As I sit here thinking on Rules vs Traditions some little spotted guy named Toby decided to have a sit on my arm rest. Of course, I love the way he loves me, so this delayed my actual digging out and opening up of the lap top computer.
The question was posed to me last weekend, “What is the difference between Rules and Traditions?”
I see Rules as a way to hold power over someone. It is presented as a form of instruction to another, a bending of, and manipulation of, the “will” of someone, usually with the enticement of reward or punishment.
My view on Tradition has shifted slightly, but in a profound way. Previously I thought of tradition as things people do as a group to benefit the whole. I now understand that Tradition is much more than that, it is the manner in which history is recorded and kept alive through various practices.
This is why Tradition is so sacred. It is the recording of, and maintaining of, historical ceremony/ritual, clothes making, bead work, dance, food preparation, gender roles specific to tasks, and an all around basic treatment of each other with morals and integrity at the forefront of being.
It was the metaphysical world that brought me to Tradition. I was told there is a big difference between metaphysics and tradition and asked to think about it.
I see the metaphysical, in many groups I’ve enjoyed the company of, as various occult teachings and practices, usually brought forth in a style preferential to the sharer of information. There doesn’t seem to be a set path which shows the history of its making, meaning, there is no step 1, step 2, etc. unless one is talking of spell casting or magical practices.
Again, Tradition is thousands of years of a way of being which is in harmony with life. Tradition does not attempt to manipulate life or circumstances through spell casting or magical practices. Tradition unites all aspects of life in the clan, village, town, city, country and world.
One blends and harmonizes, the other attempts to force and manipulate. One is the unwritten historical record, the other is a forced attempt to shift circumstances, to control.