Celtic Daily Thought: Time To Take Off Your Tight Shoes…


A thought: Whenever I can, I like to go around barefoot. What about you? In the house, in the cottage, at the beach, yes I’m barefoot, whenever possible. Not only does it feel better, but it connects me to the earth – do you feel the same? – and if I’m involved in leading a ritual or ceremony then it reminds me that we’re on holy ground, and if Moses can do it, then we can, too! Health and safety excepted, ofcourse.

This got me thinking about shoes! I’ve had some great shoes in my time – thank you Clarkes, and some others that pinched, and what should be a joy, or even at least uneventful, that is the action of walking, then becomes a constant reminder of pain, as every step reminds you: your shoes are too tight, take them off! Expletives deleted.

The shoes I’m also talking about is more than what’s wrapped around our feet, but some of our attitudes and beliefs, that at one time may have served us well (though with hindsight, I have my doubts, sometimes), but now restrict us, or ‘cripple ‘ us, and hold us back. And are so painful, too boot [pun not intended].

So, are your dogma-shoes too tight?

Our first reaction is to dismiss this ‘challenge’, after all, these shoes have served us well for years, so why change? But, they’ve been faithful, and I’ve got used to them.  Why change? They’re ‘fashionable (our shoes and our beliefs)? Why remove them? Because, they don’t serve you well, now! Because they’re hurting you? And yet, we do resist. We like our old habits, even bad and painful ones; we cling!

As Elvis Presley once sang:

Well, you can knock me down,
Step in my face,
Slander my name
All over the place.

Do anything that you want to do, but uh-uh,
Honey, lay off of my shoes.

Are your dogma-shoes too tight? Are we making excuses, being held back?

‘If you put on shoes that are too tight and walk out across an empty plain, you will not feel the freedom of the place unless you take off your shoes. Your shoe-constriction has you confined. At night before sleeping you take off the tight shoes, and your soul releases into a place it knows. Dreams glide deeper.’ Rumi

Rumi has the right idea. Some of those constrictions are too painful to put up with any longer. Some of them have to go. Take off your tight dogma-shoes, and relax. Interesting, he suggests we take them off at night and as our soul, at rest, eases into sleep,  we move into the place of dreams. Unrestricted, ‘de-shoed’ and free, the soul flies and soars, and the Encounter takes places. Ofcourse, having taken off our dogma-shoes, the ego, with one last effort of self-preservation, then tries to persuade us that our dreams and the Encounter mean little or nothing, and it’s best to put our oh-so-tight shoes back on. Much safer, it suggests! And, many do!

‘You were running the race so well. Who has held you back from following the truth?’, The Book

8 thoughts on “Celtic Daily Thought: Time To Take Off Your Tight Shoes…

  1. thanx tadhg, this was particularly resonant today for me. i’m off work with ‘stress’ (shorthand). so your post is timely, as i reassess my beliefs and priorities. thank you. best wishes to you, *annie*

    On Tue, Nov 29, 2016 at 4:43 PM, Tadhg Talks… wrote:

    > Tadhg posted: ” A thought: Whenever I can, I like to go around barefoot. > What about you? In the house, in the cottage, at the beach, yes I’m > barefoot, whenever possible. Not only does it feel better, but it connects > me to the earth – do you feel the same? – and if I’m ” >

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  2. Thankyou for stopping by and reading the article. I’m pleased you found it useful. I do believe it’s something that applies to us all; and reflecting on beliefs and priorities is always a good thing. Take care. Many blessings, Tadhg


  3. I always like to do my Reiki treatments in bare feet, unless it is so cold that I wear woolly socks. It is so lovely to feel grounded and thankful to the earth for all her benefits. Somehow the bareness of my feet makes me feel balanced with the sacred feelings glowing through my hands.

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  4. Exactly, and for much the same reasoning. Even if it’s just a ritual to prepare oneself for different or special work – and it is much more – it is important and beneficial to do.Thank you for your comment. Blessings. Tadhg


  5. I’ve been taught to consider each step with bare feet to be kissing the earth that is supplied to me by my creator – I will start kissing with my unbound mind – many thanks
    James Gill


    • Thank you for sharing that. I like that idea a lot. Barefoot reverence and gratitude, yes. I’m sure I’ve come across something similar by Thich Nhat Hanh, some time ago. Excellent. Thanks, blessings, Tadhg


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