Our Mind, the Nine Elements and The Well of Wisdom
I’d like to share the valuable and perceptive work of a druid student of mine who was working with the nine elements of the ancient Irish Druid, and I’ll paraphrase her report on her valuable vision work: She was working with the mind, and the sense of cosmic man, how we are a microcosm, how we connect to everything: whatever you do to part of the web you do to all of the web. And this is what came through vision-journeying about the well or mind for the 6th element of the duile: the mind; The well: ‘there was a strong feeling of going into a well or the mind. I started to experience some interesting events. One of them was me walking along a path and there were signs along it. Each sign had a word, and I had felt that the words linked to phrases. Each phrase was connected to a subject, so I had felt like the well is about the well of knowledge. The mind can expand as well as recall memories about one’s life.
I feel that the journey was about searching within my mind for answers. I feel that the well is about a need to connect to understanding oneself on many levels. The web of life, is a phrase that had come to mind as I did my journey. There was also a sense of the feeling of expansion not only spiritually but also mentally. Learning and evolving as a person is what I am doing, for me, it’s a path that I am on. I feel that I am always learning. I then returned back to my center.’She likened the mind of each one of us to the Well of wisdom. Yes, we all have our own Well of Wisdom, and it connects to the great Well of Wisdom,
This journey gets to the heart of this course, clearly experiencing how we are made up of elements and that we are each the cosmic man connected to the Universe.
Of course this is the way intuitive people tap into knowledge they couldn’t possibly have otherwise, like in Tarot and Divination and Kinesiology which my partner Maggie uses so successfully in her worldwide healings.
In the ancient spiritual path of the Irish Druids, which draws on even more ancient Stone Age spiritual knowledge and sense of sacredness of place, there’s the Well of Segais (also called Connla’s Well and the Well of Nechtan). It has nine sacred hazels of wisdom surrounding it, blooming and fruiting in the same hour. Knowledge and poetic inspiration is received by eating the hazelnuts that fall into the well, through drinking the well water when the hazelnuts fall in, or through eating the salmon. The well was accordingly the great destination of poets and philosophers.
But the most ancient myth has it that the goddess Boann, Goddess of the river Boyne by which New Grange anciently stands, approached the well in the wrong way because she did not understand the truth of what she was seeking and handling – like so many spiritual teachers. The legend expresses this with the image that she circled it three times anti-clockwise rather than sunwise, causing the waters to rise up and rush to the sea, becoming the River Boyne. Because her consciousness and actions challenged the power of the truth of the well, this caused the waters to surge up violently and rush down to the sea, creating the Boyne. In this catastrophe, she was swept along in the rushing waters, and she lost an arm, leg and eye, and ultimately her life, in the flood.