Happy Thor’s Day.
When I started this blog, I intended Odin’s Eye to be about my spiritual journey. Probably more about my change in spiritual viewpoint or vision. The pattern I established was pretty straightforward at the time although I established it a month or two after I started:
Deism, Bible Problems, Humanism, Christianity Problems, Paganism, Religion Problems, The Wayfarer’s Spiritual Side, My Theological Objections to Christianity Revisited.
I also established that on every pagan holiday, I would stop and comment that week on it. That has been a fun journey in and of itself. But it is also about to come full circle with the closing of the first year of this blog on September 30th. Fall begins on September 22 and the pagan holiday is Mabon or for Vikings – Haustblót. After that, the cycle starts again on October 1st. I intend to continue to talk about pagan holidays but I want to get as truly Viking as I can the second time around.
Outside this though, I have had a pretty good debate running with myself about changing the pattern of the posts for Odin’s Eye. Most notably do I want to go through the whole Chrisitntity issues again? I am thinking of saving all that for a book or two, so what really is the purpose of Odin’s Eye? Well, it is about spirituality and my spiritual journey. At the same time, it is a place to pose spiritual questions to myself and perhaps you the gentle reader. I guess the main thing is to stop talking about the spiritual past and embrace the spiritual present and look to the spiritual future.
My first step in revising the pattern was to eliminate the negative in a lot of ways and also to get rid post types that go over old ground. This leaves:
Deism, Humanism, Paganism, The Wayfarer’s Spiritual Side
The more I thought about it though, the whole deism and humanism questions are pretty settled for me and boil down to two fundamental truths. 1) I hold the possibility of divine power or powers, and 2) I believe that to solve human problems, humans are going to have to do it themselves. The powers might help or might not, better to be self-reliant first. I am not sure I really need to discuss these anymore with myself. I side very much with enlightenment thinking for my rational and more practical side. But eliminating these two posts leaves me with only two:
Paganism, The Wayfarer’s Spiritual Side
I don’t think that is sufficient enough of a rotation to keep me off my soapboxes.
It is really the whole Asatru and Pagan side I struggle with more. Getting a grip on the wisdom and intuition side of things that involve is the struggle now. It is the nature of this struggle I would rather talk about now.
If I go the spirituality and paganism route the list of topics changes dramatically and gets quite long actually. The thing is that some of my other post types handle a lot of this but what lies outside on the fringe where Odin’s Eye can help me come to a better understanding of these issues. I began to realize after while this topic is so big, and for me largely unexplored, there is really no way to establish a pattern.
So I am going to do something uncharacteristic for me. Be open each week to any topic with only the boundary of it has to be something spiritual that is not necessarily covered by other things I do on the blog. I short these topics are going to come more from my times of meditations than a rational pattern that I simply follow. I am opening myself up once a week to letting the topic be spiritual in nature and not chosen so much as it becomes an interest through meditation.
I am going to remove one filter for the Eye and replace it with another. Religion needs to go as it is negative in a sense, filtering out the religious aspects of things was a part of looking through the eye. I no longer seek to do that, but discover the fuller spiritual truth of something. I am going to replace religion with meditation.
Time to Look Through the Eye:
“To see the truth, change one eye for another”
When I put any subject through the filter of faith, what I am asking at that point is what I believe about that subject? The introduction tells people what I know about a particular subject, but faith is an exploration of what I believe about it. The idea is to set up where I am, then the other three filters follow which will possibly change that belief.
Meditation is the first filter. It is calming my mind and opening up to what the powers, universe, whatever might inspire me to think about that topic. Words, questions, thoughts, etc. that come from my times of meditation on the subject. Then asking how these affect my beliefs about it. It going to require me to keep my paper journal handy during every meditation session, but I think it will be worth it.
Once I get to this question it is more about how this topic influences my understanding of the divine. Simple but a necessary question for me as someone who still practices theology. For me, the delving into the spiritual side of things is motivated in part by theology and understanding the divine.
This is putting everything in a context filter. How is my overall understanding of spirituality affected by this now? Have my beliefs about this subject changed due ot putting it through my spiritual filters? What is my overall spiritual viewpoint now? It is the bringing it altogether filter.
I, of course, will have some concluding remarks about each subject and I might pose a few questions for you the gentle readers that might have a greater understanding of certain subjects I am struggling with. A good post wrapup will be what I am looking for here.
I am hoping these changes will be effective in helping all of us understand the spiritual side of life better. Of Wolves and Ravens is about philosophy, but Odin’s Eye is about Spirituality and as such needs to have more spiritual methods of finding what to talk about.
The Rabyd Skald – Wandering Soul, Bard, and Philosopher. The Grey Wayfarer.