Gossamer Wood—Nurturing Nature by Raising Consciousness,
One of the many places of Prayer in Upstate NY.
Gossamer Wood was rescued by retired engineer Bill Dewey in 2001 when he purchased this gem of a property. Bill is a healer who employs the body talk method of healing. Call to make an appointment (585) 394-9114.
Bill feels that it is his responsibility to shepherd Gossamer. Ever since he purchased the land he felt that it had special special qualities. He has invested time, money and sweat into something he could share with others. He has created trails in the woods, had a sweat lodge constructed, erected the Bliss Recreation/Learning Center and more...
The preserve consists of 12 wooded acres made up of hardwoods, most fairly young. There is a sweat lodge and several re-constructed Native American Ceremonial circles that are placed upon energy vortexes. It appears that at least one Native American Trail going east-west, possibly paralleling the Central Trail, comes near the sweat lodge area.
There is a seasonal brook in the back that dissects the property. There are numerous stacked fields of consciousness in the woods this side of the brook. “The Other Side” of the brook, as it is called, has a bounty of stacked fields of consciousness, attributes associated with higher planes of existence and a lot more.
Experiencing Gossamer Wood
I suggest you wear a pair of boots particularly if you are going in the spring or after a rain. Bring along a sportsman cushion to sit on when meditating or praying in the woods. Wear long pants in case you may come in contact with poison ivy. There are no facilities on the grounds, so bring plenty of water to drink while there. THERE IS NO SMOKING ON THE PROPERTY.
Looking east from the parking lot is a house that contains the healing center. Unless you have made an appointment for a healing please do not enter the house. On the south side at the end of the parking area is a welcome circle about 20-30 feet in front of a canvassed structure that is the Bliss Learning Center. Begin in the welcome circle. The welcome circle is constructed of stones making an oblong shaped circle about 10 feet of length, with several larger stones in the center. It sits on a stacked fields of consciousness (2-fields upon each other) and has a powerful vibe.
Spend some time in the welcome circle to prepare yourself. Say a prayer, and give thanks, or just meditate. There should be several feathers there for you to use to clean your subtle body. Do this by waving the feather around your subtle body one to 3 feet away from your physical body, as if you were smudging yourself. When leaving you should go to the welcome circle to give thanks and finish with a prayer.
The welcome circle performs several functions, so it is important to spend some time there. The focus and pause will help prepare you and improve your experience. The efforts of those that have come there before you, both meditating and smudging, will help cleanse you and help your focus for the journey ahead. Each thought that we have creates a thought form, or what Hindu Vedanta calls a samskara. Each thought that we have is like a seed that looks to bear fruit by having us think the same thing. Thoughts also linger at a place creating what I call geographic samskara that encourages us to think or do the same thing at a particular place. In the welcome circle the samskaras are focused on purification and the divine and help us cleanse our subtle body and beckon us to connect with spirit. The feeling/vibe in the welcome circle is palpable, particularly when several people are within it at the same time. When we(several healers and myself) constructed it one wintry day in November of 2008, we were all shocked how powerful it was.
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Looking north from the welcome circle you will see a sweat lodge and a few stone circles up ahead. Go there. This is a high energy area that contains lots of chi, qi, prana. If you are interested in sensing the difference between consciousness and energy this would be a good place to sense energy; Because the energy here, is pure energy. In other words it is of a lower form of prana and contains very little if any consciousness. According to Hindu Vedanta the world was created by having consciousness devolve into combinations of energy and consciousness with progressively increasing percentages of consciousness to create the physical world. The material world is pure energy. Later you can compare it to the sensation of consciousness that you will experience in the back of the preserve.
Several stone circles near the sweat lodge are reconstructed Native American sacred sites and sit on energy vortices(earth chakras). I suggest standing near but not in the circles. You may feel energy burst or get an edge as if you drank too much coffee, so be careful.
Continue walking a little bit and a trail will break on your right (east). Begin walking the trail. About 20 feet in you will see a pile of stacked stones placed on what I call an emanator. An emanator emanates beneficial essences from Mother Earth that make you feel good. They are great places to go when you have the blues, the winter doldrums or need an emotional pick-up. While they are found all over the world, they often attract the spiritual and religious institutions. For example, both the Lily Dale spiritualist (Cassadaga) and the Roycroft Reformist (East Aurora) communities' in western NY appeared to have formed around emanators.
Get close to the emanator, but don’t sit on the stones—it can be overkill. See if you can sense its essence and compare it to the energy in the sweat lodge area. Spend a few minutes by the emanator, but not too long. Bring your depressed friends here to heal.
Continue on the trail. About 100 -200 feet ahead on your right hand side you will see several lines of orange tape. The tape marks several stacked fields of consciousness from (3 to 5). This area is a great place to meditate and to sense consciousness. Find a place that you like. Or look for flat stones on the ground.
When I meditate I try and do so on a stone. The stone acts as a talisman and helps retain the consciousness of my meditation. In other words it retains the samskara(s)/thought forms of my meditation. Meditating on a stone helps your meditation as your meditation will be facilitated by the meditations of those that have done so on it before you. It also serves as a marker for others.
The Other Side
Spend some time in the woods meditating. Be careful of to avoid poison ivy, as there is some there. The marked area ends near a bench a ways in the distance. You can cross the stream near the bench.
The trail on the Other side is not so well marked. Don’t worry, the whole area is covered with numerous stack fields of consciousness. Again look for the markers. A wide swath of area 30-40 feet in radius around any of the markers would be good places to meditate.
Cross the stream by the fallen tree. The trail begins to your right you will shortly pass a lean-to on your left, continue on the trail. When you get to a wood pile you will see a trail that breaks to the left that takes you to Peace and Serenity.
Fields of consciousness are a variety of types of consciousness from love, connection to the divine, compassion, etc…Peace and Serenity is a place that contains consciousness and other divine attributes that will make you feel calm and peaceful. This is a place to relax and forget you troubles and the world around you. Enjoy.
Tall Oaks--Chimayo Fatima, The Line
Next you will be going to the Tall Oaks area. You can either back track to where the trail breaks to the right as you were coming in or go back to the wood pile and follow the trail from there. The trail is a little overgrown here so look for some very tall oak trees.
Flora often responds to sacred space and the tall oak trees are indicative of something special in the area. I suggest you spend a good amount of time in this area. Again look for the flat stones—they are places where I have meditated. There are numerous stacked fields that number as high as 6—This gives the area a very nice vibration.
You will also see a very tiny small circle on a slight embankment as you enter. This is what I call a Chimayo Fatima area, or circle, or just Chimayo Fatima. It is a place where the veil to higher planes of existence (above the Mental Plane) is thinner and not so strong, consequently the connection or possibility for interaction with divine beings increases. They are often found at very sacred sites that contain divine aspects of Mother Earth where much prayer and ritual have occurred. I call it Chimayo Fatima because I believe that it is this sort of feature that makes Chimayo a place of great healing called the Lourdes of America and Fatima a place where devout young children met the Mother Mary. Meditate in and around the circle. Go their in total innocence with no expectations and show your love to God and spirit. Again go in innocence with no expectations and fill your heart with great love and dedication to the divine!
You will notice that there is a line of stones going east west that is marked with colored tape. I have created what I call a line. A line links several fields of consciousness the same way you link up sets of Christmas lights, only here each field is strengthened from the other fields so the whole area becomes much, much more powerful.
A line contains a lot more energy than a field or stacked field by itself. In fact the energy powering the fields can overwhelm the consciousness. I have experienced fields created by the Spirit Keepers that I estimate to be over a mile long. If you are sensitive to earth phenomena such a line can feel like an electric wire to fence in cows—giving you a minor shock when you cross it.
Try meditating on the line and compare it to meditating on one of the stones not in the line. You should note that there are several stones placed on attributes associate with higher planes of existence so you might not sense anything. Don’t worry your subtle body will and this is great way to strengthen it.
Go back the way you came and cross the stream. Continue following the trail as it heads back to the parking area. You will come across some other fields on your way back, enjoy.
You will also come upon several healing areas after you cross the brook. Continue walking the direction you were going before you crossed the stream, do not back track. There will be two healing areas on your right as you walk along. The trail leading to them is not so visible so be on the look out.
Make sure to go back to welcome circle before leaving. Smudge yourself with a feather. Give blessings and thanks so that you will help prepare others that will follow.
Please give generously to the donation box located near the welcome circle. Your donations help pay the taxes and other expenses.
If you go
Gossamer Wood is located at 2235 County Road 28, in Canandaigua. Directions to Gossamer Wood. To make an appointment for a healing call (585) 394-9114.
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