You might giggle at the thought of a pagan being skeptical, but its entirely doable in this modern age. Its even possible for all spiritual paths.
Not all pagans believe the same things, while others argue many points to their beliefs validity or sense of truth.
This post is not arguing with your belief in something, but I think its important that everyone practice a level of skepticism with everything.
Skepticism is not disbelief, as much as questioning the beliefs and facts of something. And I want to emphasize the importance of questioning.
Pagan religion is not about accepting things as gospel, without question, to follow blindly. Its welcoming to the idea that you’re welcome to ask questions, to even challenge the belief.
If I told you that Goddess exists, I don’t expect you to believe me. I would expect you to question that belief, if only for yourself. Do I believe in Goddess? That depends-
I do not believe Goddess as a sentient being outside of myself. I see Her as my Higher Self connected to the world around me, to the flow of life, death and rebirth, to the cycles of the seasons, and to touch upon the dark mystery of the psyche; to help me understand myself as much as the world and of the people around me and my place in it.
Now would you believe me if I told you there was a Goddess now?
What if I told you I believe in fairies?
That’s another topic. I actually don’t, but I’m open to that belief being challenged and even changing if the experiences lead me in that direction. I don’t think, however, I’ll ever believe in Tinkerbell type beings- not even the tooth fairy.
Even the belief in magick varies from person to person. For myself, I define magick as the psychological process used to perform a ritual/rite with words and will to make changes inside to make changes outside. I also believe there’s a part of magick not easily defined or understood, and that, like many acts we perform, doesn’t always work.
What beliefs do you adhere to that are based on faith or fact? Have they changed over the years? What experiences caused those changes?
Book of Shadows Assignment: Journal on your thoughts of the Divine and what you feel is the ‘truth’ behind Goddess, Gods, or Other. How do you come to this conclusion? What influences help shape your beliefs?