Tiny Isley Iona is quite a beauty. Found some utter treasures along the shore including Green Iona Marble and heaps of sea glass. 🌊 Grateful to call her home for a wee bit. #isleofiona #iloveiona #abundance #islandlife
The tiny Isle of Iona.
This place is where Saint Columba founded his Abbey in 560. It was where he is said to have performed many many miracles. It is also where the illuminated “Book of Kells” was written and crafted by he and his monks over many many years.
The Vikings continually raided this isle and killed many of he monks, so The Book of Kells was rescued and taken to Dublin for safe keeping. There is a “copy” they also have here which is equally as beautiful.
A lot of the imagery in the Book of Kells is Pictish. It indicates that Columba worked and revered the people who were ready on the Isle when he arrived.
The Benedictine Monks came in 1200s to worship here. Eventually, in 1930 the Iona community was founded by Reverend George McCloud who was disheartened by the way the church was not caring for the poor, women or children.
The Abbey had fallen to ruin and was reconstructed by the Iona community who runs services here to this day.
Energetically this place has a quiet and sacred pulse. I was astounded at Saint John’s Cross, at the tiny chapel a shrine to Columba as both held such intense power. I am not a church person, but I was invited to their service and I went twice. It was very moving, especially to hear someone in another country speak about social injustices and gun violence.
Their service is not led by a priest but by the community. There is no “leader” but is led by different community members each day. They accept all faiths and they welcome everyone.
I have never been in a church where they take peace and social justice as the key aspect of their worship. They also ask members to bring this back to their community. It was really moving. The member who was performing the service prayed for Banksy and for his protection since he has been doing murals to raise awareness around Palestine. She also mentioned many places of conflict in the world and prayed for the artists, writers to be kept safe while standing up for peace.
#keirclan #reiki #healing #celticshamanism #isleofiona #Iona #innerhebrides #gratitude #love #sacredspace #ancestralhealing #light #pilgrimage #heroinesjourney #peace #joy #scotland
When my dad came on an adventure with me across the Isle of Iona, we looked for whales with binoculars by the side of the sea, jumped over fences, got soaked through by the rain, and ran-walked our way back to the main path feeling like war heroes.
Thoughts on contemplation:
“Whether applied to the prayerful reading of Scripture or the prayerful reading of life, the most important aspect of contemplation is that its objective is always love. Richard Foster says that the contemplative tradition is “a life of loving attention to God.” This definition must be our polestar. This commitment to loving God and receiving his love in return is what will keep us grounded in the Great Commandment and in the life of Jesus. “And isn’t that what a distracted life most desperately needs?” -Tracy Balzer, Permission to Ponder (Leafwood Publishers)
#iona #isleofiona #celticchristianity #pilgrimage #seaandstonejourneys #scotland_insta #scotland #thinplaces #spiritualjourney #argyllhotel
I can't tell you how beautiful Iona is, it's like a perfect jewel on the west coast of Mull. White sandy beaches, turquoise seas and the most amazing history, not least the grave of Macbeth, later immortalised by Shakespeare. I will be back.