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Occasionally I wandered in where I was not wanted and gave truthful answers.
Sometimes I even did it deliberately. A little disruption now can prevent disaster later.

Paths to the Innermost

There are two Paths to the Innermost: the Way of the Mystic, which is the way of devotion and meditation, a solitary and subjective path; and the way of the occultist, which is the way of the intellect, of concentration, and of trained will; upon this path the co-operation of fellow workers is required, firstly for the exchange of knowledge, and secondly because ritual magic plays an important part in this work, and for this the assistance of several is needed in most of the greater operations. The mystic derives his knowledge through the direct communion of his higher self with the Higher Powers; to him the wisdom of the occultist is foolishness, for his mind does not work in that way; but, on the other hand, to a more intellectual and extrovert type, the method of the mystic is impossible until long training has enabled him to transcend the planes of form. We must therefore recognize these two distinct types among those who seek the Way of Initiation, and remember that there is a path for each.
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Future

In Which NeoWayland combines Geekary and Technopaganism to Peer Dimly at Humanity's Potiential

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“We are the Pagans who have moved on”

Inspiring words

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Alienates us

The demand that we always wear clothing while in society causes at least four kinds of alienation: it alienates us from ourselves, from others, from nature, and from the Divine.
— Mark Storey
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❝That's beyond our comprehension❞

I think godmasks are representations and gateways to Divinity, not actually Divinity. Divinity itself (thisself? hisself? herself? theirself? thatself?), well, that's beyond our comprehension. It would be like us trying to explain the MetLife Company to an ant. First you have to teach them ideas, then language, then money, and so on.

Is it just a conceit that the Divine exists? Possibly. I'd like to think that while the godmask is influenced by human worship and expectation, the Divine behind the godmask is real and something terrifyingly amazing and unbound by human limits.
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NeoNote — Religion & responsiblity

Religions are not created by the Divine.

Religions are created by people claiming to speak for the Divine.
— NeoWayland
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Relics of faith

Just what was revealed?

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NeoNote — “Not all …”

I will not stop saying "not all …" when I think it applies.

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NeoNotes — Defending my faith (the long one)

I try to give Christians the benefit of the doubt, mainly because I expect the same. Some make it harder than others. Live and let live works mostly.

For space reasons, this entry has it's own page.

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NeoNotes — multiple intelligences

As a rough definition, measurable intelligence is the practical knowledge and skills necessary for a given set of problem solving.

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Tainted frisson

Politics has tainted paganism in my mind and I am working to re-establish the separation.

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We walk between the worlds

Making those connections in the world takes work. Remember we walk between the worlds. It’s not enough to touch the Divine. We have to come off the mountain top and share what we’ve found. We have to step out of the ritual circle.
— NeoWayland, Dirty hands
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Can't keep the magick

Those parts of the Divine that you touch, you can’t keep the magick to yourself and still be pagan. You have to send it out. We take the Divine Gift and share it.
— NeoWayland, Dirty hands
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Pagan virtue signaling

Paganism is about the relationship between you, the World, and the Divine.

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NeoNotes — A long hard look

If it works for you and challenges you to be a better person, more power to you. It is not my place to question that, it's between you and the Divine.

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In the still of the night

My journey to and from a funeral reminds me of the world outside artificial light

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Discipline, the Modern Pagan, and power from victimhood

What makes the so many modern pagans fluffy? And why don't they seem to want more?

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Magick in the modern world

It isn't as far as you think

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Born with a spark of the Divine

We humans were born with a spark of the Divine. We spend our lives trying to pass that on.

Sometimes we succeed.
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Religion and popular culture

Conversation with Juliaki

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Control how we touch other people

We can't let our faiths and our creeds control how we touch other people. Faith is between you and the Divine. But we're measured by how we touch the lives of other humans.
     — NeoWayland, Journal 07Jul2017
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❝Think of nature…❞

I love to think of nature as an unlimited broadcasting station, through which God speaks to us every hour, if we will only tune in.
— George Washington Carver
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Every woman I meet

I look for the Divine in every woman I meet. Can you think of a better way to find people who are honorable, passionate and reasoning at the same time?
     — NeoWayland
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Journal 23Jun2017

Thinking by blogging

I love watching ladies sunbathing in the summer. It's purely sexual.

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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.
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NeoNotes — Which god?

Our nation in particular calls back to the classical Greeks and the Roman Republic.

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NeoNotes — Nothing supernatural exists

You're thinking of magick as cheat codes that let you get around universal rules.

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NeoNotes — Origin of Wicca

At some point you should go out and find your own way.

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Sex advice

Hold her hands, gently, almost like a caress. Tell her how you feel about her. Tell her how you feel when you are with her. Do it again in thirteen minutes, precisely.

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Faith Triad

No matter what the inspiration, you still have to come down off the mountain. Living in the Here & Now helps make you human.

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Earth centered

More and more I think I was wise to separate my pagan blogging from my political blogging.

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Religion

I think too many people are into religion for the politics.

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Hermit and the noise

You shouldn’t listen to the folks in the weird clothes and making the loudest noises.

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Labeling

I would no more solicit your opinion and approval about that than I would about the color of the trashcan by my clothes dryer.

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Gaia

This one’s a lusty lass, and not just because she’s nude and very pregnant.

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Beyond the details

“”The

Thoughts and feelings

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Revisiting writing the book

“”The

Essays on writing have me thinking and remembering

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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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Gods make you stretch

Most people go through life letting the Robot drive

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Systematically

The roles of faith and rationality

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“In the absence of understanding, triviality dominates.” - UPDATED

“”The

Sort of progress, still not sure if I am going to do it

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Real flows, direct from the source

Feeling the energy

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Taproot: Open the Way

“Taproots”

Where ever it may lead

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Taproot: Family, Guests, Ancestors, and Gods

“Taproots”

How my family influenced the relationship I have with the Divine

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Reflections in a laptop screen

Contemplating modern paganism and my own faith

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Why are you Pagan?

My personal view

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“Follow” is not exactly an accurate term

How I think paganism works for me

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Ephemeral

Where you live and how it shapes you

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Bringing it home

Before and after

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By Your Own Name

Thinking by blogging

Beware the Egos

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