Anam Cara: Wisdom from the Celtic World [John O’Donohue] on * FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. When Saint Patrick first came to Ireland in. In Anam Cara (Gaelic for “soul friend”), John O’Donohue invites you into the magical and unobtrusive world of your own divinity, to a place in the soul where. Anam Cara and the Essence of True Friendship: Poet and Philosopher John O’ Donohue on the Beautiful Ancient Celtic Notion of Soul-Friend.
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Goodreads helps you follow your favorite authors. Be the first to learn about new releases! Often secrets are not revealed in words, they lie concealed in the silence between annam words or in the depth of what is unsayable between two people. A Book of Celtic Wisdom. This tests every aspect of your affection.
You lose the attraction and the cra. Your sense of each other darkens and your presence is sore. If you can come through this time, it can purify with your love, and falsity and need will fall away. It will bring you onto new ground where affection can grow again. Jojn the kingdom of love there is no competition; there is no aanm or control. The more love you give away, the more love you will have.
Words become powerless to express your pain; what others hear from your words is so distant and different from what you are actually suffering. Your soul alone has the map of your future, therefore you can trust this indirect, oblique side of yourself.
If you do, it will take you where you need to go, but more important it will teach you a kindness of rhythm in your journey. Somehow at a particular time, they came from the distance toward donohe life. Their arrival seemed so accidental and contingent. Now your life is unimaginable without them. Similarly, your identity and vision are composed of a certain constellation of ideas and feelings that surfaced from the depths of the distance within you.
To lose these now would be to lose yourself.
John O’Donohue Quotes (Author of Anam Cara)
Like the joy of the sea coming home to shore, May the relief of laughter rinse through your soul. As the wind loves to call things to dance, May your gravity by lightened by grace. Like the dignity of moonlight restoring the earth, May your thoughts incline with reverence and respect. As water takes whatever shape it is in, So free may you be about who you become. As silence smiles on the other side of what’s said, May your sense of irony bring perspective. As time remains free of all that it frames, May your mind stay clear of all it names.
May your prayer of listening deepen enough to hear in the depths the laughter of god. A Book of Blessings. No one else can see the world the way you see it. No one else can feel your life the way you feel it. Thus it is impossible to ever compare two people because each stands on such different ground. When you compare yourself to others, you are inviting envy into your consciousness; it can be a dangerous and destructive guest.
From then on, you are inflamed with a special longing that will never again let you linger in the lowlands of complacency and partial fulfillment. The eternal makes you urgent. You are loath to let compromise or the threat of danger hold you back from striving toward the summit of fulfillment. Friendship is always an act of recognition. Where before there was anonymity, now there is intimacy; where before there was fear, now there is courage; where before in your life there was awkwardness, now there is a rhythm of grace and gracefulness; where before you used to be jagged, now you are elegant and in rhythm with your self.
When love awakens in your life, it is like a rebirth, a new beginning. Where you are understood, caga are at home. When you really feel understood, you feel free to release yourself into the trust and shelter of the other person’s soul. Your sense of inner beauty has to remain a very private thing. Why should we grieve for them? They are now in a place where there is no more shadow, darkness, loneliness, isolation, or pain.
And when your eyes freeze behind the grey window and the ghost of loss gets in to you, may a flock of colours, indigo, aham, green, and azure blue come to awaken in you a meadow of delight. When the canvas frays in the currach of thought and a stain of ocean blackens beneath you, may there come across the waters a path of yellow jjohn to bring cada safely home.
May the nourishment of the earth be yours, may the clarity of light be yours, may the fluency of the ocean be yours, may the protection of the ancestors be yours.
And so may a slow wind work these words of love around you, an invisible cloak to mind your life. Such friendship is creative and critical; it is willing to negotiate awkward and uneven territories of contradiction and woundedness. Trees, mountains, fields, and faces are released from the prison of shape and the burden of exposure.
Each thing creeps back into its own nature within the shelter of the dark.
Anam Cara: A Book of Celtic Wisdom
Darkness is the ancient womb. Nighttime is womb- time. Our souls come out to play. The darkness absolves everything; the struggle caga identity and impression falls away. We rest in the night. There is an awakening between you, a sense of ancient knowing. You are here to realize and honor these possibilities.
When love comes in to your life, unrecognized dimensions of your destiny awaken and blossom and grow. Possibility is the secret heart of time. When someone encourages you, that person helps you over a threshold you might otherwise never have crossed on your own. Celtic Reflections on Our Yearning to Belong. The only effective way to still its unease is to transfigure it, to let it become something creative and positive that contributes donohye who you are. Nietzche said that one of the best days in his life was the day when he rebaptized all his negative qualities as his best qualities.
Rather than banishing what is at first glimpse unwelcome, you bring it home to unity with your life…. One of your sacred duties is to exercise kindness towrd them. The human journey strives to make this inner face beautiful.
It is here that love gathers within you. Love is absolutely vital for a human life. For love alone can awaken what is divine within you. In love, you grow and come home to your self. When you learn to love and let yourself be loved, you come home to the hearth of your own spirit. You are warm and sheltered. Take refuge in your senses, open up To all the small miracles you rushed through. Become inclined to watch the way of rain When it falls slow and free. Imitate the habit of twilight, Taking time to open the well of color That fostered the brightness of day.
Draw alongside the silence of stone Until its calmness can claim you. All Quotes Add A Quote. Books by John O’Donohue. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.