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« Reply #15: October 27, 2007, 12:53:50 pm »

I found my pagan path independent of my energetic (for lack of a better term) capabilities, but looking back, I can see how once everything merged for me, it was a relief to have these experiences readily accepted as 'normal' instead of wierd or 'you better not talk about it' as was the attitude on my old path.
So, I was just wondering...

Thanks to all that replied.  I saw a mixed bag (which I expected) of replies.  Smiley  That was heartening, as when I went back I could see how I could have communicated a little clearer. 

For those who read my post a little differently, no, I was not asking anyone to claim any powers or abilities.  I claim none that are not anything anyone else can cultivate.  I just have had many unexplainable experiences in my life that Christianity or Mormonism (my former path) had no explanation for.  So I was basically taught that I needed to keep quiet about them or people would think I was wierd.  This raised questions in my own mind that my 'spiritual leaders' couldn't answer for me.

I still have to keep quiet about a lot of what I do/believe, for one reason, we live in the 'western bible belt' over here and a lot of people just wouldn't understand.  But at least my personal beliefs/path agrees with the possibilities of these things so there is no confusion in my own mind anymore.   Cheesy
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« Reply #16: October 27, 2007, 02:21:23 pm »

Interesting how many people felt compelled to respond that this was *not their experience (rather emphatically in some cases, it seems to me). And that was not the question at all.

If only the people who had done so answered, it would hardly give anything like an accurate impression of what proportion of people had such an experience, which was what was asked.
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« Reply #17: October 27, 2007, 04:06:25 pm »

If only the people who had done so answered, it would hardly give anything like an accurate impression of what proportion of people had such an experience, which was what was asked.

I guess I read it as a positive response question, not a negative one, and it did seem that lots of negative responses piped right up. But I see from the OPers clarification I somewhat misinterpreted the question. It is not hard to find people who will say they don't have weird experiences, so it seems like finding people who *do would be more meaningful, if that is what you are trying to evaluate in yourself.
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« Reply #18: October 27, 2007, 04:32:09 pm »



I think in some ways people bridle at having their religious wanderings simplified.  Examining one dimension of a very complex multi dimensional experience - that encompasses many faiths and beliefs and then expecting a consensus is a little bit black and white in a CYMK world.

I was always curious about 6th sense related things, but I never tied them into faith until long after my faith as non Christian was established.

Faith, and metaphysics have some tie ins, but even within paganism, I try to be careful to second guess my experiences.  Religious paganism often has very little to do with metaphysical paganism.

Over the years I've found more meaning, and more intensity to the experiences that do qualify as metaphysical, although I don't put much weight in them for persons outside of myself.
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« Reply #19: October 27, 2007, 08:20:59 pm »

Out of curiosity, how many of you began researching pagan religions/paths because of abilities that were unexplainable in your current/previous religious culture? 

I found paganism by chance. I've never had any 'supernatural' experiences or abilities -- I've just always been really emotionally sensitive. I later learned that that was called empathy.  Smiley
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« Reply #20: October 27, 2007, 08:23:00 pm »

Out of curiosity, how many of you began researching pagan religions/paths because of abilities that were unexplainable in your current/previous religious culture?  I notice a lot of peopple seem to come to  paganism looking for answers to 'supernatural' experiences they have or have had.

Not me. I just started because I found it intellectually more satisfying than mainstream religions.
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« Reply #21: October 28, 2007, 02:53:57 am »

It is not hard to find people who will say they don't have weird experiences,

Sometimes it doesn't seem that way on TC. Smiley
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« Reply #22: October 28, 2007, 10:51:26 am »

Sometimes it doesn't seem that way on TC. Smiley

yes, but that's what makes it so unusual and refreshing. But out in the world, even in the pagan world, it is hard to find people who don't look at one a little bit sideways when this topic comes up.
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« Reply #23: October 28, 2007, 11:06:34 am »

Sometimes it doesn't seem that way on TC. Smiley

It can be an utter chess game at times.  We can redefine weird, experience, and ability; switching perspectives as many times as necessary to make the adjustments that fit the moment. 

If you're used to it, it's not weird. (to you)

In a world of infinite possibilities, there is no experience that is out of the ordinary.  Only weighted ratios that you have up until this moment been on the other side of.

There is no experience that you will have that is anything but a human one.  You are limited by your tools of perception and thus cannot perceive other than which you are capable of processing.

You could just be absolutely batshit, or better yet drunk, and then it's all up for interpretation by relative parties.

So many ways the plinko can go.  Grin
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« Reply #24: October 28, 2007, 01:25:47 pm »

Out of curiosity, how many of you began researching pagan religions/paths because of abilities that were unexplainable in your current/previous religious culture?

Well, I was always a Pagan, with a Daoist look on life. I just did not know these names or labels. More importantly I did not know how all my beliefs tied in together. But nevertheless I was pagan, all my beliefs tied intogether nicely i wasn't aware. So much so, that some friends of mine some time ago thought I was pagan, one of them even asked me finally. Then I said, "huh?" "I never thought of that". I had been on a 'spiritual journey' of sorts for 6-7 years then (this was couple of months back). I did recognise that my beliefs did not tie together as far as I could see. And I was generally spiritually lost. Me being pagan, told me that my religion or spirituality revolved around nature. Which is really true, always was, I just did not notice it, strangely enough. Once I realised that, it just made sense, then I started researching into Paganism. Trying to find my little niche. I ran into Daoism compeletely by accident, through Dao Teh Ching. I read it, researched Daoism, and it made so much sense. Again, I have been trying to make sense of life for a while. What came out of it, was a Daoistic Conclusion. So all is well!!

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« Reply #25: October 28, 2007, 02:01:35 pm »

Out of curiosity, how many of you began researching pagan religions/paths because of abilities that were unexplainable in your current/previous religious culture?  I notice a lot of peopple seem to come to  paganism looking for answers to 'supernatural' experiences they have or have had.

While I did have one significant supernatural experience before I started researching paganism (my then-fiancée, now-wife, unconsciously assumed my emotions in a very dangerous situation.  She was 30 miles away at the time, and this act kept me level-headed enough to act wisely), my choice to research paganism was made because I felt like there was no single, all-encompassing truth.  That the truth was fragmented and scattered, held within ALL traditions, and that remaining a Christian and claiming there was only MY truth was a disservice to myself and to all whom I encountered.  I also felt that, while Christianity held some elements of the truth, it also held a great many bald-faced lies.

Once becoming pagans, my wife and I certainly started exploring that isolated supernatural incident, and she has a much more conscious awareness and control of her empathic abilities now, but that was never a driving factor in our choice.
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« Reply #26: October 28, 2007, 10:08:36 pm »

Out of curiosity, how many of you began researching pagan religions/paths because of abilities that were unexplainable in your current/previous religious culture?  I notice a lot of peopple seem to come to  paganism looking for answers to 'supernatural' experiences they have or have had.

Not me. So far I don't have any supernatural experiences or abilities. I started my research as part of a broad seeking of information about world religions, trying to find something that fits with what I believe now that it is clear to me that the Christianity I grew up with doesn't fit. I've read about all kinds of religions and I find them all fascinating but paganism, as broad as it is, makes sense to me in a way that others don't.
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« Reply #27: October 29, 2007, 11:05:28 am »

Out of curiosity, how many of you began researching pagan religions/paths because of abilities that were unexplainable in your current/previous religious culture?

I came into paganism in a round about way that involved but did not stem from my searching for answers. When I was younger I had dealings with the paranormal and ghosts. I began to research that subject but at that time it did not involve any spiritual philosophy. It was through my search for answers for the paranormal that I came across the concept of paganism and began an off-shoot study that lead to finding a spiritual fit. However, my answers for the paranormal were found outside of the spiritual study and I could have stopped there had I chosen.
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« Reply #28: November 01, 2007, 09:03:44 am »

So, I was just wondering...

I first got interested in magic for a few months when i was 13, with a friend, largely from watching charmed Embarrassed and had a lot of fun making up our own spells, trying to create storms and doing things i would hesitate to do now (i.e. trying to invoke hekate for no particular reason)... Then when i moved states i stopped all together..

I became interested again after a friends sister declared herself wiccan. I read a couple of her "witch books", the kind that are aimed at teenagers and generally arent any good, and decided to do some research of my own and here i am. The whole magic side of it doesnt interest me that much anymore, but learning about the different gods and branches of paganism really does.
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« Reply #29: November 03, 2007, 10:04:42 am »

Out of curiosity, how many of you began researching pagan religions/paths because of abilities that were unexplainable in your current/previous religious culture?

I simply began to study Paganism and a variety of other religions because it interested me.
I feel studying the worlds religions can help give insight to humanity over all.
Fascinating to me really.
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