Dedicant Path Week 1 – Introduction

1 04 2013

The first exercise to do in the ADF Dedicant Path “Through the Wheel of the Year” Supplement is to answer some questions about why I have chosen to join ADF and what I would like to get out of it. Here are my answers….

Why have you chosen to take the first steps on the Dedicant Path?

I have considered myself to be a follower of pagan practices for about 18 months. I left fundamentalist Christianity in autumn 2010 and found that I still needed a spiritual aspect to my life. I came to the conclusion that Nature should be the proper focus of my spiritual life and this led me to Pantheism and Paganism, specifically of a Naturalistic type. I spend a lot of time researching Paganism and spirituality and have looked at the ADF website multiple times over the past year unsure whether to join or not. The commitment to hard Polytheism and the cost have been the main reasons I didn’t join earlier, but I believe it is time to now take a leap. I respect the vision of ADF and especially its commitment to honest scholarship and rebuilding the ways ancient people may have worshipped their gods, instead of the “fluffiness” of much of modern paganism. My own spiritual journey has been very much “putting a toe in the water” over the past year or two and now I want to go deeper and really allow myself to grow spirituality. I want to deepen my practice and ensure that I have structure to help me be more disciplined in it. I enjoy learning and although I have written my own rituals, I believe ADF rituals will help me to design meaningful rituals for use in my practice in future.

Is this a step on your path, or will this become the Path itself?

At this point I am unsure if this will be just a step or whether it will become my path. I am interested in various world religions and like to integrate aspects of each one into my practice. However I haven’t been doing that very well or in any great depth so it will be nice to commit to one path for a period of time and see where it leads.

What do you expect to learn?

I hope to learn ways to connect with nature more, serve my local community and to learn about how ancient peoples practiced their religions.

What would you like to get out of this journey?

I would like to be able to connect with nature, feel more spiritually fulfilled and gain more of a sense of meaning and purpose in my life. I would like to learn as much as I can about Druidry and find a spiritual path that I feel at home in. I would also like to develop a much deeper practice of meditation and discover how to write empowering rituals.

Do you know where this path will take you?

I have no idea but I’m excited to find out.

If you have just joined ADF, why have you chosen to work on this immediately?

One of the main reasons I joined ADF was to do the Dedicants Path and hopefully further study afterwards so I can begin to grow and develop a deep spiritual practice.

If you have been in ADF for a long time, why are you starting only now?

N/A

Does it look hard or easy?

Reading the three books looks difficult, as does maintaining a daily/ weekly spiritual practice like meditation. I don’t find visualisation exercises particularly easy. However the written aspects of the course should be fairly easy as I’m used to writing essays and feel I’m a good writer. One of the main reasons for taking this course is to challenge myself so I can grow.

Which requirements appear to be difficult to you now, and which appear to be easy?

See above.

Do you have doubts, questions, or concerns that you need to ask about?

My biggest concern is that I don’t believe in supernatural gods/ goddesses, immortal souls and “spirits” as many people might interpret them. I see them more as myths and metaphors or as the literal powers of nature themselves rather than personal beings. However, I am open to learn and practice as though they existed in the way described. Perhaps my views will evolve in a different direction in time. I also have some doubts about my ability to be self disciplined and maintain my practice.


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4 04 2013
vlaughlin

I’d like to state that the book that provides these questions is not the Dedicant’s Handbook/Guide itself. It is merely a supplemental publication written to help people along the path.

Also, meditation is not required. I passed my DP by performing weekly devotional rites, as I am terrible at meditation. If you have any questions, please let me know.

Blessings and welcome,
Victoria, ADF Dedicant
Candidate for ADF Members’ Advocate

5 04 2013
naturalpantheist

I’ve edited my posts to say ADF Dedicant Path “Through the Wheel of the Year” Supplement just to make it clear that it isnt the actual handbook

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