Written the first day of June 2006…in another lifetime…back when I felt the need to explain my choices to others.
My spirituality is nothing to fear or worry about.
It isn’t dangerous, or something to protect yourself from, and yet–it’s apparently very misunderstood by most people.
Let me be clear: I didn’t “convert” to Paganism.
This is because Paganism isn’t something that people convert to.
Pagans certainly don’t try to proselytize or evangelize.
You “become” Pagan when you decide that the things you already believe and intuitively know/feel are reflected in a Pagan worldview–so then you use the word “Pagan” as a description of what you already are inside.
Paganism has no dogma–Pagans embrace spiritual diversity and don’t want the whole world unified under any one religion or set of beliefs.
They recognize and appreciate that there is truth to be found in all religions.
Also, while other religions discourage free thought, Pagans believe it is their personal responsibility to develop their own ethical sense and individual consciences.
Pagans are empowered to find their own truths….which is what I have always intuitively known to be my calling.
“Some religions are a restaurant.
“You sit down and they bring you what they’re serving for dinner.
“Paganism is a buffet.
“If you want to eat, you have to get up off your butt and serve yourself.” –Dana Eilers