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Archive for August, 2013

22
Aug

How Spirit Works

(This is from a work in progress) Many years of spiritual research, experience and observation have proven the following to be true. For this article, I have chosen to use the word Spirit. You can replace it with the word that works for you: Gods, God, Higher Power, the Almighty, the One Mind, the God […]

19
Aug

Stray Dogs, Stray People

Yesterday, I was told of an unfortunate incident. A young woman and her fiancé had taken in a stray dog. They already had several very small dogs. The couple and their children left home for a few hours. When they returned, one of the small dogs had been killed by the larger canine. The larger […]

10
Aug

Forward Motion, Thor Motion

The ultimate creator of the Universe is beyond comprehension. Some religions claim that it is the God of their understanding. I find that in every case, their understanding of a God falls short of what would be required of a universe-maker. They invariably describe a big man in some far-off holy place who issues orders […]

10
Aug

Natural Spirit

My ultimate allegiance is to the truth. That I find it through the vehicle of Norse traditions is entirely reasonable. The thing about Heathenism, and all of Paganism for that matter, is that the vision is much clearer. There are fewer obstructions for the true seeker. Granted that the Viking re-enactors and petty spellcasters and […]

07
Aug

Cyborg Conundrum

(With all the talk of performance-enhancing drugs in sports, what of the ultimate body enhancement? Is a concept in science fiction becoming science fact?) A popular concept from science fiction was the cyborg, a hybrid of a human with a robot. A 1970s television series was centered around a cyborg known as a “bionic man.” […]

07
Aug

Sports, Scandals, A-Rod and Character

The recent noise over Alex Rodriguez, a.k.a. “A-Rod”, reminds us that professional baseball is an entertainment industry. It is a business based on a sport. With teams worth a billion dollars each and players earning millions, money is a prime motivator for Major League Baseball. The flow of wealth is entirely dependent on the baseball […]

05
Aug

Wicca or What?

The harsh criticism against Wiccans from some quarters of Heathenism is malicious and unwarranted. Like it or not, Wicca and Heathenism both abide under the umbrella of Paganism. No amount of rhetoric or word play is going to make it otherwise. Both are modern religions based on pre-Christian European precedents. Though their origins differ, their […]

02
Aug

Hate Ain’t Us

We have a problem with hateful individuals in Heathenism. They come in several varieties who hate different things. About 20 years ago, an Asatru group with whom we had been friendly suddenly turned cold. We were puzzled. Then, a fellow who can best be described as a “ratatosk” told us the reason. He said that […]

01
Aug

Spirituality, Religion and Change

The idea of spirituality is not finding something greater. It is becoming someone greater. Spirituality is to uplift and enhance. The goal of spirituality is to make you the person you should be. You come to transcend yourself. What you become is greater than the sum total of all that you were. What is the […]

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