Gezellig Chutney was our host for Tuesday’s meeting.
After being tricked by Google maps at least twice, I eventually found my way from the tram stop. It turns out Dumbledore’s Sat Nav point blank refused to accept Gezellig’s house number and Cymro Ap Arthan gave up after being led to Bestwood, but not where he wanted to be. Half an hour of searching yielded no success so off he popped. I don’t blame him. It’s as though Bestwood in Notts, is some kind of Bermuda Triangle of the East Midlands. This comes as no surprise though, the country park and forest contain things…. I’ve camped three times at the Country Park and there has been some very active phenomena in that place. I have a friend who is a paranormal investigator who has taken some pictures of balls of light, the likes of which I have physically seen at the Hearth Grove. And I ain’t talking specks of dust on the lens!
Anyway. Upon entering Gezellig and his lady’s gorgeous home, I was very impressed by how spiritual it was. It was like an indoor Glastonbury with Goddess artwork here and there, the odd Plant Oracle card (I loved how the one on show was Puffball, card of exploring the Mysteries) here and there.
Apart from Gezellig, his lady, Dumbledore, Strider, D2, Greenfingers and myself; there were fellow guests of Gezellig Chutney. One of whom I already knew from Nottingham’s Pagan scene.
We were all smudged with burning Sage in order for us to leave today’s stresses behind and allow us to be in the right mind frame for tonight’s meeting. Gezellig led what he called ‘Attunement’ we at the Grove normally call it the proceedings, and there were some rather impressive Awens.
He presented us with a weighty smoky-quartz which acted as a talking stick, so that we all get a say and all listen to one another as we shared our experiences of how we use our Druidry in our everyday life. This varied from person to person, for one it was a way of being as they incorporated Druidry into their everyday life, using it as a full spirituality. For another it was teaching the wisdom of the Natural World around us to children. For another it was having the courage to pursue her creative endeavours, for others it was awareness of the world around us or being ethically minded or even an attempt at finding Britain’s spiritual source.
It was quite interesting that at least five of us found that since joining OBOD, our exploration of the Bardic course has indeed changed us. Going back to the BBQ at ‘Ragamuffin’ when we first met Greenfingers, he was nervous and looking for validation as well as ‘the CORRECT way of doing things’. Fast forward to six months on and he is calm in himself and has now even picked up and learned how to play music. I don’t think he even worries about doing ritual and meditation by the book, because these things are individually experienced to all of us.
We then got into a friendly discussion into those people who don’t follow a respect for nature, do we help them? If so how? How can we convince what I call a ‘Phone-Zombie‘ to stop gazing at their hand held device and actually look at the world around them? Apart from grabbing it and smashing it against the nearest brick wall? There was no real easy answer for this, the best we could decide as an overall answer was to teach the children. Because its the children who ask all the questions, and if we open their eyes to the world outside instead of on a screen, then they will ask their parents all kinds of things. It is ironic I write this on my PC and will in turn send it so you can read it on whatever device is your interface. Hi. How are you? Stop for a moment and try this: Close your eyes and see what you can hear all around you. What scents come to your nose? what can you feel? Then open your eyes and see what is there. Take in the colours, the the faces, the shapes. this is your world too.
How do you use your Druidry?