Quando in un bosco ne percepisci la bellezza e diventi tutt'uno con il bosco, allora, intuitivamente, sei in armonia e in pace con le Dee e con gli Dei. Essi sono parte della nostra vera natura, la nostra Natura Profonda, e quando siamo separati dalla nostra vera natura, viviamo nella paura. Percepire questa normalità vuol dire dare un senso reale al vivere che è insito in tutte le cose.

Intraprendere la Via Romana al Divino significa iniziare un percorso di risveglio: praticando l'attenzione e la consapevolezza continua ci incamminiamo lungo una strada sapendo che ciò che conta è il cammino per sè più che la destinazione.

When you, entering a forest, perceive the beauty of the forest and you feel to be in a complete harmony with it, then, intuitively, you are in peace with the Deities. They are an essential part of our real nature, our Deep Nature, and when we are separated by our real nature we live in the fear. Perceiving such normality means giving a real sense to our lives.

Undertaking the Roman Via to the Deities implies a path to awakening: with the practice of continuing consciousness and awareness we undertake our walking knowing that taking the path is more important than the destination itself

giovedì 2 ottobre 2014

Si vis pacem...

"Si vis pacem, para bellum" (if you want peace, prepare for war) is one of the most famous Latin mottos. For many, it is merely an expression of the military: military training in peacetime to adequately address the condition of war. In other words, we could say that the wealth of wartime is the preparation in peace time.

In fact, this expression shows
far deeper and complex implications . The pivot of this expression is in fact the idea of preparation. It  is important not to ever get caught unprepared in the face of adversity (war). The achievement of the same Pax Deorum, which is a state of harmony with the world and with Nature, first requires a long and constant preparation for not being found weak and lost in the face of adversity. This is also an important implication of the concept of Colere Deos/Deas. Cultores and Cultrices do not pray, according to a "modern" and profane perspective which i.e. connotes monotheism, but "cultivate Gods and Goddesses": that's they prepare themselves. This is the essence of Traditional Roman Spirituality.

Preparation in time of peace, when it seems that everything runs smoothly and nothing seems to trouble us, means to achieve those tools - through study, practice of otium, care of the spirit, martial arts, the agricultural/gardening activities, walk in the way of meditation, spiritual exercises - necessary to deal with adversity. It is obvious that it is not an easy and simple path. It takes a lot of effort because the precondition for achieving the Pax Deorum is first resolve your own "inner war." We must first be prepared to dominate our inner chaos, our agitation if we are to achieve spiritual peace. Inner peace is a precondition for peace outside.
Unpreparedness introduces us into a state of war in which we will be surely defeated.

"Si vis pacem, para bellum" means giving the highest priority to preparation, not trusting to chance, to luck: we have to be everyday prepared and practiced not to be found weak in adversity struggling in a tangle of unfavorable situations. And when everything seems to be going well, we have to calm our mind because even exaltation in time of peace is a prerequisite for a weakness in the condition of war.
Who exalts himself in good times, falter in adversity.

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