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What Do You Believe?

Today I'm thinking about beliefs, both religious and non-religious.



I am not Christian, Jewish, Muslim or Hindu, in that I do not believe in God, Goddess, gods, or goddesses. I am an atheist. This also means I am not a Pagan, although I practiced Wicca, witchcraft, whatever the currently acceptable nomenclature is, as a Solitary, for 20 years.

I am not a Wiccan, witch, magic(k)ian, mage, wizard, shaman, etc., in that I do not believe in magic(k), alchemy, or the effect of spells.

I am not a Buddhist, in that I do not believe in the Buddhist version of reincarnation.

I don’t believe in ESP, psychic phenomena, or alien abductions. I don’t believe in auras, or communicating with the dead, or channeling lessons from aliens or gurus.

I don’t believe in ghosts, fairies, elves, goblins, trolls, dragons, or fairy-tale-type witches and wizards. I think they’re a wonderful use of the imagination, though. I love reading fantasy fiction, particularly quest-type fantasy, but I recognize that it’s fiction.

I am not a Pantheist, in that I do believe there is a continuation of consciousness following bodily death. I do not believe that I am only a biological entity, that will cease to exist completely upon death.

I believe the Universe is one single, conscious entity, and that I am that entity (and so are you), and I am only able to experience a tiny portion of what I am while embodied in the field of time and space. I believe that everything contains spirit (soul? consciousness?) of some sort and that spirit is real.

I believe I chose, consciously, to become embodied for a human lifetime, but I don’t know why. I believe we occasionally get hints of what we truly are while we are embodied, (OBEs? NDEs?) but that there are good reasons why we aren’t consciously aware of the truth while we are here. It all comes back to us when we “pass on.”

I don’t worship. (Who or what would I worship? Myself?) I don’t pray. (Again, who or what would I pray to?) I’m open to meditation, though. And I like to celebrate nature, life in general, and being alive.

I believe that, while we are embodied, we do have a large range of abilities that have not yet been fully investigated. For instance, I believe we have far more control over our physical bodies than we usually exercise, maintaining a specific body temperature, or suppressing the experience of pain, for example.

I believe that learning and using systems like Tarot and Astrology serves to focus attention and provide cues for imaginative solutions to personal difficulties. I do not think that doing so requires any “psychic” talent. I think that in this, they are as valid as other forms of psychotherapy. I believe in the power of skilled practitioners of hypnosis to create an altered state of awareness in others, to their benefit. I believe it is ethical to take payment for teaching or utilizing these learned skills.

I think that various natural substances, such as herbs, can be as efficacious as manufactured medicines for some forms of illness or injury. I believe there are other illnesses and injuries that require hospitals, massive amounts of drugs, and possible surgical intervention. If you prefer to stay embodied for a longer period of time, it’s all good.

I believe that everyone is capable of defining their own spiritual practice, and that no one needs an organization, texts, or “authorities” to do so. I do not think you have to adhere to any particular system of rules to declare yourself a spiritual being, and that you do not need anyone else to intercede on your behalf and declare you worthy of participation.

Having said that, I also believe that it is comforting to acknowledge others who have the same beliefs in a group setting, as a celebration, maybe with some food and drink, music and dancing? Possibly to mark the changing of the seasons? Maybe out-of-doors, weather permitting? Candles and incense and decorations are nice, too.

I believe that Nature, “red in tooth and claw,” is still beautiful. Joseph Campbell said that all life lives by killing and eating. I try not to kill unnecessarily. I have apologized to the cows.

Much searching has resulted in finding two “religions” or philosophies that closely parallel my beliefs: Taoism (or Daoism) and Panentheism (different from Pantheism). If there were a truly modern, secular wisdom sect that is where I would belong. If I worshipped anything, it would be wisdom. I'd be a proselytizing Wisewoman, hee!


What do you believe?

;o)

(ETA: Now that's really talking about myself! Yikes!!!!!11!!!)
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My beliefs seem to be similar to yours. I tend to identify as a Taoist more than anything else.

I believe we all are ultimately spirit that is a part of the Universal Consciousness. I believe that there are various ways in which we can increase our sensitivity and awareness of how we are connected to the Universe. I think this is a need that most humans feel. Most, however, do not know what to do with this need, and it becomes distorted.

I believe we go back to this "collective" consciousness when our human body dies.

I believe you are responsible for finding your own path to this. What works for one may not work for another. We make a mistake when we insist that others must follow the same method we may be using at any given time.

I think we choose to be here, but that reason or purpose is hidden from us for some reason.

I believe that the writing and experiences of other can be very helpful as we learn. I think the Bible has as much usefulness as the Tao Te Ching and other writings; both ancient and modern. It is ultimately us to ourselves to filter out the wheat from the chaff.
Thank you so much for responding. It's a rare and wonderful thing to find someone with similar beliefs.

I am glad you're here.

dub
I suppose that I believe in the Christian religion, because its what I was brought up in. I am not a Christian and only say I believe because I fear death, which I also believe I wouldn't if I didn't believe in hell.

As such I believe in becoming immortal to keep from dying, and after that is accomplished to make myself powerfull enough to be on equal footing with God so that on the day of Rapture or Jesus's second coming or whatever its called, I can stand toe to toe with him and keep out of hell.

I know humans can go far, and part of that is a belief that is based on the old question "Can God make a rock so heavy he can't lift it?" (Based off, "If God is all powerfull")
My answer is, "Yes, and then he makes himself stronger and lifts it" That way he has made a rock heavier than he can lift and then made himself powerfull enough to lift it. Fufilling both sides of "All Powerfull"

Humans do that sort of thing every day. Why not take it to the extreme?

Do you agree?

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And thank you for posting a response! It's always a joy to find someone who shares one's way of thinking about things like this, and it's a rare thing.

;o)

Religions

Anonymous

October 11 2005, 09:26:38 UTC 11 years ago

I am an atheist.
Atheism is more about being anti-believing, or possibly un-believing, than non-believing. Wikipedia has an excellent article on atheism:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atheism

They also make the point that there are several subtypes of atheism (weak & strong - but not by the common meaning), but also implicit, explicit etc. Their page on agnosticism is also interesting:
It seems one could be: a weak agnostic and a strong aetheist, or a weak aetheist and a strong agnostic


"I believe that learning and using systems like Tarot and Astrology serves to focus attention and provide cues for imaginative solutions to personal difficulties. I do not think that doing so requires any “psychic” talent. I think that in this, they are as valid as other forms of psychotherapy."

Tarot & Astrology are marketted as having connections with psychic or metaphysical phenomena. I have never once seen any material for Tarot or Astrology that suggests they are purely there for suggestive purposes in the same way as the "Rorschach Test" or similar.

I believe in the power of skilled practitioners of hypnosis to create an altered state of awareness in others, to their benefit. I believe it is ethical to take payment for teaching or utilizing these learned skills.

It's not ethical if it is marketted, mentioned, suggested, or even implied that there is any element other than chance in the way the Tarot or Astrology is used, and certainly not ethical if there is any mention of metaphysical or psychic phenomena dictating the fall of the card, or the way the location of stars and the earth affects someone.
yes, well, thanks so much for that opinion on ethics.