An article that appeared in The Echo, November, 2016
Virginia as power spot
Is Virginia a special place spiritually?
A friend asked me that question recently, and I had to stop and think. The word “spiritual” is used in so many vague ways, and means such different things to different people – even to the same people in different contexts – that I think we would be safer to rephrase the question. Let’s put it this way: Is Virginia a special place energetically?
On the basis of 33 years here, after about the same amount of time in other places, I have to say yes, I think it is. Let’s think about power spots and grounding (or flat) spots.
Nearly 50 years ago, British author John Michell in his ground-breaking book The View Over Atlantis, introduced the modern world to ley lines, conductors of earth energies. Ley lines crossing produce power spots. In Europe, such spots were recognized and employed in worship from prehistoric times. Christianity built its cathedrals atop the older temples, thus availing themselves of the same energies.
In the new world, identifying power spots was not so easy. For one thing, there were no stone temples to mark the spots. For another, English-speaking America didn’t begin to be settled until the 1600s, by which time “science” in its confident ignorance was busy disregarding folk wisdom as superstition. To speak of power spots in Colonial America would have been to label yourself ignorant, superstitious, and perhaps in league with the devil.
Today if you say “power spots, people tend to think of Sedona, and other well-publicized places. Well and good, but what of Monticello? Can it be a coincidence that the brilliant Mr. Jefferson fell in love with that little mountain as a young boy, “sleeping rough” (camping out) there for the sheer love of it? Was it mere chance that led him to build his house at the top of the mountain, at a time when nearly anybody with a choice built down toward the bottom, where water was more readily available? And of course it doesn’t stop with Jefferson and Monticello. Think of your Revolutionary War history and call the roll of the brilliant men whose lives were shaped in central Virginia at a crucial time in the world’s history.
Of course, this doesn’t prove anything. The results of living in an areas with power spots cannot be demonstrated, so much as lived.
I was born and raised in a little town in South Jersey, and I can tell you, South Jersey in my experience is flat, physically, mentally, culturally. Whatever success I have had in life came to me after moving to Virginia, and, I am convinced, never would have come if I had stayed in a flat spot.
(I don’t mean to imply that flat spots are not useful. They can be safe and nurturing places to raise children, and certain mentalities value stability and continuity over exploration and growth. It’s a matter of taste – but God help the explorer who is condemned to live his life in flat spots, or the person seeking freedom from change who winds up in a power spot.
Which is it for you? Are you in the right place for you (or, perhaps, for you as you are now, at this present moment)? I don’t know any way for you to prove anything to yourself. Feelings may be wrong, ideas may be wrong. Just because you are certain doesn’t mean your certainty is correct.
But there is this, as Jesus advised long ago: By their fruits you will know them. You have been living in central Virginia for a while now. Look at your own life. Are you here because you had no good alternatives? Are you uneasy here? Unfulfilled? Do you find yourself longing for a slower life, or a life with more commonly accepted certainties? If so, maybe you aren’t in the right place.
If, on the other hand, you are happy to be here, and your main complaint is that the Echo isn’t expanding your circle of acquaintances fast enough, chances are you are where you ought to be, in Mr. Jefferson’s power spot.