Saturday, July 30, 2016
Monday, July 25, 2016
We are part of an Ancient Human Habit of giving Things Names.
Faces and Identity so that We can Share the concept with one another,
part of a social cycle of recognition and shared understanding and awareness.
this artificial representation takes on the collective influence of those that associate word, form. meaning
It is recognized as foreign, alien, other .unintelligible, unthinkable,
not making sense,
outside of what seems to be real, ( reinforced representational symbolism)
The Power of the Word- Idol-Label-Brand-Party-Concept is in its recognition.
The value judgements associated with it, the perpetuation of negative stereotypes and archetypes
strangely part of the spiritual syntax of a language that has a primal split between
Good and Bad,
Friend and Enemy,
Lucky and Unlucky .
I do not promote giving attention to Things by giving them form as a Group when it is not from an appreciative or loving heart.
It is dangerous to have a belief in collective creation that may be indifferent to the hurt and suffering associated with it.
Or feed from it, growing ,
Language of disrespect ,
a contagion of consciousness.
Wednesday, July 20, 2016
As a Human practice this becomes a cultural expression, An artificial language, of subjects and objects, describing things and ways as We perceive Them, in Our environment.
Much of My Feeling of " Pagan " Religion-Spiritual practice is based around Oral Tradition.
The Communication process is more than a collection of words , it is a participation in a event.
The Magic of breath and voice , listening with more than your ears, seeing the expressions of subtlety and nuance that reveal the character, spirit, and meanings of the words.
the emphasis is not in the exact recitation of what words are spoken ,
but how they are spoken.
In a Time before commonly written words each gesture, each presentation and arrangement was significant in meaning.
An appeal to Interpretation and understanding. a live, a living thing.
Story Tellers and story.
My NeoPagan Spiritual Development does not owe much to an ancient word of mouth tradition, or direct contact with divine beings,
but ,has grown from two public cultural institutions.
Parks and Libraries Sharing is their reason for being.
Public Education has only been available for a few generations, the Culture that I am part of - is profoundly modern- related to more than the language of a People from a particular Place, it is related to the Economic History of Peoples .
Access to space for interaction, collecting and distributing, ideas, promoting inquiry are not part of the ruling dominant class order of the Old World.
These are not part of the Privatization and control mechanisms imposed on society by the Wealthy.
It is not commerce as religion, market as temple.
It is a recent product of a print media culture of literate readers, responding to the variety of thought, opinion, expression that can be found in the same Language.
Reading and Writing changes the way We Think.
It triggers an old " Us and Them" sense beneath our conscious mind and collective psyche.
There are those that " get it", and those that don't.
Gone is the wink, or nod of recognition.
Commercial Media is Tied to the perpetuation of the Commercial State.
A particular type of story telling that is not based around " truth" and understanding, but persuasion and influence.
The view that conflict and competition is to be glorified, is not informing the public about the way of things,
It is not a bridge between, It is a divider.
Sunday, July 3, 2016
The Big Difference between an Offering, or a Tax,
is in the independent and voluntary assessment of the nature of indebtedness in the exchanging relationship .
One practice emphasis the internal sense of giving and gratitude that needs to be expressed openly and shared , it is a creative impulse that draws upon the individual to think , feel , and assemble.
An Exercise in free will and imagination, empathy, appreciation, respect.
This happens from within, from abstract impulse , to order ,structure and form.
A Chance A Bid A Hunch
The challenge is coming up with what to do. It need not be accepted, that's OK.
Offerings are made .Debts are paid
When a tradition establishes, and fixes, the relationship, as one of contractual indebtedness , setting a prescribed method, and meaning, to the reciprocal process, (with the order as the vital component.).
Individuals and groups are expected to participate, - have to give in a certain fashion, - are made to give.
This is an external command, fulfilling obligations set by others, .fostering dependency on the system. order ,tradition ,- which directs and extracts it's support, with claims of service or rite.
Group think part of the deal A place in the plan
Compliance is critical.
To My Neo Pagan Mind, this is about ruling more than appreciating , Taking more than Giving.
I am not a fan of unnecessary oaths, pledges and promises, binding entanglements and complex consequences.
I don't provide a paint by number ritual experience, or tell people the what and how. of a one size fits all
I don't force or manipulate, with guilt or shame, but seek to witness what is real, and what is authentic and genuine, unmolested and unsolicited, joining, or splitting.
To profess what is right and wrong in practice and belief has socio- psychic consequence, attempting to influence, persuade and dissuade others in behalf of a Cause, Country or Creed can be a calling, but one that is often in conflict with stimulating individual inner awareness , discovery and decision.
respecting the judgement of others for themselves.
My Neo Pagan Priestly Experience has been one in which Honors the Open Mind.
It is impossible to know, what you are talking about,
if what you speak of , is beyond thought and dream.
observation unbound by belief, or faith, custom, or habit.