Published: August 10, 2009
I am, what you could call, an eclectic pagan. Which simply means that I have taken concepts and little bits from all paths I've encountered, and put them together to create my own. My personal religion is not just based on either celtic or germanic cultures (which are the most popular ones in Holland, where I live). But my interests towards various religions and cultures are broad and I take a little bit of everything that touches my heart.
First of all, I believe in that same universal source as many others do, including people who are not Pagan. To me, it has no gender or physical form, it simply "exists", like its energy exists within everything - in all people, animals, plants, faces of the earth - and it surrounds us all. I believe that all our beginnings originate from this source and that we all, eventually, will return to it. This source is what I call Origin.
I believe in Duality - two opposing forces that form ultimate balance (yin and yang). Male and female, active and passive, good and bad, negative and positive, day and night, high tide and low tide.
I believe in the divinity of cycles, patterns and geometry. That everything is built from a certain pattern and that everything - humans, animals and nature alike - is built from the same blueprint, in the end. Everything is connected, everything is sacred.
I believe in a cycle that varries from epic scale, to small - yet crucial - detailed patterns. Such as the cycle of the seasons - spring, summer, autumn and winter. Seeding, blooming, harvest and withering. And that this cycle can be applied to everything that lives, dreams we pursue and destinies we strive to fulfill.
I believe in "destinations" - that everybody has a certain line of life that is meant for them. Or they are meant for that line. We all have qualities that stand out more than our others, we have passions and dreams - those are the things that are meant for us and form our 'destiny'. Intuition is a dear friend that would guide us along our destined paths.
I believe that my spirit animal - my totem - is a pygmy owl.
I believe in certain ancient powers - universal powers that have always been a part of our world, that the most ancient of our cultures were fully aware of, but that our latest generations have forgotten. Powers that are both natural and technical and which (conveniently enough) can even be defined by modern physics in this age. Powers such as vibrations that affect the matter - the power of thoughts that can change future events, and the 'butterfly-effect'.
I believe in honouring the old ways of ancient times - and respecting the ways of the modern age. I do not renounce technology or science, but I believe that those and ancient beliefs and knowledge can be combined together in a balance. I believe that the most ancient cultures not only "knew" the workings of the world and universe, but they also "understood" it. I believe that knowledge without understanding, is not wisdom.
I believe that symbolism holds one of the greatest powers in the universe.
I believe that everything has a spirit and a consciousness, even the Earth itself. And that everything with a consciousness should be respected and treated like loving family.
I believe in the importance of the inner child - the purity and fantastic spirit we all have inside of us. It houses our imagination - which is of great importance -, creativity, innocence, dreams and hopes.
I believe that when we die, our souls are laid to rest for a time of many years. Just like the sleep in the night is meant to process our events of the day, Death is simply a transition - a slumber to process our events in life. When we die, we return to our Origin for our slumber, until we are ready to be reborn. I also believe that during Death, souls can be split and be reborn into different physical forms, this creating the concept of Soulmates.
I believe that brotherhood and comradeship - the kind of Love that connects each and every one of us - is the answer to march hand in hand to create a peaceful world.
My name is Paulien van der Krift and I am a 20 year old modern pagan, from the Netherlands.