Prayer & Spell Casting

For the past few months I’ve had the same question regarding the Christian practice of “prayer” to recur over and over in my mind. Care to follow my thought process for a while?

Why does a Christian pray? They think that by the words of the prayer, their hearts condition at the time, and often times the frequency and number of people simultaneously praying that prayer, that God will do what they ask.

Now, let’s examine the intent of a Wiccan spell.

I found a site called ReligiousTolerance.org when I googled, “what is a wiccan spell?” Here are a few quotes from that site:

“Spells are not about turning people into frogs or granting wishes. A spell is a set of actions and prayers that you do and say in order to ask for divine help with some particular aspect of your life.” ~Mnemosyne’s Realm 9

“Christians sometimes pray to their God with the intent of obtaining God’s power to change their life or to heal friends and family. Some light a prayer candle in their home or church. Such rituals have many parallels with Wiccan spells. What some Christians call prayers, Wiccans may call magickal spells.”

Is it me or does a Christian’s prayer and a Wiccan’s spell sound really, really similar…both in practice and intent?

In a recent conversation, a new acquaintance of mine said something to the affect of, “Religion only divides the spiritual, but it is all the same essence.” She meant that whether you call yourself a Christian, Buddhist, Hindu, Wiccan, etc, we’re all talking about the same essence.

Personally, I call that essence “God” and believe with every fiber of my being that he is Love.

So what do you think? Is a Wiccan’s spell and a Christian’s prayer really the same thing? Why or why not?

*Disclaimer: I’m NOT trying to pick a fight with anyone here; nor am I trying to make a “point” of any kind. I’m just curious as to various opinions on such a question…please try to have an open mind as you respond.*

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Supernova Explosion

artist rendition of supernova explosionThere’s something about a star 150 times the size of our sun exploding that makes me wonder about a great many things, both big and small.

CNN Space & Science released images of supernova SN 2006gy’s explosion yesterday. It is believed to be the brightest stellar explosion on record, and exploded in such a way that only the very first generation of stars in the universe are believed to have exploded. (*Note that the image at right is an artist’s rendition of what the explosion of supernova SN 2006gy might have looked like.)

Is that intriguing and mysterious to anyone else but me?

Before astronomers observed SN 2006gy’s explosion, such a stellar death existed only in theory.

“A huge star in the Milky Way, Eta Carinae, has already erupted in a similar fashion. So if it explodes as a supernova, it could present the best light show seen, because it is a mere 7,500 light years away from our planet”, says the CNN.com story.

So what thoughts does such an event birth in my twisted mind?

Some are simple, some complex. Some shall not be mentioned in such a forum as this…yet.

For now, however, I will share that I wonder if we are “alone” in the universe. I wonder if we are, then why does such a great expanse exist? If the life and the physical cosmos exist only as we experience it with our senses, then what would the death of such a star mean to us here and now? In the same vein, If life and the physical cosmos are merely shadows of a greater, more real, existence that many of us have yet to wake up to, what does the death of such a great star mean? Anything?

I suppose that is all the rambling I shall do for one day. Does the explosion of such a great, bright, and old star invoke any questions in you? If so, care to share?

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Get Out of Your Own Way

Though he has one of those multi-contributor blogs of which you can’t subscribe to the writings of one person, but must subscribe to the whole, I like to read John Mayer’s blog. He seems to write the type of posts that I find myself stopping to peruse, rather than scrolling right past in my Google Reader.

Yesterday, Mayer wrote a post wondering how Jimi Hendrix was able to shred the guitar like he did. It’s worth a look, but the closing line is what really interested me.

…close your eyes, get out of your own way, and JAM.

I wonder, what would our lives be like if we decided not to consider what others might think or say of us? How differently would I live if I wasn’t so freaking scared of my own shadow? How would I be different if I just closed my eyes, got out of my own way, and rocked out in life?

I don’t know everything that would be different, but I do know that I would:

  • dance more (and not just move to the beat…I mean really dance)
  • tell the people I love that I love them…besides my wife, who I strive to make aware of my love multiple times a day. I have such a complex about telling people that I love them for some reason.
  • take more chances
  • not hold so many grudges
  • apologize more
  • care more about my neighbors
  • listen more and talk less

Those are just a few things I would do. What would you do differently if you got of your own way and really lived.

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