Dream Gates

Dream Gates

Make New Year’s Day the first day of your new life

Why not make today the first day of your new life?

As you say the words below, you are claiming your connection with the powers of Heaven and Earth, with the elemental forces.  A good thing to do on any day in your life journey. You might want to start by rising up from a sitting or kneeling position and throwing up your arms towards the sky as you say:

I arise now through the strength of Heaven

Light of Sun


Radiance of Moon

Splendor of Fire

Speed of Lightning

Swiftness of Wind

Depth of Ocean

Stability of Earth

Firmness of Rock

I borrowed and simplified these lines from the Camina Gadelica, a splendid collection of charms and songs of the Scottish highlands and islands gathered by Alexander Carmichael from elders and grandmothers around 1900. The text is part of an ancient Celtic lorica, or “breastplate charm” that became known, in its Christianized version, as “St Patrick’s Breastplate.” The lines used here long predate St Patrick’s mission!

Light on the Road. Photo by Suzette Rios-Scheurer

  • Justin Patrick Moore

    The Carmina Gadelica has also been a source of inspiration for me, and I’ve used some other charms from it as well.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Aaron

    Lovin’ every minute of it.
    I suppose I didn’t see this until today since today is the first day.
    Or is every day the first day?
    Stumbled on a new word this morn during a rantandrave at the Book of Face.
    I know it may not be a new word, but it’s new to me.
    I’ve defined it as, basically, a druid with a drum.
    Or did the word have itself already defined?
    You catch my sands and breezes, I’m sure.
    See you in the next online course, Robert, thanks.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Mike B

    This is one of my favorites. The exercise has evolved and taken on deeper meaning for me as I’ve become familiar with it. I envision the element expressed in the world at large and also merging into my being. The natural elements are both honored and embodied — a joyful expression of life. I also understand it is best performed in sets of three repetitions as three is the number most sacred to the Celts.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Patricia

    This is a perfect easter prayer for me Robert. As I say it for myself in this melting away of the winter time, I find myself wanting to say warmth of sun and nurturance of earth. Sweet. I always carry a pray into the day and say it until another pray comes along.

  • Azima

    This is new to me, and it’s a keeper! Thanks, Robert.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Nina

    Thank you a lot for presenting the Celtic way of a poweful blessing, undoubtedly one of the most inspiring and heart-warming I have ever come across. I also remembered Kurt Tepperwein and one of his outstanding books called Mental Training. There is a nice chapter dedicated to the power of blessing. His suggestion to bless especially unpleasant situations, challenges, letters, so-called enemies or simply areas of life where we have difficulties has always been the source of encouragement for me. It helps to open the flow of energy again. Tepperwein also tells a remarkable story about a lady who was returning from the church when the pickpocket seized her purse. Still influenced by the preaching, she called: “I bless you, the young man!” The robber stopped, turned around and came back. The old lady asked him why he wanted to rob her and he said he had no money. On hearing that she presented him with a 20-Mark bill, wished him the best and went home. Many years later her garden house burnt down and her case was featured in the newspaper. The lady was considerably disturbed since it was all her possession and joy. Within a few days she discovered in her bank account a great sum of money and the purpose was “for a new garden house”. After some enquiry she found out a generous giver – it was exactly the youth who tried to steal her purse.
    This story sounds a bit like a fairy-tale with a good ending for good people. Yet, everyday life experience shows that, on a small or a large scale, people who care about others are blessed in countless ways.
    Thank you for reviving the best parts of heritage from ancient cultures. It s a great blessing for all of us.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Mary Phillips

    Thanks for the ‘First Day Of My New Life’ charm! And while I’m at it, thanks for all of your beliefnet blogs. Your stories/lessons/information are a great way to start any day of my life!

    Happy 2012 wishes to you and yours,

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Patricia

    I also love putting movement to this prayer. I’ll be voicing and moving with this one today. Empowering, yes.

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