All Beliefs are Welcome Here!
I've noticed and have experienced people dissing my beliefs or others....saying that they are wrong...or a scam....or something else....
If that's true WHY doesn't anyone stand up to teach? Its all title slinging "I'm a high" whatever of some sort of sect or circle or what have it. How do we know its even true that you are what you say you are and if it is why not stand up and teach the "uneducated"? instead of making them feel like crap and badgering them with negativity or saying "thats wrong!" and saying youre part of some secret organization and thats why they have to stay in the dark, OFFER INFORMATION! Not everything can be found on the internet and those of us without mentors have to do so that way so if we choose to believe what we find don't knock it unless you wanna correct it. Because really if you tell me whats wrong what am I supposed to do then? Go on a wild goose chase for the golden egg?
I'd like to ask the high priests and priestesses or any of you really to stand up and start teaching and quit knocking without anything to back your big shotting when the door opens. I'm sick of getting told how wrong I am or being told what is wrong without any substantial information to back it up.
Hate to sound like a Yoda rip off, but - those who wish to make you feel like your in the dark truly doubt themselves.
And titles are given not taken - if people have to tell you what their rank (or whatever the dank) is, because it's not apparent, then it doesn't mean anything to any way.
I can only give you what I have experienced - the rest is all guess work.
My mother was a wise woman who didn't put up with nonsense. One of the things she often said will stick with me all my days.
"If you have to tell me you are, you probably aren't."
As for the idea of people teaching....as painful as your experiences may have been, why do you think it wasn't "teaching"? There are more way to teach then to stand at the head of a class room and lecture. Likewise, there are more ways to learn then to sit and listen to someone else's experience.
There is a very common saying in pagan circles: "When the student is ready, the teacher will come." This doesn't refer to a student reaching a given age and a teacher appearing on their doorstep. Rather, it's talking about when the student is ready SEE the lessons that all around them, they will learn.
Finally, I for one am not going to spoon feed people. That's just not how I work since I find it a very ineffective means of teaching. I expect people to work for and earn their understandings. I've been known to drive people nuts asking them questions in the hopes that they will think things through for themselves. More then a few probably think that I AM leading them on a wild goose chase. These same people will be unable to see that I'm giving them the opportunity to LEARN. Such is life.
Before you get all defensive when people question you, ask yourself what you are defending and why it needs to be defended. If your ideas and/or practice are worthwhile they will stand on their own merits and be able to weather whatever comes against them; you won't have to defend them because you bee too busy living them.
Vig.: If your ideas and/or practice are worthwhile they will stand on their own merits and be able to weather whatever comes against them; you won't have to defend them because you bee too busy living them.
The only good a forum like this does is separate the asshats from the good people.
The ONLY good? You can't see any other benefit? Such as the exchange of ideas, or thinking in new directions because of those ideas, or being exposed to the existence of given things they had previously been unaware of. I wonder if you're aware of how "negative" you come across with that statement.
A person's forum experience is what they decide it is. If they choose to give others power of them, it's probably going to be a "negative" experience. Even more so if they go in with preconceived notions of what it's going to be like.
But if the person goes in seeing the forum experience as an opportunity to learn (not only from others but ABOUT themselves) and a tool for personal growth, they are going to do fine. Not only will they be fine, but the forum will be richer for their involvement.