The biggest reason I love to be back where I used to live is the hardest to describe. Soul fulfillment.
Part of it is the land there. Mount Tamalpais has always seemed magical to me and I feel its magic permeates the area. I often feel I’m being healed just by driving or walking around and gazing at the shimmering hills.
And then there’s the house my apartment used to be in. Gay, the owner, is the founder of Nine Gates Mystery School. For the 30 or so years she’s lived there the property has been the scene of frequent ceremonies, meditations, offerings to the devas, a Bhajans group (Sai Baba chanting), etc. That particular piece of property has a powerful energy thanks to the deeply reverent activities regularly taking place there.
Add the magic of the area and the beauty and power of the house and grounds and the recipe for me adds up to feeling my soul has been nurtured.
And then there are the friends. Most of my friends in the area are fellow Nine Gates graduates but I know a few folks from other spiritual workshops and one dear friend dates back to junior high school. While we can swirl through light topics like anyone, we also speak of deep and personal things. We tell of our spiritual trials and lessons. And I feel connected and nourished.
My best friends here in KY like to see me go off on these trips because they can see how healed I am when I return. It’s not that I don’t love the land here or that I don’t have good friends, there’s just something about Marin…
Nothing about the trials and tribulations around the edges of this journey interfered in any way with drinking in the energy and enjoying every moment. Not so many years ago I’d have allowed the small irritations to rule but I’ve moved into such a different space, nothing could stop me from drinking in the energy and beauty and loving it.