An anam cara is an Irish (Gaelic) term meaning "Soul Friend." It can also be spelled as one combined word, "Anamchara," with a "h" added after the "c."
Anam caras are counselors who can know all your secrets, will help you figure out what it is that you need, all without one iota of judgement, or condemnation. A true friend. A Soul Friend, indeed! Anam Caras are found all throughout Gaelic Christian history. This office may actually had it's origins in pre Christian Celtic times, at the time of the Druids.
If you find yourself an anam cara, then very fortunate are you! What is there to look for in anam caras? Look for a very compassionate person.
John O' Donohue wrote a book that explains a lot about this. Wouldn't you know it? The book is called "Anam Cara: A Book of Celtic Wisdom." Click on the link to see the book on Amazon. Click here to see it at Barnes and Noble. The book can also be purchased at Books-A-Million.
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