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Properly

I don't want to have anything to do with the spectacle. Come Monday morning, I have to look my neighbors in the eye.

I'm more interested in being a good human and being a decent neighbor than being a good Pagan, especially a good Public Pagan that supports all the Proper Causes.
     — NeoWayland, Community and being a Proper Pagan

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Holy places

Holy places are dark places. It is life and strength, not knowledge and words, that we get in them. Holy wisdom is not clear and thin like water, but thick and dark like blood.
     — C.S. Lewis, Till We Have Faces

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Penetration into the darkness

The penetration into the darkness surrounding God - the gulf between one's self and the All - involves the willingness to relinquish the comforting certainties of one's religion and risk heresy, if that is where the path leads.
     — Jay Kinney from “Heresies 101”, Gnosis No. 4, Spring-Summer 1987

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Question

If you don't question what a book or Authority Figure™ tells you, you aren't doing your part.
     — NeoWayland, How to convince me you're a poseur before I've finished the first page of the preface of your book

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Nutcases

Modern American pagans are especially bad, we tend to celebrate some of our worse nutcases as gifts from the gods.
     — NeoWayland, Depression and the Modern Pagan

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Tired old battles

Science and religion are still fighting their tired old battles for control of the world - a cheap wrestling match which has long since ceased to interest any but the most deeply hypnotized marks.
     —Peter Lamborn Wilson from “Chaos, Eros, Earth, and Old Night”, Gnosis No. 33 Fall 1994

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Weirdness

Weirdness for the sake of wyrdness is not enough.
     — NeoWayland, Depression and the Modern Pagan

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Acknowledge

Acknowledge but do not celebrate.
     — NeoWayland

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Enlightenment

Why does your enlightenment demand that I sacrifice?
     — NeoWayland

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Absolutely

As a rule, absolutes don't.
     — NeoWayland

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Technology

Gods and magick have always lived in technology.
     — NeoWayland

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Once upon a time

Our Dieties aren't suspended in “once upon a time,” they transcend us. They inspire us. They tantalize us.
     — NeoWayland

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Magick is the essence…

Magick is the essence of change and evolution. But you choose the direction.
     — NeoWayland

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Dreaming

Esoteric teachings suggest that, rather than being 'illusory' compared to the 'real' world of waking life, the dream world is indeed real. Some traditions, like those of the Australian aborigines, even suggest that the forms of the 'Dreamtime' underpin earthly reality.
     — Richard Smoley from “Are Dreams for Real?”, Gnosis No. 22, Winter 1992

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Technopagan

Some technopagans use technology in their rites and rituals. But using technology isn't what makes a technopagan. Recognizing the Divine in human endeavor AND honoring the magick, that's what really makes a technopagan.

Form joining function in something greater than either. And using what the gods inspired people to make.
     — NeoWayland, So what's a Technopagan anyway? And what do they yearn for?

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“We are starstuff…”

We are starstuff, we are the universe made manifest, trying to figure itself out. As we have both learned, sometimes the universe requires a change of perspective.
     —Delen in Babylon Five

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Truth behind the curtain

Invoke science as an unquestionable authority and someone will show the truth behind the curtain. That’s the nature of science.
     — NeoWayland

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❝No American judge should have the power to decide matters of faith…❞ 

No American judge should have the power to decide matters of faith, anymore than they have the power to decide the color of your bedsheets. Faith is solely a matter between you and the Divine. In the words of the late Peter McWilliams, Ain't Nobody's Business If You Do.
     — NeoWayland, Faith worthy of freedom

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Divide

To divide anything into what should be and what is, is the most deceptive way of dealing with life.
     —Jiddu Krishnamurti

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Blessed

But we are the Blessed, the God-touched, the ones who walk between the worlds. I honor my Gods as Elder Relatives, not as saviors or rulers of my soul. It's the difference between fear and love.
     — NeoWayland, Of gods and men

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Warriors dance

Soldiers March. Warriors Dance.

Soldiers Act. Warriors Choose.

     —Kerr Cuhulain

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I'm taking my dreams back

I'm taking my dreams back. You can share them if you want. But don't buy into this sacrifice "for the greater good."
     — NeoWayland

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Heroic

However heroic the virtues of the saint may be, the scoundrel has a bit of the hero in him too.
     — Richard Smoley from “Choose Your Saints Wisely”, Gnosis No. 24, Summer 1992

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I already have.

Do I think I can change the universe? I already have. Can I make it better? Maybe.
     — NeoWayland

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☥ ❝You saw a hurting you could help…❞

You saw a hurting you could help and did something about it. Without stopping to count the cost. That's what love does.
     — Zenna Henderson

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Institution vs. individual choice

There is an arc there: a vector. It tells a story of steadily increasing individual choice about religious belief and expression, and as a result, steadily decreasing subscription to old religious systems that clash with both modern values and humanity's growing body of accumulated knowledge.
     — Mark Green, Is Paganism Dying?

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☥ ▽ ❝I never learned from a man who agreed with me.❞

I never learned from a man who agreed with me.
     — Robert Heinlein

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Behave

Everyone would like to behave like a pagan, with everyone else behaving like a Christian.
     — Albert Camus

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Pagan outlook

The Christian fear of the pagan outlook has damaged the whole consciousness of man.
     —D. H. Lawrence

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Pagan temples

Pagan temples are timeworn forests, secluded gardens, sun-kissed seashores and emerald pastures.
     —Amelia Dashwood

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What's wrong with nudity?

This is one of those articles I'm not sure if I should be publishing.
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Polytheistic view

That is the polytheistic view of life. The world is a mess. The world is beautiful. The gods are eternal (or as good as). The gods work at cross-purposes, and sometimes humans are caught between them.

"If you try to change the world in the name of some grand, sweeping, utopian vision, you will just make it worse. The most you can do is to give Achilles and Kevin Houston a good cause.

     —Chas. S. Clifton, On the Necessity of the Iliad for Modern Polytheism

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Better human

Go tell three really dirty jokes. Share a piece of fruit with someone you can't stand. Cuddle with someone you care deeply about. Leave the place a little nicer than when you found it. And greet the sun when it wakes up.

No, that isn't all that there is to be a Pagan, it's just a taste of how to be a better human.
     — NeoWayland, How to be Pagan for a day

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Revelation

When a person assumes that his or her revelation is the only true one, it only says that this person has had very few religious revelations and hasn't realized how many there are.
     —Margot Adler, Drawing Down the Moon

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A protest against Paganism

Christian morality (so called) has all the characters of a reaction; it is, in great part, a protest against Paganism. Its ideal is negative rather than positive; passive rather than action; innocence rather than Nobleness; Abstinence from Evil, rather than energetic Pursuit of Good: in its precepts (as has been well said) 'thou shalt not' predominates unduly over 'thou shalt.'
     —John Stuart Mill, On Liberty

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Bilagáana

I’m one of the few bilagáana born on the Res, it’s shaped my outlook. I’m what happens when Lousianna farming stock takes root in the Four Corners region. The desert and the the sky here call to me. I’m a child of sand and wind.
     — NeoWayland, Dusting of Snow

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Economy above ecology

You would have thought that our first priority would be to ask what the ecologists are finding out, because we have to live within the conditions and principles they define. Instead, we've elevated the economy above ecology.
     — David Suzuki

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Everything

The first law of ecology is that everything is related to everything else.
     — Barry Commoner

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Plant-birthday

Tell me of what plant-birthday a man takes notice, and I shall tell you a good deal about his vocation, his hobbies, his hay fever, and the general level of his ecological education.
     — Aldo Leopold, A Sand County Almanac and Sketches Here and There

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Freer

I think it is funny that we were freer about sexuality in the 4th century B.C. It is a little disconcerting.
     — Angelina Jolie

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Love begins at home

“It may sound like a cliché, but love begins at home.”
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“Morality in sexual relations…”

Morality in sexual relations, when it is free from superstition, consists essentially in respect for the other person, and unwillingness to use that person solely as a means of personal gratification, without regard to his or her desires.
     — Bertrand Russell

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Sexual responsiblity

Unless it's with me, who you have sex with, how you have sex, and how many times you have sex is frankly none of my business. Likewise, unless it is sex with me, I'm not responsible for the consequences.
     — NeoWayland, Real & impossible rights

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Seriously

We have to laugh at ourselves. No one else would take us seriously enough.
     — NeoWayland, How to be Pagan for a day

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Honor & reputation

Reputation is what other people know about you. Honor is what you know about yourself. The friction tends to arise when the two are not the same."
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Guard your honor. Let your reputation fall where it may. And outlive the bastards.

     — Lois McMaster Bujold, A Civil Campaign

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A secret of life

Leave the World a little better than how you found it.
     — NeoWayland

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Sterility cults

Yet rather than calling the earliest religions, which embraced such an open acceptance of all human sexuality, 'fertility cults,' we might consider the religions of today as strange in that they seem to associate shame and even sin with the very process of conceiving new human life. Perhaps centuries from now scholars and historians will be classifying them as 'sterility cults.'
     — Merlin Stone, When God Was A Woman

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NeoNotes — Help

I think it goes beyond religion.

I think it's the keystone to Western Civilization. ReligiousTolerance.org calls it the Ethic of Reciprocity. Christians call it the Golden Rule. My favorite version comes from the movies.

"Be excellent to each other! And party on Dudes!"

Philosophically, the EoR assumes that there are other people and they are just as important as you are. If you want to be treated well, you have to treat others well.

I call it parity. Some call it fairness. It's all the same thing. Help if you can because you may want help later.
NeoNotes are the selected comments that I made on other boards, in email, or in response to articles where I could not respond directly.

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History

I make it a practice to never call it history until a year and a day after the event.
     — NeoWayland

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Freedom of religion

Freedom of religion does not mean deferring to Christianity.
     — NeoWayland

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Mythical bonfire

I have this mythical construct in my head of a bonfire with people I would like to hang out with, and maybe discuss matters large and small.
     — NeoWayland, Touchstones along the path

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Lose your own center

Don't get too concerned about fighting evil. You lose your own center that way.
     — Robert Anton Wilson
      from “Doubt! The GNOSIS Interview with Robert Anton Wilson”, Gnosis No. 50

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NeoNotes — A strong woman

Let me tell you about who is the ultimate model of strong women in my family.
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Pagan for good fighting

The old Irish when immersing a babe at baptism left out the right arm so that it would remain pagan for good fighting.
     — Mark Twain

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❝I believe in God, only…❞

I believe in God, only I spell it Nature.
     —Frank Lloyd Wright

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≠ ✰ ❝Any and all religions are real…❞

Any and all religions are real, the genuine article, to their practitioners. There can never be one religion, prophet, or savior that will satisfy all six billion humans. Each of us must find our ideal way to attune with deity.
     — Scott Cunningham


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≠ ✰ ❝Magick is not something you do…❞

Magick is not something you do, magick is something you are.
     — Donald Michael Kraig

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Must be chosen

Faith cannot be given. Faith cannot be taken. To mean anything at all, faith must be chosen freely.
     — NeoWayland

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Stranger

When we look at the Tarot for what it apparently is, we look into a mental map of the time when the Italian and French Middle Ages were poised on the cusp of the Renaissance - a time that is actually stranger and intellectually more foreign to us than we tend to think.
     — Chas S. Clifton from "The Unexamined Tarot," Gnosis No. 18, Winter 1991

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Mosaics

Our energy fields often look like mosaics of pieces from family, friends, co-workers, people seen on TV, or even random strangers encountered on the street.
     — Rebecca Wilson from “The Art of Psychic Healing”, Gnosis No. 34, Winter 1995

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“We are the music makers…”

We are the music makers, and we are the dreamers of the dream.
Wandering by lone sea breakers, and sitting by desolate streams.
World losers and world forsakers, for whom the pale moon gleams.
Yet we are movers and the shakers of the world forever it seems.

     — Arthur William Edgar O'Shaughnessy

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Blessing this day

May the nourishment of the earth be yours,
May the clarity of light be yours,
May the fluency of the ocean be yours,
May the protection of the ancestors be yours.

     — anonymous

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Pathless land

I maintain that Truth is a pathless land, and you cannot approach it by any path whatsoever, by any religion, by any sect. That is my point of view, and I adhere to that absolutely and unconditionally. Truth, being limitless, unconditioned, unapproachable by any path whatsoever, cannot be organized; nor should any organization be formed to lead or to coerce people along any particular path.
     — Jiddu Krishnamurti

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Fellow-feeling

Sympathy is not part of my nature. Fellow-feeling is a gift that I have to work at, so I do. I consider it as restitution for the person I once was.
     — NeoWayland, Wisdom and the Three Percent

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One of nine

Sex is one of the nine reasons for incarnation. The other eight are unimportant.
     — George Burns

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Acts of love and pleasure

Let My worship be in the heart that rejoices, for behold — all acts of love and pleasure are My rituals.
     — Doreen Valiente, Charge of the Goddess

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Take the power

Pagans and Pagan groups will never be taken seriously if the only social power we can claim is because we are threatened and oh so very put upon. Stars above and Earth below, do you really think that your Gods want you to exist as a victim and only at the sufferance of others?

Take the power that is your Divine right, look the bullies straight in the eye, and proudly claim your humanity and Paganism in that order. You don't have rights because you are a Pagan and because you have to be protected. You have rights and privileges because you are HUMAN.
     — NeoWayland, “We've got trouble my friends…”

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Talent

Talent is cheaper than table salt. What separates the talented individual from the successful one is a lot of hard work.
     — Stephen King

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“Keep close to Nature's heart…”

Keep close to Nature's heart... and break clear away, once in awhile, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean.
     — John Muir

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Depreciated polytheism

Christianity, Judaism, and Islam have all depreciated polytheism as intrinsically inferior - primitive, crude, lost. But much of the profundity of Paganism lies in its deep appreciation for the complexity and richness of life, its embrace of the world that surrounds us, that indeed is us.
     — Frank Donnola from “Reconciling One and Many,” Gnosis No. 28, Spring 1993

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Train

Thanks to gods, we have to Manifest.

It’s still the Spark of Inspiration
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Patterns

The patterns we see in the universe may be nothing more than longing and human conceit. But if using those patterns give us a desired result, then the patterns are a useful fiction. The "ultimate reality" doesn't necessarily matter or even our belief doesn't matter, if we behave as if we believe and successfully reach our goals.
     — NeoWayland, Synchronicity, coincidence, perception, and perspective

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“If I talk about Nature…”

I don’t have a philosophy: I have senses...
If I talk about Nature, it’s not because I know what it is,
But because I love it, and that’s why I love it,
Because when you love you never know what you love,
Or why you love, or what love is.

Loving is eternal innocence,
And the only innocence is not thinking.

     — Alberto Caeiro, The Keeper of Sheep

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Cloaks you wear

Be careful the cloaks you wear lest you be soiled by their dirt.
     — from the shadow book of Red Cedar Owl

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Something pagan in me

There is something pagan in me that I cannot shake off. In short, I deny nothing, but doubt everything.
     — Lord Byron

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Only the Natural

The Supernatural is only the Natural disclosed.
     — Emily Dickinson

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Nonsense

A little nonsense now and then is relished by the wisest men.
     — Roald Dahl

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Pagan?

I didn't have a word for what I was for years. I was the small kid who announced to his family that if there was a God the Father, it was only natural that there had to be a God the Mother too. And Mother Nature was the only one who fit the bill.
     — NeoWayland, Why are You Pagan?

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More important

Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgment that something else is more important than one's fear. The timid presume it is lack of fear that allows the brave to act when the timid do not. But to take action when one is not afraid is easy. To refrain when afraid is also easy. To take action regardless of fear is brave.
     — Ambrose Hollingworth Redmoon from “No Peaceful Warriors!”, Gnosis No. 21, Fall 1991

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Gets sent out for snacks

The point is that the ‘I”’part of you, the ego, gets sent out for snacks while the universe has it's way with the rest of you. The ego doesn't really know what's happening until it gets back and finds the tangle of sheets in the bedroom. And all the cushions scattered in the living room. And your naked body in the front yard. Not something your ego would have chosen, but the rest of you is pretty happy how things turned out.
     — NeoWayland, When the universe has it's way with you

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Personal Choice

The simple answer is that moral responsibility is always a personal choice. You can't compel virtue or it ceases to be virtue.
     — NeoWayland

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Religion and politics

When I started blogging, I separated my political stuff from my pagan stuff. I did it after a lot of soul searching. It would have been so simple to wrap everything into a giant ball of victimhood and blame the world for my troubles.
     — NeoWayland

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Starlight

You are made of starlight. Don’t forget to shine.
     — ladystardvst

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A dangerous pagan

I think that a Greater Pagan Community™ for the sake of the institution is a extradinarily Bad Idea®.
     — NeoWayland

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Truthful answers - new site slogan

I have on occasion wandered in where I was not wanted and gave truthful answers. Sometimes I even did it deliberately. A little disruption now to prevent disaster later.
     — NeoWayland

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Impress Me

If that "Living Word" exists, it has to be in the hearts and souls of those people who have really embraced it. It's not in a dusty book. The verses don't matter except to show you the way. Tell me what lives behind those printed words. Tell me how you turned your sacrifice into a blessing.
     - from the private journal of NeoWayland

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“NO PROBLEMS!”


NO SOLICITORS
NO RELIGIOUS GROUPS
(This Means You Everyone)
NO PEDDLERS
NO PROBLEMS!
HAVE A SUPER FANTASTIC DAY!

     — three minutes and fifteen seconds into the movie Growing Op


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A new dogma

There is a danger in the New Age movement of 'open-mindedness' and 'universality' becoming a new dogma which only serves to separate 'us' who pay lip service to these ideals from 'them' who do not. Far better to be a flexible, open-minded traditionalist than a rigidly doctrinaire liberal.
     — Ya'qub ibn Yusuf from “Back to Basics”, Gnosis No. 16, Summer 1990

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“A real man…”

A real man loves strong women, whether as lovers or just as friends, because weak ones are boring, often parasitical, and make the worst exes.
     — Isaac Bonewits

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Earth Day

Inspire, don’t require.
     — NeoWayland

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Written at the crossroads

The universe is written in mathematics. The Mystery is written in poetry. We're born where the two meet.

At the crossroads.
     — NeoWayland, Kissed by the Lady Moon

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“Everything else in the universe”

When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the universe.
     — John Muir

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Voices

Sometimes it looks like I might know what I am doing and saying
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Struggle Nobly…

You're so determined to struggle nobly against dark forces that you can't see what is casting the shadow.
     — NeoWayland

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I can't be the white knight

I can't be the white knight. I can only be a friend. I can't be a savior, but I can lend a shoulder and an ear. I can't shield anyone from the cold darkness, but I can share a little body heat under the blanket. I can't bring joy, but I can give a smile.
     — NeoWayland

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“You have to believe in dreams…”

You have to believe in dreams, because sometimes they believe in you.
     — Simon R. Green, Something From the Nightside

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“As long as we lie to ourselves…”

As long as we lie to ourselves, the Trickster will be with us. He'll show up just when we least want him, to embarrass us on a first date, to prove us fools in front of the learned company we're trying to impress, to make us miss a power breakfast with that all-important business contact.
     — Richard Smoley from “My Mind Plays Tricks on Me”, Gnosis No. 19, Spring 1991

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Unsent note to a Christian

I am free to choose and free to take responsibility for myself. I am not a child to be threatened into submission. I will not blindly accept your mandates when the Divine and the World beckon.
     — NeoWayland

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Better

>My friends have always been the best of me.
     — Doctor Who, The Wedding of River Song

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“At the end of the day…”

At the end of the day, some things can't be faked.
     — Leverage

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Experience & Art

Paganism should spread through experience and art, not theology. The theology comes later, if it comes.
     —Chas Clifton, Looking at Your Polis as a Pagan

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Homework assignment

Morality ought to be filed under Philosophy, not Religion.
     — Chas S. Clifton, How to Ruin the Mysteries, or Religion is not Moral

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Pardon me while I blink in the winter sunlight and get my bearings

Thinking by blogging
On stage I make love to twenty-five thousand people; and then I go home alone.
     — Janis Joplin

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Touch of a Master

The main thing I noticed about the experts I’ve encountered is they are into impressing you with their abilities. They are usually incredibly good, but their need for recognition gets in the way of mastery. Everything they do is an attempt to prove themselves and in order to do this they must perform like an actor on stage. There’s nothing wrong with this, and I don’t think the expert can become a master without going through this stage in life. At some point though, the expert becomes comfortable with themselves or fed up with impressing everyone and starts to look inward to the core of their art.
     — Zed Shaw,The Master, The Expert, The Programmer

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How to convince me you're a poseur before I've finished the first page of the preface of your book

Why bother to write if you're going to undermine everything you say?
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Wisdom and the Three Percent

I answer my email indirectly
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Strings of universes that work

Ready for your homework assignment?
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Before a Winter's Eve

Bone, Heart, Thought, Deed, and Spirit, I choose to honor these people this season
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Move through the anger

Kids were expected to stand there and be yelled at, be called names, and be hit when parents were angry. We, of course, were not supposed to express our anger that way, but neither were we told any acceptable way of expressing our anger. The only acceptable thing for us to do was to go to our room and do nothing- and that was allowed only when our parents were done dumping their anger on us.

The unspoken lesson was don't get angry, and if you do, then don't get rid of it. Well, let me tell you, that leads to a lot of fucked up kids turning into a lot of fucked up adults.

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Golden, Silver, and Iron Rules

Worth mentioning with some of the latest posts
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