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Let’s talk Unverified Personal Gnosis

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July 26, 2017 UPGs with Thor Halvorsen on the New Normal

 

When you deal with the Occult, the Paranormal, the Supernatural, the Metaphysical, and especially when you discover that your belief systems are closer to those of pagan ancestors than those of the modern world, you have two resources: what’s been written down, probably by Christians who disaprove of or scientists who disbelieve the subject matter, or your personal experiences. You wouldn’t take on the inconvieniences of calling yourself a Pagan, Heathen, or Witch, if you weren’t pretty sure that what you’re dealing with is real, and your life will be better if you maintain a positive relationship with these beings that most of the world seems to be telling you are imaginary.
There are enough of us now, (1-2 million estimated) pagans or polytheists in the USA, that you may have found others to hang around with. You may have found a Hellenistic (Greek), Khemetic (Egyptian), or Heathen (Norse) group that worship the same gods, and would like to do it together. Reconstructionist Pagans try to find as much material (often called Lore) from the pre-Christian writings on which to base practices. But we come to this situation through personal experiences, and keep having them.
At the same time, we are modern people and know that it’s possible to hallucinate, to see something briefly and have your brain turn it into something different, or even just remember things incorrectly. How do you know the experience, the vision, that you had was real? Joan of Arc wasn’t burned for cross dressing, she was burned for believing her visions over the Churches objections. But polytheists don’t have experts to tell them what’s Canon, we tend to come to a consensus. If your personal experienced differs from historical sources, or others experiences, they’ll be less likely to trust your description. It’s an “unverifiable personal gnosis” they might say. If several others have, for example seen the goddess Hecate with blonde hair, others may be willing to say “I guess that’s how she’s appearlng these days.”
Gnosis btw, is a knowledge of spiritual mysteries.
Wikipedia tells us:
“Unverified personal gnosis (often abbreviated UPG) is the phenomenological concept that an individual’s spiritual insights (or gnosis) may be valid for them without being generalizable to the experience of others. It is primarily a neologism used in polytheistic reconstructionism, to differentiate it from ancient sources of spiritual practices.
The term appears to have originally appeared in print in Kaatryn MacMorgan’s book Wicca 333: Advanced Topics in Wiccan Belief, published in March 2003, but seems to have originated in German–Scandinavian Reconstructionist groups in the 1970s or 1980s. The same phenomenon has also been referred to as “personal revelation”, or “unverifiable personal gnosis” (in a somewhat derogatory sense).
Ideally the term is used to label one’s own experience as a new and untested hypothesis, although further verification from the spiritual interactions of others may lead to a certain degree of verifiability[disambiguation needed]. At other times, the term is used in either a value-neutral or disparaging sense, about someone else’s experience.”
Tune in to www.Liveparanormal.com, to listen on your computer. If you’d like to join the conversation, we’d love to hear your perspective and experiences. call 619-639-4606 (live only). If you know you’re going to listen later but have a question, leave a question on the facebook event page . We’ll try to answer it during the show.
If you can’t tune in 8-9, Live Paranormal.com archives its shows by date, and I archive them by date, guest, and topic on my website: http://tchipakkan.wordpress.com/the-new-normal/directory-of-podcasts/
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Double Edged Sword: Rhetoric, practice and inclusionism/exclusionism with Thor Halvorsen

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The Double Edged Sword: Rhetoric, practice and inclusionism/ exclusionism

with Thor

Halvorsen

Trigger warn yourself! This class will discuss the double-edged sword of exclusionism/isolationism in practice, how excess of nationalism/ supremacy is hurting paganism. Will discuss possible origins, and is it cultural or reactionary? Does it have a place in paganism– greater good vs freedom of speech/expression? Example discussion will be about the labeling the AFA as hate group, and another example being the Sons of Odin nationalist group (Order 13).

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Charles Neto and Janine Marie helping pagans in prisons

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The New Normal is on your computer live Wednesdays at 8 pm est on Liveparanormal.com  If you missed it, here’s the link to the archive.
Please join Tchipakkan and her guests Charles Butler Neto and Janine Marie as we talk about the challenges of helping pagans in prisons, April 27, 2016.
Given the common assumption that prisoner’s will reform if they “let Jesus into their hearts”, some pagans find a less than hospitible environment to express their spirituality in a prison environment.
Charles-ButlerCharles Butler Neto is an interfaith minister with Rising Sun Outreach Ministry currently in school at Howard University School of Divinity majoring in Divinity with a minor in Public Policy and Education. He works as a prison subject matter expert in Pagan traditions (Wicca, Asatru, Umbanda, Santeria). He writes letters to incarcerated people and prison chaplains, especially prisoners in Administrative Sequester. The field of prison ministry for Pagans is growing but we can always use more help.
Janine MArie GorhamJanine Marie, as present President of the Maine Pagan Clergy Association, and has been active in the Pagan Community in Maine since 2000, Priestess/Gythja and Healer and Mentor. JanineMarie has been a practising Heathen for seven years, and is in Service to her Gods, Kin, Ancestors and Community.
Both of our guests work to help those in jail practice spirituality in their own way. Sometimes it takes imagination to figure out how to work within the system.

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M Cassius Julianus on the New Normal October 7th

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cyril_julianThe Julian Society is a modern pagan group started by Marcus Cassius Julianus to honour the Emperor Julian the Blessed’s vision of a world where all faiths were accepted. (He is known as the last pagan Emperor of Rome.) In a world where the DAESH can openly tear down and destroy the artworks of ancient civilizations because they represent alternative religions- even though they are long dead; and even in the USA people can attempt to make the law be based on their personal religious beliefs, we need the vision and philosophy of Julian more than ever.
Please join Tchipakkan and Marcus (aka Will Bradford) as they discuss religious diversity and tolerance in both the ancient and modern worlds.CIV-Marcus_Cassius_Iulianus
To get a preview of the discussion, here’s an essay M Cassius posted on the Julian Society yahoo group after the destruction of the Temple of Bel:
https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/JulianSociety/conversations/messages/6379

“The Julian Society is a religious order dedicated to the restoration of Paganism as a respected major world sprituality. Our efforts are inspired by the works of the Emperor Julian, the last Pagan emperor of Rome, who reigned as Caesar of the Western Empire from 355-360 BC, and then as Augustus of the full Roman Empire from 360-363 AD.
During his lifetime the Emperor Julian worked to restore paganism to it’s traditional status. He rebuilt temples to the Gods, reformed the pagan priesthoods, restored traditional rites and created new ones, and championed pagan spirituality in writing, debate and through philosophy.”

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