Shamanic Druidry is offered here as a remedy for the dis-ease of the times, too much given to introspection and self-absorption, regarded by our ancestors as a sickness. In earlier times it was simply easier to be human. These days a strong spiritual identity needs to be forged to keep one's balance and awareness.
The soul cannot be approached directly. It recoils form the glare and rational scrutiny of modern times. Many of us don’t even know it’s there. It prefers to communicate from the shades of mystery, using intuition and imagination. The teaching found here is therefore not an intellectual one. This path is not about undue introspection, considered a weed in ancient times.
The purpose of Shamanic Druidry, as taught in the Order of the Longing Look, is to find and build out a network of 'seen' allies within three elements or landscapes in the Otherworld. This is done in an attempt to establish heart-to-heart relationships with said allies, who symbolize the higher and wiser parts of the mind, inaccessible to rational thought. These contacts may grow and develop with time, and can be relied upon to increase confidence in the person in the ordinary world. Clarity in decision making, inner strength and lasting peace can all be the fruit of working with our inner allies in the ancient lineage of the Merlin.
Three ways of looking
what appears to be (mindfulness, awareness)
what doesn't appear physically (shamanic sight)
and what truly IS (Druidic or 'second sight', contemplation)
Meditation creates space for the subconscious mind to show itself. It takes the bravery of a warrior to completely open up to yourself, and to face the shadow. This basic human courage goes to the root of the world's problems, as it starts at the only place where change is truly possible: with yourself.
Journeying into your unique inner landscape to make the first step towards building a network of loving relationships with unseen allies, waiting there for you. These journeys can be the start of living a 'connected life', yielding concrete results in 'ordinary reality'.
The Celtic tradition of Anam Cara (lit: soul friend) frameworks the insights gathered in mutual inquiry and spiritual friendship. By re-wiring the mind, we can learn to see beyong the veil of appearances, to the only 'real' reality beyond all visible forms, even those of 'non-ordinary reality'.