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17 Apr 2019 14:50 #337316 by Lenny C
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I would use rune stones to help define future past present and other more Wiccan rituals with the runes.
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17 Apr 2019 14:53 #337317 by Rosalyn J
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What do you mean by "define"?

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17 Apr 2019 14:55 #337318 by ZealotX
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Rosalyn J wrote: I've read this thread in bits and parts. I wanted to address something. There was a comment that "the brain doesn't care whether tje data it has is right or wrong". I would disagree and state that it is difficult to separate brain from id or ego and its why we have debates, games of one upmanship and the feild of apologetics.

As I say, I am still a Christian and proud. I do not need to debate my belief with another person or have my belief debated with me. My belief extends itself in my practice of how I live my life as much as I can according to the teachings of Christ


Let me say it another way.

When I say the brain I'm talking about the "hardware". When I talk about the mind I'm more so referencing the "software". Does that make sense?

In your PC the hardware doesn't judge the data it holds. Images for example. The images on your PC mean something to you, specifically to your mind as opposed to your nervous system. You have process the light signals before the image is even right side up. The PC has a layer of control (OS) that can move data around while the PC has "higher functions" that utilize the low level interface to manipulate the data and use it in different ways. You might remember DOS which is now hidden within Windows.

The brain is hardwired, forming connections between neurons. These neurons work together to create intelligence and memory storage, but it is the intelligence and its ego (software) that care about the memories. Like a hard drive that is trying not to get full, the brain will drop connections to unused or less used neurons. These memories may have meant a lot to you (ego) when they happened but not to the hardware storing them. So if you don't remember it from time to time you can lose it. My memory is particularly craptastic but like most people really bad memories tend to stick. However, like other people, I can also disassociate bad memories as well.

There are even techniques for erasing memories. But all this is based on manipulating the "hardware" of the brain.

The id or ego is the part that definitely cares and defends its world view (composed of many memories) based on its judgment of its relative truth. The "hardware"; however, will defend memories simply based on the wiring. The more wires... the less likely that memory will go away.

As I say, I am still a Christian and proud. I do not need to debate my belief with another person or have my belief debated with me. My belief extends itself in my practice of how I live my life as much as I can according to the teachings of Christ


Christ was a brilliant Jewish reformer. Even though he didn't reform Judaism his teachings are able to stand on their own. I've criticized Marcion in the past but I actually think he had the right idea by basically ripping out the OT from his bible. Like Lenny, it helps for people of all religions to have some kind of unbroken chain linking them to the ancient past. In Judaism the difficulty was that you HAD TO include the 'forefathers' and their stories and their version of God if you wanted to have any religious influence. Those that want to go back to the beginning are usually those who want to establish a divine connection to the Creator. Every religion is subject at some point to corruption and it was only after the death of Christ that this happened and technically it didn't really happen with his followers but rather people claiming to follow him which isn't fair to make him responsible for. Christians created themselves, using Jewish history and culture where it suited them. Everything doesn't actually line up which is why Jews of the modern era rarely ever convert to Christianity. So again... the "borrowing" of religions as it were, was a common thing both then and today. All it takes is for one to see value. I wouldn't call myself Christian but I still follow the teachings of Yeshua (Jesus), simply because he was a great teacher with very valuable lessons. Most of the corruption and darkness that comes with the religion is due to its OT roots and the takeover of the Catholic church. Point is... I see no reason NOT to pick and choose Christ out of the bible in similar way that Lenny has picked and chosen djedi and other references he connects to the Force.

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17 Apr 2019 14:57 #337319 by Lenny C
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Each rune has meanings and or yes and no answers. The reason I stopped , as I said in an earlier post , I stopped believing in the magic that I was doing and believed in. The magic was pointing me in a direction to believe in the results not the ritual of the magic.
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17 Apr 2019 15:09 #337320 by Kyrin Wyldstar
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Raxicorico wrote: Instead of criticizing and mocking (which there has already been waaaay too much of from what I've already read), we should be taking this new set of experiences with an open mind and building on our present way of thinking.



There has been too much mocking here? I find this statement fascinating because I have seen no mocking and very little actual criticizing. This seems to be a common bias among the membership at this temple. People always assuming so much and actually asking for so little clarification. Let me just be the first to thank members like Zealot, who actually takes the time to get such clarifications without jumping to these sorts of conclusions. I think we should all take a page from his example.

Having an open mind is one thing, but that does not mean we just take in any sort of crap presented to us and use it to build our worldview from. That’s about the stupidest thing we could do because it’s dangerous. It leads to false belief and conclusions based on faith that have no basis in reality. Instead anyone that wants to build an accurate worldview should use the open mind only as a tool in the more important process of critical thinking.

This means not just taking any concept at face value but instead making reasoned judgments that are logical and well-thought out. This way of thinking entails not simply accepting all arguments and conclusions that are presented but rather have an attitude involving questioning and challenging such arguments and conclusions. It is the willingness to search actively for evidence for and against favored beliefs, and to weigh such evidence fairly when it is available or to reject such beliefs if that evidence is not present.

You do a huge disservice to others if you are complacent in this process and otherwise just accepting of all things presented. If you do not have the courage to challenge others and allow yourself to be challenged then why are any of you even here?

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17 Apr 2019 15:19 #337321 by Rosalyn J
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Lenny C wrote: Each rune has meanings and or yes and no answers. The reason I stopped , as I said in an earlier post , I stopped believing in the magic that I was doing and believed in. The magic was pointing me in a direction to believe in the results not the ritual of the magic.


The 7 Natural Laws as stated in the Kybalion say that the first law is Mentalism.

Otherwise written as "As a man thinketh in his heart so is the man" The Bible

Or

Our focus determines our reality.

I guess my next question is, how much of rune magick would be something like a self fulfilling prophecy?

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17 Apr 2019 15:21 #337322 by Tellahane
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Kyrin Wyldstar wrote:

Raxicorico wrote: Instead of criticizing and mocking (which there has already been waaaay too much of from what I've already read), we should be taking this new set of experiences with an open mind and building on our present way of thinking.



There has been too much mocking here? I find this statement fascinating because I have seen no mocking and very little actual criticizing. This seems to be a common bias among the membership at this temple. People always assuming so much and actually asking for so little clarification. Let me just be the first to thank members like Zealot, who actually takes the time to get such clarifications without jumping to these sorts of conclusions. I think we should all take a page from his example.

Having an open mind is one thing, but that does not mean we just take in any sort of crap presented to us and use it to build our worldview from. That’s about the stupidest thing we could do because it’s dangerous. It leads to false belief and conclusions based on faith that have no basis in reality. Instead anyone that wants to build an accurate worldview should use the open mind only as a tool in the more important process of critical thinking.

This means not just taking any concept at face value but instead making reasoned judgments that are logical and well-thought out. This way of thinking entails not simply accepting all arguments and conclusions that are presented but rather have an attitude involving questioning and challenging such arguments and conclusions. It is the willingness to search actively for evidence for and against favored beliefs, and to weigh such evidence fairly when it is available or to reject such beliefs if that evidence is not present.

You do a huge disservice to others if you are complacent in this process and otherwise just accepting of all things presented. If you do not have the courage to challenge others and allow yourself to be challenged then why are any of you even here?


In your opinion...

Also before you go accusing the membership of "bias" and "assumption", you are aware you included yourself in that statement, being as you jumped to assumptions about my comment intentionally reducing your experience, I didn't see any attempt on your part to seek clarification as you preached above...so if that is what you truly believe it should be, please practice it first yeah?

Tellahane wrote: Out of the number of times I've been in this situation, that has happened 0 times...perhaps its possible but its nothing like what you may see on TV drama shows...

Well I would say you have experienced a very limited view of the world then. I'm not talking about drama here so I would appreciate you not reducing my experience to a fabricated enactment.

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17 Apr 2019 15:28 #337324 by Lenny C
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I know my own beliefs. but I joined the temple order to learn about the force. people have had different journeys. By no means am I saying that you should or shouldn’t believe in my journey, you have your own. With history, I mean before proper records were taken, we can not say it is absolute truth, because there are no records taken.
If I said I believe in Greek mythology and my belief system was based on the Greeks, would you have given me the same response as I have had.
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17 Apr 2019 15:29 #337325 by Kyrin Wyldstar
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Tellahane wrote:
Also before you go accusing the membership of "bias" and "assumption", you are aware you included yourself in that statement, being as you jumped to assumptions about my comment intentionally reducing your experience, I didn't see any attempt on your part to seek clarification as you preached above...so if that is what you truly believe it should be, please practice it first yeah?


ya didnt huh? Maybe you arent looking hard enough. you posted, I replied and you clairified. End of conversation, no need to drag it out further. I wonder why you are yet again bringing this up?

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17 Apr 2019 15:31 #337326 by Kyrin Wyldstar
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ZealotX wrote: I think Lenny is awesome. Let me translate this for my fellow super Logical thinkers.

Lenny has created his own 'magic' by hacking his own brain. And this is what you're actually supposed to be trying to accomplish through things like meditation.

As I said before, the brain doesn't really care about the accuracy of the data it holds. The mind can be tricked by "magic" which may simply be slight of hand but who cares if everyone enjoys it. On some level Lenny is conscious and aware of what he's doing but he's able to believe in order to gain the benefit of that belief. In other words, he's able to challenge his limitations by convincing his mind that he doesn't have them. This has been done by sages and mystics and people around the world. I absolutely believe in the power of the mind and the ability to do things that are otherwise unheard of based on what you can get your mind to believe. Mind over matter


This sort of Magic is actually the sort practiced by any serious adherent to the craft. The ones that can get past the fluff and floof of harry potter and white light realize that true magic is simply the raising of self power.. or if you like, personal force.

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