- Paperback: 272 pages
- Publisher: New World Library (27 Jan. 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1577312112
- ISBN-13: 978-1577312116
- Product Dimensions: 14.1 x 2.2 x 21.5 cm
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 625,088 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Mist-filled Path: Celtic Wisdom for Exiles, Wanderers and Seekers Paperback – 27 Jan 2002
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From the Author
The Mist-Filled Path is a culmination of many years of experience and represents the formulation of a living vision that is rooted in Celtic animism and spirituality, yet which is ever looking for how this path can be applied to the very real situations, problems, and obstacles our modern world faces. Rather than simply being a map, it is my hope that The Mist-Filled Path will truly empower and support the reader in becoming their own mapmaker for the spiritual road ahead.
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MacEowan does an excellent job of being deeply spiritual without losing grip with 'the real world'. He is also clearly affected by the things that make people like him feel like a freak; I was especially shocked to learn that the music had a name (if this book is really for you, you know what I'm talking about).
The author does not give the reader too much at any one time (except maybe the last chapter, which will be wonderful for those more in-depth with the other way of seeing, but may lose others), rather, he gradually increases the intensity and amount of what he's telling the reader.
Also, though I am of a strongly Celtic background, I have no tolerance for people who assume we are the only ones who see. Clearly, people who feel that way have never heard an African drummer, or learned a Native American Indian dance. MacEowan makes it a point to state that all people have a spiritual connection, regardless of bloodline, though bloodline may effect how one traces that spiritual ability. He is not offensive, only partial to his own background, as we all are to our own. He writes from what he knows- who does not?
Also, the book is very readable, and even if a reader does not like the material, he will certainly enjoy the tale of the author's journey inward. Also, the author makes some very good points for people with similar tendencies to his own, as well as provides them with references as to where they can try some of his experiences (prayer fast anyone?).
The book is not one thing, either. It starts as an introduction (heavy and aware of what the real modern day life is), then lightens a bit to tell you the tale of how he came to be who he is, then helps you look into yourself.
Soon after reading this book, I met a healer, and sent it with him when he took a trip north. He has not completed it as of yet, but has told me that he is enjoying what he's reading. As a contrast, I am a firm believer in the spirit world (and it's crossings with our own), he does not believe spirits exist at all- only energy. He is also not of Celtic background (though I believe the author would recognize pieces of the same soul).
Overall, a very good read for the spiritual, the curious, and the lost.
I'll admit that I have a little trouble with the author's blending of "shamanism" and "Celtic" when he himself knows that they are separate traditions. If there is a failing in this book, it is probably the author's assumption that because he is of Celtic/Scottish origin, then whatever he feels or believes must be "Celtic". I write this from the perspective of an American, but one who lived 25 years of her adult life in Scotland. While I was there I was deeply interested in both the spirituality and the every day culture of both the Scottish highlands and lowlands, as well as the traditional culture of earlier times.
While Frank MacEowen has a wonderful intuitive understanding of the Scottish/Celtic mind and spiritual viewpoint, he occasionally lapses into some uninformed and slightly romanticized vignettes concerning daily life in Scotland or Ireland. I'm afraid that this will result in his book only being taken seriously in diaspora countries. This is a great shame, because I believe his book could make a very real contribution to the spiritual lives of many people, including those living in Scotland, Ireland and other Celtic countries. In fact, it might offer a great deal of moral support to many spiritual seekers in these countries who are torn between the choices of a more more conventional spiritual path, an unclear path they long to follow - and the stark third choice of no path at all.
This is an imperfect book, written by an imperfect human being. It is perhaps the more touching because of this, but the occasional lapses in scholarship remain. I would say "Give it a chance, anyway." Ultimately, spirituality is not primarily an academic subject, it is a subjective one. And when it comes to making spirituality come alive on the page, Frank MacEowen does a great job.