At the Crossroads of Infinity, Prolouge

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.

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4 Responses to At the Crossroads of Infinity, Prolouge

  1. username79 says:

    I think you and I are in the same age group, and our generation is just a tad bit obsessed with labeling. Spirituality isn’t like checking a box for your political party, it’s much more complicated than that. That’s how we get so many “sub-religions” (Baptist, Celtic Wiccan, etc.). What I’m rambling on about is: Don’t try so hard to find your category, and just concentrate on your spirituality. Just because you don’t fit any religious doctrine doesn’t mean that your beliefs are any less valid.

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  2. WonderGoon says:

    Oh I don’t think they are less valid, by any stretch of the imagination. I just feel like defining, once and for all, what I believe.

    Labels do get in the way, I agree. But, I also think labels can be very useful. It cuts through a lot of crap to say “I am X,” than to have to explain it to someone. People today are interested in quick, eight-second or less sound bites. They don’t have the attention span for anyting longer. So, using a label solves a lot of problems.

    I’d like the label I chose to be somewhat acurate.

    Make sense?

    Thanks for your input.

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  3. spikeq1love says:

    If I choose it, is it still a label?
    Or a way of finding my tribe or tribes?

    Sounds like the beginning of an excellent series and possibly a book?

    spike

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  4. WonderGoon says:

    Spike said: “If I choose it, is it still a label? Or a way of finding my tribe or tribes?”

    I think so. The difference is I’ve chosen to have this label, as opposed to someone labeling me with one that doesn’t fit. As I said to Username, I want that label, whichever I chose to have, to fit and be acurate.

    I think labels do help us to find our tribe(s). It gives roadsigns so people of like minds a chance to network.

    If a label helps me to find someone who can teach me, or whom I can teach, then the labels have done their job. Make sense?

    As to the idea of a book, I don’t know. When I sat down and concieved of this series, I wasn’t thinking of a book deal. I was looking for a way to order my thoughts and finally establish my spirituality.

    Now, if I write enough material to fill out a small book, and if I can convince a publisher to look at it, great. But it is absolutely not a priority to write a book at this time.

    Thanks so much for the input.

    Goon

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