Possession, Depossession, and Divine Relationships by Diana L. Paxson (Book Review)

Paxson Possession

Possession, Depossession, and Divine Relationships would make an excellent supporting text for an individual who is pursuing mediumship training with a teacher or group. When I think of a reader using the book to pursue possession without a pressing need or experienced help, however, the best I can say is that it may be better than nothing. [Read more...]

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Why Do Some People Experience Deities, But Others Don’t?

Ngc 2818 Planetary Fog Constellation Pyxis (Galaxy) - License: CC0 Public Domain

I have often wondered why some people experience gods all the time – indeed, can’t stop experiencing the gods even if they wanted to – and others don’t. Still others experience gods sometimes, in specific circumstances. There are various explanations available for this, and all of them have pros and cons. [Read more...]

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Relational Polytheism: Standing Beside The Gods

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Being in right relationship with our fellow embodied beings, and in right relationship with our ecosystem, will do more to bring us into right relationship with our deities than any amount of worship. Yes, we need to make that inner connection with the spirits of place, the spirits of the land, and the deities, as part of our awareness of all the interconnected relationships of the nested interconnections of being in which we live. But deities, land-wights, animals, humans, are all part of that web of relationships. [Read more...]

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Deities and divinity

Ivory panel depciting the apotheosis of Quintus Aurelius Symmachus (c 340-402), the greatest orator of his day, a prominent pagan and opponent of Christian hegemony and intolerance. (Source: British Museum)

There are many different views of how deities relate to each other and to the universe. My personal view is that there is an underlying divine energy, which emanates from the divine source. In my view, neither the underlying energy nor the divine source have a personality. From the underlying energy, all beings emerge — humans, spirits, deities, and animals. [Read more...]

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