A lot of people do not seem to know what Paganism is about . Those who do can sometimes believe its about worshiping the devil and dancing in your Birthday suit around a bonfire. That is not what its about it is a general misconception.
Paganism is an umbrella term that describes a variety of denominations – know to Pagans as traditions – which for most part organize themselves and operate without a centralized religious body or a standardized dogma. Whilst variety of belief and practice is a source of pride for all Pagans, it can be a source of confusion for others
The belief that every part of the universe is profoundly interconnected shapes how Pagans view the nature of the divine, the sorts of relationships possible with the Divine and universe and forms the pagans approach to prayer and magick. Most Pagans believe that all parts of the universe, be it animate or inanimate , are connected at very deep levels that extend beyond the boundaries of space time as we know them. Because of this interconnection, many Pagans believe they are able to interconnect with the universe and the divine as co creators.
The belief that every part of the universe is blessed in nature, and that there is nothing wrong with the universe or with you, means that the purpose of Pagan spiritual practice differs from that of religions focused on issues of purification and salvation. Paganism takes the position that human beings are unflawed in thier natures, are not spiritually doomed or damned , are born with the skills necessary to live ethically and spiritually, and are naturally orientated towars thier own greatest growth and development. No part of Pagan belief , practice , ritualor sacrement is designed to save Pagans from a flawed or corrupt nature, or to avert supernatural punishments arising from such supposed flaws.
By contrast most world religions today teach us the oppersite of one or both of Paganisms central themes. They teach us that the elements of the universe are seperate from each other and that there is something fundimentally wrong with all of us. They may teach seperateness by asserting that the universe contains distinct bits of matter not conected at deeper levels , that each of us is irretrieevably seperated from others and that the divine , or that the universe is split between what is spiritaul (and there for good) and physical ( and there for bad).
Most world religions also teach us that human nature is flawed, and that there is something fundamentally wrong with all human beings that must be corrected in order to reach that religions ideals of salvation and enlightenment. The wrongness may be called original sin or ego or desire or free will or any other of a number of names, but the existence and overcoming of this inheritant wrongness is the basis of the spiritual practices, sacraments, and ethics practiced by their members. In such religions , the wrongness frequently doesn’t end with human beings, but extends into the entire physical world so that we are seen to be surrounded by wrongness, to be spiritually unsafe, and thus we are encouraged to feel that life is a very dangerous undertaking. The concepts of separateness and wrongness are so ingrained in each one of us and in our culture that most of us are often not even aware they colour our perceptions, life experiences and spiritual growth