... it started to feel that I was becoming part of the woods. I did the druid thing, asked the spirits of the woods to guide me, the animals to help me out, the trees to hide me, the stars to show me direction. And nature began to respond to that.
greygreen wrote:A couple weeks ago, i was doing some wilderness scouting and i could actually track the movements of people around me through bird song. if you let nature affect you through all your sense, you will hear birds change their tunes to alarm calls when people are near. then they begin moving away. simply look for the negative space in the calls, and there's your human tromping through the woods.
greygreen wrote:I'm still working through my Bardic grade, so I am by no means an authority on this (or anything else). but it seems to me that it's easy to think of druidry and similar practice as a way to gain some insight into nature - "i'll do this ritual so that I can commune with birds" or something. but the reality is that by placing yourself in nature and learning to live with it, which comes with these seemingly supernatural qualities (smelling prey like a dog, moving quietly like a snake, spotting details like a hawk), really point the way to a philosophical path.
Like you, I came from the direction of the wilderness, not from the direction of spirituality or religion ... sometimes you then run into stuff that is so much bigger than you ... It gave me a lot of balance, confidence and a sense of purpose and belonging. But also some sadness, because I had no words for it, and no people who understood what I was talking about. It was a bit strange to discover that what I saw as my starting point, was actually one of the goals of the course ...
But that's okay. In fact it is very okay. As I described, we can learn a lot from it. But what is perhaps just as cool, we can add our own experiences and insights to it for others. And if it makes sense, which it does, then at some point it does make its way into our tribe, and even into the course. I've seen that happen.
Dathi wrote:And hey, what about some photos too? Your collection, Shadowcat, and your countryside, Greygreen and others.
Somebody once got mad at me because I peed against a tree, because that insulted the spirit of the tree... ehm... right...
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