Welcome to Céile Dé
The Order of Céili Dé - The servants, or Spouses of God -
expresses the oldest continuous spiritual tradition of the Celtic countries.
The path of the Céile Dé is and always has been toward a search for the Ultimate Reality - Union with the Divine. Rooted in an authentic Gaelic Spiritual form, it has a deep reverence for our Mother Earth and all Her children... Branching into Christ-consciousness, it fulfils itself in Unconditional love.
The spiritual life of a Céile Dé is largely contemplative and nurtures a deep and devotional relationship with that Great Mystery we call God - the Invisible Beloved Whose Face is Everywhere...
It seeks a balance between devotional practice and conscious, ongoing inner work, such as witnessing the false in us so that it may be gradually dissolved in the Light of 'That Which Witnesses'. It also seeks to develop the imaginal faculties - the language of the Soul - through observing the Celtic festivals and creative study of Celtic mythology, the "Old Testament" of the Gael.
It encourages an integration of all of the above with everyday life. This creates in us the ideal conditions for real and discernable spiritual transformation: we are digging deep inside ourselves to find, finally, that The Saviour has always been there... and so we awaken from the unconsciousness and powerlessness that causes, at best, our gnawing discontent, at worst, the gradual destruction of our world.
The following pages represent a glimpse into our tradition...
'Ta Tir na n-og ar chul an ti - tir alainn, trina cheile'
(The land of eternal youth is just behind the house -
a beautiful land, fluent within itself)