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« Reply #30: March 11, 2007, 01:17:13 am »

Projectwise, I'm still working on and off with trying to systematise Kemetic theology in a mostly non-denominational way (in practice, I suspect it willb e my denomination, which is currently me, but hey); this project has morphed in several places since I started it, and is currently at what I think is a workable level in current state of cope and sanity.

Personal-wise ... I'm currently going through a lot of work on integrating fragmentary bits of self (this was provoked by my Feri training, and I wound up picking up a book on shamanic soul retrieval in the Harnerian paradigm to supplement that) and doing a lot of wrestling with personal demons.  We shall see how that goes.

Darkhawk, do you mind giving me the title? I'm looking for info on shamanism right now and anything would be helpful.

Though I wonder if it's the Sandra Ingerman soul-retrieval book...?
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« Reply #31: March 11, 2007, 01:19:53 am »

Well, since I've been busy with school and now trying to catch up on Cauldron stuff (*meaningful look*  Tongue), don't really have any big religious projects going on.

BUT I have a small one. On bus rides which are too short for reading, I try and mentally pray instead of just thinking random thoughts.  Tongue
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« Reply #32: March 11, 2007, 08:58:16 am »

Mandi, please PLEASE take your concerns to the management!

Sounds like that job is pure hell...I will be hoping you can find something else much better for your health!

As of Friday I quit!!!

Celebrated with a pitcher or margaritas, and the next day a trip to home depot for flats of petunias and marigolds.  Thank goodness, and good riddance.

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« Reply #33: March 11, 2007, 10:56:23 am »

What issues are you confronting in your spiritual and/or religious journey?  What things are you working on or learning more about?


I forgot to mention another project: delving into sacred geometry. Some of that ties into the myth writing, oddly enough.

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« Reply #34: March 12, 2007, 06:41:04 am »

I'm trying to reconcile myself to doubt. It doesn't make me less of a Stoic, nor does it mean that I am somehow not 'serious' about my philosophy. Or does it Tongue

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« Reply #35: March 12, 2007, 09:33:23 am »

I'm trying to reconcile myself to doubt. It doesn't make me less of a Stoic, nor does it mean that I am somehow not 'serious' about my philosophy. Or does it Tongue

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Geez! One of those philosophical paradoxes! If you stoically accept doubts about Stoicism for peace of mind, does that make you more or less of a Stoic...argh argh argh my head!  Tongue
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« Reply #36: March 12, 2007, 08:23:56 pm »

Geez! One of those philosophical paradoxes! If you stoically accept doubts about Stoicism for peace of mind, does that make you more or less of a Stoic...argh argh argh my head!  Tongue

Well, you've hit the nail on the head there. The Stoic sage would say that it is within their nature to doubt and would work to face that doubt with equanimity. But I'm not sure that that's what I'm doing, because I have doubts Tongue

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« Reply #37: March 13, 2007, 01:19:25 am »

Well, my projects are currently all caught up in some big Life Changes:

I'm quitting school (again, heh) and moving to Ireland, where I intend to focus on my artwork. This has resulted in some pretty serious fallout with my best friends and roommates, naturally, and subsequently I've had to re-examine what sort of person I am and what sort of people I want around me. Mundane, yes... but it also gets all mixed up in my spirituality. (For one thing, I know one deity quite recently introduced into my life is laughing hysterically at me...)

Moving to Ireland means my newest project will most likely be investigating 'fairy roads' and ghost hunting. *laughs* Moving also means I'll be reunited with my sister, which is exciting - she's fun to work with magically. She also says she has a copy of Ramsey Duke's Demons over there for me, so I'm sure that'll inspire me to try interesting things.

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« Reply #38: April 16, 2007, 05:55:50 am »


My current religious project is simply to have the house altars find their places so I can set them up. :-P
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« Reply #39: April 16, 2007, 08:04:04 am »

What issues are you confronting in your spiritual and/or religious journey?  What things are you working on or learning more about?

Doing the 'trying to keep a personal devotional life going alongside school, group, and coven commitments' thing.

Once we hit May and the school thing eats less of my brain for 6 weeks, I have a list of stuff I need to work on for my 3rd degree. (It's a remarkably short list, actually, after my last meeting with my HP about it, which is a little scary.) But part of it involves pulling together ritual ideas/seeds for a variety of rituals for quick use (memorial, etc. stuff that may come up fast, and that I want at my fingertips should it become necessary.) and I haven't had time and energy to focus on that.

In general, I've been doing tremendous amounts of work on poking at past relationships, what I want in future, what patterns need to change in my life to sustain what I want to do, and then finishing school and finding a job so I can *do* those things and stop stressing about the practical aspects quite so much. Which really is religious, on a bunch of levels, which has helped somewhat with the frustrations about not doing much else.
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« Reply #40: April 24, 2007, 10:00:33 pm »

What issues are you confronting in your spiritual and/or religious journey?  What things are you working on or learning more about?

When I first read this discussion, part of my response would have been different.  Then I would have said that I was working on learning more about Ceremonial rituals.  Which I still am, but it's sorta been back-burnered the past month or so.

I've been doing a lot of "mundane" work lately - starting a new job, signing a lease on an apartment, cleaning and getting ready to pack.  I consider this magic too - some of the most powerful magic I can do, to build a life for myself.  I'm reaching a point where (knock on wood) it's starting to come together, and I'm able to think of what else I want.

I've been reclaiming a lot of things lately, mostly good things that got twisted.  (A lot of this stems from my Feri work.)  I've been acknowledging my intellectual side, my talents, my ambition, my love of all sorts of art, and some stuff from my previous magical experience.  Some of it's been squashed for awhile - it's hard to convey that there's a sense of urgency to this work, but it's there.

I've also been trying to become close to the deities I'm devoted to.  There have been Others who have been present, too (especially Seshat lately.)

I've been getting outside more, and walking around, and listening.  I've been walking not just in parks, but also around interesting buildings, and in courtyard-ish areas.  Looking for connection, not separation, in "people-made" and "natural" things.

I would like to be doing more work with my magical network, but I have a strong sense of "open the way for yourself first".  So I am.
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« Reply #41: April 24, 2007, 11:19:25 pm »

I don't know if "projects" is really the word I want here...  I know that many people here actively work on their religious development, either through exploring ideas and beliefs or by doing research or by developing or integrating new practices. 

Heh, I forgot to mention another major thing.  I've started keeping Brighid's flame with the Cauldron Cill.  In addition to trying to understand my creativity better and use it to honor Her, I've been thinking more about healing.
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« Reply #42: April 26, 2007, 03:54:49 pm »

I don't know if "projects" is really the word I want here...  I know that many people here actively work on their religious development, either through exploring ideas and beliefs or by doing research or by developing or integrating new practices.  Or of course, less comfortably, through grappling with difficult questions.  I thought it might be interesting to see what everyone's doing.  What issues are you confronting in your spiritual and/or religious journey?  What things are you working on or learning more about?


Hmmm. 

I'm going to start taking martial arts classes for my self esteem, strength and spiritual developement. 

I'm going to start beading, drawing and mask making when I get the chance. 

I'm enrolled in a graduate program for religious studies.  Doing that I consider a nod to my own love of learning and the deities in my life that consider knowledge important. 

I'm working on my own path and the forthcoming website will expand on that. 

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« Reply #43: April 26, 2007, 03:57:24 pm »

Well, as I've "finished" the FAQ (I think FAQs are inherently unfinished, but...) I'm starting to work on actual practices. I've procrastinated a bit, trying to figure out which practices to start with (and then I got a much needed clue-by-four that hey, maybe the beginning might not be a bad place to start), but I'm finally sitting down and getting to work.

I'm still working on the practices, but I've finally finished the design for my prayer beads (I've been planning and rearranging and thinking for what feels like a really long time). Now I just need to get the materials and make it!
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