When Saint Patrick first came to Ireland in the 5th century A.D., he encountered the Celtic people?with their flourishing spiritual tradition, already thousands of years old. Where the Christians worshiped one God, the Celts had many?and in fact, found divinity all around them: in rivers and hills, the sea and sky, and in every kind of animal. The Celtic reverence for the spirit in all things, and their celebration of the continuous mysteries of everyday existence, survive to this day?a vibrant spiritual legacy unique in the Western world. On Anam ?ara, Irish poet and scholar John O'Donohue blends philosophy, instruction, and spiritual insight, taking you inside this remarkable spiritual synthesis. O'Donohue shares secrets from a world where the Fates are not feared ? where God's passionate side is celebrated; secrets to help you to reconnect with the world around you and the treasures hidden within your soul.