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« Topic Start: May 28, 2008, 01:06:00 pm »

One of the things that years ago attracted me to paganism ( I think thats a real word lol ) is that everyone that I had met that claimed to be Pagan had a real sense of peace about them. Not the butterflies and bunnies kind of peace but a calm that was almost soothing to be around. Very attractive to someone that has spent most their life pissed off at everything LOL.

So my question to you all is - has your faith/practice/belief brought that kind of peace into your life?
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« Reply #1: May 28, 2008, 01:09:16 pm »


So my question to you all is - has your faith/practice/belief brought that kind of peace into your life?

I'm not religious or anything...but I've found peace in atheism.  Does that count? Smiley
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« Reply #2: May 28, 2008, 01:17:37 pm »



So my question to you all is - has your faith/practice/belief brought that kind of peace into your life?

Like most things, there is for me no clear yes or no.  Yes, in that I was finally able to dismiss so much of the contradictory bull that comes out of the whole omni-god system of thought.  No, in that there is always so much to be pissed off about STILL and working against.
Oddly, the best characterization of my continual stand on "peace" in this lifetime comes from a Catholic bumper sticker from the final parish of my attempted Christian life:

"Find Justice, Find Peace."
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« Reply #3: May 28, 2008, 01:24:07 pm »

I'm not religious or anything...but I've found peace in atheism.  Does that count? Smiley

Can't see why not. Peace is peace.
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« Reply #4: May 28, 2008, 01:42:29 pm »

So my question to you all is - has your faith/practice/belief brought that kind of peace into your life?

Peace is something I have searched for myself with little sucess, in Paganism or elsewhere. I often drag a lot of baggage with me, and therefore peace for myself is hard to come by. Paganism has more potential than other paths I have walked. Time will tell. In the meantime, i wish Peace and Joy to you all.
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« Reply #5: May 28, 2008, 02:17:36 pm »

One of the things that years ago attracted me to paganism ( I think thats a real word lol ) is that everyone that I had met that claimed to be Pagan had a real sense of peace about them. Not the butterflies and bunnies kind of peace but a calm that was almost soothing to be around. Very attractive to someone that has spent most their life pissed off at everything LOL.

So my question to you all is - has your faith/practice/belief brought that kind of peace into your life?

Well maybe. I have a short fuse at times and get very stressed but I have definitely mellowed. Whether that is the effect of paganism or just maturity who knows?
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« Reply #6: May 28, 2008, 02:26:30 pm »

One of the things that years ago attracted me to paganism ( I think thats a real word lol ) is that everyone that I had met that claimed to be Pagan had a real sense of peace about them. Not the butterflies and bunnies kind of peace but a calm that was almost soothing to be around. Very attractive to someone that has spent most their life pissed off at everything LOL.

I hate to burst the bubble, but I think you've just been lucky in your interactions.  Pagans (of all stripes) can be just as neurotic and hysterical as anyone else.  Wink  The initial stages of conversion can be particularly unsettling emotionally, depending on the person and their background and all that, but some people just are that way regardless.

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So my question to you all is - has your faith/practice/belief brought that kind of peace into your life?

I don't think so, not on a general basis.  I get my moments of serenity here and there, but I wouldn't say that my religion has made me peaceful.

That said, I do think that I feel more comfortable where I'm at now than I would have if I had stayed with Christianity, simply because I'm in a belief structure that fits and not one that's chafing all over the place.  I think that the experience of having to find my own way has, in some ways, made me more confident, a quality which has spread to other areas of my life as well.  (I have a long way to go in that area religiously, as I still tend to think of myself as an utter Hellenic n00b and doubt my own information and opinions, but I've got a good start in other ways.)  I think it has nudged me toward behaviour that makes me more comfortable with myself than I have been previously.  Early on in my journey I had some experiences which pushed me to actively make progress on healing old wounds that had been a problem for me for a long time.  (The confidence boost is in part a result of that as well.)

All of those things have maybe contributed to making my life better and less turbulent in some ways.  However, I still wouldn't say that my faith has made my life more peaceful.  It's made improvements.  It hasn't solved all of my emotional problems and made me super-stable.  It's given me a hand up and some tools to work with, and that's about it.

Which, really, is enough for me.  *shrug*
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« Reply #7: May 28, 2008, 02:28:59 pm »

Well maybe. I have a short fuse at times and get very stressed but I have definitely mellowed. Whether that is the effect of paganism or just maturity who knows?

That's a good point, too.  I'm pretty sure in my case that religious factors accounted for some of it, but this also has all happened over a period of time in my life (early 20's, for the most dramatic changes) where people do tend to do some serious maturing.  How much of it is religious and how much is maturity, and how much the maturity influences the religious stuff and vice versa, is hard to say.
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« Reply #8: May 28, 2008, 02:31:23 pm »

So my question to you all is - has your faith/practice/belief brought that kind of peace into your life?

This is something that I have been thinking about recently.  I will have to say that it is more of a calm then a peace.  I have a bad attitude from time to time..... to time... to time.. Smiley  but I will say that I have been able to overcome more of my feelings, ranting, and other items through my wanderings.  It has made probably one of the most significant changes in my life and has led me to the person I am today.  I do and will continue to strive for more but peace is something that I really can't use as a term.
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« Reply #9: May 28, 2008, 03:30:42 pm »


I used to find peace through Nature, particularly beside a lake or water in general.  I haven't been peaceful much lately, due to crazy family and work situations.  Peace really isn't about the absence of the craziness, but being peaceful despite it. Kinda like courage, I suppose.  Courage isn't the absence of fear, but instead doing what needs to be done despite being afraid.   
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« Reply #10: May 28, 2008, 03:34:24 pm »

So my question to you all is - has your faith/practice/belief brought that kind of peace into your life?

Well, I'm still as stressy as I always was, but because of my religious path I have a better way of dealing with it than I did before.  Wink
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« Reply #11: May 28, 2008, 03:36:06 pm »

I used to find peace through Nature

I'm also a big fan of peace through music.  I have an entire playlist dedicated to peaceful songs Grin
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Interesting concept.  I suppose that I view peace as a physical concept then anything.  With nature I feel more calmness then anything.  I can draw on it and it would make feel more at ease.  <Shrugs>  guess it's all semantics.
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« Reply #13: May 28, 2008, 03:56:35 pm »

Interesting concept.  

It's like this...all the craziness, all the crap, all these things will never really go away.  That's just Life, but the goal is to be peaceful in all situations.  Doesn't mean it's gonna happen, lol.

Kind of a Zen approach or Buddhist (I think! I'm probably wrong) ideal--to just let things happen, instead of reacting or forcing anything.
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« Reply #14: May 28, 2008, 04:08:42 pm »

So my question to you all is - has your faith/practice/belief brought that kind of peace into your life?
I'm still an aries with quite a temper, but accepting that I'm not mainstream religious and that I'm open to Paganism although people might ridicule it has given me a lot of peace with myself I didn't have when I claimed to be an atheist. Smiley (Nothing against atheism, the problem was that I wanted to be something I wasn't.)
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