Tuesday, July 17, 2018

CNY Inspirations: Following the Voice of God

CNY Inspirations: Following the Voice of God

Sunday, July 15, 2018

CNY Inspirations: The Transformative Power of Sacred Space

CNY Inspirations: The Transformative Power of Sacred Space

This feature is coordinated by The Post-Standard/Syracuse.com and InterFaith Works of CNY. Follow this theme and author posted Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday

Madis Senner
The idea that a sacred space can be transformative, healing, possess the ability to answer our prayers and can send us on a mystical journey seems almost nonsensical in our modern technological age. Yet, I have experienced many such places. A particularly precious one is nearby, the Peacemaker's Sanctuary along the West Shore Trail at Onondaga Lake Park.

In 2002, God answered my prayers about violence in Syracuse and encouraged me to organize a prayer vigil there. At the time, I had limited knowledge of sacred space and was questioning why this place? After Thanksgiving that year, 25 of us gathered for a prayer vigil and ceremony. I would continue to pray there daily until Jan. 19, 2003 when the next murder in Syracuse occurred, marking one of the longest periods of peace in the city. The year 2002 would mark a peak in murders, that is, until 2016.

I am not alone. Others experienced visions or found resolution and healing from trauma at the Peacemaker's Sanctuary. At a summer solstice gathering in June, one person broke into tears and started to have a catharsis.

We are told to meditate in the same place because a sacred space is like a muscle that, if exercised, gets stronger through prayer and ceremony. Fortunately, the Peacemaker's Sanctuary has been exercised for millennia. One of the reasons we hold prayer vigils there after national tragedies, such as the Las Vegas shootings, is to build an increasingly stronger place of healing.

The important thing to realize is that a sacred space can be powerfully transformative and healing. I encourage you to make your own sacred space. While you're there, keep your thoughts positive and focused on love or the divine. Exercise it with prayer, ritual or meditation. Such a space can help with your spiritual practice and be a wonderful gift for those that follow.

Madis Senner is a former global money manager who left Wall Street more than 20 years ago to follow a spiritual path. His fourth book, "Sacred Sites in North Star Country," recalls the rich history of reform and spirituality in upstate New York.

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Upcoming Events and Activities

Gossamer Wood There will be an open house at Gossamer Wood Saturday August 4, 2018, 2225 Cty Rd 28 Canandaigua, 10 AM to 2 PM. Tours on the hour, or just walk around. Donation $10-$50 sliding scale to benefit our effort to buy Gossamer Wood and turn it into a sacred preserve.

Meditations at the Peacemaker's Sanctuary, Onondaga Lake. Janice Carr is organizing meditations to take place at the Peacemaker's Sanctuary at Onondaga Lake. The first one is tentatively scheduled for Tuesday July 24, 2018 at 10AM. Bring something to sit on, for more information email, peacemakersanctuary@gmail.com
Email if you plan on coming, or if you would like to be included for future meditations.

Earth Healer's Gathering Downstate NY, or New England. If you are interested in having a Earth Healer's Gathering at a stone chamber in Putnam County, NY, or in Massachusetts, or Vermont or some other sacred space email be at motherearthprayers@gmail.com. Indicate which general area you would be willing to travel to and indicate where you live. Instruction will provided on how to connect with our Mother to heal space including basic dowsing, Earth Healing, etc.  Fee to benefit Gossamer Wood If enough people sign up we will do it. Many of the places I have posted about don't have a good vibe and we will work to improve it, Whangtown Stone ChambersPart I Stonewall/Ohiopyle Survey--Stonewall Jackson State Park West VirginiaVermont New Hampshire Trip, Part 1--Overview

Visiting Sacred Sites, be Courteous and follow Instructions--Friends if you decide to visit one of the sacred sites listed in my book Sacred Sites in North Star Country: Places in Greater New York State (PA,OH,NJ,CT,MA,VT,ONT) That Changed the World please follow the instructions. If it says call first, please make sure to call first! People are appearing unannounced when it is clearly stated--call first. This can ruin it for others and jeopardizes someone deciding they don't welcome visitors anymore. READ AND FOLLOW INSTRUCTIONS. HONOR THE SPACE AND YOUR HOSTS.  

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Swami Vivekananda's cottage in Thousand Islands is open

Swami Vivekananda's cottage in the Thousand Islands IS OPEN. It is a must visit for anyone interested in Hinduism and its vedanta, yoga and meditation. It is only opened briefly in the summer. It provides for a lovely day visit. The Thousands Islands is spectacularly beautiful.

Swami Vivekananda's Cottage in the Thousand Islands Park on Wellesley Island in the Thousand Islands will  be open until August 24th this year. The cottage itself will be open those days from 10AM to 12 Noon and from 4PM to 6PM. You can certainly walk the grounds when the cottage is not open. 

The room upstairs where the Swami stayed while he was there for 8 weeks in 1895 (he lectured and taught on Vedanta) has a powerful vortex; one that put me instantly in the balcony a few years ago. Very, very strong. You definitely need to meditate in the room--the vortex is located in the center of the room.

The house and the immediate area rests on Fields of Consciousness. There is another vortex in the rocks behind the house. Meditating on the rocks in front of, or behind the house would be a good thing to do.

Make sure to visit the rock/tree in the back (it is a short 5 minute walk) where Swami Vivekananda achieved the highest state of Samadhi. It said that on his last day August 7, 1895 at the Thousand Islands the Swami went into the back woods to meditate and froze solid in meditation and remained oblivious to torrential rain and is said to have achieved nirvikalpa Samadhi. (Page 104)
“He had a unique experience of inner freedom at the Thousand Islands Park which he expressed eloquently in his poem “The Song of Sannyasin”. He wrote from there to a friend:
“I am free, my bonds are cut, what do I care whether this body goes or does not go? I have a truth to teach—I am a child of God. And He that gave me truth will send me fellow workers from the earth’s bravest and best.” Page 105-106
Source Vivekananda a Biography (1953)
The tree has since died, but a new one has been planted and a memorial erected. It is a short walk to the back.

The Swami from the NYC Ramakrishna Vivekananda Center will teaching a program in spirituality beginning Wednesday July 25 in the evening and ending Saturday at noon.

Make sure to call before visiting to check to verify it is open, (315) 482-2189

Per Ramarkrishna Vivekananda web page
P.O. BOX 1084
Telephone: (315) 482-3031

My book Sacred Sites in North Star Country: Places in Greater New York State (PA,OH,NJ,CT,MA,VT,ONT) That Changed the World has wonderful writeup with other suggested places to visit on Pages 241-257, the cottage is on pages 242-249.

Here are some helpful links.

Directions to the Cottage

My Video, Swami Vivekananda's Cottage Thousand Islands, NY

Vivekananda's speech to the Worlds Religion that catapulted him to fame. I never noticed it before that he begins Sisters and Brothers and not Brothers and Sisters. BRAVO!

Vivekananda's teachings  

Swami Vivekananda's Life Story 

Holes in Stones--Ancient Technology?

I just saw this video on star shaped holes and thought about the holes in stones/stone blocks and the like that I have posted about. I totally agree that the large stone structures we see around the world were created by an advanced ancient culture. And as I noted at my talk at the Dowsers Convention in July that these structures are located over aspects of Mother Earth in the unsee world.

Friday, July 6, 2018

Sacred Site Update--Gossamer Wood

Several of us gathered at Gossamer Wood in Canandaigua, NY for Earth Healing and cleaning up and opening up the space this July 4th Wednesday. We are looking to raise money to buy it and turn it into a sacred preserve for all to enjoy. 

Since Bill Dewey sold his house in January we have had to put in new trails,  refashion older ones and heal the ones damaged by the weather. We have also made a big effort to clean, expand and make the property more friendly and accessible for pilgrims. Much of this year will be spent to make the grounds more accessible--AND OF COURSE JACK UP THE ALREADY INCREDIBLE VIBE.

You can learn more and donate at, Gossamer Wood

Kareen and Bill inspecting a trail.

Wednesday was incredibly hot in the mid 90⚬'s I found some amazing things, from more energy vortices, sacred stones, more powerful features of Mother Earth...... I guess I should not be surprised...but more and more is being revealed.

Spirit Keeper's stone. Here I am standing next to a sacred stone, in front of me to the right--covered with moss. Looking at it seems like no big deal, however it marks the high point in a Field of Consciousness--an unbelievable Stacked 12 (S12.) An S12 is when 12 FOC's are placed upon each other; the highest formation and rare. 

Because of its placement strategically over the high point in the FOC one has to assume that it was intentionally placed there and whoever created it knew what they were doing.  I believe it was created by a mystical group very intimate with Mother Earth's subtle body that I call Spirit Keepers. Amazing. This was an incredible find and adds to the other S12 at Gossamer and has it moving closer to being in the rarified company of Onondaga Lake and its sacred space.

 I found a vortex ring close to the sacred stone on the S12 and decided to create a stone circle around it to act as a splint and nurse it back to health. (I discuss vortex rings on pages 52-56 of Vortices and Spirals.) A water vein also begins in this area. Another indication that prayer, meditation, ritual, healing and good and loving thoughts/acts occurred here. Thanks to the great souls that did this, we hope that we can honor your spirit by adding to it.

I constructed a short entryway to the S12 and Vortex Ring.

 Another Spirit Keepers stone. This one marks a S8. Another find--the stone and the FOC. There were also several Manitou Stones and other sacred stones in the area. That whole area  close to the creek is loaded with all sorts of wonders.

Janice meditating on the highpoint of a FOC. It is the prayers, meditations, rituals, healings that raise the vibe of a space. Basically it jacks it up and enhances it. Very Nice. 

In the spirit and knowledge of the Spirit Keepers I marked the high point of all the FOC with large flat stones. It is my experience that they would at a minimum mark the high points with a stone, or stone mound; they would also place other stones in the area. I plan on adding more stones to this sacred area, hopefully several hundred more over the next few years.

We could use more meditators. If all you want to do is meditate for hours on end in such sacred space, please comment below and leave your contact information which I will take down after I contact you.

There is a lot more I did not photograph such as a cistern with a water dome underneath it, several other FOC, Manitou Stones...

You can learn more and donate at, Gossamer Wood

PS. People have been meditating in the energy vortex, what I call a natural vortex,  in the Spirit Keeper's Stone Circle and it has gotten even stronger. Kareen, Bill and I could feel it 10-15 feet away as we approached it. WOW!

A medicine wheel Kareen and Donna put together near the woods by the entrance.