Our druidic practice is deeply shamanic and is framed by techniques of healing and transformation for the fragmented contemporary soul in regards to self, other, and nature. We strive for engaged transformation through spiritual practices, community involvement, and self-expression.
Through these practices, the Silver Branch attempts to create and hold a space, paradoxically apart from and yet closer to reality, for re-forging awareness of the events that comprise our soul-making journey. A particular focus of this soul-making journey, especially for nature-centered practice, is reconciliation of the mind with Nature.
Rooted in archetypal mythwork, our contemplative practices include meditations, shamanic journeying, and contemplative hillwalking. Celebrating the wheel of the seasons grows naturally out of this; our rituals celebrate significant milestones of an eightfold yearly cycle. We hold group meditations, informal groups for Celtic, druidic, and shamanic study, roundtable discussions and workshops, and general fellowship with people of like minds. As a seed group of the OBOD, we hold private discussion and study groups for other members of the OBOD active in the order’s druidic training program.
Being deeply meaningful and relevant in today’s world, both on a personal level and on a societal level, is a foundational aspect of modern druidry. Through our practice, inspiration, known as Awen or Imbas, informs our dan, or soul-gift, which we strive to express into the world through our lives. This path is not always easy, but we strive to live and practice within all the joys and trials of the world by encouraging an engaged druidic practice; this means taking time away from the books and meditation pillow to embody one’s druidry in the wider world. Whether through creating art, performing acts of service, or raising awareness about important issues on a local level, our engaged druidry emphasizes a practice that reaches beyond self-improvement. Land preservation in west Michigan, assisting recovering addicts and their families, and providing low-cost services to organizations that are working to make the world a better place are just a few of the things some of our members have done.
Healing, Service, and Celebration in Druidry and the OBOD
Three ways to pierce the piercing eye: proof of art, escape imprisonment, cast the stone.