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No, I Am Not a Satanist (And Neither Are You)

23. juli 2012

Today, I’m slightly pissed.

You see, in my town, we have a so-called «alternative forum», where one can meet up, chat, have gatherings, you know, do nice stuff with like-minded people. And this forum also has a Facebook group, of course, where links can be shared, thoughts can be aired… I’m sure you already know the drill.

Anyway, I’ve been feeling quite uneasy being with them, both online and off. They seem to be much more concerned about speaking with the dead and the soon-to-be-expected lift-off to Sirius (where they’ll be playing holodecks with an alien called SaLuSa), than all the stuff I find important, like natural foods, earthbased spirituality, the mother goddess and so on.

And I’ve been thinking about leaving them for a while, but you know, this is the only option around here. This is all there is, except knitting clubs and football. I don’t mind knitting, but I kinda need more than that, so I’ve been hoping to find like-minded people in that crowd. I’ve found a few, so it hasn’t been all in vain (and maybe it will be easier to find my tribe as soon as all the others go to Sirius…), but today… it just takes the cake.

To make a long story short: a discussion about meat consumption ended up with one of the guys saying that many pre-Christian religions had satanic, dark rituals, meat-eating for taking up life force being one of them.

Wait… satanic rituals before there was even a Satan?

And Satanism tied up to sustaining life?

What??

I’m still in a bit of a shock, to be honest. I suspect this is not about the meat-eating at all, but rather, a problem with accepting that death is, and always will be, a part of the life cycle and the natural seasons, and a hang-up in a linear way of thinking. These are also the same guys who are convinced of plants ability to feel pain and even to sing beautifully to them, so I’m not sure what they would be eating? I guess it’s a good thing that they are going to Sirius.

This gives me a slightly high blood pressure. I know just how hard the pagan community has fought to make the world see that they are not Satanists, but earth and goddess worshippers honoring the natural life cycles. I know how much suffering this idea has caused, from the Christening of the land, through the burning times – and apparently, also up to this day. From within an alternative community.

Et tu, Brute… Et tu.

I almost have no words.

But I can see what this is.

To put it short and sweet; this is a case of same shit, different wrapping.

We are still living in a society which carries within it good ol’ Aristotle’s ideas of dualism. One needed to be freed from the flesh in order to achieve a clean soul. This we have seen through Christianity in more modern times, and now we’re also seeing it within the alternative communities. Only this time, they are trying to climb out of their crone chakras, being slightly conflicted about the one at the root….

Half of them are now preparing to leave the planet, apparently, and the channellings are conveying nothing but old news. Stop eating meat. Then stop eating vegetables. Free yourself from your physical needs – you will soon be needing no food at all, when your vibrations become high-frequency enough and you truly are ready for the ascension.

The problem with this idea, is , and has always been, ever since Aristotle, that it removes us from nature, in essence telling us that the earth, the senses, and the physical needs are inherently sinful and evil and bad. They are the Devil in disguise. Nature was to be fought with an won over. Desires were to be suppressed.

And look where that have brought us.

We are now inhabiting a planet which we have almost destroyed, in our endeavours to become god-like and pure. Instead, we are extremely out of contact with who and what we are, ridden with fear and guilt, with gigantic under-currents of suppressed feelings and instincts sabotaging our conscious lives every single step of the way.

Good going, Aristotle. Way to go.

I wish I could time-travel back and shove your writing hand up where the sun never shines. You should never have been allowed to convey that thought to the public. *hisses*

And if I want you, my dear reader, to go away with only one new thought nugget after reading my blog, it would be this:

The earth, nature and your body are not sinful. They are the expression of a life that is meant to be lived, enjoyed and nurtured. Your senses are the ways you are meant to take in the beauty all around you, right here and right now. You do not have to wait for a heavenly bliss (whether it be Heaven or Sirius) some time far away in the future.

You are good enough, as you are, here and now, so embrace life.

And by knowing this, deep in your heart, you will also learn to respect and love nature and the world around you, and it would be impossible for you to consciously harm it in any way.

You would be OK.

The planet would be OK.

We all would be OK.

And we would certainly not be pertaining in dark, satanic rituals by doing so. That’s just a long since retired philosopher’s bad idea that went even more bad as time went by.

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  1. Nienna, this post made me sit up straight and do a happy dance in my seat! The way you have worded this is so…well…right on. I am soooo sharing this on FB and Twitter.

  2. Great post, Nienna!

    I had similar experience in the past and as a result I mostly stay away from these groups. In the end, when Humans get together, they have the urge to create group rules, opinions, morale etc. I prefer to keep a distance and just observe.

    But having come across your website, I’m glad I have met a like-minded soul 😉

  3. Cheering you on all the way here! I see it again and again that even people who call themselves pagan still hold beliefs of the body being inferior, everything material not being as important… and treating the body, and the environment, accordingly.

    The older I get, the more I prefer the term «earth-based spirituality» over words like witchcraft or the catch-all «paganism»…

    Much love!
    Sibylle

  4. Cheering you on all the way here! I see it again and again that even people who call themselves pagan still hold beliefs of the body being inferior, everything material not being as important… and treating the body, and the environment, accordingly.

    The older I get, the more I prefer the term «earth-based spirituality» over words like witchcraft or the catch-all «paganism»…

    Much love!
    Sibylle

  5. Interesting. My experience with groups hasn’t been good as a rule. Intolerance to anything outside a herd/sheeple mentality seems to prevail. I’m glad to see more people realizing what is going on. Eastern philosophies can also be very dualistic, maybe in a slightly different way but still containing the same intolerance… maybe even worse since the intolerance is often directed at women as we’ve seen in the press as true colors come out of the » enlightened» closet. I don’t let my blood pressure go up. Intolerance is from ignorance and immaturity. I feel most will eventually grow out of it. I used to be among the worst and I had to learn a few things. I have faith others will too.

  6. Interesting. My experience with groups hasn’t been good as a rule. Intolerance to anything outside a herd/sheeple mentality seems to prevail. I’m glad to see more people realizing what is going on. Eastern philosophies can also be very dualistic, maybe in a slightly different way but still containing the same intolerance… maybe even worse since the intolerance is often directed at women as we’ve seen in the press as true colors come out of the » enlightened» closet. I don’t let my blood pressure go up. Intolerance is from ignorance and immaturity. I feel most will eventually grow out of it. I used to be among the worst and I had to learn a few things. I have faith others will too.

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