I'm Not a Good Starter Though....

Actually, I'm a good starter.....just a lousy finisher. =( I would love to start my own path though. I have a pretty good idea about my core beliefs. It's just the little things that tend to stump me.

I always seem to make things more difficult then they need to be. I don't know why I do that, but I always have..... Maybe so I won't try. If I don't try, I can't fail..... If I can't fail, I can't disappoint. I know.............Screwy logic. =(


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2 Responses Feb 12, 2009

I like MadaManga's idea about brainstorming a table of your beliefs. That you have your core beliefs in order is most important...It's more than many people can do.<br />
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I used to worry about making things too complicated, because I also had a tendency to do that. I finally found out why: I LIKE details! Details make sense to me, make things feel more real...I'm just highly detail-oriented. And it makes a religion seem more formal and respectable if it has traditions as detailed as the "old" ones.<br />
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What I decided is this: As long as the basic core ideas are set up so that they stay pure and can't be messed up with loop holes or backwards thinking, then any details I put in are for my own enjoyment and are therefore optional. The details make the magic come out more; they must be fluid, evolving and changing in order for them to have life. But it's core beliefs like "peace" and "love thy neighbor" that make the foundation of the faith.<br />
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Test the details, give them trial runs...if they survive, fine. If they don't, fine. If they need change, that's great too! As long as your core values remain untainted and your beliefs remain alive, that's what matters. The details only give you an added flavor. :) Let them be a support, not a hinderance. If something is difficult to remember or cumbersome to productivity, then change or discard it. ^.^

Try doing a brain storm table of your beliefs, & where they link together. Another way I try is to join debate sites and do lots of questions & answers to topics you're interested in - you'll find that you'll work through and define a lot of your own beliefs this way.<br />
I hope that didn't sound too "self help book"-ish ;D