paganism

Faith

What is my Faith I have been asked.     I honestly answered that it was none for a while.  I was then asked what my religion was, and I honestly answered I had none.       Then it went to what do you believe?

I believe in two things only, and work towards faith in another which is a result of the first two. I have belief in Life and Love. When there is no life there isn’t anything, and with no Love why bother.

My principles for living and immortality are wrapped up in the following sayings.      Mind, Body and Emotion, in balance creates Spirit.  Life, Love and Truth, in harmony creates Integrity.    If these are healthy, and superimposed on each other,  Integrity and Spirit creates soul.    Life, Love and Truth in Harmony, put simply, is to live absolutely honestly, with absolutely everything, including yourself, your world and if not the universe.  If you have an honest relationship with the universe it will have an honest relationship with you.

Faith on the other hand, I work to have faith in people to be positive, evolving, intelligent and sometimes to do the right thing, as a whole. Some years I have my doubts.

Fear versus Faith. While most people’s faith is in a thing or dogma, it is my personal assurance of a life long practice. Life, Love and Truth in Harmony, with mind, body and emotion in balance, generating integrity and spirit respectively. Together this cultivates soul. Love, that principle tying it all together. Love as in an honest relationship with everything. Fear, moroseness, worry, hate/madness, and giddiness to me are all negative emotions, that erode energy from people. Respect, sadness, pensiveness, anger, and joy, give energy purpose, reflection, taking stock of what is, movement and focus. This innervates the mind and the body, and cultivates coherent spirit. What matters is if it is in balance with the mind and the body.   And if there is a lot of chaos, at least be in a dynamic equilibrium.

I normally don’t say I believe or have faith in anything, I either know or am working to know. My distinction is that faith is not something to have, but is a practice. The world and even its circumstances may go away. The art of being and being in a relationship with the universe, is not something to take for granted and to act like it is just is. It is like any relationship it has to be worked, and in the practice the proof is in the interaction and its mutual development. It isn’t the seed or the flower, it is the act of planting the seed perpetually. And for that it is about living fully, and fully engaged.

There are other metaphors that are equally apt.   It isn’t the destination it is the journey.    I say things like   it is not the artifact of things in a time or a place.  It is the process of being that is more important.   Take a chair, or any chair or thousands of them.  In time, they decay, break and fail to be chairs and cease to exist as a chair.  The art of making a chair, the building of a chair, the teaching of the building of the chair, perpetuates what the essence of what a chair is, for eternity.  So that in its fullness, a chair is.

Balance and Harmony,  spirit and integrity, is a discipline and a practice, that survives and contributes to a soul to build a vehicle for eternity.       This isn’t a faith, nor a belief, it is about being and not being an artifact.

If what people can understand is just this, the rest would be easy.     Getting you there and having a faith that people want to be immortal, evolve and be more than what they did yesterday,  bought today, or plan to control tomorrow, is a faith.     This is backed up and held sacred each time a person helps someone, becomes a better person, loves people,  places, the essence of things honestly, and does the right thing no matter what evil, chaos and destruction surrounds them. I will celebrate and hold sacred each of these things.  This confirms my faith in people and this planet.   This explains why I teach.  This explains why I am working on building a model community.   This helps me to Love.  This will help me believe in you.  This is how I want the Universe to remember and hold sacred in me.

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Why People Embracing Change

Why PEC?

Society has fragmented into isolated groups that ignore a wealth of diversity in ages and experience. People trust only their peer groups. Isolation and convenient excuses to see things from a narrow perspective are perpetuated. This is unsophisticated and unhealthy.

Religion and society have lost focus as these institutions expect things to stay the same and fail to adjust to reality. It is easier to create convenient rationalizations to avoid truth. People look to their leaders for direction, who in turn, merely fall back on their tradition. Choices, behaviors and ways of doing things rarely change as a result. Stagnation continues creating what looks like change,however there is nothing but chaos holding on to outmoded behaviors, philosophies and ideologies.

People Effecting Change

We refuse to accept the status quo. Our mission is to restart the process of transformation. We recognize and embrace that change within society is desirable and mandatory for growth as individuals and as a community. We achieve these goals through a variety of avenues.

Prepare an Emergent Culture.

We choose to live consciously. This is normal for any esoteric training. Esoteric (the hidden) must be exoteric (open and transparent). It is learning to be a conscious, true or authentic individual. Those terms are used amongst many spiritual and esoteric communities around the world.

Pursue Excellence in Character.

Spirituality is a part of our everyday life. We refuse to live in isolation. We share how we think, why we think, and how to be aware of our choices in interactions with others. This promotes a social culture of thinking. We choose to act in a way to be a positive example to each other and society.

A Pan Ecumenical Church

We are Ecumenical. Every belief system and esoteric tradition has valuable thoughts, ideas and philosophies that help people live every day, spiritually, ethically and secularly. This is similar to a church, which is a community that embraces spiritual, secular and everyday cultural values which help the community, the family and the individual. The current core set of Elders combined have over 100 years of study and experience in various spiritual traditions. Currently, there are experienced individuals in Wicca, Druidism, East African, Shamanism, Christian, Jewish, Native American beliefs, thaumaturgy, Tai Chi, Qi Gong and other comparative practices and religions from around the world.

We share what we know with each other. We value each other’s perceptions. We take time to understand where the other person is coming from. We enjoy people being themselves and who are being good thinking caring people.

Pan Esoteric Clergy

Our Sabbats, or traditional Pagan seasonal holidays, are spiritual; however, they are designed to include secular individuals. So far, Elders who have been inspired have organized the rituals. We have asked each other for spiritual help, pastoral counseling, and sanity checks.

Protect Everyone’s Children

We all are the Creator’s Children. We encourage our children to enjoy being children, and we support them growing up. When they are adults we treat them like adults, but they are still family. They are to be protected.

People Evolving Consciousness.

As adults, we do not live to grow old. We live to experience and be alive. We give each other the freedom to grow, change and live. We let each other relax and be themselves. This is all about being responsible to the people we care about and the family that supports us. It is important we make each other feel safe. We support each other to grow, to find ourselves, and importantly be our own authentic and true persons.

Purposeful Evolution of Community.

All of the Elders are available for teaching, as they are able and we all learn from one another. We all are responsible to learn from each other. We are responsible for learning the truth of things. Understand the context and the limits of information, learn and verify. We expect each of us to grow in personal power and grow their personal responsibility.

Mind, Body and Emotion in balance generate Spirit. Truth, Life, Love, in Harmony generate Integrity. Spirit and Integrity create Soul.

This is to say, Live absolutely honestly with absolutely everything, with your self, others, the world, nature and the universe. Then in return, the Universe, the world, nature and others will hold you honestly. This type of working integrity is the root of immortality.

Freedom and Obligation in Balance

Who and what we are defies common handles. We understand, are part of and support the ethical living of alternate lifestyles. We believe in the ability to choose responsibly how we want to live. Likewise, we respect those who choose to be responsible. We are a clan and chosen family who embrace change at all levels.

PEC is positively evolving and changing.

People Embracing Change

People Embracing Change

People Embracing Change. Exactly, we are looking for home. Home is where there is a family to count on, a community that accepts us, and a place where we can live to our fullest extent.

Home is a community where your neighbors, shop keepers, professionals and all the people who can make a town work know each other and will work with each other.

Home is where in groups we associate with those who know us, appreciate us and sustain us.

A Tribe is where all these aspects exist, and everyone is committed to making it work. Communities and Tribes used to work like this and they can again. Never before in our industrial societies have we needed it more.