I don’t care about Teo Bishop’s Spiritual Choices (and Neither Should You)

Posted on November 8, 2013
Filed Under Culture, Occult, occult culture | 4 Comments

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There’s been a lot of uproar over Teo Bishop’s realization that he’s felt a calling back to Jesus Christ. Some people are upset because he’s posted about this decision on Pagan blogs, while other people defend him doing so and feel it’s important that he posts about his recent coming back to Jesus, especially given that he’s been interviewed in the most recent issue of Witches and Pagans. And then there’s me. I don’t care about Teo Bishops’ spiritual choices and I don’t think anyone else should either. They are his choices and I feel that a person’s spiritual choice is ultimately a private matter, something that can really only be known by the person and the spiritual forces s/he works with. I know, I know, Teo blogs about his spirituality (so do I for that matter). But while a blog post can describe a person’s journey, it can’t really speak to all of the moments the person experiences, or what s/he does with those experiences.

I have no doubt Teo will continue blogging about his spiritual journey and I’m fine with that. Let his voice be read by the people who want to read it and find it to be valuable. I’m relatively certain that just as with any other writer Teo will find his audience or they will find him and that what will really matter is what that audience offers each other. The rest of us will move on and life will continue.

I don’t think it’s such a big deal really. Here’s this guy and he’s having some spiritual realizations which are causing him to move toward what he feels called to. We all have them. I think the only reason this is a big deal is because Teo has a bit of fame (outside of being Pagan) and so people are upset because this person who has a bit of fame might suddenly not be Pagan anymore. Let’s ask the honest and tough question everyone seems to be avoiding: Would you really care so much about Teo’s conversion if he didn’t have some fame attached? I know that must make me sound terribly, terribly cynical, but really, why are people getting so bent out of shape because someone shares that he’s going through a spiritual change? Maybe it has nothing to do with his fame, but the thing is, I never heard of Teo Bishop until a year and change ago. Before then, as far as I knew he didn’t exist. Then suddenly he pops up and this is partially so important because he’s already a public figure and that just might make Paganism look better as a result. So now he’s going through some spiritual changes and people are upset (in my opinion) because this person is A BNP and a public figure in other venues outside Paganism.

I don’t care about Teo’s spiritual choices, or yours for that matter. Believe what you want, practice it how you want. As long as you aren’t hurting people I don’t have a problem with it. I also don’t think we need to make a big deal about it. Mind your own business, live your life…you get the idea and that’s all I have to say on the subject of Teo Bishop and his changing spirituality.

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benconrad
benconrad

I can't really agree it's just due to his fame (such as it is), only because, like you, I'd never heard of Teo before last year, but I still find myself interested despite the fact that, until maybe a month ago, I didn't know he had any public notoriety outside his own blog. Yes, everyone's spiritual journey is their own business, but I feel a link to his because he's been so public about it. I think I'm also intrigued because he's been pretty open about searching for something that a lot of us have sought out, an unbroken link to traditions of the past, & about his disappointment in not finding that. And of course there's an irony in the idea that that link can be found in Christianity but not, for instance, in Druidry, but primarily because most Western Pagan traditions were disrupted by Christians. I'm sure Teo will land on his feet wherever this journey takes him, and I can't fathom why some people are so pissed about something that has nothing to do with them, but I do understand the interest.

Justin Patrick Moore
Justin Patrick Moore

Human fame is overblown. So is the fame of deities. Certain "deities" are in, others are out, in the pagan and occult communities. Hecate is in right now. So is Baphomet. I don't feel any particular desire to work with these beings, and I wouldn't do a ritual involving one just because they are popular or other people whom I like in these communities are doing so.  The fact is the ones I am working with now, surprised me. They were the ones who showed up in the inner worlds. Sometimes I may share who those beings are, other times I may not. it might help someone else, it might not. So, amen to what you said. Preach it brother :)  

Magicexperiment
Magicexperiment moderator

@benconrad When I'm referring to his fame, I'm referring to his fame as a musician and public figure in mainstream culture. I think why people are so pissed is because they felt he was an ambassador of sorts for the Pagan community (regardless of whether he felt that way) and now those people feel betrayed. I could be wrong. 

I'd say you're an example of the audience drawn to his writing and that's good, but I think you're still respecting his choice instead of getting all stressed out about it.

Magicexperiment
Magicexperiment moderator

@Justin Patrick Moore Fame in general is overblown, but so many people get caught up in it that they forget hat underneath it all is a person just trying to find his/her own way in the world. Who are any of us to judge that person? and as you say you end up working with whatever deities, etc. show up. The same for me and the same for so many others.