dare the incarnation; to take the road in silence.
To know the ascension, to will the resurrection.
The song shimmers in the golden people.
~~ Aidan Andrew Dun, Wales Royal ~~
There comes a stage upon our spiritual path when we stand at the
threshold of serious commitment. Do we enter into the unknown
mysteries of the deeper way or remain on the safe, known pathway.
This process of going within is called "initiation"
and the one who enters within is called the "initiate".
This is a scary threshold to cross because no one can share the
experience or explain it in advance.
Within the Celtic tradition, there have been people in every generation
who have gone consenting to the threshold of initiation in order
to learn from and be taught by the teachers who are no longer
incarnate. It is they who have kept open the ways and been the
mediators of the mysteries. Their commitment and avowal of intention
to serve their spiritual tradition may have been hidden, arrived
at in solitude and spiritual tradition may have been hidden, arrived
at in solitude and struggle, but they have stretched out their
hands to the ancestral teachers nonetheless and become the "twice-born"
-- initiates who have been born anew into the life that is beyond
The twice-born, like the Bards and Druids of old, access the help
of spiritual guardians for whom time and space are no obstacle.
Over many centuries, to the mundane eye, they have arisen and
disappeared, quietly stating and living the ancient wisdoms. These
courageous wisdom-keepers have in turn become teachers for the
next generation of seekers.
So the old songs have become new; not only by studying and researching,
but by crossing the boundary between the worlds and entering into
direct, living relationship with the mysteries of the ancestral
Which initiatory thresholds have you encountered in your life?
the book, The Celtic Spirit
- Daily Meditations for the Turning Year by Caitlin Matthews