OK – so this post sounds all spiritual (or at least more spiritual than usual). The reason is our visit to the Crystal Castle near Byron Bay on the Northern NSW coast of Australia and a couple of special connections (at least in my mind, or heart) – a close encounter with a Buddhist monk in the midst of walking the winding spiritual path of a Labyrinth, and the opportunity to reflect on the words of a very famous person – and see my own reflection in the Light. So now I feel, well, radiant!
The walk into and out of the Labyrinth takes about twenty minutes. You weave your way towards its centre then wind your way back outwards again, so that metaphorically you are ‘going inside yourself’, then ‘coming out into the world’ and so on. Around and around. Around the exact moment we reached the centre of the Labyrinth a monk quietly (well of course) joined us in the space and sat down to meditate (as monk’s do so well) chanting very softly. I took a photo (a little surreptiously) as I didn’t want to disturb his peace or privacy. The monk was backdropped by a tree fern glowing bright green in the sunlight with a gorgeous jacaranda tree in blooming purple behind. Clad in his deep red robes it was like he was spotlighted in a rainbow of colour as the cropped image above shows. As our journey back out from the centre of the Labyrinth brought us close to his position, we shared smiles and nods, and a sense of peace. And when our respective spiritual journeys continued I was left with a special sense of connection. At the centre of who we are, we are all the same.
The Crystal Castle offers gardens adorned with crystals and imposing statues in the Buddhist and Hindu traditions. It offers places for quiet contemplation, for soul reflection, for rainforest cultivation, for peace, harmony, discovery.
The ‘castle’ if you think in terms of buildings, contains the collective energy of the many different healing crystals it houses, along with a cafe, a range of crystals for show and sale, books, CD’s and other ‘new age’ products.
Then there is the newly constructed (via a labour of love) Tibetan Buddhist Peace Kalachakra Stupa, a sacred monument representing englightenment, a place for prayer, a powerful spiritual symbol offering hope for a better world. It is the first such Stupa built in Australia and only the seventh in the world.
But this post is not a promotion of what is in truth a tranquil, special place (although the Crystal Castle is offering free admission this Saturday, 27th October, for the consecration ceremony for the Stupa, led by the Dalai Lama’s chief representative in Australia.)
This post is really a reflection on the lessons that can be found by reflecting, when you are open to the learning.
One lesson struck me, as I photographed a crystal agate stone engraved with the wise words of Nelson Mandela.
My reflection (a crouched, captivated figure leaning in to take the photograph) and that of my husband (bending in to read) are both captured to provide visual proof that our Light is indeed radiant, if we only let in shine.
Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our Light, not our darkness, that most frightens us.
We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented and fabulous?
Actually, who are you NOT to be?
You are a child of God.
Your playing small doesn’t serve the world.
There’s nothing enlightened about shrinking, so that other people won’t feel insecure around you.
We were born to make manifest the Glory of God that is within us.
It is not just in some of us; it is in everyone.
And, as we let our own Light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.
As we are liberated from our fear, our prescence automatically liberates others.
PS – Caz Makepeace of the Mojito Mother blog describes her own special experience visiting Crystal Castle, so I have a feeling it could be universal.