The Druids knew that the difference between having a job or role and slavery is about more than the type of job or the particular role, whether military, corporate, retail, blue collar, or low wage. It’s also about the intentions of the person doing the job.
If you have good intentions towards a job or role, then holding that job and having that role can be a noble task, and something of which one ought to be proud.
But if one feels that their calling does not offer jobs, or you can’t get one of those jobs, or if it requires something from you that cannot be explained to others, if you know your calling but can’t live it out, whether you’re a frustrated artist or frustrated in your gender performance or sexual identity, if you’re not doing what you have a deep desire to do – well then any job or gesture is going to feel like slavery, like something which has little to do with your true nature, and has been forced upon you out of utter necessity.
And in that case, the best thing to do might just be to do the least demanding job, a job that allows you to turn off your productive mind, rather than expending your vital energy in order to make somebody else money.
In ancient Celtic societies the ones who became the Druids were the ones who didn’t fit into any one role, neither warrior nor merchant, neither householder nor slave. The ones who became the Druids were the ones who had the almost strange desire to understand and express the principles of things, the principles of the arts, the principles of nature, the principles of law, the principles of engineering. This is what held together all the various Druidic specialties: the calling of the Druid was the calling to the knowledge of the principles of things.
The Druids saw what the Romans were doing to the Spirit, trampling it underfoot like so many thousands of legionary’s sandals. Were the Druids exterminated, or did they choose to…travel north?
The Druids knew how one makes a soul live again – you trap it, and then you wait. You wait a very long time. And in dozens of generations – the fruits of the spirit will be born aloft once more, seeds brought along with the north wind perhaps.
The Druids knew how one makes a soul live again – you tie its tongue, and then you wait. You wait a very long time, like an ear in rapt attention for centuries. You wait a very long time and then you – listen. Just listen, and it will speak of its own accord.
The Druids knew how one makes a soul live again – you carry its intention into the sky, and then you wait. You might be waiting a very long time, like watching the horizon for rain clouds. You might dance while you are waiting. And that’s how you make a soul live again – you don’t wait for the rain to bring it back to life, you dance until the rain too comes calling. A human being can speak without speaking – by speaking in intention. And this is how God speaks, too. God doesn’t speak in words but in intention. And sometimes during a rainstorm too you can hear it, the thunder cracking, and all the while everyone saying that God never communicates with humanity.
The Druids saw what the Roman Empire was, the conquest of materialism. When you see that kind of thing on the future horizon, the best thing to do is slip behind the light, and then just wait. You might have to wait a very long time. But there are many ways to make souls live again – it’s just in what form, what shape, what sound it makes itself known, through its crystal clear intentionality.