John O'Donohue, the Irish poet and philosopher and author of Anam Cara: A Book of Celtic Wisdom, died peacefully in his sleep on January 3, at the age of 52, while on holiday in France. With degrees in philosophy and English literature and a Ph.D in philosophical theology from the University of Tubingen in Germany, John was one of the most articulate voices of living Celtic Christianity and wisdom, and of the beauty of Christian mysticism. He spoke Gaelic as a native language and did much to promote awareness of Celtic culture. Those of you who were fortunate enough to see John at CMED in 2006 remember both the beauty of his speaking voice and the way he effortlessly wove poetry, philosophy, and mysticism in his talk. As a way of remembering John's spirit, we are pleased to offer you this streaming video of his appearance there.
May the light of your soul guide you.
May the light of your soul bless the work
You do with the secret love and warmth of your heart.
May you see in what you do the beauty of your own soul.
May the sacredness of your work bring healing, light and renewal to those
Who work with you and to those who see and receive your work.
May your work never weary you.
May it release within you wellsprings of refreshment, inspiration and excitement.
May you be present in what you do.
May you never become lost in the bland absences.
May the day never burden you.
May dawn find you awake and alert, approaching your new day with dreams,
Possibilities and promises.
May evening find you gracious and fulfilled.
May you go into the night blessed, sheltered and protected.
May your soul calm, console and renew you.
This is a sample of the Jan 2008 Caroline Myss Salon.
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First, I want to thank all of you for participating in the Healing Work and share with you the vision that I hold for what we will be doing and building together during 2008. It is my hope that together we can create a field of grace held in place through our shared devotion to be of service to each other’s healing – and that of the greater whole - through prayer and faith in the healing power that is generated by this work. I did not come to the decision to do this work casually. Rather, this is the result of a lifelong journey, some of which I believe is essential to share with you in this first Salon.
AN ESSENTIAL OVERVIEW
As many of you know, the Salon has encouraged people to participate in group prayer for others for more than a year now. It is fair, therefore, to ask, “What is new about this effort?” Quite frankly, a great deal, in that I have been observing the dynamic of healing from many perspectives for years. I have to say that it has generated more questions than conclusions but I am now convinced of this one truth: Healing is fundamentally a mystical experience. It is not an experience that can be fully and completely ignited by the force of the mind as your mind is an instrument devoted to “reason”– and there is nothing whatsoever that is reasonable or rational about a full, transformational healing. The sudden or even gradual healing of an illness or chronic condition that has plagued an individual for years and baffled one physician after another is not a reasonable or rational occurrence: It is a mystical one in that the rules governing physical medicine and the laws of science no longer seem to apply to what is happening to the individual. The mind alone is incapable of interfering with the laws of nature. Such a phenomenon requires Divine intervention, at the very least.
I have long been fascinated with matters of Divine intervention. They intrigue me beyond my ability to articulate. On the one hand, it is easy for me to look at this world and consume myself in its history, which I do constantly – mostly military history and current military/political events, When I wonder about the nature of good and evil, I conclude that we are a species governed by the impersonal laws of nature. We are one planet residing within one of two billion galaxies that we know of – and probably two billion more and two billion more after that. Two billion stars exist within our little galaxy. It is incomprehensible to even consider that any one of us should matter to anyone other than to those who love us, much less to some cosmic force that has billions of galaxies to oversee. The mathematics alone makes our singular significance ludicrous even to consider. Continued Jan Salon...
THE MYSTERY OF US
As intriguing as the entire domain of healing is to me, our fascination with our own healing and all that healing entails is just as seductive an area of research. Why, I have often wondered, are so many people drawn to the field of healing? Why do so many people want to be healers? And why are so many people involved in healing something? In truth, never before has a social culture existed that is as obsessed with its own well-being as we are, and I’m talking micro-well-being, not just the care of serious illness. We are quite taken by analyzing the effects that everything and anything has on us, from early childhood conversations to significant and insignificant relationships to astrological influences and then into past lives if we can’t find what we’re looking for in this one. Beginning in the 1960s, the many schools of psychological therapies combined with the availability of the sacred literature of all the world traditions made the explorations of the inner “self” the next frontier for Western culture.
But now, nearly fifty years later, we stand at the most pivotal turning point in this particular journey. We’ve gained an archive of knowledge this past fifty years. We’ve had a half century to study ourselves and to explore the inner child, the wounded child, the abandoned child, the neglected child, the invisible child, the inner victim, and a myriad of other suffering archetypes. We’ve learned about the vulnerabilities of these patterns and we’ve learned that their wounds must be healed in order for us to thrive. The question is: Are we strong enough to actually make the leap and heal these archetypes within us? Are we ready to engage with the archetype of the healthy person who retains a compassionate heart without having to continually nurture old wounds to get there? It’s a bold and liberating transformation, for those who can make it. Continued Jan Salon...
THE HEALING WORK
What is the healing work? Through my work with ENTERING THE CASTLE, leading people into the rooms of their soul with prayers and meditations, I observed one healing after another take place. I knew it was the result of prayer and grace (not Catholic prayer and grace, mind you). This prayer and grace poured out of people in these workshops who had no direct agendas with the Divine for personal healings. Absent the burden of expectations or demands of the Divine, healings occurred. Some were instantaneous and others occurred over months. Again and again at these Castle workshops, I observed how simple and elegantly grace moved through a person and how the power of grace seemed to increase in immeasurable cosmic proportions when many are joined together. I decided as a result of these many encounters with prayer, grace, and healing, that I would devote this year’s Salon to building that field of grace with all of you.
No doubt you have many questions about the healing work and hopefully with each passing Salon, I will be addressing more and more of them. The important focus for us in this issue is how to work together. I organized the information into the following questions:
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