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How Should I Be? – Advice for the sovereign individual on leadership | Cormac mac Airt

Many people study today’s paradigm in depth and have a good working knowledge of our situational landscape.  However, when we pause to consider solutions we often struggle to articulate what it will take to assemble an alternative course that upholds the moral and reasonable high ground.  If we harken back in time to the Celtic Christian concepts of our Founders, we have only the recollection of their Protestant philosophical roots to draw upon which was sufficient for the tyranny of their time where right and wrong, identity, and purpose was more clear cut.  Today after nearly a century of psychological operations upon the people, the very identity of the People is marred and our course and history is less clear.  Our understanding of the paradigm may be clear but who and what we are on both an individual and collective level is more difficult to grasp.

In this we find it more necessary to delve deeper into our roots for a restoration of that once majestic core identity woven into our human potential.  Thus out of the annals of the most ancient history, come whispers of what the Founders may have at one time known and protected carefully…via a promise of anonymity.   It’s time to remove that anonymity and uncloak what was protected for a new generation in dire need of that small facet of their history.  At this moment the direct provenance is less important to explain than to spend the effort to introduce the content and set the stage for the full restoration of identity.  Through old Laconia, a voice calls you to listen first to the words of the 2nd century Old Irish High King Cormac mac Airt as he spoke to his son Cairbre on the eve of his stepping down from the leadership of Ireland (Eire); his son to step up to that leadership, untried but conscientious of the degree of wisdom he would find needed.  Those words are about leadership and what it takes to be.

In terms of ancient Celtic culture the formulation of Being for the sovereign individual, occurs over many years and with highly detailed training via exposure to knowledge passed down generation after generation.  The words of Cormac comprises not only his own hard earned wisdom over the time of his life, but also that of all leaders and scholars of leadership of every manner and kind who went before him.  This is part of the heritage that was closely guarded by our Founders and in this time of confused identity, is most necessary to resurrect.  The following is but one small excerpt of the advice Cormac gave to his son.  It’s a starting point, not the whole of your inheritance.

QUOTE from the book The Counsels of Cormac: An Ancient Irish Guide to Leadership – A New Translation from the Original Old Irish by Thomas Cleary:

A question, said Cairbre:  How should I be?

That’s easy, said Cormac

Be intelligent to the intelligent, so no one may dupe you by means of intelligence.

Be proud to the proud, so no one may be over you causing you to quiver.

Be humble to the humble, so your will may be done.

Be talkative to the talkative, so you may be respected.

Be silent with the silent when listening to information.

Be hard to the hard, so no one treats you with contempt.

Be soft with the soft, so everyone doesn’t attack.

Cormac also said this: 

One is intelligent until one sells one’s inheritance.

One is foolish until one acquires land.

One is friend until it comes to debt.

One is a judge until it comes to children.

One is slothful until getting married.

One is virile until becoming religious.

One is respected until being defeated.

One is hospitable until refusing.

One is a nomad until homesteading.

One is a servant until one resides in one’s own abode.

One is sound of mind until becoming drunk.

One is sensible until getting enraged.

One is well-behaved until committing sexual misconduct.

One is calm until fostering children.

One is confident until quarreling.

One is free until being denounced.

One is cheerful until misfortune occurs.

One is bold until refused.

One is a pedestrian until one is a charioteer.

All music is noble through the harp.

One who is prosperous is dignified.

One who is wretched is unseemly.

The sweetest sleep is lying together.

The sweetest ale is the first drink.

The sweetest music is music in the dark.

The sweetest person is the worthy one.

A young person who is tractable, humble, obedient, earnest in conscience and confession, will be beloved in youth, esteemed in old age, true in his word, noble in his appearance, high even if lowly, mature though youthful; his destiny with God and humanity will be good.

— This was one small bit of the advice that Cormac gave his son, and it was written down for not only him, but for all people as everyone is sovereign…you were created equal; you are a leader.  Your Being is to be in good standing.

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” — The Declaration of Independence.  Jul 4, 2015
Celtic wisdom is most often given in metaphor.  Every piece embodies a subject of knowledge.  It paints a concept landscape.  The book quoted above contains 50 pages of the wisdom of Cormac on leadership.  For the individual serious about reconstructing the character of our heritage, it is this author’s opinion that the content’s of the advice Cormac gave to his son is imperative to learn and understand.  For this reason I strongly recommend the book from which this excerpt comes.  Buy two copies and give one away.   Hard copy can be found on Amazon.com
FiOs.  — Old Irish (Berla Feini:  Vision, Memory, Dream); modern Irish: Knowledge.
From wikipedia can be read more about Cormac mac Airt and his life.
Excerpt:

Cormac mac Airt (son of Art), also known as Cormac ua Cuinn (grandson of Conn) or Cormac Ulfada (long beard), was, according to medieval Irish legend and historical tradition, a High King of Ireland. He is probably the most famous of the ancient High Kings, and may have been an authentic historical figure, although many legends have attached themselves to him, and his reign is variously dated as early as the 2nd century and as late as the 4th. He is said to have ruled from Tara, the seat of the High Kings of Ireland, for forty years, and under his rule Tara flourished. He was famous for his wise, true, and generous judgments. In the Annals of Clonmacnoise, translated in 1627, he is described as:

“absolutely the best king that ever reigned in Ireland before himself…wise learned, valiant and mild, not given causelessly to be bloody as many of his ancestors were, he reigned majestically and magnificently”.

The hero Fionn mac Cumhaill is supposed to have lived in Cormac’s time, and most of the stories of the Fenian Cycle are set during his reign.

 

Cyrellys:  For the ones who have stayed in this nation to fight the good fight; who have not given up hope. You are in the finest tradition of the ancients who left for you this trail of various bread crumbs to your inheritance; your identity.  It was for you this nation was created, not the statists, corporatists, or Illumines.  You are ROAR.

ROAR: that of an ancient and irrevocable order of things; an undeniable power drawn from the Source.

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Conflicting dates in history: Christianity in Britain Ireland 37 AD

CupOfTruthCyrellys Geibhendach.  The following is the latest in an ongoing discussion about the roots of American philosophy (Founders) and our Christianity.  It shows the powers in the proverbial cookie-jar at the start and some of what has resulted ultimately in our modern circumstances.  There are other pieces I’ve written as responses in the dialogs which are not included here as yet.  Hopefully I will at some point get back and retrieve them for posting here.

Entre —

David:  There was no Christianity in 37 ad. None!

There was only ‘the fourth way’ of a massive movement, remarked on by Josephus, and led by Jesus and his family. His relatives were all the so called disciples, and that means James, John called the Baptist, their cousin, Judas and the other brothers and sisters.

As far as Ireland goes  of course Canaanites had been coming there as well as England, France and Spain for the tin and copper for at least 1000 years, if not much longer. But those people were Cananites, not Jews at all. They did not exist at the time and indeed not until the Babylonian exile.

Cyrellys:

You are quoting the state of knowledge as of the 1970s – this falls under ‘intellectual hair-splitting’.  But if you must know:“The traditions of the apostolic foundation of Christianity in Britain are deeply rooted in popular memory, and were repeated by the people of Somerset into modern time. “they are supported by the evidence of Tertullian and Origen writing in the Second Century and again in the Sixth Century, the historian St. Gildas declared that Britain was first illuminated by the light of ‘Christ the True Sun’ in the latter part of the reign of Tiberius Caesar, who died in the year 37 AD.” From the Myth of St. Patrick & Christianity in Ireland pg 143, by George Richards. Gildas who quoted Origen.

There is a mixed level of information available to most public schools, universities, and church orgs.  Newer historical information is only now surfacing thanks to more modern tools for comparison and cross-referencing.  If you take a look at the first century document the Didache which is an excellent example insofar as this discussion goes and you compare it to the Counsels of Cormac (New Translation by Thomas Cleary, based on recent updates to our academic understanding of the Old Irish Language) you will find some remarkable similarities.  Cormac reportedly died wanting a Christian burial but the established academia only counts the presence of Christianity in Ireland from the fourth century not the third.  Our understanding of history is riddled with these established inconsistencies which scholars unaffiliated with the mainstream establishment are going back and sorting out and surprisingly returning with a pile of new discoveries.  Essentially doing the job the universities were once tasked with doing about 60+ years ago.
In 37 AD Christianity was in its infancy.  The original generation was alive and kicking.  Many of the ‘relatives’ themselves had students who in turn took to doing some traveling because in that time there were interactive discourses occurring between them and the intelligensia of Greece and Rome.  Not only in Greece and Rome but also in Jerusalem and in Alexandria both powerful seats of intellectual learning and debates.  The Greek method of Socratic style teaching was widespread and also occurred in these places.  The learning and teaching infrastructure in first and second century became very hierarchical and there were literal fights and arrests made of individuals who partook to teaching or debating in the streets without ‘permission’.
QUOTE:  The tradition of the rabbis grew out of influential debates over interpretation of the law between Hillel and Shammai and their followers.  Hillel (70 BCE – 10 CE) was a liberal teacher in Jerusalem who emphasized personal piety and a concern for others in his teachings.  His central teachings, grounded in a love both of peace and of study, anticipated and influenced the teachings of another early Jewish teacher, Jesus.  Shammai (50 BCE-30 CE) represented a stricter, more conservative attitude toward the law.  Because he was a leader of the Sanhedrin his views probably dominated during the years leading up to the destruction of Jerusalem; afterward those of Hillel achieved greater currency.  — pg 139 book ENDURING LEGACIES: Ancient and Medieval Cultures, Second Edition by Phillip C. Boardman, ch: Pirke Avot.  See also Church of Jerusalem.
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QUOTE:  (same source: pg 128)  Tacitus was a senator who turned to the writing of history during the reigns of the ‘good emperors’ in the second century, when it was again possible to write freely and critically of the empire.  Writing about the great period of colonial expansion, Tacitus studied closely  the enemies of Rome.  Because he was intent on exposing the corruption of emperors like Nero, he was willing to look at the cultures and practices of the Jews or the German tribes and praise their integrity where he found it, especially in contrast to Roman failures.  The groups that Tacitus described — the Jews, the Christians, the Germans — developed in important ways….Christianity rode with travelers, Roman soldiers, and other converts to all parts of the empire, becoming at the same time a convenient scapegoat for emperors like Nero.  Yet when Rome collapsed a skeleton of Roman Christianity was left standing.  Judaism responded to Roman attempts to destroy its heart in Jerusalem by strengthening the preservation of its learning and tradition through rabbis at the periphery.
Tacitus wrote a eulogy to on Agricola, Vespasian’s third governor of Britain 78-83 AD who completed what Claudius began in 43 AD till he was ‘set back’ by Queen Boudicca in the reign of Nero.  Tacitus thus gives us a a case study in Roman Imperialism and a description of the events in Britain around the time of 37 AD.  Tacitus gives an account of a speech he attributes to Calgacus a Caledonian (Scot) Chieftain just before his final defeat by the Romans.  This is described as a ‘description of Roman imperialism as it appeared to freedom-loving people, and is academically considered a balance to the Roman picture of the Pax Romana.  Now not this following quote which is supported in the book Readings in Ancient History: From Gilgamesh to Diocletian by Nels M. Bailkey:
QUOTE:  “whatever has been uttered aright by any men in any place belongs to us Christians!” — Justin.   Excerpt CH 54 pg 430:  To the intellectuals of the Greco-Roman world early Christianity appeared to be just another mystery cult of interest only to the uneducated lower classes; in the words of Tacitus, it was a ‘pernicious superstition,’ particularly unattractive because of its ‘hatred for the whole human race’.  On the other hand, the earliest Christians were equally hostile to pagan philosophy, and they agreed with St. Paul that God had ‘made foolish the wisdom of the world’.  Before Christianity could spread triumphantly through the whole classical world, taking into its fold men on all levels of learning, some solution to the conflict had to be achieved.  We have seen that in the early Roman Empire Greek philosophy, notably Stoicism and a revived Platonism, became increasingly imbued with religious values; consequently, when men trained in Greek learning began to accept Christianity, an amalgamation of philosophy and Christianity was not difficult to bring about.  This process the work of intellectual Christians known as Apologists and Church Fathers, began in the second century in the more Christian East and culminated in the work of St. Augustine at the end of the fourth century in the West.  Various methods were used in giving an intellectual tone to Christianity.  The personal God of the Jews and Christians was identified with the abstract god of the Greek philosophers (note: and same description for Druidic!) — a pure, invisible, incorporeal intelligence.  The literal interpretation of the Old Testament was replaced by an allegorical one in which a deeper symbolical and spiritual meaning was found to lie behind the simple words of the text.  Biblical truth wrote Origen, one of the outstanding third-century Greek Apologists, “is sometimes conveyed in what one might call literal falsehood.”  Above all, use was made of the Logos doctrine, which explained how God was the source of all truth, both pagan and Christian.  “Logos” was a term used in Greek philosophy to signify the powers of reason.  It translated variously as ‘word’, ‘argument,’ and ‘reason’.  Plato and other Greek thinkers referred to the Logos as eternal and divine, and the Christian Apologists adopted the term for the divine principle regulating all things and bridging the gap between God and man.  They taught that the Logos (reason) of the Greek philosophers was one means by which God sought to enlighten and save mankind, but that when this attempt failed He then sent the Logos in the form of his Only Begotten Son, Jesus.  “thus philosophy was a preparation,” wrote Clement, Origen’s predecessor as head of the Christian school at Alexandria, “paving the way towards perfection in Christ”.
The Celts of Gaul, Ireland and Britain already had a congruency with the teaching of Pythagoras that believed in the ‘immortality of the soul’.  I’ve quoted Diodorus, Strabo, and others on the pre-Christian Celts previously in other emails to this group.  The Drui also had a tonsure prior to any monasticism called airbacc giunnae.  The word ‘mael‘ means bald and equally implies a title of tonsured.  Later Christian Irish and Latin terms for it include:  berrad mog and tonsura civilis.  This form of tonsure involved a shaving at the front of the head, on a line from ear to ear, with the hair growing long at the back.  In the fourth and fifth centuries this tonsure which was accepted practice by the later Celtic Christians came under heavy criticism from the Roman Church as being incorrect even though it predated all Roman Church practices.  According to the Annals of Tigernach, the Roman tonsure (version) was not accepted at Iona until about 714 AD.  Even beyond this time British Celts were still wearing the Celtic tonsure.  Even the first Christian communities in Eire at Tallaght and Dairbre (modern Valentia in Kerry), the former which was later reformed and called the Cele De (Servant of God, i.e. Culdee) by Mael Ruain founder of a monastery there, are said to have worn the Celtic tonsure, their members wandering Scotland as late as the fourteenth century AD.  Historically throughout the Indo-European world the tonsure was a mark of a dual caste member who was both belonging to a tribes warrior caste and to the intellectual or priestly caste.  (google celtic culture stemming from Sanskrit)  This can be seen in the time of the Breton king, Waroc’h II (c AD 577-594) who had certain champions who shaved their head with the same Druidic tonsure.  Waroc’h successfully united Brittany against the attacks of the Franks.
It is historically accurate to say that monasticism did not arise in the Isles until the fourth century.  With monasticism came in some quarters a certain anti-druidism.  Colmcille demonstrates this with a poem:
It is not with the sneeze our destiny is,     (metaphoric reference to both the drui ability to divine by a sneeze /sreod/ and Synchronicity i.e. the hand of God operating in Our living environment)
Nor with the bird on the top of the twig   (metaphoric reference to natural science and the act of gaining wisdom from voices from birds, i.e. the natural world)
Nor with the trunk of the knotty tree.       (metaphoric reference to ‘Oak Knowledge’ i.e. ancient Indo-European knowledge of one branch of the Drui scholarship)
Nor with an act of humming.                      (metaphoric reference to humming to cover spontaneous insight or intuition…the so called greek ‘Logos’)
I adore not the voice of birds,                     (this is the non-centralization of the drui intelligensia structure across nations who were exempt from taxation, mil service, and other privileges)
Nor the sneeze, nor a destiny on the earthly world,  (metaphoric rejection of the revolution of lifetimes as a means to soul evolution ‘maturity’.  He rejects reincarnation.)
Nor a son, nor chance, nor woman;          (he rejects society and family; Celtic Christians were usually married and lived with their families except when their term to Serve as a leader or teacher)
My Druid is Christ, the son of God.           (to call Christ the ‘Son of God’ rather than ‘Servant of God’ he is indicating the Alexandrian ideology not the earlier Celtic Christianity)
Colmcille was among the first to practice conscription as a form of intellectual violence in the Isles…see the scuffle at the fountain in Bruide, where Colmcille subsequently ‘blessed the fountain’ and harnessed it for Christianity, as part of a magical contest between him and a Drui named Broichan.
Just as the Roman Empire’s Christians turned to the Greek philosophers for legitimating their doctrines — so to was the more northern version Celtic Christianity using the Celtic academic establishment(drui) to lend their own issues credence (none of these people resided in bottles!  always was there cross-referencing and modification from the root cultures within their reach):  “Nennius who wrote Historia Britonnum (History of the Britons), about AD 829 using older documents, devoted 18 chapters to the career of Vortigern d. 458 AD (Vawr tigern, overlord – Ellis), the king of southern Britain in the wake of the Roman departure in the mid-fifth century AD  He says that when St Germanus of Auxerre excommunicated Vortigern for adhering to Pelagian heresy, Vortigern engaged twelve druids to advise him.”  Pelagianism is nothing more than a pigeon-hole term for Celtic Christianity with its Drui roots.
*Authors inserted note:  The Jerusalem Church set up a church infrastructure in which 12 representatives or Fathers essentially led each membership.  When they sent out missionaries it was in groups of 12 individuals.  Celtic Christianity was organized in the methodology of the Jerusalem Church.
The Roman Church having Alexandrian roots took its authenticity from the Greek philosophers, while the Celtic Christians took theirs from the Drui (and Jerusalem Church).  Today you have Roman Catholicism who’s roots are Illumined and Protestantism who’s scholars drew from Celtic Christianity.  Its the pot calling the kettle black, lol.  Me, I’m a descendant of the Fir Maighe Feine…and I can say that it is the commonality that brought acceptance of the new ‘way’.  Not force.  Not conscription.  (The principles of conduct as outlined in the Didache.)
At the death of the king Gradlon in Brittany, a monk approaches the king as he lies in his final moments and finds a Druid there.  The king admonishes the monk to not be harsh with the Drui, “the ills I have endured (in life) are as to nothing to the agonies through which he has passed.”  After Gradlon dies a dialog commences between the Drui and the Monk…as the body of Gradlon is washed in a nearby spring and wrapped in linen the Drui turns and addresses Guenole the Monk as “brother, for are we not sprung from common ancestors?”  The Drui asks Guenole to raise a church ‘to the Sorrowful Mother of your God’ on the spot, so that sick persons might find health and the ‘heavy laden, peace’.  He then tells Guenole, “there was once a time, I was young then, when a block of red granite stood here (beside the spring).  Its touch gave sight to the blind, hearing to the deaf, hope to hearts in distress.  May the sanctuary that you raise inherit the same virtues (of the old ways – note today we inherit ‘nature and natures God; nature’s laws! and other pelagian principles and Celtic virtues); it is my wish, the wish of one conquered but resigned to the changing order of the times, one who feels neither bitterness nor hatred.  I have spoken.”  We are told that Guenole felt great sympathy for the Drui in spite of the brief theological argument when the Christian Saint offered to teach him ‘the Word of Life’ (Didache) and was rejected by the Drui who pointed to the blue sky, observed that when the time came for one or the other to pass, either one might find ‘perchance there is nothing but a great mistake’.  Guenole was scandalised. ‘To believe is to know, ‘ he argued in Christian fashion.  His compassion for the Drui leads him to offer him refuge in the abbey at Landevennec.  The Drui declines saying he prefers his woodland paths.  ‘Do not all tracks lead to the same great centre?‘  It is a philosophy that our modern intolerant world finds difficult to accept. — Ellis.  1994.

Druids, by Peter Berresford Ellis

Readings in Ancient History: From Gilgamesh to Diocletian by Nels M. Bailkey

Enduring Legacies: Ancient and Medieval Cultures, second edition, by Phillip C Boardman

Medieval History and Civilization by Daniel D McGarry

On the Celtic Christian philosophy and concept legacy: (see it in action)  Lysander Spooner on No Treason

Study Suggests Conspiracy Theorists Are More Positive & ‘Sane’ Compared To Conventional Thinkers

Collective-Evolution.com  A case study examining online commenting trends was performed by psychologists Michael J. Wood and Karen M. Douglas of the University of Kent that revealed so called “conspiracy theorists” are actually more mentally sane (reasonable & sensible) than those who are considered conventionalists.

Not that long ago, practically anyone who thought outside of the box, questioned the official stories, or did any type of investigation into certain subjects was labeled a “conspiracy theorist.” In fact, many of these people, including the majority of the writers here at Collective Evolution, are still considered conspiracy theorists by many even though the goal is simply to examine or verify the truth of something.

It is interesting how many of the people who are labeled as conspiracy theorists spend a lot of time with research and critical thinking. Sure there are always going to be more extreme people who lend a “bad name” to those who are legitimately assessing evidence, but it doesn’t mean the entire idea of conspiracy is invalid.

Many will check the facts, and look into the evidence on both sides of the coin. Generally the people who believe the mainstream idea of what is true, or is accepted as truth do not bother to look at the other side of the coin. They believe what they are told without question, and anyone who disagrees is, well, crazy, or a conspiracy theorist. Or in other words, paranoid.

The fascinating part is, it’s become some common place amongst society for people to not want to be labeled as a conspiracy theorist that anytime political leaders or the media wish to make something unquestionable, they will literally use the words “conspiracy theorists” in their speeches or reports when referring to anyone who wishes to question the story.

The Study

A study was published in July of 2013 by psychologists Michael J. Wood and Karen M. Douglas of the University of Kent in the United Kingdom, it was entitled “’What About Building 7?’ A Social Psychological Study Of Online Discussion Of 9/11 Conspiracy Theories.” The study compared “conspiracist,” (pro-conspiracy theory) and “conventionalist,” (anti-conspiracy theory) comments on various news websites.

The researchers were surprised that they found more “conspiracist” type comments than conventional ones. According to the researchers, “Of the 2174 comments collected, 1459 were coded as conspiracist and 715 as conventionalist.”

Among those who take the time to comment on news articles, those who discount official government accounts (the event’s on 9/11, or the assassination John F. Kennedy for example) aka “Conspiracy Theories,” outnumber those who believe in the official reports, two-to-one. Therefore, this means that the “pro-conspiracy” commenters are those who are now expressing what would now be considered conventional wisdom, while the “anti-conspiracy” commenters actually represent a small minority that is often shunned and discredited.

Read more at:  http://www.collective-evolution.com/2014/12/08/study-suggests-conspiracy-theorists-are-the-most-sane-of-all/

 

Spanish Celts and Amazigh

CALLING THE TRIBES TOGETHER "Sleepers if I bid you rise, would you stand before me and be counted among the strong? From the shadows of time we live once more, that our cauldron may succor a world in need; a world of great potential.  We be of one blood thou and I." ~ The whisper heard between the ancient feminine archetype to its modern counterparts.
CALLING THE TRIBES TOGETHER “Sleepers if I bid you rise, would you stand before me and be counted among the strong? From the shadows of time we live once more, that our cauldron may succor a world in need; a world of great potential. We be of one blood thou and I.” ~ The whisper heard between the ancient feminine archetype to its modern counterparts.

We have noticed something profound – a lost kinsman may be found.  

Conversation thread from email…most recent first.  Reproduction by permission.

August 29 of 2014  Bendigo Cruz to Contact at MessagetoEagle

Links between Spanish Celts and the Amazighs of North Africa
Dear Sirs,

I have been following your series of articles on Message to Eagle Forum with a great deal of interest, which brings me to the subject at hand.  I was raised in Spain and lived there for many years.

I am of Celtic descent, related to the Campbell and McCloskey Highlander warrior clans of Scotland. While in Spain I lived at times in Galicia.  I became aware of a similarity in customs, dress, and origins of the Galicians to the Gaels in Ireland, and in Scotland.  Many of the Gaels in the UK and in Spanish Galicia appear to be redheads.
However, I am on a quest to know more about the original inhabitants of Spain, Los Berberos or the Amazigh people.  My research indicates that the Berbers of Spain are related to the Amazighs or Berbers of North Africa.  They share similarities of music tradition, instruments, singing styles and physical characteristics.  The Amazighs claim Hannibal as one of their own.  We know that Hannibal and his father, Hamilcar had deep roots in Spain, and that many of his warriors were from Spain.  Moreover, we also know that Hannibal, and the Carthagian warriors were greatly feared by the Romans.  Additionally, the Amazighs hint at some relationship with Atlantis.
There appears to be a credible body of evidence to suggest that the Berber culture of Spain fused with the later arriving Celts and produced a rich and unique new civilization in Spain.  Yet, much of the history of this fusion has been lost.
Today, the Amazighs of North Africa, from Egypt to Morocco are emerging from the shadows of history.  They are reaching across borders in North Africa and across the sea to their relatives in Spain in an apparent quest to become a nation.
Many Spanish researchers and Amazigh scholars have noted the similarities in physical appearance, dress, icons and symbols, and red hair between the Amazighs and the descendants of the Celts in Spain.  Moreover, the Amazighs tattoo their bodies, paint their faces in blue paint, and retain many of the horned helmets and other decorative fixtures found among the ancient Celts of Britain.
Consequently, many are asking if the Celts and the Berbers are the same people.  If they are, then this poses implications of enormous importance.  First, the Amazighs claim they are not Arabs.  Moreover, they claim that Islam was forced upon them.  Third, they also view the Arabs and their functionaries in present day Egypt, Algeria, Tunisia and in Morocco as interlopers, much the same as the white French, English and Spanish colonial overlords in North Africa.  Finally, they are being persecuted and abused in North Africa, and there is a growing irredentist movement among them in North Africa, which may erupt in violence.

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The Yankee Sails Tonight

The Yankee Sails Tonight – John O’Connor

Down from the Carolina shore
The Yankee sails tonight
Carrying soldiers, guns and more
Down below, the Yankee sails tonight
The order’s in and the trading’s done
The Yankee sails tonight
To put an end to the revolut-i-on
Down below, the Yankee sails tonight
Oh, she blows with the wind
It’s a bloody end
That she has for the rebels’ fight
When there’s money in the banks
There’s hoodlums in the ranks
Down below, down below, the Yankee sails tonight

The Yankee once was a ship so bold
She sailed for freedom not for gold
But tyrants stole away the ship
Now she robs from the poor for the greedy rich

Where do your hard-earned taxes go?
Down below the borders of Mexico
And where are the tyrants’ orders from?
From Wall Street and from Washington

Do you think it’s for democracy
When they practice common butchery
So sing a song for the FSLN
And bring the Yankee home again

Back in the land of liberty
That’s where you’d like your home to be
But where did you get your freedom from?
You fought your own revolut-i-on

Source:  http://shanty.rendance.org/lyrics/showlyric.php/yankee

We live in a world where the divorce of dreams and their practical implementation is almost complete

I kindle my soul at the forge of the Soul-Smith, spark of life, spark of love, spark of light, companion my quest this day till I come home at twilight.

I am consciously striving each day to improve the circumstances of my world.  It is a walking journey along a route most people drive but do not strive to leave some trace of their passing, not intentionally anyway.  Survival takes up the bulk of everyone’s time.  I am as a land sovereign; an Earth sovereign, constantly considering my relationship to the world and with the world.  It’s not always about kindling a more harmonious relationship between other people and the world.  The manifestation of that relationship allows me to measure all the plans I participate in throughout life…are they on target, realistic, achievable?  Is the music those plans create, reverberating across the plain a geantraigh (joy strain), that leaves the heart of the land and the collective soul of man a little brighter or a little lighter?  Have I unlocked the doors of souls around me and drawn them further toward truth where they may construct their own wisdom?

I am in the place between sun and moon, where the lightning flash strikes ~ Ross Nichols.

All spiritual traditions have their mediators, who “stand between sun and moon”, but the world does not usually know them.  While the work is not secret, it is usually performed behind the scenes.  Great mediators do not produce many manifest works.  Instead their works are like a satellite, which receives signals and transmits them to the world at large.  For most of us the function of mediation is to be in the right time and the right place simultaneously.  The purposes of spirit are not known to us, but we do sometimes have the feeling of being at the place where lightning strikes, the sense that we are called to conduct a feeling or meaning that is greater than our personal comprehension.  It is then that we briefly stand in the shoes of the mediators.  ~  Caitlin Mathews on The Art of Mediation.

My conscious striving as a product of the Soul-Smith entails the bridging of realities for the greater needs of the world and the peoples within it.  If the need is there and I am called, it is less my place to ask why than to apply all my words and movements with intention rather than for effect.  The rest takes care of itself!

Before sleeping hold your inspired plans and visions in your heart as you recite the following prayer.  The goal is to subsequently be attentive in the days that follow to the clues, intuitive inclinations, and relational pathways that open to your dreaming:

Dreams grow holy put in action,
Work grows fair through starry dreaming;
But where each flows on unmingling,
Both are fruitless and in vain.
May the stars within this gleaming, 
Cause my dreams to be unchained.
~  Caitlin Mathews, Celtic Devotional.
I know that every intention produces an effect.  I don’t have to focus on producing an effect, only on properly constructed intention through the energizing grace of spirit.  I believe in the energizing grace of the spirit, thus I am manifest in every step of intention.  The workings of the world are not half as complicated as many people make them out to be.  If you think; if the cogs inside your mind turn with or without grease, then you are participating in that working whether you realize it or not.   This means it is worthwhile to put a small effort into thinking well.
FiOs.  Cy