“The wellspring of love within”

"St. Celer's Holy Well" by ceridwen

“You can search far and in hungry places for love. It is a great consolation to know that there is a wellspring of love within your self. If you trust that this wellspring is there, you will then be able to invite it to awaken. The following exercise could help develop awareness of this capacity. When you have moments on your own or spaces in your time, just focus on the well at the root of your soul. Imagine that nourishing stream of belonging, ease, peace and delight. Feel, with your visual imagination, the refreshing waters of that well gradually flowing up through the arid earth of the neglected side of your heart. It is helpful to imagine this particularly before you sleep. Then, during the night, you will be in a constant flow of enrichment and belonging. You will find that when you awake at dawn, there will be a lovely, quiet happiness to your spirit.”

~ John O’Donohue, from Anam Cara: A Book of Celtic Wisdom

“St. Celer’s Holy Well” by ceridwen is from the website Geograph.org.uk and is used via a Creative Commons License. St. Celer, also known as St. Gelert, was a late 7th century Celtic saint and martyr who lived as a hermit in a cave in the vicinity of this holy well, which is located in the parish of Llangeler in Wales. A chapel dedicated to the Mother of God once stood over the well. Pilgrims would travel to these waters for healings by the saint. Francis Jones’s book “Holy Wells of Wales” records that there were nine such holy wells in Llangeler at one time, often roofed and with niches for statues of saints. 

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One Response to “The wellspring of love within”

  1. pattymara says:

    John O’Donohue inspires me daily, from the great mystic sea where he swims now. Thank you for this lovely excerpt, Diana.
    “I would love to live like a river flows, carried by the surprise of its own unfolding.”

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