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
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mercoledì 21 gennaio 2015

A walk in the countryside

I often make long solitary walks along the country roads. I do this both for the body and for the spirit: it is in fact a form of physical and spiritual exercise at the same time.

When I do these walks alone, I can find within myself maybe my most authentic and intimate "pagan" spirit and inclination  (as the profane say). In practice, I abandone all the theories, the more or less subtle theological disquisitions, rules of ritual practices, complex Gods/Goddesses meanings and all the knowledge  I have put together during all these years of study. In short, when walking in the country, I find again the most genuine and truest sense of "paganism."

Nonetheless, I have to say that this experience of totally empirical "traditional spirituality" (in my case the Via Romana) is not however an easy task. Just walking along a country road is not enough to achieve this condition of spiritual balance.

When our minds are agitated, trapped in the illusion of the "world of things", of the frenzy to chase useless things, it is impossibile to feel anything: it impossible to perceive anything when standing in the nature, looking a landscape, a forest. Our mind is blocked in a condition of sadness influencing the perception of the world around us: even the Nature appears in a condition of sadness. You are just walking just as if we were in a gym on a treadmill

But if we can calm the mind, slowing down the thoughts, reordering the priority scale of our existence, then you can not remain indifferent to the beauty of nature, its colors, its perfumes, the singing of the birds, the rustling of leaves of the trees. The pace slows down, the breath becomes calmer and one can feel a gasp in front of the greatness and the simplicity of the Nature. In this moment one feels the proof to be a "pagan": Gods and Goddesses become (not in a profane sense) "visible", "perceptible".  

In this way, one can get closer to the Gods and Goddesses through another way, by direct experience, without speculations, formal rituals, theories, rules: everything becomes clearer simply because gods and Goddesses are coming toward us. All the erudition acquired is set aside: less theories, less reasoning, knowing or not knowing does not make much difference.

This is the way to the Deities through the experience of the "Cloud of Unknowing"
 
Yet many people (even among many so called pagans) tend to discredit this approach because they consider these feelings, these approaches to life as childish or ridiculous. The monotheists also consider this as just nonsense.

The Cultor and Cultrix do not go to a church, a mosque or a synagogue to pray: the traditional temple does not have this purpose. I have written many times that the Cultor and Cultrix do not pray in the profane sense of the term. Most of the liturgies and rites take place in the outside world: and often a Cultor/Cultrix perform these rites and liturgies even without realizing to do so. Eating a frugal meal with friends or with your family in peace is already a form of ritual. Our church is the world.

If contemplating a forest we have this perception of the Divine, we are perceiving something that is far from unreal: it is the rediscovery of a deep bond with important expressions of existence in which the "pagan" spirit finds its own home. Abandoning the so-called "complex reality", with its technology and speed, and settling for this "world" is however a very difficult task: there is nothing simple in turning our gaze to something that today many label simply as "the past". In this "place of belonging" we are trying to find relief  because if a Via does not do this, but it rather creates tension, agitation, violence, intolerance and fanaticism, what it's worth?

In short, in this era of conflict and chaos, we undertake the Via to help us in building spaces of quiet and directing our thoughts, even just simply walking along a country road, in places where the body and mind can find peace and freshness.

2 commenti:

Elpomena (Vagmi Satya-Pratyayani) ha detto...

Lovely post -- thank you!

Carmelo Cannarella ha detto...

Thank you for you comment