Book -- The Salmon in the Spring: The Ecology of Celtic Spirituality

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Now Available:
The Salmon in the Spring: The Ecology of Celtic Spirituality
Jason Kirkey, with a foreword by Frank MacEowen

The Salmon in the SpringVisit http://www.jasonkirkey.com/book for information on ordering.
Read Erynn Rowan Laurie's review here: http://searchingforimbas.blogspot.com/2009/08/ecology-mythology-and-psychology.html
Preview the Foreword, Introduction, and the beginning of Chapter One: http://www.scribd.com/doc/20155887/The-Salmon-in-the-Spring-Preview

Soul and nature—the inner and outer landscape—are one: they are the wildness of the world and the wildness of the self. To alienate ourselves from one is to alienate ourselves from the Other.

Here at the end of the Cenozoic Era with the life systems withering away, a surprising creativity appears, a kind of mystical balancing act. The world’s spiritual traditions are entering into deeply engaged conversations through which the riches of each are ignited in new ways. With The Salmon in the Spring, Jason Kirkey has boldly carved out his place in this exciting work with his original interpretations of the concepts and stories of ancient Ireland . . . Kirkey’s vision speaks directly to our present ecological challenge. Rejecting those nature-denying forms of spirituality that have been used too easily to justify our domestication of the planet, The Salmon in the Spring announces its thrilling spiritual foundation: “Our wild nature is our soul.” —Brian Swimme, California Institute of Integral Studies



Eadha Deora
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Re: Maya

Now that we have sufficiently spammed this thread :D I thought it would be relevant, in the spirit of Jason's book, to share a little something for you folks, especially when you might get discouraged at all the misunderstandings and difficulties in the world, let alone in spiritual communities. !!! 

(please turn your sound on/up)

http://dingo.care2.com/cards/flash/5409/galaxy.swf

 

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cuardai
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Re: Maya

Tongue out my boss wouldn't do anything mainly because then he won't have anyone to do his work for him lol.  Me not care.  Ya Jason you should, it is actually a good idea. 

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Maya
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Eadha Deora
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Re: Maya

hahahaha awwwww I meant that your boss might find this and get upset!? I was just teasing anyway. 

I think, Jason, that you should have an area on your website where your readers can post their thoughts on the book to you, almost like a 'Guestbook'. Maybe a 'Responsebook' haha. :D That would be so excellent. You've practically acquired a group of cheerleaders here behind you. 

 

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Re: Maya

Embarassed Sorry...

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Eadha Deora
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Re: Maya

naughty!!!!!! :D ... you do realize this is in a public place :P

 

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Re: Maya

Phew, I know I am one pathetic girl without an outside life but I just finished the book and boy am I impressed.  None of the ideas in the book are new to me but Jason just took them to a new level.  The fact that the book has exercises and answers questions I've been having lately just made my day.  I'm going to sleep on it tonight and write a review tomorrow... My boss REALLY thought I was working today lol.  I spent time from 9am to 2 pm reading at work then went home and went on reading lol.

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Maya
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The beginning of knowledge is inquiry.
Celtic Scholar



Eadha Deora
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Re: Maya

Haha! Yes!!! Well, to be sure, it is worth plugging. Now if only more books like this could be written ..........

 

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cuardai
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Re: Maya, Kenneth, Jason

Will do for sure, then I'll post it to Amazon and Borders (if the book is there), and my own website as well as my livejournal and Goodreads then I'll post a link to my review on Facebook lol. 

I don't know who Halee is on Goodreads (she is the lady who posted that review I talked about) but she is plugging Jason's book like nobodies business on the Celtic groups in Goodreads, good on her!

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Maya
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The beginning of knowledge is inquiry.
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Re: Maya, Kenneth, Jason

Your happiness is both endearing and amusing :D .... Lucky you! Enjoy Jason's book!!!! :D Post a review of it! ;)

 

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Re: Maya, Kenneth, Jason

**Grinning like a cheschire cat** I called the post office yesterday just before they closed and my new batch of books had arrived they told me that it will be Friday before they can deliver them however, so I told them to hold it for me as I was going to pick it up this moringing and that is what I did.  At 6am this morning I was at the post office door and apparently they open at 7am so I went for coffee at starbucks across the street and when the employee came to open the door I swooped down on him and nearly gave him a heart attack.  I got my box of books (which was huge and still missing 3 books...meh more waiting to do) and came to work.  I GOT MY BOOK!!! ***Does an Irish Jigg** 

My dumb boss thinks I'm going to work today, hah, fat lot he knows, I AM GOING TO READ!!!!

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Maya
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The beginning of knowledge is inquiry.
Celtic Scholar



cuardai
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Re: Maya, Kenneth, Jason

Aaaw my Hero!  Seriously though, I am not able to wait lol, I've been calling the post office every day sometimes twice a day.  Pathetic huh?

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Maya
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Celtic Scholar



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Maya, Kenneth, Jason

You'll be pleased Maya that you get a mention in the acknowledgements. ;) Hehe. 

Yes, Kenneth, I think your assessment of Jason's book is accurate. :D For all those reasons, I like it too and more. It just is such a book that needed writing. 

Maybe Jason, I can help you with the index next time. 

 

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Re: A Rich and Rewarding Work...

I'll review you all over the place just as soon as I get my copy and read it lol.  Glad to hear you didn't slip there buddy lol.

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Maya
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Re: A Rich and Rewarding Work...

Thanks Kenneth, for your kinds words and review.  I'm really pleased that you enjoyed the book.  I wonder if you wouldn't mind me asking you, and anyone else who has read the book, if you would stick your review up on Amazon.  They really help sell books!  Hey, I've got rent to pay... ;)

No mention of Mary Magdalene in the book.  That was a rather odd, though flattering, review.  She seemed to end up reviewing another book halfway through it...as I remember there were also some fluids involved.  It took me a few reads to figure out she wasn't talking about my book anymore there!

As for an index...I started out writing one but it became evident that I had no idea what I was doing and that continuing with it would mean having to push the release date back for a second time.  I now know why the rule of thumb among indexers seems to be that authors should never index their own book. ;)  If it's any consolation, I'm hoping the book will be successful enough to warrant a revised and expanded edition somewhere down the road, in which case there will certainly be an index included (not to mention all the typos fixed!).

Cheers!



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Re: A Rich and Rewarding Work...

That is Jason for you.  He makes you think when you REALLY don't want to lol.  Jason's background is a good one for writing this type of book and his ideas are always eye openers even if they are not entirely new.  Now I'm REALLY envious I'm still waiting for my book and you are reading it for the second time lol.

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Maya
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Re: A Rich and Rewarding Work...

Hello Maya,

I don't recall any mention of Mary Magdalene or any other characters from Christian mythology really at all in the book. I am not sure what the other reviewer was referring to, I will have to skip over to Goodreads and check it out ;-)

I have thought more and more about this book since I finished it and have gone back to re-read some sections. It is dense enough to make that a worthwhile endeavor. I admit that I came to the book already well-versed in Ken Wilber's work, carrying a love and deep respect for Tibetan Buddhism, ecopsychology and Celtic lore. These are likely reasons why the work resonated so well with me, in many instances, profoundly so ;-) Now that I am going back through the book, I am sure wishing that the author had been able to include an index ;-) I am not complaining because the search to find one thing ends up yielding two or three little unlooked for treasures as well--but, my copy is already looking pretty beat up at the moment--I think that is a good sign.

Have a wonderful day!

Kenneth 



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Re: A Rich and Rewarding Work...

Thanks for sharing your thoughts, I am still waiting for my copy Grrr! There was a review of it on Goodreads too that spoke highly of it.  But it mixed it in with something about Mary Magdeline (sp?) so I don't know what that is about lol.  Did Jason mention her in the book?

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Maya
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A Rich and Rewarding Work...

This is a very impressive book, I found myself compelled from the first page. The author presents important ideas and concepts in a poetic manner, through heavy use of the extant Celtic lore, and with beautiful syntheses of perspectives that shines a refreshing light on Celtic Spirituality and how it can be practiced in our modern world. My favorite aspect of this work is that the author emphasizes over and again that finding spiritual fulfillment is not a spectator sport, it is an activity of engagement. I also appreciate that the author seems to have captured a moment in the progressive evolution of Celtic Spirituality--this present moment where ecological and environmental concerns have become rallying points and common ground for even the most diverse of our membership. A book that needed to be written, an author who rose to the challenge and kept on going; I predict that this one will be a classic. 



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Nor can I (wait that is

Nor can I (wait that is lol)!  I've ordered it from Amazon and it will take around 3 weeks to get here URRRGH! 

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Maya
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book review anyone?

 

Can't wait for my copy to arrive! .... Has anyone else bought this book yet who has read it too? If you have, maybe you'd consider writing a review of the book for the DD Book Review (over on the left hand menu)? I will when I have read my copy ... but in the meantime we welcome as many reviews as people wish to submit.

Congratulations to Between the Mists (Jason Kirkey) too on publishing. I think the Druid community will be much richer for such a work as this ... and hopefully the Earth community as well. 

 

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