“It is strange to be here. The mystery never leaves you alone. Behind your image, below your words, above your thoughts, the silence of another world waits. A world lives within you. No one else can bring you news of this inner world. Through the opening of the mouth, we bring out sounds from the mountain beneath our soul. There are so many talking all the time, loudly, quietly, in rooms, on streets, on television, on radio, in the paper, in books. The noise of of words keeps what we call the world there for us. We take each other’s sounds and make patterns, predictions, benediction, and blasphemies. Each day, our tribe of language holds what we call the world together. Yet the uttering of the word reveals how each of us relentlessly creates. Everyone is an artist. Each person brings sound out of silence and coaxed the invisible to become visible.”
“In order to keep our balance, we need to hold the interior and exterior, visible and invisible, known and unknown, temporal and eternal, ancient and new, together. No one else can undertake this task for you. You are the one and only threshold of an inner world. Thus wholesomeness is holiness. To be holy is to be natural, to befriend the world’s that come to balance within you. Behind the facade of image and distraction, each person is an artist in this primal and inescapable sense. Each one of us is doomed and privileges to be an inner artist who carries and shapes a unique world.
Human presences is creative and turbulent sacrament, a visible sign of invisible Grace—-Nowhere else is there such intimate and frightening access to the Mysterium. Friendship is the sweet grace that liberates us to approach, recognize, and inhabit this adventure. This book (Anam Cara) is intended as an oblique mirror in which you might come to glimpse the presence and power of inner and outer friendship.”
“Anam is the Gaelic word for soul; cara is the word for friend. So anam cara means soul friend. The anam cara was a person to whom you could reveal the hidden intimacies of your life. This friendship was an act of recognition and belonging. When you had an anam cara, your friendship cut across all convention and category. You were joined in an ancient and eternal way with the friend of your soul”
Preface of the Anam Cara
By: John O’Donohue