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I am longing to see the day when all people will embrace their heritage of joy!
-- celebrating the innate spiritual impulse that thrives in our heritage of joy, --bringing our most elusive dreams and ancient memories of the global commons into focus, --reminding us that love is liberation.

The ancient Irish God of the underworld, the dark womb of life, Croim Duibh represents the miracle of creation-- of shapechanging, or shapeshifting, as the Irish say. We are participants in the shapeshifting; sparked by the joy of creation, -- the rush of joyous life that creates -- 'fertilizes' --energizes, binds, and brings the elements into form. We are meant to 'commune' in this miracle of life--meant to join together in the celebration of life. This is how our heritage of joy 'springs' up into our lives, --from the roots of the dark earth, the womb of primordial life on Earth, into the light, bringing joy to fruition in love.

To come together in every experience, to know the power and the glow of at-one-ment:
That is our goal--to be united in the center of our being in love.

The Great Stone Circle of Grange
October, 2000, Ireland
Mairéid Sullivan

When we visited soprano and theologian, Noirin Ni Riain at her home in Co. Tipperary, Ireland, to interview her for our documentary film, (link here) she talked about the special qualities of the ancient archaeological sites nearby, particularly at Lough Gur. She made a point of telling us about the special 'fire' she felt when she first placed her forehead against the largest stone in the Grange Circle. So, we drove over to Lough Gur.
grange circle

The Grange at Lough Gur - "Lios na Grainsi" is Gaelic for Stones of the Sun. Built around 2,100 BCE, the Great Stone Circle of Grange, as it is officially known, is near Lough Gur in Co. Limerick. It consists of 113 stones with an internal diameter of 45 meters. The largest stone, 'Ronnach Croim Duibh' is over 13 feet high and is estimated to weigh over 40 tons. We followed the signs to Lough Gur, only to discover that the ring is not actually at the lake, and a local young family, out for a day at the lake, kindly led us over the winding roads to the circle.  

When we arrived at the Grange ring, the farmer who owns the property, Tim Casey, came out to greet us, and direct us to a path he'd created for easy access to the circle. He has built a formal entry to the ring, --a pathway and an information booth, with a donation box for the small entry fee to the circle. I bought the official Lough Gur pamphlet.  

Tim was very welcoming. He chatted with me about the stone ring and the many people who come from all over the world to see it. He talked about the private rituals people reenact in the circle and described how some people go around the circle touching every stone, in a state of reverie. He recommended two books, "Mythic Ireland" and "A Sacred Journey" by Michael Dames, a writer whom I hadn't heard of before. Tim Casey kindly took his leave as it was time to bring his cows in for milking.  

Noirin Ni Riain had tried to describe the powerful surge of energy and heat she had experienced when she put her forehead against the largest stone, 'Ronnach Croim Duibh'. Ben and I both followed her suggestion.

lough gurI slowly and gently pressed my forehead to the largest stone -- 13ft. high and 5 ft. wide.

In a second, the scene changed, --same place, different scene--from bright day light to dark, full moon night: A heightened 'vision' -- in colour and physical closeness enhanced beyond normal perception.

Instantly, I gained a new insight into the meaning in myths which describe movement through sacred stones to a primordial realm-- the Otherworld.

I pulled back and went to tell Ben what happened to me. I had to laugh because when I tried to describe my experience, the words 'transportation to another realm' came out of my mouth!


In my vision I 'saw' a gathering of people, standing in a row in the near distance, the
moonlight shining on their faces, lifted in joyous ecstasy. But there was one broad-faced, radiant person right in front of me, looking up at the moon over my left shoulder. I clearly 'heard' this person's voice, calmly, yet exuberantly, saying these words:

'I am longing to see the day when all people will embrace their heritage of joy.'

Then, Ben put his forehead to the rock. When he pulled away, he had a quizzical and strangely joyful expression on his face. He pupils were dilated. He tried to describe his experience; very different from mine, but equally powerful and profound for him. Other friends have also visited this ancient stone circle and reported different experiences, so, it seems we all experience the 'spirit of place' in different ways.

Ben and I became preoccupied with reflection on our experiences. I had never had a vision experience quite like that: sudden transportation to what seemed like the 'roots' of my own consciousness. Maybe the rocks do hold the memory of every age, as has been suggested. One of my favorite meditation techniques begins with imagining I am a rock, until I feel permeated by its 'grounded' stillness. I wrote a song on that theme in 1996, "I Am A Rock", (on my For Love's Caress CD).  

I felt that I had entered someone else's world or inner life. But at the same time, the 'vision' mirrored my own vision of 'becoming myself' in communion with all forms of life. In my own vision, I sometimes see myself similarly standing very still, back from the structures that define my life, in a primordial state of consciousness, of infinite intelligence, in what feels like the vast void of the beginning of life, of God. The feeling is so sublime, yet simple and quiet. The translation of this inner reality into my everyday life is a different story. It is impossible to really explain our 'inner' experience, as everyone knows. We must all become poets, and must be on the lookout for compassionate poets who do the same.  

Here in the quiet of my room, two weeks and thousands of miles
away from the Lough Gur stones and the 'crossing over' of the Lough Gur spirit vision into my own vision, I still feel its gift: It is a reaffirmation of the ultimate possibilities of heightened insight, or a reminder of our unlimited capacity for inspiration when we work at developing our individual inner vision. With willingness and patience, the imagination works to liberate us. All saints show us this by their example. The world 'binds' us and defines us in a state of constant cross-referencing of information, and not necessarily in a linear time mode. The eye of the steady mind can show us that the ultimate 'void' of infinite intelligence, of God, is always the same vast template of reality: The beginning of time is always now.

Creation is always original.
Einstein explained that Matter is Energy andEnergy is Light, so we are all Light Beings.

The ancient Irish God of the underworld, the dark womb of life, Croim Duibh represents the miracle of creation
--of shapechanging, or shapeshifting, as the Irish say. We are participants in the shapeshifting; sparked by the joy of creation,--the rush of joyous life that creates -- 'fertilizes' --energizes, binds, and brings the elements into form. We are meant to 'commune' in this miracle of life--meant to join together in the celebration of life. This is how our heritage of joy 'springs' up into our lives, --from the roots of the dark earth, the womb of
primordial life on Earth, into the light, bringing joy to fruition in love.


May we live life to the fullest, thriving and blossoming in love, --in touch, especially through sharing gratitude for the gifts of life! More than 100 billion humans, through all time, were born to reach new heights of understanding through sharing moments of joyous celebration of love, and we will continue to grow through compassion and wisdom.

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