Happy Sun’s Day
We don’t pray here – we figure God, the gods, goddesses, or whatever powers that be either know already, don’t give a fuck, or are busy with more important matters than our petty stuff. We also kind of assume that they expect us to do stuff that we can do for ourselves and that we will do them ourselves and not be lazy. We also believe in being good friends, so we don’t presume on our friendship with the powers that be by asking them all the time for stuff while giving them nothing in return.
We also don’t take an offering here. We figure the powers that be probably don’t need it. Let’s be honest, offerings are not given to the divine powers, they are given to an organization to support it. Just being honest. God, the gods or whatever never sees a dime, farthing or peso of that money; it all goes to the church, mosque or shrine.
Theme Song: “Fulga” – SKALD
A fun little song here.
Most pagan religions believe that consciousness extends far beyond the restraints of human form and physical existence. All life forms contain some level of consciousness, from the smallest insect to the giant redwood trees growing in the forest. Furthermore, consciousness does not end when we die, rather it survives death and exists simultaneously on multiple levels of reality.
Working the idea, pagans simply acknowledge there is something out there that is spiritual in nature beyond our normal five senses and reason to understand. That there is a part of existence that extends beyond biology and chemistry. That our own consciousness goes beyond our physical form.
Some pagans go to the point that saying every living thing has this as well. Others go even further and extend the idea to everything that exists, that everything has a spiritual side to it and spiritual reality.
This part of pagan belief also extends to the idea of life after death. There are so many different views here it is difficult to make any general statements and the author of our text wisely noted that pagans say we exist beyond death in a multitude of differnt levels.
I believe in science and reason. There be no denying that science and reason are powerful tools in learning to live in this world effectively. To learn how to achieve what we want and need very much requires reason and knowledge. I, however, do not think that reason or science addresses all reality. That there is something more to know is one of the tenents of science and perhaps we simply haven’t figured out how to measure the reality of consciousness.
The one thing for sure we can say is that science cannot explain a lot of things yet if they are honest and perhaps these things may be considered spiritual in the sense they remain mysteries. Once discovered the rational scientific people may discover that there is a spiritual side to man after all; they simply didn’t have a way to observe or measure it.
The reason I remain a pagan in this regard is that I hold open to the possibility of a spiritual reality that cannot be understood by normal means. There is something more to love than biology. Something more to attraction than physics. Something more to the beauty that the eye of the beholder. I still think that without this idea of a spiritual reality, you have a very dead meaning to a life where life’s only purpose is life itself. So I wander as a seeker looking for it.
Learn to be wise and you will always be free.
The Rabyd Skald – Wandering Soul, Bard, and Philosopher. The Grey Wayfarer.