1. That my soul is a dark forest.
2. That it is better to be whole than to be good.
3. That there are things in the world not of reason.
When I began writing about my spiritual experiences at Quaker Pagan Reflection, part of my doing so was so that there would be someone out there writing things about Paganism that I wanted to read. And I wanted to encourage a kind of open-minded, open-hearted discussion around religious life and experience I did not see in the Pagan world.
I do think I’ve contributed a bit to creating that sort of online community. However, I want you to know, I am utterly and completely GOBSMACKED by your writing. I had the feeling as I read these three posts that I had when I saw Cherry Hill Seminary’s faculty expanding and thriving after I left that institution: a feeling of sadness at my own relative unimportance in the bigger scheme of things–for my accomplishments have been so far exceeded by others–and a surge of delight, that something I love and care about so much has such good work fostering it in the world.
I love, love, love what you have to say, John. Even when I see the world differently, it is the kind of difference I long to unpack in a long, rambling discussion over mead and a bonfire some day… The kind of discussion I’ve missed in the online Pagan community for much too long.
Thank you for writing about your world. I am really grateful you write… and that I’ve found your writing! Huzzah!
Thank you, thank you, thank you, Cat. And honestly thank you for your blog too because it was one of a handful of blogs that did encourage me to start my own. I hope you don’t downplay your own work one bit. I know we’re all so miniscule in the “bigger scheme”, but when two people can make a connection in a discussion, it feels to me like the universe in a grain of sand that is that moment. Please keep up your writing.
I left out “one of” in my original response. Yours was one of of the blogs that encouraged me and continues to do so.