Prelude to Walking Between the Worlds
May 1, 2012 in Walking Between the Worlds
This is my first post, so I thought it fitting to do a bit of an introduction, what I expect to be writing on the subjects on, and a bit of an explanation of the title.
When I discovered Paganism, I was in the Army. I was exposed to new cultures and new beliefs never read, seen or discussed before. I’ve always felt at home with things of nature, and always generally considered myself spiritual but I haven’t seemed to find what fit quite yet. When I was both learning and discovering my path, I quickly learned a a few things based on my situation. I learned that you while for religion, and sometimes ritual, objects and tools can be nice, but for spirituality, you need nothing but spirit, intent and energy. I learned that many meditation and altered states by meditation alone can open you up to experiences, and that visualization and intent are quite powerful. I learned that I prefer, when possible to practice outdoors when practical. Yes when practical. It’s not wise to be outside if it is literally freezing.
For my day job, the one I rely on to pay the bills, I happen to work in information technology. So I work in a world of technology and technology workers. I strive to balance the tech, natural, and spiritual part of my life, and if anything trying over time to tip it more into the natural and spiritual.
A safe estimate now is that once a week I am assisting with either a class or public ritual of some type, although often more. I communicate by phone, text, social networking site, or in person with other Pagans in my area on a daily basis. Then there are a couple of festivals that are looking to be annual events.
From time to time the occasion arises for me to work with other ministers or do interfaith work.
There are also the worlds of spirit, altered states, sensing energy, spirit journeys, ritual space, meditations. Walkers between the worlds is a term which encompasses these.
But what truly inspires me is the awareness that some people are not aware of anything beyond their mundane 9 to 5 work life. They have no idea about things happening around them in nature, in spirit, or that there is a large and growing Pagan community in their midsts.
In future editions of this regular column, I will cover day to day life, meditations, rituals, from this outlook. This is where I am going. Won’t you join me?