“I was to discover that in a great many
spheres of learning, the effects of the earth force were accepted”
~ G. Underwood
The Living Planet
As you may have already gathered from some of my previous ramblings about the planet Earth and Nature that I consider the whole planet, the planet Earth to be a single living entity. This entity is often referred to as Mother Nature, the mother because she provides all, nurtures and looks after us, she is the divine feminine from which all is born and to which all eventually returns.
As I said in my last post, ‘Nature’s Caretakers’, we could either be considered to be parasites living off of this much larger entity, or we could be considered to be living in symbiotic harmony with this much larger entity, the planet Earth, after all she is a living entity, think about it.
Rivers of Energy
As a living entity it makes sense to consider that the planet has ‘rivers’ of energy flowing around her, some broad and strong others smaller and weaker. Not dissimilar to the arteries and veins that we as humans have to carry our life force around our bodies.
The veins and arteries of the planet are often referred to as ‘Ley Lines’ a phrase that was coined by Alfred Watkins in 1921, from the Saxon word ‘ley’ meaning ‘cleared glade’. These Ley Lines span the global, crisscrossing their way all over the landscape, over mountain and under sea. Alfred Watkins thought these Ley Lines where straight however further evidence shows that they in fact can be completely meandering in their character at times. Wilfred Teudt a German pastor also discovered a network work of energy pathways crisscrossing Germany, publishing his discoveries in 1929.
Both gentlemen made their discoveries by connecting ancient monuments such as tumuli, standing stones and circles, cairns, hill-top forts, etc as well as significant natural features, all of which are linked by straight lines, hence the assumption that Ley Lines are straight.
What Are Ley Lines?
The Aborigines call them the ‘Invisible Pathways’; they believe that there is this network of invisible pathways that traverse the planet. Ancient tribal songs tell the history of the tribes and the land and The Aborigines believe that it is their duty to walk these Invisible Pathways singing these songs to honour the land and their ancestors.
There could be some truth in these stories and songs from The Aborigines. About 20 years ago I set out, over the summer, to follow all the Ley Lines that I could around about a 10/15 mile radius of where I was living at the time. Each Ley Line would be carefully drawn onto an OS map so that I could see the pattern, if there was one. The first thing that became obvious was that the Ley Lines where linking up all of the older churches, by older I mean any church that was over 1000 years old or on a site of religious observance that dates over 1000 years, which in the UK amounts to a lot of churches. Not only that each individual Ley Line linked up churches dedicated to the same Saint! Are they Invisible Pathways to guide the pilgrims?
There is no definitive answer to the question; I can tell you my personal view based on my understanding and what I have been told and read about.
It is my belief, that the Ley Lines are actual energy lines or pathways that crisscross the planet and that if you wish to believe they distribute energy around the planet. Just as our arteries take the oxygenated blood from our lungs around the body and the veins take the spent blood back to be refreshed ridding it of the toxic carbon dioxide. As to whether or not the Ley Lines function in the same way, I doubt, I perceive them to be more of a network connecting energy centres.
These energy centres are points where the Ley Lines cross, if you can find a suitably strong intersection you can actually dowse a spiral where they seem to enter and leave a vortex, I have done this at Glastonbury Tor and at several stone circles in The Lake District. These spirals can be found in ancient carvings around the UK and are often found at just such intersections. Other places where intersections can be found are old churches and religious sites, stone circles most prominent in Northern Europe are also very powerful intersections, as are the pyramids most prominent in Egypt and South America. As is Sedona in North America, there are many such intersections all over the planet.
Not all vortexes have been built on, some are on or near natural features and remain untouched, have you ever been somewhere and really felt a powerful energy? You could have been standing on a vortex, an intersection of two or more Ley Lines.
As I say I have found that some Ley Lines are powerful, very powerful, I have dowsed parts of both the Michael and Mary Ley Lines that crisscross Southern England, and various other Ley Line intersection at stone circles around the country. These Ley Lines are far more powerful and at times there is no need for dowsing rods to find them. Others are far more subtle, and dowsing rods are needed to pinpoint them, but these weaker Ley Lines are no less powerful or anymore less significant than their stronger counterparts.
I have also noticed that each individual Ley Line has its own characteristics, it own ‘power’, almost as if they each have their own energy signature.
What Is the Significance of Ley Lines?
This is another question for which I don’t have a definitive answer. Again this is just my personal perception, I consider these Ley Lines and their intersection points to be of a spiritual significance as opposed to being of a physical or practical significance, such as an energy source.
I am very fortunate that my current abode actually has a Ley Line running through it. I find that sitting on the Ley Line provides me with some of my greatest thoughts and understandings; it is also the best place for me to meditate and contemplate. My thoughts are clearer, deeper and more fulfilling when I’m on this Ley Line.
So considering my experiences of living on a Ley Line and that these Ley Lines link up sites of ancient spiritual significance as well as natural features in the landscape, many of these natural features are places of rare beauty and have more subtle spiritual significances. The Ley Lines certainly seem to have a considerable spiritual connection and they are most certainly ideal places to develop a deep and more meaningful connection with Mother Earth, an almost direct connection with the living entity that is the planet.