Celtic Thought: Connectedness: ‘This Is London Calling…’

20170202-this-is-london-calling-celtic-thoughtWe are all connected.

I know many acknowledge that connection, but sitting here in such a small place as Capel Curig, where I’m currently living, with rugged grey-green mountains beset around it, and the locality spanning such a small area on a nation-wide map it can easily be lost, and even more so when one looks at the globe. Then it, probably along with Wales, disappears!

Connected

For a moment, it felt like Buzz Lightyear’s experience in that movie, who, thinking himself unique in the cosmos, is then confronted with thousands of replicas of himself in boxes on the warehouse shelf! I had that sort of experience – a humbling experience, albeit a very good one.

We are all connected.

We’re connected by our DNA, and scientists can now trace the origin of all humanity back to a couple who left Africa several tens of thousands of years ago; we’re connected by what we do and say – and who can not but be pleased or terrified by recent happenings at the Whitehouse and understand such connection; and we’re connected when we buy and sell – I’m currently wearing and using items from England, France, India, China and other far-flung (to me) and wonderful places; and we’re connected spiritually, one to one!

‘In a real sense all life is inter-related. All…are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly. I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be, and you can never be what you ought to be until I am what I ought to be…This is the inter-related structure of reality.’ Martin Luther King.

This was brought home to me, as I finished off breakfast outside this morning by imbibing a steaming-hot cup of coffee at the garden table and gazed at Glyder Fawr (mountain range) in the distance. And, it was awesome. But, oh boy it was cold, but none of the freezing or below freezing temperature we normally get. No, a bracing 5 degrees Celsius. Quite mild, really, though the logical part of my brain reminded me that it was a cold as the inside of my fridge!

Really Connected

But, the really awesome thought was that you and I, we, are all connected in so many ways, and especially in a spiritual way, and what I write in my blog via the internet, and when you write comments in response to TadhgTalks (on WordPress) or my FaceBook page(s), and even when you just check my blog (or I read your blog, if you have one), then, our words, our thoughts, our intentions and our spiritual-connectedness, affects each other. Neighbours!

‘You shall love your neighbour as yourself.’ Mark 12:31b, The Book

During the second world war, when much of the world was in darkness and ‘occupied’ by the enemy, the BBC (so I’m told and have heard only when listening to those old ‘news reel’ re-runs) would broadcast daily  massages about freedom and hope, and it affected the loves of millions who would listen on hidden radio receivers for the radio station that accounted, ‘This is London calling …’, they would hear, and gain hope.

We are all connected.

Globally Connected

Well, this is Capel Curig calling…. albeit in a smaller way, and I’m listening, too. By Facebook in recent days, as an example of connectedness, awesome people from the following countries have viewed TadhgTalks, read it and some have left comments, wonderful people from:

Afghanistan, Austria, Australia, Brazil, Cambodia, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Ghana, Hong Kong (SAR China), India, Indonesia, Ireland, Jamaica, Kenya, Malawi, Malaysia, Mexico, Myanmar, New Zealand, Nigeria, Norway, Oman, Pakistan, Philippines, Portugal, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Spain. Switzerland, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Thailand, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States Of America, Zimbabwe.

‘that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you…’ John 17:21a, The Book

I can imagine others might produce a longer list of viewers to their blogs, others a smaller list of those who have viewed their blog, but I am amazed, full of gratitude to those people who have taken the time to ‘connect’ with me, and in so doing I have ‘connected’ with them. Family!

We are all connected.

Practically Connected (As In, Connected In Practical Ways) & Something To Do

And, this got me thinking. Periodically, I perform the caim – a wonderful (full-of-wonder) special liturgy and ritual for protection, or as a blessing and for other reasons in that in-between realm of liminality, the ‘gap. See here for details of performing the caim.

For some, dark days are returning, and a ‘war’ on truth and liberty proceeds. But truth and light can be ‘reclaimed’, perhaps the caim is one way to reclaim it, and, in small and personal ways some will ‘switch’ the lights back on in peoples lives in a slow and peaceful way? Tadhg

And, I thought that I would, over the next several caims, over the next few weeks, I would send good-thoughts, positive energy, prayer-power and love to all those people from those wonderful countries listed above (maybe taking several counties per caim), to those individuals and those whom they love, their locality and, indeed, their country, and would ask them, ask you, to do the same – to learn and to perform the caim, in a glocal (local and global) act of powerful intercession. You can make a difference.

We are all connected.

Ofcourse, I don’t know you personally, and in many cases don’t even know your name (though I’d love to hear from you by email etc), and you, caim for others won’t know their names or exact location, but the Source of All does!

‘If I am not for myself who is for me? And being for my own self, what am ‘I’? And if not now, when?’ Hillel The Elder

The Source, that which some all God, or the Christ, is the One behind the caim and does know, and so such liturgical and ritual power-blessings by us, will get straight through to you and those who you hold in our minds because of the Source of All, the Great Connector! And, so they are blessed. We truly are all connected, and the internet is yet another physical-tangible-usable-parable to remind us. And, the caim is a wonderful way, now, to participate in that cosmic, Source-originating connectedness to the benefit of others.

‘There was a time when fire and story would fall asleep in unison. It was dream time. Philippe Petit

Afterthought: Connected In Space & Time?

Ofcourse, we’ve only mentioned the caim as affecting space, sending good energy, thoughts and prayers to different locations. But, for (mystical) Christians, Druids, Celts and those of other/similar spiritualities there is the idea of such caim energy flowing though space and time! Now, there’s a thought…and something to write about over the next week or so. Meanwhile, blessings to you and those whom you love, Tadhg.

6 thoughts on “Celtic Thought: Connectedness: ‘This Is London Calling…’

    • Thank you for reading the blog. Sending well-wishes and positivity to you (all). These are tough times. ‘It’s Friday, but Sunday’s a-coming’ as some say. Blessings to you and yours, Tadhg.

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