Week 13: The Nine Virtues: Wisdom

Wisdom as defined by Our Own Druidry:
Good judgment, the ability to perceive people and situations correctly, deliberate and decide about the correct response.”

Wisdom as defined by Merriam-Webster Dictionary:
Knowledge that has been gained by having experiences in life.
The natural ability to understand things that most other people cannot understand.
Knowledge of what is proper or reasonable: good sense or judgment.

Jnana as defined by Wikipedia:
Knowledge inseparable from the total experience of reality.


When I think of wisdom, I usually think  of the Vedic jnana as a definition. Many years ago when I was instructed about the definitions and expressions of jnana, it really took root deeply for me. In the modern Western world it seems that we often limit wisdom to ‘what we know’, when it can be deepened to cover what we have experienced and what we feel or intuit. Wisdom, for me, is the point where what we have learned through personal experiences, the empowering guidance of others, and our own latent intuition find intersection. It’s the place where our knowledge, experience, and intuition come into synchronicity.

I often think of indigenous herbal medicine teachers when I contemplate wisdom. These individuals have been trained in the empirical and traditional knowledge of herbs; how to identify them, harvest them, cultivate them, and prepare them as medicines. They have also experienced powerful personal connections and events related to the plant allies they work with which transcend knowledge. There is also an intuitive or heart-centered connection to the plants which allow them to enter into relationship and reciprocity with them.

I work with a reconstructed Proto-Indo-European hearth culture, and in that practice Dyeus Pter, the Shining Sky Father, is the embodiment of wisdom for me. He is a special god who sits atop the World Tree and is able to take in the fullness of what is happening in the Xartus. He can perceive, analyze, harmonize, and empower that which goes beyond rational- the very hidden patterns and substrate of the Cosmos. His wisdom is about working knowledge and intelligent pattern in a very intuitive and even artistic way- the perfect combination of brain power and heart power. I have found that aspiring to cultivate personal wisdom brings me more into alignment with these bigger pictures of wisdom. I get to try and model my own work and wisdom after grand, graceful, cosmic expressions of wisdom and apply them to any area of my life that might need them.

I love that Wisdom is on the list of virtues. It inspires us to learn, experience, and feel all at the same time. It challenges us to read books, hear lectures, attend rituals, meditate, and journey and to apply what we learn and experience in a truly holistic way; to keep it not only in our brains but in our hearts, and our very bodies.

As I’ve been meditating on wisdom in preparation for this essay, I found myself coming back to the Deep Waters over and over again. Meditating on the ancestors dissolving back into the Earth and flowing back into the primordial waters below makes sense to me. The Waters of Wisdom in the Earth contain the experiences and empowerment of all those who have walked this path before us. It is a living tonic of memory and meaning, and with a little organizing anything can be fashioned from it.

From the fiery waters of Xapom Nepots that bestows immortality and the vision of the Shining Ones to the waters that bubble up from the deep Earth, Wisdom is gained through effort, study, and experience every day, all the time. It’s a living thing that is inspired by books, edified by the words of the elders, and given fruition in practice.


References

Dangler, Rev. Michael J. Through The Wheel Of The Year. ADF Publishing. 2016. PDF.
Various. Our Own Druidry. ADF Publishing. 2009. Print.
Merriam-Webster Dictionary: Wisdom. Web. Accessed July 18, 2016. http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wisdom
Wikipedia: Jnana. Web. Accessed July 18. 2016. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jnana
Dangler, Rev. Michael J. Through The Wheel Of The Year. ADF Publishing. 2016. PDF.
Serith, Ceisiwr. Deep Ancestors. ADF Publishing. 2009. Print.

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Meditation Journal: Week 03

There was a lot of work and not much time for rest this week, and I found that this impacted how much meditation I was able to do, and how much quality there was in the work I did do. I am still pretty happy with what I was able to accomplish, but have noticed that high-stress and a busy schedule can definitely push the inner work to the back burner. The interesting thing is that making time for even just a quick Two Powers meditation can help with the stress levels, making the whole day better. Practice makes perfect, and hopefully soon meditation will be my go-to when things get challenging.

This week I did just a handful of meditations, and focused only on Two Powers. I’ll get back to my Inner Grove work in the coming week.

Meditation Journal: Week 02

This week I spent a lot of time listening to  Seeking The Inner Grove meditation as provided by the kind folks in the Three Cranes Grove. I added this meditation to the end of my Two Powers and the flow was really nice.

My meditations this week were all about continuing to get deeper into my Two Powers work while also cultivating more familiarity and comfort in my Inner Grove. I plan on keeping this up in the coming week of meditation work.


References

Dangler, Rev. Michael J. Through The Wheel Of The Year. ADF Publishing. 2016. PDF.
Three Cranes Grove. Web. Accessed frequently. http://threecranes.org/meditations/
Seeking The Inner Grove. Web Audio. http://threecranes.org/meditations/dpwoty/
Various. Our Own Druidry. ADF Publishing. 2009. Print.

Week 12: Ancestors, The Mighty Dead

In March 2016 I lost my first close friend as an adult. I’ve lost family members, and it’s been a tumultuous process, but I’m at the age where some of the people I spend the most amount of intimate time with are passing on. This has been inspirational for me in connecting to the Ancestors and keeping them and their power active in my life.

I have learned so many amazing things from the people that have come onto my path, and I am realizing just how much they are still part of what I do- regardless of their physical presence in my day-to-day existence. As I contemplate the fundamental importance of continuing to love and nurture the Ancestors in most every indigenous and ancient culture, I realize just how important this practice is for a healthy, happy, and whole life.

Based on dreams, moments of inspiration in the voices of the departed, and sheer synchronicity, I have no doubt that the Mighty Dead are in fact alive and well, somewhere. The more I work with my Druidry and spend time with them in thought and in ritual, the more they find creative and often surprising ways of reaffirming their presence with me.

I think that the people I have been close to who have passed on would be happiest if I kept them alive in my memories and in my heart while living my life in the fullest and most amazing way possible. As I cultivate a wider bridge to cross at my own death, I am grateful that I get to walk with those who have already crossed their own.


References

Dangler, Rev. Michael J. Through The Wheel Of The Year. ADF Publishing. 2016. PDF.
Three Cranes Grove, ADF. “An Awfully Big Adventure: Signposts on the Soul’s Journey Through the Indo-European Afterlife.” Online Video. YouTube. November 8, 2014. Web. July 5, 2016. https://youtu.be/Szqz9Clyfa0
Ellison, Rev. Skip. The Solitary Druid. ADF Publishing. 2013. Print.
Various. Our Own Druidry. ADF Publishing. 2009. Print.
Ar nDraiocht Fein. Web. Accessed April 2016. https://www.adf.org/

Meditation Journal: Week 01

The last week of meditation work has been really good, and I am proud about how things have gone and where they’ve gone.

As part of my 1st book review, I am reading The Horse, The Wheel, and Language by David W. Anthony. In this text, on page 134, he gives an amazing retelling of the classic reconstructed Proto-Indo-European creation story. I absolutely love this story, and its resonance with me is one of the reasons why I am so attracted to the PIE hearth culture. I have been meditating on this story daily for the past week to not only memorize it and unfold its meanings, but to also learn what it might mean for me as an individual.

My meditations this week have started with the Two Powers meditation, then working on my inner Grove and connecting with Deiwos, W’kpotes, and Xansus through offering and prayer, and ending with a visual meditation on the creation story mentioned above.

I am meditating at night right now, but want to start, one day at a time, working a dawn/sunrise meditation into my routine so that I can greet the day and the procession of the solar Deiwos Dyaus Pter, Sawelyosyo Dhugter, and Diwos Sunu as Xausos opens up the gates of dawn. I am planning to start waking up with the dawn on Sundays to do a simple offering and meditation, then see if it’s something that makes sense worked into other days of the week as well.


References

Dangler, Rev. Michael J. Through The Wheel Of The Year. ADF Publishing. 2016. PDF.
Anthony, David W. The Horse, The Wheel, and Language. Princeton: Princeton University Press. 2007. Print.
Three Cranes Grove. Web. Accessed frequently. http://threecranes.org/meditations/
Various. Our Own Druidry. ADF Publishing. 2009. Print.