My spiritual path

 

Hi everyone. Today is a great day for me to finally bring something up that I’ve been wanting to talk about for so long. Actually, I  already wanted to talk about It back in 2013 when this blog was new,  but I just couldn’t form the right words that I wanted to. I’m talking about my spirituality. To start of , I’ve always belived that we humans are more than just humans, (think about it, we’re freaking made of stardust) and that we are able to do great things for ourselves, eachothers and the earth and the other creatures that roam on it’s surface. I don’t belive that some of us are born evil and some good. It’s a shallow concept and I think It’s more complex than that. Darkness isn’t necessarily bad. In order to grow and evolve into the best version of yourself you must go through some pretty dark times usally. Light isn’t always necessarily good either, It can make some people blind for the reality and make them naive in a bad way. I think there has to be a good balance in the life of a person with both dark and light.

Since I was little I always belived in faeries and magic. I just can’t explain it, It was always there and I didn’t understand it. When I’m talking about magic I do not mean the ”magic” we see in the media with witches flying on brooms and wands that cast visible spellls with pink clouds and you know that sort of thing. I’m talking about the magic that surrounds us in everyday life. You are magic, a miracle and so is the nature. I am particulary found of the forests and lakes. Since I was little I always had a particular strong connection to the element earth and water. Whenever I went to the forest or bathed in a lake I felt safe and at home. It’s not that mysterious really since my grandmothers family lived in the middle of the forest and my grandfather used to be a sailor. It’s something that sits in my core.

It’s hard times living a spiritual way of life in todays society. Everything has go fast and you always have to be online and be ready to do things all the time. The cities are crowded and living there is an artificial way of living that I personally can’t cope with. I’m very stress vulnerable and can’t catch up with the speed of the rest of the world. There are a lot of times in life ( frequently) that I have to go off the internet. The internet can both be a great thing and a bad thing. It’s great because we have a lot of power today since we can get new knowledge with the press of a button. It’s bad because it disconnects us from whats really important in life. It’s like we’ve forgotten who we are so we go to the cities in our small iron boxes (cars) and live in tiny shoeboxes (apartments). All to try to become something we in reality really actually aren’t. Our real home is in nature and it saddens me a lot that we’re destroying our own home. My dream is to one day to have my own home, living in a cottage in the forest. It’s in the nature that I feel the most powerful.

So you might as well have guessed that I belive that the nature has magic powers. It has the power to shape us into powerful, peaceful beings of the earth. I try not to label myself anymore because It actually destroys more than it gives. For example, when I was younger I used to call myself ”goth” and it was great for feeling secure but I actually tried to throw away all the things about me that weren’t ”goth” and in the end it made me feel really insecure about myself. I’ve always been drawn to dark and light things equally. It’s who I am and I can’t change that. My point is that I don’t really belive in labels anymore. It’s just a way we humans has invented to be able to understand eachother more. I don’t think It’s ment to harm anyone but I feel like we’re limiting ourselves and that is harming us. And at this point I don’t want to call myself anything. I am me, a human being just like you who are reading this. I am free to think, speak and be whatever I want. I belive in the power of the mind. I know what way I want to go without religion. I don’t want to call my beliefs religious, since to me religion usally has a really bad ring to it. But my beliefs they are indeed spiritual. I’m not stepping on anyone who’s religious and if religion works for you that’s fantastic!

A spiritual path that is 5really close to my heart is the wiccan path. Wicca is an old english word for witch and was founded by an english gentleman called Gerald Gardner in the 195o’s.

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Gerald Gardner 1884-1964

The wiccan belief system has no holy book or writings that tells you what the devine is. Individual people, groups and traditions in Wicca can all belive in a variety of diffrent gods and view them in a variety of ways. This is what I love about wicca, that it’s so personal and adaptable. In the wiccan path you view the devine as the existence of the world, nothing almighty that lays beyond our world, the devine is something that is in everything around us, the earth, the animals, in plants and in us humans and in the nature. The two ”main” Gods in the wiccan path is the Goddess and the God, which are two equal and equally important Gods even though the Goddess is sometimes mentioned more by some wiccans.

The pentacle is perhaps the most known wiccan symbol and is often misunderstood by non pagans.

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The pentacle, picturing a pentagram in the middle

The pentacle is demonized by a lot of other non pagan religions and is viewed as something bad or evil. In reality the symbol is not evil, just as I said misunderstood. The pentacle symbolizes the points that represents the four elements (fire, water, earth & air) and ether (spirit). The circle around the pentagram symbolizes the wholeness of it all. The pentacle is an ancient symbol for protection. However the petacle is sadly often viewed as evil in a lot of horror movies and is often connected to the devil in these movies. The devil is a christian concept and wiccans doesn’t even belive that the devil exists so how could we even worship him?

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The triple goddess symbol

The triple moon is a Goddess symbol that represents the Maiden, Mother, and Crone as the waxing, full, and waning moon. The triple goddess symbol represents the three stages of a womans lifecycle. The Maiden represents the beginning of a new life, youth, naivety. The Mother represents fertility, stability, and power. The Crone represents the end, wisdom and compassion. I’m just trying to summarize everything, there are more things that the Maiden, Mother and Crone represents. I hold this symbol very close to my heart and plan on getting a tattoo with it this fall.

Many of these symbols are popular and often worn in various of todays alternative fashion styles. I think most people doesn’t know what they represent but I think It’s okay to borrow and wear symbols from every religion or spiritual path as long as it’s not borrowed for bad intentions.

To summarize what wiccan believe in, other than the gods I think that the wiccan rede does a pretty good job:

Wiccans do not cast curses or wish misfortune on others because wiccans belive that what you do to other people will come back three times your way, so cursing someone doesn’t seem like a great idea right? The word “Rede” means “advice” or “counsel”. An’ ye harm none, do what ye will. Do as you want as long as it doesn’t harm anyone.

 

/ Viola Whimsical

 

 

 

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