Len Delony1We can discover the “Gift of Vision” in countless ways. But such awakenings tend to happen when we experience our own vulnerability or experience compassion deep in our soul with others.

Think of Paul on the road to Damascus. Our experiences of awakening might not seem as dramatic, but we all have moments when we realize that our ego’s efforts to be in control have actually done more harm than good and even blinded our deeper vision. When we let go of our false sense of security, we allow ourselves to be converted and able to see with the soul’s vision. And such experiences of amazing grace are truly something to sing about.

In such soulful awakenings to new vision, we often need the help of “soul friends” or what the Irish called “Anam Cara.” Here are some quotes to ponder in your Advent preparing.

Grace and peace on the journey.

Len

“Your soul knows the geography of your destiny. Your soul alone has the map of your future, therefore you can trust this indirect, oblique side of yourself. If you do, it will take you where you need to go, but more important it will teach you a kindness of rhythm in your journey.”

— John O’Donohue, “Anam Cara: A Book of Celtic Wisdom”


“One of the tasks of true friendship is to listen compassionately and creatively to the hidden silences. Often secrets are not revealed in words, they lie concealed in the silence between the words or in the depth of what is unsayable between two people.” 

— John O’Donohue, “Anam Cara: A Book of Celtic Wisdom”


“Once the soul awakens, the search begins and you can never go back. From then on, you are inflamed with a special longing that will never again let you linger in the lowlands of complacency and partial fulfillment. The eternal makes you urgent. You are loath to let compromise or the threat of danger hold you back from striving toward the summit of fulfillment.” 

— John O’Donohue, “Anam Cara: A Book of Celtic Wisdom”


“When love awakens in your life, in the night of your heart, it is like the dawn breaking within you. Where before there was anonymity, now there is intimacy; where before there was fear, now there is courage; where before in your life there was awkwardness, now there is a rhythm of grace and gracefulness; where before you used to be jagged, now you are elegant and in rhythm with your self. When love awakens in your life, it is like a rebirth, a new beginning.” 

— John O’Donohue, “Anam Cara: A Book of Celtic Wisdom”


“Beauty is the illumination of your soul.”

— John O’Donohue, “Anam Cara: A Book of Celtic Wisdom”


“Love allows understanding to dawn, and understanding is precious. Where you are understood, you are at home. Understanding nourishes belonging. When you really feel understood, you feel free to release yourself into the trust and shelter of the other person’s soul.” 

— John O’Donohue, “Anam Cara: A Book of Celtic Wisdom”


“The ego is the false self-born out of fear and defensiveness.”

— John O’Donohue, “Anam Cara: A Book of Celtic Wisdom”


“All the possibilities of your human destiny are asleep in your soul. You are here to realize and honor these possibilities. When love comes in to your life, unrecognized dimensions of your destiny awaken and blossom and grow. Possibility is the secret heart of time.” 

— John O’Donohue, “Anam Cara: A Book of Celtic Wisdom”


“One of the deepest longings of the human soul is to be seen.”

— John O’Donohue


“It is lovely to meet an old person whose face is deeply lined, a face that has been deeply inhabited, to look in the eyes and find light there.” 

— John O’Donohue, “Anam Cara: A Book of Celtic Wisdom”


“One of the most beautiful gifts in the world is the gift of encouragement. When someone encourages you, that person helps you over a threshold you might otherwise never have crossed on your own.” 

— John O’Donohue, “Eternal Echoes: Celtic Reflections on Our Yearning to Belong”


“If you send out goodness from yourself, or if you share that which is happy or good within you, it will all come back to you multiplied ten thousand times. In the kingdom of love there is no competition; there is no possessiveness or control. The more love you give away, the more love you will have.”

— John O’Donohue, “Anam Cara: A Book of Celtic Wisdom”

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