I’m often asked about being ‘A Druid’. What’s it like? What do I do? What does it mean?
I know that keywords are necessary to life, helping us communicate and so understand the wider connotations of the word itself. But sometimes, those names become constricting, almost like a trap. If you don’t conform to The Label, then you’re Doing it Wrong… You’re not a Real Druid/Witch/Pagan/etc.
I love my spiritual practice, in its broadness, scope for exploration and curiosity – the bits of it that aren’t clear-cut and neatly defined. I’m finding it so lately, as I step further along, into those areas off the map that might as well be labelled ‘Here Be Dragons’. Our own paths lead us where we need to go, not where others tell us.
And this morning, a paragraph from a random book I found summed this up so beautifully:
‘You are not your religion. You are not your skin color. You are not your gender, your politics, your career, or your marital status. You are none of the superficial things that this world deems important… Whatever you proclaim as your identity here in the material realm is also your drag.’
We are all of those labels, but we can take them off, or change them around, make them mean what we need them to be, learn from them. We are ourselves, unique and powerful. We just forget this from time to time, overwhelmed by the noise around… Until such subtle reminders appear to tap us on the shoulder (again). Often in the most surprising places.
These words are spoken by that great modern social commentator and philosopher, Ru Paul. The self-proclaimed World’s Most Famous Drag Queen. Who refuses to let him/herself be defined…
New Year. New meanings of words to explore – as we define both them and ourselves.
I pick up this blog once again, to share my daily inspiration. Wherever that may be found!