Considerations for the Godbothered

So. You’re godbothered. What do you do?

  • Are you godbothered? I mean, really. Use your discernment and common sense. Is it a god who’s come to call, or is something else going on? These are the main possibilities to consider:
    • It is a god. More on this below.
    • It’s not a god, but it is some sort of entity that is not-you
      • Gods are not the only thing out there, and one can have very intense encounters with entities as seemingly humble as a tree spirit. (I have)
    • It’s not not-you
      • This one is very tricky. Only you know the inside of your head well enough to make this call. Is that numinous feeling a god’s presence, or is it the side effect of a new medication? (I’ve been there). Keep in mind the Delphic maxim and know thyself.
  • So, it is a god. What next?
    • Did you ask for this?
      • No, I mean literally. Did you ask for a god in your life? If you didn’t and one drops on you like a ton of bricks, you’ve already had your boundaries disrespected.
    • Do you want this?
      • If you didn’t ask for a divine presence in your life and suddenly find yourself with one, that is an even bigger red flag that the entity in question (god or not) has boundary issues, and possibly other issues as well.
    • Are you enjoying this?
      • This last question is actually pretty important. It’s not wrong or impious to end a relationship with a deity if it’s making you miserable.

3 thoughts on “Considerations for the Godbothered

  1. Good point about inviting/enjoying the interactions in the first place. Consent is an active entity!

    Since I’m a wishy-washy psychospiritualist, though, I don’t consider it as troubling to not have categorical distinctions between me and not-me, though I liked what Thenea wrote about the imaginary interface and that other post about cleansing the teacup, so as to better methodically make the distinction.

    Right now though I personally believe it’s got to be considered all in my head until it affects my actions and relationships with corporeal people. (Philosophical distinction, my actions and relationships are also “in my head” even as—to make things easier—they are also out in the world.) And even then at that point, I feel that I shouldn’t say “because the gods made—”

    1. I know we are coming at this from different perspectives, but I really like your thoughts on this. I chose the phrase “not not-you” precisely because I’m aware of the ambiguity of classifying experiences that can’t be measured externally. I strongly dislike the connotations the phrase “all in your head” have taken in USian society, where it’s basically come to just mean that whatever happened was a manifestation of mental illness….which is of course profoundly ableist and perpetuates the stigma that people with mental illnesses face.

  2. Yes, as a fellow spiritual & neurodivergent person I agree that voices in one’s head so to speak aren’t necessarily mental illness, if they are bothering you, scaring you, interfering with your functioning (not in a shamanic crisis sort of way then again our culture doesn’t really recognize that!) then those are all problems that should be addressed & helped. But other kinds of voices can be benevolent or at least neutral. They still need to be managed/addressed/kept an eye on (or insert your verb of choice) though.

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