Connecting to the genius loci at Kynance
A place of healing?
Standing at what seemed the ‘entrance’ path to Kynance Gate prehistoric settlement, I rooted into the earth. Taking some precious quality time to tune into the earth below, listen to the sounds of the wind playing with the low-growing shrubs and the crystal clear song of the skylark very near to me. I felt the gently breeze against my sunburnt face and noticed the overall character of this place until I could find that spot inside me that connected with the overseeing consciousness of this site. I introduced myself to it, just like when you meet a new person. Without words, just using my mind, I told the Genius Loci why I was here and asked if it wanted to spend some time with me. Clearly, from the increasing feeling of ‘connection’ through my Solar Plexus and Third Eye chakra, the Spirit of this Place let me know that it was happy to interact. It felt really strong, but in a gentle way. It had quite an impressive presence and I had to deliberately relax into its energy signature to prevent me from shielding. “Would you like to take me to a spot within Kynance Gate South, that has the most important story to tell? You know, like when a friend would take you to a local site and tell you the interesting stuff. Bit like a tour guide.” “Yes.” the Presence answered.
A healing place
The dowsing rod, guided by the Genius Loci, took me straight to a place within the third round hut. The dowsing rod got a really strong reaction above a stone, overgrown with gorse. I know that once the Spirit of Place has taken me to a particular spot, it is then question time for me. I have to ask the right questions so it can tell me the story that needs to be heard. This process is a mix of dowsing for answers and of intuitive listening that helps to form the right questions. The listening leads, the dowsing confirms. The questions have to be intelligent, designed to narrow down to the basic storyline efficiently, otherwise you’ll be asking for hours straight. Intuition has a key role in the Q&A session of the way I conduct my shamanic dowsing. Every question that I ask has to give an answer that will help me to weed out other possibilities until the story slowly emerges and starts to get clearer. Though it takes up a lot of time, I love this process of unravelling the story bit by bit.
Today, the story developed in a particularly beautiful way, leading me to different locations within Kynance Gate South and their uses until, at the end of my dowsing session (the Genius Loci kept the best till last!), the true ‘why’ of this place was being revealed. This process it is so incredibly beautiful, that it often moves me deeply. And today was a supreme dowsing adventure. A meeting of time lines and of consciousness.
Slowly, an idea emerged about what this site was all about. According to my dowsing findings, this was in first instance a healing site. A place that people came to, to be healed from light to medium sort of illnesses. Kynance Gate South was a place of healing, while Kynance Gate North was mainly a place for the severely ill and of dying. The idea I got from the Genius Loci was that it was kind of a mix between a ‘hospital’ and a ‘nunnery’; a dedicated team that was looking after people and nursed them back to health. The ones who nurtured the ones in need of healing, saw it as their ‘sacred’ task. They lived there. And the people who needed healing lived there temporarily. Either until healed or passed away at the North site. Suddenly, I realised that the other people of our dowsing group had long gone for a lunch. They were hidden from my sight but luckily you can find anything with help of the dowsing rods and so I found the group sitting comfortably within the remains of a round house, enjoying the sun and each other’s stories. Quietly I joined them and hastily ate my date & cashew lunch bar before everyone resumed the dowsing adventure.
“So, what do you want me to know, Spirit of Place. What’s the rest of the story you started to show me?” Thinking about what would be a good question to proceed with, I decided on: “Is there any evidence here that this was a healing site?”. “Yes”, the rod indicated. “Okay, can you lead me to the evidence?” “Yes”. The rod pointed into a direction and I followed until it indicated we had arrived at the proper spot. It was a plain spot, nothing particularly interesting. Just green grass and a few stones that with a bit of imagination might have been part of a hut circle. I didn’t have much visual to go on. So I needed to think about asking the right questions again, in order to get the answers that will help uncover why this place was important. Another Q& A session passed and it became clear that this had been the spot where they stored healing plants. The space was approximately 8 paces in diameter and almost perfectly round like the round houses found elsewhere on this site. Further answers revealed that there was still evidence of healing plants here, both underground as above ground. I asked if I could find one of those above ground. “Yes”. “Okay, show me where the piece of evidence is.” Funnily the rod took me, in a very small detour, to the exact place I had been standing all along here. I looked down at the ground underneath me, watching out for anything unusual. I spotted a dried out piece of flower/plant that was different from the rest. In my mind though, objection overruled the idea that this would be valid evidence because there was no way that a piece of dried out flower/herb in my time line could have originated from the late Neolithic time line! But the Genius Loci interrupted my train of thought and informed me that the piece of evidence I had in my hand was a ‘descendant’ from the original healing plants stored here. It also said that if people were to dig here, they would find remnants of the old plants. I asked a couple of more questions about the plants and found out that they would be all have been local plants. None were imported from other areas. The plants were used to support the healing processes. The other question I asked that I was really curious about, was the pottery that was found on this site in general. “Was that the pottery that was used by the people during the time that this was a healing centre, made on this site?” (from the hand outs with information I knew that two furnaces of later time have been found here). “No”. The pots they used in the late Neolithic were not pots manufactured here. They were brought to this place and then used for the herbs.
“So if this was a place of healing, where is the energy centre/source of the healing coming from?”. The rod took me 16 paces further to the central pillar covered in beautiful yellow lichen. Further shamanic dowsing revealed that in its heyday, the energy field or aura emanating from this pillar stone would have been 1.2 km in diameter. At the moment it was inactive and only covered 10 meter in diameter. I was very intrigued by how the ancient people first knew that this was a healing place. “ Did they SEE it in the land?” “No.” “Did they FEEL it?” “No.” “Did they HEAR it?” “YES!” Oh, that was quite an unexpected answer. Now I was really excited. After more questions, the story emerged that the people who first came to this place, did so because they heard a sound coming from the earth below (the pillar stone was not there yet). The spot in the earth where the sound was heard, was about 1 meter in diameter. Once identified, the people had put the pillar stone in place to mark, amplify and enhance the sound that was already there. The pillar stone was put in place not by physical human activity but by using a mix of the knowledge of the land (something correlated to sound and frequencies), the co-operation of the Spirit in the rocks and by using human intent. Basically, the stone put itself into place. I was intrigued by the knowledge the ancients must have had if they could move stones into place without even touching them! So I asked the Genius Loci: “How much have we forgotten of our true abilities?” The shocking answer was: “98%”. Oh my. Imagine what we could be capable of. A bit more Q&A revealed that someone with the right equipment would be able to measure the sound frequency here. Paul Devereux came to mind. He has done incredible work in his book ‘Stone Age Soundtracks’, researching the acoustic properties of sacred sites and their effect on human consciousness. And also there has been much speculation that some ancient sites have been build specifically to serve as a resonance chamber creating a shamanic effect on mind and body. I chatted with Cheryl Straffon who was also present on this dowsing field trip and she mentioned that the sound bit reminded her of the acoustic properties of chambered tombs, like Maes Howe on Orkney.
In short, the overall view I had got from this afternoon’s shamanic dowsing session was that the sound emanations that originally came from a spot in the landscape, were amplified and enhanced by a stone structure and this created a place that had a positive effect on every person within approx 1.2 km from that central stone. Just by being in this energy field, the (audible) sound and frequency would be beneficial and promote healing which was further supported by healing plants.
Sharing our group findings
At the end of our dowsing session, the group got together and shared notes with one another. Four energy leys were detected and mapped by John Moss. An old, now depleted, well and its water course was dowsed by John Watts as well as John Moss and they independently got the same results. Another seasoned dowser, Jenny, shared that she had also found that this place was used as a healing centre and that this place was not just beneficial to humans but also the other way around. It was somehow of mutual benefit, a symbiotic relationship between humans and the land. Another piece of information that adds to the overall results, were the findings of John Moss who mapped the energy manifestation (the form in which the energy centre manifests itself in a geographical pattern) of a 12 pointed star, that emanated from the energy centre of which the pillar was the main feature. The general circumference of the energy manifestation matched with the 10 meters in diameter wide energy field of the inactive centre. It seemed like pieces of other dowser’s findings were slotting in, creating a larger picture. There were other stones too, some fallen and out of place, that seemed like part of a resonance structure that had surrounded the central pillar stone. We had a sense that sound and resonance may indeed have been a factor here. The shape of the energy manifestation reminded me of the work of John Reid with his Cymascope tests that make sounds visible. It shows the different shapes that sand (or water) takes when subject to different sound frequencies. What if the 12 pointed star is the energetic manifestation of the current sound frequency of this site? It could then be thought that if the frequency changes, the energy manifestation too would change. This subject of energy manifestations has been touched by Hamish Miller in his dowsing results of sacred sites in New Zealand, as recorded in ‘In Search Of The Southern Serpent’. It is such interesting and exciting stuff! We know the bedrock underneath the landscape at Kynance Gate is composed of serpentine rock*. John Moss mentioned that geographical fault lines could perhaps be the cause of sound coming from within the earth. Or maybe the waves hitting the cliffs** causes a wave of vibration that somehow escape through the land above as an audible sound. We couldn’t hear the sound as the spot has changed over time but the Genius Loci assured me that if we really tune in, we can hear it. It is still there. I tried it and for a very short moment, I thought I could feel the sound resonating in my body. It was a subliminal, continuous tone of a certain pitch. Also, while standing in the energetic centre of that place, after a few minutes I got a pressuring, metallic, headache-like***, third eye crushing kind of feeling, as did some others too.
All in all, this was an inspiring afternoon of dowsing and team work. Each of us is very good in his/her own particular way of dowsing and when we put the findings together, a clearer picture emerges. That to me is beautiful. When we work together and appreciate each other’s specific dowsing talent and stories, we get something that is far more than just one of us could accomplish. And many thanks to John and Jill Moss who put in a lot of preparation and organisation to offer us these exciting field trips. A wonderful opportunity to meet like-minded souls and tap into some new discoveries together!
Many thanks for reading, ideas and suggestions always welcome.
* Serpentine stone:
“The meaning of the name of this crystal, comes from the Greek word 'serpens', meaning snake, because of the way that many pieces of this stone have a similarity to the appearance of snakeskin. Serpentine stone has a strong energy known to stimulate the arousal of the kundalini energies. If you feel that there may be blockages in any of your chakras, this stone is a useful aid. It will work at any chakra to clear blocked or stagnant energy. This green stone may assist with healing problems within the heart and lungs, and it is an excellent stone for cellular regeneration. It is also a stone to encourage you to make contact with the elemental beings as the members of the Devic realm resonate with its energy. If you wish to aid the healing of the earth, its vibration of earth energy will aid you in this aim.”
Sound Acoustics of megalithic structures (Research of Aaron Watson):
** “Megalithic structures are capable of generating dynamic and extraordinary worlds of sound. These range from echoes at open monuments such as the Ring of Brodgar and Stonehenge, to resonances within chambered structures such as Maeshowe and Newgrange. There can also be interactions with the wider landscape, including echoes from cliffs or the sound of the sea.”
*** “At Maeshowe, it is possible that people inside may have inadvertently generated infrasound that could exert a physiological and psychological influence. This results from a phenomenon known as Helmholtz Resonance. Intriguingly, we recorded a 2 Hertz resonance at 120 decibels caused by walking around the interior, while a single drum played at 2 beats per second (the frequency necessary to incite resonance) registered a 2 Hertz resonance at over 110 decibels. While these sounds are technically below the threshold of human hearing, they may still have effects upon the mind. Wider studies have shown that 2 Hertz frequencies can induce a variety of sensations. At levels similar to those recorded inside Maeshowe, these can include a sensation of pressure or headaches, dizziness and disorientation.”