The Céile Dé
In the Past ~ The Monastic Life
Ask most Gaels in Scotland or Ireland about the Céili Dé (plural) - sometimes referred to in English as the Culdees - and they will tell you about the men and women who walked the edge where early Celtic Christianity blurred into its Foster-Mother, Druidism; their history blurred into myth-story; their saints were often Gods or Goddesses...
Some legends say they were originally Druids who foresaw the coming of The Christ Consciousness and welcomed 'Rìgh nan Dùil' - The King of the Elements - into the world, long before the first missionary ever set foot on British soil.
The Rule of Céili Dé was built upon the indestructible foundation of "obedience to the voice in the deepest part of every heart - the Christ within".
Today ~ The Monastery in Scotland... and The 'Caim' in the World
The 21st Century Order of Céili Dé still walks that same edge, promoting an esoteric understanding of the naturally poetic and unselfconscious mix of 'Christian' and 'Pagan' that remains the hallmark of the Gaelic Soul.
Today, the main work of the Order lies in taking the teachings of our tradition beyond the monastery walls and into the World. We honour our spiritual ancestors by protecting the integrity of our tradition, whilst imparting it in a form viable for anyone who is ready, willing and able to be part of a dedicated group of lay-practitioners, called the 'Caim' (the 'Circle of Grace'). Supported by each other and by Elders on the Path, 'caimeachs' (members of the Caim) seek together for the only Heaven there is; the one that lies hidden within, so that they may learn to live from there and call it home.
The Céile Dé path is for sincere seekers who long to be part of a close and committed spiritual group whose embrace can hold both Heaven and Earth and whose prayers sing with the voice of the Gael. It is for men and women who are prepared to be stretched by a disciplined path and released into mystical union. It is for those who understand the spiritual life is not about having beliefs; it is about being moved... beyond the boundaries of conditioned thinking, through our own experience, toward the infinite, unitive consciousness that Illuminates the innermost heart of all religion and all life.