Monday, 20 August 2007


Mahud has infected me with a meme called The Joys and Trials of Religion.

I'm going to play, even though I don't consider my belief set a religion.

Just because I love talking about myself.

I'm a Pagan who believes that every God and Goddess is a creation of Our mind.
That makes Them real.
In addition, I believe that We are Their creation.
All of us, creating and shaping this space together.

Here, then, are the


1. You have to use your own belief system for the meme. No fair using someone else’s to make a joke or satire. Being humorous about your own religion is encouraged!
2. You have to have at least one joy and one trial. More are encouraged. And no, they don’t have to be equal in length, but please be honest.
3. You have to tag at least one other person. More are appreciated!
4. Please post these rules!

OK then -the Joys:

It's One Big Joy!

When I consider that I'm incarnate for the express purpose of experiencing life; when I consider that all the Nelson Mandelas, Mahatma Gandhis, Pema Chodrons are All Me; when I consider that every tree and blade of grass, each charmed quark and rotating quasar are Me; when I consider that each particle from the ancient trilobite to the Magellanic Clouds are Me, too - how can I not hear the Intro to the Song of Creation?

I wish I could hear more, but that's part of the joy- finding ways to listen.

You know this is coming now, don't you?

The Trials:

...are the mirror of the Joys.
They flow from the same source, which is Thee and Me, and includes the knowledge that every child rapist, each puppy-murderer, every petty thief and power-mad despoiler of the Earth,are Thee and Me also.

This can hurt very deeply.

Do the Trials and Joys balance out?

No way!

The Joys are, and always have been, the main reason for Being.

They are why I'm relearning my Dance.

In the Spirit of Infection (and of laughter) I'm tagging just one other person: God, aka BBC

who will probably say that he doesn't have a religion, either.

Pic:Iron Oak