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« Topic Start: June 23, 2007, 12:28:56 pm »

There are tons of threads in which people talk about relationships with deities. I'm not really sure I understand how these relationships start and continue. Is it that you felt someone/thing made contact with you during deep meditation? Did it start by a series of symbolic coincidenses in real life? Did you research a deity in a book that you just felt a connection with? All or none of these? Thanks for your help.
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« Reply #1: June 23, 2007, 12:33:35 pm »

There are tons of threads in which people talk about relationships with deities. I'm not really sure I understand how these relationships start and continue. Is it that you felt someone/thing made contact with you during deep meditation? Did it start by a series of symbolic coincidenses in real life? Did you research a deity in a book that you just felt a connection with? All or none of these? Thanks for your help.

For me, connection to a specific deity just hasn't happened (yet).  But, from what I understand, it can happen in any of the ways you described.  Most people that I know have formed relationships with their chosen deities by researching them and seeing how they feel about them and relate to them. 
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« Reply #2: June 23, 2007, 12:54:05 pm »

There are tons of threads in which people talk about relationships with deities. I'm not really sure I understand how these relationships start and continue. Is it that you felt someone/thing made contact with you during deep meditation? Did it start by a series of symbolic coincidenses in real life? Did you research a deity in a book that you just felt a connection with? All or none of these?

I met Brighid solidly through a meditation first, though I had some inklings of her (found through research and reading) and knew she was someone at least in literature. The impression I received was so astounding I immediately went off to do more and more research. And to my pleasant surprise found that a lot of my feelings were shared and supported through verifiable sources.

After a while, it seemed that everything about myself and my being was connected to her in some way, and supported the fact that I would eventually become hers, even back in the childhood years. It wasn't like, "Oh, Brighid was there the entire time even though I didn't realize it!" because she wasn't; there was a distinct turning point in my life, where I came from not being with Brighid to being with her. It wasn't a realization that someone had always been there. But once I did meet her, she was there the entire time; she filled my life from that point onward. Destiny, I suppose, dictated that we would meet and join together. And I'm glad we did.  Wink
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« Reply #3: June 23, 2007, 01:41:32 pm »

There are tons of threads in which people talk about relationships with deities. I'm not really sure I understand how these relationships start and continue. Is it that you felt someone/thing made contact with you during deep meditation? Did it start by a series of symbolic coincidenses in real life? Did you research a deity in a book that you just felt a connection with? All or none of these? Thanks for your help.

Just as with human-human relationships, everyone's experience is going to be different here.  All of the things you list are ways I've heard of human-deity relationships starting.  Sometimes, too, it just kind of...  happens.  In my case, the event that led to the establishment of the relationship "felt" very much like someone getting tired of waiting around for me to notice a desired connection, walking up to me, and doing the mental equivalent of smacking me upside the head.  Cheesy  (This was not at all during meditation; I was driving home from work at the time.  Disconcerting.)

Continuing is a another matter.  That varies, too; different deities have different needs and desires, and again every relationship is unique.  It'll probably involve work of some sort, but what that will be is hard to say.  My advice is usually to ask Them once you've got a relationship established.  Smiley
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« Reply #4: June 23, 2007, 05:53:06 pm »

There are tons of threads in which people talk about relationships with deities. I'm not really sure I understand how these relationships start and continue. Is it that you felt someone/thing made contact with you during deep meditation? Did it start by a series of symbolic coincidenses in real life? Did you research a deity in a book that you just felt a connection with? All or none of these? Thanks for your help.

For me, I was *chosen* as I like to say by the Morrighan, as I feel she chooses whom she connects with. I had started seeing crows alot and didn't know why. Then I happened across a book on different Goddess, mostly Celtic, and I read a beautiful story about her followed by another one about her and Dagda. After that i just started noticing her presence and it grew from there.

I suppose it directly relates to you and the Deity you are connecting with. It's very personal and varies from person to person.

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« Reply #5: June 23, 2007, 05:54:45 pm »

There are tons of threads in which people talk about relationships with deities. I'm not really sure I understand how these relationships start and continue. Is it that you felt someone/thing made contact with you during deep meditation? Did it start by a series of symbolic coincidenses in real life? Did you research a deity in a book that you just felt a connection with? All or none of these? Thanks for your help.
                                                                                                                                                                          For me, it was alittle bit of the connection through a book, real life coincidences and apperances in dreams.     


 For me with my goddess, it started with seeing her name in a book, and then the obsession to find out everything I could about her. Of course, I've always been abit obsessive over random things where I tend to research, but with that info I realized that there had been symbolic RL instances of her being around.
   
   Recently a new deity popped up in a dream. The advice I was given was needed and worked out so I am currently looking up info on him.
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« Reply #6: June 25, 2007, 12:46:02 am »

My relationship with my gods started with a school project on Ancient Egypt. I was fascinated with everything about it but it wasn't until I was in my twenties that I felt any personal connection with the gods. A lot of evolution from a big bang. Cheesy
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« Reply #7: June 25, 2007, 01:00:17 am »

There are tons of threads in which people talk about relationships with deities. I'm not really sure I understand how these relationships start and continue. Is it that you felt someone/thing made contact with you during deep meditation? Did it start by a series of symbolic coincidenses in real life? Did you research a deity in a book that you just felt a connection with? All or none of these? Thanks for your help.

If you are asking if I have met any specific deites . . .the answer is a firm no. 

Do I have any relationship or connection with any?   Well . . . .I can't say I do, except I have a belief in a monothestic view of the universe.  I figure that there is just one G-d, and anything else is either a aspect of the One's personality, a thought form created by the One or a group of people, or a spirit or some kind that i need not treat as a deity. 

I like the idea of the Greek Goddess Eris, the Goddess of Chaos, but I don't think that I am going to be worshiping her.  (Unless I am doing it tounge in cheek . . . lol.) Grin
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« Reply #8: June 25, 2007, 01:04:37 am »

I'm not really sure I understand how these relationships start and continue.

As others have said, it's different for different people.

For me, I felt a presence of some kind, but didn't understand who it was until after a lot of research.  And then, it still took me a long time to accept the relationship and commit to it.

I've never met Brighid in meditiation (I don't do meditation well), but I have heard her voice a few times rather out of the blue, and I can connect with her in a couple of different ways, including divination.
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Psst...  Adoratrix, please don't forget to quote when replying so that we can all follow the conversation.  Wink  Thanks!
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« Reply #10: June 25, 2007, 02:06:52 pm »

There are tons of threads in which people talk about relationships with deities. I'm not really sure I understand how these relationships start and continue. Is it that you felt someone/thing made contact with you during deep meditation? Did it start by a series of symbolic coincidenses in real life? Did you research a deity in a book that you just felt a connection with? All or none of these? Thanks for your help.

When my god first showed up in my life, it was because I had literally made a place for him. In my mind I had set up a sort of personality so I could 'discuss' things with myself (I know, it sounds weird, but it worked wonderfully - it let me play devils advocate for myself and discuss things I couldn't talk about with other people), and Shad (my unnamed god) decided this personality was a good door. Smiley He started answering my questions at times and nudging me in the right direction. Every time he added something I'd stop and think "That thought wasn't from me..."

It took a while after that, as I was still trying to fit myself into various religions with set gods, before I realized (read 'was hit on the head and told') that Shad was a deity who was already part of my life and I needed to start a relationship as deity and devotee for it to truly grow. Before then it was very much like my relationship with my RL best friend - lots of joking around and general loving disrespect, if that makes sense.

Since then I've been dealing with him very differently. Because the beginning was very informal, it still has a tone of ease and friendship, but there's far more love and loyalty one to another. This is probably pretty unique, but I wouldn't trade it for the world.
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« Reply #11: June 25, 2007, 02:15:09 pm »

When my god first showed up in my life, it was because I had literally made a place for him. In my mind I had set up a sort of personality so I could 'discuss' things with myself (I know, it sounds weird, but it worked wonderfully - it let me play devils advocate for myself and discuss things I couldn't talk about with other people), and Shad (my unnamed god) decided this personality was a good door. Smiley He started answering my questions at times and nudging me in the right direction. Every time he added something I'd stop and think "That thought wasn't from me..."

It took a while after that, as I was still trying to fit myself into various religions with set gods, before I realized (read 'was hit on the head and told') that Shad was a deity who was already part of my life and I needed to start a relationship as deity and devotee for it to truly grow. Before then it was very much like my relationship with my RL best friend - lots of joking around and general loving disrespect, if that makes sense.

Since then I've been dealing with him very differently. Because the beginning was very informal, it still has a tone of ease and friendship, but there's far more love and loyalty one to another. This is probably pretty unique, but I wouldn't trade it for the world.

Actually, this is rather similar to my relationship with Apollo.  He was my *imaginary friend* named Mike for a long time.

Then, one day, I realized Who he was.  and kinda went "CRAP!". Wink  I still relate to Him as Mike sometimes, and have a slightly different relationship with Him than I do when I call Him Apollo.

But your description is VERY similar to my relationship with Apollo .. or, y'know, Mike. Wink
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« Reply #12: June 25, 2007, 02:30:48 pm »

Actually, this is rather similar to my relationship with Apollo.  He was my *imaginary friend* named Mike for a long time.

Then, one day, I realized Who he was.  and kinda went "CRAP!". Wink  I still relate to Him as Mike sometimes, and have a slightly different relationship with Him than I do when I call Him Apollo.

But your description is VERY similar to my relationship with Apollo .. or, y'know, Mike. Wink

Shad seems to really like that I don't have a 'spechul' name for him. (Actually, he seems to just really like the name Shad!) He's yet to tell me what his actual name is, but I'm starting to get the feeling I'll never hear it.

We still throw barbs at each other. He seems to really enjoy that, too. Tongue I think it's why our relationship is so deep - I treat him like I treat all my good friends. "I wouldn't pick on ya if I didn't like ya!"
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« Reply #13: June 25, 2007, 02:36:38 pm »

Shad seems to really like that I don't have a 'spechul' name for him. (Actually, he seems to just really like the name Shad!) He's yet to tell me what his actual name is, but I'm starting to get the feeling I'll never hear it.

We still throw barbs at each other. He seems to really enjoy that, too. Tongue I think it's why our relationship is so deep - I treat him like I treat all my good friends. "I wouldn't pick on ya if I didn't like ya!"

.... Ask if it's Apollo? Cheesy  *runs very fast*
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« Reply #14: June 25, 2007, 03:10:03 pm »

.... Ask if it's Apollo? Cheesy  *runs very fast*

I'm actually pretty certain he's a northern European god. It's just very likely he's not a well-known god.

I can say with absolute certainty that Shad isn't Freyr thought! Grin
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