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What is sound healing?

What is sound healing?

Sound healing can be done with a variety of instruments that emit pure acoustic sound, including the human voice. It works on many levels to induce a deep relaxed state in an individual, wherein healing can take place. Tuning forks are a great medium with which to apply sound healing…I use tuning forks on the body to break up physical pain and then harmonize the body. I also balance the chakras and meridians using specialized formats. When using forks instead of needles on the body’s acupoints as in acupuncture, it intensifies the response and efficacy of treatment. This is known as acutonics. Over the years I have experienced in many countries sound healings that use and off-the body technique using forks in the auric field of energy. I finally discovered Biofield Tuning that works to not only detect anomalies in the human bio-field, but also bring the fractured patterns back into the body, integrating them via the chakras (energy centre) in the centre of the body. I find this a great way to bring long lasting healing to a client. It also facilitates them to become more aware of their patterns. What we are doing is shifting the patterns that no longer serve us in our bid for growth and health on this planet. However it is the addition of the gong and drum and dowsing that combine to make the session really flow well. In nature I use forks to determine the core sound of a tree, by listening with my heart to how each sound resonates when played against the trunk. If a group of people is present...
Winter Solstice Walk

Winter Solstice Walk

This year I was invited following a talk to organise a Winter Solstice walk. The river Inagh shares its name with a mythical river goddess. She rushes through my ancestral village, forming picturesque rapids near its old stone bridge. Luckily we practiced all the Gaia Touch exercises we needed inside the warmth of the local community centre before setting out. First we created a circle outside the Falls Hotel, where we can clearly see the old church and cemetery across the valley. We could be standing on the site of an old fort, as the hotel was built over a castle site. I often wonder if the cemetery was a fort. The landscape is balanced with two major high points dissected by a swiftly running water. The Midwinter Solstice is a great time to honour our ancestors and we did a few simple gesture exercises to connect with them. Honouring the trees Then we followed the river downstream to where it shortly turned into a beautiful small glen or dell. This was where to winter solstice walk was to take place. En route we passed trees hugging the steep bank beside the path, or leaning quite dramatically over the river. We stopped to do an exercise to perceive the essence of the remarkable trees, and shared our findings, Already the trees were reaching out to our hearts and minds as we expressed gratitude for them. Healing a tree As we entered the glen I spotted a small tree that had been cruelly broken by a storm. We dowsed the tree before and after healing and performed the exercise I...

Gaia Touch Walk

Meditation In just over two weeks I am organising a Gaia Touch Walk for the Solstice. This morning during meditation I tried a Gaia Touch exercise to strengthen the World of Beyond. It starts with being fully present in your body. It then leads you to a point where you can identify the stars of heaven being mirrored in your body. Then a later stage is about identifying the spiritual world through the world of our ancestors, successors and spiritual masters. It was a deep exercise – I don’t spend a long time doing these as I believe it is the intent rather than the time spent on them that matters more.  Then I opened the most recent book in English by Marko Pogacnik, creator of Gaia Touch exercises, who happens to be a colleague of mine in the past. The page happened to open at the exact exercise to connect with the world of Ancestors and Descendants! Although it was a different exercise than the first one, and in fact far simpler to conduct, I saw a shared thread. I felt both exercises would fit in well with our Gaia Touch Walk for the Solstice in Ennistymon, Co Clare. Ancestral Lands Moving on to the daytime and I was out in my car trying to locate sites in County Clare for various reasons. I ended up outside the driveway of a long-term friend of mine, who advised me to turn back since it was getting dark, and further reckies would prove futile. I drove away and thought I was following the most direct route into the nearest town, only to find myself on...

The yew and other Celtic Trees offer us Tools for Spiritual Awakening

Now we are in the season of the Yew. I have uploaded a series of meditations for this season too. Recently I enjoyed a whole month in Nova Scotia giving spiritual talks and workshops. I focussed my workshops on the Celtic Trees because I am about to write a book on them, showing how the ancient Celtic alphabet can be interpreted as a language of the soul. In the workshops I shared examples of how sound, sacred geometry, the chakra system and much more is encoded in the arrangement of the Celtic Tree calendar that Robert Graves first described. People responded really well to the mix of practical exercises with trees, meditations and philosophy. We were in the Aspen season and welcomed the wisdom and hindsight that time of year brings. Many were able to express their wisdom in creative moments such as song and poetry and drawings.   When younger I had the good fortune to receive a copy of translation of the Battle of the Trees, an ancient manuscript. It inspired me to write my book Tree Murmurs in 1999 to complement a nature walk I was leading in Edinburgh as part of the Fringe Festival. Now, 17 years on, I am revisiting this subject area to contemplate the way the Celtic trees inter-relate and form a whole which is greater than the sum of the parts. Now we are entering the Yew Season. It is the time for regeneration in the silence. Standing at the threshold between death and new life, from our earthly perspective it can be rather daunting, as only death and birth are inevitable. In...
Airmid Goddess of all healing plants

Airmid Goddess of all healing plants

An inspiring workshop on Airmid the goddess of all healing plants Recently I had the good fortune to being able to last-minute attend a ceremonial retreat entitled Airmid and the Dream of Plants. It was a real treat to be safely retreated into the plant kingdom. Led by Carole Guyett from her home in East Clare Ireland, I realised that this woman was not only a skilled herbalist but also a shamanic practitioner and a “Celtic priestess”. I felt at home with her mixture of myth-sharing, plant journeying, philosophy on current changes in our lives and much more. She lives in an ancient townland dedicated to the Oak (“Derrynagittah” which she interprets as “left-handed people of the oaklands” and therefore somewhat unusual by blood!). Over time in this hidden gem of an enclosure they have installed an extensive herb labyrinth, a herb garden dedicated to the directions as in the Celtic tree calendar, a circle of Celtic trees lain out similarly, various portals to mythical Irish gods and goddesses, and more. We spent our time indoors in an Earth temple whose walls were decorated with giant botanical sketches of plants and trees positioned according to the meaning of each the eight directions. I was seated in the NNE position in the circle, and so according to Carol’s understanding was aligned with both the overall energy management and new beginnings, being midway between the north and the northeast respectively. Time and time again I see how various cultures and belief systems use the eight directions as a compass for their work. When we were invited to select a card I received the Star, and my “ally” plant I had chosen for the...
Tree Meditations for the Heather Season

Tree Meditations for the Heather Season

My tree meditations for the Celtic Tree continue with the Heather. The group of trees that support the Heather Season in the Ogham Calendar are very positive ones with powerful intuitive qualities too. The heather is primarily connected to the dreamtime and so can soften the edge of so many powerful trees in this cluster, without detracting from the purpose or diminishing the source.  CLICK HERE to listen to my meditations on each tree, the season and even a Lughnasa meditation since Lughnasa occurs in this season. Each meditation generally includes guided visualisations, breathing exercises, explanations and affirmations. I find the cycle of the year really does follow these tree archetypes! Moreover having completed just over half the Celtic year in the series now I am already sensing a deeper soulful connection to the trees, to the seasons, to the ancestors and to my soul purpose, for the OGHAM cycle of trees really does support your inner journey and awaken you to your soul purpose. There is more and more for me to do with this cycle, including workshops, and healing meditational work. I invite you contact me if you would like a  Celtic tree workshop for your group. I now have interest from the Elders in...
Labyrinths in Cork

Labyrinths in Cork

One of the artefacts I come across on my wanderings over Ireland is the labyrinth, a very special mechanism for centering and clearing yourself, especially when journeying! Here is an account of my visit to labyrinths in Cork. Enjoy! In late July I drove to Cork with the intention of looking at some labyrinths. I stayed at the home of Tony Christie, known in Ireland as “the labyrinth man“. Imagine having the opportunity of popping out barefoot each morning to walk your own labyrinth! As an exchange for filming Tony talk about his labyrinth business some months ago, he took some films of me. With no rehearsals I stepped out with my pendulum, gong and divining rods and he filmed what came to me in the labyrinth. How many of you find that when you walk your thoughts become clearer? When you walk a labyrinth this process is accentuated. My first foray into the labyrinth drew me toward its energetic patterning rather than any healing process. I tend to like to read patterns in the land wherever I go, so I went with this in this short film where I find the “node” of the labyrinth, which is its mathematical centre! I then picked up my healing gong and walked the line. The line in this case is the heart chakra, as I am finding that labyrinths not only change qualities along the different pathways, but also are wired up along lines radiating out laterally from a given point, and each chakra is attached to a different lateral line. I hope to do more work on plotting these radials when I...

Trail Following Gaia

After Marko Pogacnik’s visit to the Burren I invited local participants from his workshop to return for a follow-up workshop tour in South Galway, tuning into the earth energies and practising Gaia Touch exercises in nature. Throughout this post I will include my own sensations from time to time to give you an idea of some possibilities of working with the exercises. As the day progressed it felt as though we were following the Following Gaia Trail! We did not venture far by vehicle so as to optimize our time spent on the land, in contact with nature. First we went to where I often take my clients on a full day trail- an area of woodland through which the local river rises and disappears often, creating unusual topographical features. Our first place to visit was the Ladle. We walked anti-clockwise round this deep pool. There is a healthy oak standing tall and wide in the circular path halfway round. We connected with the tree with intent, and shared what we found. Many sensed strength – it is interesting what we perceive in this simple exercise as it invariably echoes elements we contain within ourselves. I placed my hands on my sacrum during the exercise, sensing that the tree was a guardian of this mysterious landscape. Moving off towards some large beech trees, we did one of Marko’s tree exercises where we visualise our bodies as trees and we breath in a specific pattern. I sensed a tingling on my brow. As we moved away I, along with the other woman, heard a noise that sounded like something large...

Communicating with our tree archetypes

This is a workshop to develop our awareness of tree archetypes as valid aspects of our soul life. Through activities that are simple to replicate we will be encouraged and inspired to develop our own means of communicating with trees as tree archetypes. This uses the healing power of sound, poetry, visualization. Gaia Touch Yoga, meditation, and creativity to bring us in closer communion with trees. Basing the day on the holistic vision of the Druids in relation to trees, we renew our connection with nature through many mindful exercises, and enjoy sharing our experiences and learning from our tree friends. Using tools to increase our awareness of the presence of our trees, such as sound toning, dowsing, Gaia Touch exercises, poetry and guided meditations we then visit some trees in the beautiful grounds of  our hosts Maggie and Duncan Keppie. Finally we are invited to select our own tree and interact with it. Jackie has tree essences from the Celtic Ogham series and booklets with her on the day for you to receive your own essence. These are reasonably...

Oak Meditation

The oak meditation I composed for this month of the Oak came a surprise to me as a few days before actually writing and recording it I received a download of it essence energetically. By this I mean I was in silent meditation and the whole being of the tree entered me without my focussing on it. I was able to sense its qualities exactly as the past teachers and writers on the Ogham have described when I referred to some reference books and notes I have. Since I had not even looked at them I took this as a sign that the process of committing to each tree according as their month arises had started to work on me at the soul level. I am delighted as when I introduce workshops I will have the solid experiences such as this one to draw on, and this authenticity helps others to really understand the cycle as I perceive it – as a model for the evolution of the soul. I am in many ways upgrading the old cycle due to the earth changes taking place that require such an approach. The tree opposite has a girth of and a height of exactly 18.60 m. It stands on the edge of the Raheen estate near Tuamgraney and is incredible to visit!   You can purchase your Oak meditation for €5 by paying on paypal to Jackie using the address infoatearthwisedotme This meditation will form part of the Heather series in due course and will be available on the online shop here, where the Gorse series is already on...
Tracing the Norway Pentagram through sound and high vibrations! Join us from June 18 -28th 2016.

Tracing the Norway Pentagram through sound and high vibrations! Join us from June 18 -28th 2016.

I was approached by a sacred songstress Stellar Fairbairn about this tour of sites in southern Norway. She told be about a semi-private tour based on the research of our mutual friend in Norway: Harald Boehlke. Whilst I am unable to attend due to my own work commitments, I feel it is a worthy endeavour to include here. I love the idea of using tone at key points of the Norway Pentagram as discovered by my author friend Harald Boehlke. Sound surpasses most methods in raising vibrations of both participants and the land they are present on at any key moment. It directly goes to the heart of the matter. When the land sings, or people feel so connected to the land and themselves, the original tone of the land can reveal itself in a myriad of ways to those travelling in search of higher truths. A pentagram is a seeding mechanism for new grids to emerge and no doubt this work will facilitate further grid upgrades, which will simultaneously allow the land to resonate according to the patterns of the divine feminine again. The divine feminine is a concept probably invented in our modern times to describe the human perception of a quality that often is lacking in both our society and our environment at large. It is the sincere hope of this heart-centred group of people that through their work the higher frequency earth grid systems will come into a more unified vibration that will touch all sentient beings on the planet.  For all enquiries contact me in the first instance please! Activating the Sacred Pentagram of...

The Hawthorn Month

The hawthorn month is a time when nature is showing us her pulse loud and clear, and it is a racey one, with the courting of the king and queen at Beltaine, and the strong heart that the hawthorn affords. She transforms the smouldering fire of the blackthorn into a raging fire that burns fiercer than any other tree. The fecundity of the blackthorn had lived in the depths of our imagination. Now it moves into the realm of the physical and becomes raw sexual power, coupled with the complex power of female intuition. The hawthorn has insights into a rare and privileged overview of the natural world.  She organises order from the naturally chaotic world of nature, but she does not do it though logic or direct intent. Her inspiration comes from a love spun on Spring breezes of hope and potential.     My poem from my book Tree Murmurs only touches on the complexity of this month. It is but one aspect of a huge cauldron of intuitive faculties nurtured by the hawthorn: THE HAWTHORN I am the feminine With fire so strong That I remain; Untouched Unadulterated At one with the Divas – But not with men Who long for me   My celibacy celebrated in sun-kissed berries later in the season Honour me, and I will protect you. My affinities are almost boundless,   I am of the alluring wild – And not of gardenkind. Returning to the hawthorn this year with great anticipation, I realise I had overlooked how wildly intuitive her energies are. In the past I had focussed on her sweet aroma, her...

The Willow and the Blackthorn month

The Blackthorn shares the same lunar month as its gentler counterpart the Willow. It is an enigmatic thorny tree, pictured here close-up with its long talon-like thorns and delicate blossoms. I notice it most when it comes into flower, though in winter its fruit the sloe is also quite noticeable. Once it was regarded as a tree of great magic. In my tree meditation for the Blackthorn within the Gorse season meditation I write ” As a blackthorn you share the same consonant as the Willow, only your strength has doubled. As a double letter in the runes you are a double Willow consonant, so in effect you amplify the aspects of the willow too, and take it to a new level, combining the strength of her gentle qualities and your own firmer male qualities. The Willow has shifted from the aspect of a Fecund Woman to a more masculinized barren Woman, often known as the Hag. The fecundity now resides in the Imaginative realms, rather than the physical.” The surest way of understanding how the ancient peoples viewed their trees is to use your imagination. We are all connected to our ancestors, whether we choose to realise this or not. Life has continuity. Once people revered their trees more as a culture. The respect and honour they gave these great members of the plant kingdom was borne out in the Ogham calendar that aligned itself with the lunar cycles of the year. Now we have almost reached the end of the Willow/Blackthorn month, and as its blossoms are in full flow I have decided to focus on the blackthorn this year. It is a...
The ancient OGHAM calendar

The ancient OGHAM calendar

The ancient Ogham Calendar Why did I choose this photo above? Winter is the time when the earth is more active according to the seer Rudolf Steiner. The tree in its bare outline reminds me of everything that is stirring below, out of sight, and I will connect with the roots of the tree. Long ago, many of the people who worked on the land could sense the trees far more than we do. They even created a calendar based on them! The Ogham calendar was this first topic for me when I began writing books. For those of you who don’t know what I am talking about, it is the way the early peoples in Ireland and Scotland in particular set their calendar year. They referred to the old Druid knowledge that took so much inspiration from their native trees, that were divided into categories such as “nobles’ and “peasants”. Each of the thirteen trees was ascribed to a different lunar month that completed one full year. There were also five seasons contained in the year that was represented by another five trees. (There was an early Summer and a late Summer that was referring to the harvesting of later crops and a second grass crop if lucky).  When you join my mailing list you receive a free copy of the vowel trees, together with a full diagram of the year. What is also fascinating is there is a whole system of sounds representing the initial sound of each fair tree (consonants for the lunar trees and vowels for the seasons). As a sound healer I am intrigued by...
The Soul World of the Celtic Tree calendar

The Soul World of the Celtic Tree calendar

I am creating an exciting innovative range of  audio meditations honouring the Celtic tree calendar. This meditation product goes very well with my book Tree Murmurs and the Celtic Tree essences I administer as one of the first qualified Ogham Tree practitioners in Ireland. The Background to how it developed: In the Iron Age in the western fringes of Europe a sophisticated wisdom formed the backbone of an early legal system, as revealed in the Irish Brehon Laws of 700 CE. Many years ago when I was renting in Scotland, I had the fortune to come across an abandoned manuscript in the loft, and this alerted me to the existence of a beautiful tree lore that was intertwined in this highly developed thought system. I read in this dusty manuscript of the Battle of the Trees, an epic poem, and started to ponder the qualities of our native trees, and their groupings that were once widely known. Although there have been many books written on the Celtic tree calendar that the trees fitted into, I was interested in the tree cycle as a representation of the inner path of evolution that mankind takes. Given that we live in times of accelerated change both inwardly and outwardly, I would like to revisit these trees now and probe their relevance to us in our bid to grow and transform with the new energies we encounter now, for I sense that the wisdom is from another realm that is more enduring than our own. The Celtic Tree Calendar as a font of knowledge and wisdom The “Celtic tree calendar” was inspired and rotated around the...

How to sound activate land

  The above short video using tuning forks to “sound activate” a castle was one of a series of four taken in January with artist Whit Forester of the USA. As Whit puts it; By placing the tuning forks on the floor we turn each floor of the Castle in Ireland where this takes place into a resonant chamber that vibrates at the frequencies of the forks. In small ways, this also turns the entire castle into a body which thus vibrates at the same frequency into the land. In 1997 Whit attended Oberlin College in Ohio, a private liberal college renowned for its environmental awareness. He graduated in environmental studies and since then has taken an artistic approach to environmental problems. In the intervening period this rightly ambitious artist has become involved in many community and creative projects. Whit perceives the early Irish monks as having cultivated (excuse the pun!) an attitude towards the plant world that was in harmony with nature and the human spirit. We now are having to return to this earth wisdom in order to survive, but the silent struggle with multinationals who poison Ireland with their Round Up and other chemical applications is still ongoing. Whit aims to awaken people’s awareness of their connection with the plant kingdom through his interesting art. He is using the beauty of naturalised plants to show a deeper malaise in our world that he seeks to address through art, rather than cold scientific fact. While I was taking him around the ancient and nature sites he wished to see (holy wells, natural water etc) we talked about my interest in using the uniquely and...

Walking a labyrinth

Walking a labyrinth is very beneficial for our mental and spiritual health. I have known of labyrinths as a tool for reflection for at least 30 years. When I lived in Edinburgh the University had a beautiful one installed in George Square. This was convenient for students before facing exams!  It was a haven for contemplation when I was taking my Theology certificate in 1995. Originally it was hoped to construct it from white quartz pebbles but that costly plan was thwarted. It is lined with granite stones and enclosed by yews. Situated in the northwest corner of the square, its higher purpose would align with the entrance to the temple via the ray of the divine mother, before penetrating the “holy of holies” which would be in the centre. This knowledge is part of the Reshel system I studied with William Buehler. To me the positioning is perfect and shows that the labyrinth there is fit for purpose. The labyrinth is based on the design of the one lain on the floor of Chartres Cathedral. Since there are often chairs placed over that ancient labyrinth, the one in Edinburgh was closer and more accessible. The pattern of the Edinburgh University labyrinth is very empowering when you walk it, inducing a feeling of raised consciousness in the walker. A recent visit from Tony Christie in Cork was full of happy coincidences. He had created a labyrinth on communal land belonging to a community at Clough Jordan in Tipperary. I happened to be visiting a friend close to the village in a few days’ time, so we visited it and managed to...

The Rowan Month is upon us

“Truly winter is a season of Inner Fireworks with an opportunity to dance with the earth, as at no other time.”                                         (Shirley Langpohl, Nova Scotia)   During these literally dark times we are experiencing on the Irish western seaboard along the much-marketed Atlantic Way, the full moon of last Christmas reawakened a deep appreciation for the moon in me. The moon influence is important. According to my mystic friend William Buehler, there used to be two moons attached to the Earth, and since one fell there has been an extra burden placed on the remaining one. In these times of relentless changes, the waters, that are to a large extent controlled by the moon, have undergone turbulent motions. Simultaneously this turbulence is echoed in the human arena, where many humans (including myself) are experiencing a strange cough that awakens them in the middle of the night. From a TCM point of view, this is the time when the Liver is dominant (1am-3am) and this is when the cough invariably erupts. I feel a sense of urgency when I consider how this universal cough is accompanied by elementals who are making themselves known to us at a very physical level, perhaps with a subtle message our souls may grasp. Liver is associated with anger and frustration – could it be that the elementals are expressing their frustration through us? We are all connected in reality. It is as if the earth is prompted by the Moon to make its presence known, and the accompanying...

Legendary Landscapes of Clare

I am compiling a list of legends of dragons, fairy people and other diverse creatures that stem from the natural landscape of County Clare. This is for a free talk I will be giving on Friday 16th October at 8pm at the wonderful Kilshanny House in County Clare. I think this venue is a perfect match for the contents of the talk, which will be harkening to the not-so-distant past when everyone believed in the magic of fairies, and the magic of the land. I am hoping the storytelling will continue into the evening with others bringing their own legends with them to enrich us all. Going through my books Spirit of the Burren and the Burren Trails and Essence of the Burren it is interesting how many stories I could extract that relate directly to a locale or landscape. Peter Aranos is kindly playing his violin at this event. We have worked well together in the past for my short nature films set to poetry, another which I aim to present one in local libraries this November on Galway’s Changing Landscape. That’s the subject for another blog though! Kilshanny House lies close to Cairn Connaughtu on the banks of the river Daly. There are several stories and legends associated with this cairn, and so as not to spoil if for those attending, I will refrain from relating them here. This picture taken of it is by Kevin Lynch who lives nearby. Kevin is a gifted photographer who together with his wife run a successful natural soap business in County Clare. When I first read about the legends connected...
Dowsing on Holy Island Lough Derg

Dowsing on Holy Island Lough Derg

I returned to Holy Island Lough Derg after a gap of several years, armed with my dowsing map that I had created upon the last visit. I was delighted with the fact that the ley lines still seemed to be there, and more delighted still that the weather was beautiful for my private visit. I first followed a path to a mysterious monument known as the Confessional. This lies behind the main ancient cemetery.  Unlike Clonmacnoise in a neighbouring county, most of the 84 carved burial stones have never been moved from their original position. The confessional was once covered and now its leaning jamb stones guard another stone that may once have held relics. I got the distinct sense that this was a point of entry for the ancestors here. The round tower by St Caimin’s Church has many ley lines emanating from it that connect with other interesting monuments on the island. One of these lines traverses a series of old bullaun stones whose uses are unknown but more than likely served as sacred water fonts. Afterwards the line of energy goes to the southwest tip of the enclosure round St Bride’s Church in the south of the small island. From there another line goes to the old holy well in the southwest. There is an incredible surge of energy at the entrance to this well. Ger Madden the seasoned boatmen and historian kindly gave me a bottle of its sacred water. There are other powerful points on the island to explore, and on Sunday 20th September why not join me at my dowsing workshop in Mountshannon that includes a three hour...

Ireland’s smallest stone circle

It’s not to do with the size and it’s all to do with the quality of a site. In this case that truth is clear to behold when you visit Ireland’s smallest stone circle: Kealkil Stone Circle in beautiful West Cork.  In The Divine Blueprint Freddy Silva mentions this same circle as forming a triangle of alignments with the better-known sites of Avebury and Callanish (Outer Hebrides). For me it all began six years ago when a stranger rang me while I was waiting directly above a room where a profound sound healing was taking place. Whilst on a tour a client was receiving sound healing at my colleague’s home in the Pentland Hills near Edinburgh.  That very minute I was experiencing a blissful moment of intense joy; my own chakras were reverberating as if in resonance with the client below; my stomach was simultaneously gurgling a full scale of notes. Meanwhile my client’s wife was experiencing energy shifts in the correspondent chakras. It was an unforgettable energy that swept through the room, as my mobile rang out. It was a complete stranger who told me spirit had led him to ring me and invite me to the aforementioned sites that Freddy Silva had written of, with the intention of performing sound healing at each site. My stomach was still resounding the scale so I knew this was no mere coincidence, It was as though during the sound healing the client, his wife and I had formed a human triangle representing the sites this stranger now told me were linked energetically! I had other work on at the time so had to refuse the exciting assignment offered...

Ceremonial site

Recently I took friends and clients to a new site in South Galway I discovered. Some old friends of mine had mentioned a bullaun stone lying in their local butcher’s field by the river. A bullaun stone is a stone with a carved hollow in its centre. Some believe these stones were used as early baptismal fonts while others believe that they were primarily used for grinding corn in! Yet others perceive them as healing stones. They are perceived as holy and often are found in ancient graveyards or close to them in Ireland. I decided to go by myself the first time as I normally do, to see if it is a place worth bringing people to. When I got to the site I parked my car by a farm gate and walked through the stile. I could not believe that ahead of my was an oval shaped circle of stones with the most majestic leaning trees growing among the stones. Walking closer I saw that one side of the oval was straight and that there was an opening on the far curve of the D-shape.  As I continued into the centre I saw between two beautiful old trees that stones had been piled up into an approximate altar, and that there were one or even two bullaun stones on top of the flattened pile. Another stone was erect and resembled an angel. I wondered what the site was about. I guessed it must have been an open air church in the so-called penal times, when the local people were not allowed to practise their Catholic faith. I...
Being one with nature

Being one with nature

I’m pleased with the article on the earth energies in the Burren that  I wrote for Ireland’s latest magazine Otherwise. What I particular enjoy is the surprise interaction with readers I am encountering. I was in my local wholefood shop when the owner told me how he resonated with my words about “becoming a benign presence” in nature so that the elementals can respond and become enlivened in your human presence. My piece inspired him to visit a local river cave. It’s the same one I happen to take people to on my dowsing workshops (next one on Saturday 15th July in Gort South Galway). His experience of being one with nature led him to pick up rubbish he found there as he walked the river banks. This surely is perfect way to show our oneness with nature. It is an example of right action. I was in a shop in Galway the following day and the owner happened to be a great artist and jeweller. I saw a wonderful picture on his wall and instantly recognized it as the back stone in one of the cairns at Lough Crew. He was surprised I recognised the carvings, and then related how he slept in that cairn for three nights once! He said he dreamt all night of fairy scenes that sounded wild…. There are daily conversations I am having with people in Ireland who share their intimate moments with me – moments of being one with nature. Normally there is no reason for such a topic of conversation but we all feel better after the conversation. It adds to the healing, uplifting...
What is earth healing?

What is earth healing?

If I were to be blunt about it, I would say that earth healing is a figment of the imagination! I know many of my past clients on tours claimed to be healing earth sites, but deep down I sensed that the sites were already in a pure state-however as humans we are not able to access that deep sense of purity and knowing that our beloved Earth resides in. This is a Metatronic state of being. When I used to dowse ley lines in Scotland close to Rosslyn Chapel, I was verifying lines of energy that resonated at a very light high frequency that we called Metatronic, and some people could not sense these Metatronic leylines, although they could sense denser ones such as the Hartman grid that provides a basic structure on the surface of the Earth. Over the years I have learnt that the Earth at its Metatronic level only requires the recognition of a quality or energy for it to come into being. Everything is fundamentally light, and then mental energy, and then the denser layers we are more accustomed to. So Metatronic Earth requires no healing as the energies are perfect as they are.  On the denser levels I am not denying that there are plenty of areas on the surface of the earth that currently are in great distress. They are depending on a vast range of elementals and a host of other earth beings to assist it. However, the Earth is undoubtedly able to transit any disturbances that we humans throw at her! It comes down to how we perceive our role on earth....

My books at Rosslyn Chapel

My books at Rosslyn Chapel include an early collection of local legends, poems and history of the area. I recently was featured in Barbara Sinclair’s blog, following her visit to Rosslyn Chapel near Edinburgh, Scotland. Barbara discovered my earliest book, Tree Murmures written in 1999, tucked away on a low shelf at Rosslyn Chapel’s gift shop, where it has been sold for 16 years. Barbara kindly went on to take the time to write wrote a wonderful blog on my book Tree Murmurs. Thank you so much Barbara for taking the time to express your pleasure and joy my book gives you. Tree Murmurs still moves many souls and it’s heartening to know my poems can do this and never seem to die. It’s as if the information contained within them is timeless. Anyone who joins my newsletter list at the foot of my home page can receive upon request a free copy of the centrepiece and all the vowel poems from this book. The vowels represent the five Celtic seasons. Everyone is born to a specific tree (lunar) month, and also is born to a corresponding season too.  Many times women have told me how the poem speaks of their very nature, and is indeed their favourite tree, before they knew that this was their birth tree sign! It’s a pity my books are hard to find at Rosslyn- I keep asking them to move them to the main shelf and the long-term manager is in full agreement. Sometimes people go to the chapel specifically to buy one of my guides to the chapel. You have to be a bit of a...
Tour Holy Island Lough Derg

Tour Holy Island Lough Derg

Why not tour Holy Island Lough Derg with me?This rural recluse is one that is not too far away from the Burren where I live. The journey there skirts the Slieve Aughtys mentioned in my book Spirit of the Burren.I spent a wonderful afternoon dowsing this holy island once. By this I mean divining, or dowsing, the energy lines and alignments (ley lines) on the island.The above sketch shows a preliminary investigation of the leys and other characteristics I found when dowsing the island. I found some points of intense energy. I love the twisty roads that are reminiscent of old Ireland as they wind their way through the hills, passing ancient churches, woods and mounds. When you finally reach the shores of Lough Derg you feel you have joined the long lineage of pilgrims. Instead of joining the sightseers why not stop longer and spend some hours dowsing the island, as it is a small island you can easily walk around.   If you’d like to learn to dowse in a magical setting where the boatman will let you take your time, then I am more than willing to accompany you and teach you how to dowse. The island has many churches, wells, the remains of a round tower and sundial. along with some bullaun stones. Other stones were ascribed to kissing and bargaining! There is a pilgrims’s path on the island and even some unusual ecclesiastical monuments. It is well worth a visit to this isle, set within one of the most sacred lakes in Ireland. Contact me with your date.  ...
The sheela-na-gig of Clonmacnoise

The sheela-na-gig of Clonmacnoise

Sheelanagigs are not a constant in my radar as they are scattered fairly widely throughout Ireland and many are worn or in obscure places. That is why I was so pleased to spot one at a well-known tourist spot in the west of Ireland: Clonmacnoise is one of Ireland’s most picturesque monastic ruins. Alongside its scenic value, it was one of Ireland’s main early Christian centres of learning so many saints are associated with it. I once appproached this ancient monastery by boat travelling up the Shannon, but on this particular day I was with two Canadian ladies who were appreciating the blast of sunshine as much as I was, for May had been a very wet, windy and cold month. What is a sheelanagig do I hear you ask? It is an etching mainly on stone of a naked women crouching slightly often, holding her hands above her genitalia (or perhaps even fingering her vulva but it hard to make out in the circumstances). Often they are placed over doorways to medieval churches-and since the very early churches were entered from the west, the sheelanagigs are usually over Romanesque doorways in the south aisle. Some say they were to ward off evil spirits, while others believe they are symbols of fertility and for me, at least. they are marking sites that hold strong telluric forces ie the earth energies are flowing well at the sites where they placed the figurines. It was common in Celtic countries for the Church to carry pagan views alongside the more orthodox Roman Catholic dogmas, perhaps because these countries were on the fringes of the...

Appreciating the small things

Last Friday when I arrived in the pouring rain at Kinvara to set up my book stall for the long morning ahead, a van almost hemmed me in as I parked. I offered to back up more to give the driver more room. He walked around the back of his van, reached in and gave me a large beautiful orange as a gift. It was such a wet morning I hardly had time to thank him when he had disappeared for shelter. I then went to buy some organic honey from the woman opposite me in the market, who sells it for almost no profit for her neighbour. She gave me a lovely bunch of chives to take home with me. Then a man walked up to my small table and asked me if I would like one of his music cds in exchange for one of my new books on the Burren, or some money.  I said I would prefer money at this stage of a wet morning, and he laughed and said he would naturally pay- but I would get one of his cds anyway-I have played it and it is a mixture of Buddhist chants and Irish music interestingly. Finally I went into the lovely shop the Secret Garden in Kinvara and asked how my books were selling there. Karen gave me a pair of new bamboo socks from the shop and a generous discount on another pair. I had been feeling a bit washed out and yet everywhere I went people were being most kind to me. It reminded me what is so special about...

Nature Retreat in the Burren

I have designed a beautiful short break in the Burren in the west of Ireland, in which you can reconnect with Nature and nourish your “earth soul” in the process. So far I have dates for a great self-catering accommodation ready. The mid-nineteenth century house is midway between the Burren Lowlands where I live and the classic Burren. It affords great access to both places so we can see a variety of sacred sites in the Burren. I am also sourcing a hotel stay for a similar break. Many drive through the wild Atlantic Way and pay no heed to the small, hidden places. Yesterday I took a delightful German woman to sites she never knew existed, despite coming here for the last 38 years on her holidays! This theme of not knowing what exists in one’s own backyard is universal, and something I have encountered in the most lovely people constantly. The joy they experience when they discover the exotic near home is quite something to behold! One of the many activities that I will be offering is a trip to Kilmacduagh Round Tower and extensive surrounding monastic ruins. There we practice the art of dowsing. This is an ancient art that entails you using rods and pendulums to detect invisible changes in the energy of an area you are walking across. At holy sites these lines of energy are often called ley lines, and appear to have been “installed” by those who lived there at the time, particulary those who built the churches. This is because geomancy was part of life in the Middle Ages. Whenever I...

Beautiful voice duet in crypt at Rosslyn available to download for donation.

Recently I came across an old CD with several recordings donated from Jacquelyn Atkins from Byron Bay in Australia. Jacquelyn had come on a tour with me in Roslin and had explained how she taught toning as a spiritual practice and service. I was fascinated as I have always responded deeply to sound. I had not trained in sonic acupuncture or sound healing at that time, but I was very interested in this aspect of healing. So after the tour Jacquelyn came round to my flat and demonstrated how she relaxed and let the sound flow through her and go where it was needed, paying little heed to how it sounded. The following morning we ventured round Rosslyn Chapel before it opened. The staff knew me well and kindly let us in ahead of the crowds, so we could create sound uninterrupted in the chapel and crypt. I recall how the manager held back tears in his eyes when we came upstairs, saying it was quite moving and even beautiful. I had never seem his so moved- he normally is in a “normal” zone, but that morning he was transported elsewhere. Angels were with us. After a while I started to join in quietly with the tones that Jacquelyn was producing. As I gained confidence the duet grew in powerful tones. Listening back now, I feel that the two voices sound infinitely better than one. The tones really do reflect the quality of the place. I am immediately inside the crypt when I hear this, and to me these sounds are infinitely better than the manufacture plaintiff that has...

Where have all the fairies gone?

Having read a number of books on the fairies, or elementals of late – I feel in the mood, rather than overtly qualified, to write something on the, and indeed for the, fairies. There have been many incidents when I believe I have encountered fairies. As a very young child two wisened old fairies visited me one night, and I will never forget their loving presences. Much happened that night. It reminds me of the spiritual fact that many levels of being are integrated in these creatures from another dimension than ours. Fairies understand that they are an integral part of creation and life. Spirit pervades all life. The fairies hold one of the keys to understanding a spirit-filled creation matrix called Life. In order to regain a connection with the greater stream of life, one has to learn to daydream. That is why so many fairy tales begin with the main character dreaming whilst resting during the daytime. They place themselves in a state of expanded consciousness by letting go of the normal day to day thoughts and hovering in between worlds. When the characters come back, they describe the fairy realm as the otherworld, but in reality this is where humans and fairies meet. The fairy realm is different. It is not one we can enter – but we can enter a shared kingdom, or state of being, called the Otherworld; one full of imagination and great beauty. We don’t tend to see fairies much these days- not because they are not around, but rather because the mass culture ignores them so we don’t expect to see...

Finn’s delight

FINN’S OLD GROUNDS When I lived in Scotland I was aware how Glen Lyon in the heartlands of Scotland was an area that was ringed by ancient homesteads known affectionately in old books as “Fingallian ring forts”, or “Irish homesteads”.The term “Fingallian” was ascribed to the ring forts in the locality because Finn was the mythical here here, and not Arthur as in so many other parts of the UK. Locals claimed that this was a small, special region in which the Irish language was spoken on the mainland of Scotland earlier than any here. The language was also spoken in the Hebrideans and it would be several centuries before Columba arrived from Donegal with his Dal Riada sept to colonise the southwest of Scotland. He brought his native tongue in the wake of that invasion of sorts, and this dialect formed the basis of modern Gallic in Scotland. The Gaelic of Glen Lyon and the Hebrides by contrast was a localised affair. Over in Ireland, the legends of Finn are remembered in the far north west in County Donegal. Fionn is a semi-mythical warrior like Arthur, but he is more aligned with the faery energies. This reflects the nature of his place of origin. FINN”S SALMON RIVER So I was delighted to have the chance to go north to Donegal a few weeks ago, after a damp dull spell of weather. The skies blessed me with a perfect day for exploring the area I was drawn to…and speical numbers kept cropping up that I recognized were reflections of the energies of my short quest. I stayed in Ballybofey that straddles the...

Workshops for embracing the Earth

My workshops encourage you develop a sensitivity to the Earth. Gaia Touch yoga is like a series of earth meditations with simple gestures and focussed intent geared toward creating a healthy and creative link between you and the living Earth. This creates mutual benefits for you and Gaia, the living earth. Dowsing ley lines first requires you to learn the basic tenets of dowsing. Dowsing for healing is aimed at healing people or animals using intent and a series of clearing exercises. You may also enjoy writing poetry in the moment, inspired by the wonders of Nature. Gaia Touch Yoga Dowsing Ley Lines Dowsing for Healing Inspired by...

Winter Sunlight in the Burren

It is the time of year when Spring fast approaches, and yet the winter days can be the coldest in the season. So on the days when the sun blesses the land with a strong presence, it is a pure joy to be out on the land. I was so greatful to be out last weekend on one of the monthly walks that Burren Beo offer in the Burren. We were climbing the lower flanks of Turlough Hill, one of the most fascinating areas of the Burren. I had been drawn to this hill for many years and now archaeologists are making it a point to study its strange features more (fodder for another blog shortly). A year ago when I neared the summit a vast expanse of rock appeared over the horizon. I had one of the moments when my heart felt overwhelmed by a strange power emitting from the land. My feet wanted to root themselves to the spot so I could drink in the other-wordly elixir the moment offered. I cannot describe how it felt. It was the spirit of the land conveying itself in a sudden and subtle moment. Something similar occurred last Sunday. As we walked over the crest of land a new vista appeared before us. The sun was lighting up all the wet surface of the hillside. Bereft of vegetation the raw limestone sparkled and glistened like it could on no other day. Low light beams and water that clung to the cool rocks conjured up a magical sight for the eyes. If rock has a soul it had duplicated into a thousand...

Press Release

Jackie’s new book Essence of the Burren is due out in the next week. It makes a perfect gift for anyone planning to visit the Burren, or learn more about its unique qualities.

Reprint Of Major Guide

Jackie is in the process of converting her best-selling book “The Spiritual Meaning of Rosslyn’s Carvings” into e book and Kindle versions so visitors to Rosslyn Chapel can enjoy their visit more. See store for details.
Templar Tour

Templar Tour

Jackie is leading experts in healing energies from France on a Templar tour of Scotland from 2nd-6th May 2015. This journey is flexible always focussing on the interests of the group in hand. There are many sites to explore close to Edinburgh or you can further north or west. It is an ideal tour for a small private group. Since the Templars worked with the divine feminine in the landscape we also explore earth energies and dowsing as well as looking at remnants of the Templar...

Peace Mission In Derry May 2015

In May 14th – 17th 2015 Jackie is accompanying and assisting the artist, healer and earth geomancer Marko Pogačnik on a peace mission in Derry (Londonderry, Northern Ireland). Marko has been invited back to do more work on the peace process by the local authorities. He was last there 20 years ago. Marko very kindly invited Jackie as his guest on this occasion. In 2016 he will be giving a workshop in the Burren which Jackie shall co-ordinate. Contact Earthwise if interested. firle If you wish to join this please contact the following: Susan Glass Programmes Co-ordinator Garden of Reflection HOLYWELL – DiverseCity Community Partnership 8-14 Bishop Street Derry~Londonderry BT48 6PW Tel. (028) 71261941 Mobile 07740107742 Email susan@gardenofreflection.org Web www.gardenofreflection.org Twitter...

Yeats Inspired Films

Jackie has started filming locations that are strongly associated with the life of WB Yeats. She will be delivering a poetry event set to music and filming as a standalone event for the Yeats Centenery Year celebrations in 2015. More media about this to follow in...