Posted by: Philip Carr-Gomm | March 21, 2013

The Wild and Soulful Earth

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We stand at a junction in history. The old human story is collapsing – revealing itself for its own myopic nature – and the institutions that once held and reinforced it are collapsing with it. The new story that is emerging is the one which calls us into creative kinship with the presence of the world. The druids of old practiced in their Neimheadh, their forest-shrines. Returning to the neimheadh can be a profound metaphor for our return to the life-affirming story that we are now being called to surrender to. It is perhaps no accident that enfolded within this word is another word: neimhe. Heaven. Whether there are actual etymological roots between the two, or if it is just another note within the life-dream to startle us awake, ultimately does not matter. It is an invitation to sit in presence with a very simple fact: heaven has never been far; it is waiting patiently for our return to the wild and soulful earth.

Jason Kirkey


Responses

  1. I’m reminded here of the fact that the word ‘Paradise’ actually means ‘walled garden’…..

  2. I really enjoyed this post, yet there is one thing that I do not quite understand.
    “heaven has never been far; it is waiting patiently for our return to the wild and soulful earth”: does this sentence suggest that heaven is a realisation of living with nature, on the wild and soulful earth, or is heaven a far away place that you only reach after our life, and our return is death?


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