Celtic Woman A Memoir of Lifes Poetic Journey By Treasa O by fdjerue7eeu

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									C e l t ic Wo m a n : A Me m o i r o f L i fe ’s P o e t i c J o u r n e y
                                             By Treasa O’ Drisc oll
                Revie w e d b y Teresa Balou g h for Lilip o h Magazin e, Octo b er 2 0 0 9


            Treasa O’Drisc oll w a s b orn and rais ed in Ireland w h er e sh e i m bi b e d the m u sic and cultural
h eritag e of h er Hibernian an c est ors and m o v e d as a y oun g w o m a n to Ontario, Canada w ith h er hus ban d,
c ha m pi o n of Celtic Studies and Yeats sc h olar, Rob ert O’ Drisc oll. Fro m ther e sh e b e c a m e internati onally
k n o w n as an a ctress and sin g er of the traditi onal Irish s e a n n o s s on g s. Her gift for m e m o rizati on,
cultivated sin c e c hildh o o d, als o c aus e d h er to b e in gr eat d e m a n d as a reciter of p o etry. In later life sh e
train ed as a c ertified attun e m e nt pra ctition er and als o appr entic e d w ith Dr. Ross Laing at th e Tor ont o
Institute for Self Healin g. She is currently pr oj e ct c o or dinat or for the Novalis Proje ct, a cultural o utrea c h
pr o gra m m e found e d w ith m e m b ers of Ca mphill Co m m u nities Ontari o.
            In h er n e w m e m o ir, C eltic Wo m a n , Treasa O’Drisc oll brin gs us al on g o n h er j ourn ey fro m a s m all
to w n in County Gal way to a life sp ent trav ellin g th e gl o b e. Regalin g us w ith an e c d ot es, plentiful
ph ot o graphs and nu m er ous w itty and learn ed qu otations, sh e m a k e s us fe el that w e ar e pres ent at h er
m a n y e n c ount ers w ith th os e b oth o b s cur e and ren o w n e d. We ar e pres ent n ot just as o nl o o k ers but as
privy to h er o w n in m o st th ou g hts and fe elin gs. She all o w s us to s e e the m ar v el ously intricate w e b of
interc o nn e ct edn ess b ein g w o v e n w ith e a c h n e w m e etin g. As w e foll o w h er in h er s earc h for and
re c o g nition of m e a nin g in e a c h of thes e relati onships, w e ar e led to c o nt e m plate o ur o w n liv es in a si milar
w ay. And w e c an ex clai m as did o n e of h er ad m ir ers foll o win g a p o etry readin g, “You d o y ou s o w e ll, it
h elps m e to d o m e! ”
            Spiritual psych ol o gist Rob ert Sardell o has c alled O ‘Drisc oll’s aut o bi o graphical w o r k the
for erunn er of a n e w g e nr e of “ s oul m e m o ir ”. Treasa h ers elf w rites: “Rud olf Stein er rec o m m e n d e d that
w e a w a k en spirit in e a c h oth er b y a c k n o w l e d gin g and e n c oura gin g e a c h oth er’s uniqu e cr eativity and
c allin g. . . . I re gard e d m y s elf as a participant in an e m er gin g spirituality . . . and I h op e d that in c h arting
th e j oys and s orr o w s of m y life I m i g ht c o ntribute to that bur g e o nin g c o ns ci ousn ess. . . . . I w a nt ed m y
w ritin g to w ar m th e h earts of read ers and pr o vid e a m e a ns of e xpr essin g the d e ep er c o n c erns of life. . . . .
Every hu m a n life is a w o r k of art in th e m a kin g, lik e p o etry, and that is m y ‘ m e s sa g e ’. . . . th e
m e s sa g e . . . is for e a c h p ers on to s e e such patterns in his or h er o w n life b e c aus e th ey h elp k e ep us o n th e
track of m e a nin g and d estiny.”
            After readin g C eltic Wo m a n y ou w ill b e c han g e d, for y ou w ill ha v e b e e n c o nfr ont ed w ith th e
n e c essity of c o nsid erin g w h at c o n s ci ous or unc o ns ci ous r ol e e a c h n e w e n c ounter brin gs. And in this w a y
Treasa O ‘Drisc oll b e c o m e s o ur tea c h er, brin gin g us cl os er to the m e a nin gs in o ur o w n liv es.

								
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