You never know how life will change around, or in what way. It’s easy looking back, but virtually impossible to look forward. But that’s what we do all the time.
We declare that that one part of our life is over and declare new beginnings, whether that’s a new job, relationship or house move.
I had set out to write a simple book promo, however, whilst journeying, it became clear that something more was required.
The View Over the Wall is a book about peace. Not world peace, but inner peace. That’s a bold statement, but it is. I’ve always said it’s a book that celebrates the countryside, and it is. But it’s more than that. Writing it was a journey, it took a while for all the elements or pieces required to come into alignment to allow me to write it. I couldn’t write it again now. They just came together for that time and have now dispersed once again. Maybe I was just the channel that allowed the book to be written. That would be a privilege.
For me though publishing it was not the end of that journey. Towards the end of the book I state ‘I kind of feel comfortable with Pagan, especially if the definition is countryman… But I’m not 100% with that either.’
Well, I am 100% happy with the word Pagan now. Because for me, I know and know it intrinsically, know it right to my core, that I love the land, and everything in it, and it loves me back. That feeling of peace, inner peace only comes from a firm base. A sense of place. I think what changed is the fact that there is no doctrine to follow, no right or wrong way and I can be a Pagan Alone and just mix it up when I want to.
If you read my last blog, you’ll know some of this has come from attending the show at ‘PROUD Embankment’ too.
Don’t get me wrong, I am far from perfect. Just ask my wife. But my intentions are good. It’s actually hard to write this. I don’t want to be misunderstood or to sound preachy, but I’m in a good place and it comes from that unity with the world I live in, that nurtures me and supports me.
The world and my wife.
I don’t know where this sense of identity started, but it kicked into gear when I saw a post on Facebook by the Way of the Buzzard, the collective that is Jason and Nicola for their Space to Emerge weekender in 2020. It was time to put my money where my mouth was and get involved. I asked my wife if she fancied it and she was supportive.
We booked. Then Covid and the lockdown struck and Space to Emerge was postponed. Looking back (see above) that was possibly a good thing, was I ready for it? I will never know.
My journey into spirituality though, continued. I studied and wrote a lot during the lockdown and ultimately, that all came to fruition in the book ‘The View Over the Wall’ that I released last summer.
This year Space to Emerge did happen. I wasn’t sure how I would find it two years on but it was amazing. I met some wonderful people, did activities that I would not normally get involved in, made some minute, but possibly seismic changes in the way I operate and several people have noted the change in me since the event, all positive, by the way.
I’m not going to make any announcements or decisions by the way, see above, but it’s about now that we get to the blog content that I was going to write.
One of the ladies I met there was Liz Whittall, she plays big large gongs and with her partner Chris, they use these gongs to create and thus perform sound baths which immerse you in sound. They are pretty awesome. The also did an activity singing earth songs which I loved too.
After the event we connected on Facebook and later Liz messaged me about one of my blogs and let me know that it really ‘spoke to her’. Awesome, but spoke to her so strongly that she ordered my book and messaged me to let me know. The next instalment in that story is in the picture. Have a look.
So, what’s all this about you might ask. That is if you’ve got this far.
Well, first stand tall and be comfortable with who or what you are, be at peace.
Second, be really cool to everybody, all the time, be natural.
Third, if you want to plan your life, know what it will look like when you get there and then plan the journey looking back.
Forth, buy my book please, either from me via this website, or Amazon.
So, it is still a promo!
Simon Pollard Countryman and Modern Day Pagan.