“What, actually, are druids?"
In this day and age, the term druid is beyond the understanding of most people.
During my childhood, I was well familiar with the figures of Miraculix, the wise and canny druid from the ”Asterix and Obelix” comic by Uderzo and Goscinny.
After all, his job was to brew the magic potion which would make his people strong and invincible.
Unfortunately, or should we say thank God, today’s druids are no longer identifiable by a white robe or a sickle in their hand!
In his methodically founded and unique training, Klaus Jungmann place great emphasis on holistic healing.
We are no longer in need of a sickle for our work.
My personal idea of druiddom is to help people in an honest and straightforward manner!
What I care about is to bring about the greatest-possible degree of development and change for the better, and especially to target all areas most in need of help at any given time.
I get a feel for the situation, and, together with the patient, we draw a picture of the current state of things. This basis enables us to work out clear decisions for the future.
The simplicity and clarity which is an integral part of the blessings becomes a part of everyday life.
Changes happen whenever the course is reset, and "the train" gains direction and momentum!
The growth of people will never cease to amaze me and bring me joy and is an important aspect of my destiny here in this life.
The following passage is by Klaus Jungmann when asked to give an abstract of druiddom:
Contrary to the widely held view that Europe’s spiritual traditions were lost during the Roman Empire and at the beginning of Christendom, the teachings of the druids were actually preserved in secret societies. While many ritual customs persevered among the population and were integrated into the new philosophies to some extent, there was also a successful passing along the „inner school“ throughout the generations.
From teacher’s mouth straight to student’s ear, without conspicuous written recordings, as has been the tradition since time immemorial.
What made things even easier was the fact that druiddom has at all times worked without ritual and hierarchy. Divested of its external obligations, druiddom could be successfully preserved in its simplicity.
In the absence of a specific jargon or technical language, terms from the common colloquial language were used for the exercises and techniques, which lead to the creation of a secret language which remained inconspicuous at all times.
The origin of druiddom is lost in the dark of time. All we know is that the druids have been around since before the megalithic culture.
The structures dating from these times were for the most part created under the guidance and with the collaboration of the druids, and the knowledge about their function and use is being taught to this day.
Druiddom is known to have blossomed during the era of the Celts. The druids took over the guidance and religious priesthood of Celtdom.
But even before the contact with Rome, they went into secrecy. The priests practicing in those days were usually only partially trained and mastered only the ritual and/or religious part of the prior areas of activity.
Thanks to this canny reaction to the change of the times, druiddom was successfully preserved throughout the eons.
The druid community currently has about 100 members. Nine of them are teachers, and one of them is a master (these terms do not denote and hierarchical structures but simply refer to the teaching function). There are no fixed rules and regulations, but trustworthiness and mutual respect are taken for granted.
The druids’ self-concept is based on the care for their fellow human beings who entrust themselves into their hands, and the preservation of creation harmony.
For this reason, great care is exercised when selecting the students to make sure that the striving for positive values is a value deeply embedded in the personal make-up of every applicant.
This is ensured through personal recommendations by members and thorough acquaintance by the trainer(s). The veto of a single member usually suffices to reject an applicant from being admitted.
Personal responsibility and a sense of personal freedom are a special characteristic of druids. Not bound by any rules and not accountable to anybody but themselves. --- This is why the selection process is so painstaking and careful.
As a result of the nature of the training, working together usually happens in a cheerful mood and joy and laughter are deemed essential for the process.
The teaching is simple, but the instruction is complex in structure and more closely resembles athletic training than a magical school, as might be expected. There is nearly zero theoretical training as theory is accessed through practical exercises. It is the path of experience.
In contrast to other routes of spiritual training, this training does not further and promote imagination. This training aims at directly experiencing the creation processes. Creating a certain vision or image would only be a hindrance to this process as the image of a presumed reality would be pushed between the perceiving person and the object of perception.
The training starts by helping the student gain access to his or her spiritual "muscles". The central focus of the training is on building up the capacity for subtle spiritual perception.
What makes the basic techniques so special is that they teach the student how to convert his or her perception from passive experience to pro-active action. That is why we like to compare this process to spiritual muscle training; the druid perceives his or her ability of perception as an organ of action.
Once the student begins to understand and utilize this activated perception, the next step will be to strengthen and cleans the various channels of perception, followed by an instruction to the various levels of perception. This helps to systematically train and build up the ability of perception. On average, this basic training takes about two years.
The theoretical part of the basic training encompasses the connection of the sensory channels with the basic spiritual elements and the single and hence chief tenet of druid school:
"We allow our attention to rest upon the object of our interest."
The aim of the whole training is to the get an idea of the organization and sequence of creation and to act in harmony with these realities.