The nature of Truth

As a Druid the truth is very important to me and the pursuit of truth is something I see as part of my spiritual path, I always try to be truthful in my words and in my deeds although this is not always as simple as it seems, and sometimes people are determined to disregard or misunderstand your truth for their own reasons. This got me thinking, always a dangerous thing!

Is truth always true for everyone, or is it sometimes subjective? Is something that is true for you always true for everyone, or may they see it as a lie. Is it maybe a matter of interpretation sometimes? Are we fulfilling our obligation to the truth if we truly believe what we say is true and what we do comes from our interpretation of the truth?

I don’t think it is an easy question to answer, and maybe I will never be able to but I would be interested in other people’s opinions.

 

Meeting yourself

If you were to take a journey to meet yourself, what, and who would you find? Would you like this person, would you want to be friends?

This is the question I have been working on recently, taking a long hard look at myself and it can be a very good eercise to do, and a powerful self development tool.

When done in meditation it is possible for you to be part of a discussion with yourself, as a way to get to know who you really are because in our society today sometimes we let little bits of ourselves go, or push them to the back, to be able to function as part of that society and to be accepted into it.

Questions to ask yourself can include anything you want but it is useful if you try to look at yourself as a stranger. Are you kind? are you caring? are you open and honest? are you a good friend? Do you make the most of your talents? do you make the most of your opportunities? Do you try to live to you ideals? Do you look after yourself as you deserve? Do you need to make any changes?

That last question is the really vital one. You can ask yourself all the others, analyse your answers, and you will be very lucky if you can answer the last one in the negative. There is often much work to be done in my experience, but without a ‘job list’ you will never start.

If, for example, you ask yourself, do I make the most of my opportunities, and you feel that you don’t, then this is where to start. Make a plan of action as to how you are going to change this, for example, someone asks you to try a new activity you have never done, and you quite like the idea, but feel you don’t have the time/energy/money to accept. Try looking at it again and really trying to see a way around it so you can grab this opportunity.

By examining your life in this way, you will be making the changes that you want, that you think is necessary, not someone else’s idea of a better you, but your own.

I am currently working on my list, and there is much work to be done, but at least I am trying!

 

Arbor Low and How it changed my life

I have told this story at different times, in different places, to different people, but as I am hoping to arrange a group outing this summer, it has made me think of this place again recently.
Have any of you had a profound experience at a sacred site that you can honestly say changed your life?

This is mine:

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To get to the huge stone circle at Arbor Low, you have to walk up through a farmyard, and always used to be greeted by a friendly border collie dog (I am not sure if this is still the case as I have not been for three years). Now I had been going to this site for at least 22 years the last time I went, and so I know this can’t have been the same dog as when I first went, but nevertheless, there one always was, ready to greet the visitor.

The first time I visited this site was 25 years ago, and I won’t say I was not a druid then, what I will say is that I had not realised I was a druid! I visited it with a friend, who later became my 2nd husband actually, but maybe I should have taken more note of what happened at Arbor Low, but no, if I had have done, I would not have had my beautiful daughter Emily.

So, why exactly did Arbor Low change my life? Well, I asked this friend to take me there (on the back of his large Italian motorbike!) because I was interested in ley lines and had been reading up on them and had realised that in the Peak District in Derbyshire, Arbor Low was where all these lines seemed to converge, or perhaps issue from, and I wanted to see if they could be felt. I don’t remember what time of year it was, but it was not cold, so must have been late spring or early summer I should think, but the thing was, we were the only people there. I stood in the centre of the circle, I walked round the edge, I explored every inch …………… and to me, the whole place was buzzing! The energy positively throbbed through the earth. I had never felt anything like it before!

All the stones seemed warm to the touch, and I was glowing. The thing that struck me as odd was that the person I was with felt none of this, I couldn’t believe it ……… how could he not sense this enormous amount of energy coming up through his feet. I tried to tell him about it, but he looked at me as if I was mad! So I began to think that maybe I was …… but there was no mistaking that this energy was real. Then, as I stood in the centre and looked out towards the distant hills, I could see faint lines running out along the ground, and as I turned, they were going out in every direction! They looked like lines of light on the ground,and they were only visible to me for a moment, which later made me doubt whether or not I had seen them at all, but as I stood there looking, they were as clear to me as the lines on any map.

This, I feel, was the afternoon that changed my life, changed my direction, set my feet upon the druidic path. I began investigating more, in addition to the leylines stuff, I found books on herbal medicine, and it was a short step, it seemed, from there to witchcraft, which is where I started out on a pagan path. By this time though, I was living with the person I had been to Arbor Low with, and when he saw the books on witchcraft I had taken out of the library, he made me take them back and forbid me bring any more like it into the house! I should have made a stand, but I didn’t ……….. but as soon as we split up a few years later, I started to research again, and haven’t looked back since!

I have been back to Arbor Low many times since that first visit, and have never again seen the lines, but I can always feel its incredible energy, sometimes more, sometimes less, depending on the time of year and also the number of people there. As the years went on, it seemed more people were visiting it again, and it was very rare in later years that we were ever the only ones there.

Last time we went, I noticed a disturbing trend which had been growing, seemed to be worse than ever, the need for people to leave their (albeit temporary) mark,
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Although it is harmless enough I suppose, these offerings and artworks that people leave at these sites does seem to subtly alter the energies of the place, and personally I feel you should take nothing but photographs and leave nothing but footprints. To me these are very sacred places, and should be left as we find them.

Imbolc Celebrations

We gathered in the car park of a popular local woodland, but then set off along a path that was less chosen by the usual visitors, to a small grove of Beech trees. The previous few days had seen rain and high winds. Today was a soft breeze, clear skies and bright sunshine. We were a small group, just over a dozen of us, and we were there to honour Brighid and mark the coming of spring with ritual, poetry and songs.

The energy in the circle was warm and energised, the laughter and sharing afterwards equally warm and you could feel the love flowing along with the mead (the latter in moderation). I truly count myself blessed to have found such a wonderful spiritual family to share these times with and thank each and every one of them for the happiness they bring to our gatherings and to my life, may Brighid continue to bless us!

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