About…

Who Am I? This is the trick question, isn’t it? I can tell you that my current occupation is machine operator, but that only tells you what I’m doing for work. It doesn’t tell you who I am, and it can and may change. This is supported by my work history, which I could tell you, but it would only reveal that I do whatever I must to earn a living. That would also be a lot of writing to reveal so little about who I am.

This is a trick question that I have encountered in philosophical/spiritual pursuits on several occasions. It has been used to demonstrate how little the common answers reveal about who we truly are. I do not care to repeat this exercise here, though. If you seek answers to life’s many dilemmas, you have probably encountered this little exercise. If you aren’t seeking such answers, you wouldn’t be interested anyway. However, the question still remains unanswered. What can I tell you that substantially reveals something about who I am?

Spirituality has been a subject of profound interest to me since I was a child, even though I was not raised in a religious home. I was “born again” in my early to mid-twenties and studied the Holy Scriptures religiously. I walked away from what Christians generally refer to as “The Church” in my early to mid-thirties. Some might say that I “wandered in a wilderness” for the next decade, but I did cling to my knowledge of the Scriptures. I then stumbled upon a multifaceted gem called Paganism, which I have been studying for over a decade now. I include Buddhism, Taoism, and Hinduism under the umbrella of Paganism, although their adherents may not. By one definition, if you are not a child of Abraham, you are a pagan. Needless to say, comparative religion is an interest of mine, too. You cannot avoid philosophy with interests like these, but I try to when some of the writings truly bend my brain.

I am spirit. I meander through life like a winding stream. As a stream follows the lay of the land, I follow my path as it unfolds before me. As water seeks the lowest point, I seek simplicity. I have trouble applying labels to myself these days, because of what I have learned. Perhaps the only label that fits is “seeker.” It feels better than most, anyway.

The purpose of this blog is to share my experience, my lessons, my insights. In this manner, I also reveal much more about who I truly am, and hopefully it may be helpful to you, the reader. I cannot objectively gauge the quality of my own insights. However, you can and your interaction through commenting may also help me grow, as well as reveal who you truly are. I hope we can become friends.

Most sincerely,

Steve Tanner
November 18, 2011

For more insight see : Of Earth and Sky (posted December 11, 2011)

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22 thoughts on “About…

  1. Steve, I would like to continue to share with bloggers like yourself who share the views you and I have about life, about Spirit. I have discovered in the last two years that God is not the “convenient god” that church has tried to put in a box to serve itself. We are here to serve each other, and we can only do that by thinking outside the religious box and be more spiritually inclusive. Maybe there is a way in WordPress we can create a group of people with similar views who can visit or maybe chat. I already have a few bloggers in mind who may want to join. I will look into this. What do you think? God bless you and keep it up.

  2. Hi Steve, you’ve been visiting me, and just wanted to pop over and pay you a visit. Good evening, Friend.

    Just wanted to add to this posting, saying that when I asked you about Paganism, I was sincere. Would really love to understand more so that I can develop tolerance and love for all.

    You said there are many, many factions to it. Similar to Christianity’s 30,000 denominations.

    So as you paint your own work of art into the paganism you talk about, how would you explain it to someone like me? Knowing nothing except what the dictionary says isn’t saying much.

    In the Spirit of Kindness, and Understanding, Blessings, Teresa

  3. Hi Teresa,

    I actually wrote “Of Earth and Sky” with your inquiry about Paganism in mind. You should not view this as anything other than a personal perception of Paganism. I make no claims to being an authority in this matter. However, I am more than happy to share what I have learned as long as the recipient keeps my humanity in perspective.

    Blessed be.

  4. Hi Steve. I noticed that you have a copyright at the bottom of your page. Do you mind me asking how to get that done? What should I do? I have worried about content theft since I started my blog a week ago. If you want to use my email to reply you can. Or if you would rather not discuss it, do you very much mind pointing me in the right direction? Thanks so much for your time.

    I just wanted to say again that I really admire your posts….you are inspiring and very adept with your messages. Much thanks! Celeste.

  5. No problem! Click on “Appearance” and then click on “Widgets” Drag “Text” to the area you want to put your Copyright notice (in my case I chose the “Second Footer Widget Area”). Then you open the “Text” box and type in your Copyright notice. To create the copyright symbol, hit the ampersand key followed by “#169;” (without the quotes.) I had to type the instruction this way because otherwise the keystrokes were automatically converted to the symbol. I hope that answers your question.

  6. Hi Steve, wishing you a great day. I wanted to follow these directions you so graciously shared with Celeste. But, when I arrived “then you open the text box”, it didn’t open. I clicked all around that area, but was unable to type it in. Any suggestions? Thank you for sharing this. Bless you, Teresa

  7. On the right side of the “Text” box, there should be what looks like an arrow[head] pointing down. Clicking on that should expand the “Text” box to provide a field to enter the text into.

  8. Steve – thanks for the Liebster nomination. It was a surprise and I am glad to read your blog as well – great stuff on here . . . fellow traveler!

  9. Here I go again, dear Steve, floundering around the electronic world 🙂 Still cannot figure out how to let my Liebster Blog Nominees know that I’ve nominated them. So, I’ll post it here and you can put it where it should have gone, or give advice if you have the time. I do have a blog roll now, and I think it’s done right. ha, ha.

    I hereby nominate Steve Tanner for the Liebster Blog Award because of your way of drawing people together to look at the Tapestry of Life. A loving soul you open your heart to us all showing the many paths you yourself have explored as like the meandering stream you compare your to. Your desire to promote religious tolerance is selfless and kind. Thank you Steve for being such a kind, loving person, a sign to us all. A true Seeker.

    Liebster is a German word that means dearest, and this award is given to bloggers with less than 200 followers who deserve more recognition.
    The rules are:
    * Thank your Liebster Blog Award presenter on your blog.
    * Link back to the blogger who awarded you.
    * Give your top 5 picks for the award.
    * Inform your top 5 by leaving a comment on their blog.
    * Post the award on your blog.

  10. Well, congratulations, milady! You do have a working blog roll. As for this award, I thank you very much. Unfortunately, I have already been nominated for this award and I don’t know how it works being nominated again, but I thank you.

  11. I have nominated you for the ABC Award.
    Have fun with it, I can’t wait to see your blog about the award.

  12. Dear lady, I truly do appreciate this nomination. There is much happening here right now, though. I hope that my next post might provide some insight into why I appreciate this nomination, but am unable to give it the consideration it is due. I beg your understanding in this matter, but I am sure you will be understanding because of your demonstrated character. Blessed be!

  13. I have nominated you for the Liebster Blog Award. Check out my blog post today for the rules, but most of all, Have Fun and bask in the joy of accomplishment.

  14. I cannot think of anyone more deserving than you. Congratulations! Unfortunately, I am compelled to decline the honor you extend to me. I do not know if there are any protocols concerning these awards, but I received this one just a month or two ago. I only recently took down the post; I suppose I probably should have left it up. I would probably end up renominating the same people I nominated the first time around. I do appreciate the thought, though.

  15. You’re welcome, I think the ‘protocol’ is that we are showing appreciation for each other and providing some positive endorsements to help us increase our followers and our community in general.

  16. I have a question about another author. Have you read anything by Jim PathFinder Ewing? I am intrigued by his book “Finding Sanctuary in Nature.”

  17. No, I haven’t read anything by Ewing. I did look him up on the Internet in case I had and simply forgot, and I must admit that book does look interesting. If you do read it, please let me know how it is.

  18. Will do. I just purchased and downloaded “Medicine for the Earth” and I will be starting that one soon. So Once I finish this one I will move on to Ewing

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