On Monday, over on the podcast ‘Druidcast’ you can hear an interview with the dynamic Matt Baker – a man who created a now-thriving Arts School in the USA from scratch – with the help of friends and a bit of magic. Matt has written the following article to give the background to much of what he outlines in our interview.
Metro Magic and the Subtle Laws of Manifestation: The Story of How Druidry Helped Create a Successful Art School in Phoenix, Arizona
by Matthew Thomas Baker – Druid and Arts Educator
Twenty years ago I was just entering the Druid grade of the OBOD course of studies. I had already spent five years working through the Bardic and Ovate grades, and in those years I had gotten a Masters degree in creative writing and then during the Ovate grade, I completed another Masters in counseling and psychology with studies in Psychosynthesis, Jungian and Depth psychology, Shamanic Counseling and Adolescent development. I intended to use poetry and counseling as a means to help adolescents grow into healthy and authentic young adults. Then, as I entered the Druid grade I was suddenly given an opportunity to actually start my own art school. I never intended to do so, but I had, through the work with OBOD, offered myself up as a servant to the creative inner world powers of our inspired Druidic tradition. If the tradition and its ancestors had a plan for me then I would follow it. And that is how Metro Arts was born. (www.metro-arts.org)
It is now twenty years later and the AWEN is still flowing. Building a school was a long and arduous journey filled with many trials that required living on the edge, much as any entrepreneurial enterprise does. Like many organizations, the growing pains of development can be as intense as those that an individual being can go through. But all through the long process, the connection to the inner world stayed with me and with the school. As the journey progressed, a series of extraordinary synchronistic events unfolded, events that forced us to live in the flow and continually ask for the next miracle to unfold and then wait to see if it would. These events became known as Metro Magic. Asking the Inner World to assist is, as it turns out, one of the key tenets of effectively manifesting magical outcomes for the higher good.
The magical events flowed from the very start… Read more