Last week I had the blessing of learning about the 'Living Celtic Spiritual Tradition' of Ceile De. Our teacher, Fionntulach, traveled from Scotland and will be spending several weeks in locations across the U.S. sharing stories, chants and spiritual practices from the Ceile De tradition. Her voice is still singing in my heart and the remarkably integrated spiritual teachings are still vibrating in my bones.
I found it profoundly healing to be in the presence of this balanced spirituality, where both Father and Mother aspects of God are equally celebrated and honored. Fionn relates that Celtic culture was always gender balanced, with women having the same roles, rights and responsibilities as men. Women were welcomed as warriors and leaders and spiritual teachers. This balance is woven into the fabric of the spiritual tradition, which seeks to bring equally the light of the Mother Earth and the light of Father Heaven into the human heart.
You can learn more about Ceila De at http://www.ceilede.co.uk/.