I am only one–but still, I am one.
I cannot do everything–but still I can do something.
And because I cannot do everything,
I will not refuse to do the something that I can do.
— Edward Everett Hale
Mountain-top removal is the practice of Big Coal in West Virginia of dynamiting whole mountains, destroying them, and throwing the loosened soil and rock (the “overburden”) into the nearest stream, killing the stream itself and all flora and all fauna supported by it.
So the other day some friends of ours went to a rally protesting the practice of mountain-top removal. They told us that the festivities started off with a sincere prayer to Jesus. At a pagan meet a week earlier, we ourselves had joined hands, chanted, and raised energy to protect the earth from the devastation caused by the coal companies (“operators”). Whether or not either procedure did anything, in both cases they helped the participants by letting them feel that they were actually doing something to save the mountains.
The question is: Were they? A secondary question might be: Which procedure would produce more results?
Through countless experiments we know that people have power. Probably the most famous work is the Russian research (see Psychic Discoveries behind the Iron Curtain) in which the (female) lab workers actually moved 2-kg blocks across the surface of the test table, using only mind power. So if you gather together a bunch of people and get them all concentrating on the same idea, surely their combined force must have some effect. We think this is especially workable if the force is used in an effort to change the minds of politicians and mine owners.
Now let’s think about the possibilities of Jesus-power. We Frosts share a belief of classic Hinduism; namely, that transcendent deities (no matter what their names) have no power to operate on the earth-plane. However, if people continually put their own energy into a visualization of a god (no matter what its name), then that energy must be going somewhere.
Thus we might say that people who for centuries have prayed to Jesus have caused a pool of energy to exist called “Jesus”. Of course this assumes that the energy of those worshipping exceeds the amount of energy extracted by those praying for help. The energy that is stored in this pool is mundane energy. It is put in by people using their own mundane energy in their worship. Because it is the same energy as the energy developed in the Wiccan circle, when that local group prays to Jesus to stop mountain-top removal, some of the stored energy (both ancient and modern) might serve to get the result they’re aiming for.
Many years ago Isaac Bonewits came up with the idea of the bank account in Mount Olympus Savings and Loan. Each deity that has been worshipped has power stored in its specific savings account; and if you can locate that account (make out a withdrawal slip/prayer request), the power in the account can be used to make things happen on the earth-plane.
Therefore it matters not which system you use: Similar results should obtain.