Although rooted in the ancient wisdom of the animistic and mystical Celtic traditions, the teachings of The Mist-Filled Path will resonate with readers of such authors as Pema Chodron, Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, Julia Butterfly Hill, John and Caitlin Matthews, and Matthew Fox.
In the Introduction: Waking Up in the Land of Sleepwalkers we encounter a stirring call to question our habitual habits of addiction and materialism, to reclaim our holy senses, and a sacred relationship to the earth as a sentient and intelligent spiritual force.
In Chapter 1, The Threshold of the Mist, we learn about the mist as both an actual and tangible presence, as well as a moving metaphor for a kind of spiritual orientation rooted in the principles of mindfulness and rhythm.
In Chapter 2, The People of the Shapes, The Children of the Mist, we learn about the Celtic peoples (the Irish, Scots, Welsh, Cornish, Bretons, Manx, and the Galicians) as a people of migration and movement.
In Chapter 3, The Spirit of Longing, we begin to turn our attention to the longing in our souls and how the Spirit of Longing is a valuable and trustworthy friend in the process of spiritual inquiry.
In Chapter 4 and 5, Riding the Wind, and Dancing the Sun, we learn of the initiatory account of Frank MacEowen--a long-time participant in indigenous ceremonies of various kinds--who became aware of the living spirits of his ancestors while dancing in an Oglala Lakota Sun Dance ceremony.
In Chapter 6, The Shape of the Sacred World, we enter into an exploration of the mystical dimensions of Celtic spirituality.
In Chapter 7, The Great Song, we contemplate a Celtic Creation story that is not a story but a song; a living and continually renewing process of which we are all a part.
In Chapter 8, The Mothering Heart of God, we encounter a deeply moving examination of the widespread denigration of the feminine by modern industrialized cultures and something MacEowen calls "the pater conspiracy"--the tendency for a male-dominated and patriarchal world to emphasize brute strength rather than spiritual warriorship based on the principles of peace, an honoring of the earth, and the feminine (accompanied by methods for all of us to "welcome the Mother home."
In Chapter 9, The Body As Holy, MacEowen addresses the body as a sensual and trustworthy companion.
In Chapters 10, 11, and 12, MacEowen outlines a vision of engaged spirituality that weaves social activism, a love of the earth, and healing of the self and the world....Continua