Into The Mist: Preparations For The Journey


After a long absence I finally heeded the call to return to Iona (and then onto Skye) on a short pilgrimage.  Time to reconnect. Time to return, briefly, to where it all started. An opportunity to ‘recharge my batteries’, and to hark the words of the ancestors, that great cloud of witnesses.

Go into the mist.

And now plans are taking shape. It’s so close to the start of the journey, that it’s important for me to concentrate, to prioritise and think about what resources I need and to get them in place, and to be passionate about this excursion. It’s one of those times where total commitment is needed.

I saw you dancing last night on the roof
of your house all alone.

I felt your heart longing for the

I saw you whirling
beneath the soft bright rose
that hung from an invisible stem
in the sky,

So I began to change into my best clothes
in hopes of joining you.

Even though
I live a thousand miles away.

And if
you had spun like an immaculate sphere
just two more times,

Then bowed again so sweetly to
the east,

You would have found God and me
standing so near
and lifting you
into our arms.

I saw you dancing last night near the roof
of this world.


In today’s busy world it’s easy to give up, to kick plans into the ‘long grass’, or listen to others who don’t share the same spirit and commitment to the journey as you.

Don’t give up. Be encouraged.

Ofcourse, the journey may not be a physical journey for you right now. It could be your life-journey or part of it, a new venture, and what you do, what or who you ‘are’, what your calling is, and how you daily live that out.

For me, for a physical journey to Iona there are a number of considerations: check the car is up to the journey (and it is), pack appropriate clothes, maps and a compass are needed, thermos flask, flashlight, appropriate shoes, waterproofs, as well as thinking ahead about where I’ll stay, and more. All, very practical, all very necessary, and liable to become a chore…but I’m not going to allow that, for this is an awesome adventure into the ‘mist’. And, you’ll be pleased to know plans are well underway and I’m getting there.

For the life-journey the things we need in place are wholly different and will change from person to person, and depend on the calling that we’ve each received. But in each case, maybe there are some common questions that can act as hints as to what you and I require for our shared-but-different life-journey.

What is the one thing you do that brings you to life?

What do we require as essentials for our life-calling and working it out each day? Time? Opportunities to research and study periodically? ‘Tools’ such as a musical intrument, stones/palmstones, a book of liturgy, a staff, drum, a labyrinth, incense/’smudge stick’, water, candle etc? Time to mediate and ‘recharge our batteries’, to centre ourself, time to mix with others for mutual support, energy and encouragement, and to socialise? Yes, time to relax – ‘down-time’, however we define it, is important. The list goes on.

You will know what you require; you will know what’s ‘missing’.

And, so it is that in a few minutes I’ll return to preparing for my journey, first to Iona, and then onto Skye in Scotland – did I mention I start that wonderful journey this coming Sunday? I aim to still right articles each day – deo volente – and I hope, still, to hear from you, from those that read articles and comment.

Yes, I’m going to take you with me. Okay, maybe not physically – there are too many of you and some of you are twelve thousand miles away – but, yes, I aim to take you with me. That will be achieved by daily articles, and my new twitter account. And, it will be achieved because, in some strange and mystical way, we’re already connected!

Let’s stay in touch!

Hopefully, my twitter account is working properly now – but if it isn’t I’ve got a few days to sort out the ‘bugs’.

We are pilgrims on a journey,
and companions on the road;
we are here to help each other
walk the mile and bear the load.

(Composer: Richard Gillard Copyright © 1977 Scripture in Song/Maranatha!Music)

But, whatever happens right now – and ofcourse I’d encourage you to do this – you can go to my twitter page online via the link-button on my FaceBook site at any time (about half way down the left-hand column, I think), and once there, there should be a ‘follow’ button. If there isn’t  follow button, you’ll still be able to read updates whenever you return to that page.

Or, you can go to my twitter account now, by clicking here.

You should also be able to see live updates in the twitter ‘cartouche’ in the righthand column of this page on TadhgTalks (though it appears only on the generic page – available by clicking the large banner-photo at the top of the page, and the page which shows several posts. It won’t appear if you go straight to a particular post – so it you’re here and are seeing only one post – this one – please click on the banner photo at the very top to see several posts and then you’ll see twitter updates as they happen in the right-hand twitter ‘cartouche’). Any ‘challenges’ please email me.

I’ve also got a dedicated UK mobile telephone for you to use, to say hi, for queries or well wishes etc – for voice or text – and the provider is giffgaff (free giffgaff to giffgaff calls, I believe).

The mobile number is: 07743 956981

I’d love us to stay in touch, and more so as the time of my trip to Iona draws near and when I’m actually there – and would value your daily good-thoughts, light, love and prayers etc

‘Friends…they cherish one another’s hopes. They are kind to one another’s dreams.’ Henry David Thoreau

But there’s more, and it concerns you. If you’re well advanced in your life-journey and realise your calling, please email me. I’d love to hear from you – iron sharpens iron, and we can learn from each other.

If you’re not quite sure – and it could be that you’re at a junction in life, that another ‘season’ is starting or about to start for you (and it feels like you’re in a ‘mist’), and you would like some good-thoughts sent your way, please contact me. What you have, by way of thoughts about spiritual and practical ‘tools’ that work for you (or, that you require), do let me know as will assist me over the next few weeks in formulating how TadhgTalks can further assist you and others, and enable us to work together. You can comment here in all cases, or email me at:

‘The mist becomes a visible cloak that conceals that which is ordinarily seen, while another invisible cloak is removed, making that which is usually invisible visible.’ Frank MacEowen, The Mist-Filled Path

Now, where’s my sun factor 40 sun cream?

15 thoughts on “Into The Mist: Preparations For The Journey

    • Thank you for reading the article. Yes, let’s stay in touch, and I’ll be writing once or twice a day as I journey to Iona and Skye. Thank you for your well-wishes. Many, many blessings to you and yours, Tadhg.


  1. Only Factor 40??? If you are a true Celt, you will need double that just for the day-light alone! Go well brither and remember that ye will always find a jeelie piece at ma Glesca door. Love and Peace and Celtic Hospitality in Abundance… Maggi 07870 639923 Aho!

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    • Thank you, Maggi, for your,comments. I did think about factor 80, but 40 is,cheaper,and so i’ll just aply it twice – I’m joking LOL. Many thanks for your well-wishes and offer of hospitality. Blessings to you, Tadhg.


  2. Iona is one of the places on my bucket list to visit so I am looking forward to experiencing your journey through your words. I am coming to understand myself as a Christian Contemplative Mystic, it is a strange juxtaposition to my current state in life as an early 40s mother of an extroverted, empathic 10 year old. Apparently I live in a constant state of opposites. I would love to have you connect with me in my contemplative space of writing at Looking forward to journeying with you.

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    • Joy, many thanks for your kind and uplifting words. I will write daily, probably twice a day and so in that way, and in other, deeper ways you will be with me on that journey. I will also use that time to look into,your contemplative writing and will be in touch. Many blessings, light and love be to you,and yours, Tadhg.


  3. Sometimes I just can’t believe it! I get focused on something of interest to me that I think is totally “off the radar,” when “lo and behold” someone else is on the same wave length! I’ve just sent in my deposit to join a small group going to Iona next April. My physical journey will be a little more time consuming at first (coming from Texas): but I’m just as ready as it sounds like your are! Naturally I’ll be so interested in what you have to say as your time there and on Skye unfold, so I plan to check in and “read all about it!”. Please know thoughts and blessings and light for the journey will be coming your way from me.

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    • Thank you for reading the article. Synchronicity and God-incidences occur and when they do I do believe it’s That Which Is Larger Than Ourselves giving us a mysterious and comforting ‘wink’. Do stay in touch as I write about Iona and do let me know how your plans progress, too, please. Thank you for your well-wishes. Many blessings to you and yours, Tadhg.


  4. I love reading your Blog, and am looking forward to following your time in Iona….. I pray that your journey there carries your soul so close to God, He feels as though He is right beside you. Blessings and safe travels. I am planning to visit in ’18, so I will take notes!!


    • Thankyou for reading TadhgTalks. I hope to write something each day – perhaps twice a day: one to highlight what I’ve done and perhaps another which is more reflective. Thank you for your well-wishes. And do keep in touch about your plans for next year. Many blessings, Tadhg.


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