I wrote this the first morning I was in the woods; later I read through the introductory OBOD course pamphlets, and discovered that I had inadvertently completed the first practicum! :)
What calls me to Druidry is relationship – between people, but also between us and the Land, and between us and Spirit. I feel that call most strongly in history – in walking not so much in the places that are untouched and altogether wild, but in the places that have been gently loved and tended by the generations that came before me. Whether they called themselves Druid or Christian, something else or nothing at all, they are my ancestors and my guides on this journey.
Connection between people extends in all directions. I am, of course, inextricably enmeshed in the web of community – family and friends; colleagues at work, dojo and church; my city, state and nation. I also have an obligation to the future, to try to leave my corner of the world at least a little better than I found it. But that connection and obligation also extend into the past, to my ancestors of blood and spirit and to those who tended this land before me and left the task to me to carry on.
Yes, yes, yes!!! This resonates very strongly with me. (As do many of your recent posts, in fact, though I didn’t have the opportunity to comment on them.)
Yeah, I’m getting a lot more locally focused… not as formal as what you’ve been doing – although I think that’s extremely cool! – but definitely more focused on my local area and my personal heritage. My little camping trip is going to turn out to have been something of a turning point in this respect, I think.
That is sooooo cool and I can’t wait to see how things develop for you. I love those massive turning-points in our lives. :D