Posted by: Philip Carr-Gomm | February 13, 2010

Capel-y-ffin

I mentioned Capel-y-ffin in the last post. A good photo of the area can be seen here. Notice what it says in the caption beneath:

Capel-y-ffin – the Chapel at the End – is a bit like those green valleys in the Himalayas known as sanctuaries, which are entirely cut off by the surrounding mountains. For at least the last 1,500 years, this beautiful, lonely, timeless place has been a spiritual retreat, where the outside world ceases to matter. If it was in India, someone would have built a five-star ayurvedic massage and wellness centre; in the Pyrenees, it would be full of gift shops selling glow-in-the-dark crucifixes. But despite being only three hours’ drive from London, Capel-y-ffin is entirely unspoilt.

A friend sent me this quote to explain what a powerful impact the valley had on her:

Great Mother

Learning is entering the valley gateway and being overcome by the mystery of everything. The gateway can be shown but the path up the valley must be found alone. Seek until overcome by the woman wisdom of everything. It holds and nourishes. Trust it. It will not fail. Learning is seeking and being overcome. Wisdom is yielding and being found. No one can explain how being found happens.’

from Tao of Being: Lao Tzu’s Tao Te Ching Adapted for a New Age by Ray Grigg


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