I was born in west London in the 50s, and have warm memories of friendly relatively car-free streets, and wide parks to play in. After grammar shool and voluntary work in the mid 70s, I became one of the first students on a newly designed future-oriented science degree course entitled Human Ecology. It was a liberating, slightly dizzy period of my life where my horizons expanded fast. As the meetings and conferences with radical thinkers on physical energy resources and conservation rolled on, I started to question whether grass-root politics of the newly emerging green movement would indeed solve the environmental problems of the world. I avidly read all the books on spiritual ecology that our progressive college possessed, and felt comfortable there, with time to think. I felt quiet unease with the more physical world of natural resource management that my degree was preparing us for. I sensed we were applying scientific models to nature that would serve to prolong our wish to consume rather than learning how to co-exist with nature. Since Thatcherite times were preparing us to become wholesale consumers, I felt critically aware that there was a fair degree of wishful thinking accompanying this trend. The assumption was that the Earth, as a separate entity, could survive as a bi-product of our growing consuming habits. By my early 20s I realised I had to carve a more spiritual relationship with the Earth if my soul purpose were to flourish.
During the external year of studies in the late 70s I left West Yorkshire and by a series of happy “accidents” took an interesting job near Kyoto in Japan with a Shinto organization – Shintoism being the native nature–oriented religion in Japan. I also made a long film on nine Japanese Shinto and Buddhist communities that I refused to sell to the BBC at the time! The totally different way of thinking I encountered in that somewhat exotic year led me to taking another year out, where I researched my thesis on the spiritual role of the social worker in community development in rural South India. I had the great fortune to be invited to participate in this small project which has long since been recognized by the UN as one of the best small projects for developing countries. The stay was a most formative experience for my spiritual side. I learnt to meditate deeply and encounter other realms of reality through this practice.
After working in various cultures for a few years I felt ready to complete my studies (multi cultural education) and even start a family. By then I had become very involved in meditation practices, and I was convinced that the inner worlds were equally important as the outer world we moved around in. I gravitated toward what I termed spiritual geography, due to many experiences.
Raising a family was my first and foremost role for many years. It exposed me to the work and philosophy of Rudolf Steiner, and we sent our children to a Steiner school for some or all of their education. I trained as a Steiner teacher, worked in a kindergarten, became a puppeteer, story teller and ESL teacher at various periods. While they were young I practiced spiritual healing with real results, and later taught many reflexology courses. I also studied theology although I never became a minister.
It was during their teenage years that I set up a niche tour business. This felt more like my soul purpose. With the encouragement of a good friend, I researched the Picts and the Celts in Scotland. We decided to channel all our local discoveries into creating day tours from Edinburgh, and so Celtic Trails was born. Many visitors seemed genuinely attracted to the subject of the early Celtic saints, and the Knights Templar. It seemed that such historic groups were small in number but significant in effect. They practiced the ancient art of geomancy, which is the art of sensing the land. This determined where they prayed and resided. Visiting so many sites off the beaten track on my tours in Scotland awakened in me as a deep sense of the healing power of nature. I also started to decode the landscapes using my own methods.
I inadvertently came across the work of William Buehler, a mystic and geomancer who lives still in Colorado. His articles appeared in study materials of a local mystery school I was attending in the Highlands. William used many strange words about the Metatronic realms and the various presences that frequented the realms where time and space, as we know it, do not exist. Unbeknown to me at the time, the sites I had chosen for my tours exactly mirrored invisible patterns he had discerned in the landscape round Edinburgh, including many places around Rosslyn Chapel. We began an almost daily e-mailing in the late 90s. Visitors on my tours would experience something that dovetailed with his latest spiritual research. I taught people to dowse ley lines at sites that were part of an invisible network of ley lines that created “Metatronic” patterns, overseen by archangel Metatron. It became increasingly apparent that the Earth was a multi-levelled complex being who is able to respond to the consciousness of the humans passing through. It would make a story book in itself to explain how this two-way interconnection manifested.
I was the first external guide to take people to Rosslyn Chapel, where I would explain how the carvings related to esoteric mysteries. I wrote two esoteric guides to the chapel as well as other books of poetry and legends. As the Da Vinci Code book and film took their grip on the media, it became harder to create the space for visitors in which the outer and inner worlds could collide, as more and more man-made rules intruded at the various sites.
In 2008 I came for a sabbatical to Ireland where my parents were born. There I wrote more books on the spirituality of ley lines and nature. I stayed on longer than first intended, and in between doing some longer tours I learnt more healing modalities, and became very interested in learning how sound can be used in healing. Like my interest in sacred places, I had always been practised a little healing.
Now living on the edge of an area of outstanding natural beauty in the west of Ireland, I combined these interests when I would visit sites and tune in with my tuning forks before toning with the energies that resonated with each place. I also use the gong as this is such a healing instrument. Sound helps you tune into the resonance of a site. Dowsing also helps you link into the specific energetic imprints of a site. Our energetic bodies both reflect and respond to the energetic bodies of the Earth. Can you spot the aura round the head on the left?
In 2014 I knew there was something else I could offer. One day, while going to deliver some of my books to an art gallery on the coast, I saw a book by Slovenian healer/artist Marko Pogacnik for sale on the book table. His book Sacred Geography touched a deep chord, as my own thoughts were mirrored throughout the pages. So I immediately signed up for his course, which was taking place in Germany. It entailed a long journey across Ireland and Germany to get there. However it was well worth it. His Gaia Touch exercises carried elements of Rudolf Steiner’s knowledge which I respect. (I am a trained Steiner teacher too.) My tours and workshops facilitate people to have their own experience at the sites, and Marko’s style also allows people to experience the mystery and power of these life-affirming exercises, always in their own way, in freedom. I find a profound simplicity in these exercises that enable people to feel the Earth as a divine, multi-levelled presence within them. I feel I meet a kindred spirit in Marko, whose dedicatory research and work with Gaia began many decades ago. To my surprise and delight he invited me to work with him in 2015 in Ireland and Scotland as his assistant and guide respectively. I decided it was time to launch Earthwise, which is a composite site for the various things I do to help people become aware of the Earth as a living cosmic being.
My goal is to awaken people to the magnificence of the Earth as a deeply cosmic being, awakening to and sensing its divinity and ever-changing patterns and moods. The effect of people waking up to their natural relationship with the Earth is vastly healing, and offers hope for the future.