“It [spirituality] is the province of our responsive and creative imagination – not just a fiction-factory but a vitally necessary place where we work out the interpretative patterns we need for our life-world as a whole, structures and visions to provide some usable order in the chaotic world of our experience.” Mary Midgley

 

“Dreams pass into the reality of action. From the actions stems the dream again; and this interdependence produces the highest form of living.” Anais Nin

 

“Your vision will become clear only when you look into your heart. Who looks outside, dreams. Who looks inside, awakens.” Carl Jung

 

I left spirituality until last because it’s too easy for modern Druids to focus on the spiritual aspect of Druidry at the expense of the political and educational aspects of it. Druids were priests, magicians, seers, prophets, diviners, mediators with the deities, shamans, guardians of sacred knowledge, sacred places and shrines and a whole range of spiritual and religious functions in their society. They were the mythologers and mythographers of their time, governing the images, stories and symbols that would guide, and even legitimise, the lifestyle and culture of their peoples. They also encoded their peoples’ experience into myths to preserve the wisdom of the past for future generations, locking their history and worldview into symbolic form.

 

Symbols speak to us at deep levels; they evoke and invoke energies within us, energies that give us a connection between our personal life and the rest of the cosmos. Spirituality gives meaning and ethics to guide us in life, guiding our attitude and behaviour, but it also goes deeper than that. Psychospiritual development can take place, through the normal psychological development stages, but also a spiritual development where an individual is open to their creative potential beyond initial psychological programming. When therapy stops or is not necessary, and the psyche is in a healthy and balanced state, development doesn’t stop there, it carries on. The psyche is not a static machine, to be repaired, adjusted and kept running smoothly, it is a growing organic thing that constantly changes, and spirituality is something that helps us cope and direct that change, and allows the soul’s own Dharma or spiritual “blueprint” to unfold and evolve according to its own inner pattern.

 

Each person’s inner pattern and life journey is extremely personal and individual. I live and work with people, our own paths in life run parallel but they do not merge. Working together, growing together, but never growing into each other. My life journey can only ever be mine, shareable with no other being, but it is a thread in the fabric of evolution; of human evolution, of the living Earth’s evolution and of the whole cosmos’ evolution, with its beginning and end residing there; emerging from and finally merging back into nature. And here we take a step into a fundamental aspect of modern Druid practice and belief; its connection to the natural world and the focus it can create in humanity on ecological and environmental issues. (next article)

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“The world is pregnant with God.” Angela of Foligno

“What good is it to me if Mary gave birth to the Son of God hundreds of years ago, if I do not give birth to the Son of God in my time and my culture? We are all meant to be Mothers of God, for God is always needing to be born.” Meister Eckhart

 

“Truth is no theory; no speculative system of philosophy, no intellectual insight. Truth is exact correspondence with reality. For man, truth is the unshakeable knowledge of his real nature, his Self.” Paramhansa Yogananda

 

“Few know how to help themselves when they are beset by misfortune. Bound by fate, humanity runs an endless circle of sorrow. Their grim companion is disunity from themselves. Father Zeus, free them from these great sufferings and show every one of them the Genius who is their guide.” Pythagoras

 

“On this planet, we are probably the creatures most capable of perceiving and responding to God’s vision of a different, better world. God’s primary avenue for liberation is through responsive human hearts. We can wait for supernatural miracles, or we can roll up our sleeves with God and get to work.” C. Robert Mesle

 

 I couldn’t help it with the quotes, they’re all so good.

A poem this time. Please enjoy…

 

God, cause of causes,

Origin of the long string of history.

History, the steady, stable, unvarying chain of events;

Cause and effect;

The wheel of consequences;

Karma.

 

But history is not really like that,

It is not a clock to be wound up,

To work until it breaks down.

It is more creative than that,

More organic.

 

Within history God secretly planted seeds of his plan,

A cause that transcends history’s chain of events.

It is the soul in touch with God,

Its purest essence,

Its purest Self;

Dharma.

 

A soul is born as a baby,

As pure Self,

As pure Dharma.

It has no karma.

 

From this moment on

It can become enslaved by karma;

Imposed on it by the world,

Or liberated by Dharma;

Unfolding from deep within the soul.

 

Am I a passive product of the world

Or a willing vessel of creativity in it?

Is my life journey one of karma or Dharma?

 

I am not just a “son of,” product of my parents.

I am not just a “citizen of,” product of my society.

I have something beyond history’s chain of events,

A potential deep within going back to the origin of the Universe,

Pervading the Universe.

 

Everyone has this potential,

But few awaken to it,

Remaining bound to the chain of events,

Being just products of their conditions.

They are buried beneath the compost of karma

And do not allow Dharma to grow from it.

 

I awaken from the dream of karma,

I awaken to pure Life,

And I follow my Dharma.