The Natural Religion
The way we see it, Paganism is the natural religious state of humanity. We refer to the many historic ‘Pagan’ religions as the Natural Religion, as we view them all as authentic manifestations of the innate spiritual inclination that is universal to humanity.
This is the Pagan Spirit.
In our current homo sapien form, we have walked the earth for around 200,000 years. Monotheism has only troubled us for a mere 2000 years, which is 1% of the time that modern humans have existed.
Thus more than 99% of people who have ever lived were Pagan!
Nice, isn’t it?
Once, life and spirituality were the same thing. To be alive was to be ‘spiritual’. From the days of carving images onto the walls of caves, to the construction of mighty temples of marble and gold, humans have always possessed a ‘spiritual’ inclination.
The Natural Religion is like a great subterranean aquifer within the human spirit, and its manifold expressions among the world’s people are like the waters that come to the surface in wells and springs. Every tribe, every nation, every culture drank from such a spring, and as civilisation developed, the waters flowed in the rushing of many rivers and tributaries forging unique paths toward the sea. There was such variety to be found throughout the world, so many Gods and Goddesses, so many complex and vivid mythologies. And yet the waters welled up from that same aquifer deep beneath the surface. This is why we refer to the Natural Religion in the singular, and not as many religions; because, for all their dazzling variety, they were all expressions of the same thing.
The Pagan Spirit is our common inheritance. It is that which binds all the world’s people as one.
It is the means by which a race of apes came to contemplate the nature of divinity.
Throughout the evolution of mythology, we have projected ourselves onto the divine. We symbolised the deities not as something wholly other and beyond our reach, but as humanlike figures, albeit on an epic scale. We identified with them. We anthropomorphised them. We did not fear them and grovel before them. We were inspired by them, and learned from them. They mesmerised us, and filled us with longing. We wanted to be them. We sought to commune with them, to learn their secrets, to share in their destiny.
And they taught us to begin with ourselves.
The Natural Religion is not something introduced by prophets, or enforced by holy books. It evolves with us as a part of us. There is no sin, no obedience to popes, no requirement to believe in the impossible, there is only the evolutionary power of life itself, and its sanctification through ritual and passion.
True spirituality is not an exercise in submission, nor is it the desire to celebrate only that which is ‘good’. The Pagan passionately embraces all things in life, whether joyful and wondrous, or grievous and painful.
Life, should we heed its lessons and overcome its challenges, is the forge in which our spirit can become wise and strong.
The word ‘Pagan’ was originally a derogatory term invented by monotheistic propagandists to designate all those who had yet to succumb to their God. Considering the hideous violence and persecution monotheists have shown towards Pagans throughout history, all the evil and horror overseen by these monstrous institutions in their pursuit of world domination, we proudly bear the label of Pagan today despite its original intention.