|Homework: Some questions may be raised by the introduction and the requirements, and that is good, for we very much wish all of our Dedicant s to go into this path with open minds, open hearts, and open eyes. Some questions that might come up you will certainly need to answer, and your assignment for the next week is to consider these questions carefully.|
Why have you chosen to take the first steps on the Dedicant Path?
This is going to be my second attempts for completing the ADF Dedicant Path (DP). I first became a member of ADF on November 2013, joined a regional Grove, and I was very dedicated to the DP program. I was always in time and I learned more than what was expected from us. I was able to read more than three books in a week and I recall having great fun by doing so. I was also deepening my understanding of the English language, French being my first language. Unfortunately, I had to leave the ADF Grove for personal reasons, and it resulted in a major personal and spiritual letdown. However, I quickly realigned my spiritual path towards a practice which is sometimes called Druidcraft or Celtic Wicca, which merges practices of Druidry with Wicca. For a year and a day, I doubled my efforts to truly understand Paganism, Wicca, Druidry, and even Ásatrú, Shamanism, Hinduism, Buddhism and Voodoo. And then, during another year and a day, I completed what I call my Grimoire of practices, which makes 898 pages in total. With that major project completed to my satisfaction, I then joined open Wiccan and Spiritual Circles near my town to share my knowledge and also to collects experience from others. This is how I knew how much I was missing ADF and their scholarship ways. I also knew I needed to deepen some area of my practice, like meditation, to understand how to manage my clairsentience abilities. The Dedicant Path of ADF will encourage me to continue my knowledge in areas where I now I need some help, and it’ll also satisfy my need to be part of a serious Neopagan group. So, why did I choose to do the Dedicant Path? I must say that it’s more the path who chosen me, and now I’m excited to redo this journey.
Is this a step on your path, or will this become the Path itself?
I still consider myself as a Wiccan Druid, knowing that I love both Druidry and Wicca. However, I never felt totally connected with Wicca since it has more of a Duotheism approach, while I’m a Polytheist. I still like to include some elements of Wicca or Witchcraft to my Druidic Path and ADF will provide me this part of the journey. At this point, I’m going to say that my ADF Dedicant Path is going to be a step in my Spiritual Journey, but I hope I’ll keep this forever along with my Celtic Wicca practices. Both can easily be combined together, and I will evolve through the ages with an open mind!
What do you expect to learn?
My expectations are to learn more about the High Days ritual variations, the Deities and their connections with us. I want to open-up my mind with more meditation and be able to practice Astral Travel and develop my clairsentience abilities in a way that I can control it. I also want to develop my own spiritual faith with other members sharing the same values and virtues as me.
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 develop a much deeper practice of meditation and discover how to write empowering rituals.
Do you know where this path will take you?
After my Dedicant Path training, I want to follow the Initiate Program and enroll in the Seers Guild Study Program and share my artistic creativity with the members of my grove and any other ADF members interested in my works.
If you have just joined ADF, why have you chosen to work on this immediately?
I’m excited to learn even more about Druidry and to begin the Dedicant Path again. I feel as I am more than ready to gain more knowledge about it, about myself and about my own spirituality.
Does it look hard or easy? Which requirements appear to be difficult to you now, and which appear to be easy?
I know the meditation sessions is going to be a challenging step in my Dedicant Path as I still have an hard time to focus. I’ll need to learn, this time, how to disconnect with the world of technology and knowledge to be able to understand the real world that empowers us through the nature and the cosmos. I already began some meditation practice, but I still have a lot to learn and many practices to make to achieve a level of comfort that will satisfy me. Reading the three books is going to be more fun than hard since reading is one of my favorite hobbies. Doing the essays is going to be interesting and fun too. I’m a French speaking person and I’ll have to do everything in English, but I don’t see it as a big challenge since I’m beginning to be better in that second language.
Do you have doubts, questions, or concerns that you need to ask about?
I have no doubts this time, and I found all the answers to my questions. I am fully ready to begin my new Dedicant Path journey.