Brilliant article on devotion and discernment
There is an absolutely brilliant post by Dver over at Forest Door. I wish I could sit every polytheist and pagan down and force them to read it. I’ve seen way too much shit masquerading as “devotion” over just the past week and the very cogent common sense that this article espouses is a much needed preventative and curative. Here’s an excerpt from Dver’s piece:
“I think we’re also losing track of the point of mysticism, within polytheism. It used to be understood that one of the primary goals of bhakti-type devotion is to know one’s god as deeply as possible. If you encountered, for instance, a character in a story that reminded you of the god, it would provoke you to meditate on why that god could be seen in that mask, what that mask revealed about the god, and ultimately, a desire to get to know all the masks, or even what is behind the masks. But now I see people stopping at the most superficial point. They take some perceived similarity between their god and, say, a television character, and fetishize it to the point where they only see the actor’s face when they think of the god… and eventually, they appear to only be interacting with the idea of a person – not even the idea of a god, and certainly not a Holy Power itself.
And so then you get people questioning the ability of anyone (priest, oracle, etc.) to be able to guide you in your relationship with the god, because of course, they don’t know YOUR god, and YOUR god is so different and idiosyncratic and might only share a name with the god everyone else is worshipping. See now, that used to be a sign I would tell people to watch for, that they might be veering too far – past UPG, into just “making it up” territory (or at the very least, mistaking another deity or spirit for the god in question). Because while you might certainly develop little symbols and cues that are unique to your personal relationship with a deity, once They stop resembling the historical deity known by others in any significant way, it’s much more likely that you are in error than that everyone else through all time has been.”
I could not agree more. Read (please) the entire article here.
Posted on May 4, 2016, in devotional work, Heathenry, hellenic things, Polytheism, Uncategorized and tagged Asshattery, common sense, Community, Devotional Work, discernment, Dver, Heathenry, Hellenic Things, Polytheism. Bookmark the permalink. 16 Comments.