Daily Archives: September 25, 2012

Books and Lists and New Age Twists

These two books are full of writing prompts – Listography, Your Life in Lists by Lisa Nola, and 642 Things To Write About by the San Francisco Writers’ Grotto (many contributors).

I guess they’re actually journals that are supposed to be filled in.  But where’s the spell check fun in that?

  There’s one list suggestion that I will probably fill out but not share – “List Your Memorable Injuries and Illnesses”.  I know, it would make fascinating reading for somebody, but I really can’t think who that sad person might be.

I am also reading (at the same time, back and forth from one book to the other) Survival of the Soul by Lisa Williams, and Wicca, A Guide for the Solitary Practitioner, by Scott Cunningham.  If you were to make a wild guess that I spent some time in the New Age and Occult section of Chapters the other day, you would be right.

When I start browsing in a bookstore there’s no foretelling the things I’ll end up bringing home.

Well maybe a clairvoyant could predict it, but it’s all news to me.

It’s absolutely amazing to me all the things that are out there to be pondered over and learned, and how we have so many preconceived notions about so many things that could quite possibly be completely wrong.

And yet….when you get right down to the bottom of things, the basic premises are so similar it’s incredible.  And thus doubly astonishing that there are some religious groups out there trying so hard to compete with each other to prove who’s the most right.  In these two books, Lisa Williams explains what she knows about the afterlife and how she knows it; and Scott Cunningham explains the beliefs, philosophies, tenets and rituals of Wicca.  No one is trying to convert you to anything.  How refreshing is that?

Well it’s damned refreshing, is what it is.  I think religion and spirituality are very individual and personal things, and different beliefs comfort different people.  How very boring this world would be if we were all the same.  And how very little we’d learn from each other.

I’m also reading a book on my kindle, but I’ll do a separate review of that when I’m finished, unless my head is so full of lists and topics and spirit guides and signs and symbols and deities that I never get through it.

With all this knowledge in my head, maybe someday I’ll be interesting to talk to.  There is some method to my madness.