“From a heart unwithered,
Through a mist unseen,
I call back that which was lost.”
Druid Ways provides a modern marriage of ancient wisdoms and modern psychotherapy and counselling, designed to address the growing anxiety, unhappiness and dis-ease of people struggling with the demands of our modern world, and who are all too often separated from Nature, genuine human connection and a meaningful culture.
This ancient and modern approach to the modern human dis-ease addresses the anxieties and stresses of the Mind, while also hearing the often lost Spirit and its cries for connection. Druid Ways is a “path with a Heart”, with the disciplines of psychotherapy wedded to a spiritual search for meaning and substance in a world where one’s purpose, and one’s very reason for being, can seem hidden and out of reach.
Druid Ways can help people deal with such issues as:
*Abuse & Traumas
*Anxiety & Depression
*Bereavement & Loss
*Low Self Esteem & Confidence Building
* Mediation & Dispute Resolution
* Meditation Instruction & Contemplative Practice
*Personal and Professional Development
*Spiritual Doubts & Confusion
Although born of different times and traditions, psychotherapy and the ancient ways of Celtic shamanism and Druidry can be seen as trying to achieve the same basic aim; to call back that which was lost. The reclaiming of wholeness, and ease, which a child feels before disappointment, dashed expectation, trauma and the simple experience of living robs her of that innocence, is the shared goal of the psychotherapist and shaman. The psychologist may call it “individuation”, a state where the fragmented parts of the client are brought together into a harmonious union where the psychic whole is greater than the sum of its parts; and the shaman may call forth those “soul fragments” broken and lost in the journey of life, and summon them home. In this path with a heart, the differences in the traditions are not so stark.
Why the choice of Celtic shamanism in this practice? As someone who is both a psychotherapist and a practitioner of modern Druidry, I see how well the two traditions work together. But there is more to be said about the Celtic way. Many attempts to reclaim ancient and indigenous European cultural folkways have succumbed to tribalism, and attempts to isolate cultures from each other. In the Celtic wisdom, however, there has always been the ability to draw together different traditions, different experiences, and make of them a new whole and vibrant existence. In the Celtic experience, for instance, the ancient ways of the pagan and the more modern path of the Celtic-Christian were not so different. The spirit of imbas, or “divine inspiration”, flows through them both. The Irish peasant or Highland labourer was ever able to attend Mass on Sunday and make offerings at the Well, praying to Saints inside and the fey-folk without, and not feel torn in their understanding. The Celtic wisdom listens for the Oran Mor, the “Great Song” of creation, whether it be in a Church or a Sacred Grove. It listens for that which makes whole and holy, healthy and at peace.
And such too was the Way of the Druid. Always known as the peace-makers, they could inspire kings and warlords to put down their swords and put away battle.
Druid Ways follows in this tradition; it encourages no “war within the self” and believes access to an sith (a deep state of peace) is the natural birthright of each individual. We know that anxiety, stress, pain and confusion are the marks of a spirit that is beaten down and at odds with itself. We know too that the solution is to find the path to peace within oneself; harmony in one’s life, beliefs, emotions and connections to others and to the world at large.
The Celtic and Druidic wisdoms nestle comfortably within and alongside the aims and practices of modern counselling and psychotherapy, and through the use of divination, meditation, mediation, the vision quest and counselling, Druid Ways helps the individual find a way to call back that which was lost, and to create a welcoming home of oneself.
Fionnbharr (Finn) is a professionally qualified Counsellor (Australian Institute of Professional Counsellors), Clinical Hypnotherapist and registered Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner (Attorney General’s Department). He is also a member of the Order of Bards, Ovates & Druids, the British Druid Order and the Foundation for Shamanic Studies. A one-time Chan (Zen) Buddhist priest and meditation teacher, he now works to explore the unifying principles of modern psychotherapy and the spiritual wisdom traditions of both East and West.