Monday, October 30, 2006

As 'goblins' knock, evangelicals answer the door

Remember when fundie churches were having to everything they could to avoid participating in the "evils" Halloween Trick or Treating. It seems they have changed their minds. Many now welcome trick or treaters to their door to hand out tracts.

Quote from the article in The Christian Science Monitor: "Buoying tract sales, observers say, is a rising tide of evangelical passion for Halloween rituals. Four years ago in Frisco, Texas, for instance, most churches either shunned the holiday as a perceived festival of mischief or staged their own alternative event. This year, at least 11 congregations are equipping members with tracts for doorbell-answering adults and trick-or-treating kids to hand out."

The article suggests that people are giving candy and a tract. That would not have bothered me when I was a kid, but a tract alone sure would have.

Of course, what I really want to know is would the people trying to convert other people's kids with these tracts do if they heard Satanists were handing out tracts with candy?

Strength in Unity?

It seems so often that organized religions are able to present a unified front. They are, or seem, able, despite local differences, to unite under "God's love" or "the spirit of Jesus" or "Brotherhood in Christ" or "In His Service" etc....

Would you consider this type of action a service or disservice to the Pagan community?

Is isolation our strength or not?

Sunday, October 29, 2006

Samhain Celebrations

If Samhain is something you celebrate, how are you (or did you -- if you reading this after Samhain) celebrate this year?

Friday, October 27, 2006

New Myths?

Do you think new religions need new myths? Do you create myths?

What makes something a myth and not just a story? What myths do religions need?

The Gods in Hellenismos?

So I've been reading this book in the library called "Ancient Greek Religion" by...his last name is Mikalson. I found the discussion about the difference between Gods in the daily cult and Gods in literature very interesting. One point he makes (or I'm pretty sure he does, I may have misunderstood) is that the Greeks would have recognized a pan-Hellenic God named Poseidon, but they would have worshipped their local "version" of him, such as Poseidon Soter of Sunium (the example he uses). Along with this he talks about local hero/heroine cults that wouldn't have been worshipped outside of their local area/city-state.

What I was wondering about all of this is whether there is any analogous concept in modern Hellenismos? If so, is it practiced? From most websites I've browsed through, many modern Hellenes (Hellenists? Not sure which is proper) seem to worship the more pan-Hellenic idea of the Greek Gods. I see this as totally understandable considering the position many Reconstructionist Religions currently find themselves in; but is there belief/practice in place where such a system as the original Greeks had could develop? With this question I have in mind the subject of how the Gods were localized that the author explains, that basically being that local Greeks would attribute a title to a particular God because of real events that they felt the God had a hand in, which would then develop into a localized cult of the God.

Thursday, October 26, 2006

Fairy Beliefs?

I've been reading about Fairies and one of the things they suggest is proper attitude through mediation and attitude, which I've been studying for many years.

The book I have is "Fairy Magic" by Rosemary Ellen Guiley. And, it suggest that at times we can see Fairies.
How do we know when we are being visited, or need immediate mental help?

Monday, October 23, 2006

Cauldron Pumpkin Carving Contest

This thread is where you can post your pictures to be entered into the Pumpkin Carving / Decoration contest.

Just enter your picture(s) here, (of this years pictures) and let us know what category(ies) you are entering for.

The categories are as follows:

1. Spooky Carved.
2. Gruesome Carved.
3. Humorous Carved.
4. Festive Carved.
5. Spooky Decorated.
6. Gruesome Decorated.
7. Humorous Decorated.
8. Festive Decorated.

You will need to let us know when you post what category(ies) you are entering which picture(s) in. Multiple entries are welcome. The thread to post your pictures will be open for posting until November 1st for those who carve on Halloween day.

Each category will be voted on for a 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place win. As a bonus LyricFox and I have worked it out to where there will be a "Best of Show" winner as well. The "Best of Show" winner will receive a choice of 1 book, shipping included, from Doxy?s Bazaar.

Good luck to All and lets see some great pumpkins.

Information on Vodoun?

I am seeking information on Vodoun. The only information I have gotten so far is from a couple of specials on T.V. but I'm still looking for good information, which is hard to find online. Any and all book and sites refuring to the history and practise of Vodun would be greatly appreciated.

Sunday, October 22, 2006

Types of Initiation

In reading conversations on TC and other forums, and in engaging in such conversations IRL, I have noticed two distinct attitudes towards initiation.

One, somewhat more common among younger people and solitaries, is that initiation is simply an introductory ritual, where one meets the gods and/or dedicates oneself to their service. I'm not saying it's taken lightly by this group, exactly, but generic initiation rituals are shared and used, and self-initiation is considered not only possible, but deeper and more real, in some ways, than group initiation. It seems to be thought that group initiation is initiation into the group, whereas self initiation is initiation more to the Gods themselves.

Among older pagans, and those in long-standing covens, circles, study groups, etc. initiation is seen rather differently. While the rituals themselves are not usually shared or discussed in detail, the risks and preparations and potential damage a wrongly done or received initiation can cause seem to be considered in a more in-depth manner. Inititation is not just an 'introduction' but a life-changing experience. Certain changes are expected and looked for, and used as a yardstick to measure the success of the ordeal/ritual.

There also seems to be a third viewpoint, somewhere in between, where initiation is required before a person can begin learning, but is not meant to be a formal life-long commitment since, once begun, the student may find that the path is not for them. In this case, it would be the second initiation that would be the more important one, as it is made with actual knowledge, rather than just the desire for knowledge. For this type, it does seem to be initiation into the group that is required rather than anything else, at least for the first one.

I am wondering about the pros and cons of each of these types/views of initation. The reasons behind them, the level of dedication or solemnity involved, what people think is a required standard to consider something a true Initiation, rather than Something Else.

(My path has a Something Else that I'm not remotely prepared to do for a good long time yet, because of the responsibilities and potential problems involved. An onlooker would probably call it an initiation, although a spare, austere, not-very-interesting-looking one. It has to be done completely alone, though, which I think may disqualify it from the term, but I'm not sure if it qualifies in any other way, either. One of the reasons I'm interested in this discussion is because so many Things People Do that I learned about growing up don't have names and I'd kind of like to place them in a larger context.)

What I'd like to learn here is how people view initiation as a whole, how they view the different kinds of initiations people refer to and what the requirements and expectations that surround the different views are. So much of what I, personally, do was just absorbed growing up that I'm finding it fascinating to learn how more structured, thought-out, examined and analysed concepts apply.

"Repurposing" Religious Objects

Do you think it is ever acceptable to "repurpose" religious objects for uses other than which they were originally intended? This might be converting from a sacred to a secular use (e.g. turning a baptismal font into a bird bath), or using them in a different sacred context (e.g. using Sabbath candlesticks on a Wiccan altar).

If it is somtimes acceptable to repurpose, in what circumstances is it acceptable? Should you do any special rituals before changing the use? Does it matter if the object was previously used or purchased new?

Handling Disabilities in Pagan Religions

I dunno that I'm ready, but apparently lots of others are. So, here's the full text of my post that derailed the "Challenges: Greatest Hits" thread over in the social forum.

A certain amount of ranting about the ways disabilities aren't accommodated is permissible, since that can point up specifics. But the main idea is to consider constructive approaches: things we can do to improve our understanding of the challenges involved, things we've done or seen others do to accommodate disability, ideas for things we could do. I put the thread in this folder, rather than "Worship and Ritual" or "Faith in Everyday Life" (or anywhere else) because I'd like to see all aspects of Pagan life addressed.

Very little in the way of resources? Very well, then, let us be the resource. ("You're the voice you're waiting for!")

I'll give folks fair warning: I want eventually to have a section on this subject on my (not yet extant, but I'm working on it) website, and am likely to write an article about it for my LJ (dusty, but when I start posting to it regularly again, I'll let you know where to find it). If you don't want your ideas used, or don't want to be credited by Cauldron alias (either preferring anonymity, or preferring another name), including that info in your post would be handy - I could contact each of you later, but if someone has come up with something really good and has since vanished, that'd be frustrating.

Saturday, October 21, 2006

Questions/Theory on "Energy Play" Exercises

I'm reading the "Inner Temple of Witchcraft" book by Christopher Penzack. I'm sort of starting fresh on the Wiccan path after going through some major indecisiveness in the past, and I've decided to start from square one (not that I got much farther previously, regardless.) I think I spent approximately 45 minutes on the energy exercises tonight. I did both of the solo ones; holding ones palms 3 feet apart and moving them together and testing for "sensation" as they draw closer in the form of tingling, temperature change, or repulsion (like opposing magnets)... I felt a little bit of all 3. I also did the same, but when my hands were 6-inches apart, starting to "exhale" energy from my mouth and also from my palms. But I seem to be able to create the same sensation just by mere thought, even without the pageantry of moving my hands around. Part of me thinks that these exercises are centered in getting you to believe the energy exists, and since belief is essential, it therefore empowers you to work magick successfully down the line, by creating an exercise that tricks you into feeling what isn't really physically there, but what was already there all along in a nonphysical sense.

I believe the energy is there but wonder if it is possible for me to feel is through an exercise like this. It is hard for me to differentiate between what is normal "feeling" and what is changed due to the positioning of the hands. I think a lot of it has to do with the mind, for instance, if I so chose, I could tell my mind that my right index finger is feeling cold. And on a half-physical, half-mental, level, I can feel the sensation even though I know that it is not cold. Similar to visualization exercises I've seen in other books. As suggested in books like Scott Cunningham's "Wicca for the Solitary Practicioner," one can mentally place an apple on their desk and "see" it in their mind, but not through their eyes, more of superimposing it in their mind on top of what their eyes see is really there. And yet, such visualization is crucial in certain spells and rites. It's like it's about manipulating the non-physical -- one could hypothesize that such is really "magick" in and of itself, when the end-result is something tangible or visible.

Perhaps the best analogy could be illustrated with food. Let's say I really want pizza, really bad. I know what pizza tastes like. I can generate that taste in my mind and pass it on to my mouth and actually feel the texture and warmth in my mouth and taste the sauce and cheese, in a weird non-physical way. I think that this is how one might experience these "energy play" sensations in regular life, even if one isn't a Wiccan or even interested in anything metaphysical. I think that the "goal" of these energy exercises is to show us that these little "tricks" we've learned to use for mundane things like food can be manipulated and put to work for us in a magickal sense. I think that ultimately, it all ties into the nonphysical (or astral) body tasting something or feeling something even when our physical body can't.

Am I anywhere close to grasping this concept or do I need to keep trying? Thanks for your help!

Friday, October 20, 2006

What Makes a Practice "Legit"?

I have been reading a lot of posts about fluffy this and fluffy that but I know a lot of people who are solitary that have made up what they believe into a practice with or without books pagan/wiccan/or other.

The had a revelation perhaps or something like it. When does a "made up tradition" or practice become legit? If Ima Brightthistle uses a pantheon of made up names (squshi, Kiki, barto, and suvi for example) and celebrates her holidays named after flowers does that make her less legit then say a Gardnerian?

What do you think?

What is "Religious Depth"?

Quote: "and the trad as described on the website doesn't show a lot of depth."

That was from Sunflower's post in the 'Eclectic A Four-Letter Word' thread.

What is religious 'depth'? How would you describe your path in terms of 'depth'?

Does a religion have 'depth' if it covers a wide breadth of human existence by having rules/guidelines for every little thing? Or is 'depth' a matter of underlying philosophy, so that a religion that has very little to say is still 'deep' if has lots of arguments for what it does say?

Does 'depth' imply seriousness? Does that mean something like Discordianism has no 'depth'? What about mysticism? Is that a component of 'depth'?

Or is 'depth' not even applicable to religions, but only to humans (i.e. can we only label human followers as deep or shallow, and not spiritual systems?)

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Wiccan Afterlife Beliefs?

What do Wiccans think happens after they die?
Summerlands then reincarnation? Straight up reincarnation?

And as a point of that question, what happens to the "bad" people when they die? I don't mean someone that stole a candy bar 30 years ago, heh. But truly bad people, like child rapists and murderers.

I ask because this fiction book I'm reading has the High Priestess saying that when the bad guys {and boy, are they bad!} pass on to the Summerlands, there they will be able to choose their reward, or be punished for their actions.

And yes, it is fiction, but most of the Wiccan stuff he has in the book is pretty spot on {from what this forum has taught me and the books I've read}.

So I thought I'd ask some people that are Wiccan to get the low down on if there is some sort of punishment for these people or if they are just reincarnated straight away...?

Rock of Faith?

(Let me see if I can put this into words) Since I have started along the Pagan path, I keep coming across one question. It seems that many or most of the mainstream religions have hard fast rules concerning morality/ethics; guidellines that can be followed through any, or nearly any, situation.
The upside being not having to make up one's mind during difficult times; the downside being not having to make up one's mind during difficult times.

So, where do Pagans find their rock of faith. Where do y'all find your rock to rest/stand on when difficult times come around?

Tuesday, October 17, 2006


What are everyone's thoughts on practicing skyclad?

I don't personally think that it is better, or worse, however I have done it a few times recently (after overcoming my embarassment of being naked) and found that I feel more "magical" than I do in my flannel PJ's and fuzzy socks (of course, a ritual robe would likely have the same effect, but I lack one). I also find, that it's easier to get energy flowing, as the clothing does act as a slight barrier (and the aformentioned fuzzy socks do wonderfully to block some energy flow through my foot chakras)

Of course, practicing skyclad is not very beneficial outside in an area where the ritual is likely to be observed by outsiders, or during extremely cold weather. It does work just fine indoors with the heat on (remembering to shut the blinds if you are in town LOL).

Monday, October 16, 2006

Scarce Occult/New Age Stores?

My question is that does it seem to everyone here that Occult stores seem to becoming scarce these days & everyone is buying their supplies off the Internet? Is it pressure from communities or the idea that you can get what you need cheaper from in-line sources?

Religious Schools?

A lot of people agree that our schools are not they should be, that our kids are well behind the rest of the world.

Knowing this would you let your child go to a say Catholic school for example -- knowing that he or she could get a better education?

We don't have kids yet but here the school system sucks in South Carolina. I don't think I'd mind if I knew for certain that they would not teach our kids Biblical teachings.

Friday, October 13, 2006

Morals without Religion?

I have had a number of philosophical conversations with one of my teachers, I have great respect for his views, though there are very few of them that I agree with. One particular subject that keeps coming up is whether it is possible to have morals without religion. He feels that morals must be based on a religious structure, or belief in a god, I feel that morals are an inate part of each human being, and something that you do not need a god to get you to follow. I simply can't follow his ideas on this subject, and was wondering about other peoples views on this subject. This has kind of seperated from my conversations with him and I am simply wondering about other peoples views.

The Haunted Month

OK. So it's October. The Halloween month. I suppose I also need to give a nod to the Wheel folks who have a new year coming up.

So what are your traditions for the month? Anything that you do that's special? Either with or without the kids and with or without religious overtones?

Thursday, October 12, 2006

What Changed Most in Your Life Because of Your Path?

I was going to make this a poll, but there are SO many variables that apply, so, decided to discuss instead!

Since most of the folks here came to the path due to choice/chance and not because it was a family thing (i.e., you weren't raised in your particular path), I was wondering what aspects of your life have been most affected by taking the faith-path you are on?

Benefits of Self-Made vs. Established Religion

I know that many of you follow paths that you have more or less constructed on your own, and many of you follow belief systems from established religions.

What do you think are some benefits or drawbacks of each? For example, I think that the structure of an established religion sometimes forces you to examine ideas and spiritual "muscles" that you would never use if left to your own devices. It is sort of like how writing a sonnet paradoxically forces you to be more creative than if you write in free verse.

Virtuous in Itself?

A question prompted by the virtues threads over in Faith in Everyday Life: are there intrinsic virtues, qualities that are virtuous in and of themselves?

In the discussions so far about curiosity and love of learning are suggestions that these are virtues because they have beneficial consequences, for instance preventing stagnation, facilitating communion (and vice versa: curiosity might not be a virtue if it leads to breaching privacy, for example.) Others seem to lean towards them being virtuous because they just are. Are there perhaps different classes of virtue, intrinsic and consequentualist? Maybe virtues are virtues because God/s deem them to be so, or on some other grounds that escape me entirely?

Sunday, October 08, 2006

Message Board Back Up

Bob discovered sites were down and managed to fix the server. Fortunately, all it required was restarting the web server process. The Cauldron's message board (and those of our sister forums) are back up. Our apologies for the inconvenience. Go forth and fill the board with posts!

Message Board Down

The server our message board is on seems to have died about 7:30am CDT this morning. Normally, Bob fixes these things pretty fast, but he's having a busy weekend and may not even see there's a problem (or be any place he can fix it) for a good while. If so, we will open our backup message board this afternoon. Our sister forums, Asatru Lore and Ta Hiera, are also down as they are on the same server.

Saturday, October 07, 2006

Faith and Sex

Got to thinking about the different areas of our lives impacted by the faith-path we wander down as individuals...

I decided to start with a primal Most of us do it...or want to. But what does your path say about it?

Is it okay to be gay in your path or sexually active and not married? Is masturbation a big no-no, or does your path recognize the positive or ritual/magical uses of self-stimulation. Would your path frown on your particular "kink"? Does your path and your sexuality have almost no connection at all?

Virtues: Love of Learning

Love of Learning: Is it a virtue in your faith? How does it function as a virtue? Why do you think it is or is not a virtue? What does a virtuous person do with respect to Love of Learning? How does it make one holier or a better person?

Love of Learning is part of the "Wisdom and Knowledge" group.

Making Magical Oils

I've read several recipes/web pages on making oils, and I noticed most call for grapeseed oil or almond oil to use as a base.

I don't really have access to those; we don't stock them in the house, and I'd rather not be asked why I want such-and-such oil come grocery day. Does anyone know if olive oil would make a good base oil? We have that in abundance. I have yet to find any receipes that mention using it as a substitute, but nothing I've read so far says you can't, either. I just don't want to try to make an infused oil and have it turn out smelling rancid or anything if I can avoid it.

Friday, October 06, 2006

Magic and Morality: Conventional or Otherwise?

Generally speaking, I usually see a consensus on this board that the same morality applies to 'mundane' actions as to 'magical' actions. However, I would like to question whether being capable of performing magical operations or, if you believe that you are more aware of new aspects of reality etc, whether being aware of new facets of existence change your outlook on life and morality?

Does having more power than others (however little the difference is) require or suggest a different morality to what is conventional? Has your morality changed since adopting a new path? [Yes, I'm assuming magical practice in this thread, but if you feel that your religious path is appropriate to this discussion, join in anyway!]

Are the rules different for magical practitioners? Should they be? If you don't believe in shoulds or should nots, what influences might you expect to alter someone's morality as a result of practicng magic?

Thursday, October 05, 2006

Conversion Requirements?

Since my brother and his son got baptised on sunday I've been thinking about the conversion process and got to wondering:

If someone wants to join your religion, what are the requirements, both formal and informal?

Higher Self/Higher Genius?

In some paths/ magical traditions, etc, there is a notion of a 'higher self' or 'higher genius.' That is an idealised form to which you aspire, and try to become more like/ transform yourself into.

Do you/ does your path/ tradition include this concept? How important is it to you personally? And have you developed practices in order to develop a union with your higher self?

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

What Makes a God?

There's a quiz that was posted on the social forum, and I think I've seen it a few other places, that rates gods. It's a severely flawed quiz, and it seems to use the omni-omni-omni style of defining a god.

Mine don't pass, but that doesn't make them any less gods to me. It is obvious, therefore, that I have different criteria for what makes a god a god.

For example, Old Dog doesn't know everything. (He thinks he does, but that's a different matter entirely) He isn't everywhere at once - sure, he can be a lot of places, or at least seem to, but even in legends he needs travel time. He gets things done, but he's definitely not omnipotent. He uses trickery and persuasion, he steals things when he needs them, he pretends to be other beings to get their followers co-operation. He lies.

Omnibenevolent? Forget it. He's not even always benevolent towards me, and I'm his. (or at least I assume I am, since he won't leave)

So, in this quiz he fails bigtime. BUT. He knows more than me. He is more powerful than me. And in the end, in spite of his trickeries, etc. he is more moral than me. So, he is a god. Not a deep, mysterious one, like my Ladies, but he has his mysteries too. It's enough. When I try to wrap my head around anything bigger, I get dizzy.

My question is: What sets our gods apart? What makes them Gods? We can almost all tell the difference when we encounter a god as opposed to when we encounter other sorts of beings. Where does the difference lie? Is it power? Sphere of influence? I can accept that some people would view Old Dog as an animal spirit rather than a deity, but since humans are more his concern than other animals I place him in the god category. Anthropocentric of me, I know.

So. Rate your gods. List your criteria. Give your reasons. It's okay if you don't have any. UPG is perfectly acceptable. But if this quiz is severely flawed, I'm wondering what would have made it better.

And just to throw a cat among the pigeons, what would take them off the god-rung of the entity ladder?

Secular Christmas?

I know that a lot of folks here celebrate Christmas, and obviously, most of you are not Christian. Some folks say this is because they are polytheists and recognize all gods.

Others say that they just celebrate the "secular" aspects of Christmas. What do you consider the "secular" aspects of Christmas, and why? Obviously, some things are definitely religious (like a creche). But what about gift-giving? A lot of folks consider that to be an imitation of the gifts of the wise men.

Let me know what you think.

Review: Wicca Unveiled

The subtitle of this book is just a bit pretentious (in my opinion). Had it included the word 'Basic' in there, I certainly couldn't object. And then the copywriter got into the act with (on the back cover) 'The First Comprehensive Guide to Working the Rituals of Wiccan Magic.' Puh-leeze. Replace 'The First' with 'A' and, once again, I would have no objection, but as it stands.

Review: A Seeker's Journey and Initiation into Wicca

This is one person's account of her journey from an inquisitive pre-teen in the '80s through experiences and questions; doubts and self-assurance; and all the myriad events that make up the life-changing course many people go through. It is not a great book. It is, however, an excellent book.

Review: The Inner Temple of Magick

I wasn't sure what to expect when I ordered this book and, as I got started reading it, I still wasn't sure what I had gotten. Mr. Cooper's approach to magick is uniquely his own, as is his perception of life and its journey. I am not sure, even now, how much I agree with his premise and conclusions. Which is not to say that I disagree with this book, but rather that I haven't made a final decision regarding it.

Review: Garden Witchery

This interesting little book by Ellen Dugan is targeted at a rather specific group...Wiccan/Pagan gardeners. So, while it wouldn't necessarily have a Wide appeal, it is an informative, entertaining read within that category. The cover art is very appropriate and restful and at a slim 243 pages it is an easy read. Let's take a look inside, shall we?

Talking to the Press About Pagan Religions

How does one talk to the press without being an ass, especially since the media tends to sensationalize things seen as out of the mainstream out where I live (Palm Springs area, California).

I'm not sure what to say beyond the fact that we're American citizens who just happen to be Pagan.

Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Astral Travel

I am really interested in astral travel, and was wondering what people think of the subject, what limitations are, etc.

New Home Cleansing Rituals?

My husband and I are moving soon (again). Besides burning sage, which I hear is quite stinky, are there any cleansing rituals I can carry out on the new place?

Monday, October 02, 2006

What Does "Worship" Mean?

I have issues with the word "worship" and I'm trying to get past them. I think this springs from my baaaaaad teen experiences in a somewhat fundie Methodist youth group (from which I was impeached as president for the crime of asking questions).

To me, "worship" has connotations of demeaning/debasing oneself in order to make a deity happy. It's a very negative feeling, and I'm not even sure how I developed it. Unfortunately, it causes me to close up to what I'm sure could otherwise be wonderful experiences.

Obviously, that's not the only way to construe the word "worship" (duh), so I thought I'd ask you all what it means to you. I'm hoping the discussion will provide other, more positive perspectives, and help me move past this negative place.

So, what does "worship" mean to you?

How does it define or effect your relationship to deity?

What actions/rituals/practices do you consider to be worship?

Brigid and the Morrigan's Relationship?

I thought that Brigid and the Morrigan were not on friendly terms, but couldn't remember why I thought that. I discovered that I couldn't find anything with a quick Google that explicitly detailed their relationship. Do any of you Celt experts have any insight?

October Challenge

Thank you to Mandrina for this month's Challenge.

In October, your Challenge is another one of those "something new" things. This time it's music. I challenge you to listen to a kind of music you haven't really listened to before. Check out a CD from the library, borrow from friends and family, maybe even get a few MP3s. (The Cauldron has a listing of free and low-cost legal download sites.) Listen. Give it a fair chance. Even if it doesn't grab you right off the bat, try to find something you like about it. Keep your mind open.

I recognize, of course, that this may seem a near-impossible task for some of us who have very eclectic tastes in music. I would encourage everyone to really, really think about this and see if there's not something that they haven't listened to before... But if you honestly can't think of anything, I don't think it would be cheating to just pick something you haven't listened to much. Most people, even if they listen to and like everything, will tend to have some genres they only listen to occasionally -- try to hit one of those.

What kind of music will you be listening to?

Do You Believe that People in your Life are There for a Reason?

For those of you who do not believe in reincarantion, this may seem strange. For the others who do believe in reincarnation, I find myself constantly discovering reasons for the current relationships in my life.

- Do you find the relationship with your parent(s) has teaching lessons for you in this life?

- At different points in your life, do you find yourself discovering your past relationships with people currently in your life and how they apply to the present reality?

The reason I ask is that I constantly have epiphanies of the current relationships I have in my life. For example, my mother has many things to teach me about not loving yourself and the consequences of those actions. My best friend teaches me how to love outside myself. And the reverse of forgetting to love oneself at the expense of others.

Does anyone else ever sense similar experiences in their own relationships?

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