One night not too long ago, I awoke and couldn’t get back to sleep. I’ve begun to develop a spiritual split personality. You see, I am a member of a Neo-pagan Druid organization (ADF), and have also started attending a Unity church. The bulk of my beliefs reside with the former, but I get a lot of good vibes and inspiration out of the latter. However, there are many incompatible beliefs between the two systems. So my insomnia, for the most part, was my brain trying to mesh, or find more common ground between; Unity and ADF. I’m still working on that, but one of the things that popped into my head that night was an idea for a Gatekeeper invocation in which the Gatekeeper
is are the Three Kindreds themselves (as a collective), and the Hallows are within one’s own being.
I believe that it is important to acknowledge the Three Hallows at the center of our world, but I also believe that also, we all have the Three Hallows within us…
In modern Celtic tradition, the term “fire in the head” is used to refer to a visionary experience or divine inspiration. In scientific terms, we really do have fire in the head…
“Everything we do (and think, for that matter) is governed by impulses firing across synapses, or spaces between certain cells that guide communication in the brain.” –Julia Layton
The heart has long been thought of as the center of the body. Since water makes up about 92% of our blood and it’s the heart that pumps that blood, naturally, I associate the Well Hallow with the heart. The age-old idea that the heart is also the center of emotions (and in turn, emotions being a catalyst for healing) is now being studied in metaphysics by organizations such as the Institute of HeartMath.
The nervous system of our human bodies resemble branches on a tree. Just as branches reach out to sky and roots dig deep into the earth, our bodies connect us to life and all it’s experiences. To me, part of what it means to be Pagan, is to live fully in spirit and body, for spirit and body are one.