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I have an interesting relationship with Christianity~ and to be fair, it started before I was born. My mother was born into a mixed marriage. Her father was (Irish) Catholic and her mother was (Hungarian) Methodist. My father's family was the opposite: (Irish) Catholic mother and (Hungarian) Methodist father. Needless to say, family get-togethers were entertaining.

For myself, from a young age, I noticed that the parishioners (of either religious flavour) were as sweet as could be to your face on Sunday, but wouldn't piss up your arse on Monday if your kidneys were on fire. This always struck me as wrong -- and I came to the conclusion that I was probably the only person in the congregation(s) actually listening to the words in red when they were read to the people.

I also was always drawn to the inherent esoteric mysticism within Gnostic Christianity -- which was/is a big 'no-no' in the dogmatic structure of the church(es). Needless to say, I gave absolutely no fucks and continued my own spiritual explorations without the added benefit of the benedictions of either sect.

So here I am, sat at my table, eating baked haddock (seasoned with lemon grass, garlic, and a hint of red pepper) thinking about my mom and watching the sun set over a verdant line of trees that have 'miraculously' regreened after winter's embrace.

I am not, as my children reminded me when we went shopping for fish, a good Christian, but I am a decent mystic. May the Mysteries reveal themselves to you this weekend, and may the blessings of Spring find you in good health.

Other magical paths

on 2017-04-22 04:02 pm (UTC)
izmeina: curly green leaf spiral (koru)
Posted by [personal profile] izmeina
It was a sort of deja vu reading your post but with a serpentine twist.
As a flobberworm my obsession was not with Christianity but a rather less fashionable faith - well at least these days.

I used to love Islamic art with all its elaborate geometric patterns. Then there was the calligraphy and amazing architecture particularly in the mosques of the old Silk Road

In those days when the ability to photocopy images was difficult and expensive, I resorted to tracing all those gorgeous images or drawing them from scratch using a compass and ruler. I also used to copy some of the calligraphy even though I did not have a clue about what was written. It just looked so gorgeous.

In those days information was so hard to come by and when I finally got the serpent paws on a copy of the Koran I could not get over how boring it was - like Leviticus from the Bible on steroids. Oh and the big give away - it was written to an audience that was obviously male. The women were just objects and an afterthought and barely worthy of being considered human. I thought the Bible was bad but this was much worse and at least the Bible had lots of juicy stories.

I also discovered that the branch of Islam I had been attracted to - Sufism - was almost universally despised by the Sunnis and Shia who both appeared to be a rather miserable joyless puritanical mob with Shia Islam being rather like Catholicism in its obsession with suffering for its own sake

Not surprisingly, it turns out that Sufism is the mystical branch of Islam and they have pretty much the same status as Gnosticism in Christianity

Also later came across Kabbalah and noticed that the mystical strands of the assorted religions have far more in common with each other than they do with the more mundane mainstream.
It was a mystical experience that lead to me adopting the serpent as a spirit guide. Or rather it was the serpent who chose Izzie. Being of Irish ancestry living in Australia, it turned out to be a uniquely appropriate choice.

For a long time I had considered myself to be more aligned with the hedgehog, turtle or snail all of whom share the characteristic of a being a soft and squishy creature lurking behind an impenetrable shield. Folks used to always ask Petunia if “I had come out of my shell yet” as I was such a quiet and shy little flobberworm

But that was before following the Spiral path back in the dark days of 2001.

The mystery and magic of the invisible realms make much tastier soul food than the dogmatic certainties of written scripture

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