Two seemingly simple words – ‘Anam’ and ‘Kara’ (also spelt as Cara) embody within them myriad layers of symbolism. ‘Anam’ means ‘soul’ in Gaelic and ‘Kara’ is the word for ‘friend’ – soul friend. According to ancient Celtic tradition, the anam kara was a person with whom you could share your deepest intimacies. This friendship, suggestive of respect and a sense of belonging, transcends time and space and unites our souls in an eternal way.
The therapist is one such soul friend; of many others we may cross paths with along the way. The name Anam Kara reflects the sanctity of a therapeutic space I wish to provide to clients – one that is conducive to psychological, emotional, spiritual and physical healing.
At a deeper level, Anam Kara represents our friendship with our body, which is our sacred home in this lifetime. It also symbolizes the importance of forging a kinship with ourselves, thus allowing love and creativity to flow through us generously.
For us to find a balance; there arises a need to love ourselves so that we may love another. As John O’ Donohue, author of ‘Anam Cara: A Book of Celtic Wisdom’ quotes; “When you learn to love and let yourself be loved, you come home to the hearth of your own spirit”.
Anam Kara is that homecoming.