One of the first destinations on my recent adventure to the UK was the well known location, featured at the end of the Da Vinci Code, Rosslyn Chapel. Home of many Grail related legends and a wonder of medieval architecture, it was one of the first, and possibly my favourite, destinations. Situated a few miles outside of Edinburgh, it is a magical place that has been honoured by it's inhabitants for a very long time, predating the Sinclair adoption of it in the early part of the second millennia.
As I walked towards it from the car park, I felt a sense of great inner peace come over me. Whatever the mysteries that it holds, there are many ones that can be felt, simply by being aware of how one feels in its presence. Thankfully much of the scaffolding that had been adorning it for the last few years has been removed, both inside and outside. Only a small fraction of the outside of the building continues to be worked on.
Walking in to the building ( where unfortunately we were not permitted to take photos ) you are immediately struck by how small this chapel is for one which has caused so much of a stir in the recent past. But it's size does nothing to distract from the sheer beauty of the carvings that can be seen throughout this monument. Some call it a bible in stone. Others say it is a prime example of the Venus Blueprint. Still others say that it reveals the story of the travels of Henry Sinclair to the new world, based upon the carvings of maize and Aloe that are native to that part of the world. There is much information to sift through, intuit, and know about this place. Some of it probably inaccurate, some of it true despite the fact that academia may have rejected it. I have definitely come to know this place at a much deeper level than I had done prior to coming here. Some things about this place can be seen by the naked eye, but some is appreciated when observing it through the lens of inner awareness.
I liked the introduction the guides were making about this place as they would start their talks. "If there is anything you have lost, and have not been able to find, then we encourage you to check here. Some say if you were to dig under Rosslyn you would find the Holy Grail, the Ark of the Covenant, Sun Discs, UFO's and many other objects which have been missing from our world."
Though there is humour in this, I have definitely left a part of me in that beautiful space. A meditation in front of the chapel of St Matthew took me somewhere deep and wonderful, it is definitely to be recommended when you visit. Having studied the book The Venus Blueprint since being there, I am understanding why this could have been so. Of all the books that I have read about Rosslyn, this is one that captured my imagination the most. Could Rosslyn be dedicated, like so many other medieval cathedrals, to a greater wisdom than the one we have been taught about? A wisdom that connects Rosslyn to the ancient Vedas of India. I will need to read the book again to digest the wisdom within it, and take a greater look at theories behind it, but I can recommend to those who are tired of the conspiracy theories about Rosslyn, that you will experience something fresh through paying attention to this book.
The carvings vary greatly, from ones obviously related to christianity, to those associated with Norse myth, templar secrets, musical resonance, sacred geometry, and even the Green Man (left), a carving related to ancient fertility beliefs. Why would all these be included in something that was built as a catholic church? Well, as many readers know, it was built in a time when heresy was not taken lightly. The 15 th century was not a century to be proclaiming Vedic wisdom, or indeed any wisdom other than a wisdom from Rome. And yet, the carvings seem to have created a musical masterpiece which could be investigated for many more decades to come. Then there are it's strong ties to the Temple of Solomon in Jerusalem. To dwell too deeply on the theories and the arguments about this place can takes us away from the experience of heart that comes from giving this place our full attention.
Prior to Sinclair building the chapel and castle in this area, there were others sites at this same location. Sites associated with the celts for instance. The channeller Jame Tyberron shares insights of a different kind in his reading, The Rosslyn Enigma. Although channeling is almost always discarded by intellectuals and scholars, there is something to what he has to say. Use the power of reasoning as you read this, but be aware of how your body responds to what is spoken. To have attracted the kind of attention and intrigue that this place had, suggests that there is more than we can see with our eyes alone. As I continue to learn about this place I am fascinated by the multitude of different sources and the various pieces of the puzzle that they illuminate. There is some value in all of them I believe. But I would discourage blind faith in either the academic or channelled sources on their own.
My own adventure at Rosslyn is only just beginning. As I left this place I knew that I would be back again, and hopefully soon! Nicole and I met a great guy and his young lad there, which opened up a whole area of discussion about the connection with the Mayan people, who Sinclair may have met. And I unwittingly became more entwined in the Rosslyn saga as I ventured on to Venice, a place that only had a small connection with the chapel, but which proved to be a big part of my story, Stay tuned.......
In the mean time you can check out this video which has some of the "official" history of the place. I was particularly intrigued by what she said about the mistakes that were made by some of the masons. My gut tells me that they were not mistakes, but that we may have to think a little differently to understand the meaning. Worth watching though, to see the amazing carvings throughout the building.
And here is another interesting video which connects Rosslyn Chapel with other sacred sites in Great Britain...