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#461609 - 02/27/14 03:57 AM For Twelve Steppers on the Margins ( neopagan )
kcinohio Offline

Registered: 06/06/12
Posts: 512
Loc: Ohio
For those in twelve step recovery as a result of various coping mechanisms employed over the years after abuse bringing one to MS, found this resource useful. There are so few resources on neopagan (polytheist here) and twelve step, thought I'd pass along the resource.

It is a recent thesis in anthropology I believe, so is rather descriptive for the subject. Discusses the tension of being marginalized within a spiritual paradigm that still works, although the majority religion in play may not be as readily translated as for those of that faith.

Has some neat historical references within it as well.

#461610 - 02/27/14 04:08 AM Re: For Twelve Steppers on the Margins ( neopagan ) [Re: kcinohio]
victor-victim Offline

Registered: 09/27/03
Posts: 6387
Loc: 𝒪 𝒦anada
great link.


#461620 - 02/27/14 09:25 AM Re: For Twelve Steppers on the Margins ( neopagan ) [Re: kcinohio]
don64 Offline

Registered: 10/09/13
Posts: 1106
Thanks KC. I'm on page 31. I identify myself as a generic spiritualist, but fit the pagan definition pretty well. Medicine cards and runes have been the mainstay of my spiritual practice for 20 years now. I was in AA for 1 1/2 years beginning nearly 20 years ago and it got me sober. However, it did not meet my spiritual needs. That continues to be something I face in terms of group activity, however, my real challenge with group activity are abuse related challenges.

I continue to do my work, and I continue to heal. There is not a great deal of choice on the small island I live on, and while I have enjoyed the general philosophy of Unitarian Universalists--create your own theology--there is an absence of a spiritual center with this group. The focus is intellectual and there is virtually no feeling component, no sense of sacred space.

So, currently I'm working on myself to let go of my ingrained triggers with Christianity. I grew up in a rural southern u.s. southern baptist family, my father a southern baptist preacher and retired marine, and was sexually and physically abused by both parents in infancy through early childhood.

I mention this because there is a Reformed Church on island, very liberal, openly supports gay marriage(I'm gay) and the people are very warm. So, as I continue to work through my personal issues, I'm also trying to work through my issues with christianity. I don't need other people to believe the way I do, and I don't need to judge others or they way they believe. It's a challenging situation I have set up for myself, but something I want to work through.

Thanks for this topic. It's rare when there is anything in spirituality I connect to and feel inspired by.

Thank You,

Divine Law is not judgment or denial of self truths. Divine Law is honoring harmony that comes from a peaceful mind, an open heart, a true tongue, a light step, a forgiving nature, and a love of all living creatures. Jamie Sams & David Carson, Medicine Cards


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