Trance 1: Trial and Error

It was difficult to get into any deep trances this past week.  We went away to a camp with some family members for a few days, which will always throw me off my routine.  However, compared to going away to a hotel, it was easier to maintain my typical devotional practices.  I set up aContinue reading “Trance 1: Trial and Error”

Trance 1: Keeping Momentum

The following is an account of my continued work with trance as part of ADF’s Trance 1 course, advanced studies towards Initiate status.  I’ve decided to share my personal experiences on my blog as a way of personal accountability.  If some of my reflections happen to help others on similar journeys, I hope they share!Continue reading “Trance 1: Keeping Momentum”

Trance 1: Down the Rabbit Hole

I posted a few weeks ago that I planned to get back into my trance studies, but I had to wait until my vacation started and I could get into a routine.  I did, however, begin my reading: The Way of the Shaman by Harner and The Trance Workbook:Understanding and Using the Power of Altered States byContinue reading “Trance 1: Down the Rabbit Hole”

Musing on Change and Detachment

Each week, I draw a card from my Druid Animal Oracle deck as an omen for the week.  I pray for guidance as I go forward.  During this week’s ritual, I pulled the owl card. I’m not used to seeing this omen, so the meaning didn’t come to me right away.  At first I thoughtContinue reading “Musing on Change and Detachment”

Trance 1 – Let’s Do This!

As vacation is almost upon me, I’ve decided to tackle another advanced ADF course – Trance 1.  I’ve been putting off restarting it for awhile.  The main reason was having a baby.  Before that, I was making progress with Ian Corrigan’s Nine Moons program, which supplemented ADF’s Initiate Training Program.  I knew I would have toContinue reading “Trance 1 – Let’s Do This!”

Fast as an Oak Tree

When life gets busy, I tend to feel that my spirituality comes out of focus. Socializing, driving from place to place, and my day job all distract me from my studies. Being a mother and keeping my home is exhausting. So often, I find myself snuggled in a bathrobe, on the couch, watching something on Netflix.Continue reading “Fast as an Oak Tree”

Babies Make Meditation Hard

My baby is like a little anchor to the physical realm.  It’s so difficult to meditate with her.  Trance is pretty much impossible now.  I’m sure it’s different for every parent, and I am certainly curious about what others have experienced. Babies depend on their mothers for food, warmth, protection, and love.  Mothers are biologicallyContinue reading “Babies Make Meditation Hard”

Enchant Your Druidism!

My friend and fellow ADFer, Victoria, had an excellent question for one of the ADF e-lists today.  Feeling secure in ADF’s scholarly approach, she was looking for a way to add enchantment and whimsy to her personal practice.  Somehow, the “magic” had fallen to the wayside through her reading and community building within ADF itself.Continue reading “Enchant Your Druidism!”

Meditation, Nature Walks, and Beloved Grovies

I’ve had a busy but wonderful weekend full of learning, beautiful weather, and old friends.  I feel exhausted, and my feet hurt, but it sure beats lazing around with Netflix all day! Yesterday I attended the first in a series of meditation workshops at the Kripalu Yoga and Wellness Center.  Local reiki practitioner and long-timeContinue reading “Meditation, Nature Walks, and Beloved Grovies”