Christo-Pagans?

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I could not think of a better term than Christo-Pagan, although I only worship Christ.

I struggled a lot with Christianity growing up, because of the way it was presented to me. I dabbled in Agnosticism here and there, but always believed in a Higher Power. I was drawn out of my Protestant upbringing to the Catholic Church. From there, I found the Eastern Orthodox Christian Church.

At that Church, I feel like I am home. I feel intense peace and belonging. Yet, I still believe that religious beliefs fall on a spectrum. I dabble in energy work and Tarot cards still, but not in anyway that runs contrary to Christianity. I use energy work and Tarot readings as my own inner insight.

Is anyone else like this? I still feel weird about it, because I know many Christians would reject me upon hearing this, but at the same time, they are my true feelings.

What Makes You Interpret One Thing as a Sign and Another as a Coincidence?

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Loki taunts Bragi. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

If this makes any sense, what makes you interpret one thing as a sign, from the gods (or anything else spiritual, for that matter) and another as a coincidence?

For example, I was just reading about Loki turning into a type of fly and stinging a dwarf. Some kind of bug (it happened so fast that I wasn’t even sure what kind) flew down and landed on my page for a second and flew off. I’m in a room with the door shut, and I hadn’t seen it before then, and I haven’t seen it since.

When it comes to things like this, I don’t want to look too much into it, and yet I don’t want to not look enough into it, if I’m not completely rambling. I still have next to no experience, so any opinions, insights, or personal experiences with these things would be greatly appreciated.

How Do You Sense Energy?

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How do you sense energy? I know some people visualize it as something they see, and some people visualize it as something they hear, but how do YOU sense it?

For me (This is probably really weird), I feel it. In my brain. I can compare it to when I eat a lot of sugar and I have an uncomfortable feeling in my brain area, idk. Like a buzzing. Energy feels a bit like that, except not uncomfortable.

So how do you sense energy?

Or, if it isn’t normal to do this and I’m imagining it then please tell me.

Looking for Good Social Justice Communities

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I genuinely am interested in Social Justice issues, but to be honest I don’t actually know much about them, largely because all of the Social Justice-focused corners of the internet I’ve ever come across were really unpleasant places. (Um… I can be more clear on what exactly I mean by this; I’ll explain further if anyone needs clarification but I don’t want to turn the OP into a long rant.)

For a long time, that scared me off from ever wanting to get involved in anything related to Social Justice. Now I’m starting to become interested again, but I don’t know where to start.

Hexes and Curses

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Cursing ritual ceremony (Photo: Wikipedia)

Now I know that Wiccans don’t curse and hex because it’s against the Rede, but what about witches that don’t call themselves Wiccans. I know this might be a stupid question, but I would love to know. I would also like to know what your opinion is about those that do hex and curse, who are not Wiccan. And what if their Wiccan and they do hex and curse?

Workshop Crowdsourcing: Being Pagan with a Chronic Illness

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Southern Maine Pride 2010 (Photo credit: Sam T (samm4mrox))

So, I volunteered to do a workshop at the Southern Maine Pagan Pride day, and threw out a bunch of topics, and one of the ones they leapt on was about being Pagan and living with chronic illness.

But because my experience of same is typical in some ways and very atypical in others, I definitely want to crowdsource my planning. What would you be interested in hearing in this kind of workshop? (I suspect the majority of the people there will be solitary practitioners, and one of the larger

issues in the state is that it can be a long way to go do anything not in your immediate area.)

I don’t expect to quote anyone directly: it is possible I may end up saying “As I was planning this, someone mentioned X” in passing. (If that’s a problem, please let me know so I can avoid it.) I default to not talking about stuff in individual conversation unless I know that someone has discussed that bit openly on the public ‘net in the past.

Things I’m already planning to talk about (but would love more comment about)

– Energy work and how both illness and medication can affect how it feels for us, what’s easy or hard for us, etc.

– Small daily or occasional practices that we can set up when we feel better, but remind us when we feel worse (I plan to definitely talk about painting my toenails, playlists, and wearing specific jewelry, but I’d love lots of other examples.)

– Ways to stay connected with other Pagans that do not require substantial exertion or driving (my current issue, in part.)

– Dealing with some aspects of group interaction/practice (I don’t intend to go hugely into this one, but more a “Here’s stuff to bring up early” and “here’s ways to frame it” and “here’s ways to deal with stuff like food restrictions in ritual in a way that’s likely to not cause too much fuss”)

(Probably with a brief sidebar on “small groups are not going to automatically do every accessible thing ever all the time: some of them just cost too much money and time if no one actually needs them. However, if you do need them, here’s stuff that might be readily possible, and things that event planners/etc. can consider doing/you can consider asking for.)

– A more philosophical bit about living to the edges of your space, even if you have changing edges to your space, and about not artificially restricting yourself, at the same time you need to moderate so you don’t do stupid things to your body you didn’t mean to.

Black Energy?

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Energy Arc (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I have been wondering about black energy. My friends around my area who practice energy work have tried to use black energy and found it to be very uncomfortable, and almost damaging at times. I’ve been able to safely use it from early on and was wondering if its possible for the body to adjust to ‘negative’ energies or if black energy may not be a negative energy at all, or if I might be naturally grounded against it? I think it could be helpful to get a new perspective, because if I can I wan’t to teach them how to safely manage black energy.

What are your Bible Equivalents?

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Every time I move, I have a few books that I stuff into my backpack and bring with me, along with the most important of my currently active notebooks. When my backpack is packed it’s the last thing to leave the place except for the cleaning supplies — and it stays with me no matter what.

The books I put in it are the equivalent of the Christian Bible for me. Around the time that I put them together, I always wonder what other people’s are.

They can be books that you just really, really like a lot, I guess. But what I mean are what books are meaningful for you, or say something profound to you about the way to live life? Or have a spiritual message that applies to you, even if they aren’t necessarily spiritual in nature? They can be pagan books or not, or fiction, nonfiction, poetry, whatever.

Mine are:

Illusions: The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah by Richard Bach (this one was the first book I made sure I always had with me)

Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman

Lost Souls by Poppy Z. Brite (Billy Martin)

The Alchemist by Paulo Coehlo (this is the latest one to make the grade for me — it’s been with the others for about the past five or six years)

There are a few others: The collected Poe, Millay, and Yeats. Best Loved Poems of the American People. The Outlaw Bible of American Poetry, and The Awakening by Kate Chopin. But they aren’t in my absolute, last to leave group.

I hope this makes sense, I’m really tired but having an insomnia fit.

So what about you?