Earlier in December I shared ‘Awen space’, a Druid contemplative practice from my local group. Today I’m sharing something from my solo morning practice. It’s a set of statements that originally grew out of a traditional ‘who am I?’ inquiry but have now morphed into something else. They are partly a means of scanning and personal review – and partly a celebration or even re-enchantment of identity, supporting a gradual shift in my experienced centre of gravity.
The specific statements may look fixed but in practice they are in process: they shift and evolve over time. My rule of thumb is that they have to describe experiences I live and embody, or have at least touched into. I can borrow other people’s language, but I can’t use anything here on a purely liturgical or aspirational basis. I find this a dynamic and valuable way of working, I think largely because tailored to my emergent experience and understanding. If taken off the shelf, as a formula, these statements might not have had so much power. I suspect that this is a form of practice that has to be customised by the individual practitioner to work well, despite (or even because of) its transpersonal direction.
I celebrate my body and my senses – and I am more than my body and my senses.
I celebrate my life energy – and I am more than my life energy.
I celebrate my feelings, thoughts and images – and I am more than these.
I celebrate my everyday self-sense and the web of story it weaves – and I am more than that everyday self-sense.
I am the song in the heart; I am the healer in the heart; I am the wisdom in the heart.
I am the space inside the breath, and the stillness in that space.
Living presence, in a field of living presence.
Already enough and already at home. Awen.