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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.

NeoNote — First lesson

Fair warning. If you persist, you're going to feel very foolish and personally attacked. It will be due entirely to your own actions, although you will bend over backwards to blame the commenters here. I know you won't be thinking about this rationally because you believe you have a greater truth to pass along.

Walk away. It's not worth the pain you'll inflict on yourself.



If you could be bothered to ask about Divinity in general, I'd say that my personal path doesn't recognize a sharp division between the universe and Divinity. Or between humanity and our Elder Relatives. We were given a Spark of Divinity, it's up to us to Manifest and pass it along.

But you're not up to dealing with that. No, this is the drive-by, where you drop "ultimate truths" and then Run Away Really Fast, all while congratulating yourself on your courage for facing those Nasty Unbelievers.

Of course, you could stop trying to preach and actually pay attention to what people are willing to share. You might even learn something.



You're trying to put your labels on my belief.

More accurately, you're trying to cram my gods and my experience behind your godmask.

So here's your first lesson. The Divine is beyond human understanding or limits. What you choose to perceive is the godmask that protects your safety. As long as you huddle behind what someone else has told you about Divinity, you'll always be less than you could be.

Gods make you stretch.

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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Good vibrations

The Hippies Were Right: It's All about Vibrations, Man!

Fast forward to the present era and we can ask ourselves now: Did the hippies actually solve this problem? My colleague Jonathan Schooler (University of California, Santa Barbara) and I think they effectively did, with the radical intuition that it’s all about vibrations … man. Over the past decade, we have developed a “resonance theory of consciousness” that suggests that resonance—another word for synchronized vibrations—is at the heart of not only human consciousness but of physical reality more generally.

So how were the hippies right? Well, we agree that vibrations, resonance, are the key mechanism behind human consciousness, as well as animal consciousness more generally. And, as I’ll discuss below, that they are the basic mechanism for all physical interactions to occur.
All things in our universe are constantly in motion, vibrating. Even objects that appear to be stationary are in fact vibrating, oscillating, resonating, at various frequencies. Resonance is a type of motion, characterized by oscillation between two states. And ultimately all matter is just vibrations of various underlying fields.

An interesting phenomenon occurs when different vibrating things/processes come into proximity: they will often start, after a little time, to vibrate together at the same frequency. They “sync up,” sometimes in ways that can seem mysterious. This is described today as the phenomenon of spontaneous self-organization.
Tam Hunt
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Ro3 № 17

It’s not a real party unless it lasts three days.
— NeoWayland, Rules of Three
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Ro3 № 16

Initiate — Celebrate — Operate
— NeoWayland, Rules of Three
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The flip side of placebo

“Pain can be a self-fulfilling prophecy”

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Technopagan retreat

Thinking by blogging

So I am going to talk about the retreat I'd like to build if money were not an object.

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Placebo

“What if the Placebo Effect Isn’t a Trick?”

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Doing something positive in the world

Several years ago, I heard what I think was best advice ever about improving the image of Paganism. Unfortunately I can’t remember who said it, but the gist of it was this:) Rather than coming out as Pagans and then trying to convince people we deserve to be on the school board or city council or whatever, we should join the school board or city council, show them we are good citizens and good people, and then come out as Pagans. It’s not about hiding our Paganism, so much as taking our focus off of ourselves and refocus it on doing something positive in the world (other than making the world more comfortable for Pagans). Changing the image people have of Pagans will then happen naturally, without us trying.
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How does it make the World better?

We're people, not legends.

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Us versus them

Anyway, my point was that seeing the world solely through an us vs them lens only increases the conflict and division in the world, and dehumanizes the people we think are Them. It's the root cause of why these Christian folks in the article think that the Druids are Satanists out to do terrible evil. Their specific religious justifications are only the surface level. At it's root it is the poison of dualistic thinking, the idea that the world and it's people can be divided into good and evil. And the poison of dualism can infect anyone, or any religion.
— Shawn Herles, comments from Wayist Druid public Samhain ritual draws threats
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Another study guide

Lexicon entries worth studying.

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The pedestal problem

"The time has come," the Walrus said,
"To talk of many things:
Of shoes--and ships--and sealing-wax--
Of cabbages--and kings--
And why the sea is boiling hot--
And whether pigs have wings."
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NeoNote — People cherish their passions

Whatever has brought you the most passion, that is what you will seek out. If it is pain from abuse or being attacked, that is what you want. If it is exhilaration from skydiving, that is what you want. If it's the love and acceptance from a loving partner, that is what you want. Whatever has pegged your emotional meter, that is your longing.
— NeoWayland
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NeoNote — He would deny it

One of my best teachers about magick was my Baptist deacon grandfather.

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NeoNote — Political hexing

As I said before, apparently the motivation for hexing Kavanaugh has moved from justice to attack.

This will have consequences, regardless of who did what where and when.
— NeoWayland
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Sexuality without politics

I've spent weeks researching, writing, and rewriting.

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On-line biding ritual

Me, I compare an on-the-fly online ritual to building one custom motorcycle in twenty different places with 459 mechanics and parts from thirteen manufacturers.

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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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Paganism isn't a movement

I don't think paganism is a movement. I think it's a life.
— NeoWayland
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Condemnation of memory

Someone is pulling your strings. You'd be a fool to accept that.

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Anti-Christian

There was a time, a little more than a year, when I was very anti-Christian. Some of my relatives didn't help. But I didn't like the person that I was becoming.

There's an old idea, like calls to like. In the New Age vernacular, if you put positive energy out into the universe you get positive energy back.

But it's simpler than that. People cherish their passions. If you wrap yourself in hate and envy and despite, that will color your thoughts. That will be what rules you. That is what you will hold tightest in your secret heart. And that is what you will be. You won't have passion or power for anything else.
— NeoWayland
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A book fell on my head

I've always had my suspicions about that.

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NeoNotes – Government should not be trusted

I do not believe that a government agency should be trusted with caring for the environment.

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Difference between the Story and the Journey

It is the difference between the Story and the Journey. One is told while the other is lived. The only two purposes of the story are to honor the memory of those who have gone before and to teach you to recognize where the path begins for your own journey. The rituals are not the faith. The map is not the territory. The words are not the thing. You can only be responsible for your journey alone because it is your journey and no one else's.
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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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NeoNotes — Perception and symbols

I wonder. If a symbol can be "tainted" no matter what it was used for previously, what does it take to "purify" the symbol?

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I am (the long version)

Putting up one of my old chants

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Walk away

I could handle the backhanded compliments and schoolboy taunts.

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“Speak To The Sky” (pagan version)

A song that helped me recently

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I call myself pagan

I call myself pagan because I don't have a better term. I'm polytheistic and pantheistic. On alternate Thursdays and every third Tuesday I might admit to an animism bent as well. On the 13th of the month, I'll tell you (truthfully) that the label isn't really all that important, only the manifestation.
     — NeoWayland
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Magick everyday

The air is still humid from last night's never-storm. No rain, but plenty of lightning and thunder around midnight.

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Special harvest

There's something very renewing about greeting the sun at dawn dressed in nothing but a pendant.

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Beyond patriotism

I was coming off a long time of being militantly solitary and I relished the fellowship I finally allowed myself.

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Pure

If we're not recognizing and honoring the cycles, what are we doing?

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Today's really twenty-nine

It's actually part of my Summergate celebration.

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Five words

Power with versus power over

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NeoNotes — What witch?

The "Witch Winter Solstice Ritual" in Nylon is populist pap. It's a lot like having Easter using only Cadbury eggs and never once mentioning a resurrection or what it might mean.

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Intuition & Inspiration

You have to begin by learning. Intuition relies on knowledge and experience.

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Act of Change

According to popular culture, magick is about breaking the rules and molding reality.

Nope.

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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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The grand cause

You take a plot of land. Now you can grow flowers or vegetables or both. You choose.

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Twenty-seven

That’s what those trees are for.

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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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Better

My friends have always been the best of me.
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On commitment

If it was what you expected, why do you call it change?

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Witchy stuff in the pockets

Bet you thought I wasn't going to get one up today. I almost didn't.

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On the Threefold Law of Return

If you behave AS IF…

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Future

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

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Pagans against sexual abuse

A statement is close to the final version

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“We are the Pagans who have moved on”

Inspiring words

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Taproot: Open the Way

“Taproots”

Where ever it may lead

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Of gods and men
(updated)

I don't bow unless I respect

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Wisdom and the Three Percent

I answer my email indirectly

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A new balance

Just look at the sunshine

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Blessings and ethics

When things are messy, actions and answers aren't clear cut. That is when you need faith in yourself.

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Study notes

Working my way through my "to read" shelf

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Basking in the moonlight

I played hooky and climbed up on the roof, just so I could enjoy the moon peeking through the trees on the greenbelt in my desert.

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The Magick of Food

Thoughts before the sabbat

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