Tuesday, 23 May 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.

St Peter's Chapel is the oldest stone church in the UK and has been standing since 654AD. There is an annual pilgrimage to the chapel that still takes place on a Saturday near the time of St Peter’s feast day which he shares with St Paul on 29th June each year. Some dedicated pilgrims walk from the motte and bailey castle at Ongar but most congregate at the 14th century church of St Thomas in Bradwell Village for a blessing prior to the two mile walk to the coastal chapel. 

I had previously visited the retreat centre attached to the chapel. Whilst walking to the local village of Bradwell, I found myself carried along the road as though it was effortless and time passed extremely quickly. I experienced a strong connection with the crops in the fields, the huge sky and cloud formations and sounds of the birds, many grouse darting out from the old  hedgerows, and other beautiful aspects of nature. I thought the area had a magic and I wondered what it could be. 

What did we discover with our dowsing rods? We found a strong leyline, approximately thirty feet wide along the old Roman road that leads directly to the West door of St Peter’s Chapel. It led inside the chapel where the energies crossed in the centre of the aisle. When I visited the local church of St Thomas in Bradwell Village, I found a stained-glass window of Moses, who carried a dowsing rod with which he struck the rock in the desert and water gushed forth and saved everyone’s life (including his own). Moses is often depicted wearing horns, which are believed to be the way in which horned animals detect water during times of drought. 

Our group stayed at the Othona Ecumenical Community which is open for workshops, conferences, weddings, etc. They provided excellent meals, simple accommodation and comfortable armchairs to rest weary arms and legs in front of a warm fire in the evenings. Article: Wendy Stokes is a features writer with Psychic News and Spirit & Destiny Magazine

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