My First Steps with OBOD

Stonehenge Wiltshire Lighting

I’ve been on a long journey for years, a journey of self-exploration and spirituality. Initially, I undertook my journey alone. I read and explored alternative and traditional spiritualities. I worked through self help books to get past the scars of a traumatic childhood lived in fear and pain. Then, in 2012 I discovered Druidry. I was enchanted. Not only did Druidry give me a spiritual outlet that actually expressed how I felt inside, but it was a self-development spirituality, as well. With Druidry I could express my spiritual side and my love of nature and all living things and do the inner work that still needed to be worked out.

The healing was well under way thanks to self help books and therapy, but something was missing. Since I couldn’t evolve normally from childhood to adulthood, all those lessons and experiences were not there. I had to go back and create myself again, the me I was intended to be. Amazingly, Druidry is helping me do just that. I found OBOD, a wonderful organization dedicated to acceptance of all, dogma of none, and reverence for all life. Not only that, but they have structured courses in three levels for those who wish to develop their inner creativity, deepen their love of the natural world, and seek wisdom as a life goal. It’s an all-in-one package that I was extremely fortunate to find and take advantage of.

Druidry
what Druidry means to me.

I enrolled in the first of their three tiered coursed, the Bardic course in 2012. I worked on it for a little over a year and finished with the title of Bard. Then I enrolled in the Ovate course, the second tier of courses, and that’s where I am now. What I didn’t realize is all the healing and learning creativity created in me a desire to start my own business, something I would never have even dreamed of years ago. Starting a small online business from scratch with nothing but an idea and a hundred bucks eventually led to a livable income in only three years. I give a lot of credit for my creativity to OBOD and their Bardic course. Unfortunately, as my business grows, I find myself frequently pulled off balance, I think mainly because this is all so new to me. I’ve never felt so confident, so able, and so successful. The conflict is frustrating. Now that I’m in this amazing place and doing amazing things, I want to pour all my energy into it. But that leaves me feeling drained, and the only thing that eases that feeling is carrying on with my lessons. It’s been very hard to keep all this new energy for my business under control. But I’m reaching a point now that the surge is finally easing. I’ve been back to my spiritual practice for weeks now, and I feel pretty confident that the great tsunami of creativity and energy for my business is finally ebbing, and hopefully I will be able to continue a steady practice of Druidry.

I’ve begun taking stock of what I learned in the Bardic course, I’ve added to my tools and items I find essential to my practice, and I’ve gathered my course together to begin again. It’s been a year and a half, maybe closer to two years, since I’ve felt calm enough to dedicate myself to a weekly course, and I’m not entirely sure I will be able to continue uninterrupted, but I do feel more calm and secure about my business. That’s a good place to start.

And my new found creativity has benefited me spiritually, too. I made an elemental rosary which I use to pray to the elements and focus my mind. It’s made of aventurine, coral, fresh water pearl, and turquoise. I can’t believe how well it works for me.

Element Roseary
Pagan rosary beads for the elements earth, air, fire, and water made by me.

I’ve also made prayer cards to help me remember prayers to the ancestors and the elements. They come in handy.

I’m excited to be back on my way. Over the past several weeks, I’ve felt cleaner inside, more balanced, and definitely more in touch with the world as a whole. I continue to collect information, not just on Druidry, but on my ancestors as a whole, the Celts of southern Germany. I’m determined to finish my journey toward a well-balanced, confident, stable, and grateful life.

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