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Pagan Values Blogging Month

One of the values in the Pagan worldview that has won my enduring commitment to the path is the reverence for each other’s indwelling Divinity. Pagans have the willingness and ability to see the Godself that shines through each individual, regardless of how clearly – or not – it may be shining through at any given moment.

I feel this leads to a great deal of respect and tolerance for our fellow beings, something which is greatly needed on this war-torn planet of ours. To recognize another’s innate Divinity affirms that being’s sovereignty over his/her own life. If we can live from the basic premise that each being, as an expression of Divinity, has the right to govern their own live, we can eliminate all sorts of problems that arise from striving to police people according to a specific set of beliefs that “everyone” must adopt.

We can begin to listen to each other. We can begin to hear what is important to a person whose beliefs may differ drastically from our own. We can stop reacting and perhaps begin to find solutions that honor everyone’s concerns. We can amplify that which is beautiful, inspired, creative in each other, and see that which is less favorable as merely a shadow that temporarily obscures the brilliance within. When everyone is Divine, everyone matters. Everyone is the Chosen One. This is something that Pagans honor pretty consistently, I find.

Read the original article at: Music from the Deep Within

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