The beauty and strength of Druidry is that it is non-dogmatic; there is no right or wrong way and many Druids will incorporate ideas from other spiritualities and philosophies to enrich their own practice. We each develop a personal brand of Druidry that ultimately adds colour, richness, variety and depth to the wider path. Our spiritual practice is unique to us; there is something very freeing in the idea that we can create our own ways to meaningfully engage with life.
What are the enduring themes of Druidry? My understanding is that the Ancient Druids were people of honor, seekers of truth and justice, and celebrators of nature. They worshipped Celtic deities, believed
in the immortality of the human soul, and took for granted the existence of otherworlds. Being religious and philosophical Idealists, the Druids saw reality as essentially spiritual, not material. The image we have of them—as sages, as honored elders, as philosopher-priests—seems to be an archetypal image, persisting as an ideal of human aspiration right across the ages. Modern Druids honor this ideal of ancient Druidism.
In my practice of NeoDruidry I have not embraced all of the views of Druidry, ancient or modern, for I am much too educated in the sciences and am much too independent of mind to buy all of it. I have, instead, evolved my own path, called Tefistry, which incorporates selected parts of the Druid and NeoDruid heritage. Today, on my Tefist path, I seek more love, more peace, more awareness, and, especially, more integration and balance in all areas of life: inner and outer, cultural and natural.
Simply put, Tefistry seeks Wholeness, Home, and Harmony. Its field of interest is all of reality, knowing full well that each of us cannot be proficient in all skills and fields. The goal of the Tefist, as I see it, is therefore to become as comprehensive as a lifetime of study and experience will permit and—especially—to seek to interrelate, to orchestrate, his or her life experience, to achieve harmonious connectedness across body, mind, soul, and world. As a Tefist—as a Poet of Life—I seek:
* To have rich life experience
* To invest my experience with value
* To give pattern and meaning to my experience
* To integrate my experience, in all of its diversity
*To act so as to bring Harmony to all of Tef.
If these goals of Wholeness, Home, and Harmony strike you, too, as desirable goals, then my free e-books Tefist Paths to Nature and Tefist Wisdom and the rest of my website may give you much satisfaction.
Critics may charge that I claim too much for Tefistry, that similar ideas, goals, and methods are shared by other wisdom paths. And I concede that Tefistry does indeed overlap greatly with many other wisdom paths and ism’s, even with orthodox psychology, philosophy, religion, art, and science. Some others may feel that Tefistry, as presented here, is too personal, too confessional, too emotional for their taste. I do not entirely disagree—for I do express emotion here! I am a Romantic, I concede! Still others may feel I write in more than one voice: at times expository, at times ecstatic, at times exhortative, at times poetic, at times vague or evasive or paradoxical. All true! My response to these criticisms is that I am a real person, with multiple dimensions. I feel it is unrealistic to insist that a writer always employ a single voice, or to try to communicate the most important stuff in life without ever being personal even idiosyncratic. Moreover, I think it is unrealistic to expect the world’s wisdom paths not to overlap. We are all human beings, whatever path we follow. Therefore, regardless of its strengths and faults, I offer Tefist Paths To Nature to anyone and everyone who can benefit from it.
To learn more about Vern and Tefistry visit his website.