Divinity, Spells And Rituals
Written By Master Wizard James R. Morgan ll
Greetings to all, and I hope your'e all doing well. Today, I'd like to take this time to speak with you about Divinity http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Divinity, and then a bit about spell craft, magick http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Magick, magic or witchcraft http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Witchcraft, so stay with me because I think your going to find this interesting, or I hope you will anyway..You may or may not be aware of this fact but you have performed some type of magick in your life whether your'e a Christian, Pagan, Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist, Jewish or Atheist.
Yes, believe it or not, at some point you've spoke a wish, thought a wish, lit a candle, pulled a rabbit's foot out of your pocket or said a prayer to a higher power, and that's considered magick because your interacting with a spiritual force on some level with a purpose. So, in essence, a prayer http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prayer is nothing more then a spell http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spell_(paranormal)#Varieties_of_magical_practice and visa versa.
Some folks just speak the prayer and others take a step further by going to church, or actually setting up a little make shift altar for their private communications to Divinity.. Prayers to Divinity? Exactly what is Divinity? You may be asking, the answer is as follows. Divinity is the collective presence of everything that has ever been, is currently, and that will ever be both in the mundane or physical world and in the spiritual realms.
Divinity consists of every spiritual aspect known as God, Goddess, Angel, Ancestors, Prophet, Spirits, and on and on. Basically, Divinity is the collimation of all things known to humanity in the spiritual sense.I think what confuses a lot of people is the strangeness of it all, and the fear of not knowing what magick is really about and of course, we hate that which we fear as the old rule of thumb goes.
Another point we should make here is in that it matters what the intent of the person or spell caster http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Magician_(paranormal) has going on in their mind and heart at the time or concerning their communications with Divinity. You see, it's not so much what your asking for so much as it is why, and how your'e asking for it.
With this in mind, it doesn't matter if your making a wish out in your back yard, saying a prayer in church, or in the midst of a magical rite of some kind. Another thing we might ponder is in that Divinity or the spiritual realm will, or won't grant a prayer on its merit and thus, if the request is evil or not good for the person and people involved, then it won't be granted.
It's also important to remember that prayers may or may not be granted according to Divinities plan and judgment, and that's a fact. Other things that could cause a prayer to both go unheard or unanswered at times is in matters of mortality and other unavoidable natural conditions having to do with the natural progression of nature.
Again, sometimes prayers of this nature are heard and granted to which we then call miracles; http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Miracles through miraculous circumstances. So in essence, a prayer spoken in a church, behind an altar or out on a camping trip basically is the same thing be that prayer of a righteous or wicked nature.
Superstition, Dogma, And Faith
Superstition, via this link of: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Superstition through dogma, via this link of: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dogma is not only a waste of time but can be down right dangerous in that superstition is governed by fear, hate and dogma that further keeps one living in the past without necessarily improving ones spiritual evolution http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spiritual_evolution or over all life circumstances.
In other words, if you walk under a ladder, step on a crack, have a black cat cross your path or break a mirror doesn't really mean that your going to have seven years of bad luck. These superstitions actually come out of old pantheistic or paganism belief systems http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paganism and ancient folk lore and not typically a prescribed holy church doctrine.
To elaborate this point further, I've had all these things above occur to me numerous times in my life and nothing ill fated has happened to me. On the same note, if you don't give ten percent off the top of your income which is known as “tithing” to the church, don't show up every Sunday or go to confession every week doesn't mean that your going to go to Hell or that God is angry with you.
Faith http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Faith in that which is good and beneficial is not only righteous in Godly thought http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hasidic_thought but abstract to that which is evil http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Evil for the spiritual person. When a person thinks out, speaks out and acts out in a righteous and beneficial way then the grace of Heaven is with you and so, you need not worry about dogma or superstition.
False Prophets Proclaiming
Deeds In Divinity's / God's Name
However, even the spiritual person must stand guard against the false Prophets http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/False_prophets and the twisted teachings they put forth to draw and destract you into darker places. Today, false Prophets and their prophecies of are running rampant throughout the world while snaring millions of the unsuspecting. Often times, they will proclaim themselves as either the prophets of God or the actual Son of God as Jesus and others stated would occur in the latter days.
Many of these deceivers will create the appearance of love and light while practicing their deceptions by night and moreover, having an agenda for destruction for all that will follow them. Again, many of these self proclaimed prophets will incorporate and invoke dogma and superstition into their make shift religious systems to invoke both fear and respect by those less aware.
As I've stated before, many will know that which is true and righteous from that which is evil by practicing common sense and prudence in what they know to be righteous thought, speech and actions from unrighteous thinking, speaking and harmful actions.
These self proclaimed priests will also claim to have a “spiritual hot line” to God and perhaps, even use ritual rites or chants to strengthen, or drive this point home to their followers. False prophets and cults are dangerous gatherings indeed as the pray off of a persons insecurities, weaknesses and need to feel needed and accepted.
This in itself will cause most intelligent people to over ride their piratical and common sense http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Common_sense thinking or typical mind set in some cases and the leader of the cult knows this. Usually, everything that most cult leaders do tends to geared to domination and sexual practices to which has nothing to do with spiritually.
How Do You Discern A False Doctrine?
Typically, most sincere doctrines of faith are geared for good living and fairness in dealing with others especially, when we recognize that all ancient doctrines of faith were created as a blueprint for social order and peace.
These texts or oral traditions that have been passed down over the last six to ten thousand years outline how we should treat each other, respect one another and deal out fair justice to those that breach the laws of that particular doctrine or faith system, be it a societal or spiritual violations.
The trouble with any kind of doctrine or theology http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Theology is in that everyone adds a little bit to it as time goes on, good or bad. As a result of this activity, leaves huge gray areas within for interpretation and misinterpretation.
The key word here is the interpretation of the reader and so, even this can be considered a good or bad thing depending on where that person is in life and how well they grasp the original meaning of the text itself.
Most textual content that are considered established doctrine teach good and proper ways of living one's life however, and that can be seen in most of these text, can be seen abuse of the human condition either procreated by the writers of the original laws or by someone else in time who bend the original meaning to their own liking through translation or misinterpretation by design.
For example, in a few obscure passages of the Bible it reads that “you shall not suffer a witch to live.”http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orange_Catholic_Bible or “Homosexuals should be stoned or killed.”http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Homosexuality_in_the_Hebrew_Bible yet, Jesus was strongly opposed to harming another, and strongly opposed to war itself. It's also notable to say that these passages were written by other authors of the Bible before or after Jesus and not from Jesus himself.
Yet, some have taken these obscure statements out of the Bible and started a full blown crusade http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crusade against anyone who practices any other religious practice different from their own, or carries out a similar crusade against anyone that fails in living up to what they deem to be a correct lifestyle, or that fails to match up to their own lifestyle.
Another example can be found in Islam, in that if your not be attuned with the prescribed Islamic way of worship then you are deemed a Infidel or unbeliever in God that must be killed: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Infidel . Again, these are small passages here and there within this huge doctrine that some have found solace in, practice, and have turned into another crusade against the misunderstood or completely innocent.
These passages are both a part of dogmatic behavior which gives birth to intolerance simply because the text or passage was taken out of its original context and meaning via other latter authors, whom more so might have had personal issues with the examples cited above and ultimately, or eventually bleed into the holy text over time.
Spell Casters And Faith Systems
What is a spell caster? A spell caster can be just about anyone whom feels they have a connection to Divinity under whatever name through an array of various belief systems. Some spell casters cast spells or prayer castings for the public and some restrict their activities to casting rituals to friends, family members or just for oneself.
Some casters believe in casting spells for a fee and some don't, some believe in casting for themselves and no other under extreme emergency situation and so on. Spell casters and mystics alike are just everyday plain folk with what they feel are spiritual gifts given to them of God, or other depending on who your asking.
Like any other average person, the Caster and Mystic are at different places in their life and suffer the same fallibility’s or faults as everyone else does as their lives unfold. Some Casters are very attuned with Universal principles http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_sacred_way and some aren’t depending on their courses of study, religious up bringing and magical training.
Most people in the realm of spiritual pursuits are good hearted people with families and some, like in every other area, or walk of life, can be a little on the dark side. Again, it just depends on where they are at in life and moreover, what they've experienced in life to this point.
Some magical people are into dogma and following the church as others tend to shy away from dogma and structure of the church http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Catholic_Church . Lastly, some like working with the public while sharing their views and beliefs and some like to stay hidden or as secretive as they can.
Covens of witches http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wicca#Covens_and_solitary_Wiccans or otherwise aren’t cults as much as they are just a bunch of folks from various belief systems coming together under one roof to work on a unified goal.
So in short, you have a bunch of good friends meeting up on a particular day or evening to catch up with the week's events and to work toward the common goals such as healings or achieving world peace, Just like Christian folks carry out in church meetings on Sunday.
Cults And Covens
If pagan covens can be deemed as cults, then so can other religious groups including Christians as they all share similarities. Why is this? Because everyone is coming together under a common belief system whom other religious systems may construe as abnormal or bizarre behavior in contrast to their own forms of acting out or belief: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cult.
For instance, drinking wine while pretending and or using/consecrating the wine as symbolic in a church ritual or magickal ritual that it is the blood of a man that died two thousand years ago, or eating a piece of bread and while pretending/ symbolizing/consecrating it, that it is the flesh of what some consider to be a long dead Demi God, is weird to some especially is they don't understand the symbolism of it all.
Further, bowing down to, or prostrating oneself before a graven images and or, in believing that the Priest / man can forgive another man his sins, is viewed as medieval or being totally ridiculous to other faith systems, or abstract to their belief system. Case cited, Catholic Communion at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blood_of_Christ.
Please look up Ritual, or ritualistic magick http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ritual and then compare the word and terms to mainstream Christianity via these links: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Church_of_Jesus_Christ_of_Latter-day_Saints#Comparisons_with_mainstream_Christianity.
Basically, the church has accused others of heresy and blood sacrifice yet they themselves are looked at as emulating cannibalism and worshiping Idols to a greater degree and thus, these activities are considered bizarre or strange to those whom are opposed to the act of cannibalism or the symbolic emulation of such activity.
Better yet, please read these link on ritualistic Catholicism and Orthodoxy via this link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anglo-Catholicism or http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ritualism to which all other churches branch from.
The church has also accused many of ritualistic Satanism http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Devil#Satanism, or ritualistic witchcraft yet, the church of “Satan” was actually an invention of the Catholic church as well as was the black mass to which was later turned into the Black Sabbath of the witches later on. If you would like to read about this event in history please check out this link of : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LaVeyan_Satanism#The_Black_Mass.
The Mother Church, Nazism, And Witch Hunts
We hear much regarding what some in the Christian faith believe , or the morals and values that are propagated by the mainstream Church however, many are disenchanted and leave the church and it theology or idealism when becoming privy to the history of the church and it's activities between church and state. If you would like to read about the interactions of the Church in Rome's activities please view this link of: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alois_Hudal.
To further reveal other activities of the movements of main stream Christianity and their activities concerning the Witch hunts please see this link of : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Witch-hunt in where forty to one-hundred innocent people were put to death for simply disagreeing with the Church's ideology.
Christian Fundamentalist Extremist & Terrorism. Again, it's important to know not only how a religious system works, but the what history of that system as well. As in any other mainstream religious system, some will take it to the extreme as can be seen and or read about via this link of: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christian_extremist_terrorism.
Now, I'm not citing these links as any attack against the church or Christianity over all however, I just wanted to show contrast between the church and those in whom it condemns. Just about every religious system has carried out deeds in the past that it would like to forget about yet, I find it hypocritical to have a spotted and colorful past such as this and still continue to damn others for their beliefs in the present.
Moreover, to perpetuate hard core extremism in its members through dogma or, ambiguous doctrine that only breeds extremist idealism via the lack of education concerning that particular doctrine. In short, by allowing a person, persons or a group of persons to commit sins against the actual teachings of Jesus The Christ without intervention.
'Cherry Picking' Through The Bible
You know, this phrase is used by the church quite often however, this is not so much picking out what serves a person so much as it is a exercise in discernment between what's good for humanity and that which is detrimental to the human race over all when it comes to developing your own personal faith system away from structured dogma.The term “cherry picking” can be applied to the devout individual using certain passages out of context to put down anther’s faith system as well as a person caring out this same activity to justify a particular lifestyle that a given person wishes to live.
Cited, the Germans considered themselves Catholics yet, persecuted the Jews through their interpretation of certain Biblical passages in regards to the Cain and Abel event. We can also cite similar mistranslations concerning the belief systems of the K.K.K. and the Skin head movements as both thought they were carrying out God's will, or work via the murder and persecution of people of a different race but similar in belief system. Is this not 'Cherry Picking' through the Bible?
Personal faith is defined by one's positive relationship to ones self, to others and to a Spiritual kingdom taken in faith be it named of God or Spirit regarding how a person lives their life, the quality of their life and what might occur to their eternal soul after death pertaining to the way they have lived their life.
In order to develop personal truths in life, a person must establish what is true and good for others and self, we do this through trial, error and experience and by learning from our mistakes. Further, that same person must establish what is real of Divinity and what isn't through spiritual growth in wisdom and knowledge of all spiritual ideologies. To take what is good and the serves all in humanity and to disregard that winch seems harsh, illogical, rash, harmful or narrow in reason and scope pertaining to the good and proper welfare of others and environment.
Really, the full purpose to spirituality and faith in God / Divinity is to become a benefit to all life and creation and thus, through this you become in sync with the eternal God in which we all seek. Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth and the life.” I believe this, as His teachings are the keys to eternal life through established laws for good and decent living and moreover, becoming a blessing and benefit to all of creation that in turn places you in Their grace.
Another way of putting this, acquiring spiritual faith moves past dogma of structured religion eventually as the relationship between God / Divinity and humanity has always been a journey that one must travel solely past the basic spiritual training of primary ideology yielded by whatever source. Of course, and past all of the Churches difficulties, I still deem the church a service to the lessor evolved as I would in any peaceful doctorate yet, all must remain sober and alert to the snares found on every level of secular and religious life be it in or out of a prescribed faith system such as Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, Judaism, Hinduism or Paganism.
All Righteous Paths
Eventually Lead To Divinity
I love anyone who sincerely loves Divinity, or anyone who seeks the truth, and this includes the Atheist as all have a valuable contribution to make to the world. All have something important to say. The only living creatures that I loath is the liar and wicked whom only seeks to destroy humanity in any way open to them.
The ones who cares about themselves only and no other whom are reckless, rebellious, arrogant and lawless against not only mans laws, but the holy laws governing peace and order in the world. I think that we as a race need to evolve past the out moded ways of our fathers while moving forward to make a new world that's free of strife and trouble for future generations, what about you?
Where is it written that we all must think alike or worship God by the same names? As long as we strive to become good people leading a Godly life. Again, where is it written that we all must go to the same church or subscribe to a common ideology or doctrine simply because one believes it to be correct? Answer is, we don't.
I think were all missing the point in that wisdom is wisdom no matter the label you chose to call it by and thus, this is likened to the Holy Spirit of Divinity and all the Prophets they have sent to teach us through. It has always been humanity's arrogance to believe that the holy thrones in Heaven would only send the One to save the world and not the many, such it is this same arrogance and stupidity for the man whom proclaims himself to be as a God upon the thrones of the earth.
It is prideful and folly to condemn the one for the sins of the many, and the many for the sins of ones self. It is purely evil to persecute the just in Gods name and the false Prophet will wreak the whirl winds of the grave. To throw passages, verse and scripture to oppress the soul is to violate those same holy words spoken so long ago from those whom cared for us so much that they themselves were destroyed by the wicked yet their words live on.
It's time that every field hand and King know the truth and to spread the good news of life and creation least we all be consumed by the wrath of the nameless On as has happened many times in eons past. Be you of good cheer and may Divinity keep you in Their loving grace..