March 26, 2013

Bringing the doing

Posted in Being Kemetic, Thoughts and Reflections at 3:22 pm by

Sannion has a couple of recent posts (here and here) on the issue of there being too many writers and not enough do-ers in pagandom. That people are so busy venting their opinions on whatever the controversy of the week is that they don’t have time to build their own personal practice or community.

I think this is why I’m generally not very current on this blog. I see these topics come and go, and I think I want to say something relevant, but when I come down to it, formulating a point of view and putting it into words just feels wearisome. And if it’s not bringing me joy, working through some necessary issue in my own life, or serving the Gods, what’s the point? I’d rather babble on about going out at lunch time for my first long walk in ages to celebrate the early spring flowers (the first daffodils are out!) for the Feast of Set. Which was awesome, by the way. Such a pretty day, with the perfect amount of spring briskness.

The Gods know, we’re trying in the House to bring the doing. It makes such a huge difference when people are working on projects together or getting together in person; it builds a foundation that lifts everything up, personal and communal alike. It’s hard — inertia is always a factor, and attrition, and personal conflicts, and just the busyness and distraction of everyday life. But you have to keep trying. Whether in individual practice or as part of a group, you have to keep flowing, or else you stagnate.

There are probably too many readers, as well as too many writers, come to think of it. And I know this issue well from the inside, as I frequently find myself reading on a subject as a replacement for actually doing something concrete, like practicing meditation or developing my own relationships with the Gods. (I’ve even been known to carry books around like talismans, as if having them next to me will magically cause my life to be simplified and my wisdom and tranquility to be increased.)

Other people have said it, but I think it’s worth saying again: Do. Act. Live your religion. Nobody else can live it for you.

And now I’m going home to feast with the Lord of Thunder.


  1. Kiya Nicoll said,

    March 26, 2013 at 6:02 pm

    I actually have a mental policy of not responding to Kemetic shitstorms on PA. (Even when they’re – as they have been a couple of times – someone trying to throw a shitstorm at me, personally and specifically.) They don’t deserve the dignity of being fed, y’know?

    Not when there’s actual work to be done.

  2. Soli said,

    March 26, 2013 at 8:44 pm

    I tend to stay out of the big to-dos online, because I somehow remain oblivious to them. And it’d be nice if I did more doing as well as more writing but that is taking a back seat to just taking care of myself on a day to day level. Which is its own doing, actually…

  3. Kiya Nicoll said,

    March 27, 2013 at 1:07 pm

    I hear ya.

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