It seems the type of fervour we’re accustomed to seeing between the world’s major religions (the politics it disguises to be set aside for now) is present in the rising alternative religions – even those whose proponents claim are not religions.
The major religions and some ‘alternative’ ones say that what they believe is correct and not only is everyone else wrong, they’re also either blasphemers, evildoers and deserving of death, or unenlightened. I realise these are horrible, sweeping generalisations, but it’s the general gist of the propaganda from all sides of our recent wars (I presume wars are really the product of politics and big business) and I have met plenty of individuals who say similar things.
On the other hand, spiritualists, pagans, and heathens sometimes say that he who is sure that he knows everything knows less than he who knows he knows nothing. But they can be as guilty as those others, for intimating that whatever you believe isn’t quite right.
I’ve noticed differing uses of language, and the subsequent discussions which stem from that: is God/Goddess the same thing as Source, or a lesser divine personification of Source? Is it one of many ascending hierarchies, (like angel, archangel, gods, Source?) or Source by another name?
The definitions are different for different groups: are elementals the mischievous spirits of house and home, or water, earth, fire and ether, traditionally depicted as imps and elves and fairies? Or are they mindless stupidness, messing with your stuff just to hear you twine? Tormenting you from another dimensional plane … It doesn’t matter, does it?
Whether they are irritating light-slaves, actual faery beings, or patches of localised energy to the person who is experiencing them, they have the same result: items disappear … reappear, doors slam, glasses break, moving furniture and more. You can ask them to stop or you can take no notice, whatever your definition for them.
Rituals are an awkward spot. Some people prefer ritual in some form or another; helps them get in the sacred space, make a big deal (on a small scale) of what they’re performing and why. Some prefer to work their minds only. I wonder if that is a difference between traditional definitions of witchcraft and sorcery.
As far as I know, both ritual and non-ritual methods work very well indeed, though I understand many spiritualists consider ritual unnecessary and even primitive; there is also a point where ritual can become numb (like saying a nursery rhyme, for example, without thinking about the meaning of what is being said). But still, if some people are most comfortable with it, who’s to say it’s wrong.
What’s wrong beyond negative thinking?
I love to discuss beliefs and spiritual experiences with people on the same learning level as me, but that’s as far as it goes. I don’t want to argue my case; I want to figure it out. Competition squashes my natural curiosity and that sense of being stifled is precisely the reason I have stayed away from religious groups since I left the Church of England.
I wholly believe that all roads lead to the same root. Or all roads stem from the same Source. All sections belong to the whole. Just like an onion. So really, it matters not who or what you worship, as long as you are putting something spiritual into the ether and manifesting positive experiences for the good of all.
If you aren’t able to produce real looking bubbles of energy or actually see angels around you, fear not, you haven’t failed. It doesn’t make you less gifted. There are other ways to access the world as a whole onion.