Category: Spiritualness

Creating a Christian Ritual: Nurturing Self-Care and Closeness to God

Introduction: Self-care and spirituality are deeply interconnected, and incorporating rituals into our daily lives can foster a sense of well-being, peace, and a closer relationship with God. As a Christian, developing a personal ritual that combines self-care practices with spiritual nourishment can be a powerful way to honor your faith and nurture your soul.

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Sacred Rage: Righteous Anger

Today’s discussion centers on the concept of righteous anger within a Christian mystic framework, enhanced by astrological insights. Righteous anger is a deep, justice-rooted response to witnessed injustices, distinct from unchecked rage. Astrological influences from Mars encourage this potent energy, which can be channelled constructively through self-awareness and aligning actions with love and forgiveness. Key strategies include experiencing anger fully, exercising discernment, acting with compassion, forgiving while remembering, and prioritizing self-care. Embracing this energy can deepen one’s compassion and commitment to justice.

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Bridging the Gap: Communicating with Spirits as Revered as Saints

Exploring spiritual dialogue beyond religious conventions, I question the exclusive communication with saints and consider the broader potential for interaction with spirits, including unrecognized but virtuous individuals like my late mother. Her potent spiritual presence, transcending institutional limitations, exemplified the possibility of profound intercession and divine connection beyond recognized sainthood, challenging traditional notions of sanctity and spiritual exchange.

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The “Trinity” Controversy

Three years into a spiritual revamp sparked by a voice she believed was her deceased mother’s, Shaunna reconsiders her understanding of life, God, and spirituality. Gripped by the loss and familial strife, she hears a voice urging her to acknowledge mistakes. This revelation kickstarts her quest for truth, leading her to question and ponder the biblical underpinnings of the Trinity doctrine. She discovers that while the Trinity isn’t explicitly outlined in Scripture, the Bible’s teachings imply this complex unity of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, a cornerstone of her faith’s doctrine.

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What is the “Divine Council”?

Several biblical texts describe a “divine council” of celestial beings who serve God and engage in decision-making, known as “sod.” These beings, while diverse, are depicted as subordinate to the Creator. Prophets sometimes access “sod” for divine revelations. Scriptures such as 1 Kings 22, Isaiah 6, and Jeremiah 23 illustrate this concept, differentiating true prophets who witness these councils from false ones. Psalm 82 and Amos 3:7 further highlight the council’s role in divine plans, as does the Book of Job.

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How the Bible Came to Be

The Bible, a collection of 66 canonical books, represents scripture recognized by early Christians and confirmed through consistent divine inspiration rather than church councils. The Old Testament matches the Hebrew Bible’s 24 scrolls; the New Testament has universal agreement on its 27 books among churches. Discrepancies arise with apocryphal and pseudepigraphal writings, debated for centuries. Central to the canon’s formation was the Holy Spirit’s guidance, distinguishing God-inspired texts from others, resulting in enduring Christian scripture.

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There Are Other Gods in Christianity

The author explores the notion of multiple gods in Christianity, considering translation errors and ancient language complexities. They reference scholarly work and texts, questioning traditionally accepted interpretations of the Bible. Acknowledging the presence of other gods in biblical passages, they suggest these deities represent fallen angels and liken global serpent worship to this perspective. The summary of biblical monotheism evolving over time implicates redactions in creating a monotheistic narrative from polytheistic origins.

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The Satanic Panic of the 80’s

The Satanic panic is a moral panic consisting of over 12,000 unsubstantiated cases of Satanic ritual abuse (SRA, sometimes known as ritual abuse, ritualistic abuse, organized abuse, or sadistic ritual abuse) starting in the United States in the 1980s, spreading throughout many parts of the world by the late 1990s, and persisting today. The panic originated in 1980 with the publication of Michelle Remembers, a book co-written by Canadian psychiatrist Lawrence Pazder and his patient (and future wife), Michelle Smith, which used the discredited practice of recovered-memory therapy to make sweeping lurid claims about satanic ritual abuse involving Smith. The allegations, which arose afterward throughout much of the United States, involved reports of physical and sexual abuse of people in the context of occult or Satanic rituals. In its most extreme form, allegations involve a conspiracy of a global Satanic cult that includes the wealthy and elite in which children are abducted or bred for human sacrifices, pornography, and prostitution.

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The Mystical History Behind the Tarot

This blog post delves into the life and artistic contributions of Pamela Colman Smith, particularly her role in designing the iconic Rider-Waite tarot deck. It explores the influences on Smith’s work, including her involvement in the suffragist movement and her spiritual journey, which culminated in her conversion to Catholicism. The post examines the intersection of mysticism and tarot, highlighting how Smith’s illustrations bridge the realms of occultism and spirituality. It also reflects on the enduring appeal of the tarot as a tool for introspection and self-discovery, drawing parallels between Smith’s life experiences and the themes depicted in her tarot cards. Ultimately, the blog post underscores the profound connection between mysticism and the tarot, emphasizing their role in guiding seekers along the path of spiritual enlightenment.

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