A couple of years ago I wrote a text while listening to a CD of Celtic music. The text was about an initiation process of two friends in the sacred mountains of the Celtic people. Its title is "Celtic Drums".
Based on this inspiration I had while writing the text, I thought I would research further the spiritual tradition of the ancient Celts.
Over the years I have done quite a bit of research into that Eastern based Spirituality, particularly Hinduism and Taoism, as well as some Hermetic stuff from Egypt. Then I did a lot of research into Buddhism, particularly Tibetan Buddhism.
I coupled all this with Western Spiritualism (Spiritism, Theosophy, Occultism, Umbanda, and traditional Spiritualism) and the study of bioenergies (chakras, aura) and projections of the consciousness outside the physical body (astral travel, astral projection, out-of-body experience).
Then, right after the inspiration for the text, I thought that a modern approach to Celtic spirituality was missing. Nothing based on rituals and Celtic religiosity, but that spontaneous spirituality that was kind of lost after the arrival of Christianity among them.
I always knew that the ancient Celts highly valued contact with the Invisible, especially in relation to mediumship and out-of-body experiences. So I went searching several Celtic works. However, I did not find much about this more spiritual side of them. Most researchers focused only on the traditional and ritualistic Celtic side.
In my case, I was more interested in finding more spontaneous material, with some things that I could draw on today within the study of more universalistic spirituality.
In addition, there was still the whole side of Celtic inspiration in music and poetry.
At that point, I read an excellent book by Irish researcher John O'Donohue called "Anam Cara".
In this book, the author evoked much of the Celtic spiritual teachings inserted esoterically within the poetry and songs. Later, I read a second work of his: "Eternal Echoes".
Based on his work, I did a spiritual rereading of these teachings. This is because his work is based on Christian precepts mixed with Celtic teachings that he learned since childhood in Ireland. So I developed a spiritual work based on this rereading.
I can say that this Celtic course is a spiritual journey full of poetry, music and spirituality mixed with notions of mediumistic perceptions, of out of body experiences, and of contact with the invisible that surrounds us all.
About ten years ago, a North American spirit appeared at one of my out-of-body experiences and told me the following:
"You have a spiritual commitment to do a work of adapting the shamanic teachings with your studies of body exits and chakras.
This work will be done as a rescue of the spiritual teachings of the indigenous people of various places for the people of today."
Time passed and I always procrastinated from putting this work together. However, I have always received several spiritual messages from shamans over the years (several of them are in my book: "Talking about Spirituality")
Last year I decided to finally put this material together. Initially, I reread the spirituality of the Tupi-Guarani shamans right here in Brazil. I was surprised at their spiritual richness.
While researching an excellent book by Kaká Werá Jecupé called "Tupã Tenondé", I had several intuitive insights about this people who occupied all the coastal area of Brazil before the Portuguese arrived here. This book talks about the creation of the universe, Earth and man within the Tupi-Guarani cosmogony.
Studying this material I was surprised by the intuitive wisdom of this people. In certain passages of the work it seemed that I was studying concepts from the Tao Te King (by Lao-Tze) or the Upanishads (by the rishis of ancient India), such was the correspondence between them.
Then I went on to add several teachings from the northern and central Americas peoples. The result is this "Shamanic Journey" course, which is a spiritualist rereading of these teachings adapted to people who live in cities.
It is not a material oriented to the ritualistic shamanic tradition. It is a completely spiritual study of shamanic teachings around out-of-body experiences and altered states of consciousness.
The power their teachings have on contemporary societies today:
The ancient Celts and the shamans of all times had one thing in common: respect for Nature. Many of their teachings are similar in essence, notably in the contact with the Immanent Invisible that surrounds everything and everyone.
This spirituality of the ancients has long been rescued by spiritualist doctrines in general. In addition, the values of preservation of Nature and respect for life that they have always taught are increasingly within contemporary references.
A Celtic spiritual detail: Alan Kardec (Hippolyte Léon Denizard Rivail, 1804-1869), the codifier of Spiritism, is a Celtic pseudonym adopted by spiritual influence. One of the spirits communicating with him informed that, in a past life, he had been a Druid, one of the priests of the ancient Celtic people, and that his former name was Alan Kardec. So he ended up adopting the name, and that is how he became known.
In fact, I think that spiritualists have not delved deeply into this Celtic spiritual ancestry of Kardec. And since the ancient Celts worked a lot with mediumship, I think that much of what he studied within mediumistic phenomena and spiritual messages in 19th century France was based on his earlier Celtic knowledge, which gave him a spontaneous intuitive background for the systematic approach he took to the study of spirituality.
In short: he sharpened his "spiritual antennae" among the Celts in earlier life, and then used them in the studies that led to the spiritist codification in the 19th century.
The funny thing is that when I tell this to some spiritist friends, they are surprised at first. Then they remember that the name Alan Kardec is Celtic, and they say, "That's true! But what is this Celtic spirituality like? Is it true that they believed in reincarnation and practiced mediumship in a simple way?"
Merci pour la lecture!
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