Quotes by Kerr Cuhulain

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Quotes by Kerr Cuhulain
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Fri, 08-12-2011 - 5:15pm

The one Pagan magazine that I read is "Witches & Pagans." It was created when "PanGaia" was combined with "New Witch." Here is their website:

http://www.bbimedia.com/store/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=42

There is an interesting interview in the new issue with Kerr Cuhulain, who was the first openly Pagan police officer. There are a couple of quotes by him that I'd like to pass along:

"In Her service you cannot embrace freedom without consideration for how your actions will affect others. You must accept responsibilty for yourself."

"Pagans should not worship. Worship implies that the Divine is separate from you, something that isn't part of you. Pagans should entrain with Divinity, connect with Divinity, immerse themselves in Divinity; and a large part of that process is exploring those male and female principles, because those are the divine archetypes and you are Divine. The Divine is inseparable from you. If you can believe in that, you can respect yourself; and if you can respect yourself, you can respect others. That's the true gift of the Pagan religions."

I love these quotes, because they show the difference between Paganism and the Judeo-Christian religions. In the latter a lot of people simply don't take responsibity for their actions. Everything comes from God or from Satan. People look to their God/Jesus/Mary/angels to get them out of trouble. They don't accept that they are the one who got themselves into their jam and they are the one who has to get themselves out. Also, many people see the Divine as unknowable, as something outside themselves, something that they can't truly understand. So they don't see the connection between all beings and the Divine. Despite the fact that Jesus was technically a demi-god (since Mary was a human woman), he's still not one of "us." He's seen as separate from humanity. I'm not saying that all Judeo-Christians see it this way; just that it's been my experience that many do.

If you want to know more about Kerr Cuhulain, here are his official website and his blog:

http://www.kerrcuhulain.com/

http://kerrcuhulain.blogspot.com/

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Fri, 08-12-2011 - 11:06pm

Hi Sisterhoney,

Thank you for the links.

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Sat, 08-13-2011 - 10:10am

......... the first part of the Tao Te Ching says, "The Tao that can be trodden is not the enduring and unchanging Tao. The name that can be named is not the enduring and unchanging name."

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Sun, 08-14-2011 - 3:21am

Hi tings-tang, that is so interesting....

I've always thought of taoism as a mystery.... I've never thought of it as knowable completely.... do you think it's knowable like subconsciously or intuitively?

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Sun, 08-14-2011 - 5:20pm

Thanks Atlantics.

But LOL I am not sure I have to words to explain knowing Tao, because as we said, to name it, is to be apart from it. hehehe

I think tthough that for me its about letting go. To try and free up my thoughts and "be in the moment" as they say. I know I have a long way to go to reach that, but every so often I get a glimpse of what it would be like.

I dont meditate at this point in the traditional way, but I do do Tai Chi, which is a very spiritual endevor for me. Someday I do hope to start trying to meditate, but life is just too crazy right now. Getting Tai Chi in 3x a week is the best I can do.

One of the best books I have read on this interpretation of Taoism is The Chronicles of Tao by Deng Ming-Dao.

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Sun, 08-14-2011 - 11:08pm

Yes, I do plan on reading Kerr Cuhulain's books. I'm definitely interested in the warrior code, probably because of my ancestral background. The Celts (and the ancient Germans) were great warriors.

I do believe that the Divine is knowable. For me, the Divine can be seen just outside your window. The Divine is within nature. Nature is the Divine. They are interconnected. This is one reason why we talk about Mother Nature. nature is our Mother and we are Her children. This includes all the animals and plants as well and all the varieties of nature spirits.

As for the God/desses, They are knowable as well. What I've always like about the Pagan deities is that They are like us. They have Their strengths and weaknesses, They have Their own issues, They aren't perfect, etc. They are much easier for me to relate to than the Judeo-Christian god. The God/desses might not tell you the reasoning behind what They do, but if/when They do, Their reasoning is understandable, because it's something that you might do if you were in the same situation.

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Mon, 08-15-2011 - 3:45am

tings-tang, I also enjoy our conversations.

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Mon, 08-15-2011 - 8:35am

Hi again.

Yes, Ch'i or qi as it is also known is a very real thing. It is the lifeforce that flows thru your body. The literal translation is air or gas, but it is so much more then that. It is found in may cultures, for instance the Hindu have chakra energy. And when I finish a Tai Chi set, I can feel the qi flowing thru my body.

By the way Tai Chi is also a martial art. It is form of qigong or internal marital art, developed centuries ago as a fighting style. Today there are many different forms of Tai Chi, some of which are more 'martial art' then others. The Taoist Tai Chi society that I belong to practices a style developed by Master Moy Lin Shin as a health benefit not a fighting style.

Everything contains both ying and yang and varying amounts. That is the whole idea, you can not have one without the other (they complete the whole) Now the amount of ying and yang in something will ebb and flow and that is what I mean about trying to balance them. An overly simple example is your beach vacation.

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Mon, 08-15-2011 - 2:18pm

I was reading some business related news about the book store chain, Borders, closing and claiming Bankruptcy. In one part it talked about how bad it damaged small magazine publishers since Borders owed a

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Mon, 08-15-2011 - 5:14pm

Whenever I find a magazine that I really enjoy I always subscribe to it, especially when it's a magazine with a specialized audience, like "Witches & Pagans." I could never be sure if I could find it in the bookstores. We didn't have Borders here in SC, though I practically lived there when I was living in TN. I loved Borders and I never shopped at another bookstore the whole 16 years that I lived in TN. It always carried the smaller press magazines, but I subscribed to the ones that I liked. We have a B&N here that I occasionally shop at and it does carry the smaller press magazines.

As for Pagan books in general, I haven't bought a new one in years. This is because I'm no longer a Wiccan and I've moved way beyond the 101 books. I don't need anymore books that tell me how to celebrate the holidays or explain what the tools are or how to cast circles. There just aren't the books out there for more advanced practioners.

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Tue, 08-16-2011 - 3:15am

Hi tings-tang, my natural tendency is to separate yin & yang... I like to break it down & analyze.

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