Your Godphone Is Okay

So, I have a lot of thoughts on this topic, because I, too, am wary of the tendency to shut people – especially newbies – down, just when they’re trying to learn the really important stuff.

It’s not ready for prime-time yet, but I’m working on some posts about trance work, and one of the things I explore there is the idea that there’s a VERY big difference between discouraging a person from trying to speak TO the Gods, and discouraging a person from trying to speak FOR the Gods.

As a spiritual community, we do need both. However, everyone should be able to speak with the Gods, both speaking TO them, and trusting themselves to listen.
What should take more time, more training, and more ethical boundaries is who the community allows to serve *others* on that basis.

Should you trust your own UPG? HEL YES!

Should you share your UPG with others? Sure.

Should you teach your UPG? Mmm, maybe, maybe not.

Give it time. See how it adds up in the bigger picture. And whatever you do, don’t expect that your UPG is the final word, the most important voice. We’re polytheists – there’s never only one voice in our world.

–Ember–

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About EmberVoices

Ember Cooke has been a member of Hrafnar and Seidhjallr for more than a decade, where she trained to be a Seidhkona, Galdrakona, and Gythia. She founded the Vanic Conspiracy and made ordination vows to the Vanir and her congregation in the summer of 2013. She has contributed to several publications on Heathen and Northern Pagan subjects and regularly presents rituals and workshops at festivals. Her personal practice is more diverse, as the Vanir have lead her into cross-training and service for the wider Pagan community. This has including medium and servitor training in American Umbanda, clergy training with the Fellowship of the Spiral Path, and jail ministry for local counties. She holds a BA with honors in Religious Studies from Santa Clara University. Ember has lived all her life in the south San Francisco Bay Area, and is intimately bound to the valley of her birth.
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