Bowing before the personified impersonal: Prayer for an atheist Pagan

sadja-e-sahu

Ever since leaving my Christian religion of origin, I have refused to kneel when I pray. This sign of submission still had power for me, even 15 years after I stopped believing in a God who demands submission. But last week, I was literally driven to my knees. [Read more...]

Prayers I Can Pray

Elements

I no longer ask you for either happiness or paradise;
all I ask of You is to listen and let me be aware of Your listening.
I no longer ask You to resolve my questions,
only to receive them and make them part of You.
I no longer ask You for either rest or wisdom,
I only ask You not to close me to gratitude. [Read more...]

Recited Prayers

Here’s my nightly practice with my kids: Now I lay me down to sleep, And float into God’s/Goddess’ dreamy deep. For my life my thanks I give. To love this world, for this I live. When I wake in the morning light, May Goddess be with me and guide my sight. This is my variation [Read More...]

My daily practice (revised): The spiritual practice of going through the motions

(Note: Sorry to everyone who got emailed the incomplete version of this post.  My fingers moved too fast and it posted before it was ready.) Over at Patheos, Star Foster has written a great post about struggling with daily practice which she entitles “Slacker Paganism”.  I am a big advocate of at least trying to [Read More...]

My Daily Practice: Evening Devotional

[Revised 2/27/14] So here is my evening practice, which I do in front of my altar at home. My morning ritual is focused on the natural elements: air, sun, water, dirt.  But my evening ritual is focused instead on inner archetypes.  This makes sense to me since, in the morning I am preparing to head [Read More...]

Intercessory Prayer and Cruel Miracles

The topic in the discussion group at my local UU Church today was prayer.  As usual, it was all over the place and hard to follow.  On my left was the Buddhist who told about an experience he had praying to a boddisattva that he does not believe in to help him find his way [Read More...]


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