This articles shares with you seven Blessings of Celtic idea of Anamchara meaning “Soul Friend.”
In Corrogue it is frosty.
The ramp into our “acre of diamonds” is now firm underfoot where before it was a sea of mud. Murphy our dog runs excitedly by my side. We are on our way to release chickens from coop. They are to be fed porridge oats in milk.
Murphy has become an honorary chicken. He has been self-appointed. He now eats with hens and cockerels as I give them their long awaited breakfast. They are now together, dog and birds, loving this life that is secure and satisfying for them.
I am becoming clearer. I am becoming more integrated and more know of flow of this life. I am become a soul friend. I am becoming what is known in Celtic tradition an Anam Cara. This translates as Anam meaning “soul” and Cara meaning “friend.”
Like our beautiful dog Murphy I am busy rounding up different aspects of my less integrated self. These are pieces that are like different chickens within a roost. I gently bring them together in love and acceptance. I imagine myself sitting atop a chicken coop with my chicken friends and we would debate various life questions.
We might ask “What does it mean to be a seeker after soul.” We would squawk about our inner life. We would peck at question “is unexamined life worth living?” We would joke about what happened when chicken crossed road. More seriously we would scratch in earth to query that existential question, “What came first - chicken or egg?”
One of our favourite hens (and I have to acknowledge I do have favourites) is Boddica. She is fearless. She would be hen to ask fierce questions. She is hen equivalent of a soul friend. She probes your knowing and understanding of who you really are. She might ask, “What does an Anam Cara do?
In answer to Bodica`s question I would humbly reply thus.
An Anam Cara loves your essence.
They see you beyond your mask. This is mask of persona. This is what you call personality. They see beyond fear. They see absence of love. This is love you withdraw from others and yourself. This is love that is your real power. This does not mean they have to like YOU. You are one that gets in way of soul. You soul is light of love and it needs light. It needs lightness of being. An Anam Cara will remind you simply “to be.”
An Anam Cara lives close to land.
They might be found roosting with chickens. They love elements of fire, water, earth and air. They are elemental beings although they are more down to earth than mental. Some might consider they exhibit opposite traits. They love sensuality and sexuality. They love play of Eros. This takes them on wing. An Anam Cara will remind you to come to your senses and be sensational.
An Anam Cara guides you to presence you are.
They are people of silence. They listen. They do not debate. They do not fill you up with knowledge. They transmit knowing of love. They touch you with beauty. This is not their beauty but beauty of Beloved. They move in world as nobodies of import. They do not puff up your ego. They may build your ego up. They do so in order that you can disappear. This is in order that you can fly coop. This is so you can enter joy of leaving prison house of never being enough.