Joanna van der Hoeven speaks with clarity and reminds us that with greater understanding of this awareness and the Druidic sense of inter-connectedness, we can never be alone, not really. From this panoramic viewpoint she welcomes the reader into the world of the solitary Druid as one who already knows and lives in it.
By way of introduction, the scene is set with a glimpse from the author’s personal diary and immediately we are experiencing this world with her. We are aware of a living, breathing and sacred way of living… of being and becoming.
From the start, the reader is reassured that a solitary path… -‘through our connection to the natural environment we see that ideas of separation are illusion’- … needn’t be a lonely one. This is the voice of the solitary traveller. This is the realm of inspired solitude.
This is the Awen alone.
All questions are explored comprehensively and answers clearly explained in each of the three parts: Section one covers the basics of Druidry - a brief history, what the Awen is, the Gods, the Ancestors and a description of the eight festivals of the year. Section two explores the practice of Druidry - from meditation and prayer, altar creation and sacred space to seasonal rites and craft names. Creating your own path concludes in section three, from designing a ritual to daily practise.
I loved this book. Personally, it resonated at a deeply spiritual level, appearing at just the right time on my own path. I’ve a feeling it will do the same for others as all inspired works have a tendency towards. Grounding spiritual awareness into everyday living is no mean feat for the spiritual teacher but an obligation all the same… for what is the point of lofty thinking, if we cannot bring it to earth and use it?
In honour of the Druid life path and the Awen, the author fulfils her sacred role as facilitator and scribe with integrity and ego in check. Spiritual energy is not always easy to put into words, it requires skill, connection and true relationship with one’s subject.
Joanna van der Hoeven has managed it. Well done to her and The Awen Alone.
Inspired writing at its best.