The Trance of Belief II: Awakening and enjoying

(updated 6/7/2016) Part II picks up where my earlier post on how strong belief can put us in a trance state of which we are unaware, turning us into servants of a belief, usually to our and other people’s detriment. Exploring how to break trances we have  unknowingly entered into requires moving from my preferred [Read More…]

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My Near Death Experience in Maine: a lesson in compassion

  The Maine coast and its adjacent islands result from the spectacular meeting of ancient granite, Pleistocene ice, and the wild waters of the North Atlantic. When the glaciers departed they left behind the most complex meeting of land, ocean, and sky in the US. Much of that glacier polished rock is now covered with [Read More…]

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Caitlin Jenner, the Duggars, and Us

Caitlin Jenner and the ‘Quiverfull’ of Duggars are perfect symbols for the profound cultural changes tearing this country apart. In their very different ways they represent an epochal shift from a culture predicated on firm, inviolable and hierarchical boundaries to the birth of one where national, racial, sexual, religious, economic, and ecological boundaries are increasingly open and ill defined and hierarchies relatively flat. [Read more…]

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The spiritual gifts of Wicca do not stop with Wiccans

Wicca and similar NeoPagan traditions have already helped humanity far out of proportion to our small numbers. We have disproportionately strengthened two spiritual insights essential to humanity’s future: the sacredness of the feminine and the sacredness of nature. In the absence of a appreciation for both, our society faces increasingly dark times, times even darker [Read More…]

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Considering ‘Privilege,’ White, Wiccan, and otherwise. Part III: Occult and Spiritual Dimensions

Resentment, envy, and self-righteousness push away from the heart, narrowing it or shutting it down. In my opinion this is the ultimate spiritual poison in having the logic of ‘privilege’ come to dominate, or even play a large role, in our spiritual and religious lives. It weakens the heart, both in oneself and often in those attacked, and so further separates us from Spirit. [Read more…]

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Considering ‘Privilege,’ White, Wiccan, and otherwise. Part II: When the language of privilege works and when it does not

The problems with ‘Wiccan privilege’ as a concept are rooted in the current abuse of the term in social and political analysis. While the term has a narrowly circumscribed realm where it provides important insights, its expansion beyond this realm has led to considerable confusion and worse. [Read more…]

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Considering ‘Privilege,’ White, Wiccan, and otherwise. Part I: Wiccan privilege

The word “privilege” is too abstract to do the work that needs to be done when we are discussing the intricacies of equality and inequality and how to make life better. It works well with respect to legal privileges giving some people advantages over others in the eyes of the law. Expanding it as has been done for ‘Wiccan privilege’ and its equivalent in feminism opens the door to serious abuses and confusions. [Read more…]

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A Personal Note on Abortion

Because my friend did not choose an abortion as I suggested, her decision ultimately changed my life very much for the better. Knowing what I know now, would I counsel a woman in a similar situation to have an abortion today? Yes, I would, and I would be supportive of her no matter what her decision. [Read more…]

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On Abortion: A Pagan Ethical Response

A pro-choice position is compatible with honoring life as sacred. Treating other beings with respect is not the same as treating them as moral equals. It is wrong to treat a fetus as if it had full human moral standing, especially when doing so objectifies a woman as less than human: a mere container and a means to an end. [Read more…]

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