Tintern Abbey

This is part 2 of 2.

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(Joseph Mallord William Turner, Interior of Tintern Abbey, Monmouthshire, 1794)



The Footnote, Singing in That which Adores, describes a lucid- dream. My awareness started as a dream character and then stood back to watch the dream-Soul-self sing with our unseen but felt Beloved Adorer.


For days, and days after, I was bubbling with joy, feeling that unboundaried sense of wholeness, meaning, love and sense of ALL being sacred.


Also, for a long time I had dismissed sharing parts of my inner life, but this dream undoubtedly pointed to another perspective which I hadn't considered. Or, even perhaps, not understood because of its use in common parlance. I now understood the term, 'co-create' in a way that was meaningful to me. So, it was known to me that however naive, simple and uncoordinated my attempts to 'sing to God' in the world, it would be met with such euphoric response as to bring something new and beautiful into creation. Perhaps, though I may never know, this could be true?


That was enough to get Footnotes from a Moment underway and online!


Stopping to appreciate the purple strains through the sandstone was a curious hint at a place that might exist. A few days after this dream, sitting down with my youngest child to watch Bear Grylls ziplining into an old Welsh stone-mine ... there it was ... swathes of purple. Looking through Google at places built with Welsh purple sandstone, Tintern Abbey came up. I knew immediately from which window I was looking and vividly recalled the scene of the ruins below. My sense is that the dream-Soul-self was not at Tintern Abbey in this realm, but perhaps this took place in the Imaginal (not imaginative, but Subtle). Well, it's fun to consider ...


Just this week, two books surprised me ... making connection with this dream. Please visit this link and this link. Also, an encouraging (un-met in person) friend and mystic seer, Mystic Meandering, pointed towards the writings of Llewellyn Vaughn-Lee. Llewellyn Vaughn Lee responds in an interview, "the spiritual heart of the individual relates directly to the spiritual heart of the world, of the anima mundi, The Soul of the World."


How lovely to imagine the co-creating potential of contemplative vocation!