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That Real Old Time Religion

I have been a practitioner of a rather ecumenical form of Wicca for 25 years.  I am oriented especially to shamanistic journeying.  I believe that spirituality is our consciousness of our connection to the Divine, and religion is whatever way we choose to honour the Divine.  I do not accept the cultural baggage that has been incorporated into so many forms of worship, and I reject any religious practice that diminishes women, children - or men, either.  I believe that our connection to the Divine exalts us, it does not belittle or humiliate us.  I love the respect for the individual, and the freedom of expression of most alternative religions.

I like having a male aspect of divinity for masculine matters.  I treasure having a female aspect of the Divine, feeling so understood by Her.  And men should have a goddess, too, when dealing with matters ruled by women.  For me, for many subjects, talking with a male god is like talking to a male gynaecologist - you can explain until you're blue in the face, but he's never really going to understand what you're talking about!  

Throughout my life I have studied many forms of religion.  When I was 13 I knew that Christianity was not for me.  Later I realised that it was not the teachings of Jesus, but the teachings of the church that repelled me.  I perceive Jesus, Buddha, Siddhartha and other spiritual teachers as holy men, and wish there were more acknowledged holy women!  My spiritual group embraces many forms of worship - Native Canadians, Buddhists, Druids, Jews, Christians, Wiccans, etc., and we are enriched by the interchange of teachings.  

I am most drawn to earth-based practices.  I like to observe the phases of the Moon and the Solar Wheel of the Year.  These are holy days that make sense to me.  I am enriched by animistic teachings and the many inspirations of Nature.  I like to feel my connection to my ancestors back to the beginning of time.  I am honoured to use what talents and gifts I have, "For the Good of All and the Harm of None".   

NANSELTAR NANSELTAR 61-65, F 9 Responses May 11, 2008

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Everyone has fallen short of the glory of God, but he has a plan that whosoever would place their faith in Jesus's pure sacrifice for a atonement of the whole worlds sins would have ever lasting life. It is as simple as admitting that you have sinned. just like everyone in the world has, and asking the Jesus to come into your life and be Lord over it! You dont have to do any fancy prayer or anything. Come exactly as you are and just pray " Jesus I admit that I have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God,and I accept your sacrifice that you made for me on calvary(the cross) and I believe that you rose from the grave and ascended to the right hand of the Father in heaven. I believe Lord Jesus! Amen.<br />
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for, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”[f] Romans 10:13<br />
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"I tell you the truth, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be condemned; he has crossed over from death to life John 5:24<br />
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If you have prayed that prayer and meant it with all of your heart then you are saved!<br />
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Not only will you have eternal life in heaven but your life will be altered even now for the better!<br />
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“I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.” – (John 10:10 KJV)<br />
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Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because he has not believed in the name of God's one and only Son. John 3:18<br />
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Everything I have said I say with love! I wish you the best and if you have any questions; I am here!

stop trolling in the pagan group, respect that we have made the choice to follow our given path.

Life experiences are the true teachers for sure.

Thanks for your commen, Stalveypride. I'm not sure I know exactly who I am, but I like to think I've learned from my life experiences.....

What a very inspiring story to follow your own path and know exactly who you are.

Thanks, Marji. I have always admired YOUR wisdom and healing ways - different from Datura's, but just as strong.

Thanks, Datura. I have always admired your wisdom and your healing ways.

This is a wonderful story Nan. Wicca is so misunderstood by so many people. I too am drawn to the earth-ba<x>sed practices and the inspirations of Nature.

Thanks, Livingwell.

I do not know about Pagan, but this sounds very balanced to me. And the Creator is given the right respect, due... Hugs, LW