There is a theory that says that the world is illusion, “maya”, and that we create the whole of reality within our own minds. This is heard often in the New Age arena, and such philosophies are initially very attractive for they feed the ego of the newly expanded mind. If you mind can be stretched to encompass more than you ever realised before then why stop at the boundaries of the known universe – why not have created everything yourself?
This philosophy is very attractive at first glance, but with a little contemplation it unravels in a sea of ego. We do not create the whole of reality in our minds. When we have psychedelic or other transcendent experiences we can fall prey to the idea that we are being shown that we ARE the whole of reality and it is unfolding within us. We are not such a beast. Instead, we are involved and part of anything that we put our attention upon. That would be a more accurate statement. From that perspective you can see that within your perception of the world at any particular time it could appear that you are part of everything. You are not. You are only part of everything that you perceive with all of your senses.
It is pure ego which is imagining that it is part of everything. Think about it – ‘everything’ is a whole lot of stuff. You are not indistinguishable from everything . You are a small individuated physical unit that is gravitationally attached to a planet. You are only part of that which you move your attention – whether physical attention or spiritual attention – to focus upon.
In the clutches of a spiritual mindset you can expand your attention to a far wider degree than normal focused attention, and this expands your possibilities for involvement in the world. But still, you are only able to connect to the things that you perceive. The field is limited. We are still small, if highly connected within that small field of attention.
There is one expansion to that field that is worth mentioning and that is memory. As we move through time we retain many of our attachments – to place, people, objects and stories that we have experiences whether in three-dimensional reality or within our mind. This gives us a “back catalogue” of content which we remain attached to energetically. This content is still powerful, in all directions of the time plane – in the past, the present and the future. Sometime this idea of having a past can also lead us to believe that we are the centre of everything that we have touched and that has touched upon us. Again – there is certainly connection, but the connection is only present if attention was part of the moment that was chronicled. In other words, if someone noticed me walking down the street and paid particular attention to me, it is THEY that have the connection unless I notice them too, in which case we both have a connection. In the first scenario I am part of someone else’s perceived world, and in the second scenario we have co-created a connection that exists in both our perceived worlds.
When you move your attention deeper INTO the field, getting smaller and smaller and more detailed, you still perceive a great number of connections. Why? Because the world is structured upon fractal mathematics, and it doesn’t matter whether you go down into the world or up out into it in terms of scale. At some point you will move beyond your mind’s ability to control the connection anyway, and at that point you can no longer consider that you are connected to that part of reality. The perception has gone “out of scope” as it were. You have discovered a limitation of the human mind. Oh yes, those that tell you your mind is unlimited? They are the same people who will tell you that you are the creator of the universe. Not so. You will still be connected to that which you can perceive. And that perception will still be limited to the field effect of your attention.
Which brings me to Druidry. One of the major satisfying aspects of druidry is learning how to change your field of attention so that you can expand it to encompass other aspects of the world that you would not normally focus your attention upon, e.g. trees, stones, animals, elements and landscapes.
In druidry the druidic meditation allows the magickal philosopher the opportunity to expand perception into and out among the world and its myriad energies.
The activity of the druid is also sensibly limited in scope. Druidry is pinned to Nature, whose connections are pinned to the planets and its atmospheres. That, my friends, is enough scope for any human mind! That is not to say that we cannot let our minds explore beyond the Earth, but we should realise that there is so much complexity within the planet’s confines, that a single lifetime is not sufficient to even pretend that we understand its complexities. Limiting the mind’s explorations to the bounds of your perception, and pushing those boundaries on a daily basis – these are the most fruitful activities that the druidic mind can encompass, and the rewards of this activity are the true bounty of Nature. The knowing, the realisation, the interconnectedness, the kinship, the resonances, the revelations. These are what we work for.
Be fruitful and multiply your consciousness!