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History of St. Patrick

Posted on Feb 22, 2014 in Education, Events, News, Newsletter, Uncategorized | 2 comments

Sandy’s Editorial – March 2014

St. Patrick at TaraHello Everyone,

As I sat down to write this month’s editorial I knew I had to say something about Saint Patrick, the Patron Saint of Ireland that Saint Patrick’s Day (March 17th) was named for.  For those of you who want to know more about the history and life of this world renowned Irish Saint, click here for a fun little video: http://www.history.com/topics/st-patricks-day/who-was-saint-patrick

Little is really known about Saint Patrick but the few existing records tell us that he lived a life that was both interesting and exciting.  He lived around 450 AD, and was born neither religious nor Irish.  His home town was somewhere in what is now either England or Scotland.  He was abducted by raiders as a child and taken to Ireland where he lived as a slave for six years before returning to the mainland as a young man.  Now here’s where things get interesting.  In his letter, ‘Confessions’, he wrote that God told him it was time to return to his homeland, so he went.  He tells in that document about hearing voices and getting warnings and advice from God and his unseen helpers throughout his life.  Back in his home town he embraced Christianity, though prior to his slavery he was not a religious man.  I wonder if his turning to Christianity and its God had something to do with the voices in his head.  I have found that is not an uncommon reaction.  When people have psychic experiences they cannot understand or easily dismiss they often need to turn the responsibility over to a ‘higher power’ to preserve their sanity.  ‘Confessions’ tells us that the ‘voice of God’ told him to become a Christian, and then to return to Ireland as a missionary.  He followed the ‘advice of the Angels’.  Again, I wonder here if he was really hearing Angelic voices, or if these voices were those of his own inner self lusting for revenge upon his erstwhile captors? That is pure conjecture, and something no one will ever know.  At any rate, upon returning to Ireland he dedicated the remainder of his life to spreading Christianity to the ‘barbarian tribes’ he found there by the thousands.  His ‘Confessions’ alludes to the many times he placed himself in danger of all kinds, relying on his ‘voices’ to save him, and defying the advice of his friends and colleagues.  In the same document if one reads between the lines there are references to violence both to him and by him.  He lived in a violent dawn-time in our world, and he worked tirelessly to spread the word of Christianity and to destroy the Pagan-Celtic presence in Ireland.  If this was the land of the Druids, they were no more by the time he died. He was awarded the office of Bishop over all Ireland.

I have long been aware that it was not the ‘snakes’ that St. Patrick chased out of Ireland, as the folk story goes, but rather the Druids, the Celts, the ‘barbaric folks’ who lived there first and worshiped the earth and the trees and the wind and whose magic and rituals paid homage to those places and things.  Here at the dawn of our current world, was a clash of beliefs and religions that may very well still be going on to this day.  Think how many centuries the Catholic Southern Irish have fought the Protestant Northern Irish.  Is it possible that habit of religious conflict was rooted all the way back in 450 AD?

Saint Patrick himself was obviously a psychic, with his voices and visions, as so many of the early Church Saints were.  But he didn’t understand his psychic ability as a tool connected to him that he could develop himself…he took a step back from his ability, placing it fully in the hands of his God, taking no responsibility for it himself.  In many respects this selflessness would have made him a pure channel for a higher energy to move through him, but in others his sidestepping personal responsibility for his psychic insights may have led him to personalize his knowledge of ‘God’s’ will – even to the eradication of a culture.  I see the possibility of a personalized belief here, that the magic and psychism practiced by the Druids and Celts was evil, whereas the voices and messages from God and his Angels that Saint Patrick received was purely good.  I would like to ask you a question.  Is it possible that the laws against psychics found in so many nations, the centuries of public opinion against psychics and intuitives, even the Witch Hunts of the middle ages, could be partially rooted in the simple fears and misunderstandings of a poor, mistreated, fearful but incredibly psychically gifted youth who found himself among total strangers whose rites and rituals brought out and accentuated his gifts?

This is purely food for thought folks. But hopefully you will yourself be more aware of the long term affects YOUR polarizing yourself against the beliefs of another may have.  And if you really think about the implications of Saint Patrick NOT fully understanding his own psychic ability you will understand why I personally work so hard to educate people about their own psychic ability.

I for one am grateful to people like John Edward, whose work has changed the face of the psychic world forever, bringing it into our very living rooms, and helping to make it so much a part of our world today that nearly every television show you watch and every book you read has a component of intuition in it.  We still have a long way to go, before each and every one of us embraces our inner psychic….but we are making headway folks!  The fear is gone.  The understanding is beginning.  The discovery of your true self lies ahead!

In Light,

Sandy Anastasi

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  1. Darlene Nicholes

    Thank you for sharing this great story. This has been a great eye opener for me, and I’m sure others. I’ve never thought twice on some of the stories of old concerning “religious” dealing people. This really puts a new light on what may have been going on with most of these well meaning people. I’ve seen this happening in my time. I believe that is very true; they didn’t know what to do with their gift, and didn’t realize it was through them as well that was so important, and not relying on outside decisions to tell them. A huge A-ha moment, Sandy.

  2. Liz

    Wonderful article Sandy. Thanks for posting.

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