Excerpt from The Urban Ovate

Jun 26th, 2018 | By | Category: Book News, Books

Pagan Portals – The Urban Ovate, continues the process started by Brendan Howlin in The Handbook of Urban Druidy by moving deeper into the life of an urban ovate.

“So now that you have learned to be present in your life, what next I hear you ask? How can I enrich my life even more than I have already? Basically, the first stage of Druid training is called the Bardic level, which is about what I described in the previous paragraph and also about freeing your imagination and creativity. Clearly this is an ongoing process, so don’t worry if you feel that you are not exactly firing on all of these cylinders at once yet.

The next step on the Druid journey is called the Ovate stage, which is basically finding out what makes you do the things you do. This sounds utterly trivial, but is one of the most difficult things to come to terms with in life.

When I mentioned this to one of my brothers he said that what makes you do the things that you do are beer and food! However, life is never that simple. As an example, we all remember moments when we have thought, ‘Why did I do that?’ So, if you are aware of what makes you do things you can take steps to only do those things that you want. We are also all subject to various levels of conditioning, some of which are very useful as they enable us to function in society, but there are some that are not.

You have probably all met people who say, for example, that they want to lose weight but can’t. This is, in the majority of cases,
because their conscious self and their subconscious don’t agree, as I mentioned in the previous book. Therefore, if you can find out what drives you then you can become a whole person, who is driven by your own will and not by anyone else’s! These influencing factors can be broken down into several influences, which in Druidry we call spirits of something. This can be hard to understand, but I can make it simpler. What makes you do what you do is influenced by:
• Your culture
• Your genetic inheritance
• Your local environment
• The pressures of expectations
• Where you are in history

Out of these influences, your culture is the easiest to understand.
Please note that I am not recommending or criticising anyone’s
culture. Everyone is different and it is not for me to say whether you should do one thing or another; the point of this exercise is to find out if you are doing things because they are expected of you and not because you really want to.


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