SoulFire

When we devote no time to the inner life, we lose the habit of soul.
We become accustomed to keeping things at a surface level. The deeper
questions about who we are and what we are here for visit us less and less.
If we allow time for soul, we will come to sense its dark and luminous depth.
If we fail to acquaint ourselves with soul, we will remain strangers in our own lives.
John O’Donohue

In the quiet moments and spaces of our lives, we can hear the call of soul and feel a deep longing to come home to our sacred and divine nature. When we heed this call and attend this longing, many paths open before us. For those of Celtic and Irish ancestry, we consider and often explore those paths, listening for the resonance of a wisdom tradition that is Carrowkeeluniquely and authentically ours. This is an invitation to that tradition. Your tradition.

From ancient Ireland, an indigenous spirituality speaks to us through the mists of time. A spiritual knowing that echoes through myth, legend, and lore – and is alive today in the land and the people. A spirituality that calls us home to right relationship with the Earth, with Community and with the Sacred. A legacy from our Irish ancestors, woven in our soul. Ours to claim and celebrate. Ours to create deeper meaning in our lives.

SoulFire invites your personal exploration of this indigenous spiritual wisdom. Join us on a Sacred Ireland journey. Wander the blog posts. Read some of the stories – and perhaps even A Legacy of Wisdom. And enjoy! 

An Tuatha Dé Beannacht
Judith – judith@stonefires.com

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  2. I don’t know whether it’s just me or if everybody else encountering
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    • Hey there! I have had the occasional comment that this is a problem. And I believe it’s an issue with your browser. Sorry about that. But thanks so much for reading the blog. And cheers to you! Beannacht, Judith

    • Hello. Thanks for your comment. I know that some folks consider regular posting to be important. I appreciate that. But I find that my best writing comes from inspiration. So I write when called and inspired…when there is something that needs saying. Beannacht, Judith.

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    • Hey Sona. Thanks so much for your comment. An easy way to keep updated is to follow the blog. That way when I publish a new post it shows up in your email. And….I can also add you. Either way. Or just keep coming back!! Beannacht, Judith.

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    • Hey Clark. Well, I get my information from a number of sources. Over the last twenty years I’ve pretty much filled two bookshelves. Some of what I write comes from these sources. Some comes through the research and knowledge of Jack and other colleagues in Ireland that I work with. Some comes through meditation. Mission? Hmmm. You might find today’s post – just about to publish it – interesting. Beannacht, Judith

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    • Hey Debbie. Sorry for the delayed response. And thank you for your kind words. Massive amount of work. I would say no. Working with WordPress is really easy. You need no programming experience. And they have so many formats to work with. And on-line support, the Happiness Engineers, that is brilliant. The format is stable and the choices allow great flexibility to design the blog you want. I will admit that I have more than 20 years in graphic design…but honestly, that really just came into play in working with the background graphics a it…and creating the banner, which is custom. But you don’t need that to create a great looking blog. I would also comment, as you have probably noticed, that I post when I have something to say. And it seems to come in waves. There is one happening now. This flies a bit in the face of those who would say you need to post every day. Well, for me that is massive work. And writing a blog should not be work. It should be fun. So that’s the first thinking….if you have any other questions, just ask. Blessings, Judith.

  7. Judith,
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    • Hello. It’s a WordPress site. I work with the premium package which allows me more options for colors and backgrounds. I did create the banner myself. All the best with your blog!!! Beannacht,Judith

  8. I haven’t checked in here for a while as I thought it was getting boring, but the last few posts are great quality so I guess I’ll add you back to my daily bloglist. You deserve it my friend 🙂

    • Warm greetings! I am delighted you found this site. And, as they say in Ireland, you are so very welcome. Indeed, there is the journey of this writing…and if you are interested, a journey to Ireland. It would be lovely to have you. Let me know…email is likely best. judith@stonefires.com

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    • Thank you for your gracious comments. Am not quite clear on your question…but this is not a paid subject. I customized the design of the site and am solely responsible for all the writing. Many blessings for this coming year. Beannacht.

    • Thank you. Yes…the writing continues. You will notice I only write when I have something to say. Seems lately and because of the recent journey to Ireland I have lots to say. Beannacht.

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    • And a good day to you! Thanks for your gracious comments. I will be writing more soon…especially when I’m back in Ireland in August….so you can watch for more posts. Beannacht.

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    • Hello. First, thank you for your gracious comments. I find that all my writing begins with a seed of a thought. I generally let that wander around for a bit, taking shape. When I sit down to write I need solitude for focus. Meditation helps. Just clearing my mind. And I often find that when I sink into the writing it begins to take on a shape of its own…sometimes I feel like I’m following where the writing wants to go. I’m not sure I would consider those initial 10-15 minutes lost…perhaps just preparatory for allowing the writing to take shape. Often during writing I will take a walk…walking meditation of sorts, I suppose. Easy to do here as I live/work in the woods. Hope that helps…write more if you have questions. Beannacht.

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    • I am so sorry for the inconvenience. My understanding is that you are in charge of managing your notifications. I can’t turn them on or off. You might start over…perhaps that might solve the issue. Beannacht.

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    • Milton. I tried to email you but it bounced back. I work with WordPress and find their options, tools, and support fantastic. The design option I work with runs $99/year. Which is a good price. Good luck with your blog!! Beannacht, Judith.

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  24. When I originally commented I clicked the “Notify me when new comments are added” checkbox
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    • Carey. Tried to email you directly…but it bounced back. Email is a good way to get a hold of me…and my email is on the bottom of my posts. I have no idea why you are getting four emails, and I am sorry for this irritation. You are the only one that can manage your notifications. Perhaps if you begin again? Let me know…perhaps I can ask WordPress. Beannacht, Judith.

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    • Elissa. Thank you for your gracious comments. It’s one of the themes available through WordPress and I worked to customize it myself. I find the tools and options available through WordPress really great to work with. Beannacht, Judith.

    • Bruce. Laughing…well your post must have been delicious. Sorry I didn’t get the chance to read it. Advice. Hmmm. I would recommend that your aspiration be fed by inspiration. Write only when you have something to say. Don’t give in to any suggestions that you need write every day or even every week. But do write. The more you write the more it will flow. And all the best!! Beannacht, Judith.

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    • Kristan. Thank you for your comments. I work with WordPress and customized one of their themes. Didn’t have to hire anyone to set it up. With WordPress the set up and ongoing management are very easy. Beannacht, Judith.

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    • Louie,
      Thanks for your reflections. I am using WordPress and totally happy with them. Not sure about that affiliate link. Enlighten me and I would be happy to see what I can do by way of sharing.
      Beannacht,
      Judith

    • Serena,
      Thank you so much for your kind words. And your question. For I see that while my email address shows up to the right of the blog posts it may not appear for others. So I have now added my email address to several pages and will set the intention to add it to each post. Again, thank you! Beannacht,
      Judith – judith@stonefires.com

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  31. Hey Australia! Thanks for your comment. I’m not sure exactly which article you are referring to. If you are thinking of the larger indigenous Irish spirituality..well there isn’t much out there. Perhaps we should set up a conversation.

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