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~*~ "Anam Cara" * A True Soul~Friend * Are You One ? ~*~

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    ~*~ Anam Cara * A True Soul~Friend * Are You One? ~*~ *** The Anam Cara *** In the Celtic tradition, there is a beautiful understanding of love and
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      ~*~ "Anam Cara" * A True Soul~Friend * Are You One? ~*~



      *** The Anam Cara ***


      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 the early
      Celtic church, a person who acted as a teacher, companion, or
      spiritual guide was called an anam~cara. It originally referred to
      someone to whom you confessed, revealing the hidden intimacies
      of your life. With the anam~cara you could share your innermost
      self, your mind and your heart. This friendship was an act of
      recognition and belonging. When you had an anam~cara, your
      friendship cut across all convention, morality, and category
      You were joined in an ancient and eternal way with the
      "friend of your soul." The Celtic understanding did not set
      limitations of space or time on the soul. There is no cage for
      the soul. The soul is a divine light that flows into you and into
      the All. This art of belonging awakened and fostered a deep and
      special companionship. In his Conferences, John Cassian says this
      bond between soul friends is indissoluble: "This, I say, is what
      is broken by no chances, what no interval of time or space can
      sever or destroy, and what even death itself cannot part."

      In everyone's life, there is 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. Understanding nourishes
      belonging. When you really feel understood, you feel free to release
      yourself into the trust and shelter of the other person's soul. This
      recognition is described in a beautiful line from Pablo Neruda: "You
      are like nobody since I love you." This art of love discloses the
      special and sacred identity of the other person. Love is the only
      light that can truly read the secret signature of the other person's
      individuality and soul. Love alone is literate in the world of origin;
      it can decipher identity and destiny.

      It is precisely in awakening and exploring this rich and opaque
      inner landscape that the anam~cara experience illuminates the
      mystery and kindness of the divine. The anam~cara is God's gift.
      Holy Friendship is the nature of God.

      {from John O'Donohue's "Anam Cara"}


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