“Spirit of place! It is for this we travel, to surprise its subtlety; and where it is a strong and dominant angel, that place, seen once, abides entire in the memory with all its own accidents, its habits, its breath, its name.”
~Alice Meynell, “The Spirit of Place”
Every place holds its own energy. Wild places and nature places contain the wisdom and language of the Earth. Many of them also contain the echoes of history.
Man-made places absorb energy based upon what has unfolded there – the daily patterns of life, the intense emotions of happiness or tragedy, images and information seered into the very fabric of the place itself.
Today, we are going to tap into the energy of places. We can find out all sorts of things simply by placing our hands upon the stones, or the walls, floors or the earth of a place. With practice you will be able to read energy from modern and ancient places.
What sort of information can you expect? To start with you may just feel energy; a tingling or electric sensation, warmth or cold. You may get colours or sounds, or a smell. You might even get a taste in your mouth. As you tune in further – with a childlike sense of curiosity – you may get images, emotions, words in your head, or a certain knowing. Trust what you get. If you stay open and trusting, suspending any natural doubt or disbelief, you will be far more inclined to receive a flow of energy and information. Practice will build your ability over time.
To do this we will first need to start by activating our hand chakras. If you can’t remember how, you can review that process from Week 2 here:
Places usually have quite strong energy, so we will use both hands for this process. If you are feeling confident, you may also use just your receptive hand. Here’s a quick review of that process from Week Three:
Once your hands are nicely activated follow these simple steps to feel that energy of place:
- Clear your mind. Allow yourself to become soft, relaxed and receptive.
- Place the palms of your hands against a surface, such as a wall, floor, a stone or the earth.
- Close your eyes and concentrate on the chakras in your palms. What do you feel?
- Stay calm and quiet, waiting…
- Don’t try to force anything. Stay in contact with the surface for at least two minutes, eyes closed, calm, breathing in a relaxed and comfortable way. This is the same sort of state you might move into during a meditation.
Places that are worth exploring include:
- historical sites
- homes and buildings
- places of worship
- places where people congregate, such as town squares or markets
- natural places
- sites of historical events, even if any man-made influences seem long gone
This is a terrific way of energetically opening to and exploring places when you travel. It can also give greater connection to family and those who have passed over. Some people even find that it stimulates connection into past life awareness.
PS: If you’ve missed the first part of the program, you can catch up here: