The Order of Bards, Ovates and Druids suggest building a meditation hut. The idea of the hut is to have a secluded place in Nature, where simplicity and quiet are available.
An altar is a focus for devotion, prayer or meditation. It can be simple or complex, small or large. It can have no images, a single image, or multiple images. It can be themed around a particular idea, deity, inspiring person, or festival.
The sharing of food and drink is one of the most ancient and basic rituals of hospitality. It is surrounded by symbolism and ceremony.
A mandala is a twofold meditation tool. The process of creating it is meditative, and it can be used as a focus for meditation once it has been created.
Most spiritual and religious traditions have a corpus of stories which transmit their values and beliefs, and the stories of their saints and heroes. It is also good to create stories. In his essay, On Fairy Stories, JRR Tolkien expressed the view that when we create stories, we are exercising a gift from the Divine, the gift of ‘subcreation’.
The other day, I had an interesting discussion with Brenton Dickieson about the shape of the spiritual life. I said, if I was to attribute a shape to my spirituality, it would be a tree, connecting spirit and matter, the heavens and the Earth, the human and the divine. If you think about the shape … Continue reading What shape is your spirituality?
Every time I have an encounter with someone who has an interest in spirituality, and also possesses power over others, I find that they want to silence my anger at injustice because it is “not spiritual” to be angry. I find myself bruised and diminished by their criticism of my way of being in the world. Any engagement with the intellectual or theological or historical context of an issue is also silenced by these people, because that is “not spiritual” either.
Recently there has been a pattern on social media of BIPOC people expressing their completely valid pain and anger and sadness over the continuing murder of Black people by police, and getting pushback from “spiritual” people claiming that their anger is too much, or somehow misplaced. I have also experienced this phenomenon. I used to … Continue reading Spiritual bypassing
I am delighted to announce that The Centre For Pagan Studies and the Doreen Valiente Foundation are publishing the revised and expanded edition of Dark Mirror: the Inner Work of Witchcraft by me, Yvonne Aburrow. Buy the paperback from the Doreen Valiente Foundation Shop Buy the hardback from the Doreen Valiente Foundation Shop They are … Continue reading New edition of Dark Mirror
Dark Mirror: the inner work of witchcraft By Yvonne Aburrow Update 1 August 2020: The second, revised and expanded edition of Dark Mirror: the Inner Work of Witchcraft is now available from the Doreen Valiente Foundation shop. Inner work is a name commonly given to the inner processes that happen in ritual. It can also mean … Continue reading My new book – Dark Mirror