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Link roundup: uncertainty

Lighthouse in Bay of Fundy, Nova Scotia The Allergic Pagan – “The First Commandment of Paganism: “Thou Shalt Not Judge” (and why this is a problem)”:

“I am entirely comfortable with criticizing other people’s interpretations of their experiences, and I welcome people to do the same for me. That is not to say that I will necessarily always have an answer for them, but I appreciate the questioning. When done in a spirit of openness and humility, the process of question benefits both sides in the conversation, and the community as a whole.”

“So long as we agree not to question or criticize one another’s beliefs, we are bound to have an immature theology ā€” one articulated in an echo chamber of our voices and those that agree with us.”


Under the Ancient Oaks – “Hold Loosely But Practice Deeply”:

“We start by rejecting the idea that holding the “right” belief is the most important part of religion. … We hold our beliefs loosely. We are humans speculating about the Gods. We are mortals making guesses about immortals. We are creatures with a lifespan of perhaps 100 years trying to understand a universe that is 13,700,000,000 years old.”

“Yet while we hold a belief, we explore it deeply. It is no virtue to hold our beliefs so lightly they make no difference in our lives. … Religious certainty is for fundamentalists and fools. Hold your beliefs lightly, but while you hold them, treat them as though they were true and explore them as deeply as you can.”


Shekhinah Calling – “13 Tips For Being the Best Witch You Can Be”:

“Challenge all dogma, including (especially) that espoused by those whose practices look the most like yours. Explore heresies. What makes an idea threatening? Whom does it threaten? Whom does it empower? Break open the ideas that have become calcified; step into the places that others claim are forbidden. You don’t have to love what you find. But how will you ever know what’s there unless you take a peek?”


Numinous and Concrete – “Community Challengers”:

“Challengers in our communities make us feel uncomfortable, annoyed, exposed, defensive, and sometimes even angry. That’s a byproduct of their job. Their job is to point things out, to question, to bring a view that is just outside our own. … We are not meant to remain forever comfortable in our communities. A community with no challengers is a community that has ceased to change and adapt. When we cease changing and adapting, we wither.”


The House of Vines – “Just because an experience is real doesn’t make it true”:

“And if you’re going to start meddling with your perceptions ā€“ poking and prodding and stretching reality into strange and uncomfortable shapes ā€“ the first thing you better learn is some discernment. … Question everything, especially your perceptions, and don’t rush to any conclusions based on your experiences. Just because an experience is real doesn’t make it true. You think that state of oneness is the pinnacle, but what if it’s actually the bottom, the most rudimentary of gates one can pass through?”

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