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Finding Direction by Br. Pax
Have you ever been lost? Being so turned around that you are not sure how to get your bearings to go the right direction. The spiritual life can be a lot like that.
A friend and I talked of our many years within Paganism and how many of those years we hoped, prayed and pleaded with the gods for one of them to call us to be a devotee. Little did we know that most of the time it does not work that way. Being a Pagan is about connection. Connection to nature, the elements, our ancestors, and our community. It is about seeing the Sacred in all of these.
It breaks my heart when providing spiritual counsel to sisters and brothers, that even many many years after leaving the religion of their childhood that they have no healed from the errors and mistakes of their previous faith tradition. So venom towards that religion spews out and they are triggered by words we may have in common such as prayer, devotion, or adoration. Their very real hurt and unhealed trauma is preventing them from living their best life. Perhaps that is why so many seem to wander in and out of Paganism, often without going very deep and doing the dirty work of spiritual formation and development. Healing our traumas and confusion can provide that direction that we just cannot seem to find otherwise. So can moving beyond the honeymoon feel good phase into the deeper work.
Thoughts for Reflection:
How have I healed from my past? Are there areas or mistaken beliefs that are limiting me from diving deeper? Is there a deeply spiritual friend who can serve as a "soul friend" and provide guidance and reflection along the way?