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It’s that day again. The day when I receive an email that claims not to want to offend, but then tries to explain that “You’re wrong” and you should update your information. Oh how I “love” these.
Of course this isn’t the first time I’ve received a letter like this. So I learned how not to take them personally and see them for what they are. People generally mean well, and think they are sharing knowledge that someone else is lacking. But sometimes that can fall in the category of “Unsolicited Advice is Always Self-Serving“.
Other times, like this case, I believe the person meant well and there’s no other end game behind the note. But, what the sender failed to do before making an assumption about my information is….to conduct some research to discover why my information might be different. But let’s start at the beginning, here’s the note I’d like to discuss.
“Hi, every other website listed for elements and their corresponding compass points say: Air=east, Water=west, Fire=south, Earth=North which contradicts your website. You may want to revise your site. I hope you don’t get offended by this message, my intention is simply to promote accuracy.” Continue reading →
So you want to be a “____fill in the blank____”. Ok, it’ takes time and research. Are you willing to put in the effort? Then here’s how you get started.
“The Library at Alexandria was in charge of collecting all the world’s knowledge, and most of the staff was occupied with the task of translating works onto papyrus paper. It did so through an aggressive and well-funded royal mandate involving trips to the book fairs of Rhodes and Athens. … Any books found on ships that came into port were taken to the library, and were listed as “books of the ships”. Official scribes then copied these writings; the originals were kept in the library, and the copies delivered to the owners.” – Wikipedia
Today when people speak of the Library of Alexandria they’re often referring to a place of infinite knowledge. A place where you can go to learn anything, discover anything and access the knowledge of time and history.
Today we are fortunate to have access to an equivalent library at our finger tips. Right there in front of you. Where you’re reading this article. You have access to the Library of Alexandria. You merely need to follow a few simple rules for using it.
I receive a great deal of email and quite often it’s from people asking me “Have you heard of this -term-” or “What does this -word- mean?” or “How do I become -this title/label”.
I don’t mind sharing what I think, but I do try to give people resources to do their own research. I can give you a fish, or I can teach you to fish. I prefer to teach you how to fish so you have the tools and ability to learn for yourself. I can’t learn for you. But I can help you learn how to achieve the knowledge you seek. It’s the difference between empowering others, or putting yourself in power over others. I have too much on my plate, I don’t have time for the latter. Continue reading →
Many people feel overwhelmed and inundated with so much information on the bookshelves and online. It’s hard to know which way to go or where to start your own spiritual journey. Getting started isn’t as hard as you might think, and there are many places to begin for accurate and safe information. Here is my suggestion and a little information for those with an interest and desire to begin their spiritual journey.
To start the search into your own spiritual interests, define what you currently believe. Whither you’re interested in Pagan Metaphysics or some other spiritual path, you should have an idea of what you believe now. Putting your beliefs into writing instead of just talking about them, helps you define the connection between your beliefs, understand what you believe, and identify what you might not understand or where there are gaps in your beliefs. Learn more aboutDefining Your Beliefs.
Next, do your own research. Read everything! The more you read, the more you’ll be able to distinguish what is good source material from what is not. Look for material that cite the sources of their information. Continue reading →