One of the means of suppression of other faiths was to destroy old temples and to build a church on the very same location. These are generally built on ley lines and places of spiritual power. We visited an exquisite and alive Holy place in the tiny church of St Salvayre, (meaning Saviour) about 6 kilometers up in the hills from Alet Les Bains.
Unlike most churches which are built in the shape of a crucifix, this one is an equal armed cross, and inside the church is a standing stone as well as a solid stone altar such as was used by people of the old faiths. There is a suggestion it may have been a Roman temple dedicated to Mother Isis, and a way-station for travellers, before being converted into a chapel, but of course, no one can be sure. It had wonderful energy.
We spent a good hour doing service in the church, cleaning it, throwing out dead flowers and decorating the altar with fresh flowers and the images of the Holy Mother. You could feel it saying thank you! We then had an archangelic meditation with a few twists, opening the energy to the Christ, then the Divine Mother, who poured in and the entire experience became ecstatic, as each person in turn was assisted to feel the vast blessing of the Divine Mother pouring down in a specific spot in the Church, before laying their hands on the old holy stones, while everyone else chanted with the harp (Veena Vaani) and guitar (Ineke) truly a memorable and special sacred time. And then, as if to tell us She had heard us, there was a big clap of thunder out of a previously blue sky, and it poured with rain!
Water seems to be a key to the spirituality of England and Europe, so far as pre-Christian nature based faiths are concerned. You may recall from a previous letter, the experience that some of us had in Wells England, where golden streams of energy came up out of the Earth through spring water, like geysers. After writing about that, I ‘found’ a book on Sophia, which contained a story about maidens of the wells. I felt that this was the spiritual reality we had experienced in Wells.
The story from the Holy Grail chronicles is from a book called Le Elucidation, which is one of the stories of the Ladies of the Lake. Also known as maidens of the Wells and/or the Sibyls, these maidens who lived in the earth would arise with a golden cup to give drink and sustenance to travellers or pilgrims. They were highly revered, and when they were in residence and respected by humanity, the land flourished and was verdantly harmonious. However one day a King came by and raped the maiden, then his men followed suit. They took the cups and made off with them as well as the maidens. The land fell into chaotic disorder and became a wasteland.
This is really talking about us respecting the land and its sacredness, and when we do so as people of high vibration and devotion, the sacred energy of the Earth flowers and flourishes. When the respect and devotion is missing, when power politics takes the place of ethics, the sacred energy goes quiescent, retracted you could say, and the land does not thrive and nor do the people. The weather goes crazy and nature becomes cruel. The barbarism of the consciousness of the people is mirrored by a disastrous natural situation. There is much here for conservationists and environmentalists to take note of: it is possibly only with the cultivation of our spirituality in union with nature, that the natural world will harmonize and powerfully awaken into balance.
Blessings, Shakti Durga