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For the Celtic people of ancient Ireland, the natural world was a continuous prayer. Each mountain held a soul, each river a heart. This "Eucharist of nature" was living evidence of a divine worldview to which each Celt, as part of the "Great Circle", belonged. Like the fierce and loving people who beheld it, this sacred vision vanished with the coming of Christianity in the fifth century. Or did it?

In The Invisible World, scholar and poet John O'Donohue recovers Celtic spirituality's original mysteries, sharing practices and beliefs that enrich Ireland and its people to this day. For the Celts all life was sacred, yet they reserved their greatest reverence not for what they could see but for what they could not. Around them they sensed an "invisible world", the great unknown from which they came and the source of eternal wonder in their lives. Through prayer, O'Donohue teaches, we may enter directly into this secret immensity and escape the psychological prisons we create for ourselves.

Alive with loving scholarship and interwoven with prayers and poetry in the Celtic tradition, The Invisible World is an invitation to find freedom from your negativity and return your soul to the grace that is waiting unseen around you at this very moment.

©1997 John O'Donohue (P)1997 John O'Donohue

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a true gift

refreshing and gentle with reality in one hand and the mystical in the other. an antidote to both fundamentalism and feel good pop pycho-religion

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  • sarah lannan
  • 30-08-2017

Spiritualism is for whimps

I got this book blindly in a time of
Need when clever books were no longer of solace. i consider my self the quick witted city type, cynicism disguising my ignorance very good.
But this book and this man are an eureka
Experience for me. Beautifully crafted and presented by the author, poetic but plainly spoken, from his heart and aimed out. I loved his kindness and knowledge and wisdom and non goodies and baddies or evil shaped animal head stories, just the
clarity of truth( his words) of a better place to be which is here and now In the true dumb wonder of this existence in this terrifying fragile place where and when anything could happen( no just rainbows he does not neglect the darkness and pain) He's vision is of mystery not deceit, angels and fairies of the ancient world why not. He is in step with an old world of storytelling (no nostalgia for the good old days before penicillin) just a kind but stern warning to remember to be grateful and honest and humble, and to be present and good as you can because it's Better for us all. He also reminds us to be careful of toxic mythologies and not get duped by illusions or dingbat games, and not to mistake another grand human view for more staring at Human equipment.
very good stuff. A warmness and wonder has come back into my life.

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  • Anita Davidson
  • 04-01-2020

Classic O'Donohue

Any fan of John will be pleased to add this to their library. There's nothing like hearing his words in his own voice.

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  • Pedra
  • 01-07-2018

uplifting inspiring remember

i play this over and over at bedtime to set my dreamtime to a more peaceful state.thank you

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  • alexandrasaunders
  • 15-02-2017

Most important Book I have ever heard/read

I love love love this book.

I cannot put it down.
It's wise. It's comforting. It's life changing.
The author is brilliant ... I feel as if he is speaking just to me.

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  • Amy Flattery
  • 31-07-2019

Enlightening I love listening to John ODonohue.

His voice speaks in many volumes & encorages you to appreciate your unique spirited individuality.

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  • papa k
  • 04-07-2019

Poetically Written Wisdom

John O’Donohue never fails to stir our souls sensibilities to something much grander, and this book addresses this in a straightforward way. The narration is conversational yet the language turns at times into poetry, beyond just the quotes poems herein. This was very enriching and time well spent with a person who understood the holistic sense of being.

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  • lilcreative
  • 10-12-2016

Gorgeous work

Such a beautiful and important work, and a wonderful production job, as well. I loved it so much, I'm about to move on to another one of his works.

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  • Anne ONeill
  • 30-08-2016

Truly previous

There are so many beautiful notions in these readings it's worth your time to listen over and over and over again. Simply brilliant.

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  • Jeff
  • 29-08-2016

Wonderful Mysticism to Heal the Soul

If you feel drawn to this book, heed the call. There is deep beauty here.

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  • K. GULOTTA
  • 13-07-2016

Excellent companion on the soul journey

Just like with his other work, John delivers Celtic wisdom with each phrase he utters. Such original insight and heart-felt sharing is music to one's ears.

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  • christine oliver
  • 17-11-2016

Invibsible Worlds reviled.

They say that when you ask the universe for help and guidance it will find a way to communicate. And in my case well I found this wonderful book by John O'Donoughe. The Invisible World holds the truth and the insight to touch the heart and soul of anyone who listens/reads it.
It's teaching covers every thing from death to reincarnation explained
In such a beautiful way. It reveals and introduces the listener to their innermost and sacred self. Love and light to all who read/listen.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 24-10-2019

Beautiful and poetic

Really enjoyed this book and especially as the author narrated it. There's something in his voice that is poetic and lush. Such depth and exquisite reverence for the inner worlds.

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