I have been studying Wicca for beginners. Last I was amazed at how much of what the author wrote that I do, or have practiced in the past. I have practiced meditation for over 30 years. I have used the (force so to speak) since before Star Wars was ever made a movie. When Janna, a friend, said I was Wiccan and didn't even know it I thought “she’s just being kind” I knew she saw my love of nature and of course my ability to see things as they truly are. The ability to look past the superficial as it were and get to the core and center of things. But I had no idea until I began to read this book how truly deep into this I have been most of my life.
I have told the stories of how I was fortunate enough to witness the Northern Lights when I was about 16. I had come home from working as a busboy in a restaurant, it was around 1 a.m. in northern Indiana. As I got out of my car I saw the strangest lights in the sky, blue, purple, reddish flames leaping out like fingers. I have sat back and actually heard trees breathe. I had a Brown Eagle land on a stump right near a campsite and just sit and watch as I went about my early evening business of getting a fire started and preparing my supper. I have had creatures of all kinds come up to me when I was at peace with myself, (yes even in my using years) and watch with curiosity how I went about my day,watch me as I just sat on a rock and watched the world.
I have sat on top of Mountains and Hills and visualized loved ones. I have sent my own spirit out to them and touched their hearts and minds. Then received calls later that day that started with the words" Bob I was thinking about you today" I have felt the presence of Ghosts and spirits in many different places. I have relaxed and put my own mind and spirit into the past, such as I did at Gettysburg, Or J.C.R.S. ( a tuberculosis hospital in Denver), Or even the old Part of Prescott AZ, one of the oldest towns in that state. I have felt the Spirit of sadness on the eastern edge of Denver where the Kiowa Indian tribe dwell-ed. I have also felt those same spirits here at our house in the bottoms.
Am I excited? Yes. I may sound like a little kid who just came back from his first visit to the zoo on a class trip, ( and I saw this and that and this and that and you should have seen this), as he relives his adventure to his parents. But the revelation that others have felt this or saw these things in one form or another has showed me that I am not alone in this.
The freedom of not having to hold to Christian beliefs of the ten commandments on a literal basis is also a relief. Don’t get me wrong they have their good points but I have never fully believed anyone could truly live up to those perfect standards nor should they be expected to.
Today I am free to enjoy my life as I have never done before. To be free of civilizations constraints and perceptions of a moral judgment. Simply put... It’s okay to love more than one woman or man. To be free of the “thou shalt’s and You musts” and the moral trappings of the intense Christian religion. To walk through the woods alone or with another Naked as we were put on this earth and enjoy the freedom of positive sexuality. One in which I enjoy the simple beauty of the human body with all of its natural imperfections not sexually but spiritually. (of course making sure that those who do not share my beliefs are subjected to this as it would cause them discomfort or harm as we say An Ye Harm None comes into play. I can and always have accepted that others may believe as they wish but do not try to convince me that y “Yours way is the only way” I am excited and honored to be able to share this path with you both. To share and to learn from each other and love one and other as One Family.
Long have I studied the different realms of spirituality so in that regard I would be an elder but as far as the Magik goes I'm a novice. This will come in time. For me it's the spiritual aspect though that holds the most importance.
In closing I wish you all pleasant days and Long nights
Bob Mountain Dog