Crafting Gentleness

Saturday, July 14, 2007

Giving a talk in London in September

Just a heads-up that I'll be giving a talk in London on the 9th September at the Brahma Kumaris University. I'll be giving it in company with Dadi Janki, and it's going to be called, 'The Celt and the Yogi - Ancient and Contemporary Wisdoms for Everyday Life' or something like that.

I'll be looking at some of the ways that people look to Celtic Spirituality and Celtic Archaeology for spiritual guidance. While there are some interesting ideas floating around in these areas, I will be suggesting that lots of the people writing about that stuff may well be building castles of unsubstantiated rhetoric, along the Spinal Tap lines of

"In ancient times, hundreds of years before the dawn of history, an ancient race of people ... the Druids. No one knows who they were or what they were doing ..."

But hey, let's pretend that we do.

I have difficulty enough trying to work out what my neighbours think, never mind trying to reconstruct the wisdoms of people who died an awful long time ago.

I will make the point that we are probably a lot better off looking closer to home, working out the helpful intentions we might have in turning to Celtic Spirituality, and working to identify and learn from the presence of gentleness in the lives of those who live around us, instead of clambering for wisdoms 'elsewhere' or 'elsewhen'.


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