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Embracing our Inner Goddesses

It’s a difficult balance to strike, both celebrating women after millennia of being the oppressed gender and championing gender equality.  I strongly believe that the problems of the patriarchy aren’t solved by instituting a matriarchy in its place, and yet it can be so uplifting to embrace the power of womanhood as an act of […]

Pathfinding

No Truth

The different types of spiritual paths can be divided up a lot of ways, but I think one of the most significant are those with a goal or result and those without.  Some paths promise some kind of reward for achieving something spiritually, either after death or in the form of enlightenment.  Some paths focus […]

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In Need Of Updating

The frustrating part of established spiritual traditions, even those which don’t quite fit the bill of “organized religion”, is that the prevailing approach to them is to adapt ourselves to their philosophies rather than choose to adapt the ideas themselves.  I think organized religion is largely to blame for this, as it introduces the attitude […]

Pathfinding

Spiritual Questions

I’ve written a lot in the past about spiritual pathfinding, or figuring out what the best tradition or practice is for yourself.  While I’d definitely categorize some spiritual beliefs and practices as detrimental either to the individual or to society at large, for the most part I believe that people should find the best path […]

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Brothers and Sisters

For many people, spirituality is a way to become part of a community.  You find acceptance and validation with people who believe what you believe.  Sharing a path with someone can be the foundation for a very deep bond. There are a great many people who walk their spiritual path alone by choice.  I’ve largely […]

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Luck of the Spiritual Draw

Another one of the ideas that wormed its way into my brain as a kid and set me down the path I’ve traveled is the realization that, had I been born nearly anyplace else in the world, I would likely have been taught a completely different religious belief system.  We put an awful lot of […]

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Perhaps I Should Wear a Warning Label

Ironically, of all the big revelations I’ve made to people about who I am and what I believe, my atheism is the one thing which strikes people as dangerous and detrimental. And I know it’s not unusual.  I know I’m not alone in that.  Atheism scares people. The roots of religion in the modern world […]

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What Can You Give?

My spiritual life in the last several years has been a very private one, which has been a conscious decision.  I may talk about it in circles like this one where I can generally assume that if you stay to hear me you’re interested in what I have to say.  I have no desire to […]

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Out of the Mouths of Babes

There’s an interesting thing about wisdom.  It’s fairly universally assumed to come with age.  We look to our forebears to tell us what they’ve learned through their lives so that we don’t make the same mistakes they did, and we expect those younger than us to respect our opinions on account of our age and […]

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All I Ever Wanted

If there’s one thing I’ve always wanted in my life, it’s the freedom and ability to be independent.  I’ve wanted to choose how my time is used, to prioritize what matters to me, and to not be restricted by the opinions of others. If there’s one way I can describe the spiritual path I’m on […]