Did you know? Mysticism and Religious Experience

Mystical Experience

Did you know, famous American psychologist Abraham Maslow thought that mystical experience was the authentic core of all religion and spirtuality. Maslow thought that all religions, all spiritualities, and all spiritual sensibilities were rooted in a mystic's experiences.

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The Goddess Movement

Goddess Movement

Thousands of years before the bible was written, creation stories centered on the Goddess, which celebrated vitally important aspects of life. Societies were led by the matriarch, who earned her status of authority through practical knowledge in childcare, agriculture, farming and all other communal tasks of living.

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Pagan and Neopagan Holy Days

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Pagan and Neopagans celebrate their holy days and festivals based on nature and the changing of seasons. The Pagan/Neopagan seasonal cycle, called the Wheel of the Year, consists of eight major Sabbats. The Sabbats are happy occasions filled with celebrations of the seasons.

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Pagan Festivals and Sacred Locations

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Practicing and exploring what it is to be a pagan means being part of a spiritual movement that has existed since the ancient Greek and Roman times. Most Pagan festivals and sacred locations are meant to celebrate its connection to the cycles of nature through rituals or ceremonies of various kinds

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Are Scientists Spiritual?

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Are scientists spiritual? The answer, as you might not guess, is yes. In fact, recent research suggests that the majority of scientists at top universities in North America have spiritual leanings, even though they may not admit it in collegial company.

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Ancient Druidry

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Did modern Druids become Pagans, or did modern Pagans become Druids? A little of both, possibly. The last part of the twentieth century has seen Paganism expand beyond Wicca to include a number of nature-based beliefs and practices as well as the reimagining of the religions of our ancestors.

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Pre-Christian Paganism

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This is the first of a series of blog posts on paganism being posted by a student in my Sociology 427 reading course. This post, which is a formal assignment submitted for marking, introduces and discusses paganism. It points out several key aspects of paganism including its links to nature, its respect for all life, its polytheistic nature, and its empowered ritualistic systems.

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Do you believe in God? ‘Cos that is what I’m selling

Listening to the students talk in this course it is clear that being spiritual and having religion bring a lot of positive benefits. At the same time some people "give up" religion. Almost invariably they do so because of the hypocrisy and the exclusions they see in religion. Its a question of "love they neighbor" unless he's black, different, gay, or a "she". The author of this essay Valerie covers these bases pretty well.

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