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« Topic Start: August 31, 2008, 12:18:57 am »

What are the broad areas of life that your path addresses? (I realise that a common answer is likely to be 'everything', but for the sake of discussion, particulars would be good). For example, Stoicism pays special attention to physics, logic, ethics, civic participation, psychology and virtue.
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« Reply #1: August 31, 2008, 12:56:56 am »

What are the broad areas of life that your path addresses?

Considering my path is still somewhat malleable, this answer is subject to change, but my path's primary purpose is to seek out truth in whatever forms it may take.  I value education in all its forms.  I also value learning about other religious paths.  As an eclectic, I do tend to incorporate elements of other paths into my own path (as I find elements that resonate, both good and bad, I incorporate them into my own path).

I haven't found what I feel to be the truth of deity yet.  I think there's at least one deity out there, quite possibly more, but I don't know who or what they value most.

My path still has a lot of shaping to do, but that's a basic gist for now Smiley.
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« Reply #2: September 02, 2008, 12:42:17 pm »

Considering my path is still somewhat malleable, this answer is subject to change, but my path's primary purpose is to seek out truth in whatever forms it may take.  I value education in all its forms.  I also value learning about other religious paths.  As an eclectic, I do tend to incorporate elements of other paths into my own path (as I find elements that resonate, both good and bad, I incorporate them into my own path).

I see my path not as something I do, but as something I am.  It is the very breath I take.  As far as specifics it enters all areas of my life - such as the list proposed. Science, religion, philosophy, ethics, morals, psychology, community participation, environmental responsibility - everything!  With that in mind, how does this topic help you (@BGmarc) on your path, other than very short conversation?   Smiley
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« Reply #3: September 02, 2008, 05:48:08 pm »

What are the broad areas of life that your path addresses? (I realise that a common answer is likely to be 'everything', but for the sake of discussion, particulars would be good). For example, Stoicism pays special attention to physics, logic, ethics, civic participation, psychology and virtue.

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« Reply #4: September 02, 2008, 07:25:46 pm »

I see my path not as something I do, but as something I am.  It is the very breath I take.  As far as specifics it enters all areas of my life - such as the list proposed. Science, religion, philosophy, ethics, morals, psychology, community participation, environmental responsibility - everything!  With that in mind, how does this topic help you (@BGmarc) on your path, other than very short conversation?   Smiley

What she said. There is not any part of my life that is not in service to Her, in some way or another. I don't see spirituality as something that can be put in a separate box from the rest of my life.
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« Reply #5: September 02, 2008, 08:43:03 pm »

I don't see spirituality as something that can be put in a separate box from the rest of my life.

Nicely said. I am the same way; my spirituality is a part of me.
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« Reply #6: September 02, 2008, 10:48:39 pm »

I see my path not as something I do, but as something I am.  It is the very breath I take.  As far as specifics it enters all areas of my life - such as the list proposed. Science, religion, philosophy, ethics, morals, psychology, community participation, environmental responsibility - everything!  With that in mind, how does this topic help you (@BGmarc) on your path, other than very short conversation?   Smiley

How does it help me? Mostly it is a conversation topic that I hoped would be interesting and that might give people an opportunity to explore their personal 'theology' (for want of a better word).

The answer that you and others have given is one that I encounter quite often accross people of many faith traditions/paths and it always interests me. I could also say that Stoicism is fully integral with my life, but what I would be saying is that the things it teaches me impact on how I deal with all areas of my life. Truth be told, Stoic writings and equivalent sources do not actually address all of these aspects of life. They address a quite limited number of areas that provide a framework from within which I respond more generally. In asking others for their equivalents I am trying to get a feeling for what key areas are sufficient or even necessary for a faith tradition/path to provide a framework sufficiently comprehensive to respond consistently to the complexities of the world.
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« Reply #7: September 03, 2008, 01:21:21 pm »

what key areas are sufficient or even necessary for a faith tradition/path to provide a framework sufficiently comprehensive to respond consistently to the complexities of the world.
I'm not sure I would say my convictions result from my path, personally.  They come from a deep place within and perhaps incited me to be on the path I'm on, but they are just what feels 'intrinsically right' to me apart and seperate from my spiritual path.  I haven't found any inconsistencies from consulting (and listening to) the Governor within.
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« Reply #8: August 05, 2009, 10:41:58 pm »

I'm not sure I would say my convictions result from my path, personally.  They come from a deep place within and perhaps incited me to be on the path I'm on, but they are just what feels 'intrinsically right' to me apart and seperate from my spiritual path.  I haven't found any inconsistencies from consulting (and listening to) the Governor within.

Do you find that (as time goes by) there is any movement in the other direction? Do you find that (as your ubderstanding and knowledge of your religion/spiritual path both broadens and deepens) your understanding of those core beliefs evolves in any way?
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« Reply #9: August 05, 2009, 11:58:11 pm »

What are the broad areas of life that your path addresses? (I realise that a common answer is likely to be 'everything', but for the sake of discussion, particulars would be good). For example, Stoicism pays special attention to physics, logic, ethics, civic participation, psychology and virtue.

Not too long ago, it seemed like I partitioned my faith into its own little cubbyhole in my life. My spirituality was strictly spiritual, and it didn't spill over into other areas of my life too much.

Lately, though, the Sacred has been flooding into the mundane, making everyday tasks seem deeper, more meaningful and more fulfilling. I don't know what kind of lesson I finally absorbed that let this happen, but I'm glad it did finally sink in. The analogies I keep coming back to are my stove and my sink. When I'm cooking, fire comes out of my stove. It's a gas stove, fed by man-made lines, but it's still Fire, the spirit of the flame is still there. When I'm washing dishes or showering or washing my hands, that water may be pumped to me through municipal water pipes... but, it's Water. Not only is it alive and flowing into my sink, but it's been here since the world was born. The wonder and awe I feel while gazing at the flames shooting up from my stove top is the same wonder that my ancient ancestors felt when they beheld Fire, that water in my sink was once their water.

I've been finding that my heart is a little softer, too. I can feel compassion towards people and situations that which I normally wouldn't have even given the time of day. I have been spending more time in prayer, giving thanks to the imminent energy I call the Great Mystery. I can find connections between events, people, places and times that would have never occurred to me; and I'm finding a deep satisfaction in sharing my own UPG (unique personal gnosis, lol) where before I never thought it was worthwhile.

It's been an interesting journey over these past few months, I can tell you that much.   
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« Reply #10: August 06, 2009, 05:39:27 pm »

What are the broad areas of life that your path addresses?

To be honest, so far it hasn't addressed anything for me. I do not feel any different, at least not in a positive sense.
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« Reply #11: August 30, 2009, 03:55:22 pm »

What are the broad areas of life that your path addresses? (I realise that a common answer is likely to be 'everything', but for the sake of discussion, particulars would be good). For example, Stoicism pays special attention to physics, logic, ethics, civic participation, psychology and virtue.

My path permeates into everything I do and every decision I make.  It certainly colors them and while I believe that my faith and ethics fully justify and encourage civic and political activism and participation I think that's more based on my opinion and interpretation.
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