The ADF Manual defines “vision” as …
the ability to broaden one’s perspective to have a greater understanding of our place/role in the cosmos, relating to the past, present and future.
When I think of what “vision” means to me, I immediately think about our Third Eye Chakra. That place that we are able to receive messages from and connect with the Divine, Spirit, etc. Thinking of “vision” in this sense means that we are able to connect to our inner and outer worlds, allowing for some self reflection. The Third Eye is where we receive spiritual messages of guidance. We can use our vision to become an observer of our world, where we can then make choices of how to best participate.
I also think of “vision” in the terms of visionaries. People who work on a spiritual path to help unlock their hidden potential. Constantly looking for ways to connect deeper to the Divine, to improve themselves and the world around them.
ADF defines Piety as the…
“correct observance of ritual and social traditions; the maintenance of the agreements, both personal and societal, that we humans have with the Gods and Spirits. Keeping the Old Ways, through ceremony and duty.”
There are many things that one must have in order to walk a spiritual path: faith, belief, knowledge and action among some of these. I believe that are spiritual practice must be one of action before all the others. We must be able to practice what we belief in order to have a spiritual practice.
I believe that piety and the practice of a spiritual path should be something we do on a daily basis not just say on the High Holy Days. This is like any other religious practitioner who maybe goes to church on Sunday but doesn’t live a very religious life during the rest of the week.
Our spiritual practice must be something that we are constantly putting into action and practicing on a regular basis. Through our daily spiritual practice we must honor the kindreds. We can do this through study, meditation, daily devotions, honoring the elementals and kindreds and other spiritual rituals.
Through piety and our personal practice we can create space to become closer to and honor the kindreds as well as ourselves.