Lectio Divina Heathen Style – my latest polytheist.com column is available

My latest column at polytheist.com is now available here.  I am very pleased with this particular article. In it, I discuss how to engage with lore in a devotional context, drawing on my recent academic study of a process called ‘lectio divina.’ It is a way not just of studying or memorizing lore, but of using it as a springboard to open oneself up to direct experience of the Gods.

I often criticize Heathens for being far too dependent on the written word. We are not, after all, religions of the book and I think there is a regrettable tendency to default to a certain reification of what we term “the lore” in place of seeking out the direct experience of our Gods. In fact, i think all too often we use study of the lore to keep the Gods at arms length.  I talk about why this may be so in our community, and provide an alternative that allows for the use of lore but encourages the reader to go more deeply into the devotional experience at the same time, using study of lore as a map for the journey.

I remain deeply suspicious of any experience that is mediated by a text, but at least I’m seeing some good models — albeit it medieval ones!–for how this can be done to augment rather than block the mystical experience. Anyway, check out my article and feel free to comment, either at polytheist.com or directly here.

About ganglerisgrove

Galina Krasskova has been a Heathen priest since 1995. She holds a Masters in Religious Studies (2009), a Masters in Medieval Studies (2019), has done extensive graduate work in Classics including teaching Latin, Roman History, and Greek and Roman Literature for the better part of a decade, and is currently pursuing a PhD in Theology. She is the managing editor of Walking the Worlds journal and has written over thirty books on Heathenry and Polytheism including "A Modern Guide to Heathenry" and "He is Frenzy: Collected Writings about Odin." In addition to her religious work, she is an accomplished artist who has shown all over the world and she currently runs a prayer card project available at wyrdcuriosities.etsy.com.

Posted on February 15, 2015, in devotional work, Heathenry, Polytheism, polytheist.com and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. In my Christian spirituality class I had quite a few sessions of lectio divina. And here I was wondering how to use it in a greater pagan context! Great article. I’ve just started learning how to use poetry and prose on my deity as a meditative device. I always love reading what you think – can’t wait for more!

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  2. I loved your original post on lectio divina, and look forward to reading this. (Tomorrow! When I’m not half-asleep!) It’s definitely something I’d like to try, myself. Brilliant. 😀

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