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Hey guys! I’m sorry I haven’t written in a while, but getting back to work has more or less consumed all of my energy. Last week I began with two hours of work per day, this week I’m up at 4 h/day. It’s still hard, but every day is a little better than the previous.

Today was an unusually good day, with beautiful weather and a good mood. Plus I got into a really interesting conversation with one of my work mates, that I haven’t really chatted with before.

We started talking about religion, first from a historical viewpoint and then from a more personal view. It turned out he’s a devout muslim, and as I asked if it was ok to ask openly about his faith he got real happy. So I asked about how he found his religion (since he hadn’t been raised religous), what he thinks of other religions, what he thinks of fundamentalists and so on. Throughout the discussion I also explained what I think, and we found both differences and similarities in how we think.

Oh how I wish that all islamophobes could have such a conversation! This guy is pretty conservative in his faith, yes. But as he pointed out to me, the Koran says you shall not judge people of different faith. So even though he got momentarily stunned when I said that I am actually a polytheist (that was a fun moment, he really didn’t see that one coming!) he totally accepted my faith. Yeah sure, he still thinks I’m wrong and the Koran is right, but that’s ok. Mutual respect is the shit! =)

Actually, this was the best conversation I’ve had with anyone at work.  Though I’ve considered myself reasonably knowledgeable of different religions, I’ve never before had such an open religious discussion with a muslim. And yes, the  whole thing strengthened that which I’ve thought for years: Islam is not bad. Not at all. As in all other religions there are some assholes who mess things up for the rest, but if you look at what the Koran actually says, it’s actually very accepting. Yeah sure, muslims will generally think that you are in the wrong, if you are of a different faith. But if they are good muslims, they won’t judge you for it. And that’s really all you can ask for, right? For of course it’s ok to think your own religion is the true one. I think my spiritual path is true as well, otherwise none of it would matter.It’s all good, as long as there is mutual respect.

In the end, we agreed to something very important. We are just humans, we don’t see the full picture and we really can’t claim to know the truth. None of us can claim to know the truth, so we should always be humble. There is no point in forcing your faith on others, all must find their own way.

Love and light to you all!

Journeymaid

 

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These days there have been a lot of talk about balance around the blogosphere. Yes, I mentioned it too, in the last post. Seems like the concept of balance very easily triggers an emotional reaction, probably because it actually is highly important yet tricky to fully understand.

First, I read this blog post over at In The Arms of Mother Earth which talks about the God/Goddess balance and how it’s common for modern pagans to more or less ignore the God and focus completely on the Goddess. Most likely this is due to the Goddess having been so completely ignored in the past, in western religions.

Then I came across this blog post in Lady Imbrium’s holocron where the writer gives a frustrated little rant about how there is no such thing as static balance. As she says:

“Balance is not a state… it’s a dynamic process. A pendulum in a grandfather clock is balanced, but is always in motion.”

Then just this morning I read this blog post on Adventures and Musings of a Hedgewitch. It’s all about balance in nature, and what that really means.

Now, let’s look at Star Wars. Yup, you heard me. Star Wars. Remember little Anakin, who everyone thought would bring balance to the force? And remember how upset the jedi were when he turned to the dark side and became a sith? To me, it always made sense. The prophecy was true, Anakin did bring balance to the force. It’s just that balance does not equal “good”. And in the Star Wars universe balance of the force meant there needed to be a dark side, hence Anakin needed to join the dark side.

So balance isn’t necessarily good. In certain circumstances it might not even be something to wish for. Yet I have a sneaking suspicion that on the grand scale balance is absolute, or else the world would wobble and destroy itself. On the grand scale, creation must equal destruction. Too much destruction and all will be lost, as there is always more destroyed than is created. Too much creation and all will become “overcrowded” if you know what I mean, and the world will suffocate itself.

Is this an excuse to vandalise, kill and be generally destructive? Hell no. The kind of balance I speak of is on the universal scale, and I’m not even sure if we can affect it. On a smaller scale we must be careful, though. The universal balance isn’t good or evil. It doesn’t care if we live or die, as long as the great balance is kept in the long run. So if we go overly destructive and mess up our ecosystem, ruining the local balance, we might lose it all. But hey, I’m sure new life is created somewhere else in the universe so the great balance is still kept without us.

So, the local balance of nature is vital for us to keep. That means keeping Earth’s budget and not using more resources than what Earth continually produce. It means not messing up the food chain by releasing poison in nature, that kills off too many animals. Yes, animals will always die and that’s all natural, but if we humans decide to for example kill off all insects, that will mess things up. The local balance means we need to either find ourself new planets to populate, or limit the amount of humans alive at the same time. If we don’t regulate ourselves, nature will. Become too many, and we will starve, or die in plagues… then if we die off completely or are just reduced to a more manageable amount, that we’ll never know. In other words, let’s keep the balance in nature now while we still have the chance.

Balance is often thought of as a happy fluffy feel-good concept. And on a tiny scale, sure it might be so. Keeping your own personal life balanced (managing your financial budget and not spending more than you earn, managing your time schedule so you have enough to do but not too much, etc) will certainly make you feel better. But the entire concept of balance is not one-sided. It’s not all good. It’s not all bad. In fact, in the eyes of the Great Balance there is no good or bad. That’s not to say there is no such thing as good and evil, for I am sure that there is. I’m just saying that the Great Balance doesn’t care.

Today is the spring equinox. It’s the tipping point between seasons, the day when light=darkness all over the planet. Actually, the tipping point was early this morning, if I’m not mistaken. For my part of the world, that means we’re now getting more light than darkness each day.

Now to get up off the couch and make this a good day. I wish you all a happy spring equinox!

Love and light

JourneyMaid

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Let me leave the question of health and fasting to tomorrow, and instead talk a bit about dreams and how to interpret them.  First of all, let me say that YES, I have read a lot of dream interpretation theories. From Freud and Jung to new age theorists contra modern psychology. In the end I always rely on my own experiences during the years where I kept a detailed diary of all of my dreams. Tonight, I thought I’d share some of my experiences with you. Feel free to comment, I would be happy to hear your thoughts on the subject as well!

To understand my way of “reading” dreams, you should understand that I see most dreams as a collaboration between me and my subconscious, wherein I supply the language and the subconscious supplies the actual content.

Sometimes the use of symbols is heavy and easily interpreted. Here’s an example of a dream completely STACKED with symbolism:

I am in a world that isn’t really real. I am Superman’s woman, and while he flies around and plants seeds I really just try to get him to sleep with me. Our housekeeper is a woman dressed in the blue dress of Yemaya, she is the Ocean.

A stranger appears, a woman that I immediately understand is dangerous. She breaths at us and makes us go all stiff. The evil woman commands the Ocean to kill me and Superman, and poor Ocean has no choice but to try and obey. Luckily, Superman manage to break free of the spell and kills Ocean.

The evil woman comes back, with a whole group of people, outnumbering us completely. One of the men is handsome, with golden skin and a shaved head. He is also huge… he’s the leader of a great people, and very dangerous. 

I approach him and offer my services. As the king he may sleep with whoever he chooses, and if I can just be alone with him I will try to assassinate him…

He brings me to “the Blood Room”, a very small room with red marble walls, and we have sex. But then he leaves before I get the chance to kill him. He is already bored with me.

 

Now what to make of this little drama? I can think of several ways to interpret this. Boiling it down to a short summary is often helpful:

I wish to have sex with superman. Ocean is our housekeeper. The evil woman makes Ocean try to kill us, but Superman manages to kill her first. I try to kill our enemy by sleeping with him. I fail.

Which could be translated as…

I am connected to the greater power, or God, and I wish to learn from him/create with him. An outside influence makes my emotions, which really should be working for me, attack me. The greater power intervenes and saves me, but at a great emotional cost. I find what rules that bad, outside influence, and I think that the only way to fight back is to join it. That doesn’t work out, I just sacrifice more of myself.

I could also interpret this on a grander scale:

The Godess, (Earth or Gaia, represented by me as a woman) is in union with the God (represented by Superman).  Ocean, or Yemaya, is another entity, below the divine couple but still beyond anything human. If necessary, the God has the power to subdue Ocean. There is also another power (the dangerous, golden king), seductive beautiful yet very deadly. His representatives attempt to destroy the simple, natural and good life. The Godess, Earth, winds up copulating with the Golden King in order to save herself, to fight back. But he gets bored and leaves her in ruin.

Is this all about how humanity abuses the earth? Could the golden man and his people represent humanity? Causing the ocean to die, and using the earth for selfish pleasure?

I should probably go with the first interpretation, where the whole dream is about me and my emotional life. Yet I actually feel the latter interpretation resonating more deeply with me and my understanding of the world. This dream was so grand, the symbols used were so big and important… I might be wrong (of course!) but I really do think this dream reveals how my subconscious views the world. Or what do you think?

 

 

 

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