
Who is more Real? more well known as a Magic figure in the community?
Here is a large inflatable figure of Raven of Teen Titans
she is seated in a classic eastern lotus pose in deep meditation.
I appeared to be minutely levitating in front of her at this years New York Comic Con,
in an adapted asymmetrical coffee crouch , or squat in the lot .
I like to think I have more substance to my person than a vinyl inflatable
Of a copy righted cartoon network character creation.
The Balloon has a following, recognition and tethers holding it in place,Licensing lawyers merchandise.I would say it has super human dimensions in recognition.
super powers for a superhero the teen daughter of a inter-dimensional demon that was developed on a cable network from an earlier published print comic character.
I have half a coffee and a day pass,imagining I’m defying gravity with the powers of my mind. I am fascinated by what I am attracted and revolted by.
Popular Culture unconventional conventions rebirth of Neo-Paganism
the Science Fiction / Fantasy / Horror genres of popular entertainment and the effect on imagination and expectation of audience. What is Magic?The Occult? Spiritual Powers?
Much of Neo-Pagan belief is inspired by or in reaction against portrayals of magic in fiction.
Often we find ourselves on the spot, trying to set the record strait , fact from fiction.
Do Guided Meditations have more to do with the narration of Dungeon Masters in role playing games than the ecstatic journeys of Shamans?
Is there something in the tradition of telling Hero stories that demand an Antagonist?
Are we summoning super villains into our world ? or do we lower ourselves down to them? Is it evil to bring Monsters and horrible thoughts into the public imagination..
Becoming obsessed or possessed by fictional characters instead of Mythical ?
Is there a difference ? What about Fan Art? Where is the Hubris?
Does play acting. dress up and behaving like another become sacred and social,and secularist?
when is it encouraged? when does it self identify as a community? or subculture?
I try to communicate that in a non verbal pose and gesture in conversational Klingon with the aid of an unidentified Human in Star Trek Turtle Head on My way Out.
Who is your favorite Doctor? The Waters of Life!
children of chance? cousins of coincidence?
Formed by Fates?
Rooted in ambiguity the context of the change , the way between
probability and possibility , shadow and obscurity.
what are the odds? what is the likely hood?
unusual attention reflection detection
service for guests
As Hosts we become Hostage
A guarantee on an agreement
Ancient Animal Ancestors made with Sun and Earth.
Our physical form
,a temporary residence of flesh
.part of a Cosmic Contract of long ago.
The Mythic first sacrifice, the slaughter and gore,
the dismembered body with its entrails heaped up to make our world
Its’ split skull cast into the heavens
strange this stuff that Life is, All around us within and without
more influential than our stats
Not limited by Self image or society
A bunch of bones and blood and guts
breathing and sometimes screaming.!
There is no denying the horrible spectacle of public executions,Human and Animal sacrifice as the way of Ancient Pagan Religions
It seems to be excessively bloody and visceral often competitively being more horrific to establish a Name and and reputation for group.
sending Messages to their Gods in their ways, in their times,
I wonder if they knew ,or cared, that people of the future would morally judge their sacrifice as
shock and shame enhanced , terror = obedience Panic reflex herding and bonding instincts dramatized for mass consumption defensive desire.
Spooky control of the population.
Maybe they Knew I would write this?
They had a vision of Me and my Humanist Neo-Pagan Moral outrage
, a glowing screen, with no way to comment, reply or follow .
I assume they see Me,even if they can not.
Maybe they can only feel My Actions.
Some how sensing My Intent
Reading My Mind
Touching My Heart
They may not see Me, any more than I can see Them.
Some how We Know , or believe we know .
I assume They may be listening,even if they can not hear.
Perhaps they can taste My disposition
Smell My thoughts
I seem to be as transparent in substance to Them as They are to Me.
All of Us
fragments and conglomerates
particles in motion
shadows and imprints
odors and echoes
I have come to honor more than the spirits of my own known family and friends.
I have come to see that things are not as they appear on the outside.
A Spirit exists inside
Unexpected Surprise appreciation or anticipated preparedness anxiety
Be gentle Be Kind Because
A Pan Cultural Human Nature Spirit .
Perhaps the common Ancestor of Most of Human Kind
Some way that people are related to one another,
Sharing Respect, Not being Afraid of one another, A Common understanding of simple kindness .
Humans have a relationship between feelings of Fear and Respect on a very Primal Level, the desire for calm and the hope of peace are just as deep rooted
Rumored risks and reputations
It is all about how we respond
Shape changing Masks
How You Treat the Stranger
It gets Tricky
Hospitality at Summers End
We have a tendency to attribute a Mood or Disposition to the atmosphere of the moment when we are making an offering., taking it as a immediate response.
I have found that the communication is taking place but in its own time, in its own way.
The language of exchange, the understandings are convoluted and tricky but the repetition and simplicity of offering and acknowledging the Spirit or Soul.of another
creates a resonance and a rhythm over Time.
People are taught that they are the only being with a soul. Denying the Spiritual essence of animal, vegetable, mineral and composite interaction and life character that goes along with Place
Judging Place by human hospitable conditions that serve our selves, that are transferable as wealth from the Land is human wishful thinking .
It is easy to mistake the ambivalence or harsh demeanor of Nature as Unfriendly.
We have our Haunted Houses,and Ghost Towns, Urban Decay and abandoned Communities, fear of the encroaching Wild programed into Our Domesticated Nature.
Yet we share the same World with Bugs and Beasts and can sense the Hostility and potential for aggression that is exhibited in the struggle for life,defense of territory…
Life is not easy
We are in the Age of Easy = Friendly
Instantaneous=convenient command =connection
A culture that has embraced Salesman as Prophets We have little life interaction with livestock for food or transportation, little knowledge of the interconnected cycles of life of plant and animal and season,We have been artificially separated from knowledge of our ability to directly access worldly sustenance, unable to accept Nature in its raw unrefined form, Our reality controlled , Our Environments tamed. as if the world exists for our comfort and service. Void of suffering
Nature is eccentric and bizarre, at times beautiful and aesthetic oriented coordination,at other times weird , gross, nasty,hostile.
It is Natural that all Spirits are not our loving friends and beneficial companions,
There are those that come to aid us in crisis, and those that feed from our anxiety and fear. Appearances are deceiving Either way it is important to not speak ill or curse.openly naming and empowering a Spirit as Enemy.and waking up a bogey man of your own making
The Purpose of the offering is not to explore the dangerous, but to establish the Safe, Ironically this often feels spooky and scary.
We try to respond with love and respect, we have no reason to intrude or explore or entertain notions of diabolical dualism,No need to confront the dark side and worship the gloomy wood.We are making Spirit Friends ,with an emphasis on Free will of our and their choosing,to relate and be related,a relationship of mutual agreement,
Complex and diverse Colony forming units built up of multiple factions Spirits are no more monolithic in opinion or composition as any other functional structure or group body.
They are the hidden souls of things, the character of objects, the life within.struggling with conflicts of their own.
I look for a head of a Spirit before I have any idea what to call it.
I look for the intelligence, seek the face that I can try to speak too, a will I may be able to reason with.,some primal directive instinct I can appeal to.
Repeated Liberally applied simple offerings of appreciation to a broad range of Special Spiritual Relationships, that support us transitionally naturally come and go, make for a special awareness of Our Lucky Nature and establishes a pattern of favorites over time.
We may be cultivated and domesticated, but we are made up of the same life stuff Everything alive or dead on this planet
Our bodies, physical substances made up of material that was eaten, converted to making organs and flesh, growing ,breathing,circulating, feeling, sensing ,thinking ,responding
We are all the product of living communities of life.
We are the result of habitat, ecosystem and niche.
Our structure is not of our own design.
We are the seasons adaptation of a theme.
Mother Nature generationally updating another living breathing eating ageing thing.
What we are is Natural
Animal, Vegetable and Mineral all show a relationship to Climate and Time.
Weather and the World
Wind and Water
Cycles of Sun and Moon.
Passing Days and changing Tides.