31 Days of Paganism– Day 3

Do you believe in anything supernatural/paranormal?

I was originally going to answer what tradition/path I was, but that was too similar to yesterday’s question, so I scrapped it and chose another. I will fix the question list accordingly.

I absolutely believe in supernatural things, although I wouldn’t necessarily consider them supernatural. Supernatural for me implies that the things that happen in this world that are beyond our understanding are somehow beyond the laws of nature or science. I believe that supernatural things are part of this world and our everyday lives, and science just hasn’t discovered how they work yet (and maybe never will). And I also think that sometimes see/hear/believe what we need to see/hear/believe. For instance, if someone close to you dies, and you say you still feel their spirit with you, it doesn’t matter if that person’s spirit is really here or not. What matters is that having that spirit close to you gives you some kind of comfort. Who’s to say that it’s real or not? I sure as hell don’t know– what do I look like, the All Knowing? I am not. No human on this earth knows or understands the complexities of the universe. So, are spirits within the realm of possibility for me? Absolutely. Do I believe in the spirits of the ancestors connecting with us in the here and now? You bet I do.

Now, do I believe in supernatural beings like werewolves, fairies, elves, etc? I’ve never seen them personally, but who knows, really. Maybe these creatures are the result of human minds that are trying to process things they don’t really understand. I mean, we only use 10% of our brain, right? For whatever reason, the rest is not accessible, and maybe that’s the part that can see everything that’s out there that alludes us, the creatures we have heard stories about but have never seen first-hand, the experiences that we can’t explain– including men who turn into wolves. I’m not in the business of trying to explain the supernatural, so I don’t really feel the need to explore anything beyond the folklore and myth. I’m perfectly happy not knowing if they are real or not. In the end, it doesn’t really matter to me because they are not critical parts of my spirituality.

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