You may have heard of the Buddhist Eight-Fold Path, one of the core sets of principles in Buddhism. I first learned of the Eightfold Path many years ago, and more recently I told you about it in my post here, Buddhism on Wings. Today I was sorting through old papers and files looking for things I want to include in the book I’m currently working on (title unknown, but it’s a handbook for Faery Whisperers, an oracle, a path, a guidebook—something like that). I found my copy of the Faeries Ninefold Path, as they gave it to me.
I have to admit that I’ve no recollection of when and where they delivered it. The usual thing is that I sit up in bed during the night or early morning, bleary-eyed and tousle-headed, grab the laptop, and start typing frantically. And when I’m done, I go back to sleep. This is apparently one of those things—undated, titled Jesa’s List, and just bare bones. I’m putting it here because I’m unsure if I want to put it in the book project, but thought I’d wave it around and see if anyone was interested. So here is the Faeries’ Ninefold Path. It doesn’t contradict the Eightfold Path, but it’s not the same either—a different set of guidelines for a life that works from two quite different sources.
- Maintain expectant gratitude—something good is always about to happen. Something bad may happen as well. Expectant gratitude helps us to notice and see the value in both, and it maintains a harmonious internal environment.
- Pay attention; be aware—a great deal is always happening. It’s easy to miss the important things (sometimes quite small) if we don’t pay close attention.
- Note the miracles—they happen often; don’t miss them.
- Act with integrity—it is essential to inner peace.
- See what is—observe with clarity and without judgement. Judging clouds the mind.
- Be kind—compassion is important, of course, but simple kindness and courtesy goes a very long way in creating a world worth living in.
- Compare carefully—only measure yourself against yourself. What have you learned? How have you grown? How much have you loved? Are you growing?
- Love generously—risk the heart daily. It gives meaning, purpose, and joy to life. Love flows naturally through an open heart.
- Be open to adventure—it adds to the texture of life and stretches our definitions of ourselves.
I’ll add a photo to this later if I can find the one I want. 😉