Celtic Meditation for the May 23
The Security of Home
A house where rain does not pour, A place where spear-points do not threaten, As bright as a garden but whit no fence about it.—– “Suibhne Geilt,” anon. Irish poem (trans. CM)
The security of home is something settled people gladly take for granted. For the nomad, home is the place you happen to be. For the traveler, home – and the longing to be there again – is the spur to a speedy returning. For those made homeless against their will, home is the Holy Grail of their desire. But even those of us who have a home, one that we are streetwise and alert in protecting, sometimes long to be in a place of greater security and safety, a place where we simply cannot be got at.
The security of being at home with oneself, at home in one’s being, can never be forgotten once it has been experienced. This sense of ease, insightful understanding, and peace provides a new kind of security. Although people often reach this state through a sudden shock or realization, it is also accessible through a daily regime of meditation or regular contemplation alone in any place where we feel empowered. In this time alone, we make friends with our soul, allowing it to become expansive and fully fledged.
The security of home does not derive solely from being in a “nice neighborhood” or a beautiful environment; it comes in part from the innate sense of being at home with our soul. The safe circle of home is the expectation of every human being, the right of every child. Home is our microcosmo, our little world, supplying comfort, warmth, nourishment, and a safe environment for learning about who we are.
Make a blessing of protection for all within your household.
Daily Meditations for the Turning Year
The Celtic Spirit – By Caitlin Matthews
Celtic Meditation for May 24
There was a square stone…. whit a man’s foot cut there on, upon which he stood, denoting that he should walk in the footsteps and uprightness of his predecessors.
—- Hugh MacDonald of Sleat, On the Inauguration of Kings, quoted in Caitlin Matthews, Aurthur and the Sovereignty of Britain—-
The ancient inauguration ceremonies of Gaelic rulers were far from the coronation rituals of modern monarchy. Instead of receiving a diadem or a crown to mark the beginning of a reign,Celtic kings stood were ceremonially ensconced upon a stone that conferred the rights of kingship. Many such ancient stones remain, including the famous stone at Dunadd in western Scotland; it has the impression of a footprint upon it in which rulers would stand — literally standing in the footsteps of their ancestors– to be acclaimed king. From the swearing in of a new president or the charing of a judge or the election of candidates to office, to the first day at a new job or the acceptance of great responsibility or the first moments as a parent or householder, we all need rites of inauguration to mark the special moment, making it a day to remember. Our ability to accept responsibility and maintain our obligations is invested in where and how we stand. For we make deep footprints upon the earth itself — footprints in which only those willing to share a like commitment will ever want to stand.
In whose footsteps do you aim to stand in responsible and committed way? What kind of footprints will you leave? What are the oaths and promises that you have made to stand where you do?
Meditation for the Turning Year By Caitlin Matthews
Celtic Meditation for May 25
Ah! Freedom is a noble thing! Freedom makes a man to have a liking; Freedom all solace to man gives; He lives at ease that freely lives!
John Barbour, “Freedom”
We take it for granted today that freedom should be possessed by all people, but there are still many places in the world where basic human rights are absent. There are many forms of freedom:national autonomy, individual liberties, spiritual and ideaological freedom. Individuals freedom is composed of many things: the exersice of personal truth and integrity, freedom of spiritual belief, the ability to be educated and follow vocational urges, freedom of movement and of expression, and liberty to marry or not to marry, among many otherthings. The measure to which we are free to exercise these elements of choice gives us our sense of liberty. When any of these are constrained, then the struggle for freedom is joined. Regimes that scorn free states and countries often sneer at their permissiveness and in inability to curb crime, disorder, and dissent – conditions that are generally stamped upon severely in totalitarian state. We live in a remarkable tolerant age in the Western world, an era when maintenance of the freedoms we enjoy is being pushed to its limits. But where tolerance spills over into permissiveness or disorder, totalitarian or restrictive legislation may be applied and freedom lost. The archetype of freedom recognizes snd extands tolerance to all, but it stops short of allowing people the total freedom to behave as the will; it does not permit anarchy. The apportioning of freedom in a fair and ordered way has to be balanced to ensure that it does not become license to infringe on other’s liberty.
Meditate upon the freedoms you enjoyin your life. What are the limits that demarcate your freedoms?
Daily Meditations for the Turning Year
Celtic Spirit By Caitlin Matthews