Anam Cara

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"In the early Celtic church, a person who acted as a teacher, companion, or spiritual guide was called an anam Ċara. It originally referred to someone to whom you confessed revealing the hidden intimacies of your life. With the anam ċara you could share your innermost self, your mind, and your heart. This friendship was an act of recognition and belonging. … In everyone's life there is great need for an anam ċara, a soul friend, in this love you are understood as you are without mask or pretension. Where you are understood, you are at home." - On Being with John O'Donohue #anamcara
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Song of Amergin

I am the wind on the sea;

I am the ocean wave;

I am the sound of the billows;

I am the seven-horned stag;

I am the hawk on the cliff;

I am the dewdrop in sunlight;

I am the fairest of flowers;

I am the raging boar;

I am the salmon in the deep pool;

I am the lake on the plain;

I am the meaning of the poem;

I am the point of the spear;

I am the god that makes fire in the head;

Who levels the mountain?

Who speaks the age of the moon?

Who has been where the sun sleeps?

Who, if not I?

The Far-Seer

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“ A great philosopher-prince named Shotoko Taishi lived in Japan at the turn of the sixth-century. He taught, among other things, that we must do psychic work in both inner and outer worlds. But even more so, he taught tolerance for every human, every creature, and every emotion.

 

The balanced valuing of emotion is certainly an act of self-respect. Even raw and messy emotions can be understood as a form of light cracking and bursting with energy.

 

It is at this critical point that we call the healer, our wisest self, our best resource for seeing beyond the ego, irritation and aggravation. The healer is always the “far-seer”.

She is the one who can tell us what good can come from this emotive surge.”