“If you follow your bliss, you put yourself on a kind of track that has been there all the while, waiting for you, and the life that you aught to be living is the one you are living. Wherever you are—if you are following your bliss, you are enjoying that refreshment, that life within you, all the time.”
The former quote can be found in Joseph Campbell’s The Power of Myth, which was bookmarked with a quote by Henry David Thoreau; one where he spoke about destiny and said
"Go confidently in the direction of your DREAMS! LIVE the life you’ve always IMAGINED.”
The book by
and the bookmark with Thoreau’s words were given to me by one of you—a very dear Pagan Culture reader. I won’t disclose the name of this individual because this person works for a very intolerant institution—sad, I know. Some might find it difficult to believe that this type of treatment still exist, but if you follow a Witchcraft tradition or any other marginalized spiritual path, you already know that it is not that unusual. Campbell
But enough about sadness, for this is a blissful post. If you have been following Pagan Culture and/or The Pagan & The Pen you already know I’ve been “Stumbling at a Crossroad”. I’m in love with Eclectic Paganism, mythology and writing; particularly in the way these three relate and influence each other. I’ve spent the last few months doing research, trying to find the best academic program that can help me follow my dream. It has being TOUGH and the frustrating process was making me lose hope.
Yesterday, I made a few phone calls and cancelled interviews with prospective schools. I was just too tired. One person called me back and told me not to give up, to continue my search or to accept some help in the process. I was so frustrated that I almost declined, but something told me not to. I met the individual at a lovely coffee shop where we talked about mythology, Paganism, Green Witchcraft, reading, writing, scholarly research, dreams… all of this over warm oatmeal cookies, caramel macchiato and Fiji water (by the way, I know we should pay for quality, but UNHOLY crap! I couldn’t believe how much the water cost).
My Wicked Darling started the conversation by saying: “I really love your blog. Its simplicity, and its just-say-it-like-it-is approach to life, is invigorating. I’m a Green Witch who is so deep in the broom closet that I doubt I’ll ever come out… maybe a few years after retirement… or after my children are old enough to understand. Who knows…”
After the longest of silences, the person continued. “You have so much potential. I want to say that you remind me of me when I was your age, but that would be a lie. I wasn’t as brave and I didn’t have your charm.” At this point in the conversation, my Wicked Darling already had me, for flattery goes everywhere with me *grin*, but this amazing individual had to go for the kill: “With ‘privilege comes responsibility’, a bit cliché, but true nonetheless. You have been given an opportunity that some of us can only dream of. Don’t waste it. You are always writing about the beauty of Paganism, aren’t you?” I gave a zombielike nod. “Then go and get the degree that can help you spread that word with authority.”
I won’t lie; I was a bit teary-eyed by the time she was done. However, the choking emotion was replaced by pure excitement when my Wicked Darling put a bag on the table and told me: “In case my eloquent monologue didn’t win you over, here is some bribery.”
I laughed so hard that people began to stare. I got a lovely mug, a weekly planner, a water flask, a book, a bookmark, the cutest of memo pads, an insanely expensive bottle of water (sorry, I’m a thrifty soul), and a healthy nudge toward following my Eclectic Pagan “bliss”.
I want to thank each and every one of you for reading Pagan Culture and for REALLY paying attention to what I write. I started this blog hoping for a few likeminded individuals who would stop by, every now and then, to share ideas. I’m happy to say that I’ve met people, here, who have touched my life in ways I didn’t believe possible in cyberspace.
Thanks a bunch my Wicked Darlings, especially my dearest new friend, the Green Witch in the broom closet.
Oh, I almost forgot to
show you my wicked bookmark! Here it is ;)
show you my wicked bookmark! Here it is ;)
And as usual, I have a question, has anyone touched your life through cyberspace?