The Rule of the Heart

On the formulation of our Rule at the Monastery of Annwn.

The Monastery of Annwn

Over the past couple of weeks members of the Monastery have been discussing the formulation of our Rule and we have agreed upon the Rule of the Heart.

Our Rule centres on cultivation of love of the Annuvian Gods. In this each individual is free to follow their own heart in aligning their heartbeat with the greater beat of the Heart of Annwn. Where the Heart of Annwn lies, what it is, and what it means to them, is for each individual to discover as part of the mystical journey that leads to their formation as a Monk, Nun, or Monastic Devotee* of Annwn.

All Hail the Ever-Beating Heart!

*We are currently seeking a nonbinary equivalent of Monk or Nun of Annwn. We welcome Monastic Devotees of all genders and encourage fellow dedicants to self-identify.

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The Heart of Annwn

On how playing a slow heart beat learnt on the Way of the Buzzard’s ‘Healing Drum’ course led me to the practice of aligning my heartbeat with the Heart of Annwn and to beginning to formulate ‘the Rule of the Heart’ with others within the Monastery of Annwn.

The Monastery of Annwn

It began with a drumbeat.

During the period I was struggling with anxiety about the disruption to my sleep pattern caused by night work, which was making me lose even more sleep, I found a helpful practice in the Way of the Buzzard’s ‘Healing Drum’ Course.

It was a drumbeat which echoed the sound of a heartbeat and which I found of use in slowing my own heartbeat and calming my anxiety before I went to sleep.

As I made playing this slow beat on my drum* a regular practice I found it not only slowed the rhythm of my heart but brought it into alignment with the beating of a far greater heart, which I intuited was ‘the Heart of Annwn’.**

A chant came to me:

Slow Beat

Slowly beats
The Heart of Annwn

Slowly beats
The Sacred Heart

And then another, which I imagined being played at the…

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