Caim is a Scottish Gaelic word that means:
“Sanctuary, an invisible circle of protection drawn around the body with the hand to remind one of being safe and loved, even in the darkest time”.
Caims are invisible because you are the only one that can see them, feeling yourself in your own space where no one can enter.
Antoine de Saint-Exupéry wote in The Little Prince:
Here is my secret. It’s quite simple: One sees clearly only with the heart. Anything essential is invisible to the eyes.
‘Invisible Caims’ is the passionate creation of Giada Gaslini.
Originally from Milan I started very early to be a serious world traveller. I was moved, at first, by a deep curiosity, as my father used to take me watching aeroplanes.
My decision to spend all my savings exploring new places led me to wander by campervan around Australia for months and to spend a month in a Buddhist monastery in Nepal as a key part of my spiritual quest started years ago. At that time, I was swinging back and forth in many directions but did not feel inside that I was truly happy.
As a result of many years of migrating, I began to write, and co-authored a non-profit book with 33 other Italian women. This book (“Donne che emigrano all’estero”- “Women moving abroad”), told our stories of life in different countries.
Moving abroad has meant a change of identity for me. This started with my name, which has had to adapt itself to different phonetic rules. At a deeper level, I felt that I was lacking the definition of who was behind that name.
I made sound recordings of myself reading some of my writings. These formed part of audio accompaniment to a photographic exhibition (“A Bench on the Road – We are all Immigrants”). This was performed around Scotland as well as at the Piccolo Theatre in Milan.
Wandering in search for answers, I have been learning to heal myself with holistic therapies instead of traditional medicine. I have become a passionate practitioner of Hatha Yoga, Reiki, Reflexology, Ayurveda, Meditation, Acupunture, Regressive Hypnosis, Crystals Reading, Shamanic healing and Medicine Cards Reading. For me, these provide nourishment to my body and my mind.
Art & Spirituality
And where is Art?…
Apart from writing, my creativity remained relatively hidden, only to show up in 2013 when I moved to live in Scotland. I experienced a strong deja-vu from a past life in Edinburgh that literally gave me a new birth.
In this city, which hosts the biggest Art Festival in the world (‘The Fringe)’, half of my friends are artists. It wasn’t long before I myself started to paint, and this led me to the very first project of Invisible Caims. Named ‘Drink In Art’, this project involved organizing private exhibitions in local flats to promote Edinburgh-based artists.
I realized that painting and music were helping my emotions to flow out. It also became clear that this holistic approach was allowing healing to take place. I became enchanted and decided to use my 20 years international experience as an Events Planner to merge my skills and my passion. Through ‘Invisible Caims’ I was able to merge my Art and Spirituality backgrounds together.
Nowadays, my travels have become transformational journeys for our lovely tribe…our Inner Explorers in the longest journey ever: from our Mind to our Heart.
Our beautiful woman in red symbolizes creative fertility holding in her right hand a brush to draw a Caim around herself. Her left-hand pauses in the Gyan or Om Mudra, which brings peace and increases concentration. She represents Art and Spirituality in a circle of protection.
There are four reasons that inspired me to choose this name, ‘Caims’:
Firstly, our workshops are held in safe peaceful places, where our love and intentions is to focus on you as a person. We aim to create a special bubble of protection. Our retreats always start with a Caim Ceremony, drawing an invisible circle with incense around our bodies. Letting the magic happen, we feel protected like the Celts used to do.
Secondly, before even knowing that there was a name to call it, this circular gesture is something I’ve been doing every morning over the last twenty years to protect myself.
Thirdly, this Gaelic word is my homage to Scotland, who welcomed my spirit back home.
And finally, one of the original Celtic names of my birth city, Milan, is Medhelan. Like ‘Caim’, this means ‘Sanctuary’. This is my homage to my past.