Scotland’s spiritual community Findhorn became a huge international success decades back, inspiring so many people across the planet, yet few appreciate the immense ongoing work needed to make it so. This remarkable community was born almost sixty years ago in the most unlikely circumstances – in a caravan park on a dry, windswept part of Scotland – when founders Peter and Eileen Caddy, and Dorothy Maclean found themselves out of work.
Living in a caravan and annex, and short on funds, they looked at ways to make ends meet, deciding to plant a vegetable garden. To her great surprise Dorothy found herself communicating with a garden pea, one of her most beloved plants. Dorothy’s love became the powerful bridge to a huge amount of wisdom as she tells in her classic, To Hear The Angels Sing.
The first message to come Dorothy’s way was to feel into the wind, into its essence and be at one with this essence, teaching us that connection with the nature realm is about ‘feeling into’ the web of life gently, respectfully, with an open heart and mind. Through Dorothy’s ability to listen, Findhorn’s garden went on to produce the seemingly impossible – forty pound cabbages and roses that bloomed in the snow.
Later she would teach that nothing is inanimate – that everything in our material universe is alive. In today’s terms we’d see this as the dance of atoms in the quantum field. She explained, for example, how when travelling by plane while teaching across the planet, she’d tune into the deva of the plane and thank it for its tireless work transporting people safely across the planet. When she landed in a different city she’d contact the deva there, asking she be of help here.
Dorothy challenges us in this moment with an earlier observation that ‘what we think is evil has some good in it.’ In these uncertain times we’re being given a massive opportunity to become still and to feel into the nature of things, and ask what’s required of us moving forward? How can we be of service to the planet? Amid the fears of the virus miracles there’s a ‘newness’ emerging – skies and waterways clearing for the first time in years, birds appearing. Surely this is a call for us quietly and powerfully to enter into a new relationship with ourselves and the web of life. Dorothy, who died a few days back, aged 100 also said, ‘Accept what you are give it time to blossom.’ What better time to do so than when in self-isolation.
Thank you Dorothy and may all you have given out return to you a thousandfold. Her books also include:
- Wisdoms (1971)
- The Living Silence (1977)
- The Soul of Canada (1977)
- To Honour the Earth (1991) (with Kathleen Thormod Carr)
- Choice of Love (1998)
- Seeds of Inspiration (2004)
- Call of the Trees (2006)
- Come Closer (2007)
- Memoirs of an Ordinary Mystic (2010)