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I find it odd, that in a world of quickly advancing mundane technology, humans are so leery of anything new in the realm of spirituality or religion. Not only do a majority following the mainstream religions stick with old dogma and traditions, they refute any changes as heresy. Why? I think it is because humans fear changes in general.

Over the last 150 years, humanity has become accustomed to continuing physical change in technology. Human technology can be seen. It can be used, and the results of such use can be seen. However, when it comes to such things as spirituality, magic and religion, many humans fear changing anything for many reasons. One reason I have heard numerous times is because the “old ways” are more authentic. More authentic than what? All spiritual paths, and I do mean ALL, were created by humans. Even if a “god” instructed a human to do certain things, it was the human that constructed the path.

Moses was given the Ten Commandments, but he was still responsible for enforcement and building the spiritual path for Israel to follow. Buddha constructed a path from his own practice and efforts as to what worked, and later generations added to this path. Mohamed was given instruction by the god Allah in which he transmitted this information verbally until it was finally written down; he started a new path that has been carried on. Alister Crowley was supposedly instructed by a being named Aiwass and given a book for the world and a religion named Thelema; yet he ignored it. Later, he combined older ritual magic with his Thelema and created a new path. That path is now a mildly popular religion.

My theme here is that all spiritual paths were new at one time. And these paths have often been found useful. Yet most people are fearful of changing them too much, if at all. Buddhism is one exception, though the core changes very little and there is more added to the path than really changed. And if it works for you, I’m sure that is fine. However, trying to adhere to something that is decades or even millennia old that does not fully fit your needs is questionable at best.

There are of course always the exceptions to the norm. And I salute those trailblazers. They take and adjust the system, path or religion to the perception they currently have so that it is more serviceable to them personally. This is different however than simple Chaos Magic which uses a path or system as is then discards it until needed again. I am talking about real changes, even to the point of blending with other paths. If a path is not fully serviceable, then the usefulness is diminished.

When I write or share information, it is intended as a basis for exploration leading to your own self centrist path. And everyone needs a base. The base should be useful and flexible, free of dogma and an attitude of “this is the best way”, or even worse, “the only way.” Without this flexibility to experiment and choose, we can box ourselves in very quickly. In turn, the box hinders growth and the ability to clarify perception.

We will cover this subject further…

https://west-occult.com/2018/09/18/new-ways-part-1/

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Comment by Enigma on September 25, 2018 at 1:29pm

Excellent!

Comment by SunTiger on September 25, 2018 at 3:41pm

Are you new to the craft? Life has taught me that it's not our job to convince others to think as we do (or not). I had some real strong drive to share what I was learning when I was first studying the craft 30 years ago. I have no desire to share such wisdom with devout church goers any more.  I practice what I believe because it's personal and supportive of me and my family. What I experience, with that change in perspective, is that people regularly approach me asking what I believe and practice. I'm always happy to share what I know.

In truth - you've happened upon the fact that trying to push ideas upon others is futile. Then again, it would be weird to have everyone think as we do. I'm glad for the diversity of thought. Part of our disconnect from one another has to do with astrology and what path people were born into. Some of it has to do with brainwashing that happens (the hypnotic drone of sermons and religious song) as folks go to church. 

If I want people to be respectful of my thoughts and beliefs, I need to give them the same wiggle room with their practices. The longer I practice, the more suspicious I get of people who ask to learn. Now I question them: "Why do you want to know?" *Paradigm shift.*

Comment by Enigma on September 25, 2018 at 6:02pm

"Are you new to the craft?"

Typical first comment by someone wishing to belittle another.

" I had some real strong drive to share what I was learning when I was first studying the craft 30 years ago."

There is nothing wrong with sharing your opinion or what you have learned, especially on a social media site. The key word here is "social." Social media is a place to share and communicate. And I guess your 30 years has entitled you to belittle others with fewer years?

"I have no desire to share such wisdom with devout church goers any more."

I have no idea where this came from. Where in his blog did he say that he wanted to talk to devout church members?

"In truth - you've happened upon the fact that trying to push ideas upon others is futile."

In truth, he has developed his beliefs from life experiences and he does not state any intention of "pushing" his beliefs on others.

"Then again, it would be weird to have everyone think as we do. I'm glad for the diversity of thought. "

Nowhere does he state that diversity is bad. He gives his opinions on dogma and "this is the best way" or "this is the only way." In the context of the full blog post it allows others to choose their way.

"If I want people to be respectful of my thoughts and beliefs, I need to give them the same wiggle room with their practices."

Seems like your infringing on the bloggers "wiggle room." I might be infringing on your "wiggle room" with this reply.

Comment by S.E. West on September 27, 2018 at 2:32pm

Thank you  SunTiger for your reply.

I take it from your comments that I have possibly written in such a way that I was not clear on what I am advocating. That being open not only change, but being open to information practices from other sources as well. I did not and am mot trying to make others think the way I do. Only to be open.

I apologize if I gave you an incorrect perception.

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