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Author Topic: FlameKeeping: Discussion of the Week - 17Jan12 through 23Jan12  (Read 1428 times)

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FlameKeeping: Discussion of the Week - 17Jan12 through 23Jan12
« on: January 17, 2012, 07:45:03 pm »
Welcome to the FlameKeeping Discussion of the Week thread for 17Jan12 through 23Jan12!

Topic: Twice a Year Pagans

Background reading: Minion Day FlameKeepers; When just barely is good enough

Questions:

What do you put into your spirituality? What do you get out of it?

What do you think of people that treat spirituality as one more weekly meeting? Do you do that? Do people you care for?

Why are you a FlameKeeper? What do you bring to it? What does it bring to you?
(if not a FlameKeeper, apply to your own path)
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Re: FlameKeeping: Discussion of the Week - 17Jan12 through 23Jan12
« Reply #1 on: January 19, 2012, 04:00:26 pm »
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Questions:

What do you put into your spirituality? What do you get out of it?

Lately I feel like I'm not giving or getting much at all. I've become kind of become stagnant and stuck. I think part of the reason is the schism between foundation and practice I've created. By keeping them apart I haven't made any progress on either.

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What do you think of people that treat spirituality as one more weekly meeting? Do you do that? Do people you care for?

They don't affect me, so I don't think about it.

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Why are you a FlameKeeper? What do you bring to it? What does it bring to you?

I am a FlameKeeper because the values line up with how I want to live my life.  FlameKeeping gives me a stable foundation on which to build a spirituality tailored to my own interests and needs. I have been trying to give back by helping to develop guideposts to help other people build their own practice. Lately though, I haven't done much.

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Re: FlameKeeping: Discussion of the Week - 17Jan12 through 23Jan12
« Reply #2 on: January 20, 2012, 02:00:03 am »
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Questions:

What do you put into your spirituality? What do you get out of it?
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I put a great deal into my spirituality and it gives me balance and a measure of peace and security.

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What do you think of people that treat spirituality as one more weekly meeting? Do you do that? Do people you care for?


I practice my faith constantly. It is a central part of my life. I don't understand people who can, in a sense, put their spirituality in and out of a pocket, but that is their decision. They have chosen to do it. I can't live their lives for them. To quote 'you can only lead a horse to water. You can't make it drink'.

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(if not a FlameKeeper, apply to your own path)

 
I was living as a Flamekeeper before I even knew what a Flamekeeper was. I try to show people what Flamekeeping is and how it works and can help them in life. Flamekeeping helps me to help myself and to start putting myself first sometimes.
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Re: FlameKeeping: Discussion of the Week - 17Jan12 through 23Jan12
« Reply #3 on: January 23, 2012, 01:04:09 pm »
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What do you put into your spirituality? What do you get out of it?


I don't put in enough, that's for sure. Part of it is constant fatigue; part of it is my perfectionism kicking in ("you can't do it perfect, so don't bother"); part of it is being unsure of what exactly to do; part of it is feeling... restricted, I guess, in my parents' home.

When I put into it, I get back a sense of purpose and contentedness. I feel closer to being whole.

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What do you think of people that treat spirituality as one more weekly meeting? Do you do that? Do people you care for?


I don't think very much of them, but my opinion doesn't matter. Their religious choices are none of my business.

I definitely don't treat my faith as rote, but I do know people who do it, and it frustrates me. There's a lot of preaching and not a lot of follow-through. It is intensely frustrating- I try to call them on it when I can, but often it's more trouble than it's worth.

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Why are you a FlameKeeper? What do you bring to it? What does it bring to you?

 
I am a FlameKeeper because I was already believing this stuff, and FK gave me the structure to do something about it. And the community to support me while doing it.

I'm not sure what I bring to FK yet, really. Aside from being another member of the FK community that's there to help who I can when they need it.
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Re: FlameKeeping: Discussion of the Week - 17Jan12 through 23Jan12
« Reply #4 on: January 24, 2012, 11:27:41 am »
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What do you put into your spirituality? What do you get out of it?


I put quite a bit into my spirituality (I think). I feel like it permeates all that I do. Even when I’m not actively practicing ritual every day, I feel like it seeps into everything. I try to always keep the Kemetic, Shinto and FK mindset in mind as I go about the day. I try to always stay grateful, respectful and compassionate (despite the fact that I often fail at it). Even my therapy serves a purpose in my spiritual life.

I think that I become a better person for my spiritual life. I feel like everything I put into it comes back to me as the ability to better manage my moods, my mind, my life. It makes me calmer. It makes me happier.

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What do you think of people that treat spirituality as one more weekly meeting? Do you do that? Do people you care for?


It bugs me. I really get irritated by people who sign onto a religion, and then only treat it as a social gathering or something they ‘have’ to do. And then you have the groups of people who don’t know anything about the supposed religion they are following. That bothers me, too. You’d think that people would really want to do more with their religion. It’s their religion after all. You’d think they’d take it more seriously. But I know that not all of us do. Not all of us have The Itch. I need to learn to ignore this stuff, to let it go.

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(if not a FlameKeeper, apply to your own path)


I am a FlameKeeper because it calls to me. It lines up with my mindset and worldview and gives me a more active and applicable structure to work off of. FK lines up with my therapy. It lines up with my Shinto practice. It lines up with my Kemetic practice. And at my core (When I’m not bogged down with this extra, stupid mental crap) it lines up with me. I’m hoping that by following this path, it will help me be more true to my core. To myself. And to help me better myself. To make my halves whole. I have no clue what I bring to FK. I have offered to do art, but I’d like to do more than that. I think in time I will figure out what I can bring to the table that might be of value. Currently, I’m considering writing a post on UCL and FK. Because the two are similar.

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Re: FlameKeeping: Discussion of the Week - 17Jan12 through 23Jan12
« Reply #5 on: January 24, 2012, 01:47:24 pm »
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Questions:

What do you put into your spirituality? What do you get out of it?


I try to put a lot into my spirituality, but it really depends on outside factors.  I keep FlameKeeping and my Kemetic-based path in mind, trying always to act in ways that uphold ma'at.  Some days this works better than others.  However, I do *something* spiritual every day, no matter how I feel.

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What do you think of people that treat spirituality as one more weekly meeting? Do you do that? Do people you care for?


It annoys me, TBH.  I don't believe that one has to go to church every Sunday, f'ex, but I do believe that spirituality should become intrinsic at some point.  

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Why are you a FlameKeeper? What do you bring to it? What does it bring to you?

 
I am a FlameKeeper because it speaks to me and fits logically in with my beliefs.  It provides the foundation that can be so lacking when one sets out on creating a path for oneself.
Fluid Morality - my spiritual blog
Eating Monsters - my mental health blog

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Re: FlameKeeping: Discussion of the Week - 17Jan12 through 23Jan12
« Reply #6 on: January 27, 2012, 09:46:42 pm »
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What do you put into your spirituality? What do you get out of it?


Recently other than reading I've not put much into it except the occasional lighting of a candle for Brighid. I'm still struggling with what I want to put into practice and finding what feels right. A few months back when I was lighting candles daily, reading, meditating, etc I felt less fragmented and lost. So it gives me a grounded and focused feeling.

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What do you think of people that treat spirituality as one more weekly meeting? Do you do that? Do people you care for?


I don't judge them because that's where they are at the time. Only they can know what/how is right for them. I don't think I treat my spiritually quite so flippantly but I don't put the amount of focus I feel is needed. Most of my family has no regular showing of spirituality. They are Christians bc that is how they grew up and haven't felt a need to explore outside of their faith. They are comfortable in knowing that through baptism all will be well for them as long as they live righteously.

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Why are you a FlameKeeper? What do you bring to it? What does it bring to you?
(if not a FlameKeeper, apply to your own path)


FlameKeeping put forth my own thoughts but so much more eloquently that I was drawn like a moth to flame...literally lol. It gives structure while allowing me to explore all that can be. Most of all it lets me know I'm not alone and allows interaction with others who have similar ideas. So far I don't think I bring anything but maybe one day I will be able to give back.

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