“This planet, as we humanly perceive it, is paralleled by other planets and multidimensional realms. Our current human perception is heavily conditioned by beliefs based on separation, which prevent public and ordinary awareness of parallel worlds and universes. Yet this planet per se is as multidimensional and united as anywhere else. The questions here are: are you aware of this? Do you intend to move beyond the perception of a separated world? Are you open to expand your perception and also take decisive steps to do so? And finally, yet not ultimately, what may happen to you and the world if you did?” (Franco Santoro, Provisional Territorial Units: Duodecimal Tables of Astroshamanic Geography, Book One)
The Astroshamanic Healing Grid at Findhorn Foundation Cluny Hill, the main workshop centre of the Findhorn Foundation in northern Scotland, is a network of invisible lines that divide Cluny Garden and its whole territory into 12 sectors. Each sector occupies a portion of 30 degrees and corresponds to an astrological sign. The sectors move in a clockwise direction from Sector 1 (Aries), at the East point, and then downwards to Sector 2 (Taurus), Sector 3 (Gemini), Sector 4 (Cancer) and all the remaining signs.
The Astroshamanic Grid at Findhorn Foundation Cluny Hill, originally devised by Franco Santoro in 1999, has been used in thousands of events and astroshamanic workshops, and is specifically featured in some workshops held every year at the Findhorn Foundation (sse details below).
|Findhorn Foundation Cluny Hill and territory|
The boundaries of the Grid were kept unmarked until 24 April 2010, when 12 posts indicating the number, glyph and astroshamanic healing seal for each sector were grounded (see photoes at http://www.facebook.com/ClunyGarden?ref=ts#!/album.php?aid=162565&id=55481444665&ref=mf).
The markers were created by the artist Richard Brockbank (see: http://www.richard-brockbank.co.uk/) and activated by the 12 participants of the recent Being with the Spirit of Cluny Garden.
The use of this, or any other, territory as an Astroshamanic Healing Grid allows the horizon to become a holistic healing setting. In this way the area where you live and move becomes a geomantic power field of wisdom and healing. The Astroshamanic Healing Grid is a holistic web, linking all features of the landscape together, including land, buildings and whatever or whoever is in the territory.
Through the Astroshamanic Healing Grid everything and everyone can become a source of informaton regarding where we come from, where we are, where you are going, and most of all about who we are. With this work you can learn to pay attention and be alert to all that happens within and without you. It is an incredible tool for developing a deep holistic awareness.
Holistic awareness is based on the experience that all aspects of life are intimately related and part of the same whole. According to a holistic perspective there is no separation and we can find our sense of purpose only if we acknowledge the wider reality in which we exist. This reality also includes what lies beyond our ordinary perception and can effectively deepen the awareness of who we truly are.
The Astroshamanic Grid is part of a vast holistic project, called Provisional Territorial Units (PTU), which involves the creation and maintenance of a geomantic healing network encompassing the whole planet through progressive duodecimal subdivisions based on the combinations of the astrological signs. In simpler terms, the aim is to set each geographical area of our planet, large or small, in alignment with such combinations with the purpose of creating healing multidimensional connections.
Since ancient times the physical territory has been used for healing purposes, promoting holisitc awareness and multidimensional links. The Astroshamanic Grid, and the PTU, aim at tapping into this wide territorial network so as to promote its luminous functioning and development. Another aim of the PTU is to re-activate and energise power points, sacred sites, ceremonial lands, etc. that are part of our planetary multidimensional grid.
Power Points are areas where the physical, third-dimensional and ordinary realities meet with the spiritual, multidimensional or non-ordinary realities. Power points play various functions. and most of them operate as gateways or gaps in or out of our perception of this world. Some power points were created or promoted by ancient cultures; or were the manifestation of events caused by nature spirits, multidimensional or unseen beings, while some are the result of recent human actions, which may either reactivate previous power points or create new ones. In the latter respect during your life you may already have given a most valuable contribution, whether you are aware of it or not.
Power points can be broadly divided into three categories:
1) Known power points: public spaces and holy sites used to perform rituals or sacred activities, for example temples, churches, chapels, dolmens, menhirs, stone circles, etc. All human traditions have sacred sites and ceremonial lands. Some of them are widely known, at least in the local environment, others are less known, as they have not been attended for ages or are only visited by few people. Others are basically unknown and belong to the following category.
2) Unknown power points: you may discover these places “by chance” or intuitively. Some common phenomena that may occur in such places are: feelings of unity with the environment, calmness and slowing down of time, expansion of the aura or a sense of embracement by some larger presence, altered states of perception, loss of identification with the ego. Also the feeling of being observed by somebody as you walk, for example, in a wood or by a river can often indicate that you are in a sacred site.
3) New Power Points: these are places that shamans, healers and devoted seekers have chosen for their healing work. For example, any place where regular and significant healing practices, such as the Basic Ritual of the Sacred Cone, have been held for a certain amount of time, especially if involving other people, may become a new power point.
Please be aware that these three categories are not absolute and may blend in many circumstances.
If you feel resonance with the above, please feel free to contact us to share your experiences on the topic.
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