Do you pray to a specific deity? To a different deity for different needs? What is the nature of your prayer - connection, blessing, supplication, worship?
How do you feel that your idea or practice of prayer differs from the prayer of those in mainstream monotheistic faiths? How might it be similar?
Answer by NotPanicking at 3:58 PM on Jun. 15, 2009
Answer by Anonymous at 3:47 PM on Jun. 15, 2009
Answer by Collinsky at 3:57 PM on Jun. 15, 2009
Answer by moki1984 at 3:59 PM on Jun. 15, 2009
Answer by Amaranth361 at 4:06 PM on Jun. 15, 2009
Answer by pnwmom at 4:06 PM on Jun. 15, 2009
No. I might ask the energy of a certain deity to merge with me for the sake of some specific goal, but I don't believe that there is a consciousness that feels sympathy for me or decides whether or not to help. Like all other energy in the universe, I feel I can direct it by understanding it's nature, which includes knowing the name of the deity & the characteristics ascribed to it, and addressing it. But I don't really consider that prayer. In my opinion prayer involves an entity that has an individual consciousness that can choose to answer your prayer or not. It also involves giving the power to change something to the deity, which is something I would never do. In ritual I will also connect with the energy of various deities for the sake of understanding or experience, without any specific goal, others might consider this similar to something they do that they call prayer, but I would not.
Answer by nysa00 at 4:28 PM on Jun. 15, 2009
Answer by MamaK88 at 4:29 PM on Jun. 15, 2009
Answer by MamiJaAyla at 5:32 PM on Jun. 15, 2009
Hi MamiJaAyla... I'm really just curious about how others define prayer, and expect a variety of answers to reflect the extreme breadth of the "Pagan" definition. I left it broad on purpose - in the past I've been VERY specific but I wanted to know the different ways of seeing the concept of prayer. So yes, you did answer my question! Thank you!
Answer by Collinsky at 7:53 PM on Jun. 15, 2009