Words Found in Stillness

In stillness
strength

in strength
courage

in courage
the will

to serve you
mind body soul

when yours at one
in stillness

I wait to know
your will

***

Of all the challenges in my life that are linked to my path of devotion to Gwyn – poetry, running, fighting, the restoration of wild places and creatures, learning practical skills out in the woodlands – the one that requires the least is probably the hardest, that is spending time in stillness and silence listening.

There’s seldom anything to show from it. Few ways to express the feeling of simply being in the presence of a god yet the subtle realignments of the soul that take place in such a state are slowly revealed.

In moments where once I’d have panicked I find myself falling back instead on those moments of stillness, find my strength in the strength of the bull-horned warrior-hunter god who works tirelessly to gather the souls of the dead back into his realm. I’m beginning to understand that, having led me to my spiritual path, gifted me with its magical core, given me a reason to live, he is now teaching me the means of survival and opening up possibilities of me finding a place within the wider world.

Where exactly that will be I’m not sure but I’m coming to know I’m heading in the right direction when I can find stillness, when my breath is one with my god’s, when my will is aligned with his will.

5 thoughts on “Words Found in Stillness

  1. Jason says:

    Beautiful words Lorna. Stillness and silence are a great route to connection. I find when I slow down, stop and just give myself to observation when I’m out in the land I am given so much more in return.

  2. Beith says:

    I am currently struggling with similar questions in my own life. I just returned from a walk where first my attention was drawn to a vine climbing a mighty oak tree (which brought the realization That instead of being afraid, I could also see this as the opportunity it is: with the support of the oak, that vine will be able to reach heights it could never have aspired to on its own). Then, even though this is an area where I visit quite regularly, I suddenly spotted a walking trail I had never noticed before (the thought going through my head at that moment was ‘when you are ready, the path will appear).

    Then I come home and notice your post (and did I mention that one of my gods made me write a post about the very topic of synchronicity last Friday?) Guess someone is trying to tell me something…

    Good luck on your journey!

  3. Sterling says:

    Thank you for sharing this. I have also been learning to be still and listen, to feel things that I’ve long dissociated from. I feel that that’s one of the important things Gwyn is teaching me. It’s difficult but I feel myself becoming whole.

  4. Greg Hill says:

    There was a time when I felt that it was important to get the ritual, the observance and the words right set against the sense of just bringing yourself with an openness before deity in a stillness as you discuss here. For me this stillness is the approach that currently suits my own solitary devotional practice, but words are important too and I do also have a sense that the community of worshippers can be served by a more active sense of what it is appropriate to do when worshipping with others.

  5. Aurora J Stone says:

    These are profound lessons you have been granted. I find my centre in the stillness. I find my roots in the stillness. I find my pathway in the stillness. We live in a culture and a time that doesn’t honour stillness, that doesn’t encourage taking time to be and listen. If we did spend time being and listening to the voices of the gods and the land and the creatures with whom we share our world, perhaps we would not be in this dangerous spiral of destruction facing the ending of so much we cherish. Thank you, and thank Gwyn for these words and lessons.

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