Individuation, the Art of Being an Individual
Dion Fortune defined Magic as the art of changing consciousness at will.
We agree with that definition and, to it, we add: the only consciousness
that any of us can truly change is our own. What do we change from?
What do we change into? We change from who we were told we were and
who we were told we should be into the self we choose to be. The
work that we offer at Diana’s Grove is based on our belief
in the spiraling process of self-discovery and self-creation. That
process can be called individuation.
Individuation, becoming an individual – there are natural steps in the process of becoming.
There are natural steps that lead us into being more fully who we are. Self-awareness,
self-honesty, clear communication, self-responsibility, realizing that
we have an impact on each other and being willing to be aware of that
impact, accepting the challenge to become who we choose to be: these
are the aspects of personal growth that are essential to the magical
work at Diana’s Grove.
As we become more fully who we are, we move beyond ourselves into a relationship with a greater whole.
That whole might be a community. It might be a political movement. It might
be an experience of transcendence, of opening to the mysteries of wonder.
As each of us becomes more fully who we are, the world around us and
within us is richer.
As we grow, we notice that we live in a world with others.
We are interactive and interdependent. We learn
and grow through exchange, through give and take, through speaking
and listening. That's community – the recognition that relationships
have value, that we are richer because of our relationships with each
other. “I” joins with others and becomes “We”.
way to Thou. Thou means self in intimate relationship with life.
When we become more fully ourselves, we are more
fully free to enter an intimate relationship with life.
That is the work we do at Diana’s Grove.
The philosophy is that, by becoming who we are, who we choose to be,
we will change the world…one person at time.
For us, the personal is political.
Buckminster Fuller believed that many of the jobs that
we do today were created just to manage other jobs that we have created.
A spiral of jobs to handle the by-products of jobs. He believed that
if we could stop that spiral, if 10,000 people could be "set free" to
do what they want to do, the world would be greatly richer. Writers would
have time to write. Artists would be free to do their art. Inventors
would invent; dreamers would dream; thinkers would think. Out of 10,000,
he thought that one would bring forth a discovery of such value that
it would pay for the time of the other 9,999. Is it true? I don't know.
We, the staff of Diana’s Grove don't know
whether our philosophy is true either, but we have decided to give
our lives to it.
We believe that...
if we are willing to learn
about ourselves and devote ourselves to becoming
more self-aware and more whole... to becoming
healed, powerful and empowering;
if we are willing to learn
how to interact with each other in a way that
is healthier, more compassionate and authentic;
if we are willing to do
the work to be more fully who we choose to be,
...we will create a healthier world.
If each of us can be more of who we want to be,
some of us will be called into political activism. Those
who are will be more effective at their calling. Some of us will be
called into education. Those who are will be better educators. The
healing arts, the creative arts, raising a family, responding to the
world around you with uncompromising integrity…. As we become
who we are, we will impact the world through our personal choices,
our actions and our interactions.
For us, the personal is political. If
each of us is willing to be more aware of the impact that we make, if
we are willing to live more responsibly, we will live in a more conscious
and responsible world.
How do we bring this philosophy to life? At
Diana’s Grove, we come together as these individuating individuals
in a periodic intentional community. Not a residential intentional community
but a periodic one – community forms for a weekend or a week and
then the individuals who formed it return to their lives…changed.
They return as more of who they want to be.
Our work at Diana’s Grove is built on community
through layers of intention. Each layer asks us to develop skills. Those
layers, and the skills that they require, are supported by mystical practices.