“To see a world in a grain of sand, and a heaven in a wild flower; To hold infinity in the palm of your hand and eternity in an hour”. – William Blake.
Nope, that title isn’t a typo, that is the prompt. It took me a while to stop my brain reading it the other way.
If Druidry is about awakening to the magic of the world, then it is about seeing wonder and magic in even the small everyday moments. This awakened awareness means that like Blake, who was a Druid, you can see a world in a grain of sand, or live a life in a single day.
To live as a Druid fully and completely is, being honest, not where I’m at right now. I’m working on it, but most of the time my life is like that of anyone else. I worry about money, work, politics (good grief, do I worry about politics these days), and go through my day with eyes half-closed much of the time.
But then there are moments that, in their intensity and brevity, show what life as a Druid could be, and those are what keep me walking the path, however slow going it may be and however difficult the terrain.
Moments where the sun shines out from behind a cloud and casts a perfect Awen symbol, three rays of light touching the earth.
Moments when the wind in the willow trees and the call of crows overhead sound like the Oran Mor, the great Song of the World, and sweep me away with their music.
Moments when I see deer in the woods, or seals at the beach, or foxes in the fields, and know that these amazing beings are here, and I am here, in this place together.
Moments when standing on an ancient site and I just feel the history of centuries of human lives living and loving, joyful and sad, young and old, on this same soil beneath this same sky.
These moments of course don’t last. They can’t. And that is a gift. Like the Piper at the Gates of Dawn in The Wind in the Willows, the greatest gift of these moments where the universe opens itself to you is that they fade into forgetfulness. For who could live a life that awake, that aware, all the time?
I suppose the secret of being Druid is that of looking for those moments more often, integrating them into the everyday. Noticing more. Seeing more. Seeing what is really there, not what you expect or want to be there, but the real world in all its real complexity and power. Finding small moments of the sacred here in the everyday: the sunrise outisde the window, the flight of birds, the moon and stars at night, the dandelion growing through the pavement cracks, the scent of coffee and the taste of fruit.
The word “mundane” simply means “of the world”. Everything is of the world, and everything has hidden within it like a pearl in an oyster, an intimation of eternity.
It is in the detail that a life grows rich, and in the small moments that you can, with practice and with willingness, live a life in the day of a Druid.
[Prompt from Alison Leigh Lilly’s 30 Days of Druidry]