Skye Thomas

Skye Thomas
Writer, Rebel, and Soapbox Ranter

Monday, May 30, 2005

Defining Spirituality - What's Real & What's Not?

All of the articles I've chosen for today's post somehow relate to different forms of religion, spirituality, and listening to that still small voice that guides us all...

Eloyi Church of the Undaunted
It has been around since 1955, but it is only in 2005 that the presence of Eloyi has been felt in the country. The church traces its origin to Tsetsebjwe, a small village located a few kilometres east of Selebi Phikwe. Its mandate is to heal and fight evil spirits and their agents.
http://allafrica.com/stories/200505040508.html

Where does God lie in time?
Each religion views time from a unique perspective and brings different questions to science about time. Families of religions may ask similar questions, but they also have distinct concerns. The three main monotheistic religions — Christianity, Judaism and Islam — agree that the flow of time is rooted in the understanding of a creator who guides the creation toward a final goal. In the same way, religions that believe in reincarnation have a different perspective on time. The two families of religions have different perspectives on the nature of the physical world that science studies.
http://www.stnews.org/articles.php?article_id=505&category=books

Vatican Message to Buddhists for Feast of Vesakh
Dear Buddhist Friends,
1. Once again the time of Vesakh comes, and on this occasion I wish to convey to you my heartfelt greetings. May this feast bring joy to you as individuals, as families and as communities. I am certain that in many places where Buddhists and Catholics live together they will use the moment to consolidate the good relations which already exist between them.
http://www.zenit.org/english/visualizza.phtml?sid=71005

The Gods of Witchcraft
When I got involved in Wicca, I found that most of my teachers emphasized the Goddess. Many people have been raised with traditions that emphasized the male aspect of divinity. These same people often come to nature-based religions with a desire to reconnect their spirit to the divine feminine, the Mother principle. I know I did. I came from a strict Catholic background, so I found the idea of the Goddess both intriguing and comforting. I always liked the Virgin Mary, and found the multifaceted images of the Goddess quite a wonderful challenge. It was hard to look at the feminine as not only virgin mother, but also sexual mother, warrior, crone, witch, healer, and reaper. Though it was a challenge, I found a building a relationship with the God to be an altogether a different experience.
http://www.llewellynjournal.com/article/817

Derren Brown has his mind on the job
The popular illusionist Derren Brown, who is touring this month, talks to This Is Local London about his fascinating career. MANY of those who have seen him on TV, or in his live shows, know that Derren Brown is an utterly baffling talent. His brand of psychological illusion uses elements of magic, suggestion, psychology, misdirection and showmanship.
http://www.thisislocallondon.co.uk/display.var.593620.0.derren_brown_has_his_mind_on_the_job.php

The "New New Left" & Civil Disobedience: A Way Out?
"Every generation needs a new revolution." - Thomas Jefferson. In 1969, a graduate student in philosophy at Tufts University named Bruce Pech published an article, "Radical Disobedience and Its Justification," which outlined how the civil disobedience done by the New Left and civil rights movements could be justified.
http://www.lefthook.org/Theory/Greenberg050505.html

Tantra - "The Science of Ecstasy"
Thousands of years ago, people had achieved a high degree of awareness and an alchemical formula for converting what we know as sex energy -- called by many names, such as Vital Force, Elan Vital, Soul, Chi, etc. -- into a state of divinity. Their spiritual philosophy held sexuality as a divine rite and an expression of union. Through an awakened consciousness, they practiced Tantra with an artistic and cultural lifestyle of pure bliss and harmony. However, according to Tantric experts, as our planet moved out of the Taurian Age (4300-1700 B.C.) and became masculine and aggressive, it also lost the deep spiritual connection to this vital sexual energy. While sexuality touches every part of lives, it's sad that this most pleasurable, life affirming phenomenon -- the act of creating our birth itself -- is today tainted with fear, abuse and general negativity.
http://www.keralaonline.com/storydisplay.asp?folder=TVReviews&file=9_128.xml

Traditional Healers - Viable Alternative?
DISEASES have existed for as long as the human race has lived on earth. Just like for any other complex problem humans have since time immemorial searched for remedies to heal illnesses though some of these diseases have stubbornly eluded cure, as they are simply incurable. In ancient days, our ancestors cured illness from a wisdom handed down through generations. There were no laboratories for tests on the effectiveness and even on the safety of using particular substances or herbs as medicine. Until now, a large number of Africans with the help of "African" or traditional healers as they prefer being called, practise what their forefathers believed in. Traditional African healers have been using ritual in combination with herbal remedies to treat the inhabitants of Africa for generations. A number of these medicines seem to be effective where modern science has failed to find a cure. Yet for some reason science is regarded as infallible and even superior.
http://allafrica.com/stories/200505100644.html

take care,
Skye

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