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A lady knocked on my door the other day...'Do you believe in 'God' and this is what I said...

‘If God had a name, what would it be…And would you call it to his face…If God had a face what would it look like…And would you want to see…’ Joan Osborne.

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The believer of God has first to make their own conception of God. Naturally we cannot make a conception of that which we do not know; of something we have never seen…we can only embody from our mind a form which we already know.

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For instance, if I told you to imagine an animal that you had never seen, which is unlike any you have ever seen…you might first attach a birds torso with fins of a fish; for instance; then add the head of a cow, and then perhaps you could imagine wheels of a car and the tail of a branches... (Surreal eh? well…I am an artist).

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…a Buddhist may say 'Buddha is my Savior’, or a Christian may praise, 'Christ the divine,' or to a Muslim, ' Muhammad was the seal of the Prophets,' or the Hindu follower speaks of ' Krishna the expression of God,' or a Jew proclaims ‘Lord of hosts’ with the ineffable, unutterable name of Yod-Heh-Vav-Heh(YHVH)… a Pagan might give reverence to the Sacred Bear or a whole host or Calendar of Gods/Goddess…to an Artists maybe an Alizarin Crimson at Daybreak, or the sound of rushing Water, Wind or even the buzzing of Bees .A Buddhist strives for enlightenment to reach Nirvana. A Sufi might articulate 'you are all justified; you each have your name, individually or collectively.’

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…even to the worship of Erebos or Satan; fallen angel and God of darkness… with its mostly Christian depictions of a Pagan horned Goat Gods (goats which are incidentally amongst some of the most peaceful creatures on the planet)…and their lore and practices (which are mostly subversions of the Christian and Catholic rituals)…and which are fundamentally applications of fear, pain and slavery…and in turn will meet their own Judgment, Karma, Rapture, Armageddon, Saṃsāra, or Diya in their own way.

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(But as with all names, language and description…stories told and retold…adapted to suit the needs of an environment, an age, an archetypal or historical character…all is open to personal and individual interpretation.)

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I think now…with the onset of the new age of Aquarius, with the recycling evolution and saving/healing the Earth…the great oneness is readdressing the balance and the pendulum swings back toward the feminine principles… with Wiccan practices, shamanisms, contemporary polytheistic religions and the more nature-based religions and crafts(Even the term Pagan is derived from the Latin paganus, which was an adjective originally meaning, ‘rustic’ or of the ‘country.’)Or maybe it’s just another way for the powers at be (who/whatever they are?)…to give us what we think we want…another good marketing ploy to control our spirituality...aaaahhh…no I’m not such a cynic.

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…personally, I do believe behind all the names and forms there is an all encompassing, whole universal spirit …with the same truth…and that every rule or spiritual/religious practice breaks down to the same common denominator…a vessel to carry an expression and application of thought and feeling.
I do believe that it is only right to judge ourselves…and that we do not have the divine power or conclusive judgment to see what truths lay within another’s heart or to condemn another's soul…for the key to our greatest fear and love resides within our own selves.

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…and I would always hope to manifest good-will towards our fellow-beings...to regard with love our brethren of the house of Israel…(as our fellow Christian would/should say)…and ‘ to extend to them the hand of fellowship’…(Leviticus)…and ‘that it harm none, do what ye will’…(Wiccan Rede)

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One sees it with the right eye and the other with the left eye. If they see with both eyes, maybe then the vision is complete?

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It was a shame she nearly fell over my fence to get away from me...bless+


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Any comments?

Many kind regards for all your time...*Andromeda+

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Tree Wish ..

*As below and so above
Always sending peace and love*+

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Comment by m00nangel on November 28, 2008 at 9:19am
A shame indeed, you shared great insight with this lady.But our ears and eyes are closed sometimes. What you told her was the truth, we all have diferent names for our gods.It doesnt make them wrong.Just our version.
You should blog more.What you had to say was very insightful and i enjoyed reading it.
Comment by Alehah on January 20, 2009 at 8:53am


Thank you for your spirit's dance, your grace, Your light,
Your heart of beauty shining throughout each day and night-
Thank life, rustic and alive, lithe vines that creep, green grasses that sway-
The song of soul you bring to us in wisdoms' love and play-

Thank you Andromeda for you wonderful posting. You inspire! Yes, so true... How we name the sacred of life is open to personal and individual interpretation...How names began... The archetypal images that interlock and intertwine are so vast, as the history of their beginnings- The phenomenology of life itself so rich, all elements sacred... One could write many books on this thought alone.

Blessings flow to you in all you do..

your friend,
Alehah

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