This Winter Solstice I have been invited to speak at Newgrange in the Boyne Valley in celebration of Martin Brennan’s return to Ireland for the first time since he was driven from the Emerald Isle by Those-Who-Shall-Not-Be-Named because in the 1970’s the archaeological establishment didn‘t like him showing that they were screwing up in their digs of the Irish “Passage Graves” when they weren’t taking the archaeoastronomy into account in their - dare I say rape? - of these ancient chambers.
The Boyne Valley Revision (so named after his seminal work, “The Boyne Valley Vision”) is a gathering of Toby Hall and Jack Roberts, who both worked with Martin, Anthony Murphy of Mythical Ireland, Archaeoastronomer Dr. E.C. Krupp, myself, and, of course, Martin Brennan.
I’ve known Martin since the late seventies when I met him at a Ley Hunter’s Moot in the Peak District, and then again when he taught at my Sacred Space School in Greensboro, Vermont in the early nineties. I have been asked to speak on “Earth Energies, Then and Now.”
When I began my study of Sacred Space in the nineteen-seventies, it was a very exciting time for dowsing and all of the other disciplines involved. There was a sense of camaraderie and mutual support amongst all of us “alternative explorers.” It seemed that we might well be able to convince the establishment of the reality of our findings in this field - Martin’s Irish astronomical alignments seemed incontrovertible, John Michell and others had convinced me of the reality of sacred geometry, and of course, dowsers like myself felt certain of the reality of leys, energy leys and other intangible energetic phenomena.
But all of that changed in the mid-eighties with a big split between Earth Mystery researchers, who, more than anything, wanted to convince establishment archaeologists and other academicians that what they were finding (e.g. prehistoric astronomical alignments and leys) were “real”, and those of us - especially dowsers - who were finding that the Earth Energies were not amenable to scientific methodology (read: not repeatable by other dowsers).
As a result, a rather dead period followed, but in the last half of the first decade of the 21st century, a new focus, or should I say a refocus, has occurred where instead of the more scientific focus on finding specific earth energies, there has been a renewed emphasis on how to use sacred space for the purpose it was intended - not as an astronomical calendar, or a musical instrument to help you resonate properly, or as a centre for the Earth Energies, but rather how to use these special places to grow spiritually. This is certainly the direction I am now traveling.
This doesn’t mean that I am advocating that you, dear reader, join a cult or anything like that. My Swedish Grandfather, Ernst Lönegren, a Bishop in the Lutheran Church, was an early activist in the ecumenical movement. I would say that I am a hyper-ecumenicalist. Instead of concentrating on one religion, I wish to find ways of connecting with all Spiritual Paths with heart. I intend to be at least one step closer to my Maker when I die than I am today, and I look to Sacred Space to enhance this possibility. I believe that dowsing is one tool that can aid me on this journey.
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