Hello. I’m not very good with introductions or with describing myself, but I’ll try here.

   I’m a writer from Minnesota, and for several years I’ve been researching metaphysics, the occult, and general witchcraft history and practices for my novel, and beginning almost immediately I realized just how noble, beautiful, and wonderful the facets of these spiritual pathways really are, so I’ve decided to follow one of those routes myself, if only to find a modicum of peace. I’ve been keeping a dream journal for several years, and it has been a wonderful tool for stories and for introspection (which in all honesty, I detest). Dream working is a large element for me.

   I’m still very indecisive and uncertain about things; I don’t like the idea of following a pathway because I’ve scared myself into it. I know also that I have some personal issues that need to be burned away (I feel that they’re not important enough to warrant admission here) and I hope that my contact with this world—by that I mean socializing with different and similar pagan communities—will help me ease out of the existential nihilism that I’ve believed in for so long.

   I hope that I haven’t insulted anyone with this meager introduction or painted an oblique picture of myself. If I have then I apologize. I just hope to talk with some people and maybe make some friends. I don’t know.

 

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Welcome to the forum, was interesting to read.If you do not know where you are going any road will get you there.(Not mine but something I found looking up texts for making cards)

Is no need to follow a path. There is so much out there too read and study, just see what takes your interest.

And if you do choose a path later on there are always sideroads to explore, do not limit yourself.

   Thank you very much. I think I still need some time to figure out a few things down my way first, such as for what reasons I’m seeking such a [or any] spiritual pathway or manner of thinking. I’m not exactly on the fence of whether I want to or not—I certainly do because I see my lifestyle as being at least marginally better if I did.

   What I’m really seeking, I guess, is a sense of self-confidence and happiness that my unwarranted self-loathing won’t allow, and which I’m sure I can find in this realm. I like how Kristin Madden puts it in “Pagan Parenting: Spiritual, Magical, & Emotional Development of the Child:” that all paganism is about, or ANY theological thought, for that matter, is just living a positive and healthy life and just doing the best that you can in anything that you do, regardless of actual beliefs or workings.

   [Please don’t ask me if that quote is accurate—I’m going completely by memory on that, and since I can’t remember the page number or where in the table of contents it would be located, it’s probably safe to say it’s not precise]

That’s how I occasionally view the concept when the mood hits me, but to me it keeps hopping back into a depressing and terrifying universe. Thank you, World News.

I feel that way too Jameson.  I will add that I am my path.  If I got off my path, I would be on someone elses path, and I don't think that's possible, or is it?

Thank you!

Merry Meet and Welcome :)

Thank you, very much!

Welcome to the gathering.

Thank you!

I wrote a comment above and forgot to say Welcome Matt.

Heh, thank you very much!

your path and journey are yours to choose and to decipher... a healthy skeptical and honest approach always works..   when you burn or release something it leaves a space for something new.   sometimes the smallest spark or seed is a beginning and a careful fanning and observation and exploration is what is needed.. do not give yourself a hard time about where you are or labels or directions.. trust in your intuition.. your imagination.. your heart and that little voice that says HEY ..welcome

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