But in time, I realized I was still looking for something. I have no doubt that I am a pantheist through and through, but pantheism is a theology. I still want a practice. I want to be part of a community. I want to work toward a better world with people who share my values. I want to get spiritual inspiration from rituals, lectures, readings, retreats, etc.
A couple weeks ago, I found druidry. Perhaps it is what I am looking for. I am still exploring.
There are many different druid groups. They are all different. Any statement I make about druidry will be true of some, but not true of others. I'll be focusing on the parts of druidry which I am thinking of embracing.
Some things I like about druidry:
- Druidry is open to monotheists, polytheists, pantheists, and atheists. It includes Christians, Pagans, Buddhists, and others.
- Druidry is an earth-centered spirituality.
- Druidry has roots in Celtic cultures. I value being able to do something that is in line with my own cultural heritage, rather than just borrowing other people's cultural heritages.
- Druidry provides a spiritual core which links my interests in music, sustainable living, being outdoors, and treating all people with respect.
- Druids were scholars, judges, diplomats, and healers. They were keepers of knowledge and wisdom. It is important to me to be part of a religion which is not just internally focused, but which seeks to heal the world.
- Druidry emphasizes sustainable living.
- Druidry encourages learning and reasoning.
- Druidry encourages a hands-on approach to life.
- Druidry celebrates music.
True, it's possible to be a druid in your own way, without connecting to any organization. But what I'm seeking is something more structured than what I've found in pantheism.