INSPIRE YOURSELF


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The above photograph, which is also on my about me page,  http://about.me/jennjenn388, was a source of inspiration for me when I started to write the thoughts and musings in my head down on paper. Spiritually I am a Pagan and the elements are and always have been a constant inspiration for me. The above picture contains all the elements in perfect harmony; Air, earth, Fire, and Water. 

Air is represented quite simply by its very presence, we many not see it but it is there. Air lifts my mood, it cleanses my head, and refreshes my soul. Water, with its cleaning properties has always represented emotions to me; as our emotions ebb and flow so does water. flowing water is my favorite form that it takes…flowing water can carry things toward us and things away from us. Earth is represented in the photo by the green grass and the rocks that are scattered throughout…some of those rocks were at the front of the glacier push eons ago. Earth, as an element, represents steadfastness, growth, change, fertility and renewal as well as the cycle of life and death. Fire, its presence in the photo is represented by the shining sun that reflects of the surface of the water and beats down on the grass and trees. Fire , to me, represents the catalyst to change. It can be extremely destructive however form the destruction there can be rebirth and new growth. A volcanic eruption can destroy what lies in the path of its lava (fire), later and as time goes by new life will sprout and the cycle will continue. fire also offers warmth and protection and the hearth, where home fires reside, can be the heart of a home.

Inspiration comes in many forms, but today for me (and very often),  the elements represented in this wonderful and earthy photo are my INSPIRATION.

Blessing To You All

Where My Connection to Divinity Is.


ImageNature is my Church and in all Mother Natures aspects I am able to feel the presence of the All that Is. I have always felt that the base unit or spark that humans grew from is the very same spark that a tree, a rock, a flower etc. has grown from. The difference is the manner in which the first spark manifests itself. But at our most miniscule levels the same energy that animates me is also the same energy that animates the babbling brook, the blades of grass, the ladybug the horse….

 

I am never one to knock the manner of which an individual or group choose to show their faith or devotion because I respect all Paths to spirituality and enlightenment. I truly understand a persons need for the guidance of a minister, priest or rabbi and I find it wonderful that the fellowship of a congregation does indeed provide a sense of togetherness and connectivity. Structured religions have for many years offered a way for those who follow them to find their way to higher power

 

I think the differences in the way we seek connection to divinity is reason to celebrate not reason to fight.

Universal Deity and personal deity are different but yet the same. Here’s how that goes… Universal deity is the umbrella where as personal deity is the handle of the umbrella (what the individual grasps to make the umbrella work). Another way to picture this is look at a polished and cut diamond. In its whole it is one stone, but many different facets make up the whole. As we walk our individual paths toward the Diamond we keep focus on the facet before us, this facet is a personal image that we all have different names for; Jehovah, God, Allah, The All etc. However in the end and no matter which facet your focused on its all part of the very same diamond. ! I truly believe that if this idea, ONE DIAMOND DIFFERENT FACETS, could be grasped globally that the world just may be a more unified and peaceful realm in this place we call The Universe.

Respectfully,
JennTerra

On Nature and why I call it Church.


     In this diverse world there is a multitude of religious and spiritual paths to lay ones feet upon. Me? I am what I call a Eclectic Pantheistic Pagan.  I revere Mother Nature in all her many aspects. I see the Divine in All that is living and the residual of the Divine in anything the living have made…be it negative or positive.  I need not walk into a specific building to feel the presence of The All That Is. I need not wait for a certain day of the week. I need not be in the company of a congregation. Granted all these things are great  if they are your thing,  so don’t get me wrong…these are not critical statements , they are just simply statements.  

       Nature, to me and many others, is soothing in many ways. It can caress your soul and soothe the physical body as well.  In the garden, on the trail,  on a rock in the middle of a stream or under an oak tree I feel the connection to the Divine. The connection I feel , in my opinion, is due to the fact that what makes these things; the tree, the trail, the rock, the stream, is the very same thing that makes me who I am. The same base unit of energy that developed into these things is the exact same unit that developed into the human being I am. The energy manifests itself in different ways however, in the very beginning the first spark