Druidry for Beginners – Bringing the Sacred Back Home

IMG_6423If you’ve been out practicing the Senses Meditation I posted in the first of this series of blogs I hope it’s helped to bring a deeper connection with the natural world. To me that really is the first step. Before we step into any work with things unseen it’s important we have a good grounding in this world. So often people use their spirituality or religion as a crutch or an escape from the mundane. But really any spiritual life needs to be integrated and become a living part of our whole existence otherwise it just becomes like a hobby, or a part-time aspect of our lives. If our spiritual path is so integrated into our everyday lives that it doesn’t just help us escape our problems, but actually gives us strength and a focus to help us deal with them, then we have integration.

So where to go next? The senses meditation will help you become more aware and at one with your environment, and by environment I mean getting outside, to a woods, a river, an open park, and opening the senses each time we are there. A strong statement of intent that says I am a part of all of this, and all of this is a part of me. So the next stage would be to bring some of that back into our home and create a space that can be a focus and connection to that space, even when you are in your house. The word many would use for this is an altar, but nature table, sacred space, whatever you’d like to call it is fine.

So the next thing to do is go out to your space – the space where you have been opening your senses. Before you do anything else do the senses meditation again and open yourself up to that sense of oneness and connection. Stay like that for a some time and then ask the Spirits of Place if they will offer a gift to you, a sacred offering from this space that you can take away and bring back to your home. See if your senses guide you to some object. Walk gently, keeping your eyes in the Eyes of the Owl, and see if anything calls out to you. It could be a stone, a fallen seed or branch, a feather, anything. Be open to what might be offered.

It may be that nothing will reveal itself straight away. You may have to come back and do this a few times. That’s perfectly ok – this is about building trust and relationship, and like any human, the Spirits of Place can be suspicious at first. If your intent is clear and true, eventually you will find that object. This is your guide back to this sacred space, and one that you can have in your home. Make sure that you thank the Spirits of Place for the gift (and also make sure it is something that you can legally and ethically take – this isn’t a mandate to steal something that isn’t ours).

When you get home find a shelf or table that you can dedicate for this purpose. Decorate it in a way that feels right for you. Take this seriously though, make some effort to make it right. You might like to place an incense holder, some candles etc, and place your object in the centre. Now the two places are joined – your sacred space where you have opened yourself to be one with the natural world, and your home.

The path of integration has begun.

By | 2016-10-14T11:00:27+00:00 August 10th, 2015|Categories: Druidry for Beginners|Tags: , , , , , , , , |6 Comments

6 Comments

  1. Mike C. August 10, 2015 at 11:44 am - Reply

    It can be so easy to lose touch with why, whether for a moment or a full season. It’s wonderful to have people that take the time to remind us and help us along. Thank you.

    /|\ Mike C.

  2. Susanne August 10, 2015 at 12:43 pm - Reply

    Beautiful, Damh. I can see the beginnings of a wonderful book in the making πŸ˜‰

  3. Beverly August 10, 2015 at 3:55 pm - Reply

    Most helpful. Sometimes we get so busy we forget the importance of this.

  4. Ed Bonthron August 10, 2015 at 5:12 pm - Reply

    I sure you have already done this at some point but I haven’t seen/heard it so here goes. How about a disc of basic teaching songs for public release. As if you don’t have enough on your plate already πŸ™‚
    I have reached a point in my own journey were other people are starting to ask me questions. I find this scary. It is one thing answering questions for myself but when others are starting to turn towards me I find myself double checking everything. Having said that I really love your get back to the basics approach.

    • Damh the Bard August 11, 2015 at 9:10 am - Reply

      I know a few people who have given a couple of my songs to their relatives saying, “If you want to understand how I feel, listen to this”.

  5. Peter August 20, 2015 at 11:52 am - Reply

    So simply beautifull. tyvm Dave!

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