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Author Topic: Finding community the right way  (Read 8108 times)
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« Reply #5: October 01, 2007, 01:05:18 pm »

As I have been solitary, I have found myself attracted to the idea of connecting with community in some form (a coven, a regular group of some kind), but I also have some reservations.

I too have been mostly solitary and have battled with the lonliness of a solitary path. I have worked with groups, and continue to do so on occasion, but in my case, they seem to have an expiration date. I am at a point in my life where not only do I know who I am, but I feel that my values, beliefs and thoughts are pretty well integrated. I have found that many people have great difficulty in disagreeing with others while maintaining respect and civility. This of course is bound to create problems in a group setting where others may find disagreements on elements of philosophy or belief to be a dealbreaker.

In order to meet my own needs for community while maintaining my needs for autonomy and to honor my Truth, I find the occasional weekend workshop or class to be the perfect solution. Also, you might try Pagan Meetupshttp://pagan.meetup.com/ for social activities with other Pagans in your area. I've gone on a couple social events with the local groups with great success.

You are wise to have reservations because as you say, there are a lot of broken people in the Pagan community. I think that every community has their broken people, but perhaps they are more noticeable in the Pagan community? In a spiritual path that stresses personal responsibility, I think we leave it to the individual to take action on their own behalf to secure the type of life they want for themselves. I share your frustration with it, but am also careful to discern between the toxic crazies and the harmless crazies.
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