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Hello from a local gal

Unread post by seraphina315 » Fri Jan 18, 2013 10:34 am

Hi there,

I realized at an early age that what I called God and what my family called God seemed to be two different things. So I went my own way. Carved out my own spiritual path. I have lived a long life of (mostly) joyful service to "God" or "Christ" or whatever you want to call it. At age 9 I knew that Jesus wanted me to touch people, so that's what I do. I am thankful that I got the essence of the religion at an early age. And I guarantee if you mentioned the word "Hoodoo" to my relatives, they'd run for cover!

I learned about the LM last year and immediately visited the store. Stepping onto the grounds, where Sophie greeted me and led me to the front door, I was blown away by everything, especially the church. If I could have imagined a space in which Spirit and body and healing and service all come together, it would be that spot. The moment I stepped inside, I thought, "I don't know exactly what happens here, but, whatever it is I want to be part of it!".

So, I'm slowly working my way through the list of purchases required to study with Cat. I have a few of her books and use them pretty regularly. They are a great source of information, and inspiration. I hope that when the time is right, she will find me a worthy student.

My problem, now, is that I had a hard enough time finding the words to describe what I do. And now there's this "Hoodoo" word in my repertoire that is throwing me for a loop.

Granted, I have some old religious baggage about all that. But, honestly, the word kind of scares me still. It conjures images of Voodoo dolls stuck with pins...and I have a hard time getting past that image when I am talking to my clients whom I know would benefit from this practice.

There is a sense of urgency for me here, because I have two clients right now in desperate need of help and I'm stuck on semantics!? I feel like I am failing them because I don't know how to approach them about this work.

If you have any suggestions I would love to hear them.

Thank you so much for this forum, and for providing a welcome page for newbies like me!!!

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Unread post by Mama Micki » Fri Jan 18, 2013 11:20 am

Hi, seraphina315. Hoodoo is not Voodoo.

Hoodoo is a system of folk magic that originated with African-American Christians.

Voodoo is a religion that is practiced primarily in Haiti.
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Re: Hello from a local gal

Unread post by seraphina315 » Fri Jan 18, 2013 10:00 pm

Thanks so much for your response...it was helpful! I really appreciate being able to be part of this forum.

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Unread post by catherineyronwode » Sat Jan 19, 2013 3:40 am

Seraphina, just because two words rhyme, that is no reason to confuse them in your mind.

Thread - Bread.

Sharp - Harp.

Tinkle - Twinkle.

Ready - Steady.

Extrusion - Confusion.

Marbleized - Syncretized.

Prestigious - Religious.

We could play this game all day, and Voodoo would still not be hoodoo. The two words don't even come from the same language. One is West African, the other is Scottish-Gaelic.

Spiced - Christ.

Deer - Beer.

Hot - Pot.

Pocket - Locket.

See what i mean?

Read some more about the topic and stop fretting yourself over something that is meaningless and cannot be changed.

Demonic - Tectonic.

Heartless - Fartless.

Voodoo - Hoodoo.

Pleasure - Measure.

Crap - Rap.

Pride - Died.

Maybe if you read these web pages you'll feel less skittish:

Hoodoo History:

Hoodoo & Religion: Voodoo Wicca Santeria Witchcraft Atheism
hoodoo-&-religion-voodoo-wicca-santeria ... 10231.html





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