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Sacred Directions for the Celtic Heart
on September 30, 2008
I am a big time fan of Frank MacEowen and his teachings on Celtic Spirituality. To say I was pleased that he'd come out with a book on the Irish Spirit Wheel would be an understatement.
The Irish Spirit Wheel is a mandala, and is akin to the Native American Medicine Wheel. For many years now I'd been interested in learning about the Medicine Wheel, but I longed for something that was more directly connected to my own ancestors. And this is it!
I have had so much fun, and learned quite a lot, by going through this book.
In the first part of the book, Frank re-tells the Irish story "The Settling of the Manor of Tara," which is a tale of forgetting. But it's much more than just forgetting something like where we left our wallet or grocery list. It's about the wisdom and knowledge deep within our spirit, told through stories by our ancestors, that's been forgotten. He also goes into the five sacred directions and their basic meanings.
In part two he goes into more detail. He gives detailed exercises, meditations, questions and reflections for each of the five sacred directions; the Center (our center, where we find balance), East (prosperity), South (inspiration), West (knowledge) and North (battle).
In my previous studies on the medicine wheel, I found that I was taking the directions too literally. Through the exercises in this book, I find that I'm connecting with the metaphorical directions and the energies of the sacred directions.
For instance... I've been working on prosperity. According to the Celtic Way of Seeing, prosperity is in the East, along with house holding. This is important because the energy of our home directly affects how abundance comes into our lives (and I'm not just talking financial abundance, but love and health also). It's also important to be a "hearthkeeper" because being a keeper of the hearth makes the home inviting. It makes visitors feel welcomed and nourished. And it makes those who live there also feel cared for. It's all these "feelings" that ultimately bring prosperity into our lives.
To be a hearthkeeper myself, I've let myself become more domestic. I light candles, I bake, I keep the house clean. I read to my children, I support my husband. And I find that these actions all add to the energy of our home. These yummy energies are so inviting, that prosperity can't help but come to visit. And I've experienced this in my own business too.
The Celtic Way of Seeing is a guide back to our selves. It's filled with wisdom, and I've enjoyed both reading through it, and going back to it again and again and again. I would highly recommend it to anyone wishing to follow the path back to their heart, and see through the eyes of wisdom just how beautiful life can be.