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ANAM CARA . . . A PATHWAY TO CREATING CERTAINTY IN AN UNCERTAIN WORLD: GLENVILLE ASHBY, Ph.D.

           “Anam Cara” is derived from the Gaelic language. “Anam” is the Gaelic word for “soul” and “Cara” is the Gaelic word for “friend”. An “Anam Cara” is a “Soul Friend”. So, what is a “Soul Friend”? Let’s look at your life. Has there been one person in your life - at some point in your life -- whom you instinctively trusted? Do you remember feeling comfortable and safe with this person – so comfortable and so safe that you allowed yourself to stand in front of this person – spiritually, psychologically, and emotionally naked? This instinctively and natural feeling of comfort, security, and trust moved you to unmask yourself. You could be yourself around this person – the real person that you are when no one is around. With this person there was no need to mask your frailties and vulnerabilities. This person accepted you for Y-O-U. When in their presence, you no longer felt the need to act strong or brave. Gone was the need to always be “right” about everythin…