“If a man would travel far along the mystic road, he must learn to desire God intensely but in stillness, passively and yet with all his heart and mind and strength.” — Aldous Huxley
Ireland’s sacred sites are places on the earth that lift us out of time, out of ourselves and our everyday experiences. Sacred sites connect us to the people who came before us and the people who will follow. Deep inside, and long ago, we are the same people who worshiped storms in great stone fortresses on the Aran Islands. We built shrines and carved elegant designs on dolmens at Newgrange. We cleansed our bodies and souls in sweat houses and built stone mounds. Ireland is covered with some of the oldest sacred sites in Europe. Exploring them fills us with questions, answers, and peace. It restores our connection to nature, and to our own nature as human animals. There is a healing magic worked upon us that is good for our hearts. This serves our communities and our planet well.
Some of our ancient sites are older than the pyramids. We consider the ancient Egyptians to have been educated and knowledgeable about the movement of the stars and their own place in the universe. And so it was with the Ancient Irish, although this piece of information has slipped by many of us and comes as a wonderful surprise. When you come to Ireland, you may find that visiting ancient sites is the most moving part of your journey.
If this experience is for you, we at Authentic Ireland encourage you to let us set up your accommodations and travel in such a way that eliminates stress. A plan that allows you to walk back in time to the places where we understood that life was sacred, short, and treasured. When we knew the lakes and rivers, caves, spirits, and creation stories. Authentic Ireland can plan a tour that is as comprehensive an experience as you desire—our Ancient Ireland tour is highly recommended. This is a soul experience that will stay with you long after you leave and may even call you back to our mystic island again.
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