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    Re: Medusa's QDJ(year of the $1 pickle!)

    Ice-cream.
  2. Re: Is the belief in a soul or spirit compulsory for Pagans?

    I think it does matter. Saying that inanimate objects have souls and spirits is a belief, not a fact.

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    I wasn't doing that, just observing that Buddhist teachings on...
  3. Re: Is the belief in a soul or spirit compulsory for Pagans?

    Sure, I get the interconnectedness angle, but as you'll know a central theme in Buddhism is sunyata or emptiness, ie stuff doesn't have a soul or essence. And neither do we.

    But anyway, if you're...
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    Sorry but I'm still not getting it. Do you mean you believe your computer actually has a soul and a spirit, or do you mean you relate to it as if it did? And what benefit do you gain from choosing...
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    You say "imbued", so you mean this is a belief you have?
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    Re: What Would You Like To See Discussed?

    Perhaps, but starting interesting threads is something of an art. ;)
  7. Re: Is the belief in a soul or spirit compulsory for Pagans?

    Sorry but I don't get this. If I have a thought or a feeling, isn't that just a thought or a feeling? The functions of intellect and emotion, stuff going on in my mind?
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    Re: Whatcha thinking about now?

    Oh no! He played a great villain, like in Robin Hood and Die Hard.
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    Re: Whatcha thinking about now?

    Just saw this on another forum, hee hee:
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-35305899
  10. Re: Is the belief in a soul or spirit compulsory for Pagans?

    Yes, these questions are intimately connected to our ideas about life and death. I suppose another way of asking the OP question would be "Is materialism compatible with Paganism?"

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    Broadly I take soul or spirit to refer to something above, beyond or beneath everyday experience - people often talk about "body, mind and spirit" for example.
  12. Is the belief in a soul or spirit compulsory for Pagans?

    What do you think?
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    Re: What Would You Like To See Discussed?

    Yes, that would be interesting. And is the belief in a soul or spirit compulsory for Pagans?...I just started a thread on it anyway. ;)
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    Re: What Would You Like To See Discussed?

    I don't want to make a big deal of it, but yes, I have found the moderation here a little heavy-handed, jumping in too soon on occasion which can have a suppressing effect on debate and lead to...
  15. Thread: Incenses

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    Re: Incenses

    When I first got involved in Buddhism 35 years ago incense was used regularly in shrine rooms and such, these days it's much less common because people have complained about it.
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    Re: Incenses

    It makes me sneeze!
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    Re: What Would You Like To See Discussed?

    Is all modern Paganism really neo-Paganism? Reconstructing v. romanticising an imagined past?
    Imagination v. magical thinking and superstition.
    Reincarnation.
    Subjectivity v. objectivity -...
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    Re: The Science Of Negative People

    From previous experience in social work and life generally I'd say that all of those can be relevant. I suspect the main factor is being around other negative people, both in the formative years of...
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    Re: Rest in peace, Bowie

    I liked that film "The man who fell to earth". I wasn't a big fan of his music though.
  20. Thread: elements

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    Re: elements

    The traditional elements are about properties, how things feel and behave. It's not about chemical composition. So steam has the properties of the air element. Applying a more modern...
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    Re: elements

    I'm still not clear how you are classifying lightning.

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    I would argue the opposite, ie it's confusing when you attempt to map human feelings onto natural elements.

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    Re: Whatcha thinking about now?

    I can chat anywhere, I joined this forum because of an interested in Paganism...which is hardly ever discussed. Oh well.
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    Re: Whatcha thinking about now?

    Yeah, that's pretty much what I thought. Not an easy environment for newcomers though.
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    Re: elements

    I would definitely put it with fire, not least because a lightning strike will set stuff alight.

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    I think lightning is a plasma, so putting it under fire would also make...
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    Re: Whatcha thinking about now?

    It would be nice to see more discussion about Paganism here - it is a Pagan forum, right?
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