Wednesday, November 19, 2014

An Objective and Subjective definition for the following terms: "Crisis" and "Precipitating Event"


Objective definition: (Merriam-Webster, Incorporation)

                1 a: the turning point for better or worse in an acute disease or fever

                   b: a paroxysmal attack of pain, distress, or disordered function

                   c: an emotionally significant event or radical change of status in a person’s life

                2  : the decisive moment

                3 a: an unstable or crucial time or state of affairs in which a decisive change is impending; especially 

        : one with the distinct possibility of a highly undesirable outcome

   b: a situation that has reached a critical phase

Subjective definition:

                For me a crisis is the moment of realization that no matter what you decide, things are on the verge of changing forever. It is the moment when panic and fear threaten to overwhelm you at the very thought that you are reaching this unavoidable moment in your life. Crises are usually situations which are completely out of your control leaving you only the option of how you will react to the events unfolding.

Precipitating event:

Objective definition:

                A series of factors or events that (bring on or lead to) trigger the onset of psychological difficulties. (Carole Wade G-7)

Subjective definition:

                From what I gathered in my psychology course in college, a precipitating event is a series of real or perceived events that serves as the triggering point for most crises. We were very careful to make the distinction that sometimes precipitating events could be unrealistic perceived events that not only triggered the crisis but were a sign that the person was already in a state of psychological distress. This type of trigger occurs particularly with those that suffer from emotional or personality disorders or those with an organic related mental disease. That is not to say that precipitating events of a crisis are not real. On the contrary they can very well be real life events but it is important to determine which has occurred to help further help and diagnose a person.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

My Personal Code of Ethics as an ADF Priest

  • As ADF Clergy I will strive to maintain reasonable hospitality; as both host and guest; with the Earth Mother, the Kindreds, the People and all others in my life.
  • As ADF Clergy I will strive to maintain pious relationships with the Earth Mother, the Kindreds, and lay-persons alike at all times.
  •  As ADF Clergy I will strive to at all times conduct affairs with as much integrity to my values as reasonably possible where my role as spiritual leader is required.
  • As ADF Clergy I will strive to maintain clear vision before the Kindreds and laypersons so I can best serve both the Kindreds and the People alike.
  • As ADF Clergy I will strive to broaden my knowledge and understanding so I may advice and education the People with wisdom in regards to the Kindreds and right actions toward and for both.
  • As ADF Clergy I will strive to live a life of moderation that will benefit my mind, body, and spirit while allowing for fertile growth for myself, the Earth Mother, the Kindreds, and the People.
  • As ADF Clergy I will strive to persevere through whatever obstacles should stand in my way of serving the Earth Mother, the Kindreds, and the People.
  • As ADF Clergy I will strive to follow these principles with courage so I can be an example for others who are part of our path and for those outside of our tradition.

 Creating this Clergy Code of Ethics was honestly one of the easiest parts of the Clergy Training Program for me. As an ADF Dedicant I became entranced with the Nine Virtues and how they very easily applied to life. In my Dedicant Path work I talked about how many of the Nine Virtues worked hand in hand with others. I also found that much of what the Nine Virtues offered I already worked hard to live by. Deriving this Code has been a journey I started years ago when James Lock invited me to my first ADF Druid ritual. They will continue to evolve, change, and be added too as I grow into the role of ADF Clergy until the day I step from this world into the next. 

Applying them to a Clergy Code of Ethics is just another step to reaffirming what I already strive to do in my daily life. A lot of that is because I do not see being a Druid Priest as something that ends when ritual or an event ends. It is not a mantle that can be taken off and put back on. For me, it is one that is a calling and lifelong. When I chose to take up the calling to work towards being a Druid Priest and ADF Clergy I did so with the personal expectations that I would live my life reflecting these values. I also believe that it is very important to remember that our values should always apply to every aspect of our lives and to every being we come into contact with. Through consistent application we begin to truly live them. In truly living them we begin to reshape the world around us, which is the most pious magic a Druid can hope to achieve in life. 

Friday, October 31, 2014

One of the main principles of ethics is to "do no harm." A discussion of the meaning of this principle as it applies to the clergy-lay relationship

                The idea of “do no harm” is a very vague ideal to live by. The way this phrase has been stated it leaves very little room for any unintentional harm that might be done. No matter what choices we make in life there is always the possibility or likelihood that someone or something will be harmed in our decisions. I think a better way of looking at this is “strive to never intend to do harm.”

               Now with that said, I have always believed that the role of clergy to the lay person is to strive to help better their lives by being a source of comfort, knowledge, and wise advice. To do that, we as clergy need to learn how to listen, learn our limits both personally, professionally, and ethically, and always have available resources we can refer the lay person to.

               I feel this also applies to our relationship as clergy to the Kindred. We are responsible for maintaining a good working spiritual relationship with our gods, nature spirits, and ancestors so that we are able to serve the people and the Kindred as best we can. We should strive to be the best possible examples as clergy and stewards of our faith, our community, and our earth mother. When we do this we “strive to never intend to do harm.”