‘How can you claim to love God and promote witchcraft, Shai?’
Every day, I wake up to a ton of emails from readers, family, and friends. So many, in fact, that I don’t have time to address or respond to them all. This one, though. This one needed to be addressed.
What is witchcraft, anyway?
According to Google, witchcraft is ‘the practice of magic, especially black magic; the use of spells and the invocation of spirits.’ Crystals, chakras, and energy healing? Not witchcraft.
Don’t get me wrong – I have a whole lot of love for my witchy, Pagan, and Wiccan friends and sisters. As a matter of fact, I was one for many, many years. But, labeling everyone who does anything not ‘of God’ as witches is incorrect. And rude. And judgy. It’s similar to those who assume all Eastern religions and spiritual beliefs center around Buddha (they don’t, but an unbelievable number of people assume they do).
Take some time to actually research and study other religions. I did, for many years while I was in college, and I grew to love religion and spirituality.
Whether I believe them or not, studying other religions helped me to understand the beliefs of other people. Understanding other people helps unite people in community.
That brings me to my second point: Wild Sister is a community of sisters.
Each and every one of those sisters is an individual – a beautiful soul on her own journey, just like you and I. The spiritual journey of each sister belongs to her and her alone. Wild Sister is also written for sister by sisters – if those sisters want to share crystal tips and reiki stories, they can. If they want to share Bible verses or prayers that helped them, they can.
I am not here to write their stories. I am not here to censor information. I am not here to do anything but provide a safe space for Wild Sisters, and to love each and every one of them with all of the compassion, patience, and non-judgmental love I have within me. I love them, whether they love and worship God, Goddess, The Universe, Buddha, or cheese toast.
If I’m not mistaken, that’s what God wants us to do in the first place, isn’t it?
I know, without a doubt, that my personal journey through paganism helped me grow as a person in ways I never would have without it. That growth eventually led me to finding God. It was the unwavering love and support from my peers that eventually led me to finding God – not folks saying ‘Hey Shai, crystals are against God’s teachings’. That? That made me cringe and run even further from the concept of God for nearly a decade.
Newsflash: My belief and faith in God doesn’t make their beliefs and faith wrong. They are allowed to believe whatever they believe, just as each and every one of us are. And, I will fully support them in that. Spirituality isnt just a journey with a deity – it’s also a journey of self-discovery and growth, and that is what Wild Sister is all about.
I don’t want to make people run from God. I don’t want to force God upon people. I am simply here to love them. The rest is between them and God.
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