Are Druids in Your Subconscious?
“We know more than we think we do. We think more than we know we do.” ― Adeel Ahmed Khan
Do you know what’s in your subconscious? Is it your repressed memories, thoughts, and ideas related to yourself? Perhaps it contains a restrained potential for significant mind expansion?
I don’t know what is in my subconscious, but I suspect some pretty bizarre things. My therapist theorizes that my problem with getting restful sleep is due to anxiety created by my subconscious.
There are so many theories about what the subconscious is and does, including from Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung. There may never be, at least in our lifetimes, a proper understanding of the subconscious mind.
Freud theorized that the subconscious is exclusive to each person and based on what that person believes and experiences.
I do not believe this is the case. As if I have any qualifications to say that. Can you envision the great debate, Mike vs Sigmund?!
For the longest time, not having done any research, I felt that it made some sort of sense that part of our subconscious is inherited. We inherit traits we can consciously see, like physical traits and mannerisms, diseases, etc. Why wouldn’t we inherit aspects of the subconscious as well?
In the early stages of my research, I was brainstorming why I felt most at peace and comfortable in Ireland. Don’t get me wrong, Ireland is a wonderful and beautiful place, but there had to be more. I have visited many other great places over the years, but none gave me the special feeling of Ireland.
I am sure respect for history and those who have come before (like my Irish ancestors) plays some small part. But, I think it is the people that are the overwhelming factor. Yes, the Irish people, in general, are fantastic and extremely friendly, especially if you have the time for a very long chat.
However, that is not what I mean. It is just the vibe of the people. I feel like they don’t know that they know something. It seems to me that numerous practices and beliefs, large and small, seem to be done out of habit, out of tradition, as if something from the past is hardwired in them. I view it as “spiritual DNA.”
Little did I know that psychologist Carl Jung believed something similar. He called it the collective unconscious.
Britannica defines “collective unconscious” as a:
“term introduced by psychiatrist Carl Jung to represent a form of the unconscious (that part of the mind containing memories and impulses of which the individual is not aware) common to mankind as a whole and originating in the inherited structure of the brain. It is distinct from the personal unconscious, which arises from the experience of the individual.”
While researching Druidry, I noticed that most reputable sources indicate that there is very little known about the Proto and Celtic Druids. This is because they had an oral tradition, with nothing written down. All we are left with is third-party biased sources, archaeological evidence, etc.
This fact is accurate but can be considered what we consciously know about the Druids. What about subconsciously?
In his book “The Druid Mysteries: Ancient Wisdom for the 21st Century,” Philip Carr-Gomm believes that “spiritual inheritance” is one of the ways Druidry survived for approximately one thousand years between the extinction of the Druid religion and its revival during the renaissance.
Carr-Gomm states that:
“Druidism as a religion was extinguished, its ideas and inspiration lived on in the cultural and spiritual inheritance of successive generations, encoded in the old tales, in folklore and the landscape itself.”
Earlier this week, I had the privilege of speaking with Mr. Carr-Gomm. This is one of the topics that we discussed. See below for information regarding this interview.
This idea of a “spiritual inheritance” is very interesting, and I hope to research it further.
As mentioned, I had the great honor of interviewing Philip Carr-Gomm this week. It was a fantastic interview, and we discussed several interesting topics.
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Carr-Gomm, Philip. Druid Mysteries: Ancient Wisdom for the 21st Century, 2011. pg. 42.