Okay, first post. I hate blogs, but I finally knuckled under and gave in.
I signed up about a week ago, sitting on pins and needles for Dark Owl to get back in touch with me and let me know what was going on, wheter or not I was accepted into their ranks and what I would have to do.
Well, the outcome was, as expected, favorable to me. I was thrilled. So, I went to the site, got all the documentation that they had, downloaded the various formats of books and required reading materials and started studying.
What I wound up with was a 3 inch binder full of information, and that was just for the FIRST stage. See, it works out so that there are 3 stages of each grade. There are 4 grades to become what one could consider, in the context of a Druid of old, a “Druid”. A “priest” who is certified by the other druids of knowing what there is to know and teach, capable of ministering to others and helping them out with their problems, and worthy of respect for their knowledge and gifts.
I guess I was allowed to jump up because of my already demonstrated knowledge. See, Kenn and I (Kenn’s the head of the Order, along with some others who make up the council) had been corresponding for a while, and he had been learning from me and some of my moments of crazyness. Apparently I impressed him a lot. So, he sponsored me to the rest of the Order, and I was put on a fast track to get me through the beginning stuff quickly.
Okay, okay, it was at my request. Hey, I hate doing the same thing over and over again, so if I already know the information, why do I have to study it again?
Well, I was wrong. I think I’m going to take my time. There is some aspects of what I’m studying that are brand new, and the older information is getting a spin on it that makes more sense.
See, I had been taking a shotgun approach before, studying whatever I wanted to simply because I wanted to. So I have knowledge about The Three Cauldrons, an advance piece of information, and the Ogham, which is intermediate, and History, which is one of the first parts of the info, along with techniques of scrying, which I shouldn’t be studying for a while now and so on. So I know a lot of this already, but I don’t know how they do things in the ODU.
See, this is the way it should be done. You go through the same baby steps again and again, just to make sure that it’s the same or that you understand it. BUT, you also don’t cry when you have to learn the same thing, because the context can change radically.
If I was to use a Martial Arts analogy here, I would say that if I took Tae Kwan Do at this school, and learned how to stand, breathe, block and punch, earned a black belt in that style, I would have to learn all that over again when I decided to take Shotokan. The way the punches land and the physical movements are different for each style, and I have to learn a new way of relating those punches and stances to the rest of the knowledge that I will get that is new to me. It doesn’t matter that I have a black belt in Tae Kwan Do, ALL good students understand this and obey it. And when it’s my turn to teach, I would be listened to and respected, and when it was my turn to learn, I would give my attention and respect to that person who is teaching. The Teacher is God and what they say goes. No whining allowed.
It doesn’t matter that I learned it differently the first time, I have to learn it again. So when Kenn tells me to take a test on the Historical Druid, I take it, even though I actually understand the historical Druid and have given classes on that Druid.
Know what? When I teach something to Kenn, he acts the same way. This is how it is supposed to be.