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.

Your Journey: Becoming An Edge-Walker

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I’m an avid reader of books, and I like to read from a wide genre and different styles, so that I can get a broader glimpse of the world through the eyes of others from all walks of life. I’ve just finished a book written by a man that walked the  Amazon.

‘You have to just dive over the edge. You haven’t got time to mess about’. Ralph Fiennes

And, I’ve also just finished re-reading a book by Cheryl Strayed about her hike of more than a thousand miles along the Pacific Crest Trail from the Mojave Desert to Washington State in the USA. Great adventurers, arduous journeys, ‘highs’ and lows’ from people who had tough times, but who overcame obstacles, and thereby grew in many ways, and returned changed.

It got me thinking. In what ways do we – you and I – prosper when we leave our comfort zone and venture forth into the unknown, ‘to boldly go’, and move from the centre to the edge. The edge is where adventure and treasure can be found.

‘Only ever doing what feels comfortable is a form of suicide.’ Oli Anderson.

Our natural ‘default’ position is of being ‘centre settlers’, we enjoy our comfort zones, love the ‘comfrotable armchair’ of life, but unbeknown to us that armchair can be a most dreadful place, a place that’s so comfrotable that we’re lulled into a warm, cozy, false-sleep of complacency (if we spend all our time there) as the clock ticks on, and opportunity paases us by.

‘The most dangerous place is in your safety zone.’ Robin S Sharma

So, what’s the answer, fellow sojourner?

Caution: The following is to whet your appetite, and to encourage you to become an ‘edge-walker’, someone who doesn’t always stay within the confines of their safety zone, but ventures forth on an awesome adventure. Therefore, as you read this article and, maybe, proceed towards the edge, do so cautiously, ‘testing the waters’ as you go, using reason,  some logic, and lots of common-sense to ensure your safety, but don’t be timid about new experiences. Oh, and, yes, use lots of imagination, too. Great things happen at the edge, as you will find out….that is, if you leave your comfort zone.

‘Beyond the edge of the world there’s a space where emptiness and substance neatly overlap, where past and future form a continuous, endless loop. And, hovering about, there are signs no one has ever read, chords no one has ever heard.’ Haruki Murakami.

The Journey

So, what would a movement toward the edge, a journey into the unknown look like. There are a number of common stages, and these are:

1. The status quo: This is our home, where we are now! It’s where we are before we start out, it’s the ‘ordinary’ life, but a place where we experience the feeling of not quite fitting in. Do you feel that you don’t quite fit in?

2. The Call:  The comes a time when we receive a mysterious and/or unexpected invitation, message or challenge. It could come in the physical realm, or it could be an inner conviction, which calls us to something greater. It’s natural to query our capabilities, and some never get beyond this stage, sadly, because they seemingly disqualify themselves.

3. Meeting Your Mentor: As if by ‘magic’, someone who will equiip us with the nitial information to get us started, give us the necessary ‘tools’ for our journey to the edge, and give us great encouragement, will arrive. You may have heard the maxim, ‘When the student is ready, the teacher will appear’. Well, it’s true. And, maybe for you, this stage is happening right now, as you read this article.

‘Don’t assume, this journey to the edge is only a physical journey to some remote land. For you, it could be an inner journey of discovery, just as every bit as real as a trek through a jungle, a desert, or up a mountain.’

4. Departure: Now, we leave. Ofcourse, thoughts arise as to whether we’re doing the right thing. Family and friends may query the logic of what we’re doing – they have, maybe, the best will in the world, but they’re not you or I, and they haven’t received our calling. But, we’ve answered the Call (though some do turn back even at this point, sadly), and we leave the familiar. We move over the ‘city limits’ into the liminal zone – over the threshold into the unknown. We depart, and take the first real step towards our adventure towards the edge.

‘Our journey could be a physical one. It could be an imaginal one, a real imaginal one. As Pablo Picasso said, ‘Everything you can imagine is real.’

5. Adventure, Trials & Allies: As our adventure unfolds, there may be trials along the way. Tests of somekind, perhaps. But, don’t worry, help is at hand. We will find allies along the way, too, who will possess just the skills or infotmation we need, to assist us. In the physical realm we will be assisted by people, locals and those with specialist knowledge. But, what of the imaginal realm? Why, then you are limited only by your imagination. Perhaps, as in our night dreams, we will encounter and be assisted by companions, angels, elementals, animals.? Who knows? All ‘energies’ within our psyche.

6. The Cave: Here is a totally unknown land or experience. It requires boldness on our part, but we’ve come this far, and so we carry on. In one ancient story, Jonah found himself being tossed about by the sea (having been thrown overboard), and a big fish, maybe a whale, comes swimming along. That’s akin to a huge (animal) cave.

7. Crisis?: It might be, not always, that things come to a head. We face a crisis along our journey, in our life. It comes ‘out of the blue’ and ‘knocks us sideways’! It might be that we have to traverse a huge desert. Perhaps it is facing a, metaphorical, monster or challenge, something we have to overcome. For Jonah, it was being swallowed by the big fish. A form of ‘death’; certainly a massive ‘jolt’ to his system, and humbling.

8. The Reward, The Treasure: After traveling so far, our efforts are rewarded and we find what we’ve been looking for whether it is in the physical realm or imaginal realm: this could be information, wisdom, answers, guidance, healing, growth and transformation etc. Perhaps, we didn’t know what to expect, maybe we were looking for transformation, but it is at the edge that we discover it.

‘We live at the edge of the miraculous’, Henry Miller

Here at the very edge – where things are totally different to home, we discover what you’ve been seeking.

‘For some in imaginal realm sessions with Tadhg, some have come with questions, say, and in that inner, imaginal realm, have been directed by an ally or two to an imaginal landscape eg an inner library, only there to discover the answer to the question that has been troubling them. Like a night dream sequence this inner journey can yield great benefits,

9. Going Home: The journey is almost over, and now the journey home (easier than the outward journey) commences. But, we’re carrying treasure, now. But, there’s more.

10. Different!: There’s more. We’re not the same as when we embarked upon the journey. We’ve grown, matured, maybe, even transformed. Something has changed. We’ve moved up a spiritual stage. And, maybe we ‘wrestle’ with how we will use this treasure and transformation: for ourselves and/or for others? Maybe, there’s another ‘battle’ of a different sort here? Nevertheless we resolve it, maybe with the help of allies, or the mentor, and journey home

11. Back Home: This is the final stage of this particular quest. We’ve returned home to the ‘ordinary’ world. We’ve grown, got treasure or some sort, matured, been transformed, faced challenges and overcome them, and even more.

12: What Next? But, there’s even more. We know two (more) things. Firstly, the treasure we have and the experiences we’ve had have shown us that we need to share them, share our ministry, with others and not keep them to ourselves. Our horizons and outlook have broadened. Secondly, in coming home to the ‘ordinary’ world, the familiar, our ‘eyes have been opened’, and as we look around, we realise that this place, home, isn’t ‘ordinary’ at all, but it extraordinary, and always has been (but, formerly, we never knew it).

Ofcourse, this is but one adventure. There will be others, and they, too, may follow the abovementioned steps but the experiences and aims will be totally different.

The End, Or Is It?

‘Logic will get you from A to Z; imagination will get you everywhere.’ Albert Einstein

Right now, you can go on an inward, imaginal journey of power and potential. You can become an edge-walker. It’s a journey to find answers to questions you might have; a journey to discover treasure which may be wisdom, guidance or healing; to explore strange, new, inner worlds of the psyche where answers and treasure manifest themselves like symbols in our night dreams; and where you can encounter angels, archetypes, animal guides, companion(s), all metaphors of energies encountered in dream (but, here, done purposefully), all by booking a one-to-one creative-visualisation, imaginal session with Tadhg in person, or via Skype.

‘When you get to the end of all the light you know and it’s time to step into the darkness of the unknown, faith is knowing that one of two things shall happen: either you will be given something solid to stand on, or you will be taught how to fly.’ Edward Teller

You can benefit from a physical journey to the edge, sure; but you can also (just as much) benefit from that inward journey of adventure and discovery. If you have questions about that inner, imaginal journey, of using creative imagination or this article, do contact me by email at: tadgh@tadhg.cymru or, in the next 7-10 days await for the announcement about Tadhg’s dedicated website, which will give much more information. Details of that website will follow within the next few days.