The Open Minded Path is a universalist spiritual lineage for any who believe that every path can lead to enlightenment and any view of divinity is valid. Spiritual identities are meant to be preserved, so there is no central belief or practice, nor is membership restricted in any way. Instead, the Open Minded Path adapts to the needs of the individual.
We do not believe in censorship or limiting information, instead desiring to give knowledge freely. We believe in open, honest communication and open-mindedness, with a heavy emphasis on taking an academic approach to spiritual learning. Any who agree with and live by our Creed walk the Path with us.
Anyone can claim to walk the Open Minded Path, which is designed to be inclusive of all religions. Those who do walk the Path should embody what our lineage represents: the nature of seeking truth, being open minded, and maintaining a high level of academic and professional excellence.
Those who wish to join the movement and give back to others may become certified in being truly open minded and accomplished in their spiritual practices. This is something which both acolytes (masters of their own craft) and leaders (masters of teaching others) may do. Past experience welcome!
Certified Leaders have completed an assessment to ensure they are well-rounded, ethical, professional, qualified to lead, and truly open minded. Any Open Minded Leader is capable of helping anyone from any religious path. Please note that we do not have the resources to train someone as say a Pastor or Rabbi (at present), so these must pursue an external degree in addition to our certification process.
Those who are members of the Open Minded Path will give their denomination (a.k.a. their tradition or lineage) as "Open Minded", be they Open Minded Christian, Open Minded Wiccan or otherwise. They may or may not be members of an organization led by a certified Leader, and they may or may not be certified themselves. Anyone can use this label to demonstrate they are universalist and open minded.
Open Minded Organizations are those run by certified Open Minded Leaders. These Organizations might also be referred to as Open Minded Churches, Open Minded Covens, or otherwise. Each of these groups may be very different in theme and culture, and have additional requirements for membership than those listed here. Some admit anyone, and others accept only certified Open Minded Path members.
We believe in freedom of choice and will, of practice and faith. We believe our divinity is our own. We believe that working with others is a worthwhile endeavor, and that even so, it is only through gaining knowledge of ourselves that we can build a personal relationship with the divine. In this way we focus on our personal growth, treating the beliefs of others as ideas to fuel our own thoughts and guide us down our spiritual paths, even if these differing beliefs would not suit us themselves. We hold no grudges, we hold no biases, and we do not discriminate based on religion, magical discipline, or any mundane reason.
All are welcome within our ranks so long as they agree to the following statements:
We believe in compromise, we believe in sharing knowledge freely, and we believe in working together to build a better world for all. To each their own rede, and as for our creed, we intend to protect and stand by our fellow members through thick and thin, through stormy and serene. We are one family, bonded in a spiritual oath to keep secret the details of each other’s and all of our lineage's doings and sayings.
There is no requirement to worship, no requirement to serve, and no requirement to make payments to maintain membership within the lineage. The only requirements are to act and speak in accordance with the above, to respect others within the lineage at all times, and to participate in the Crossroads, and always with an open mind.
We are seekers, of free thought and free body. We promise to stand in circle in perfect love and perfect trust, and to always uphold our oaths of loyalty and discretion to the lineage and to all of its members. This pact is not one of servitude, but of voluntary good will and good intent, given freely in order to ensure an environment of learning and benefit for all. For though we come together under the banner of this lineage, let it still be known that...
“... we owe no allegiance to any person or power greater than the divinity manifest through our own being.”
-The Council of American Witches, April 1974
So mote it be.
Our certified Leaders are capable in their various spiritual paths, and prepared to help any lost seekers in need of direction. Find their various contact information and spiritual backgrounds below.
The Lady Victoria Tehilah Firewind is a lineage witch who was raised in the craft by her grandmother, who taught her how to “listen to the wind” and “read the clouds” from a very young age. She was also raised through her matrilineal grandparents in the traditions of conservative Judaism, living as an Orthodox (Chabad) Jew for a couple of years during her college years. Lady Firewind studied physics at Drexel University in Philadelphia and has a Bachelor of Science in the field. She has work experience at a variety of academic institutions, including the American Museum of Natural History, NASA, and her own alumnal Drexel U.
Lady Firewind founded the Open Minded Path (OMP) throughout 2017 with the help of her husband and High Priest, Ogonslav Firewind. She is also the founder and Elder High Priestess of the Coven of the Open Mind. Both her coven and the OMP lineage she created are universalist traditions which have members from all over the world, from all walks of life, and with a vast wealth of cultural diversity and open discourse. Through their YouTube channel and other social media outlets, they have amassed a small following of largely solitary practitioners of Pagan or Wicca inspired paths. The OMP is an open tradition, though it does have a certification process for those who wish to formalize their membership and make use of the resources of the larger organization in their own spiritual leadership.
Lady Firewind is a proud Appalachian who likes hiking, being outdoors, and spending time with her dogs and family. She enjoys software development, web development, metaphysics, philosophy, and any form of thought experiment or puzzle. She is constantly growing, constantly seeking, and constantly learning, a student of life and experience and a teacher of both the wisdoms of the earth, and the heavens above. May those who come to hear her words find what knowledge they seek, blessed be.
High Priest Ogonslav is a Slavic Shamanic Wiccan witch who loves swamps, pumpkins, and growing pumpkins in the swamp! Trained in Wicca within the Open Minded Path lineage, Ogonslav prefers the more natural arts, like herbology, herb magic, healing magic (both herb-based and Reiki), and any form of life-based spellcrafting.
High Priest Ogonslav was raised in a strict Southern Baptist household, eventually attending a pastoral ministry college to appease the wishes of his parents. However, at some point during his attendance, it came as a revelation to him that the Christian community was just not a good fit. Instead he sought after other paths, mostly in accordance with his occult tendencies. Eventually he stumbled upon Wicca, practicing solitarily for several years before finding the Coven of the Open Mind.
Through past life regression, High Priest Ogonslav recalled myriad past lives, realizing that his embodied existence goes back many eons. He has been a witch or spiritual leader of some form in almost all of his past lives, with great capacity for working with life energy and healing. He is a seasoned psionics and energy manipulation practitioner, having studied these arts for many years. He is a certified Reiki Master and Herbalist.
A community for any spiritualist along any spiritual path, this is the meeting place of every member of the Open Minded Path, whether certified or self-ascribed. We look forward to meeting you!
Those seeking certification of any level are expected to join this community to get to know us. Join the Discord server here.
This is the founding organization in the Open Minded Path, led by the Lady Tehilah and High Priest Ogonslav Firewind. This is a learning coven with primarily Wiccan members, but any faith is welcome. Members here are primarily solitary in their spiritual practices and typically do not take themselves or their lives too seriously. See their website for details.