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The following articles are intended to give a taste of the tradition. They will be changed, replaced or added to over time, so do visit the site regularly for updates.

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Orasns Door

The Céile Dé

Two thousand years ago, these islands were awash with an awareness of the Divine Child. In the Brythonic tongue he was called Mabon ap Modron – “Son, son of Mother”. In Gaelic he was Oenghus - “The Chosen One”. Beings of Light and Unconditional Love, these divinities were the earliest native mythic depictions of what we now call the Christ Consciousness. Legends carrying the possibility of this level of attainment for human beings abound in all parts of the world. It is both stirring and significant that Druidism was moving over the brink of its own Mythic exploration of the Christ Consciousness at the same period in history as Middle-Eastern scriptures and the mystery traditions of the Mediterranean were finding their fulfilment…

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A History and Vision Statement for Céile Dé Groups

....Most simply put; my intention in forming Céile Dé Groups has always been to invite others who feel drawn to these same riches to join me. I hope this sharing of my vision for Céile Dé Groups, my aim as a teacher and my experiences as a walker along this Way have been of help to you. Most of all, I hope that it has given some voice to your own inner hunger. If all of the above speaks to your heart you may be in the right place. I hope you are. I hope you too will find your home here.

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Advice at The Threshold...

It is very likely that when we are new to real inner work we will not be capable of discerning the difference between 'Anam Chairdeas' - soul-centred relationship - and what we call 'Bith' - the world created by illusory ideas and the relationships that unconsciously support them. The following questions might be a useful first step to help a seeker measure the extent of their current enthralment by Bith...

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The Gift of Silence at Céile Dé Teaching Retreats

Silence, when used mindfully, could be experienced as a constriction by the limited, habitual self… but to our Deepest Self it is a key to liberation.

Silence gifts us with the opportunity to be held within a womb-like sacred container; within these nourishing walls some of the experiences so many of us increasingly hunger for these days might have a chance to be given life.

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I have attended my first Céile Dé teaching retreat and I want more - what can I do next?

Many people become excited during a teaching retreat and can remain so for weeks afterwards; when they hear of a community such as the Caim, they believe they want to be a part of it; however, when they are given the opportunity, something inside them is unable to grasp it from within the context of their everyday lives. Remarkably, few will notice the gap between what they say they want and what they actualise; some people live their entire lives without noticing that they intend to begin ‘tomorrow’. The force of unconsciousness in the world is just a fact of life, communities like the Caim exist for those who are ready to do the work of developing awareness.

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Interview by Emma Restall Orr for the Druid network

"I am aware that you are now bringing the Druid/Culdee Order within which you work into the open. Can I then lay, firstly, the word Druid before us and ask you to speak of the meaning it holds for you? And perhaps you would tell us a little about the Order - and could you elaborate a little on what you feel to be the main differences between Druid and Culdee?"

"…We talk a lot in our tradition about the Oak Door of Mannanan - a mythic entrance between this world and the Otherworld. In some people that door is locked... in others it is opening... in a few it is wide open. For me, a Druid (connected as we know to the celtic words for oak) is someone who is familiar with crossing the threshold of that Oak door - in both directions…"

"…For the Céile Dé, there comes a time when we feel that, if we want to continue to grow spiritually, we have to begin to dissolve..."

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An Anam Chara's Prayer

Part of the discipline of the Anam Chara means rising each day at 3.00 a.m. to do certain practices and also to pray for all the souls s/he serves, both in this world and in the next... Then to take that intention back into sleep, where the boundaries between the worlds are soft and open...

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An open letter to a New Céile Dé Group

...Think about committing to deep-memory the chants and the few traditional words you are given. It is another way of sinking the tradition into the deeper levels of your lives. I say deep memory very deliberately. .....

..... The ancients knew that there was a mysterious relationship between memory and the expansion of our souls… It is one of the things that the Céili Dé have not forgotten. What you deliberately take into your psyche affects the hue and nuance of who you are in this life.

So how do you commit sacred words to deep-memory? ...For a start, don't cram them into your head just a few days before you plan to use them... Live them, breathe them… Take them for walks in the hills… speak them to the trees and the rivers. They will listen... they may even join in… they do in Scotland. Perhaps because they’ve heard them before...

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A Map to Bridge The Gap

I heard an interesting idea recently.. In fact it has come up two or three times for me, in different places within the last year....

I have heard Jacob Needleman and Eckhart Tolle both espouse this theory...
My sense is that what is being suggested also points directly to one of the great strengths of the Ceile De tradition - and indeed part of what it has to offer people today....
The theory is that the Teachings of Christ - as they are currently transmitted to us through the usual sources - are too advanced for almost all Christians - or indeed any unawake human beings - to actually be capable of following or embodying.

This is a challenging idea and requires consideration of the evidence before we either embrace or dismiss it. So, let's ask a few questions…

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A Little Gesture goes a Long Way

When we incorporate symbolic language and gesture into our spirituality, we are no longer speaking our habitual language – that of World (matter; thought; emotions)… neither are we speaking the “language” of Spirit (which cannot be done, it can only Be). We are, however, speaking the subtle, paradoxical language of soul. The Tradition calls this part of ourselves Anam… The “siddhi” or “charism” it gives us is called Coinneach in the Céile Dé tradition. We define it as the ability to let go and effortlessly do or know something that seems to just flow through us from a “Place Beyond and Within”.

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Fonn(d) Memories

I am writing because I want to share some of my heart with you. If you don’t like heart things, best not to read on. There will be no cerebral profit to be made here today.

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Easter Towards Pentecost - The Name of the Rose

The mystery of the outpouring from Good Friday to Pentecost cannot be netted in words.

We are witnessing a Rose called Kairos opening slowly before our eyes…

Even before Easter Tide, and for all of our lives, we have been preparing for the coming of the Rose. We have purified our deepest ground, re-channelling our energy towards our highest aspiration...

...The Rose.

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