Saint Tysilio’s Church, Llangollen

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And the beautiful stained-glass windows

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This ancient church is dedicated to the sixth century saint, St Tysilio.

Tradition says that there has been a place of worship on this site since then.

 The present church was built in the year 1180 and, at various times, has been repaired and renovated.

The font is said to date from the fourteenth century.

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The oak panelling above the sanctuary also dates from the fourteenth century.

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The glass in the narrow window dates from 1460, the lower figure is James the Greater.

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A beautiful blessing in the information leaflet reads:

“May your visit to this ancient church, hallowed by the prayers of many centuries, remain in your memory.

Into the gracious mercy and protection of God we commit you and yours.

May the Lord bless you and keep you, and give you peace and happiness as you go on your way.”

Take A Walk on the Wild Side

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Welcome to the Alwen Reservoir and Nature Trail.  

The trail meanders for 11.5 kilometres through forest and moorland and along the water’s edge, with spectacular views across the reservoir and to the mountains of Snowdonia.

Six illustrated panels around the route explore the wildlife, culture and folklore of this historic landscape.  

It is the perfect place to immerse oneself in nature, and to give thanks for the beauty that surrounds us on our amazing earth home.

Believe It And It Is So

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Last night I dreamed I met the Earth Mother.  She spoke to me from inside a weeping willow tree. [Very symbolic!!] She sounded ancient, weary and sad. When I asked what I could do to help her, she answered: “Please…help my children.” “I will, Mother Earth. I will do whatever I can.”

Changing the world begins on a personal level, with us as individuals. As we begin to live from a higher state of consciousness, to become more aware and awake, we will see the world evolving right along with us. We will be preparing a new earth for our children and grandchildren, and for generations to come.

We must all play our parts in changing the destiny of our world. It will not happen without us. We tend to think that we humans can’t make a difference.  But we can!!  Because we are not just physical bodies. We have the Spirit, the Power, the Essence of the Great Creator living and breathing through our being. All things are possible to God/The Divine/The Great Spirit. He will ensure that all things are possible to us also. All we need do is believe that it is so. Our faith is a powerful catalyst for change.

Alice: “This is impossible.”
Mad Hatter: “Only if you believe it is.”

[Lewis Carroll]

Photos: Monochrome Moss Valley, Wrexham, North Wales 2014

Touched by the Essence of Spirit

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SAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERAWhen I’m sitting among trees, it’s as if I’m in the presence of the Divine. Even more than that, I feel as though I’m sitting WITH God.  And it’s as if the trees are speaking truth to my heart.  Yesterday, the message for me was:

“Just feed the Spirit within you by meditation, kindness and compassion, on which the Spirit thrives. Then go out and live your life to the full, engaging in heart-led pursuits and passions.”

It was as if my heart leapt within me, as it recognised the voice of its Beloved.  

GOD is not complicated, but rather He is pure simplicity.  Just look at the trees and see the Divine there. Sit in Silence among them.  LISTEN to them.  Maybe they will speak to your heart too.

“If what I say resonates with you,

it’s merely because we are both branches of the same tree.”

William Butler Yeats

Reflections of My Life

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Yesterday was a good day. It seemed different somehow, one of those days when everything goes right. The traffic lights were all on green, other drivers gave way to me, and people in general were helpful and friendly. One particular moment stands out in my memory: as I came out of a shop in the precinct, a kind man in workman’s clothes held the door open for me. He smiled the most beautiful smile, so warm, and his eyes spoke volumes. I smiled back as I thanked him. “My pleasure” he replied. In that moment I felt touched by the Divine, as if it was God smiling at me.  I felt as though I was walking on air for the rest of the day.

This morning it struck me anew that changing the world begins on a personal level, with us as individuals.  All creation exists within the Web of Life. Each single thread of this web has an interconnectedness, within which we are all bound to each other. Everything that we do on a personal level affects others within this Living Web. It can be compared to the ‘ripple effect’, where one small pebble produces many ripples.  

We must all play our parts in changing the destiny of our world. It will not happen without us.  

“The life I touch…will touch another life, and that in turn another,

until who knows…in what far place my touch will be felt.”

Frederick Buechner

Spirit And Nature Dancing Together

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“Those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane

by those who could not hear the music.”

Nietzsche

Images:  A Glorious Sunrise over Moss Valley, North Wales [19th January 2014]

I AM Upholding You

 

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A Message to my Heart:

“Attune yourself to the Beauty and Peace which are present in Nature.

Life already flows in Perfection. Allow yourself to be embraced within Her arms.

Ask and you shall receive.  Knock and it shall be opened unto you.

You are essence of Spirit, and as such are bound to Me for all Eternity.

I will nurture you.  I will cherish you.

Balance and Harmony are intrinsic within My Creation.

Fall naturally into that Flow of Goodness.

Allow yourself to be upheld, for –

I AM upholding you.”

Images: Last vestiges of Autumn at Moss Valley, North Wales,  November 2013