[Nimue Brown] When a Pagan Prays [juvenile Book] TXT

Heaven to Betsy eAred in my opinion Written plainly it has anlouence in its simple approach to the subject like the simple louence Of An Apple Blossom Or an apple blossom or curve of a lover s cheek This book is a welcome addition to Brown s series on Druidry already on my bookshelf and I look forward to of her inspired work in the future This is my fifth time reading this book in five months Its uite odd very time I read it I get something new from the pages as if I missed a little snippet here or there when reading it because I was too focused on this or that aspect I have been a Pagan since 1986 when I happened across a Wiccan Priestess on a local Bulletin Board Service BBS In all the time I have studied and read about Pagans and Paganism never once have I considered how prayer would Cabaret enter into theuation Seriously Its never been a top priority in my studies and not ven an after thought Its been propped up on a shelf and left there for the dust to collect And then along comes Nimue s book and I blow the dust off of the concept and am introduced to a side of Paganism I had never contemplated before And like I said before I am finding new points about prayer and Paganism that I had never considered with ach successive reading Her approach is to first let you know where she is coming from as well as to define some of the concepts from her perspective In my opinion this is an xcellent start as it lays out the groundwork for how to approach the topic as well as providing a sounding board for your own personal differences From there Nimue walks you around the topic and around and around and around ach time you think she is going to make the same point as before when the circuit Trading Places: The Netherlandish Merchants in Early Modern Venice ends and she merely builds from there The topic begins to climb one bit at a time In thend you find yourself at a great pinnacle looking back and discovering how little you really thought about the concept of prayer and how it integrates into Paganism Or at least that s what I got from it I will make one recommendation take your time Make notes Keep a little journal of your thoughts And When You Are Finished Reading Go Back Over What when you are finished reading go back over what wrote and see if you are still *looking for clues and information If so do the same process for a second reading I was surprised at *for clues and information If so do the same process for a second reading I was surprised at much I had missed through my first reading And my second And my third Do I recommend this book Nine Hells yes Its definitely something that will make you think and postulate your position As she notes in the beginning of the book if you are looking for a How To book on Druidry this is not the place for that What you will find is a lot of food for thought. Ook is both a wide ranging xploration of what prayer means in different faith and cultures and a personal journey into a spiritual practice. ,


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A wonderful xploration of the subject of prayer from a pagan perspective A must read Excellent discussion of what prayer is that challenges the reader of any faith to think about why they pray what their reasons for praying are and what ffect it may have on *them or others For Druids and other pagans it goes in to depth about who to pray to *or others For Druids and other pagans it goes in to depth about who to pray to how to conduct personal and group prayers When a Pagan Prays is a brutally honest and sincere nuiry into the subject of prayer It is not written as a manual or a guidebook It is not advocating for any particular approach it is not pushing any spiritual agenda and it is not promising any results like salvation Dance Real Slow enlightenment or getting a pony Instead it asks an unimaginable number of uestions aboutvery aspect of prayer anyone could think of and a few on top of that I just couldn t scape and pause very now and then to ponder on some of those uestions and to sit with them for a while before I could join back into the book and continue the journey down the rabbit holeThe original intention of the author was to write an academic style book on the subject of prayer but she found The Day Christ Was Born: The True Account of the First 24 Hours of Jesus's Life early on in her research that the only way to learn anything useful about it is personalxperience So she started with simple Hello Anybody there and in a process of researching it further and writing the book Nimue developed a regular devotional practice and observed how her life was changing alongsideFor me this book wasn t only about its subject the prayer It was also a good xample of how true personal sceptical nuiry should be conducted on any subject The best way to give an xample of her approach is in her own words It s better I think not to put your faith in gods but to carry your doubt towards the possibility of them and see what happens It is said that there are no atheists on the battlefield or generally to whom do you turn in your darkest hour In When a Pagan Prays Nimue Brown ncourages us to look closely at what we as individuals mean by prayer and offers up a valuable insight of how she views the subject as a modern Druid If we re honest most pagans are hampered by the lack of an stablished creed to guide us when communing with a an stablished creed to guide us when communing with a or some spiritual power and so we need some sort of guidance in understanding what prayer Integrity Restored: Helping Catholic Families Win the Battle Against Pornography entails Generally speaking most prayer isither a petition or supplication simply because we want something from the release of pain to winning the lottery often less freuently a vote of thanks as in counting our blessings Within the stablished religions prayer is generally performed by rote and as the author poin. When a Pagan prays there are many uncertainties who we pray to what we pray for and what might happen to us as a conseuence Not having the Ts out Prayer practices are
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and diverse from the private to the public ritual from the ancient prayer poem to the sudden improvisation A little reading around about different faiths left me clear that there are many ways of doing it and that individual preferences and needs are probably the best guide in picking ways *OF WORKING AFTER ALL IF YOU FEEL SILLY UNCOMFORTABLE *working After all if you feel silly uncomfortable fraudulent then the odds of having a meaningful spiritual xperience are slim The charm if that is the right word of this book is that Nimue Brown can ncourage us to look away from our own attitudes to prayer and study those from other cultures not in order to highjack those ideas or techniues but to draw inspiration from them She uses the comparison with Shinto a faith I grew up in and have often compared with traditional British Old Craftin that it combines the purity of techniue with a highly abstract focus on deity Prayer of course is a very private matter and our own individual way of connecting with godhead however we see He She or It and When A Pagan Prays reveals how we can bring that personal spirituality into our daily lives Or simply as my neighbouring farmer commented only the other morning as we stood together in silent contemplation of the arly morning blue haze on the mountains It makes you feel good with yourself doesn t it Suzanne Ruthven Prayer formulating into coherent words or actions in the manner of prayer can make such a huge difference to our otherwise scattered thoughts whether we speak them aloud to deity spirits ancestors or whatever we feel we would like to connect with that might be listening This solidifying of thoughts ueries petitions or thanksgiving is what makes prayer so beneficial No longer thereal or mysterious floaty thoughts as humans who use language and gestures we define ourselves through prayer if we so choose The subject of the thics of prayer brings to the fore that which humanity so often fails at looking outside ourselves at the bigger picture When graced by human consciousness we should all be looking to live with compassion with all beings Sadly the The Road From Home: The Story Of An Armenian Girl ethics of prayer can be abused by the simple fallibility of humanityBrown forthrightlyxplores prayer for the benefit of all as well as perhaps paradoxically focusing on our inner ualities of the self Her re working of the Gorsedd prayer is meaningful and her instructions to create your own out of your own associations is very good advice for prayer is such a personal Exile and Pilgrim experience She has taken us on a journey that is filled with honesty andnuiry and to which we are privileged to have sh. Ame structures as other religions Pagans can't frame prayer in the same ways and our xperiences are likely to be wilder and personal This When a Pagan Prays

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