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Wiccan? Druid? Shaman? Is there any religion which comes close to my spiritual world-view?

First off: I cannot believe in the literal interpretation of deity: creator gods, sky wizards, beardly old men sitting on thrones. None of that. I do not and can not believe in god(s).

What I can believe in is pantheism. If anything is holy, it’s the matter and energy that composes us and has serendipitously given us everything. It’s our bodies, our homes, our Earth, our solar system, our universe.

I have recently become fond of the use of ancient pantheons to personify the various components of life. Take Agni, the god of fire for example. Reverence of Agni would signify reverence of that which he represents: fire, energy, and subsequently life, not some etheric being who actually gives fire. I do not believe that there *is* such an etheric being, deity, or god. What I do believe is that this is a good use of personification to embody pantheistic elements which are worthy of reverence.

On top of that, I feel very spiritual when practicing yoga and meditation. I enjoy and revere the natural world and wouldn’t be opposed to ritual if I could ever find ritual which spoke to me.

What do I sound like to you? I’ve looked (briefly) into some neopagan religions. Some components, like divination, magic and literal belief in deity seems to permeate these paths, and that’s something of a turn off.

However, if I’m wrong about these assumptions, please redirect me to readings that may show otherwise. I admit my search has been cursory.

No proselytizing from the Abrahamic religions, please. I know for a fact that your religion is not for me.

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Tahuti Reincarnate
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Tahuti Reincarnate

Your belief system is by far the best, and every other is less than yours.
Sounds like Psychological Polytheism to me.

PizzaTheHutt
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PizzaTheHutt

You seem like a Buddhist. Buddhism promotes the energy in ones self being ones divinity. They practice meditation to harness this energy and see nature just as important as anything else. Although you probably aren’t for ancestors spirits in animals and reincarnation but their are sects of Buddhism that simply want you to harness this energy to better your being and are indifferent to outside beliefs about reincarnation and gods. Try looking it up and see if you like its views and traditions.

joshmisses
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to be honest with you there is no title for what you believe. i know i have looked into it. basically you float bewteen the concepts of the main stream religon. no the feeling spiritual during yoga and meditation is normal becuase you can let go of what you have been taught to believe, it is rare thing but if you acheive it then pretty much you can become one with nature and the elements. try going to the beach and listen for a voice through the waves. she is a soft and kind voice but well tell you what… Read more »

Schmo
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Jews don’t proselytize. didnt you know that? You’re probably already following the Covenant given in the Jewish Torah between God and non-Jews called the Noahide Covenant. Most people are and don’t realise it. This is why Jews don’t proselytize because Judaism believes that everyone has a place in the World To Come already through that Covenant. Just some info for you.

Good luck with your search.

Phoenix - pagan 1/2 of  JPA
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Phoenix - pagan 1/2 of JPA

You sound like a pantheistic pagan to me – there are a few on here.

But just for fun you might want to try this out:
http://www.beliefnet.com/Entertainment/Quizzes/BeliefOMatic.aspx

Uncle Tim
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Uncle Tim

There are soooo many branches of paganism where to begin? I know of groups that feel (and I sort of fit into this category) that we created the gods ourselves pretty much as you describe Agni. Ancient man had allot he didnt understand so he deified it. Some Wiccans believe this way as do other types of non-labeled pagans.

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problem JPAS

Pagan, but not necessarily Wiccan, not Shamanism,nor Druid