Thursday, June 29, 2006

Developing Religious Structure?

Forgive me if this is long and/or rambling, and let me know if you need clarification.

I've been what I call an armchair pagan for awhile- all thought, no action- and my Gods have decided that they have had enough with the wishy-washy indecisiveness. I spent some time searching for groups that matched my beliefs, but I was constantly met with the thought that I have to do it myself. I've also come to the conclusion that I should be designing this path to be walked by more than one person.

The problem is, I have no real experience with organized religion. My mother chose to raise me without religion so I could decide for myself- unfortunately, I was never really exposed to anything. I know virtually nothing about the Abrahamic religions. I'm pretty well versed with mainstream wicca, but it's so contradictory to my beliefs that tweaking would be a severe understatement. The closest thing to my beliefs is Celtic Reconstructionism, but I haven't been able to find much in the way of structure as that particular path is still in a major growth period.

Darkhawk said in 332.21 "Then I thrashed around like a beached trout until I managed to find and establish actual structure that I could work with. Without structure, I was trying to carve with a spoon made out of Jell-o." It's very fitting for the place that I'm currently in.

So my question (sorry this has been so long in coming!) is this: How does one develop any kind of religious structure or framework when they're in my kind of position? I feel very much adrift, and I'd try to get back to the shore if I knew what it looked like.

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