my heart to your heart

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The 21st. Global Inspiration Conference in Ireland had the theme Mo Chroi do Do Chroi [My Heart to Your Heart] and it certainly created a most loving and supportive community.

The Celtic imagination articulates the inner friendship that embraces nature, divinity, the underworld and the human worlds as one. Dualism is a concept alien to the Celtic culture.

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In particular, in the ancient Celtic way of life, anam chara [soul love] was a special element. It is a special friendship which forms a bond, a sense of belonging, a love for each other’s soul. The anam chara relationship is graced with affection. Real friendship awakens affection and the heart learns a new way of feeling. When affection is kindled, the world of the intellect takes on a new tenderness and compassion. Looking , seeing and understanding take on a new character and ideas and affection are no longer separate. A new deep sensitivity and capacity for love are developed in the eye of the beholder…..an end to fundamentalism, violence and oppression.

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The anam chara relationship is also extended to all of nature . For the Celts, nature is the direct expression of the divine imagination. The visible and the invisible are linked and move in and out of each other.

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I arise today

Through the strength of heaven:

Light of Sun,

Radiance of Moon,

Splendour of fire,

Speed of lightning,

Swift of wind,

Depth of sea,

Stability of earth,

Firmness of rock.

[The Deer’s Cry – an old Celtic prayer]

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