Going Down…

Hi all,

This site will most probably soon be going offline. I decided not to renew the contracts so they expired September 13th (seems godaddy grants a few days’ leeway, very appreciated!).

I have another site, with different content on www.chaosdruidry.com if you’re interested

Thank you for having interacted when and if you did. I will keep my wordpress profile so I can find you all at a later date. For now, this site probably should die as it was amateurish and begun in a time of my life when I was too unreliable (content postings too irregular), and I’m working on stepping-up my ‘game’ so if I make a new site it will incorporate all I’ve learned having done this one.

Wishing you all the best, and keep inquiring minds sharp!

Tom

Am I a Druid? Yes, but…

You may have felt this

You’re an aspiring druid, so you’re out in the middle of Nature – a park, say, in the early evening.  You’ve rested the palm of your hand on a tree.  Your eyes are closed, your head is bowed, and you’re feeling really connected to every living thing around you.  You may be saying something, words of thanks, or a heart-felt apology for how we’ve behaved towards Mother Earth these past hundred millennia… and you’re interrupted by a rustle a little way off.

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Believing is Seeing

You choose your belief

I’d love to be wrong, I really would – but unfortunately this is all there is. That means belief in spirits, other realms, and even escaping the cycle of death and rebirth is all in your head. Their only real reality lies in the psychological impact those notions have upon you and your emotions.

To put it another way, it’s as if you had a red sweater but you imagine it’s blue – you do this because it makes you feel happier and you wear it more often that way.

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Wisdom for others

Why is it easier to advise others than to apply our wisdom to our own lives? And at the same time why is it that other people’s advice always falls on the deaf ears of our own soul?

By that I mean I’ve been told the same advice by countless people in countless different ways and yet it only ever ‘sank in’ when I actually sat down and figured it out for myself – at which point all their words came flooding back in one huge “Ooooh, so that’s what they were trying to tell me!”

Why is that dynamic so out of whack?

And yet all that advice, I’m certain, is still what allowed me to get it – had I never had any guidance, I don’t think I would have figured it out for myself.

Definitely a broken system…

The Infinite Tablecloth

Imagine a super-stretchy tablecloth that goes on forever in all directions. Or it could be infinitely-stretchy but fixed in a huge wooden frame, for the purposes of this metaphor, both work as well.

Now it starts off perfectly flat. This is the ‘fabric of reality’ and it’s right now both all and nothing: it’s the ‘stuff’ that all is made of and ‘all’ you have to work with, but since it’s perfectly flat, ‘nothing’ exists, there’s no thing which stands out from any other thing.
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Someone Else’s Symbols

Magic is a mental practice – where you exercise and selectively focus your intent, your ‘motivation’ or ‘will’, behind an action in order to be more effective and increase the odds of success/achieving a goal or desire. In that way, it’s really not very magical at all and sometimes that can be a disappointment to many who come to any of the ‘magical’ practices (Wicca, any Pagan variety, Chaos Magic(k, depending on your tastes) and even Jediism and Satanism), because they come to it expecting something extra-ordinary and are shown something very ordinary and ‘boring’.

But if you stick around long enough (or come back to it afterwards, like I did) then you’ll find the ordinary is un-believably extra-ordinary!

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Suffering is Difference, Bliss is Sameness.

That sounds like a platitude. Indeed it might be.

It’s just an expression of my latest understanding and once again my ‘obsession’ with the way Reality keeps consistently ‘boiling down to’ Sameness and Difference.  I’m quite astounded that what I had until now thought applied metaphysically and physically, also applies emotionally/spiritually.
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The ‘Good Enough’ Principle

I know, that doesn’t sound like a very ‘formal’ philosophical principle, but bear with me.

To exist means to stand out (from Latin “ex-” meaning ‘out of’ and “stare” meaning ‘to stand’), and so for a Thing to exist it must be different from all other Things. But how different? Just enough. In fact, any amount of difference is ‘difference enough’ for existence. (yes, there’s a circular tautology in there – you don’t have to like it).

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