This is the first of a series of entries dealing with my growing spirituality. These posts are designed with a “evolving thoughts” theme, meaning I am using this space to get my thoughts in order and come up with a solid foundation to stand on for my continued spiritual development. What I say here will change and will do so without notice or apology.
I find myself at something of a crossroads when it comes to my Spirituality. Currently I describe myself as an “Eclectic Pagan.” But what does that mean? I mean, really mean? Does this mean I am free to choose my own path, blending other religions/paths together and creating a whole new religion only for myself? (Which, by implication, says I either have no respect for established religions or I’m wishy-washy about commiting to anything. I don’t know.) Or does it mean I simply haven’t found the “right” religion for me?
It’s interesting that I put right in quotations, isn’t it? What did I mean when I did that? It was not a concious choice.
I like some of the stuff in Buddhism. Lots of positive things there. I like the idea of Shamanism. Getting in touch with the spiritworld and taking a holistic approach to medicine and spirituality is very attractive to me. I also like some stuff from Wicca, and for much the same reason as Shamanism.
I know that I am not 100% Buddhist, Shaman, or Wiccan. So, truthfully, I cannot describe myself in any of those terms. Am I at the cusp of creating something new? Something which incorporates all three (and more!) paths? Or am I just confused?
Let’s pretend I am creating a new religion/belief system/path. Let’s start on the ground floor. What would the core tenets of this path be? Who would I worship? What sort of salvation could I look forward to for the afterlife?
I’ll start with the first question. What would the core tenets of this path be? Whatever they are, I want them to be uplifting. There is enough negativity in the world to add to it. I want to practice a religion where there is hope, joy, and a positive message behind it. I don’t want to dwell on the negative crap we, as humans, accumulate in our lives. Yes, I know such negativity exists, and it has its place, but I want to focus on the positive.
Honestly, I wonder if that’s even possible. Positive and negative energy is a natural state of things. Positive and negative charges, good and evil, black and white. It’s all the same thing, isn’t it?
Hmmm. Perhaps before I begin to define what my religion truly is, I have to do some research. Next stop, the library.
OTHER POSTS IN THIS SERIES
Next: At the Crossroads of Infinity, The Basics
Over the next few posts, I’ll be exploring this topic. If you have any suggestions, please feel free to comment. Feedback is always welcome.