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« Topic Start: August 03, 2007, 11:30:53 pm »

Blessings All,

I live in a very Christian household in the Southern US.  Needless to say, it's rather conservative over here.  I'm interested in beginning a small devotional practice, just something to add a spiritual dimension to my day.  If anyone has any ideas on ways to do things like this that aren't obvious, that would be lovely.  Thank you all!

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« Reply #1: August 04, 2007, 12:13:41 am »

Blessings All,

 I'm interested in beginning a small devotional practice, just something to add a spiritual dimension to my day.  If anyone has any ideas on ways to do things like this that aren't obvious, that would be lovely. 

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Let me see, one thing that I am thinking of is when you wake up in the morning, walk to a window and greet the day/deity. During your day, light a candle(any candle) and think devotional thoughts. Depending on whom you follow, just a thought or a word may be enough to show your devotion. When you lay down at night, greet the evening and ask for quidance before you dream(or during).

If your looking for something a little deeper, perhaps asking your guides and gaurdians for some excitement during a meditation. Sometimes the smallest things can turn out to be very exciting! Hope this helps a little. Smiley
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« Reply #2: August 04, 2007, 12:16:05 am »

If anyone has any ideas on ways to do things like this that aren't obvious, that would be lovely.  Thank you all!

I like what I do -  very simple meditations, when/as I feel appropriate.

While my housemates arent christian, niether of them even knows if im doing anything, because it simply doesnt affect them. they do know that i do what i do however, and im not trying to hide - but if you feel the need to do something simple its a good place to start.


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« Reply #3: August 04, 2007, 12:52:27 am »

I'm interested in beginning a small devotional practice, just something to add a spiritual dimension to my day.  If anyone has any ideas on ways to do things like this that aren't obvious, that would be lovely.  Thank you all!

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There are so many discreet ways of honoring deity.  Exactly how you choose to do so will depend on your deity and your relationship with Him/Her.

F'ex, I'm dedicated to Brighid.   A primary way I honor her is by offering flame -- candles or oil lamps.  Nobody needs to know they're for Brighid, besides me and Her.  I also frequently make small offerings of beer or Irish Mist.  Again, nobody needs to know that.

I have a brief morning cleansing that I do, which is done in the bathroom with a special vessel of water.  I pour the water out on the ground, but nobody has ever noticed me doing that.

I also have specific jewelry that is dedicated to Brighid and that I wear in Her honor.  It's not obvious to anyone but me what the actual meaning is.

Another thing I've found wonderfully useful is to set up a devotional playlist on my iPod.  We discussed this and other ideas in this thread, which you might find useful:
http://www.ecauldron.net/forum/index.php?topic=274.msg3490#msg3490

Just some ideas to get the creative juice flowing.  Trial and error is your friend.  Wink
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« Reply #4: August 04, 2007, 02:43:56 am »

Blessings All,

I live in a very Christian household in the Southern US.  Needless to say, it's rather conservative over here.  I'm interested in beginning a small devotional practice, just something to add a spiritual dimension to my day.  If anyone has any ideas on ways to do things like this that aren't obvious, that would be lovely.  Thank you all!

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One thing that came to mind for me is tools.  You don't have to have them.  They can help with focusing (especially in the beginning), but are not necessary.  The energy comes from you, after all.  So if you are concerned about having to hide your tools (if you have them, that is), just remember you don't necessarily need them to do your workings.   Smiley

When I first became Pagan, I was still living with my Mom---in Arkansas....trust me, I know EXACTLY what you're having to go through.
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« Reply #5: August 04, 2007, 03:22:36 am »

Let me see, one thing that I am thinking of is when you wake up in the morning, walk to a window and greet the day/deity. During your day, light a candle(any candle) and think devotional thoughts. Depending on whom you follow, just a thought or a word may be enough to show your devotion. When you lay down at night, greet the evening and ask for quidance before you dream(or during).

If your looking for something a little deeper, perhaps asking your guides and gaurdians for some excitement during a meditation. Sometimes the smallest things can turn out to be very exciting! Hope this helps a little. Smiley

I'd have to say that this is a very good idea. It seems really practical, plus a really good idea for those just starting out (or suddenly have the need to practice discreetly).
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« Reply #6: August 04, 2007, 09:27:39 am »

I live in a very Christian household in the Southern US.  Needless to say, it's rather conservative over here.  I'm interested in beginning a small devotional practice, just something to add a spiritual dimension to my day.  If anyone has any ideas on ways to do things like this that aren't obvious, that would be lovely.  Thank you all!

I can't set up an altar in my house, so I have everything nicely placed in a beautiful black velvet box and I check on them regularly. Taking each item out and meditating on them. But like the others said.. you don't need tools. But if you want something tangible.. then putting them in a box or in a drawer would work. Then in the morning you could wake up and have a few quiet moments with your items.
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« Reply #7: August 04, 2007, 10:09:22 am »


I also have specific jewelry that is dedicated to Brighid and that I wear in Her honor.  It's not obvious to anyone but me what the actual meaning is.


Indeed, and can be inexpensive as well (silver pendants $5-20).  Depending on what path you take or are on, Celtic knots, Ankhs, animals, etc that are not obvious.  Charge your talisman, maybe add some simple bead work, and take your beliefs with you wherever you find yourself.  The important things is, what it means to you...to others it's a simple trinket.

Other items that you could use for your practice that would raise no concern: plants (inside and out, that you care for), leaves, a simple crow's feather, crystals, an ornate letter opener.   Heck, a simple candle to you can be more powerful than an altar in the hands of someone who thinks dedication comes from a collection of stuff.

Another thing you can do is hang pictures.  Also you can hang landscapes or of pictures of acceptable deities (that can be justified by your new found interest in Archeology)  Wink 

Keep in mind a couple things.  The traditions have been carried out for thousands of years by those who have often had to 'hide' their beliefs.  And, those who tell you that stuff is necessary to practice are often selling that stuff  Tongue

Ah, found an example for pendants: http://www.ladyhawkstreasures.com/jewelry.htm (look at the "Subtle moon pendant" about center of the page.

Blessings  Smiley
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« Reply #8: August 04, 2007, 12:57:18 pm »

I'd have to say that this is a very good idea. It seems really practical, plus a really good idea for those just starting out (or suddenly have the need to practice discreetly).

It really is practical and as stated here also by Pythiana, tools are not always necessary.*good point*.
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« Reply #9: August 04, 2007, 01:08:17 pm »

When I first became Pagan, I was still living with my Mom---in Arkansas....trust me, I know EXACTLY what you're having to go through.

How amusing!  I'm in Arkansas for the year, at least.  Next year will finally be college.  Thanks to everyone for their ideas!  They have been very helpful!
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« Reply #10: August 04, 2007, 05:10:42 pm »

I live in a very Christian household in the Southern US.  Needless to say, it's rather conservative over here.  I'm interested in beginning a small devotional practice, just something to add a spiritual dimension to my day.  If anyone has any ideas on ways to do things like this that aren't obvious, that would be lovely.  Thank you all!

I often use a simple white taper candle for meditations. Both the candle and the base come from the dollar store up the street. A wooden bowl I use to hold water gets returned to the kitchen afterward. Most nights it’s used to hold the rolls at dinner.

You don’t need special items with stars and moons all over them to be able to practice and most activities are very discreet. What do you think might make your family suspicious?

I also have specific jewelry that is dedicated to Brighid and that I wear in Her honor.  It's not obvious to anyone but me what the actual meaning is.

As for wearing occult jewelry, I’ve found that unless you have on a pentagram then most people don’t even know that your wearing a Pagan symbol. Even the Triple Goddess symbol is fairly unnoticeable. To be even more inconspicuous I would suggest wearing a polished stone or cut gem of special meaning.
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« Reply #11: August 04, 2007, 08:34:55 pm »

How amusing!  I'm in Arkansas for the year, at least.  Next year will finally be college.  Thanks to everyone for their ideas!  They have been very helpful!

What is this? Arkansas week?Smiley

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« Reply #12: August 04, 2007, 08:58:00 pm »

You don’t need special items with stars and moons all over them to be able to practice and most activities are very discreet. What do you think might make your family suspicious?

I don't really have any items to use.  I was looking into paganism some time last year, and as with many people, first came upon Wicca and was checking that out, doing a little practice every now and then, and my mom found out.  She was pretty good about it, just concerned for my spiritual welfare, so pretty much anything that could be constituted as pagan would be out.  I'm not allowed to burn candles either, so that's out.  I'm thinking of pretty much a meditation/prayer type thing right now.  Thanks for the jewelry tip!  I'll try to look for something once I figure out who I feel drawn to.
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« Reply #13: August 04, 2007, 11:28:51 pm »

I don't really have any items to use.

Ok so what about rocks, pebbles, stones, crystals, seashells, beachsand, even a small flower pot with earth in it? I love the beach personally and feel at home there. I have shells, beach glass, sand and even salt water in a tiny bottle.

I know you can't use matches for candles so what about oils? I have a small dish with tiny stones in it and every time I need a breath of fresh air I add a drop or two to the dish. They dont smell too strong but enough that I notice it when Im in my room with the door closed.

Oh and if ypu have a mirror in your room. You can do mirror gazing. It is very relaxing.

Music is a BIG help as well
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« Reply #14: August 07, 2007, 08:11:44 am »

Ok so what about rocks, pebbles, stones, crystals, seashells, beachsand, even a small flower pot with earth in it? I love the beach personally and feel at home there. I have shells, beach glass, sand and even salt water in a tiny bottle.

I know you can't use matches for candles so what about oils? I have a small dish with tiny stones in it and every time I need a breath of fresh air I add a drop or two to the dish. They dont smell too strong but enough that I notice it when Im in my room with the door closed.

Oh and if ypu have a mirror in your room. You can do mirror gazing. It is very relaxing.

Music is a BIG help as well

Those are good ideas.  I hadn't thought of using oils yet.  I have my bookcase set up as a kind of altar right now, though with things that aren't overtly Pagan.  I think I'm getting there.  Thanks for all of your suggestions!
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