There and Back Again


Brough of Birsay, Orkney Isles, Scotland

Brough of Birsay, Orkney Isles, Scotland Photo Credit: Janet MacPherson Moller

Standing between here and there, what do you see?

Are you traveling this year? Do you dream of getting away, escaping, having an adventure that stirs up your life and infuses it with inspiration and renewed vitality?

I encourage you to pack your bags and seek new horizons. Travel and adventure are transformational by nature. They not only introduce us to new cultures and new landscapes, but they also show us new sides of ourselves. The places we visit ask us to extend ourselves in new ways and to hold an open mind and open heart to what we're experiencing. It is during these times when we move into a new level of experience as we pass through the liminal space that bridges who we are with where we are. At these times we grow and our awareness expands to encompass more of life. When we choose to consciously travel with an open heart and open mind, our connections with those spirit beings of tree, stone and bird... with breeze, stars, rhythm, and sound... with memory, myth and legend... grow beyond the confines of our beliefs, our habits and our entrenched ways. Our lives become enriched by the subtle, mythical and ancestral landscape.

Last summer I had the opportunity to travel to the British Isles with a good friend. My intention was to connect with the subtle realms - to be guided by, and attune to the Genius Loci, the Spirits of Place everywhere we went. Sometimes I felt like I was in a liminal space - I was the dreamer, and at other times I felt I was being dreamt. There were magically dynamic moments where boundaries blurred and I felt the intense power of the mythic landscape pulsing around me. It was in these moments when the treasures held within the land became unearthed, dusted off and held close.

There are many incredible moments from this trip that I could share with you, but the one I want to share with you today happened while we were visiting the Brough of Birsay in the Orkney Isles of Scotland. My experience there left an indelible impression on my soul that will forever inspire me and remind me of the power of place. Imagine entering a world unlike anything you have experienced before. This was precisely what it was like.

Brough of Birsay, Orkney Isles, Scotland

Brough of Birsay, Orkney Isles, Scotland Photo Credit: Janet MacPherson Moller