Celtic spirituality

My initially unconscious but deep emotional connection to the Celtic islands became apparent early on. At the age of three I abandoned my sand molds on a North Sea beach and set off in a sweater and dungarees to Ireland on foot. Before the waves crashed over me, I was fished out of the sea and my parents anxiously inquired about my motives. My serious and clear answer was "I wanted to see what's behind it".

Psychologically and spiritually, the ocean stands for the origin of life, the infinite vastness and source from which creation emerges, but also for the collective unconscious and for feelings. The beach is the place where consciousness and unconsciousness, the individual and collective unity, this world and the hereafter touch.

Just as one stands on the beach and looks at the sea, without being able to fathom its true depth, so we also perceive in our everyday life only a minimum of the reality that surrounds us.

But our senses can be trained, our consciousness can be expanded by crossing this border step by step, exploring our own depths and the beyond, becoming aware of the unconscious and thus approaching slowly the true source, our soul and divine spark.

A Celtic song – dives into roaring waves.

It confides and loses all fright.

It finds its calling and merges with it

released by the morning light.

(„A Celtic song“, Elisa Zuther)

Hardly any other culture has such a wonderful sens to unite this expansion of consciousness, this expanse of soul with such a down-to-earth, humorous and enchanting love of nature as the Irish celts.

The vastness of the sea, the eternity of undulation, sun and moon, green hills, peat and fairy forests, but also storms, rain, life-threatening surf and famine challenged the people, stimulated the imagination and cast them on their faith, as well as on their energy. Spirit and earth, soul and labour were miraculously brought together.

Everything happened in the sense of unity. In the understanding of the Irish Celts the divine spirit wove through everything that is. Nature, animals and humans were as much an expression of the divine as were the spiritual planes of the deceased, saints and angelic worlds.

The aim of Celtic spirituality was to overcome the duality and to be in harmony with everything that is. Especially the songs of the Bards have expressed this - they literally sang creation into life by vocalizing "I am ...". They lifted the veil between the beach and the sea, this world and the beyond, inside and outside and manifested spirit in earthly life. Even today Celtic music gives such a sonorous depth and breadth that it can carry through all the challenges of life. This glimpse "behind the obvious" and the path out of the dual experience into unity fascinated me. And this insight has opened up to me particularly in Ireland. Many of these "insights" I have tried to capture in photographs and to grasp in poetry ... This stretching and "seeing behind the curtain" resulted in a cycle of external and internal images and impressions, asking and receiving, imagination and inspiration ...

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