I’ve never, so far, had a conversation with anyone outside TDN, other than my wife, about druidry. I’m not at all sure that any of my friends are aware that druids exist but, if they are, they probably think of them either in an historical context or would link them with the Welsh National Eisteddfod. I can’t imagine any of my friends are any more aware of WoW, for example, than I was before a comment here in TDN made me look it up.
I’m sure most people that do know me know of my interests in nature, in song and in mythology though and I’m equally sure that I could explain my druidry in the context of an extension of these visible facets of my personality.
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I agree with others who have said that druidry is lived not enacted – although I think I am different around non-druid friends than I can be when with other druids, say, for example in ritual. You don’t find me chanting the awens at work for example. But then that is usually only part of ritual with other druids, so maybe these things are also context specific.
When I first became a druid I kept things quite compartmentalised but this is not true for me now, it has seeped into every pore of my being and has become “me” – which, of course, it always has been it has just taken me to discover/know, listen and acknowledge this.
Maybe the best way to show this is by a wee example, so, I work with men on a programme aimed at getting them to change their abuse/violence towards their female partners. My druidry comes into that all the time, but I suppose it wouldn’t necessarily be obvious to them men I work with that that is where I am coming from. Sometimes subjects come up that are obviously linked to druidry, for example, we had a lovely conversation one time about the things that de-stress us and calm us. one lad in particular talked about how he now goes to watch some swans and how this gave him such a sense of peace and seemed to help him stop being such a control freak and generally help him do (what I interpreted as) his version of letting go – a big theme in the groups and also in my life for me. At other times the awen flows and helps me see things for what they are, helps me then press the men for positive changes or encourage or suggest ways forward that are non-abusive. Letting go is a big part of my thought process/being at the moment and this lesson comes to me throughout the work time and time again.
I suppose what I am also saying is that so many things help me live my druidry that aren’t necessarily obviously related. Another time I feel that the truth can come out from my druid ways, such as the time I said to the group that surely the only things we could be sure of were “death and change” (one of those times when the truth comes out and you know it is because it almost came through you). The reactions (mostly sharp intakes of breath!) were quite fun to watch – from a room or people hooked on control and avoidance of those very things in their lives!! So non-druids also help me on my druidic way too…
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