Eclectic Pagans, that is what we are. The basics of what we believe are:
Live and let live, as long as you respect all living forms and don’t harm anyone or anything.
We believe that everything has a soul and you should treat everything with the same respect you like to be treatened with.
We respect the Earth and are thankful for what she gives us.
It all derives from my Indonesian heritage where Bali Hinduism is practised. Here I’ll try to explain what it means to be an Eclectic Pagan.
The word eclectic is one that most of us know. It means selecting or employing individual elements from a variety of sources, systems, or styles. It’s common for people to have eclectic taste in music, movies or clothing, which means they don’t limit themselves to any one thing, but rather mix and match whatever they like. However, many people become confused at the idea of an Eclectic Pagan.
An eclectic Pagan, takes bits and pieces of various faith systems and mixes them together to form practices that best suit their personal beliefs. Eclectics are often a result of years of spiritual searching, resulting in the decision that no one already established faith system truly fits with what that individual feels to be true. When this happens and one wants to avoid a loss of faith, bringing together various beliefs and practices becomes the logical choice.
No matter how you look at it, being eclectic can be a good thing. Many people question their faith because they question some of its practices or beliefs, but not all of them. Some people feel drawn to certain things about certain faith systems, but not all of them. Becoming eclectic allows those people to practice as they see fit, and build a faith system that rings true for them.