I’m not a person prone to spending much time reflecting upon past actions (a practice summed up as navel gazing elsewhere). There are pragmatic reasons for this:
- you cannot change what has happened and I obstinately refuse to be held hostage to the past
- you can only change the future and not the past
- I find that most of the time, my understanding is established fairly quickly after the event and therefore it has been my experience that I haven’t had reason to revisit the event(s) again
- I have the habit (annoyingly I have been told before, though I don’t view it as such myself) of establishing positives from any situation (even in the most dire situations, I have found some positive) and building them into my mental processes
Therefore, self-reflection tends to be something that is an ongoing process and not something for a set aside period in any particular time of day, month or year.
It has been somewhat of a surprise to myself then that the last month has been a time of some reflection. This reflection, I have now come to understand, has been centred upon the direction(s) I will be taking regarding my ongoing re-integration into Druidry.
My journey back into Druidry is documented in this site so I won’t go over the wheres and whys of it again. Over the last week or so, however, it has become clear to me that I needed to consciously express my own conditions for any and all druidic interactions and to make a personal statement (if only for my own benefit) as to the directions these actions should take in the future.
So today, seemingly out of nowhere, I created my own six-fold Druid affirmation. I should explain that I was at work today and the job I had to attend was out in Argyll near the rest and be thankful area (this photo being from a visit of the area last year.)
On my way back, with work being quiet and no prospect of any other job demanding my immediate attention, I stopped off in one of the many parking areas on the road. The scenery, with the mountains being snow-capped, was breath-taking and seemed to me to be an appropriate time and place to make one of my offerings to the spirit of place (a practice I do frequently all over Scotland, when travelling to various jobs in my work).
When I had made my offering, I watched as a Raven took to the skies in some pretty strong winds. My association with Ravens should be self-evident and it was immediately after this that the “urge” to commit to paper took me. So it was that at this time, my six-fold Druidic affirmation came into being, continuing my re-integration into the forest of Druidry.
I acknowledge the presence in my life of Awen
I commit to working with, through and for Awen
I acknowledge the multifaceted aspects of life with its endless cycle of creation and decay
I commit to playing my part within, through and for this process without placing myself above or outside of it
I acknowledge the right of the Earth to its own life
I commit to supporting this right
I acknowledge that within my own experiences, life is a result of communal activities and that my sense of the individual I experience is a direct result of these communal actions
I commit to recognizing and supporting these actions and activities on many levels
I acknowledge the existence of other than human intelligences
I commit to working with, for and through them in a manner suitable to both sides
I acknowledge that part of the reason for my existence is the ability to create change
I commit to my own acts of creation being subject to my six fold Druid affirmation
Upon completion of this, I spotted another bird upon the wind. This one was bigger though, an eagle, which is unusual and I took as a favourable omen consciously tying it to my act of creation in that place.