Anam cara: soul (spiritual) friends
Here are some spiritual journeys of beings who I have met on the
pathless path from nowhere to now here. Call them soul
sisters/brothers, kindred souls, spiritual friends or fellow travelers.
The essence is that we recognized the divinity in each other.
This shows that kindred souls will always meet (again) when the time
is ripe. Their connection transcends time and space. I feel very
blessed to have met some on my spiritual journeys. They contribute
greatly to the expansion of this play in consciousness. They all
understand the fundamental truth, expressed so beautifully in the
Zohar: to receive in order to share.
This play in consciousness is so wonderful: new horizons (visions)
open all the time. There is so much talking about The Secret and the
Secret above the Secret. But the real secret is so simple: just a
180 degrees turn from focusing on yourself and all the ‘processes’
happening there (mind can create infinitely here!) to focus on: what
can “I” contribute to the whole.
From my daughter Mirjam I got a wonderful book, which expresses so
beautifully these lofty concepts. I love the part about: anam
cara: soul friends
The Celtic understanding of friendship found its inspiration and
culmination in the sublime notion of the anam cara. Anam is the
Gaelic word for soul; cara is the word for friend. So anam cara
means soul friend. The anam cara is a person to whom you can reveal
the hidden intimacies of your life. This friendship is an act of
recognition. When you have an anam cara, your friendship cut across
all convention and category. You are joined in an ancient and
eternal way with the friend of your soul. Central here is the
recognition and awakening of the ancient belong-ing between two
friends. Since the human heart is never completely born, love is the
continuous birth of creativity within and between us.
The anam cara experience opens a friendship that is not wounded or
limited by separation or distance. Such friendship can remain alive
even when the friends live far away from each other. Because they
have broken through the barriers of persona and egoism to the soul
level, the unity of their souls is not easily severed. When the soul
is awakened, physical space is transfigured. Even across the
distance two friends can stay attuned to each other and continue to
sense the flow of each other's lives. With your anam cara you awaken
the eternal. In this soul-space there is no distance. (Extract from
Anam Cara ISBN 978-1-848-27048-0 John o'Donohue)
Your Anam Cara always accepts you as you truly are, holding you in
beauty and light. In order to appreciate this relationship, you must
first recognize your own inner light and beauty. This is not always
easy to do. The Celts believed that forming an Anam Cara friendship
will help you to awaken your awareness of your own nature and
experience the joys of others.
In Celtic spirituality, the anam cara friendship awakens the
fullness and mystery of your life. You are joined in an ancient and
eternal union with humanity that cuts across all barriers of time,
convention, philosophy, and definition. When you are blessed with an
anam cara, the Irish believe, you have arrived at that most sacred
I would like to translate it as spiritual friends. Because the main
factor for me between spiritual friends is inspiration (in the
spirit). To inspire each other and infuse each other with enthusiasm
(en Theos: in God) to help spreading the divine light all over the
This is also a beautiful expression of the Shiva-Shakti principle.
If a normal relation is to succeed it is very important to share a
common goal. If you share the highest goal your spiritual friendship
will easily transcend space and time.
Also Osho used this concept of a spiritual friend: The real
master is only a friend, nothing more, nothing less. He can share
his experience with you.
I love the definition of Deepak Chopra of the soul or spirit:
Soul is omniscient, it is intuitive, the source of intuition, source
of intention, insight, imagination, creativity. The source of
meaning, purpose, decision making.
Your soul has infinite creativity, your soul co-creates with God and
there is no more valuable quest for human beings then to find their
The chaos that is in the world now is a rift in our collective soul.
We have lost our soul. Healing is nothing else as bringing back the
restoration of the meaning of wholeness.
A lot more interesting information about anam cara you can find on
Anam cara Experience and the meaning of Soul Friendship
I got this response from Tony, the creator of this site:
Your site is a wonderful invitation to soul friendship.
Blessings on the work.