F is for… Foundation

I talk a lot about using intuition and listening to that inner gut feeling when it comes to healing and magical work. So, you might ask yourself, ‘why has Nan decided to talk about Foundations for this week’s Pagan Blog Project entry?’

Foundations of buildings

Do you know what the foundations are to your beliefs and spiritual practices?

What holds everything together and gives it structure and stability?

This is one reason why I don’t put much stock into books which tell people they can say three times “I am a witch” and poof! they are one. Ditto for two day Reiki classes (or shorter) which take a person from knowing nothing about energy healing to Master level in the blink of an eye.

You’ve got to invest time and energy and learning into these things. Build a foundation of knowledge that can support you over time.¬† I think that it’s important to know the history behind whatever beliefs you might hold. Then they can provide a solid base from which you can grow and expand in your own practice.

It’s not enough, in my mind, to say that you do X and believe Y because you read it in a book or saw it on TV or a great teacher told you to. You have to really look at it, study it, get to know it. Only then can you know whether it provides truth for you. Only then can it be added to your own spiritual foundations.

It’s simple really. You have to know the rules before you can break them!

Do not believe in anything simply because you have heard it.
Do not believe simply because it has been handed down for many generations.
Do not believe in anything simply because it is spoken and rumoured by many.
Do not believe in anything simply because it is written in Holy Scriptures.
Do not believe in anything merely on the authority of Teachers, elders or wise men.
Believe only after careful observation and analysis, when you find that it agrees with reason and is conducive to the good and benefit of one and all.
Then accept it and live up to it.
~ The Buddha on Belief, from the Kalama Sutta


2 thoughts on “F is for… Foundation

  1. It’s funny you say this because I just finished reading an article about all of the books that teach you how to program Jave or C++ in 24 days. I think the saying goes, it takes 10,000 hours for someone to “master” something and even then you are always learning. It boggles my mind when I’m meeting High Priests and Priestesses that have only been in covens for a few months.

    Unless you’re drawing down the moon while taking a shower and sleeping, I highly doubt anything near that level of experience has been attained.

    The desire to master the basics, the foundation of belief and magical systems, is one of the main reasons I tend to be against rampant Eclecticism; since that generally means cherry picking the shallow aspects of a faith, or magical system, with no idea of how it works, why, or even cultural context. The amount of time to master ONE system or even build a sturdy relationship within it takes years so…how the heck is someone melding 5-6 religious practices into one after 5 weeks?

    Anyway, didn’t mean to get all “ranty.” This was a great blog post and I can’t wait to read more.

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