I am James Nichol and I live in Stroud, Gloucestershire, England. The Contemplative Inquiry blog started in August 2012, and includes personal sharing, discursive writing, poetry and book reviews. I began my contemplative inquiry within modern British Druidry and my book, Contemplative Druidry: People, Practice and Potential, was published in 2014. https://www.amazon.co.uk/contemplative-druidry-people-practice-potential/dp/1500807206/
Over time this blog became a wider exploration of contemplative spirituality, and I identified my path as a Sophian Way. Drawing from the enduring wisdom of many times and places, I have experienced it as a path of healing, peace and illumination. It has encouraged a spirit of openness, an ethic of interdependence and a life of abundant simplicity.
Now I sense another turn. The most recent phase of my inquiry has been solitary. It had to be. That phase is now complete, though the Sophian current continues to infuse my spirituality. I am drawn increasingly to culture, community and the concerns of the wider world. As in the beginning, my core public identification is with the Order of Bards, Ovates and Druids (OBOD). Within this, I continue to celebrate the Order’s invitation to explore other traditions, which has borne such fruits for me.
REVISED AND EDITED FRIDAY 6 DECEMBER 2019