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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.

Blessed Journeys

This is a page from the third version of Technopagan Yearnings. There are some formatting differences. Originally published at www.neowayland.com/C550866538/E20070104204337

The next step depends on the focus of your faith and your choices. It's not enough to be just Pagan.

I've talked before about the differences between an experienced faith and a revealed faith. Or as I prefer to tell it, the Journey compared to the Story.

I am not saying that one is superior to the other. But one is active and the other passive.

At some point in an experienced faith, you will have to go out and do.

With a revealed faith, the answers could be in the very next book you read.

I've been wondering if that difference might explain why there are so many Pagan books that aren't much more than cookbooks or the 101 level.

How do you explain a Journey without moving into a Story? I am not sure you can.

There is a split already happening in modern Neopaganism. Already we have people moving into a passive mode with their faith and never expecting more.

Up to this point in time, I've used the term Blessed (two syllables as opposed to blessed with only one) as a synonym for Pagan and Neopagan. I think I am going to refine the definition.

The Blessed are the ones who take the Journey.

They may or may not use magick. They may or may not follow many gods or indeed any gods at all. The one common thread they share is that they experience their faith in ways that can't be boiled down to text on a page or stories told out loud.

Pagan can still be a useful definition, but I will be shifting my expectations some. I think I want to focus on the Journey more.

Posted: Thu - January 4, 2007 at 08:43 PM

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