In my search for a topic for today’s post I turned to a friend of mine for suggestions. (We were talking via chat in gmail.)
She asked “Well, what’s going on in your spiritual life lately?”
“Trust, but I already wrote about that.”
So I did, and she sent back a quote from my “My Path to My Path” page:
College served to introduce me to Tarot and a few other things that would not have been approved of at home. (No, nothing illegal!) It also opened me up to the vague awareness of the “supernatural.” (In quotes, because I now believe that nothing is supernatural, but that’s a topic for another day. Paranormal is perhaps a better word.)
And then she asked “why not write about how nothing is supernatural?”
And since we are just one week away from Samhain (Halloween to the non-Pagan readers) I figured that that would be as good of a topic as any.
Except it’s kind of a short answer.
First let’s define “supernatural.”
The word comes from medieval Latin supernātūrālis: supra “above” + naturalis “nature” and was first used around 1520–30 AD. It refers to that which is said to exist above and beyond nature.
“above and beyond nature.” Remember that line, it will be important shortly.
A few more definitions:
1: of or relating to an order of existence beyond the visible observable universe; especially : of or relating to God or a god, demigod, spirit, or devil
2 : departing from what is usual or normal especially so as to appear to transcend the laws of nature
Things to remember from this: “beyond the observable universe, of or relating to a god” and “transcend the laws of nature.”
And, finally, from dictionary.reference.com:
1. of, pertaining to, or being above or beyond what is natural; unexplainable by natural law or phenomena; abnormal.
2. of, pertaining to, characteristic of, or attributed to God or a deity.
7. direct influence or action of a deity on earthly affairs.
From this we get: “being above or beyond what is natural” “of, pertaining to, characteristic of, or attributed to a deity” and “direct influence or action of a deity on earthly affairs”
So, what do the definitions tell us?
They tell us that something is “above and beyond nature,” that something “transcends the laws of nature.”
Furthermore, they tell us that the “something” that is above and beyond nature and transcends the laws of nature is… deity.
For Pagans, our deities are not above or beyond the laws of nature: They are the laws of nature. The God and Goddess are not separate from our world, are not outside of it – They are it.* Nothing is outside of our deities: They are all that is, and all that is is Them. How can They transcend Themselves?
With that as our given, how can anything be outside of Them, outside of nature?
There are things that we do not yet understand, but that doesn’t make them any more unnatural than the fact that we flip a switch and light appears.
So, no. I don’t believe in the supernatural. It simply cannot exist in my worldview.
*(This concept, that our deities are not separate from the world is a hard thing for people to grasp and will be subject of its own post sometime in the future.)