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Re: A summary of YOUR beliefs
« Reply #15 on: August 12, 2020, 04:49:22 pm »
Can you summarise the 'religion' you have listed in your profile?

I barely know what to put in my profile for religion, right now. So I'll list the things I do know.

To start off with, and maybe a little ridiculous, but the End Poem from the video game Minecraft is actually the best summary of my beliefs. If you've ever gotten into Minecraft, they have an "end" to the game. You beat a dragon, and then before end credits there's a poem. It's an amazingly windy and contemplative poem and I flippin love it. And so far it's the best source not from myself that identifies what I think of the world. https://minecraft.gamepedia.com/End_Poem.

Generally though these are the things I know for myself:

- Witch
I'm working on my personal definition of what being a witch means to me. Generally, creating change by tapping into energies to help make it happen. HOW to do that and where the energy comes from and all the details is the craft, to me.

- Pantheist
I believe (and I go a little off into space captain mode) that there was once an entity beyond our understanding (I mean, mine at least. The question "what's outside the universe" is one I've asked since I was 6, and still makes everyone either implode or stare at me like WTH is wrong with you). This entity literally exploded itself (Big bang, ty) and created the universe. So I believe the universe and everything in existence is not only made from this entity, but IS the entity itself.

To borrow from Minecraft (Two "beings" I've labeled as #1 and #2, talking to "you", the player):
#1 : There you are. Your body touching the universe again at every point, as though you were separate things. As though we were separate things.
#2 : Who are we? Once we were called the spirit of the mountain. Father sun, mother moon. Ancestral spirits, animal spirits. Jinn. Ghosts. The green man. Then gods, demons. Angels. Poltergeists. Aliens, extraterrestrials. Leptons, quarks. The words change. We do not change.
#1 : We are the universe. We are everything you think isn't you. You are looking at us now, through your skin and your eyes. And why does the universe touch your skin, and throw light on you? To see you, player. To know you. And to be known."
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#1 : and sometimes the player believed the universe had spoken to it through the sunlight that came through the shuffling leaves of the summer trees
#2 : and sometimes the player believed the universe had spoken to it through the light that fell from the crisp night sky of winter, where a fleck of light in the corner of the player's eye might be a star a million times as massive as the sun, boiling its planets to plasma in order to be visible for a moment to the player, walking home at the far side of the universe, suddenly smelling food, almost at the familiar door, about to dream again
#1 : and sometimes the player believed the universe had spoken to it through the zeros and ones, through the electricity of the world, through the scrolling words on a screen at the end of a dream
#2 : and the universe said I love you
#1 : and the universe said you have played the game well
#2 : and the universe said everything you need is within you
#1 : and the universe said you are stronger than you know
#2 : and the universe said you are the daylight
#1 : and the universe said you are the night
#2 : and the universe said the darkness you fight is within you
#1 : and the universe said the light you seek is within you
#2 : and the universe said you are not alone
#1 : and the universe said you are not separate from every other thing
#2 : and the universe said you are the universe tasting itself, talking to itself, reading its own code
#1 : and the universe said I love you because you are love.



Personally that always makes me tear up and want to go lay in the sun outside for a few hours just feeling the world. I could probably write a few essays breaking down what all that means to me, how I dismantle it and what it allows in my life. Deities, for example, I believe some and not others. But try to treat each version of them all with respect. They exist in someone's mind, that's enough - isn't it? I just have to love the message and feel the deity personally before I can give and take energies with them myself, I think.

I'm currently working on unwinding myself again and letting myself establish emotional roots. In doing that I'm hesitant to use any one word to describe what my religion is (currently loving Reclaiming Witchcraft, as example. It's the focus of my witchcraft studies atm) but I'm learning all the corners I can. Taking what fits, learning what I can from what doesn't, and when pieces fit onto my personal lore, I add them in. The puzzle slowly reveals itself as I go. :)

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Re: A summary of YOUR beliefs
« Reply #16 on: August 12, 2020, 06:06:26 pm »
Hey everyone.
Apologies if this has been asked before.
I'm extending this question to everyone of every belief (or lack thereof).
Can you summarise the 'religion' you have listed in your profile?


LMAO I had to look at my profile to remind myself what exactly I put.
It's not that I don't know what I believe, it's just remembering how I described it.. Thing is, I don't do 'big' religion so to speak. It's more a case of living my life while being aware of those beings who are around me who walk in a 'world' beyond my own and showing them the respect and love I can.
I honestly love knowing there is more to this life than I can know and ways of interacting and touching this vast difference of life.
Yep, I probably could annoy the heck out of any deity wanting an obedient follower who doesn't ask questions ;)

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Re: A summary of YOUR beliefs
« Reply #17 on: August 14, 2020, 02:40:33 pm »
But try to treat each version of them all with respect. They exist in someone's mind, that's enough - isn't it? I just have to love the message and feel the deity personally before I can give and take energies with them myself, I think.

What you've said here regarding deities struck a chord with me and has prompted me to add a post to this thread.  It's not much of a post, however, because that's it!

I can't respond to the OP quite yet, because I'm still struggling with summing it all up in my own mind let alone in a coherent post!  (I'm also stalled working on a blog post which touches on this at the minute - I may have a long weekend coming to me next weekend so that might allow me some time to work on this stuff).

I've been enjoying reading others' responses in this thread, too, so thanks to all who've shared so far.
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