Just in time for the [insert winter solstice holiday of your choice here], I converted to a new theme that should be easier for me to handle and invested in some customizing capability, relocated the home page to the Sacred Grove SWC domain name (which I have renewed for at least 2 years), restructured the menus a bit, and started filling in the Book of Shadows.
Our liturgy was initially developed by Wilddragon about 20 years ago, and it has served us well ever since. For a course in liturgy and ritual design at Cherry Hill Seminary I tweaked it a bit and fleshed out some rituals and the Wheel of the Year. The Wheel of the Year is in place, most parts under construction, but examples of the form are there. More to come.
Please comment (I haven’t seen how that is working yet) or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org when you’ve had a chance to look it over.
Mysticism as a word derives from the Mystery cults of Ancient Greece. Secret societies/cults promised to initiate the recruit into the ‘deeper Mysteries’ of the cosmos.
However the mystical experience itself can be traced back into the mists of time as an altered state of consciousness that somehow connects one with Ultimate Reality behind the Universe.
Mysticism is, in its essence, an experience of such a connectedness and not primarily a belief in such a possibility. Hence it is rarely found within religious or spiritual groups of ‘believers’ who take their cue from sacred scriptures or holy writings rather than personal experience.
“And you have to remember that religion is of itself neither good nor bad. Christianity has produced the Ku Klux Klan. Christianity has produced those who killed doctors that perform abortions. Religion is a morally neutral thing. It is what you do with it. It is like a knife, a knife is good when you use it for cutting up bread for sandwiches. A knife is bad when you stick it in somebody’s gut. Religion is good when it produces a Dalai Lama, a Mother Teresa, a Martin Luther King.” — Bishop Desmond Tutu