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My Ever Beloved Soul Friend


“Anam Cara refers to the Celtic spiritual belief of souls connecting and bonding.

In Celtic Spiritual tradition, it is believed that the soul radiates all about the physical body, what some refer to as an aura. When you connect with another person and become completely open and trusting with that individual, your two souls begin to flow together. Should such a deep bond be formed, it is said you have found your Anam Cara or soul friend.

Your Anam Cara always accepts you as you truly are, holding you in beauty and light. In order to appreciate this relationship, you must first recognize your own inner light and beauty. This is not always easy to do. The Celts believed that forming an Anam Cara friendship would help you to awaken your awareness of your own nature and experience the joys of others.

According to John O’Donahue, an accomplished Irish poet, philosopher and Catholic priest, “…You are joined in an ancient and eternal union with humanity that cuts across all barriers of time, convention, philosophy and definition. When you are blessed with an anam cara, the Irish believe, you have arrived at that most sacred place: home.”

I have beared witness to this and it is as beautiful,special and poignant as the excerpt leads you to believeI thought this photo of these little ferns holding their fern hands,lended itself to this notion well :) My eyes fill with tears,overcome by gratitude that I have been able to experience this.

  1. David Bowden03-15-2012

    I would love to witness that at some point. I had no idea and found this to be very interesting +Rachael Alexandra :-)

  2. Rachael Alexandra03-15-2012

    +Allison Aileen Masters Is my pleasure :)

    +Jordan Oram Thank you,I did too..I got all misty :) I'd love to own the book ^^

    +Nancy Sproul Carter I'm happy you enjoyed it !

    +Wesley Yeoh Those Vulcans can be quite icy but they are really so intensely sensitive to the point of being able to mind meld :P

    +Chris Mallory Thank You :) Another smile,another gift ^^

  3. Chris Mallory03-15-2012

    Everything about this post brought a smile to my face. Quite beautiful :D

  4. Wesley Yeoh03-15-2012

    hmmm wow, a celtic version of the vulcan mind-meld? :)
    I love how different cultures describe the concept of true, deep, and lasting love-friendship.

  5. Nancy Sproul Carter03-15-2012

    A beautiful story to go with an exquisite image! Thank you +Rachael Alexandra !

  6. Jordan Oram03-15-2012

    a) I love this photo
    b) I love the description. Yes.
    c) I have a copy of Anam Cara by John O'Donohue sitting next to me right now ;) :D :D

  7. Allison Aileen Masters03-14-2012

    Thank you for this. It gave me tingles while I was reading it :)

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