~ CRYSTAL CASTLE ~
Last week we took a lovely day trip to the amazing Crystal Castle to explore it's magick. We are lucky to have Crystal Castle so close to us within the Byron Shire. It consists of private botanical gardens filled with extraordinary crystals, sub-tropical plant life and daily unique experiences on offer.
What they have on offer:
~ WORLD PEACE ~
One of the most sacred structures in the gardens is the World Peace Stupa. A Stupa is a sacred monument built by the Tibetan Buddhists to represent universal divinity. Symbolic of community strength and interdependence, Tibetans believe that great benefit can be gained from walking clockwise around the stupa three times. This is called a 'Kora' and is traditionally done three times.
Indeed, the mere sight of a stupa is said to put one in touch with one's own innate goodness, inspiring compassion, kindness and thus ultimately good karma. We were lucky enough to time our arrival at the stupa for the hourly 7 minute World Peace audio meditation of The Great Bell Chant representing the end of suffering.
~ THE LABYRINTH ~
"In a maze we lose ourselves, but in a labyrinth we find ourselves." ~ Michael Stevens from Sydney Morning Herald
Our second favourite sacred structure in the gardens was the labyrinth. The labyrinth is an archetypal symbol found in spiritual traditions throughout human history. It is a form of sacred geometry that has traditionally been located on sacred sites, power places or energy vortices on the Earth.
Found as far apart as India, Arizona, Java, Peru, Iceland, Crete, Egypt and Europe, traced through early Minoan civilisations back to Neolithic, each labyrinth is inherently designed for the same purpose: as a form of meditative inquiry, an entrance into sacred time and space to seek insight or inspiration.
The mysterious winding path that takes us to the centre is symbolic of entering the unknown. It becomes a metaphor for our journey of self-inquiry. Unlike the maze, which is a puzzle designed to be solved, there is only one way in to the centre of the labyrinth and one way out, no tricks and no dead ends.
By walking the path towards the centre it is believed that neurological pathways get activated between the left and right hemispheres in the brain and we literally begin to unravel our current viewpoint on reality. After making it to the centre we decided to sit and do a meditation sending out gratitude to our incredible universe.