Celtic Spirituality

The ancient and modern Celtic people have a way of seeing the human experience, soul, and ultimate reality that is life-giving, relational, honoring of Nature, and fully participative in the life of the Spirit.   This “way” is a bit different than most of us western folks are accustomed to.    Yet, this vision of the human experience is rooted in ancient wisdom, a sacred understanding of God’s presence in our lives, and a contemporary and emerging relevance to our spiritual lives.

The Celtic Center holds these Celtic principles as foundational to our individual and corporate spiritual lives as well as our skilled practice of caring for the spiritual growth of others.   These are central principles to the Celtic perspective:

  • Dignity of the Human Being and all of Creation
    • All people and the whole of creation carry the imprint of the Divine and the Presence of God.    
    • All is breathed out by and drawn back into the Divine by Christ which is the Celtic Christian understanding of the life-giving beauty and incarnational presence of God.   Other spiritual and religious traditions have similar ways of conceptualizing this redemptive and sacrificial presence of God.   
  • Sacred nature of all experiences
    • All of life holds the possibility of encounter with the Spirit.   If we relax into the presence of the Divine we will encounter that presence everywhere.  
  • Interdependence of All of Creation
    • All is connected and held by the Spirit.    
  • Simplicity
    • Life becomes easily cluttered and noisy, but simplicity calls us back to the Grounding from which we emerge and to which we will return.
  • Diversity and Inclusivity
    • All are welcome and the dignity of each person and all of Nature are essential aspects of our spiritual journey.
  • Honoring the Feminine
    • The feminine voice has so often been lost in human culture, but the Celtic voice includes and celebrates the female voice and seeks the wisdom of both male and female voices equally.   
  • Community Responsibility and Social Justice
    • Soul development, although holding individual elements, is often lived out in relationship with others in community and with the Natural environment responsibly and deliberately.
  • Mystical and Contemplative Perspective
    • Silence and Solitude are often the gateway to dialogue with God and dwelling within God’s Being.   
  • Seasonality and Cyclical Nature of Life
    • Much of life is held within the rhythms of Nature.
  • Soul Friend
    • We all need a wise companion to assist us along the journey of life.   This includes the idea of the Spiritual Director.
  • Pilgrimage
    • Occasionally the human soul requires a deliberate and expansive experience in order to open further to the Divine.
  • Creativity, Imagination, and Art as Sacred Acts and Expression
    • The human spiritual development process includes the human capacity for imagination.