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Wisdom

Monday, May 21st, 2007

I’m supposed to do a handful of essays based upon certain virtues that the Ár nDraíocht Féin (ADF) finds important. At first I thought it was just busy work, but as I got more into it I found that the ones they chose do help one look within oneself.

I am finished with all of them, or at least I have the drafts of all of them completed. Only two are in a final, or near final format. One of those is Wisdom…

“I learned everything I know about the Occult from playing Dungeons and Dragons” has been one of my more humorous axioms and it certainly applies to Wisdom. The Player’s Handbook has something like this to say about Wisdom: Intelligence allows you to calculate the probabilities of being able to jump the gap within the broken bridge, but it is Wisdom which tells you whether or not taking such a chance is worth it.

Applying that to my past, in my childhood there was a time when I’d not step on a crack for fear of breaking my Mothers back. Every now and then I’d come across a few shattered sections of sidewalk. From experience I knew I could usually jump one section, two if I got a running start. But when I weighed this possibility of success with what happens with failure I knew the wisest choice of action was simply to take a walk in the grass…

In the end, Wisdom is the culmination of Knowledge, Insight, and Choice, or rather using Knowledge and Insight to choose the best course of action.

That was the first essays I wrote, and it’s inspiration actually came from a dream. While I do not recall exactly what the dream essay said, the one above is actually rather close.

I also wrote it a while ago in my LiveJournal. If you are freinded, you can read it HERE. It’s not one of the better literary works, but it certainly has meaning to me on a personal level.

 

Dedicant Program ~ Wheel of the Year (week 1)

Monday, April 16th, 2007

Why have I chosen to undertake the Dedicant Program?

At a glance the Ár nDraíocht Féin: A Druid Fellowship (ADF) seemed to be something that I would find an interest in. While I lived in Michigan my life revolved around streetlights and city life. Once I moved to Tennessee my rural home found me staring off into a different light, starlight. I find that much of what I do is outdoors rather then in, and while I am out there I feel the pull of nature. It’s this pull that I hope the ADF, and it’s Dedicant Program can help me with.

Is this a step on my path, or the path itself?

This would have to be a step in my path, as the pull of nature has reached out and grabbed me, there are other things that have a hefty hold already. I am a Chaote at heart, a researcher into Sumerian gods, and a supporter of many paradigms. Though I do feel that undertaking this program will help me to not only better myself, but also give me a firmer understanding of the natural world around me.

What do I expect to learn?

Many things that only time will tell, though on a more mundane level, I will be learning many things about gods that I’ve never heard of. Some welcoming, and some that seem put off by my presence. In the end though, I expect to learn myself (on deeper levels).

What would I like to get out of my journey?

I do think I answered this in my last answer…

Do I know where this path will take me?

I first really need to start walking the path before it can take me anywhere, but no, I really do not know where I’ll be when I stop walking. Though, from what I have seen, heard, and read, I know that it will be a better place.

Why am I just starting this now?

Honestly, because I am a horrible procrastinator. Though with the aid of this handbook, and the prompting of my wonderful wife to be, I do hope I’ll keep walking forward without so many rest stops.

Do I think it looks hard or easy?

That would depend on which part. My heart has already embraced many aspects and those will be the easy steps. Other parts simply look mind boggling and I’m unsure if I am ready for them. Time will tell, and I know that if I keep moving I’ll push through till the end regardless of difficulty.

What are the hard and/or easy parts?

I’ll likely need to come back and answer this question, as it’s been a while since I’ve bothered to read either. Though, I have found that the parts based on my own opinion or experiences seem to have already written themselves. I think that getting to know the divinity may prove to be a bit more difficult because I place higher standards on those aspects of faith and trust. The book parts may also be a chore, unless I am lucky enough to find an author I enjoy.

Are there any questions or concerns I need to ask about?

Yes and trust me I will ask…but when I get to them or when I am ready to know the answer. If I ask now I fear it will be a waste of my time and yours.

Now if you will excuse me, there are several things I need to start reading over so I can make it to week two. ;)