Week 01: Personal Religion & Introduction

Why have you chosen to take the first steps on the Dedicant Path?

I have had an attachment to ADF for several years now. I originally joined in 2014 and started my Dedicant’s Path work, but school started back up and my DP progress got lost in the shuffle. I continued to work on my Druidry, but stopped documenting completely and explored a few adjunct spiritual practices along the way. Now that school is finished for me, I’ve decided to pick the DP back up and give it the attention I’ve wanted to. I am passionate about the DP because I believe the training is solid, the information is excellent, and the process itself is extremely valuable to my personal spiritual development.

Is this a step on your path, or will this become the Path itself?

I think the DP will be an integral part of a greater ADF journey for me. I hope to get as much from the DP as I can, then proceed on to other ADF trainings.

What do you expect to learn?

First and foremost I expect to learn more about myself. I have found that the DP offers many opportunities for self-reflection, and this reflection is inspired by all kinds of experiences and ideas. The more I know about myself, the more diligently and stably I can proceed on my spiritual journey.

What would you like to get out of this journey?

A deep and experiential connection to the Shining Ones, my Ancestors, and the spirits of Land, Sea, and Sky. A deeper connection to myself, who I am, and what I’m about.

Do you know where this path will take you?

I know that it will take me many wonderful places – and I am trying to remain as open and adaptable about where those places may be as I can.

Does it look hard or easy?

I know the DP is a challenge on many levels. Some of the work requires intense study and research while other parts of it require stillness, silence, and contemplation. I know it will be difficult at times, and I think therein lies the strengthening and growth-potential of the process.

Which requirements appear to be difficult to you now, and which appear to be easy?

As a bookworm and contemplative I’m most excited about the reading and meditation work. I don’t think they’ll exactly be easy, but I know they will be enjoyable. I think some of the ritual work will be difficult, but I’m ready to bring more active expressions of my practice back into play.


References

Dangler, Rev. Michael J. Through The Wheel Of The Year. ADF Publishing. 2016. PDF.
Various. Our Own Druidry. ADF Publishing. 2009. Print.
Ar nDraiocht Fein. Web. April 2016. https://www.adf.org/

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