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Mountain Druid Order
|BMDO Dedicant Path Course
Welcome to the Dedicant Path Course for
the Black Mountain Druid Order! This Dedicant Course is a
free online introduction to Druidry as practiced by the
Black Mountain Druid Order.
The Monthly Lessons
Each lesson is designed to be completed
over a month's time. There are twelve monthly lessons, for a total of a
year's worth of lesson plans. There are only four lessons
per month, so in months with more than four weeks, use the
extra time for meditation and reflections.
Some of the lessons contain
videos, so you will need a computer capable of viewing streaming
video from Youtube. Some also contain audio lessons as well as
written materials, so you will need to be able to download
and listen to audio files.
Each lesson is broken down into four weeks' worth of activities.
Each week has a subject of focus and at least one written
reflection. For the written reflections, you may create a blog
through one of the blog services, or create a page on
Facebook, or if you prefer to keep your reflections private,
simply write them in your own personal journal.
The course of the BMDO are on the honor system. Nobody will
check to see if you're keeping up with your weekly
assignments. You're on your own to complete the lessons.
Remember that Druidry is a self-directed path, and that your
spiritual path is ultimately up to you. As long as you adhere to
Four Sacred Pillars of the Black Mountain Druid Order, you
are welcome as a member! These lessons serve to give you a good
basic foundation in the practice of Druidry. Cling to what is
useful to you, and discard the rest.
Dogma and Meaning
The organization of any group with a central interest in common
will inevitably result in some rules and regulations, simply to
insure that things run smoothly. The danger in establishing such
rules and regulations is that they can quite easily turn into
dogmatic stances, proclaiming that, “This is the correct way,
this is the only way, there is no other.” The spirit of Druidry
in the Black Mountain Druid Order is diametrically opposed to
such a dogmatic approach. Although Druids quite often meet in
groups, Druidry itself is a highly individualistic path, and we
try not to subject the widely diverse collection of individuals
that is Druidry, to any more dogma than necessary.
In order to avoid such dogma, the Black Mountain Druid Order
allows for freedom of expression and opinion on all spiritual
matters, as long as such opinions and expressions do not
conflict with the
Four Sacred Pillars of the Black Mountain Druid Order,. The basic guiding principle is respect for the
rights of others, often embodied in the Wiccan Rede of, “An ye
harm none, do what ye will.”
Consider that idea for a moment. If you could simply avoid
harming others, how much suffering would be eliminated from the
world? “Others” in this sense not only includes human beings,
but also all other life with which we share the planet, so this
idea of respect extends to our natural environment as well.
The guiding principle we use in our Order to determine when a
teaching has crossed the line into dogma is this: “Is the
teaching being used for self-improvement, or is it trying to
‘improve’ others against their will?” In other words, as you
walk the path of Druidry, as long as the focus is on
self-improvement, the teaching has value; but when you begin to
say that what is true for you must be true for others as well,
whether they feel it to be true or not, you have become
dogmatic, and to be dogmatic is to be unteachable. If you are
unteachable, you cannot learn, and Druidry is nothing if not a
method of learning. In short, the only thing we should be
dogmatic about is our desire to avoid being dogmatic.
Obviously, this is a fine line to walk when attempting to
construct a catechism and liturgy. So the educational materials
in these lessons should be taken as a general guideline of what
most of members of our Order hold to be true, for now. It is not
a dogmatic statement of, ‘This is the one and only truth.’ Your
truths may be similar to ours, or your truths may be different.
If you find that your path and ours is similar enough that you
may walk with us for a while on the journey, then we welcome you
with open arms!
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