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Well, I think I'm searching for a spirituality, or a way to <i>describe</i> or name my own spirituality. I wonder if any of you might know of:<br><br>
-- <span style="text-decoration:underline;">religion scales/quizzes/measures</span> that tell you which religions you jive the most with, besides the Belief-O-Matic? (i did that one, which was good, but i would like to look at some others)<br><br>
Have you used any that you liked and that you thought gave some clarity to which religions you would fit into?<br><br>
I was raised Catholic, and stopped going to church when I was 18. I feel a connection with nature, with the seasons changing especially, and the trees. So, I figure that I fit in with some of the Pagan beliefs, but I'm also scientific, rational, and artistic/creative. I don't like a lot of "ceremony". I like very simple rituals, like celebrating the seasons changing with my children, writing poetry about it, etc....<br><br>
I'm feeling really guilty about the fact that my kids are 5 and 2 and I haven't schooled them in any religion because I still have a lot of guilt about leaving Catholicism, even though it doesn't fit at all with my beliefs.<br><br>
On the Belief-O-Matic, I scored:<br><br>
Secular Huminism 100%<br>
UU 94%<br>
Nontheist 77%<br>
Liberal Quakers 76%<br>
Theravada Buddism 71%<br>
Neo Pagan 66%<br><br>
I'm not sure why I didn't score higher on NeoPagan. I did the test twice and got basically the same result. I think maybe because I don't put a lot of importance on gods/goddesses? And also I don't like a lot of ritual - just very simple ones. And I"m very unsure about the afterlife, the existence of a higher power, ect,..........
 

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Hi, it sounds like you are a lot like me in the way you approach religion. I am a Pagan who also does not perform a lot of ritual. For me, it always feels forced and silly... I mean when I have done it, other people's rituals look fine to me. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> I always felt, for about 7 years of my path, like I was dropping the ball, not a "real" Pagan etc, then I found out which of the gods I was to follow and it all made sense. Now I am happy Pagan who does only the simplest rituals on rare occasions. (Like lighting a healing candle for someone, or using some incense to banish negativity from our house)<br><br>
The thing about Paganism is that I don't see it as literal. I don't know any that do. The creation myths, the various gods, they are all frames used to understand larger things. There is no need to reject science. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
I guess I am saying, you might be Pagan, it may be that you will discover the gods that have an interest in you are not big into ritual. It wouldn't surprise me a bit, you sound a lot like me. I am also artistic, creative, drawn to nature and the changing seasons and unwilling to divorce logic and reason from my path.<br><br>
Good luck and Bright Blessings to you.
 

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I also am similarly searching. I am particularly interested in finding a community of belief to help me share my outlook with dc. So far, I have found UU services to work pretty well for me, and within that community I would describe myself as pantheist (although I really dislike the term and wish they'd come up with something better).<br><br>
Here are the UU principles: <a href="http://www.uua.org/visitors/6798.shtml" target="_blank">http://www.uua.org/visitors/6798.shtml</a><br>
Here is the Pantheist website: <a href="http://www.pantheism.net/" target="_blank">http://www.pantheism.net/</a><br>
And the Pantheist manifest: <a href="http://www.harrison.dircon.co.uk/manifest.htm" target="_blank">http://www.harrison.dircon.co.uk/manifest.htm</a><br><br>
Just did that Belief-O-Matic quiz and am laughing that UU was 100%. I haven't ever thought much about Quakers even though I lived in Pennsylvania for a long time - hmm will have to explore that as there is a Quaker meeting house very near me as opposed to almost 1 hr away for the UUs.<br><br>
1. Unitarian Universalism (100%)<br>
2. Liberal Quakers (90%)<br>
3. Neo-Pagan (87%)<br>
4. Secular Humanism (87%)<br><br>
How does one find pagan communities?
 

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I would first begin by asking yourself why it is so important to you to *find a religion*? In other words, I am sure you have already begun emparting certain beliefs or simnple rituals or whatever to your children without it being a concrete thing --<br><br>
I identify as a Christian, that is my chosen *label* I suppose you would say <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> but the BEST, singlemost life-changing, freeing, wonderful, awesome thing I ever did in my life spiritually - was to allow all my belief systems and ideals to live comfortably together -- even if in "theory" or by someone else's definition, they *shouldn't* be able to live comfortably or coexsist in peace --<br><br>
I love the seasons, I love the simple rituals of say, a nature table and changing it out with the seasons and celebrating nature and such -- does that make me less of a Christian??? To me, God created everything, the universe, so celebrating it just comes naturally...<br><br>
Same with someone like Buddha -- love his teachings, love his philosophies, I study them, even do a few simple rituals -- does that make me less Christian? No way... hey, God created Buddha in His image too (imo) so I can learn from his teachings and feel good about it...<br><br>
Same with elements of astrology, and metaphysics, and quantum physics, and science, and feng shui, and parts of all kinds of world religions that I take wisdom from -- It all lives together --<br><br>
So as for my child -- well she is not quite two and for now is convinced that Jesus lives in our baby pool in the back yard and that is cool with me <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
On any given day you will find us celebrating nature as easily as you will find us reading her children's Bible as easily as you may find us doing yoga as easily as you may find us reading her book about Buddha, as easily as you may find us working on our nature table as easily as you may find us doing a treasure map as easily as you may find us singing *Jesus Loves Me* as easily as you may find us doing our Tibetan Rites, as easily as you may find us....<br><br>
So it can be a while big jumble of awesomeness with one central focus (for us it is Christianity) or not... whatever you choose....<br><br>
Good luck on your journey!!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Well, I think I'm searching for a spirituality, or a way to <i>describe</i> or name my own spirituality. I wonder if any of you might know of:<br><br>
-- <span style="text-decoration:underline;">religion scales/quizzes/measures</span> that tell you which religions you jive the most with, besides the Belief-O-Matic? (i did that one, which was good, but i would like to look at some others)<br><br>
Have you used any that you liked and that you thought gave some clarity to which religions you would fit into?</div>
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I've done that quizz and it's been a while, but pagan was up at the top with buddhism for me <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/innocent.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="shy"> I think it's useful because it gives you a format to think thru your own beliefs and decide what you place the most importance on.<br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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<table border="0" cellpadding="6" cellspacing="0" width="99%"><tr><td class="alt2" style="border:1px inset;">I was raised Catholic, and stopped going to church when I was 18. I feel a connection with nature, with the seasons changing especially, and the trees. So, I figure that I fit in with some of the Pagan beliefs, but I'm also scientific, rational, and artistic/creative. I don't like a lot of "ceremony". I like very simple rituals, like celebrating the seasons changing with my children, writing poetry about it, etc....<br><br>
I'm feeling really guilty about the fact that my kids are 5 and 2 and I haven't schooled them in any religion because I still have a lot of guilt about leaving Catholicism, even though it doesn't fit at all with my beliefs.</td>
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I was raised southern baptist so I understand the guilt thing! It really comes with the territory unfortunately, as too much guilt is involved in a lot of organized religions. I think spirituality/religion should make you feel joy, not guilt or shame. I'm a lot like you it sounds like... I'm very scientific minded (i'm a psych nurse by training <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"> ) and creative.. although not always rational <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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<table border="0" cellpadding="6" cellspacing="0" width="99%"><tr><td class="alt2" style="border:1px inset;">On the Belief-O-Matic, I scored:<br><br>
Secular Huminism 100%<br>
UU 94%<br>
Nontheist 77%<br>
Liberal Quakers 76%<br>
Theravada Buddism 71%<br>
Neo Pagan 66%<br><br>
I'm not sure why I didn't score higher on NeoPagan. I did the test twice and got basically the same result. I think maybe because I don't put a lot of importance on gods/goddesses? And also I don't like a lot of ritual - just very simple ones. And I"m very unsure about the afterlife, the existence of a higher power, ect,..........</td>
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Hope this makes sense.. but just because a quizz or 'general knowledge' about paganism says you MUST have a god/goddess or many.. just don't make it so <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"> I've known pagans who have a very specific pantheon of dieties.. and pagans who were so nature based that they had NONE, and didn't feel the need to. I am quite comfortable with the view of diety that I have (which is God/dess both halves of a whole of the creative energy of the universe...and the 'faces' are given to us by our own need to be able to relate to it/them)<br><br>
I've also known pagans who do complicated ceremonial ritual stuff... then there's the crowd like me, who lights a candle when I feel the need & focus my energy on something in particular.. and is just fine with that <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/innocent.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="shy"><br><br>
Higher power... for me thats mother nature, because no matter what we try to do to this world we live in, she can still open up a can on us when she wants to <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> (pardon the flippness hehe) Maybe hop on over to the pagan mama's thread if you're really interested in checking paganism out.. we have a faq somewhere that I'm sure can be bumped up for ya! and lots of mama's always willing to have their brains picked & share their beliefs.
 

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I can't tell you of any other quizzes. I am in the same boat as you, as far as trying to identify with a religion. I don't think it is absolutely necessary at all to find a particular religon, but now that I have started a family I am curious to find one that models most of my beliefs. I wasn't raised religous at all. I considered myself a pagan for about four or five years, and then I kind of fell into a void and that's where I am at now really. I took the belief net quiz and got the following top 5:<br><br>
Unitarian Universalism (100%)<br>
Mahayana Buddhism (99%)<br>
Liberal Quakers (95%)<br>
Sikhism (93%)<br>
Neo-Pagan (92%)<br><br>
If I find anymore quizzes I will send them your way. I think this might be about the best internet quiz on religion you are going to find though.
 

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You might find Taoism closely related to your non-ritualistic, non-theist beliefs.<br><a href="http://www.religioustolerance.org/taoism.htm" target="_blank">http://www.religioustolerance.org/taoism.htm</a><br><a href="http://www.beliefnet.com/story/80/story_8059_1.html" target="_blank">http://www.beliefnet.com/story/80/story_8059_1.html</a><br><a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taoism" target="_blank">http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taoism</a><br><br>
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