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Witnessing the Wonder…

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Amidst the meditation of mountains,
the humility of flowers
wiser than all alphabets
clouds that die constantly
for the sake of God’s glory,
we are hating, hunting, hurting.

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Suddenly we feel ashamed
of our clashes and complaints
in face of the tacit glory in Nature.
It is embarrassing to live!

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How strange we are in the world,
and how presumptuous our doings!

Only one response can maintain us:
gratefulness for witnessing the wonder,
for the gift of our unearned right to serve,
to adore, and to fulfill.

It is gratefulness
which makes the Soul great…

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Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel,
Witnessing the Wonder

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The Isle of Avalon

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Many a secret and many a myth hath collected in this very Earth.

Its consecrated Holiness allows for many who desire to stand still upon the very same, that which is known as Avalon!

Rich in memory, rich in stories, Avalon re-awakens to find its Holy Place and former Glory.

Upon this land (we) will breath a sound and awaken from the darkness of a deep sleep….

Ashtara’Ra
(part of a chanelled message)

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Recently I have been asked why I live in Glastonbury and what brought me here…previously a ‘city girl’, and with my love of Corfu, where I have discovered my rich ancestral background…then, why here?

After being ‘ill’ for several years with ‘heart issues, that led to endless hospital visits and a surgical procedure, I needed time to heal my heart, emotionally and physically…and make a fresh start.

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I took out a map of the UK, unfolded it, placed it on the floor, closed my eyes and pointed to a spot. From that moment, every movement towards getting here, fell into place as if by magic.

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My 7 years here have been a rich and varied journey, reaching a depth of clearing, healing, acceptance and understanding – along with forgiveness and a newfound heart connection with All That Is, bringing with that a deep love for Mother Mary, Magdalene and this Sacred Earth.

No, it has not been easy. But every moment has been cathartic and a gift. I share some of the histories, myth and stories here…Avalon will always be a place rich in tradition and mystery.

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Through the ages, many have written of it, but no one knows the truth. Did Avalon exist? Does it still? Where is it? What is it? No one knows, though the legends abound. In all likelihood, Avalon will always remain a mystery.

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Upon a high tor, a tower is struck by lightening, masonry falls to the Ground. But, while the physical tower is shattered, a spiral tower of crystal remains. About the tor, the signs of the zodiac glow within the land. An owl flies upward.

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The word “Avalon” is from the British word lava, which means apple. Hence, Avalon is known as “The Island of Apples.” An actual Avallon (note the alternate spelling) exists in Burgundy.

The most famous setting for Avalon is in the King Arthur legends. Supposedly, Arthur’s sword, Excalibur, was forged on the mystic Isle of Avalon. When Arthur was mortally wounded in battle with Mordred, he was carried to the Isle of Avalon so that his wounds might be attended to by the priestesses…



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This is the most common idea regarding Avalon, presented to us by the man known as Geoffrey of Monmouth, or Geoffrey Arthur. His History written about 1136, gives a history of King Arthur, and many accepted his work to be true, anyway he later wrote a poem, the “Life of Merlill,” in which he claims Arthur was laid on a golden bed in Avalon and was nursed back to health by Morgan. In fact, Geoffrey states Arthur was not dead and would return to Avalon one day.

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”The Britons still believe that he [Arthur] is alive, living in Avalon with the fairest of spirits and they still continue to expect Arthur to come back.” According to Malory, there is written upon Arthur’s tomb: Hic iacet Arthurus, Rex Quondam Rexque Futurus, or ‘Here lies Arthur, the Once and Future King….’

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Avalon also appears in other legends. In Marie de France’s “Lanval,”the hero Lanval offends Queen Guinevere and is taken to the dungeons. Lanval’s mistress, a fairy, rescues him and takes him to the Isle of Avalon. Robert de Boron, a knight from Burgundy, told the tale of Joseph of Arimathea around 1200 A.D. Supposedly, the Holy Grail, the cup used by Jesus in the Last Supper, was taken by Joseph , who used it to catch drops of Jesus’ blood as Jesus hung on the cross…

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Joseph then carried the Grail to Avalon, where he died. Could an actual Isle of Avalon exist? It is possible. Is is in fact Glastonbury of old? In England, there is a man-made hill called The Tor, atop which is a monastery known as Glastonbury. It is believed that at one time, possibly around the time Arthur was said to exist, the hill could have been surrounded by marsh and water.

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This would have effectively made The Tor an island. In 1191, the Glastonbury monks linked Glastonbury to Arthur and excavated the site. Seven feet down was a stone slab, underneath which was found a lead cross! The cross read: “HIC IACET SEPULTUS INCLITUS REX ARTURIUS IN INSULA AVALONIA,” which correctly translated would say: “Here lies buried the renowned King Arthur in the Isle of Avalon.”

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Avalon will probably always remain a mystery. The theories have never had enough evidence. Avalon was a combination of places, filled with mystery, magic, truth and legends. Arthur, to me, was buried at Avalon. And was Avalon also the land of fairies? Avalon was a holy place, and if Arthur was brought there to die, time may too have added to the legends and mystery…

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Many would like to know that Avalon really existed, for the existence of Avalon could very well mean the existence of King Arthur, Avalon and for once a real ‘fairy tale’ might be proven true. Or, the truth may never be known. Avalon-Glastonbury.

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“Some souls get drawn here without knowing why…

Others have to overcome big hurdles to get here.
Some come for fun, others for spiritual growth.

Many arrive and soon realise that they have stumbled into something quite unexpected…

Is it the energy or the people they seek to connect with?”

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The Sower Plants a Seed…

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For every set of wings, 


There are two broken legs.


For every set of eyes that can see,


Three more remain blinded.


For every voice lost in the roar of confusion,


One heart speaks in the silence after thunder.


For every body laid into the ground,


Another child is born.


For every head turned by apathy.


Another soul stands up with courage.


For every tear cried by the broken hearted,


The sower plants a seed.


For every lie told a truth remains hidden,


For every question a step is taken.


For every lover wrapped in heat,


A hundred bodies shiver with cold.


For every poem given a hundred remain,


For every name the wind remains nameless.


For every journey taken a glass and a flute,


And tales written on eternity’s face!


Eric

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Never lose FAITH…

There is no use trying, said Alice; one can’t believe impossible things.

I dare say you haven’t had much practice, said the Queen.

When I was your age, I always did it for half an hour a day.

Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.

Lewis Carroll

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TODAY: There is a sense of calm and stillness here…the sky shrouded in soft dense clouds. It gives me a sense of being in a safe bubble, whilst life ‘out there’ continues in a myriad of different ways…  

IN ONE WORD: Nourishment

COLOUR FOR TODAY: Aquamarine

HOW I FEEL: Uplifted, faith restored deep within. A new understanding has come to me on so many levels.

PHYSICALLY: Stable, balanced, restored, nourished.

INSIGHTS: Step forward and take a very serious look behind your eyes and see yourself, really see yourself! Go deep, into the oceans of your past and into your cosmic heart…Wake up to who you truly are.

Time speeds by, yet life feels slow, delayed…patience and alertness is needed. Let life wash over you, but stand tall and strong. Align to the vision and purpose of your higher self. Expand your capacity to love, be tender, compassion, tolerant and fearless. You DO know the way…

THE COLLECTIVE: Its a good time to enjoy your life, to do things that nourish and enrich you. Take ‘time out’ from trying to understand or to ‘fix it…’

Travel to a sacred place that feeds your heart and soul, do things you have been longing for, but have put on hold…music, the opera, a museum, a massage, sit quietly at a riverside, walk in Nature, eat ice-cream, treat yourself to a luxury hotel stay…do whatever it takes, but nourish your heart and soul!

AFFIRMATION: “I am perfect whole and complete…”

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” I will only move as quickly as the slowest part of me can go.  

This is a pledge not to leave any aspect of myself behind,

not to over-ride any aspect that needs to pause,

needs an inner story to come to the surface.

It could be emotional, mental, spiritual or physical.  

I will pause and listen.”

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