This is the first chapter in a work on Paganism I am writeing. Would like some feedback.
Today the very Spirit/Nature of the Planet is being assaulted by greed, corruption and pollution, done under the banners of World Wide Corporations and Established Religions. According to many experts from around the world, we are in grave danger of setting off a massive extinction period. Survival of many species of plants, animals and insects are in doubt. Perhaps even our own.
In response to this a world wide Pagan Renaissance is occurring as more and more people ae coming out of the Broom Closet and practicing their beliefs openly and proudly. These Pagans follow many diverse paths and traditions. Many have been practicing their beliefs in private for years, others are just beginning to find their spiritual path. They are joining in Community, demanding their spiritual rights and taking action in defense of a diverse, living planet.
In the middle ages, during the burning times when thousands of women and men were murdered for their beliefs, survival required that those who practiced the ancient traditional spiritual ways had to hide them. Ritual and Magickal rites were held in secret. In many parts of the world, these people of the spirit became shadow people. Mostly invisible, hidden even from each other. Today, survival requires the greater Pagan Community to be visible and accepted as an alternative religion.
Websters defines Pagan as, “Pertaining to the worship or worshipers of any religion that is neither Christian, Jewish, nor Muslim”. That covers a vary broad ground. My own definitions is, “People of the Spirit. A person who celebrates a living, creative, open spirituality. Believers in magick.”
Being Pagan and living your unique Spirit/Nature connects you with traditions, wisdom and knowledge that are as old as the first Humans. Seeing this world as a place of Spirit and Nature in balance and working in your daily life to maintain that Balance, has been practiced by humans for millions of years. World wide, there are traditional people who have always been connected to the natural ways. They have held these beliefs even after occupation and persecution.
As a proud Pagan, you can follow not only the ancient traditions of numerous cultures, but create your own living, spiritual practice. Create your own rituals and blessings. Join with other Pagans and form communities that are part of the world wide Pagan Community.
Teach you children by the example of your life. Be Pagan and Proud so they can see your spirituality in their daily lives and find their unique Spirit/Nature.
We are blessed in today's world with an abundance of Pagan Teachers and Elders, both living and dead, to guide and instruct us. These Teachers and Elders represent many Pagan traditions and practices that span countless years. Numerous books and sacred texts are available that teach and inspire us . Web sites can lead us to deep awareness, the acquiring of new skills and connecting with community.
There is risk involved in being publicly Pagan. There are people out there in the world who view Magick and Spirit as tools of Satan and Pagans as Evil. Nothing could be further from the truth. We must show them by the examples of our lives that Pagan’s are good, kind caring people. That Pagans can be found in all walks of life.
Of course we cannot return fully to the Old Days. The World has changed and our numbers have multiplied almost beyond the ability of the Mother to sustain us. We can embrace the Old Ways openly and proudly. The Ways of spirit, nature and humans in balance and fullness. Opening ourselves to the beauty and dance of our spiritual side while working with the natural cycles and systems that allows life on this planet to survive. By joining the Pagan Renaissance, we declare ourselves believers in a better future for all life on Mother Earth.
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I'd have to say its a great read. I've found minor grammitcal errors (i do alot of proof reading) but its a great start! it's to the point and in my opinion very true. Looking forward to seeing the rest of your work.
Its a good premise for a story. But of course you know lots of people are going to die right? The way I see it they would have to.. they and the vegetation, animal life, insects, etc. Mother nature is going to do what ever it takes to regain some semblance of equilibrium. And if the population is weighing her down she'll simply do what she has to do to fix the problem.
I've an idea for a story as well a little different than yours. Mine traces parallel eschatologies/ religious end of life issues through a select few religions as they happen in real-time and point towards the same event - the only difference is in how different practitioners perceive it. So that an asatruar sees the battle at Ragnarok as some Christians see the rapture bleeding through a space-time reality, as an example. And of course nobody can agree on what they're seeing because their perceptions are so vastly different, and yet so similar.