Category Archives: Paganism

Pagan Prayer: Dancing Naked In The Forest

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All of creation is inherently good:

God saw all that he had made, and it was very good.
~ Genesis 1:31

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Because of Adam’s and Eve’s sin, we aren’t as able to see and appreciate the inherent goodness of God’s creation…

Then the eyes of both of them were open and saw that they were naked.
~ Genesis 3:7

…but that goodness does not go away.

An example of how “that goodness does not go away”:

Nude art. Like The Birth of Venus.

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Because of this imperfect world — because my eyes are “opened” and I see that Venus is naked — I can’t see Venus in a completely pure way. There’s always that inner tug-of-war with lust.

But: That doesn’t mean that Venus herself is less inherently good. That just means that I am not perfectly able to see her goodness.

On another note:

To quote George R.R. Martin:

The gods give each of us our little gifts and talents, and it is meant for us to use them, my aunt always says. Any act can be a prayer, if done as well as we are able. Isn’t that a lovely thought?
~ Lady Smallwood, A Storm of Swords, “A Song of Ice and Fire”

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And to quote Chariots of Fire (1981):

You can glorify God by peeling a potato, if you peel it to perfection.
~ J.D. Liddell

My point is:

Any act — even dancing naked in a forest — can be a prayer if it is done as well as we are able to do it.

Because all things — like a forest, a person’s naked body, and a desire to dance — ultimately come from God. And it is up to us to use them for the well-being of others and ourselves…

Typing those words, I am reminded of Kiki’s Delivery Service (1989):

We fly with our spirit.

That’s what I’m talking about! Trusting your spirit. The spirit that drives your friend to bake, me to paint, and you to fly, is the same spirit. Maybe the spirit comes from God.

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So:

To anyone who is out in nature, naked and moving, while I’m indoors, clothed and kneeling:

Thank you.

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Every Woman Is A Goddess

Recently I ran across a woman who said this:

“My body is a temple for bringing new life into the world. It is sacred. I am a goddess.”

That got me thinking Why? Why would she think that?

Here, I believe, is why:

To the woman who is a goddess,

You are a goddess in the sense that you are the master of your own little corner of the universe. Your place in space and time, and what you make of it, is unique.

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You are a goddess in the sense that, like a god…

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…you bring life into existence through your being.

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You are a goddess in the sense that your child worships you at a temple. The temple is your body, and their worship is the act drinking the life that comes from you.

…your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit…
~1 Corinthians 6:19

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Where one god creates the world with words…

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…you create a world with actions.

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One god says to his children “Eat.”

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And you say to your child “Drink.”

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The children of God are to be a light in dark places.

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And what mother is not proud when her child is a light in another’s darkness?

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