“Human presence is a creative and turbulent sacrament, a visible sign of invisible grace”. John O'Donohue

About Me

Hello and welcome to you. My name is Jude Murray. I also have two other names: Ceibhfhion (my Celtic name and the name of this blog) and Mahashakti (my Yogini name received by my spiritual teachers in India) Both are Goddess names, from two different traditions which for me share deep historical and spiritual roots.

I have other labels : Scot, Yoga Teacher, Healer, Therapist, Druid, Anam Cara...
I am also autistic ( I was diagnosed with Aspergers Syndrome at the late age of 45)... And all define me in some way. At the heart of my practice is a deep and authentic spirituality rooted in the Celtic traditions and inspired by the truth and meaning in all spiritual practices. 

I am a truth seeker who shies away from dogma. When I speak of "authentic" spirituality, I don't mean that I attempt to recreate what I believe to be the truth of ancient practices.What I mean is that I attempt to live a spiritual life guided by the truth at the still heart of my being. A spirituality that is at the heart of all beings. I am a Yogi and Mystic at heart and refer widely to the teachings of Christianity, Sufism, Buddhism, Hinduism and Native American Spirituality. Some might see this as cherry-picking. I see it as being open to the truth wherever it is found. There are many paths up the mountain.

I am also a pragmatist. I love nature, and science. I don't think that spirituality and science are mutually exclusive. Whilst some may think  that my beliefs and practices are in the realms of dragons and unicorns,  my experience of my path is somewhat different. My Druidry is very Earth based and whilst I honour legend and  acknowledge its usefulness in archetype and symbolism, I aim to keep my feet firmly planted on the Earth. I consider myself Celtic Christo-Druid (meaning a Druid who follows the way of Christ) and a Panentheist* and I have a progressive interfaith approach to my work. 

*Panentheism  is the view that the Divine (God) is both fully immanent within all of Creation– and – fully transcendent from Creation. 

I aim to act with the utmost integrity and for the purposes of clarity, trust and integrity - I am happy to  share my "credentials" with you

I have some twenty five (gulp) years' experience as a performing artist,  group work facilitator and teacher. I graduated from the University of Glasgow in 1989 with an MA in theatre and music and spent a number of years as a community arts facilitator before moving into teaching and training and taking postgraduate studies in psychology with the Open University.  Now, I am a Yoga teacher, healer and holistic body work and movement therapist. I specialise in yoga for people living with cancer, and I'm course director of Healing Space. Until early 2015 I was based in Glasgow, where I ran In the Moment a centre for Movement and Wellbeing. I now live most of the time in Brighton on the South Coast of England and move between there and Italy where I help out at a Shanticentre, a yoga retreat centre in the Adriatic region of Abruzzo. I travel to work in the UK, elsewhere in Europe and beyond. I write, paint, make music, take photographs and enjoy experiencing artistic expression in all its forms.  As well as blogging on here, I publish  another blog dedicated to the poetry of my Grandfather, William Oliphant .

I have had extensive training over several years in traditional Druidry, Celebrancy, Modern Druid/craft, Celtic Spirituality, Celtic Christian Ministry, Celtic Shamanism and Celtic Reiki (Ogham Healing) and have received the three levels of Druid initiation: Bard, Ovate and Druid.I am a member of the Druid Network. 

1 comment:

  1. I know you and love you...tears flowing as I read 'about me' today ♥