The Magic of Ireland

Whenever I mention the name Ireland people get a wistful, distant gaze in their eyes and breathe out a sigh of longing as if on some barely conscious level they feel the beauty and soul of the place. Inevitably they say, “Oh, I’ve always wanted to go there”.

More than one friend of mine, with keen intuitive gifts, have said me they sense that Ireland herself is a being with an identity and presence separate from her people. It’s hard to explain but I can always feel the ancient presence of Ireland when I am there and I miss her when I am gone as if she were a friend. I tell people who journey with me to Ireland that they have to be open to the feeling of the place. If they metaphorically at least allow the place speak to their heart and soul they begin to feel the magic, the undercurrents of realms beyond the everyday.

In the West of Ireland on the edge of the open Atlantic one gets a sense what is referred to as the thinness of the veil, where things unexpected and unexplainable by conventional means happen. Once on Inis Oirr, the smallest of the Aran Islands, I lost three euros in the hotel pay phone. On the walk back to the place I was staying I found three euros worth of coins scattered along the path. I was both amazed and reassured by the awareness that I was being supported by an invisible presence.

I have had other such experiences in Ireland and it makes me wonder about all the ways we have taken magic out of the world. The ways we have lost our sense of living in a world that supports us; one that is more marvelous than we allow ourselves to think. I wonder what would it take for us to reclaim a sense of magic, whether we are in Ireland or wherever we live.

It’s really the greatest gift I’ve gotten from spending a good amount of time there. This awareness that the world is a more magical place than our minds want us to think, that we are supported in amazing ways if we open up and allow it to flow in.

Consider joining me a Journey to the West of Ireland. For more info click the Irelands Journeys tab in the column on the left.