PBP Fridays: Y is for You and Your Yield

PBP Fridays: Y is for You and Your Yield

Take a look across the polytheist and pagan blogosphere, and you’ll see a lot of great resources for those starting out and those continuing on a given path. For most pantheons, for many gods, and for many cultures, you’ll be able to find at least a few fairly-reliable resources. Need to know if Celtic pagans revert their god-given offerings—or if Kemetics revert the food they give to their dead? Google can help.

Plenty of online resources are centered around facts, traditions, and information. You can find how-tos and why-tos and don’t-dos if you dig hard enough for most practices, rituals, and spells—and more resources are being added on a daily basis across the scattered network of bloggers and researchers and practitioners. (Granted, there are never really “enough” resources, but there are more now than there was yesterday!)

The hard part, of course, is figuring out which of these learnable, doable things actually ring true to you and your gods, spirits, ancestors, and/or general worldview. You’re on this spiritual path for yourself, even if you have additional or more vital reasons, like serving a particular god or honoring your blessed dead. And there’s little point to choosing and keeping your path if you’re malcontent, unfulfilled, or downright suffering.

Out of all of the things you can learn and can do, which ones truly serve your path, your spiritual wellness, and your relationships to the world around you, both Seen and Unseen? Which ones enhance your life, improve your internal and external Self, and enrich your day-to-day? Which ones are just should-dos, or rote and nominal, or actually harmful to your wellness in some way?

What is the yield of your spiritual practice? In ancient Egypt, we’re entering the season of the early harvest at the end of the inundation, so now is an excellent time to step back, look at the seeds you’ve sown with your spirit and the shoots sprouting from the soil of your practice, and evaluate where you should perhaps water a little more—or if you should stop growing a particular crop.

If hardcore ceremonial rituals aren’t your thing, then downsize and simplify. If you can’t get by without a daily rite of some fashion, establish one and work to keep it consistent (but don’t kick yourself for missing a day here and there!). If you find yourself missing a deity you used to have a stronger relationship with, offer Them something They like and say hello again. If you really can’t stand a particular traditional restriction, find a compromise with your gods and yourself to stop observing it. If you hate reading dry histories, skip being a hard reconstructionist and be a revivalist or neo-pagan instead.

Remember that your path is your own, and no one has a right to tell you how to live it; we all share our own experiences and opinions, but there’s never any One Right Way. There’s only the right way for you.

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