Rescuing the Druid

Reblog from my channel at SageWoman

We all have our ups and downs in life, and these can certainly vary dependent upon many factors: genetics, environment, disposition, culture, upbringing and more. The Druid faces the same challenges as many others do in their journey through life; being a Druid is no different in what the world throws at you.

What is different is how you deal with what comes your way. That doesn’t mean as a Druid you won’t suffer from depression, or heartbreak, grief or anxiety. But the methods that we use to face these challenges helps us to understand ourselves, and each other, a little better, and learn where we fit in the holistic scheme of things.

I’ve faced many challenges in my life, and still continue to do so on a daily basis. One challenge that I faced over this winter was my love and enthusiasm for dance had gone. For the last six months, I was seriously considering quitting dancing altogether. For over a year the question of my love for it had been rolling around in my brain. Over the winter holiday period, I was this close to giving it up completely. In fact, I had made up my mind that upon my return to England, I would inform my dance class.

And then I heard a song. A beautiful song, played on the harp by a talented Canadian harpist, Sharlene Wallace. My mother had the television on a “New Age” radio station, and I was reading in the living room, with one ear on the music. I heard a song, and liked it, looking up a the screen and seeing the artist’s name and the album it was from. I went online to find out more, and bought the album.

Sitting in my room later, after purchasing and downloading the album, I watched the snow fall outside the window and let the music enter into my soul, enchanting my being. And then one particular song came on, “Habanera Gris”.

This song instantly ignited my love and passion for dance once again. Hearing, it, I could see how movement would flow through the melody, how it could be expressed through dance. It was beautiful, haunting, soothing and simple. I HAD to dance to this song.

And so, when I returned home to England after visiting my family in Canada, I began choreographing a dance to this song. The ladies in my dance class loved the music, and though at first it was challenging (as it was quite different from other things we had done before) we soon fell into the rhythm and now it is one of our best-loved dances.

And to top it all off, we performed it this past May Day weekend for the first time. We put the video up on YouTube, and today I was absolutely delighted to be contacted by the composer of “Habanera Gris”, Alfredo Rolando Ortiz, who said: “”Thank you for dancing to my composition HABANERA GRIS. I love to see the many interpretations of my music by musicians and dancers. I hope you will continue enjoying my music for a very long time.”

It was an honour to have him comment on our video, and I shared the fact that I had nearly given up on my dancing before I heard his song.

When we are at our lowest, as Druids, we need to go and seek out the awen, the inspiration. Listen to music. Go for a walk in nature and allow nature to inspire you. Look deeply into nature. Go and look at art, or better yet, create your own. Be inspired by others, because often when we are at our lowest, it is because we need that re-injection, that re-fuelling of inspiration. Often we have given out all we have to give, and not replenished it appropriately.

The cycle of Awen is one of give and take, of inspiring others and being inspired in return. It’s beautiful. Thank you, Alfredo Rolando Ortiz. Thank you so very, very much.

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3 thoughts on “Rescuing the Druid

  1. Yes…I empathise with that. As I move well on into my 60s I find that I tire very quickly, not helped by the amount of painkiller I need each day. My point is that at those low points of extreme tiredness, bordering on depression, I’m tempted to give up anything that requires effort….my photography, music, whatever. I once sold up my camera gear thinking that I’d had it with photography, only to annoy my wife by buying another camera (actually several if I must be honest!) when my energy began to return. I’ve belatedly come to recognise that sometimes I’m tired and my body needs to rest…but not to confuse this with a need to give up the things that have been, and will be in the future, a source of inspiration and a way of expressing myself.
    I’m glad you re-discovered your love for dance…Beltane blessings Joanna
    John /l\

  2. Greetings All !…. I have been walking and practicing QiGong for 15 years, alternating on successive days. But due to traveling occasionally that rhythm is interrupted, which I find is quite helpful.I return to those activities renewed after having experienced the abscence of them.I picked up a saying from an old friend “sometimes I gotta get outta it before I can get into it “…..which can be viewed in a few ways but sounds about right for what I just described. Shouldn’t a lot of life be viewed in a cyclical manner, it ebbs and flows as Nature does.Druids have a deep understanding of this, but sometimes life can throw up fog or curtains which obscure these truths. If the knowledge is truly lived then one can be less concerned with what appears to be a set back or a turning away from and take faith that the path will be revealed by patience.Awen…..The Quest is the Quest

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