I review the purpose of this blog. (Warning potentially deep philosophy ahead!)
Logo of the Liberated Way. The sun is prosperity, the bridge is creativity, wisdom and liberty.
In my town of Colchester the Celtic leader Cunobelin, the Romans considered the first king of Britain, struck an estimated one million gold coins. Upon some of these coins was the image of an ear of corn, a Celtic symbol of prosperity. In the rule of Cunobelin Colchester was the largest most well defended settlement in Britain, with a vast industry, farming, fishing and population. In the Celtic mind the mother goddess blessed Colchester with strength and abundance, symbolised in the ear of corn struck on the coin. Potentially even today, with its treasury of fertile land, abundant water and with investment in renewable energy Colchester could potentially out last any collapse of civilisation that could engulf the world.
In reviewing the purpose of my blog I asked myself what one word would describe this purpose: prosperity. I define prosperity as health, happiness and abundance. The word abundance can mean many good friends as well as wealth.
The logo I commissioned for Liberated Way over a year ago is a bridge leading to a rising sun. The sun is my symbol for prosperity, the bridge is symbolic of creativity, wisdom and liberty which lead to prosperity. Three blessings arise from the three bridges, which I hold sacred: play from creativity; experience (doing) from wisdom; and choice from liberty. The three curses that arise from doing the opposite of the bridges, and lead to the opposite of prosperity, which is a wasteland: hubris instead of creativity; ignorance instead of wisdom; control instead of liberty. Hubris and creativity are linked because they both spin-off from imagination; creativity is grounded in the earth, hubris floats in self-delusion.
The followers or readers of Liberated Way are stakeholders. The stakeholder is defined as those who benefit from, participate in, and have a say in that which they have a stake in. When I write my blog posts for Liberated Way I need to think in terms of stakeholder benefit, participation and feedback. A blog post usually has something buried into it I hope a reader benefits from, the comments provide feedback, I have yet to work out how a stakeholder can participate in Liberated Way.
I am a steward of Liberated Way. What defines the stewardship is a saying of a Celtic archetype called Bran: “let them who be chief be a bridge to their people.” The steward is a bridge, the stakeholders are the people. The steward looks after the stake in which the stakeholders have a stake in. The relationship between steward to the stake is akin to the relationship of parent to child In nature the mother and father swan take joint stewardship over the cygnets, their parenting is stewardship, which involve three roles: protection, feeding and guiding.
In Celtic philosophy the children are under the authority of the mother, to harm a child is to anger the mother and ultimately the goddess of the land with dire consequences. In all Celtic legends is the relationship between king and the land, the aspect of the masculine and the feminine, for instance in King Arthur, whose hubris caused the break between land and kingship, the fall of Camelot, the wasteland and the quest to restore the connection in the Grail Quest. The stewardship is balanced between a masculine and a female aspect. The female aspect is protection, feeding and guiding. The male aspect is defined in the fourth branch of the Mabinogion “Math, the son of Mathonwy” The male is dependent upon their mother to give them three things, otherwise they are not a man: a sword, a name and a wife. Without a sword the man is impotent and useless; without a name the man is invisible and nothing; without a wife the man is weak and a coward, since strength arises from the land, and the land is female.
In nature all motion is caused through imbalance where the inequality between two parts causes the stronger to move to balance with the weaker, thus there rises in this imbalance strife. The sword of the steward maintains the imbalance so that there is always motion through healthy strife. The name of the steward is about how that which is hidden, dark and potential becomes revealed, manifested and set in motion; a common theme in Celtic philosophy and many mythological traditions. The wife is about joining the female and male in the universe together to create something, be it a baby or a poem; seeds buried in soil grow, seeds on rock die. The male who harms women, children, land or the female aspect becomes disconnected from the source of his creativity, wisdom and liberty; he becomes sick, weak and useless, a thing to be kicked into a hole and forgotten. Prosperity comes to the steward that links the female and male together.
From this background I am working on creating something in this blog of benefit to you the reader.