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  • 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
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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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This book is not a dry analysis of western spirituality. It oozes a mystical charm throughout and tantalises the reader with glimpses of transient worlds the author has obviously experienced. That said, it is well cited throughout and effortlessly reconciles many of our spiritual systems (being even sympathetic of Christianity!). The author outlines the soul of western spirituality beautifully, blending aspects of druidism and shamanism without drawing distinctions or boundaries. As Eastern systems are consciousness-centric, so this is soul-centric and more accessible to the western psyche. We have a vast spiritual heritage in the West and Frank has provided us with an essential reference you will want to keep, to remind you of the song of the universe and the heritage we have sadly left behind. One needs a reminder, a spark, to rekindle our ancient souls, and if you open to it - this book might just do that.
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This book has had a huge affect on me, wonderful, I really recommend it. it really made me think, and given me much food for thought.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Eases into the path 29 Jun. 2012
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I enjoyed how Frank MacEowen eases the reader down the path with a smooth rippling of words. Having long been a solitary druid(since age 6, am currently 33), I look for books that share others own journeys as a global overviews to guide mine. The author has a firm grip on the Philosophy aspects of druidry without pushing it as a religion(which some would debate it is or is not one). He also kept the past in it's place at the center of our present and futures,which I understand that many others take issue with, perhaps that is because their own paths do not yet contain a direction but rather just a open space to be determined once they have decided what they are looking to find. I also enjoyed that he stayed true and did not feel the needs to wash every aspect so that it was ever so pretty and perfect. If I was looking for a happy go perfect faery tale I would most likely be browsing the disney section. The reality of life is that good and bad have always been and will always be, but it is only a matter of understanding the when of those things in roaming this journey. He doesn't throw anything under that magical rug in order to seem oh so awesome, I feel that it was how he took on the shades of grayness that make him one of my preferred authors. I know that some consider this "weak" , but that might because a side effect of their own misunderstandings. I have found from both this book and others by same author, that he is real. He tries to guide the readers to define their own paths, by sharing the experiences of his without yelling that you must take highway 1 in life in order to reach destination C. I believe that most of those who have taken such aims at him as "racists" perhaps used his words to form thoughts which were clearly not within the bindings of his writing. Remember that there are 26 letters in the English understood alphabet and an infinite number of ways to misunderstand how they are used.
2.0 out of 5 stars Not what I thought it was 28 Feb. 2017
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Unfortunately I am not a fan of this book. I haven't even finished reading it. I think Im somewhere around 80 pages in, and I just can't continue. The book is not what I expected it to be. I wasn't expecting it to be such an autobiography of the author's experience and life, and all the points he has made so far have been ripped from other books (which he thankfully acknowledges). I was looking for a book about Celtic Spirituality, and though is book is one, it also touches base on other traditions which I have no interest in, and he quotes a lot from an African Shaman/Witch. Overall, not pleased. I will be returning it.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant. 13 July 2011
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I purchased this book as an experiment to see whether 'this type of thing' was for me. It also took me forever to pick up the book (it sat by my bed waiting for me for more than two months, at least). When I did, I planned to read it lightly (because I swear the thing mocked me), and put it back down after three pages. I knew it would take more than that. When I was ready for it, the book was wonderful. It was impossible to put down, then became a slower re-read to make sure I gathered everything.

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.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This one's a keeper! 14 July 2011
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I was excited when I found this book and I wasn't disappointed. There is a lot in it that will be useful to me. Having read it once, I now plan to go back and read it more slowly, doing many of the spiritual exercises it offers. This is quite a personal book, telling much of the author's story in an entertaining way in order to illustrate his beliefs.

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.
5.0 out of 5 stars Exactly what I needed to read at the perfect time. His relationship with the mist is something ... 30 Nov. 2016
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Exactly what I needed to read at the perfect time. His relationship with the mist is something I've never been able to put into words. I've had the same relationship with it my whole life. Also when I went through my initiation into shamanism I also bounced back and forth between the celts and native americans. I am so grateful to have found this book. Thank you Frank MacEowen for writing this book.
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