The image of the sacred circle of stones with a vertical stone in the middle has been with me throughout this journey. I first experienced it at Boscawen-un just outside of St. Buryan in western Cornwall on the second day of my pilgrimage. This circle is a very ancient, potent and powerful circle of stones that invited me in to lie down in the middle next to the vertical stone, with the intention to open and receive its energies.
Since then, I have been mulling over the stone circles, and the image of the circle and the point in the middle. I believe that it is an ancient symbol that speaks powerfully and directly to our heart, soul and psyche and does not even engage the mental mind.
A very personal aspect of this journey for me is the possibility, and actually even the intention of, sacred union of the masculine and feminine within myself. I deliberately and consciously invited this intention into my journey, and then experienced the intimate ceremony in the circle at Boscowen-un. To be transparent, I didn't know totally what I invited in with this intention. All I knew was that this was an important and necessary request for my walking. I was walking the Mary Michael Line, and clearly, it is not just the Mary Line or the Michael Line alone. I had learned, and have now experienced that they actually cannot exist without the other. They each inform and contribute to the other in profound ways as they together wind, weave, and intersect their way across England. I chose to walk the Mary Michael Line, and as such, it is a journey of the Sacred Feminine and Divine Masculine in sacred relationship together. It seemed clear that I too was being invited to weave and integrate the masculine and feminine within me.
What I am curious about is why is this happens to be the energy and intention of my journey as I reconnect and reclaim my roots to come home?
The Michael Line is an energy ley line that goes straight like an arrow from Carn Les Boel where the energy enters England, through various points including Lostwithiel, Glastonbury, and Avebury, all the way to the eqast coast in Norfolk. It is masculine in its energy, straight with focus and direction, aligned with the midsummer sun, the time of year when the sun is at its most potent and masculine. It does not curve, or waver. It is like a sword, touching down on Earth on the top of the highest hills and mounds, with intensity and conviction. When I am on a point along the Michael Way, I am exposed to the sun and sky, touching the heavens, either high up on a hill or mound, or under a tall steeple of a church dedicated to St. Michael.
Alternatively, the Mary Line is feminine in its essence. It weaves and follows the curves of the land, rivers and waters. It snakes through and around the valleys, and hills. It is soft, curvy, round and flowing. It never leaves the Earth, an is actually part of the Earth, connected to the curves and undulations, perhaps even contributing to its formation. This line carries the serpent energy of the goddess and is present and alive in the wells, lush woods and rich undergrowth along the way. When I am connected with the Mary Line, I am aware of a sweetness, a moistness and a sensuality that delights my senses and undulates in my body.
When the two lines intersect, the power and the potency is even more visceral and strong. Carn Les Boel was magnificent in its raw beauty and power sitting on the coast. Tregonning Hill called me up to its peak late in the evening, before a dark and rainy night. From the top, I felt a presence and a power as overlooked this ancient and sacred land.
The Mary energy grounds and pulls the divine Michael energy of the brilliant light of the Sun to Earth wherever she connects with him, giving him the form and container in which to catalyze with light and energy the form, matter and physicality of the Earth. The Michael energy infuses the sacred Mary feminine energy with the light from the sun and stars, to receive and infuse the warmth of the sun into her belly of her soils, caves, oceans and rivers, and hold and contain the life created within her. Together, they create, generate and manifest rich, abundant life through love and sacred union.
Such are the thoughts and musings of a pilgrim on the Mary Michael Line!
I had arrived in Lostwithiel on Sunday with Diana. It was her brilliant idea to come here with me, and for me to stay there on the Sunday night, take the train to St. Austell, and then get back on the MaryMichael Way and walk from St. Austell to Lostwithiel, without my heavy pack. It was such a brilliant and obvious idea I wondered why I hadn't thought of it myself! We found a wonderful B&B above the Earl of Chatham Pub up the hill from the old bridge across the River Fowey. Diana left, and I settled in to my room and temporary home.
The next morning I was on my way back to St. Austell on the 9am train. A 15 minute train ride to take me to the starting place for a day long walk. It took me a little while to get out of St. Austell, which gave me the time to think about the lottery ticket I had bought the evening before, and what role it might play in this sacred pilgrimage.
I even began to allow myself to dream and fantasize about what I would do with the money should I win the lottery! I felt myself expand into possibility as the constraints of financial considerations and realities melted away. My footsteps became lighter with each step. I laughed outloud as I walked. I gave myself permission to really dream. Even more, I gave myself permission to really, truly, deeply want and desire to live in England.
The image of the sacred circle of stones came back into my mind's eye...the circle with the vertical stone in the middle, like a sword in the ground.
I knew then in that moment that this sacred image and circle of stones was an ancient expression of the Law of Creation and Manifestation. The sacred stones hold the Law in form and stone, rather than words. They are the expression of the law itself.
The stone in the middle was the act of receiving and declaring our sacred and courageous dreams and desires and the stone circle was the cauldron, or womb, in which the desire is received and acted upon with the alchemical and feminine energies of receptivity and creation. Together, they combine and create something new, something that has not existed before, and that is deeply rooted and connected to and aligned with our soul's greatest expression, creation, service, contribution and fulfillment.
The download and revelation continued to flow through me as I walked.
As we fully allow our desires and give ourselves permission to feel them, even have them, and then give ourselves the mandate to fulfill them, this then is our stake in the ground, the sword of St. Michael, carrying the Light of the Sun and connected to our hearts, bringing forth inspiration, courage and purpose to our actions. We plant the sword deep into the Earth, and adopt a commitment to be whoever we need to be, to do whatever we need to do, as to serve and fulfill our deepest dreams and desires. In doing so, we commit to serve in the highest good, aligned with the ways of Love and Nature, with Earth herself, to fulfill and be of the highest service, and to surrender to the journey, knowing and trusting that the Path will guide, provide and protect each and every step of the Way.
All we have to do as humans is to know, feel, accept, and fully allow ourselves our soul's longings and desires. To imagine life lived with our desires fully manifest. To delight in dreams come true. To experience the contribution this has made to others through their smiles, gratitude and well-being.
I feel the need to add and clarify here that these desires and longings of which I speak are of the heart and soul. They are not the trivial desires associated with the ego, or more for the sake of more. No. These are desires that speak to us in the language of dreams, sacred symbols, metaphor and with a persistence that does not go away over time. They may be buried, or even forgotten, but they do not go away. They are the call from the Divine to pull us, guide us, and show us the way to fulfill our soul's contract and mission here on Earth in this lifettime. They are the yellow arrows on our personal Camino, Way and pilgrimage of our life.
Somewhere along the way we humans became confused and lost, and misinterpreted our desire for wealth, comfort and safety as our soul's desires. To further complicate the issue, we became distrustful of the process of manifestation when our ego's desires did not manifest as we thought they should, and turned more and more to willful work, mindless employment and slavery and subservience to those who had what we thought we wanted. We gave away our wisdom and power as we moved further and further away from Nature, our spiritual roots, and the true source of all abundance. We became more distrustul and more enslaved. Simply, we forgot who we really are as magnificent manifestors, forgot that we were created in the likeness of God in freedom and love.
I then realized that this is how we as a human race have it all upside down. To get what we want, we have been trained to go from A to Z, when all we have to do is be at Z, and simply, receiveZ and allow the details from Y to A to get filled in for us. We are too quick to think that we have to know how to get to Z, and what it will require, and this in turn, actually blocks and impedes the flow, magic, miracles and ease with which we can actually experience and receive Z.
We get especially hung up when money is involved - which it usually is on some level. We have presumed that we have to know and have the money first IN ORDER TO create, generate and have what we want. This is crazy, human, backwards, upside down thinking.
Such was the magic and invitation of buying the lottery ticket.
What if it is actually as simple as knowing what we want, allowing ourselves to desire it, imagine it, live from/in/with it, and know that it is so?
What if living in right relationship with desire and manifestation is what it's all about, and this allows us to receive the abundant flow? It begins with us in the point in the middle of the circle, lighting the fire with our desire, and then circles out into the container created by the circle of stones around us, and then returns to us, all in a continuous flow of energy, alchemy and creation?
At this point, as all of this was downloaded to me and became apparent for me in a matter of 2 to 3 blocks, I was walking in joy and laughter! I could see and feel it all!
And then I passed by this beautiful image of the radiant sun with its spiral center!
They hold the sacred geometry to tip me upside down, actually right side up, so that who I am being, and what I am doing, is in right relationship with universal, divine and cosmic laws of creation, generation, and manifestation, and in alignment with my soul's greatest expression, creation, service, contribution and fulfillment.
This is Magnificent Manifestation.