I have just woken up from a somewhat restless night's sleep in our wonderful Pilgrims B&B. After our first night in Taunton, where we came to "land" here in England, Beebe and I took the bus to Glastonbury to root ourselves in the energies of this ancient holy place.
Like Boulder, it is an island of an alternative reality in the midst of what is perceived as "normal." While our stay in Taunton was wonderful and we loved our Beaufort House B&B as well as its owner, Richard, we knew that we needed to immerse ourselves into an energy that would wake us up, and nourish our bodies and souls.
We took the bus along the main road to Glastonbury, that touched along several points of the Mary Michael Line, including Creech St Michaeladn Burrow Bridge. My heart opened and warmed as I spied the Burrow Mound for the first time and was so excited to know that I would return here to walk into Glastonbury.
Arriving in Glastonbury, we knew that we needed to find a B&B so we went in search of Tor Webster, who will be our Glastonbury tour guide for the September Avalon Pilgrirmage, and his B&B, Moon in the Apple Tree. We met his lovely fiance, Julie, and learned that they were getting married this weekend! Not to be, we left only to return into Tor on his way home. Invited in for a cup of tea, we accepted and droppped into conversation with this beautiful young man whose body and soul is deeply rooted in the pagan energies of the area.
Known as the Heart Chakra of the world, it can also then serve as the Heart Chakra for the individual. I realized that as I woke up yesterday morning that the invitation then in my being here already without having actually walked here yet is to infuse all of my being, all of my pilgrimage walks, and all of my journey here (and everywhere) with this Heart energy. The Heart must be included and incorporated in all of what we do and be. It is no longer sufficient to do the work of the lower chakras without the love of the Heart Chakra infused into the process. The heart is the center of the spiral, the labyrinth - and from this center, all radiates out and aligns with the bigger picture of the truth of one's soul and spirit,
After tea with Tor, we went to find our B&B, stopping at the Jasmine Cottage only to arrive at the place that had originally caught my attention back in January when I was first planning a pilgrimage to Glastonbury, Pilgrims B&B. They happened to have a room, and I knew the minute we walked in that all was well. Brian greeted us warmly and showed us to our room, the Isis Room. Interesting as our bed in Taunton also had an Egyptian picture over it.
We enjoyed a cup of tea in our room along with a McVities chocolate biscuit before heading into town for a stroll as well as a visit to the Abbey. I love visiting sacred places in the beautiful light of late afternoon. Most of the shops were closing but as they are all tempting with their Green Man paintings, lovely cards, and gorgeous clothing, I was grateful for the opportunity to window shop only! After a cider and a basket on delicious onion rings at the old pub, The Geroge and the Pilgrim, we ventured into the empty grounds of the Abbey. Serene, quiet, vibrant, nourishing. Beebe and I ventured off on our own, to explore the sacred grounds, each in our own way. I lay on the ground, soaking in the energy from the earth. I walked into the grove of trees where the badgers live. I knew it was a good place because the trees were happy, the birds were singing and the green energies of life and love were abundance and radiant. The evening sunlight cast a warm light on to the whole place and I was nourished deep within myself.
Completing our first day with a delicious vegetarian meal of a mushroom crepe, I gratefully climbed into bed with a fullness in my belly and my heart.