Posted 05 January 2004 - 07:55 AM
looks like i'm not alone in the native american tradition, here... i'm a lifelong sensitive that comes from a line of family healers and magicians / medicine people on the cherokee (dad's) side of the family. i was designated as a spirit-talker and an owl person at the tender age of two or three by my cherokee great-grandpa.
great-grandpa was a medicine man of sorts - lived on his alotment in talequah and passed a lot of his wisdom down to his grandson, my dad... and from my dad to me. i got the honor of being an owl person when my great-grandpa noticed that owls would park themselves outside of the room where i slept when i would visit him. he also put two and two together and realized that my "imagination" and my "nightmares" were really linked and that i was seeing spirits and talking to them in my sleep.
my mom's side of the family is superstitious to the hilt, but they are more in the irish / scottish / basque european belief with bits of the old paganism stirred into their brand of christianity.
Posted 05 January 2004 - 01:33 PM
*LOL*I was raised Christian but my Mom kept pointing me towards para/supernatural and mythology and really encouraged my interest in both...Owlie, your point about the varied pagan beliefs in Western and Central Europe made me think of that. The owls visiting outside your window at your Great Grand-Da's was fascinating
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Posted 05 January 2004 - 09:22 PM
I'm glad to see this forum still up and running.
Hawkerdriver;.... Wild birds have carried signs in my family as well. Sparrows entering the dewelling of a person is a sure sign of a loved one passing(transporter of souls). Crows/Ravens are also soul keepers. One carries them away while the other consumes the soul. But are we born with the abiliteies, Yes!! Everone is. Not everone knows or can tap into it.
Aloha Spirit;.... Nice to meet ya. interesting family background, but if you don't mind me asking..... Do you have any personal experiences like those of your family?
OWLGODESS...Hey there. Thanks for the moms rock. Your right we can be pretty cool.. Just one thing, if you don't mind,..; do you think that Comparative Religion will be a NEW AGE RELIGION?? Or one that will be hid underground like Pagan/Druids/Witches of the Past?
Posted 05 January 2004 - 11:18 PM
Whisper; sadly I don't think he'd show anyone else how he does it, as I half the wonder, if he himself knows...it's just something he started doing... demon eaters haven't appeared in my familiy in about 150 years or so....that's why one day, when I caught him killing a SOmething, I was shocked....
Posted 06 January 2004 - 07:16 AM
i suppose what i had in mind encompasses those, but has a greater focus on the inter-connectedness of mythologies - into which paganism and all of the earth / animistic religions get featured prominently. it is my personal belief that most of the organized religions that we know today all stemmed from the old earth religions and animistic traditions -- and the true basis of the old religions has been twisted beyond recognition, at least on a large-scale organizational / dogma level.
i also believe that if you're going to teach a child to respect religions - even if you are passing on your own tradition to your child as a primary focus - you need to educate them about all of the other religions not as something radically different, but as connected to your own faith or path in some small but vital way!
i think that lumping anything blindly into the category of "new age" or making it some kind of "mc-study" is just as bad as force-feeding youngsters hard-line doctrine of ANY one particular faith. the best part about this is that you can learn and grow along with your kids, as many of you do - AND YOU ROCK!!
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Posted 07 January 2004 - 06:10 AM
WOW...while my Mum didn't rush out to buy my first deck, she
didn't discourage it or any interest I had*LOL*She also was the one who suggested I write my dreams down
I agree, I think its best to kind of give them a belief in a
higher power and expose them to other faiths and let them choose what they're most comfortable with when they're a bit older as I think enforced belief and being dragged bodily to church leads to resentment no matter how well-intentioned the dragging was*bats eyelashes*Hawky, you looking to adopt?
Hey, Unk, no blood no report, Amigo It sounds like your Bro's demon eating ability is an inherent talent rather than
a learned one, if its anything like mine, when I've been asked if I can teach or how to do something, I'm at a loss. Its like asking a Sensitive "How do you see spirits?" or a zebra, why do you graze?
Posted 08 January 2004 - 07:23 AM
Posted 08 January 2004 - 09:35 AM
Owlie, I just want them to be 'limber' in the spiritual side because well, just because. But I want them to be able to sort out what deception is too. Know what I mean? One way I think to sort out deceptions is to know about all types of spirituality. But to develop their souls is the best deception detector out there.
Whiskers, according to my LG you would want to find another home. I DO drag them to church. Know why? Because I want the little buggers to know there's something even bigger than Mummsy and Dadsy that they are gonna have to answer to. SO even if the folks don't see their bad deeds someone else who has a lot more clout does!!
Motherhood, the biggest guilt trip you'll ever take. :-[
Posted 08 January 2004 - 07:21 PM
Posted 10 January 2004 - 12:21 PM
Imackey.. I've often found in a family, the more tight-lipped they on ghosts, and spirits, the more sensitive that line really is... took me forever before my great aunt admitted, that she sees things, outside of our family blessing lines..(see above) sometimes, you jsut need to wait for the right moment, in order to let them feel comfortable enough to talk to ya...a fter all, it wasn't too long ago, that you would be locked up for life, for talking about ghosts.... and for that matter, some are afraid, that they still might be locked up.
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