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Anam Cara

Wisdom from the Celtic World
Spoken Word CD
Sounds True
May, 1996
$90.99 CAD
Banyen's Description: 

When St. Patrick landed on Irish soil in the 5th century, he encountered the Celts—a unique race of people with their own flourishing spiritual tradition, already thousands of years old. Where Christians worshipped one God, the Celtic people had many—and in fact found divinity all around them: in the rivers and hills, the sea and sky, in home and village, in every kind of animal, and within their own souls. The Celtic reverence for the spirit in all things and its celebration of the continuous mysteries of everyday existence survive to this day—a vibrant spiritual legacy unique in the Western world.

In Anam Cara, Irish poet, priest, and scholar John O’Donohue guides us through Ireland’s remarkable spiritual landscape, yielding a treasure trove of insights, stories, and teachings. Presented originally in the oral tradition so beloved of the Celts (and later in the form of his first book as well), Anam Cara covers authentic Irish prayers and blessings; how to awaken the senses as “thresholds of the spirit”; the “secret divinity” in our relationships; how the Irish “hospitality” toward death can help you become more compassionate, generous, and fearless; attuning yourself to sacred silence; the Celtic understanding of the afterlife; why God’s “wild, passionate” side should be acknowledged; and much more.

Tracing the cycles of life and nature, O’Donohue draws from the sacred waters of Ireland’s spiritual heritage—from the Celts and their Druid shamans; the charming imbas (inspiring sagas) of the wandering bards; and the holy fountainhead of Ireland’s Christian monasteries.

According to Celtic spiritual tradition, the soul shines all around the body like a luminous cloud. When you are very open—appreciative and trusting—with another person, your two souls flow together. This deeply felt bond with another person means you have found an anam cara, or “soul friend.” Your anam cara always beholds your light and beauty, and accepts you for who you truly are.

In Celtic spirituality, the anam cara friendship awakens the fullness and mystery of your life. You are joined in an ancient and eternal union with humanity that cuts across all barriers of time, convention, philosophy, and definition. When you are blessed with an anam cara, the Irish believe, you have arrived at that most sacred place: home.

Also by John O’Donohue are Eternal Echoes and To Bless the Space Between Us.

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