The Centre for Celtic Spirituality

The ancient paths

‘Stand at the crossroads and look;

ask for the ancient paths,

ask where the good way is,

and walk in it,

and you will find rest for your souls.’

(Jeremiah 6:16 NIV).

quote from J. Philip Newell’s Christ of the Celts (San Francisco, J. Wiley & Sons, 2008) pp.14-15.

‘A number of years ago, I delivered a talk in Ottawa, Canada, on some of these themes. I referred especially to the prologue of John’s Gospel and his words concerning ‘the true light that lightens everyone coming into the world.’ (John 1:9). I was inviting us to watch for that Light within ourselves, in the whole of our being, and to expect to glimpse that Light at the heart of one another and deep within the wisdom of other traditions. At the end of the talk, a Mohawk Elder, who had been invited to comment on the common ground between Celtic Spirituality and the native spirituality of his people, stood with tears in his eyes. He said, “As I have listened to these themes, I have been wondering where I would be today. I have been wondering where my people would be today. And I have been wondering where we would be as a Western world today if the mission that came to us from Europe centuries ago had come expecting to find light in us.”‘

Celtic Spirituality embraces the ancient wisdom of the indigenous which understands and experiences the deepest rhythms and the spirit of the earth itself.