A BRIEF STATEMENT ABOUT MY THREE "CELTIC" BOOKS
In the early 2000s, I penned three books, all published by New World Library, that explored a variety of themes related to so called "Celtic" spirituality" ("Celtic" certainly having become a buzzword for Northwest European-inspired animism and earth-based spirituality).
My entrance into these domains occurred in the only way they could, given my particular genetic, creative, and spiritual leanings. The written account of my various experiences also occurred in the only way they could, given my rather tumultuous and map-less tumbling journey of trying to make sense of experiences of ancestral energy and the spirit of place.
I am not an archaeologist, a Celtic linguist, a scholar, or a professor of Scottish or Irish antiquities. Instead, I am a poet given to visionary experience. I am not of the scholarly lineage of Alexander Carmichael, Anne Ross, or W.Y. Evans-Wentz. While I am grateful for the gift of such compilation and documentation, I live closer to the stream of the old contemplative poets, East and West, who threw themselves with wild abandon into the phenomena of lived experience and, for better or for worse, took up the quill or brush to record what was seen, heard, felt, and known. In other words, these are not textbooks.
Sadly, while many (if not most) who read these works knew completely what they were getting themselves into (the soul of a poet on a visionary journey), there are some who took issue with my woven verses, thinking I was some kind of "professor" or "Celtic specialist", or feeling I should not have explored how concepts from different cultures have a resonance or shared affinity.
Hopefully, if you are so moved to read any of the following, you will experience these works in the spirit in which they were offered --- encouragement to follow your own path of earth and spirit.