Joined: Nov. 2011
|Posted: Dec. 26 2011,6:19 pm
There are problems with not using a label as well. There's always a flip side. You tell a person you aren't an atheist they think you're a christian. So labels for me are something I use only when talking to certain people who don't really know anything about this stuff, some translational device. Nothing more. Usually I just tell people I do some weird stuff and try to change the subject anyway. If I tell people I practice the occult they think I said 'a cult.' But occasionally some discussion might happen we don't live in vacuum.
The other issue I have seen from this kind of notion, not wanting to be pigeon holed a lot of people are practicing in such an eclectic way that they have no focus. I'm not against being eclectic, I am, but there is a fine line between what we are really talking about and sloppy practice using random bits from different cultures (I'm not talking about paradigm shifting). I've seen this to the degree that the person gains nothing or almost nothing. I would rather be pigeon holed than be in that situation honestly. Neither are ideal but both are a reality out there.
Pain is the only real teacher