"Caer Sidi, The Island of Crystal "
the Fortress of the Fairies,
is mentioned in the Book of Taliesin as
the Seat of rituals and initiations for Healing and Divination of an
extraordinary vitality and importance to the Celtic psyche. This, as
such, is no new thesis... (Lewis Spence)
it can be re-awakened today, simply through the
synergy between the current Tibetan (Choo and
Tsa-rlung) Shamanic practices, and the embodiment of the
Grail Lore Quest in selected Celtic Powerplaces, is
a testimony we want to share with you, for it may have
quite singular consequences at the Hermeneutic, Ideological and
(also spelled Sidi, Sidh, Sid, Sith ...)
may be regarded as the standard term
in the Gaelic tongue of Scotland, Wales and Ireland.
some reliable authorities further stress that Sithide
or Sithde is the genitive of Sithd, a female
fairy, Gaelic records give Sidhe as also implying "hill"
or "mound". Mounds and hills often are both graves and
abodes of the elves. The word Sidi also remains nowadays a
commonly used Vedic term for Power(s)...
CAER SIDI Studies&Tour
The CAER SIDI Studies&Tour will introduce you to a fully
documented itinerary, which comprises the study of some outstanding
megalithic Celtic sites, being some of the historical foundations of the
early Christendom Cathares and Knights Templars castles,
hermitages, hostels or commanderies in these South of France
Provence and Pyrenees regions.
Most of these powerplaces have kept their
outstanding beauty and attraction. The strong cosmo-telluric energies
and residing mythological archetypes are part of the reasons for their current
exceptional harmony and power.
Our approach is based on more
than 30 years comparative study of the Keltic & Himalayan
Shamanic Traditions in situ. This includes the reviewing of the early Celts
migration from Central Asia to Western Europe (7 to 1,000 BC), upto
the later traces
of the first century AD Christian Grail tradition of Joseph of Arimethea and Mary Magdalene
heritage found in Septimania (S-France), Glastonbury and Wales (UK). It
also includes the links established by Knights Templars and Franciscans
with the Mongolian and Wisigoth Christian Nestorian tribes of Central Asia,
and the still existing
Christian heritage brought by the apostle Thomas to India and the
Himalayas. Indeed, some relevant testimonies may still be found in Nepal,
Tibet, Kashmir and Laddakh, which link the Iranian Bon, Mongol and Tibetan Shamanism
with the current Celtic Heritage, and accordingly with the Tibetan Healing practices and Nepalese Djankris rituals
still being performed today. (More details are provided on
Shamanic Roots... "
It is enlightening to find
today how much these early Shamanic concepts and practices
have remained comparable.
Myths belong to the world of
rituals and symbols, and one's perception of them is a matter of
personal Quest, Embodiment and Awareness, as much as a path to be
approached from the Heart Chakra (Dakini), namely with genuine
material exist today to complete the archeological and
traditional traces which survived (ie: Celtic scriptures,
Dead See Scrolls, testimonies on Cathares Consolamentum, Chinese
Nestorian and Troubadours legacies). This allows the Grail Lore
symbols and rituals to be compared with their early
(Indo-European) Central Asia Tibetan and Rig Veda's (Aryan) inspiration.
Celtic and Tibetan Vajrayana emerge from the
same Central Asian / Indo-European sources, with common archetypes
buried deep in the collective unconsciousness of both mystical approaches.
Common Shamanic Roots
While there is no dispute
concerning the historical and archeological facts that the
early Celtic tribes migrated from Central Asia (7 to 1,000
BC), itself to be followed later by the successive
migrations being: Huns, Franks, Goths, Wisigoths, Scythes, Arians, and other Germanic
tribes (400 to 1,000 AD), it is less known that some of the
Himalayan Shamanic traditions today, (ie: namely those
of Rais, Limbus and Tamangs ethnic descent), still speak about
long past migrations from a the Central European region
of which their present practices bear testimony .
We could consider, as a valid hypothesis for experiential studies, the few references in the Rig Veda of human
interactions (or relations) with the Gandhavaras (Spirits of the Air
and of the Waters) and Apsaras (water nymphs), in
charge of the magic Soma. These spirits were also skilled in medicine and music.
These entities bear resemblance with the roles played by
Celtic Fairies (spirits) or the Grail Lore Ladies of the Lake
(Waters, or del Acqs). As such, entities being Vivianne del Acqs and Morgane Le Fay
are the Guardians of the Isle of Avallon (Avallach), the invisible
Gates to Caer Siddi (Annwn) and the Grail's vase of divination and healing powers.
the Rig- Vedas and Vajrayana, the earlier version of the Arthurian Quest and the
later Troubadours Lore promote a sophisticated mythology, with
archetypal roles perceived in distinct classes of inspirations,
referring to the concepts of Morgane, Perceval, Arthur, Modred, Merlin,
Fairies , Maids or Celtic Nymphes, in tales known as Elopments , Wooings or Arthurian Quest.
followed by the Celtic legends of the Arthurian Grail Quest and
Saints (St. David, St. Patrick) and the historical recollections
of the successive migrations of the Arianist faith tribes
(Wisigoths, Huns, Germans, Franks), which led to the end of the
Roman Empire (West) and to the consolidation of the (Long Hair
Sorcerers) Merovingien kings in the previous Septimania, are found
the Razes around Rennes le Chateau, Limoux (Aude) and the Verdon
Originating from the Black See (Central Europe) and Asian
steppes, the Shaman practices of early Christendom is blended in an
intricate mythological background, where Runes, Animal
Spirits, War Protectors, Fairies, Angels or Saints are part of a
practical Gnostic Gospel .
The discovery of hidden
truths, embedded in mythology is as much an initiation
process belonging to the realm of personal catharsis or
drama, than it can be rationality substantiated by fact for
inductive experiential research.
Caer Sidi (Annwn) , the
Celtic and Grail Lore Abode, which entry gives access to Healing and
Divination Powers, requests that one be motivated , as Arthur,
Galahad or Perceval, by a drive for relevant services and
compassion for the community.
thousands of years, throughout Europe and Central Asia
(Mongolia), there existed common roots esoteric
traditions of spiritual practices based on a Shamanic
non-dual direct experience of the Body of Light and
its more refined perception of the world.
These Shamanic Traditions, viewed all
phenomena as manifested from the
interaction between the Five Elements: Ether, Air,
Fire, Water and Earth, their subtle Entities and their
Sacred Forces. Shamans, being either Druids or
Bons (Bon-hommes) were Keepers of the Secret
Practices which allowed to communicate
with Protectors, Deities and Forces using Rituals and
Visualisation, thus activating the healing frequencies
and consciousness at the three levels required: body,
energy and mind.
is through the experiential study of archetypes,
such as Tibetan Bon : Sidpa
Gyalmo, or Nyingma : Panden Lamo, in
relation with similar Celtic Fairies or Protectors
such as Freya, Morgane, Dame of the Lake, that we
can return to such common origins. Sacred
Rituals of Tibetan Bons and Iranian Bons geographically
immerged in the same Central Asian region as the
later Nyingma Mythological
Land of Urgyen.
Huns and Samartians from those lands later migrated to Western
Europe, including France and Wales, and their tracks
are engraved in the later Celtic Christendom Grail Lore,
with such symbols
as : the Welsh Dragon, Es-calibur or the Arthurian
Grail Quest itself. Such Rig Veda Shamanic wedge are deeply rooted in the mythological
and genetic maps of most Europeans today, and
therefore are of a vital importance when dealing
with Healing or Rituals which want to awaken the
embodiment of such collective
Sacred Treasures Revealed
existence of Termas or Tertons linked to this
awakening was suggested in numerous casual
conversations with several renowned Tibetan Lamas,
in the early 1970s and 80s. They considered that such developments
unavoidable results of the ongoing mixing of minds and
experiences, after more than 30 years of Tibetan Dharma
rituals performed in such Celtic Powerplaces.
The manifestation of
self-arising Termas or Tigle Body of Light experiences (Grace)
does not need any Formal Lineage incorporation but that of being
granted by the Protectors, Angels or
Fairies there in activities (Locus Dei).
are, in the Keltic Tradition, the Fruits granted by CAER SIDI,
the Island of Crystal.
Entities, Angels or Protectors are
actually universal archetypes, not limited
to either the Tibetan tradition or pre-Christian
Celtic Europe. They also appear in the
Ancient Near East in the fertility cult of Astute
and Ball, as well as in Ancient India as the cult of
Shiva and Parvati. In the Tantric cult
of India, the sexual union of the God and the
Goddess in ecstatic bliss represents the unification
of male and female energies within the psyche and
the physical body of the Sadhaka or individual
This mystical experience of union,
known as Mahasukha or the Great Bliss, gives birth
to a higher and expanded level of consciousness, as
well as to the potentiality for the development of
psychic and spiritual powers.
The integration of the
divine principles of the archetypal masculine and
the archetypal feminine is the
basis of the practice of Tantra in both Hinduism and
the Matrikas, ride upon fantastic beasts through the
night time sky under the moon led by their queen
Vajrayogini, familiar to us in the West as Diana or
Arcadia. They gather on a remote mountain top, far
from the prying eyes of priest or magistrate. To the
sounds of cymbals, drums, and flutes, they dance
This is something wild and
uncontrolled, something beyond social convention and
decorum, something beyond reason-- something feared
by the patriarchs who rule society. The witch runs
with the wild beasts of the forest and field; she is
the wild woman outside the control of patriarchal
society. She is the Witch and Dakini. And for
this reason she is dangerous to the male-dominated
social and intellectual order. Therefore, she must
be suppressed and kept within proper bounds. She is
on the night side..." (John M.
Reynolds - 2007)
Body of Light... "
The Tsa Lung Body of Light concepts, per se, may roughly be translated from the Tibetan
scriptures as "the
magical movements, channels, and vital breath", which were up to
recently kept as secret Tibetan practices. It is a rather distinctive
Tibetan Dharma practice, which focuses upon energy and archetypal embodiment
and which incorporates breath, awareness,
visualization and physical movement.
It is a powerful practice that can clear
long-held blocks in the practitioner's body, energy, and mind. Tsa Lung
also supports the spontaneous arising of the Body
of Light awareness
(Tigle) during both meditation and/or in everyday life praxis.
Traditional Medicine healing practice
‘Tsa-rLung’, may also be also called ‘hand
healing’, these two Tibetan words meaning, per se:
‘channels-wind’. Similar to the Reiki and Tai-Ji this is
a Tibetan version of these well known techniques for
Similarly it may be traced back in
Central Asia and Tibet Himalayan Shamans, either in
Bon-Pos or Amchis Traditional Healing since thousands of
years ago, and so far has been preserved in the Tibetan
Materia Medica, Tsa-rLung Lamas, Dzogchen Lamas and
Nagpas Yoga Lineages, presenting today various forms all
issued from the identical Shamanic Healing Roots, but
sometimes presented to Westerners nowadays as part of a
so-called secret knowledge.
Practically, it simply can
be learned, practices and experienced in ways being
similar to other sources, such as in Ajna Yoga, Pranayama
Yoga, Reiki, Tai-Ji and Acupuncture
learning the techniques of Tsa-rLung healing
involves various steps.
Firstly, the body must be
attuned to the more subtle perception level of the
energy body for giving healing. The channels are to be
(re-)opened by various embodiments, breathing exercises,
body movements and visualizations/meditations, and the
channels elements and humours must be well-balanced.
Thereafter, using the Tumo Yoga for heat energy or the
Tigle visualization for channelling, again by means of
the personalized energy practices, one must become able
to generate Tumo heat and control the energy, then to
release and control the healing energy.
also, Tsa-rLung techniques use various type of
wind energy to guide healing energy to the person
However, there is also a
more Tantric (or intuitive artistic) way to perceive and control
healing energies by using Performing Arts, Archetypes
Painting Visualisation, Sacred Dance Embodiment,
Divination Rituals, Pujas, Mandalas Yoga and other
Himalayan Shamanic tools. These may apply their
benevolent effect on the soul, mind and body of oneself
or of patients, by opening channels, embody archetypes
energy and/or restoring the balance of the spirits and
elements, for purpose of inspiration, visualization,
healing and rejuvenation.
CAIRN Tsa-rLung Coaching is dedicated to
transforming the practice of community leadership and to
helping create cultures of engagement for high
performance/high fulfilment organizations that bring out the
best in people in terms of Personal or Organizational
Renewal and Leadership, this by using the precious legacy of
the Body of Light Shamanic practices, the Vajrayana Tantra
Philosophy, as well as the Embodiment of the Grail Lore.
CAIRN follows the inspiring and innovative drive, launched
in the early 1980s by late Tarab Tulku Rinpoche, Trungpa
Rinpoche, Dudjom Rimpoche, Kyentse Rinpoche, as well as
nowadays by Tenzin Wangyal, Lopon Tenzin Namdak and others,
in their efforts towards a transparent and scientific
approach to the concepts and practices of the "Body of
Light", seeking a more intimate embodiment with other
similar Sacred Healing Arts living traditions.
- References -
1 - "Self-Liberation: Through Seeing with NAKED
AWARENESS" by Namkhai Norbu, translated by John
Myrdhin Reynolds, 2007
2 - "
Healing with Form, Energy and Light " by Tenzin Wangyl
Tarab Tulku Rimpoche : Tarab Ladrang "Tibetan
Psychology Seminars", 1980-88
4 - " Gods of Love and
Ecstasy: The Traditions of Shiva and Dionysus", Alain Danielou,
Inner Traditions, Rochester, Vermont, 1992
- "Witches and Dakinis: Tantra in the East and the
West" - John Myrdhin Reynolds