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Would he have become so "open minded" if he had seen the Wiccans worshipping naked? How about if they were actually doing sex magick? Hmmmm....



by Dream Dancer

Well, it had been yet another bad day in the office, and once again it was the fault of that new girl, MaryAnn. She is one of those Wiccans, a so-called witch. How can anyone in their right mind make this claim, knowing that it goes against God and all of the teachings of the Bible?

She doesn't even have the common decency to keep her satanic symbol, her pentagram necklace, hidden from the view of the decent, God fearing people in the office. She has some nerve.

I find that I cannot hate her for this though, for I know that she has been deceived. Satan works his evil in ways that she cannot see. I've seen that so called Wiccan Rede that she has tacked to the wall above her computer.

On the surface, it looks like a decent loving belief, but all one must do is look, look closely and see that by practicing this way, and not embracing Jesus Christ as savior she is on the pathway to hell. As I've said, it was a bad day in the office.

Three times in the past few weeks I have been called in to see my supervisor, and he has told me that I am not allowed to preach to MaryAnn the word of God, to show her the error of her ways. Today, my supervisor told me that if I continue to "harass" MaryAnn, he will be forced to terminate me.

How can he say this? He himself is a God fearing man. And, how can he be so tolerant of the evil that he sees insinuating itself into our workplace?

As I laid myself down to sleep last night, I asked the Lord for guidance.

"God, grant me a true vision of you, so that I may better lead the faithless onto the righteous path."

"Oh, a true vision of Me is it? Are you sure that you're ready -- truly ready -- to see, my son?"

I sat bolt upright in bed, and there, at the foot of my bed, white of hair and beard, in a long, flowing white robe, stood the Lord my God. I made to leap from the bed and fall to my knees in front of Him, but He stopped me with a gesture. "Kneel not before Me at this time, My son. Instead, rise and walk with Me, so that you may get a glimpse of what I truly am, as you asked of Me in your prayer."

He took my hand, and as I looked, my bedroom was no longer there, but became a pathway thru the woods. We started to walk, and I was too awestruck for words.

We took the path to the left, and we were then inside St. Catherine's Church, in the middle of a service. While still standing beside me, God seemed to expand and fill the whole of the church. I could see smiles of contentment forming on some of the parishioner's faces. I felt blessed.

God smiled upon me."The Catholics hold such pretty masses, don't they? I like to stop here in this church, because not only do they speak the words, but they live the life, thru teaching, helping the sick and poor, not only with handouts, but helping them learn to help themselves. Now let us walk on."

And we were back on the pathway.

We traveled a bit further along, and then were in the parlor of a funeral home. A young woman was kneeling before the casket, resting her head on it and crying. I could see by the similarity that this dead man must be her father.

God knelt beside her, and drew His arms about her. "Miss him, that is all
right, but weep not for him, for now he is with Me."

She wiped her eyes, stood with a sad smile upon her face, and said, "Good-bye Daddy. I'll miss you," and turned and left the room.

And we were back on the pathway.

We walked a little ways, and we were in front of a large lodge of some kind. I could hear music and laughter spilling out of the windows. I turned to look at God, and was shocked to see not the flowing white robe, but Him wearing leather and animal furs, His hair and beard now the color of wheat, and a sword strapped across His

He strode forth, and I saw him approach a figure I had not seen before. As I looked close, I was shocked to see that it was the same face that I had just seen dead, but looking young and strong, dressed in ancient-looking garb, with an ax strapped to his waist.

God strode up to him and grabbed him in a great bear hug. "Welcome my son. We've been waiting for you. Now, go inside and raise a cup or two, and meet with your brother." And, with a hearty slap on the back, He sent the man inside.

And then we were back on the pathway.

We walked a bit further, and then we were in a mosque. At least I believed so, as I had never been in one before, but had seen pictures of them. The group of worshippers was not large, but I could see their rapt faces as they listened to the mullah speak. He was speaking to them of purity, both of the mind and the body, bringing them closer to Allah.

And as he spoke, God, dressed now in the robes of the desert, walked among them and briefly laid his hands upon each set of shoulders. From their faces, I could see that these men knew that the words of the mullah were true, and that their spirits felt touched by God.

And then we were back on the pathway.

After we had walked a bit, we found ourselves in an African village. People with skin as black as night, the women with their breasts shamefully bared, were dancing in a circle, to the rhythm of the drums being played by a group of men.

Somehow though, I was not offended by the bared breasts, and the music seemed to seep into my soul. God was then a mighty lion, and He let forth a mighty roar. The villagers did not seem to hear, but the drums increased their pounding, and the dancers danced with a frenzy.

And then we were back on the pathway.

We walked a bit more, and were on the top of a cliff. There sat, painted and covered with feathers, an old Navajo man. As I watched, he seemed to change into the form of an eagle and take flight, and we were flying with him, soaring high into the air, seeing the vista spread out below us.

And God, in the form of an eagle Himself, seemed to guide this other eagle thru the air, over mountains and thru valleys, until he came upon a group of men. As I watched, the old Navajo man was no longer an eagle, but a young boy instead, and he sat at the feet of these men, to listen to the words of his elders.

And then we were back on the pathway.

We traveled a bit, and then we were in a forest clearing. I knew this place. It was known as a place of devil worship and evil. In the center of the clearing roared a great bonfire, and kiwi torches outlined a circle of sorts. Inside this circle, in a circle themselves, stood 6 men and 7 women, dressed in robes of varying colors, their arms raised to the moon. Was that woman MaryAnn? I really couldn't be sure.

And God walked among them in the circle, touching each one. He seemed not to be an older man now, but as he made each of three turns around the circle, he was first a young girl, bouncing with energy, then a woman of middle years, with a tender smile for all Her children, and finally, an old woman, body bent, but holding Her head up with pride.

And a woman stepped forward, and yes, it was MaryAnn, and she lifted her head to the sky. "Great Goddess, Mother of us all, thank you for joining us tonight. Stay if You will, go if You must. Know in our hearts You will always be welcome. Blessed be!!"

And we were back on the pathway.

As we walked along, ahead in the distance I saw the most beautiful man. Yes, beautiful, though I would never normally think of a man this way. With blonde hair, and a golden robe, he seemed to radiate sunshine. God and this golden man nodded to each other as they passed, sharing a smile together.

"My Lord" I asked, "was that an angel?"

"Well, yes, he is known as that to some. He is also known to some as a god himself. That was Lucifer."

And His words caused me to stumble. I couldn't believe that we had just passed the ultimate evil. God looked at me, and He knew my mind. And he chuckled a bit.

"Think about it logically My son. The Lucifer that you know is a fallen angel, cast out of heaven for challenging Me. If I am the all-powerful being, above all others, how could he do this? How could I allow it?"

"But, in the Bible...." I stammered.

"The Bible is a wonderful book, as are the Koran and the Torah and many others, but they are just books, written by the hand of man, not written by Me. And, it's a bit confusing as well if the truth be known, but that's not up to Me to fix. These books are wonderful, but only as guidance, for each man and woman must think for themselves."

"Now, come forth, we must journey a little more before you go back," and He took my hand once again.

As we followed the pathway, we soared thru the stars, listening to the music of the heavens, we became a little flower and a mighty oak, we became a babbling brook, and a mighty ocean. We flitted from flower to flower as a little honey bee, and ran across the plains as a mighty stallion.

And, all too soon the pathway returned us to my home. God held my hand a moment longer, and smiled into my face. "My son, you prayed tonight for a true vision of Me. For vision, you must only open your eyes and see what there is to see. Good night to you."

And then He was gone, and I was back in my bed.

A dream I thought, only a dream, that couldn't have been real. At that time, a bolt of lightning lit up my room thru the window, and thunder crashed thru the sky, and I thought I heard, from seemingly far away, "Remember, the Lord works in mysterious ways My son."

This morning as I entered the office, I went to the machine for a cup of coffee, and standing there, I spied MaryAnn. As I approached her, I could see her barely cringe, and I could see in her face that she was expecting yet another onslaught from me and my book. She seemed to cast her eyes about for a way to escape, but there was none.

I walked up to her and smiled. "I think I owe you a bit of an apology" I said. "I've been a bit narrow minded of late, and I really had no right to subject you to what I did. It's not up to me to say how you find your path to your spirit, and I was wrong to think that was so," MaryAnn just stood there, not knowing what to say.

"So, I just wanted to say that I'm so sorry, and I hope you will forgive my trespass. God bless you MaryAnn, and...uh...Blessed Be?"
Current Music:
Mariah Carey: Anytime You Need a Friend (C&C Club Version)
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On July 26th, 2004 10:46 am (UTC), moronqueen commented:
What a wonderful peice of writing...thank you for sharing. :)
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On July 26th, 2004 10:50 am (UTC), brightlotusmoon commented:
Damn, I really wish everyone could do that. Would have saved me a lot of annoyance and embarrassment in high school!
"What do you mean you have no religion? What do you mean you don't know who God is? Who do you think created the universe?!" *as they sidle away in shock and horror and disbelief*
And yes, their voices did get shrill and frantic. It was kind of sad, now that I look back on it.
High school. Fun times. :p
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On July 26th, 2004 11:56 am (UTC), je_reviens replied:
I was a born again Christian in high school so I didn't have these problems *gr*
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On July 26th, 2004 12:03 pm (UTC), brightlotusmoon replied:
Lucky. *grins back*
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On July 26th, 2004 10:55 am (UTC), inncubus commented:
Possibly not, on the other hand it's still a nice little story. Where did you get it from?
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On July 26th, 2004 11:57 am (UTC), je_reviens replied:
forwarded to me by Mike of CraftyCraftersExpo.com
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On July 26th, 2004 11:20 am (UTC), indigogecko commented:
that's beautiful. especially like the bit with the eagles but then.. I love eagles...
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On July 26th, 2004 12:03 pm (UTC), je_reviens replied:
That's the great thing about Spirit -- there's something for everyone!
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On July 26th, 2004 12:21 pm (UTC), jadite commented:
That's awesome!
If only all of us (not just the Christians) could open up to a genuine Divine experience like that. I read a story similar to that one by Bo Lozoff in his book "Lineage and other stories". Thank you for sharing.
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On July 26th, 2004 01:01 pm (UTC), sarah_bearah commented:
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On July 26th, 2004 04:06 pm (UTC), stephanielynch commented:
Author is Dream Dancer. http://www.bluecatsden.com/pathways.htm

I don't know why people accept that an author is unknown without doing some research first.
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On July 26th, 2004 04:07 pm (UTC), stephanielynch replied:
Well hell! LOL. I had put in peeve and /peeve for that last sentence.
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On July 26th, 2004 04:25 pm (UTC), je_reviens replied:
How about a rephrase like this:

"Since your source didn't give you an author's name I kindly did some research for you and here is the credit for you."

See, then I would want to reply, "Why thank you! How nice!" instead of walking off thinking "What a ...."

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On July 26th, 2004 04:38 pm (UTC), stephanielynch replied:
Good rephrase, but it is a peeve of mine because I am a writer. So many people seem to think that because one person said Author Unknown then it must be so. Took me under three minutes to find Dream Dancer's name attached to this doing a Google on it.

But you have a point. I will have to see if I can swallow my peevishness when this occurs again. ;-) Because we all know that it will.
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On July 26th, 2004 04:40 pm (UTC), je_reviens replied:
If you have time to research the stuff and give the citation I'm sure many people would be pleased...
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On July 26th, 2004 04:47 pm (UTC), stephanielynch replied:
I do have the three to five minutes it takes, but then again, I would imagine others have that ability as well. Generally it is a laziness brought about not by stupidity, but by ignorance.
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On July 26th, 2004 05:06 pm (UTC), stephanielynch replied:
You know.. I am just in a foul and bitchy mood. I apologize. Under some stress and I am taking it out here when I shouldn't be.
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On July 26th, 2004 11:57 pm (UTC), persipone replied:
Wow! I'm amazed that somebody knew or bothered to look up the reference! I was going to cite it myself- Dream Dancer is a friend of mine, and he first posted it to a list that I was on for a while. The Paganpath yahoo group, back when it was an egroup even! Alas, he has no LJ or webpage of his own.

He doesn't really mind that it gets passed around without being cited, or so he says. Gets a kick out of it actually, when he gets it back on an email list with an "Author Unknown" attatched. He does other things for money, the writing is just a sideline.
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On July 27th, 2004 07:57 am (UTC), je_reviens replied:
No problem!
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On July 26th, 2004 07:53 pm (UTC), _anamchara_ commented:
That was beautiful.
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On July 27th, 2004 06:20 am (UTC), luna1288 commented:
that was great. it just goes to show each religion has its own view on the 'divine' whatever that may be, and we're all in the same boat.
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On July 27th, 2004 07:02 am (UTC), satyrblade commented:
VERY nice story. Thank you! I wanted to re-post it, so I'm glad that Stepanie found the author's name as well. :-)
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On July 27th, 2004 12:26 pm (UTC), lala412 commented:
That was a breath of fresh air, after reading the incredibly narrow-minded "Cracking DaVinci's Code," which goes on at some length about the evils of pagans. I don't know why I bought a book that irritates me so much. Guess I felt the need to see the other point of view. Sigh. I wish those authors would have this kind of experience!!
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On July 27th, 2004 01:00 pm (UTC), je_reviens replied:
Well, the actual book The DVinci Code was UBER annoying to me! I ranted and ranted and ranted...oh don't get me started! (but at least I didn't buy it)
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On July 27th, 2004 08:27 pm (UTC), bloodeternity commented:
wonderfully written... thank you for sharing it with us =)
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