February 07, 2019
This time of year— coming up to the onset of spring— is a celebration of love, partnership and friendship. Never more beautifully written about than by John O'Donohue in his magnificent book, Anam Cara. Here is an excerpt for your delight—along with a reminder that we are offering you 20% off to share your love with another in the form of a blessed amulet or other sacred jewelry.
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In the Celtic tradition, there is a beautiful understanding of love and friendship. One of the fascinating ideas here is the idea of soul-love; the old Gaelic term for this is anam cara. Anam is the Gaelic word for soul and cara is the word for friend. So anam cara in the Celtic world was the "soul friend."
In everyone's life, there is a great need for an anam cara, a soul friend. In this love, you are understood as you are without mask or pretension. The superficial and functional lies and half-truths of social acquaintance fall away, you can be as you really are. Love allows understanding to dawn, and understanding is precious. Where you are understood, you are at home.
The anam cara experience opens a friendship that is not wounded or limited by separation or distance. Such friendship can remain alive even when the friends live far away from each other. Because they have broken through the barriers of persona and egoism to the soul level, the unity of their souls is not easily severed. When the soul is awakened, physical space is transfigured. Even across the distance, two friends can stay attuned to each other and continue to sense the flow of each other's lives. With your anam cara you awaken the eternal.
Photo is the Shiva Shakti card in the Tulku Oracle deck.
ShivaShakti are the eternal couple—forever in undivided union and abiding together as Universal consciousness. Shiva is the Transcendent Self—the stillness from which all creations are born —made manifest through the power of Shakti, Shiva and Shakti are indistinguishable. They are one. They are the universe. Shiva isn’t masculine. Shakti isn’t feminine. At the core of their mutual penetration the supreme consciousness opens. —Daniel Odier