Saturday, 2 December 2017

Waltham Abbey and the Holy Cross

In the time of King Canute, around the date of 1030, his standard bearer, Tovi, owned land in the area of Montacute (locally called Lutegaresberi) near Glastonbury which was a very prestigious monastery. A smith on Tovi's land had a dream - a vision over several nights - showing a hill top where a great treasure was buried in the ground. So,  with prayer and fasting, an investigation was organised. A delegation of dignitaries, in procession, singing litanies, dug to a depth of forty cubits where the dream suggested, and there a large black stone crucifix was discovered with a smaller one under the right arm, and a bell under the left arm. There was also a book of the gospels. These holy objects were placed on a wagon with twelve red oxen and twelve white ones. Holy sites were named to the animals, such as Canterbury, Winchester, York, etc., but the oxen failed to make any movement forward. Only when the name of Waltham was called did the cart move. Waltham was a tiny church and hunting lodge owned by Tovi. The animals continued walking until they arrived at Waltham when they abruptly stopped. The cross was taken from the cart and erected at the tiny church which was named after the holy cross. Tovi donated his sword to the church. While the workmen were erecting the cross, one accidentally pierced the marble figure and blood was said to have flowed out. Tovi's' wife, Glitha donated rich treasures; one gold circlet was placed around the thigh of the image. The church grew in fame, wealth and size, and pilgrims came and miracles were common. 

Thursday, 30 November 2017

Shrines of France

I left London with my travelling companion, Laura, firstly to visit the chapel and castle of St Mesmin. The traffic was congested so we continued on to the city of Orleans. This was an ancient town in 1424 when an illiterate girl, only 12 years old, saw visions and heard voices of the saints, Michael, the archangel, Catherine of Antioch and Margaret. She also communed with the archangel Gabriel. Their voices inspired her to lead French armies in victory against the English during the Hundred Years War, restoring the crown to Charles VII. Shockingly, she was betrayed by the British, tried in court and burnt at the stake as a witch in 1431. We wondered why Michael and Margaret, both dragon slaying saints and therefore both related to leylines, were involved in Joan’s mission and we discovered strong leys in the area of Orleans. The house in Donremy where Joan was born and the thirteenth century church where she prayed can be visited to see the original statue of St Margaret before which Joan prayed. It is a particularly powerful statue and myself and my colleague received an outpouring of love and strength and we also received a message about the pointlessness and poisonous ness of war, it's swings and roundabouts, loss that lasts generations. The energies in the forest where Joan received her first messages from the saints - and around the spring which in ancient times provided healing for those with fever and which the judge questioned her about during her trial - register extraordinary energies. In the local town of Greux is a special shrine to St Margaret whose energies are very powerful.

Tuesday, 28 November 2017

Lourdes - A Visit!

Lourdes is a tiny riverside town that lies in the foothills of the magnificent French Pyrenees. Two thousand years ago it was a Roman military base and a Gothic castle stands in the centre of the town affording wonderful views. It is floodlit in the evenings. But this is more than just another historic town. It was a place of refuge during the Inquisition for fleeing Cathars and also for Knights Templar and it provided sanctuary for Jews fleeing Nazi persecution in World War II. Franz Werfel was one of these men and he pledged to write the life story of Bernadette Soubirous if he and his wife survived the journey over the Pyrenees mountains to safety in Spain. His book was titled the ‘Song of Bernadette’ which was written when he reached safety and his book was made into a film of the same name. This town feels like sacred ground to many who come here and it is where a fourteen year old peasant girl had an incredible experience.  

Monday, 27 November 2017

Land of Mystics, Scholars and Poets

Ireland was once known as “the land of mystics, scholars and poets” and County Mayo, on Ireland’s West coast, is highly charged with spiritual energies. It’s a wild, rugged and desolate landscape has attractions for the holiday visitor with coastal and countryside walking, mountain climbing, golfing and bird watching. The Atlantic coast is atmospheric, there is also sea, lake and river fishing for those who enjoy the great outdoors. It is an area rich in wonderful, historical sites, such as stone circles and cairns, round towers and monastic ruins. Throughout the summer there are many festivals of food, music, art and song. 

This area is steeped in Ireland’s famous connections to the spiritual world. For instance, this is a well documented event. On the evening of August 21, 1879, Margaret Beirne was

Sunday, 26 November 2017

Dowsing at Bradwell

Our small UK group investigated whether a ley-line could be detected from dowsing rods in the vicinity of St Peter's Chapel, Bradwell on Sea, which was built from stone recovered from a Roman fort which defended Essex from invasion from Europe. 

When the Romans left (early 400s AD) their fortress fell into dilapidation. In the mid seventh century, the Celtic Bishop, Cedd, sailed down the coast from the Holy Island of Lindisfarne to preach Christianity to the pagans of the East Saxon shore and decided to use the spare stone he found on the beach at Bradwell to build a chapel dedicated to St Peter. Peter was a fisherman and here, where sea and river meet, was rich in all varieties of fish and was therefore a suitable site for monastic life (which required fish meals on Fridays). Peter was the leader of the early Christian movement after the crucifixion of Jesus and stands at the gate of heaven, a suitable saint to protect this early Christian church which is thought also to have housed a scriptorium, where valuable manuscripts were created.

Saturday, 18 November 2017

Resolving Conflict - Book Extract

The following is a useful technique to deal with a person who is causing tension.

“When you…” (state action, for instance, “arrive late”), “I feel…” (state emotion and effect, such as “impatient that our meeting has been interrupted”), “If this continues, I will…” (state avoiding action, such as, “suggest we do not allow late-comers to attend”).

     Another feedback technique is to make a ‘sandwich’ of compliments and the behavior you would like them to change. “I think you contributed greatly by arranging the room

What is Oneiromancy?

The study of dreams and their divinatory interpretation. From ‘oneiros’ a Greek word meaning dreams and ‘mancy’ meaning divination. The Oneiroi were winged spirits of the realms of sleep. They lived in Erebos, Land of Darkness, and contacted sleepers through one of two gates. One gate was made of horn, the other of ivory. Prophecy and prediction came through the horn gate, fantasy and delusion through the ivory gate.

Quote: I do not hesitate to affirm at the outset that occurrence of dreams foretelling a future event with accuracy must be accepted as certain. Camille Flammarion. Premonitory Dreams and Divination of the Future. 

Quote: Why does the eye see a thing more clearly in dreams than in the imagination while awake? Leonardo da Vinci.

Quote: Man is a genius while he is dreaming. Akira Kurosawa.

Tuesday, 14 November 2017

Native American People

Early History
The native people of America were first called “Red Indians” by Christopher Columbus, when, upon arriving in North America, he thought he was in the East Indies on his way to India! There would have been 1,000 native languages in use at this time. Studies have suggested that people traveled during the ice age, perhaps as long as 30,000 years ago, from Mongolia, over the Bering Straits land bridge into Alaska, and down through the Americas. Shamanic culture that survive in Mongolia are thought to be similar to the native American shamanic practices. There is also some evidence that sailors left Europe in small canoes, surviving the frozen ice floes of the Atlantic Ocean to arrive on the Eastern sea board of the Americas. These early people hunted, fished, grew crops and flourished as very diverse and distinct indigenous people that include Alaskans, New Mexicans, Hawaiians, and tribal people of both North and South America. They developed stone weapons, the bow and arrow, war clubs and spears. It is known that 7,000 years ago food supplies would have included squashes, pumpkins, watermelon and maize and by 800AD beans and corn were on the menu.

Sunday, 12 November 2017

The City of Revelation! London by Chris Street

There have been several attempts to re-build London as ‘The New Jerusalem’. The first was by the Knights Templar who, in 1185, modelled their Temple Church in Holborn on the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem and sited the building exactly the same distance from St. Pauls Cathedral as the Holy Sepulchre is sited from the Dome of the Rock. Clearly they saw a connection, or wanted to create one.

Approx 500 years later, following the Great Fire of London, Sir Christopher Wren conceived his own plan to re-build London as the New Jerusalem, whilst his rival, John Evelyn, devised a design for the city based upon the cabbalistic tree of life.

In the 18th century, the visionary artist and poet, William Blake, saw Jerusalem within London’s spiritual dimensions and in the words that have become Britain’s second national anthem, exhorted us to “build Jerusalem on England’s green and pleasant land.”

More recently, my astonishing discovery also associates London with the New Jerusalem, the biblical City of Revelation. It is a vast and beautiful network of complex geometric patterns linking many of the oldest and well-known sacred sites throughout the capital. Because it is principally star patterns on the Earth, I have called it ‘Earthstars’. The design is not simple geometry but the basis of the temple-builders’ art which is sacred geometry, and provides a recognisable temple ground plan used throughout the centuries to create sacred space.

The Pantheon in Rome was a pagan temple converted to Christian use in the 5th century and is based upon this pattern, whilst Stonehenge, with its 3,500 years old ground plan, is the oldest temple in Britain also based upon this ground plan. Linked by the hidden unity of sacred geometry, London’s ancient sacred sites form a vast and invisible version of Stonehenge - a great landscape temple which covers most of the capital. Though this is not defined by circles of sarsens and bluestones as in Stonehenge, but by the stones of buildings, such as the Tower of London, Westminster Abbey, St. Paul’s Cathedral and local parish churches (many of which have a known history dating back a thousand years or more, and which, like Stonehenge itself, were places of ceremony and sanctity for centuries before Christianity arrived on these druid shores).

Friday, 10 November 2017

The Man Who Planted Trees

"Conservators have documented more than 60,000 different species of trees on the planet; of these more than 10,000 are under threat of extinction."
Some time ago, I read a novel titled ‘The Man Who Planted Trees’. Many years later it was made into an award winning not-for-profit film. The story begins when the narrator visits Provence in France during the early years of the twentieth century - a journey that led him into the foothills of the Alps. There, in a lonely and desolate place, a meeting takes place with a shepherd who is planting the acorns from the single oak tree that grows in the area. After the First World War, the war-weary narrator returns to this place and discovers a remarkable oak forest. The old man is in a home for the elderly but described his satisfaction and contentment that his contribution to posterity has a beneficial one.