Walking the Maze

The Enduring Presence of Celtic Spirit
By (author) Loren Cruden

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Walking the Maze
The Enduring Presence of Celtic Spirit
By (author) Loren Cruden

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Pages : 256

Book Size : 6 x 9

ISBN-13 : 9780892816231

Imprint : Destiny Books

On Sale Date : November 01, 1998

Format : Paperback Book

Walking the Maze explores four aspects of traditional Celtic life that are also found in Native American cultures: kinship consciousness; a high regard for women as part of a general commitment to freedom; a fluid perspective of reality; and a primal spiritual engagement with the land. These qualities make for rugged, land-loving individualists, fierce and free in their expression, gracious to all, answerable directly to Spirit but responsible for the entire community.
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About Walking the Maze

 
A vivid description of the fierce and free Celtic spirit as it has been sustained through history, and a vision for living that spirit in the present 


• Equates Celtic customs with Native American traditions and rituals 


• Presents a vision of the ancient Celtic path as it can be lived today 


With the perspective of a passionate historian and the clarity of a modern-day medicine woman, Loren Cruden presents to us a vision of ancient Celtic spirit as it can be lived today. In Walking the Maze she explores Celtic culture both in comparison to Native American ways of life and in its own light and strength, examining the attributes that define and sustain the vitality of the Celtic spirit. Four aspects of traditional Celtic life common to both Celtic and Native American cultures are kinship consciousness, a high regard for women as part of a general commitment to freedom, a fluid perspective of reality, and a primal spiritual engagement with the land. For the Celts this crafted rugged, land-loving individualists, fierce and free in their expression, gracious to all, answerable directly to Spirit but responsible for the entire community. This vision of Celtic spirit informs the vision of how we may live in the present, renewing a cultural integrity that is inseparable from personal wholeness and ecological consciousness.

Table of Contents

Table of content


Acknowledgments

Introduction


Part I    Clan and culture

Part II   Spirit

Part III
  Gender Equality

Part IV  Land and People


Conclution

Appendix I    Notable Historic Dates for Ireland and Scotland

Appendix II   Clan Names

Appendix III  Resource Organizations for the Continuity of Celtic Culture

Bibliography
Author Bio
Loren Cruden, a midwife and herbal healer of Scottish descent, worked for many years with a Potawatomie medicine man to develop her personal spiritual practice. She is the author of The Spirit of Place, Compass of the Heart, Coyote's Council Fire, and Medicine Grove: A Shamanic Herbal. She lives on First Thought Mountain in Washington state. 
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Reviews

Book Praise

Book Praise

"[T]his book is the first and only one so far that places the Celts where they are today. Too many books treat the Celts as an extinct Noble Savage. Cruden gets right down to the core of the spirit that has persisted to modern times. She knows these people and their hearts. . . . Her narrative blends historical data, mythology, and her own journeys and experiences in a compelling tale of discovery. . . . The lessons taught in Walking The Maze--the recognition of what true spirituality is--will stay with me for a long time. . . . I cannot recommend this book highly enough. This is more than a mere "read;" this is an experience!"
Muninn the Changeling, Nemeton, Jan 2006
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CELTIC SPIRITUALITY

In a country populated by immigrants, slaves, and their descendants, we are all displaced people, searching for roots and a sense of belonging. Americans often eschew the ways of their cultural heritage for Buddhist or Native American practices, yet the bloodlines from which we were born have traditions and rituals every bit as rich and profound. In Walking the Maze Loren Cruden explores Celtic culture both in relationship to Native ways of life and in its own light and strength, examining the attributes that define and sustain the vitality of the Celtic spirit. Four aspects of traditional Celtic life common to both Celtic and Native cultures are kinship consciousness, a high regard for women as part of a general commitment to freedom, a fluid perspective of reality, and a primal spiritual engagement with the land. For the Celts this crafted rugged, land-loving individualists, fierce and free in their expression, gracious to all, answerable directly to Spirit but responsible for the entire community. This vision of Celtic spirit, coming from the deep loam of ancestry, informs the vision of how we may live in the present, renewing a cultural integrity that is inseparable from personal wholeness and ecological consciousness.

What is it in Celtic ancestry that calls for reclamation? What vital aspects of Celtic cultural spirit and identity can nourish and enlighten our lives and the lives of our children? How can we make direct relationship with ancestry in the present? With the perspective of a passionate historian and the clarity of a modern-day medicine woman, Loren Cruden presents to us a vision of ancient Celtic spirit as it can be lived today.

LOREN CRUDEN, a midwife and herbal healer of Scottish descent, worked for many years with a Potawatomie medicine man to develop her personal spiritual practice. She leads workshops on indigenous spirituality throughout the United States and Britain. She is the author of The Spirit of Place, Compass of the Heart, Coyote’s Council Fire, and Medicine Grove: A Shamanic Herbal. She lives on First Thought Mountain in Washington state.

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