I keep hearing born-again Christians talking about their profound experience feeling the holy spirit enter them. As a Pagan, I have invoked deities, and the feeling that they describe sounds pretty much the same as what I felt, except that for me it’s deeply personal, and they just keep talking about it with anyone who will listen. Is there some way in which the invocations are different? Is the belief that they are different based on something other than the arrogant belief that one deity is superior to another deity?
I asked this question before, but all the answers either congratulated me for asking the question, or dismissed it based on their belief that their God is the only real God. No one actually answered the question, so I’m asking again in the hope that someone will actually be able to explain the difference.
In answer to Quella Bella, invoking a deity as a full invocation into one’s self is a powerful and profound experience. It begins by preparing one’s self (often including fasting, cleansing, meditation, and grounding) and preparing a sacred place (with cleansing, and casting a circle and calling forth the elemental watchtowers). The actual experience allows the practitioner to experience a higher level of consciousness in which profound truths are revealed, many of life’s greatest mysteries are understood and there are often revelations about the future as well. It is wonderfully peaceful, and leaves the invoker with a greater sense of connection to the universe and all that is within it. At least that has been my experience with invoking deities.