I *loved* Del’s breakdown on the use of the word “godphone,” and as someone else who was there when it was coming into use, I can confirm that none of us were trying to craft new language for the broader community. We were all just trying to find accessible ways to express our own experience of communication with the divine. Also: we were a pretty snarky bunch of mostly queer folk, so that may have shaped things a bit too 🙂
A discussion on Facebook inspired this post. Someone felt that the term “godphone” was misleading, and a little disrespectful, and called for people to stop using it. I can see what their point is, but I want to write a bit about where the term came from, what it originally meant, and why I don’t think I’ll stop using it (although I may temper how often I use it, and with whom).
I can’t say for certain that I was there when the word was first coined, but I can say that I know from whence it came. A certain clique of spirit workers, shamans, and other spiritually minded folk were trying to explain the different ways divine communication can occur with humans. We were not at an academic conference or high-brow conference call, trying to codify something meant for Merriam Webster; we were a bunch of goofball spooky-foo folk…
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