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Nimue Brown guest post: Community and conflict

July 16, 2018

https://druidlife.wordpress.com/2018/07/15/community-and-conflict/  

These are Nimue’s paragraphs, but I have put them in a different order.  For the original, use the link to her Druid blog, above.

I’ve been in communities that shrug shoulders over conflict. I’ve watched people leave those spaces in all kinds of states of distress and discomfort. I’ve been the person who leaves. I’ve also been in spaces with people who take responsibility for the wellbeing of the community as a whole, and who wade in when things get difficult. I’ve seen problems solved, and people challenged in good ways, to do better. I’ve seen vulnerable people supported, and socially awkward people helped. I’ve seen confidence built, and boundaries fostered. I’ve seen wellbeing improved, and the communities in question grow stronger for making the choice to act in these ways.

If someone bullies, exploits, abuses, controls or otherwise mistreats a person, it is not because of something inherent in the victim. It is because the abusive person is an abusive person. They can and will do that again. If a person lacks the experience, empathy or insight to navigate relationships well, they will keep having the same problems – either because they don’t hold the boundaries they need, or because they don’t deal well with others. Either way, it helps when the people around them respond to this and take on some responsibility for fixing it.

It’s easy to see conflict in personal terms, and understand it purely as being about those directly involved. Two people appear to fall out, and so we take the moral high ground by not getting involved, not taking sides, not asking what happened. If one of the people involved pulls away and leaves, we shrug, and say it’s a shame, and carry on with life. We all bear the losses quietly, because this is normal. We all bear the impact of the original problem, directly or indirectly.

One of the things this does is to tacitly support bullying and abuse. If one person mistreats another and we all nobly sit on the fence and refuse to pass judgement, we enable misbehaviour. It is the victim who will be pushed out. The person who was acting out will do it again, and probably get away with it again. This is not in anyone’s interests and does not make for a good community.

If we recognise that all relationships are held in a wider community context, we can look at them differently. It does not seem so acceptable for a community as a whole to react to a conflict by shrugging its shoulders. It becomes necessary for the community to find out what’s going on, make judgements and take action. These may be small measures to smooth over troubles and build bridges. There may be larger moves called for to challenge unacceptable behaviour. It may be necessary to identify what is intolerable.

Most of us in English speaking countries do not live in tight knit communities where people depend on each other to survive. As a consequence, unlike most of our ancestors we can afford not to be too invested in the idea of community. When things go wrong, we can just move on to another space. What this overlooks of course is the deep feeling of unrootedness and un-belonging that comes from changing your social context to deal with conflict. We might not need our communities to survive the winter, but we do need them for emotional wellbeing.

And for all these reasons, please do not be a fence-sitter.  Let Awen inform your voice as well as your actions. 

Happy Equinox

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Becoming a Druid by doing other things guest post by Nimue Brown

March 20, 2018

I got to proselytize today, to a pair of young Mormons who knocked on my door. It’s part of the slippery slidy nature of an Equinox for things to flip suddenly. They came to preach to me and instead graciously listened as I explained that I had no need for holy texts beyond ‘Nature is good’. Also they got warm because it’s pretty undecided here about whether to be winter or spring. (Down in Australia it would be autumn)

Then I found Nimue Brown’s posting for the day, about walking our talk, about learning to be in harmony with Nature by living, and I would think her insight is quite complementary.

“Living as close to nature as you can, will change you. Working with the seasons as you experience them will change you. Forming a relationship with your landscape, learning about what lives on it and making connections, will change you.”

Druid Life

I think it’s good to have a framework, and the time I’ve spent studying Druidry itself has given me some useful points of reference. However, I have a growing feeling that what makes a person a Druid is not the study of Druidry, but doing a whole host of other things. Increasingly, I see Druidry as an emergent property from approaching a whole array of subjects and practices with an open heart and mind, willing to be changed by them.

Living as close to nature as you can, will change you. Working with the seasons as you experience them will change you. Forming a relationship with your landscape, learning about what lives on it and making connections, will change you.

We can practice disciplines of the mind – philosophy, meditation, contemplation, gratitude, activism, prayer, and these experiences will impact on us. I think any study, any learning has a place…

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A Druid Method– guest re-post by John Beckett

March 2, 2018

http://www.patheos.com/blogs/johnbeckett/2017/05/a-druid-method.html

excerpt:

Authentic Druidry requires a connection with the land. But it does not require a connection with the land of England. There were Irish Druids, Welsh Druids, and Gaulish Druids… and probably Druids from other areas as well. If a Druid traveled to Rome or Egypt or even further (I know of no historical accounts of such travels, but I’d be surprised if there weren’t at least a few) they didn’t stop being Druids or suddenly become lesser Druids because they were no longer in their homeland.

If ancient Druidry was mobile – and it was – then modern Druidry is mobile as well.

Each Druid order defines Druidry in their own way and I have no desire to challenge their structures. But I see a method for creating a Druidry that is both authentic and powerful.
Read more at http://www.patheos.com/blogs/johnbeckett/2017/05/a-druid-method.html#X6BR5qy0c5b5dUED.99

art by Frida Kahlo

A biologist trying to decode tree communication: Quartz re-post

February 18, 2018

https://qz.com/1116991/a-biologist-believes-that-trees-speak-a-language-we-can-learn/the-wind-garden-hero

see also:

https://undark.org/article/listening-to-the-thoughts-of-the-forest/

Listening to the Thoughts of the Forest ; Undark guest repost

February 8, 2018

https://undark.org/article/listening-to-the-thoughts-of-the-forest/

Listening to the Thoughts of the Forest

The fate of a Tennessee forest was weighed in a boardroom by an assembly of businessmen, lawyers, and scientists. They never listened to the trees.

 

excerpt:

“The meeting yielded a memorandum of understanding and a press release. The corporation agreed to stop converting native forests to plantations. In print, all parties congratulated one another. The governor added a supportive statement. By the standards of a technocratic world, this was a success, albeit one whose effects were mitigated over the following decade by fluctuations in newsprint pulp prices, mill closings, corporate mergers, and divestment of land. Now, a dozen years after this 2005 agreement, pressure to convert forests to plantations continues in the southeastern U.S. The chasm between the people in the room persists, as does our collective deafness to the forest.

“It is perhaps absurd to suggest that lawyers, scientists, lobbyists, and MBAs spend more of their time listening to trees, smelling the leaf litter, visiting paper mills, and talking to one another in the woods and the logging yards. In a data-driven world, one governed by quantifiable financial and scientific information, a practice of open-ended listening and bodily engagement seems out of place, a diversion or an irrelevance. But financial and scientific data are abstractions. The forest is not made of abstractions. It is not even made of separate, interacting objects. The forest is instead made of relationship. To enter this gargantuan conversation is to connect our bodies and brains to creatures and processes beyond ourselves. This is ecological “big data” wired directly into human cellular and cultural networks.

“It is time, then, for some unconventional in-service training: immersion in the forest’s mind. No polished shoes under tables, no soil-covering marble slabs, no slides of graphs delivered like slap shots at a goal. Instead, let us become sommeliers of forest soils (smell the varied overtones of ascomycete), tree-listeners (what crackle of drought do we hear in twigs, what rustle of unmade paper in the pine?), and interlocutors of root tips, bird memories, and human experience. We do so not to unearth ourselves into mysticism or to run away from disagreements in boardrooms. Rather, listening in the woods is a radical — radix, from the root — form of empiricism.”

Climate Repair Meditation — guest post from Green Mountain Druid Order

February 3, 2018

source:

http://www.philipcarr-gomm.com/climate-repair-meditation/

there is a live video at the link, and more.

Hello folks!

I am here today with the trees to share with you a simple and powerful practice for repairing the climate.

First I want to share a bit about how this came about.

Like so many of us, I have felt so much concern about climate change, and sadness about the loss of life, home, and habitat. It is painful to witness and devastating to experience.

Scientists are predicting massive environmental catastrophe and the changes are happening even faster than expected. These are scary times indeed, but I do believe there is hope!

What I know is that the mindset that created this problem is not the one that will get us out. It’s time we move beyond the box of the rational, the reductionist, the political.

What is beyond the box? Imagination, partnership, intention, love and MAGIC!

You see, Nature is always working to return to dynamic equilibrium. We have thrown things off so far, that she has had to conjure up powerful storms, fires, earthquakes to wake us up, to clear away the outmoded, and to bring us back into right relationship.
Right now right relationship must include taking responsibility and action to heal what has been damaged.

I am one of those wyrd people who talks to trees and stones, faery and dragon..
I go to Nature for answers to the big questions. So I went with the quandry of climate change and was given this practice by Sycamore Tree.

We know that the trees and all in the green world are Natures climate guardians. They gobble up CO2 and expel 02, creating the perfect balance of gasses for life as we know it.

But the trees can’t keep up. We have cut down too many forests and we have released too much CO2 into the atmosphere.

This practice is a way of expanding the natural capacity of the trees to do what they do, by partnering. Together we can change everything!

All you will need is just a few minutes of quiet time. This can be done sitting, standing, inside or out. Eyes closed or open.

This is designed to be done by people of all ages and denominations.

Please share and repeat!

May there be Peace throughout the whole world,
/|\ Fearn Lickfield

 

 

 

Who is a Druid in the 21st century? guest post by Philip Carr-Gomm

February 3, 2018

http://www.philipcarr-gomm.com/who-is-a-druid-in-the-21st-century/

this is a very informative collection of information about ongoing discussions of modern Druid identity, including evidence of many celebrity humans who are also Druids, though they seldom mention it.

 

Archbishop Rowan Williams at his Druid initiation at the Welsh National Eisteddfod

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More at link, and links beyond…

http://www.philipcarr-gomm.com/who-is-a-druid-in-the-21st-century/

 

A Path of your Own –guest repost

January 21, 2018

http://www.philipcarr-gomm.com/a-path-of-your-own/

This counts as yet another individualized modern Druid way.  It is what Vern Crawford calls Tefistry.  He’s written a book about it. It’s the correct price, for truths– free.

 

https://tefistry.com/tefistry/

Example of cleared land around active well

 

 

guest repost: the ‘return’ of Druidry

January 14, 2018

http://orderofthemorrigan.com/the-return-of-druidry/

There are many sorts of Druid, and many things that in my opinion ought to be called Druid and are not.  This Grove invented itself from the earth up.  gl

January 2018: Two Full Moons: Super Full Moon and The Total Lunar Eclipse Blue Moon

January 7, 2018

Bard Mel Brake has really summed up the moons of January.

He also enlightened me that the hit song ‘Age of Aquarius’ is aligning today Jan. 7 2018, as it has not since 1998 🙂

 

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During this week Winter Solstice December 21, 2017, I was presented with a vision that featured one of my departed love ones who showed me a picture of him cutting me out of his life. On the other side of the room was a portal as one does open during the Winter Solstice but I was afraid of passing through it for fear of losing him.

Now when I think of this and the irony of me not wanting to pass through the portal because my loved one has been dead for more than 15 years but maybe, the message was not to be afraid to accept the changes that are here and now and to surrender to what no longer services us before we move into the new year of 2018.

Cutting ties to places, people and things that no longer services us.

Speaking of the year 2018 which…

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