Behold, the people is one, and they have all one language; and this they begin to do: and now nothing will be restrained from them,
“…And the whole earth was of one language, and of one speech. And it came to pass as they journeyed from the east, that they found a plain in the land of Shinar; and they dwelt there. And they said one to another, Go to, let us make brick, and burn them thoroughly. And they had brick for stone, and slime had they for mortar. And they said, Go to, let us build us a city and a tower, whose top may reach unto heaven; and let us make us a name, lest we be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth.
And the Lord came down to see the city and the tower which the children of men builded. And the Lord said, Behold, the people is one, and they have all one language; and this they begin to do: and now nothing will be restrained from them, which they have imagined to do. Go to, let us go down, and there confound their language, that they may not understand one another’s speech.
So the Lord scattered them abroad from thence upon the face of all the earth: and they left off to build the city.
Therefore is the name of it called Babel; because the Lord did there confound the language of all the earth: and from thence did the Lord scatter them abroad upon the face of all the earth.”
And the whole earth was of one speech. The language of loss and grief was confounded too. The Temple of Solace is a place where people who have been scattered and made to feel isolated can be united by empathy. Here within the safety of this Temple people of all nationalities can learn the language of loss and grief, find comfort and solace and learn how to support others.
Darryl and I often said that our life, over the past seventeen years, had taken on the quality of being on a roller coaster. There were so many adjustments we made, changes that were necessary as we faced one crisis after another.
This 2007 AdventURE Calendar, this Wild, Wired Garden, is dedicated to our 37 year love affair. The ride was unforgettable darling!
"Resting my heart on your soul'
today and always
Soul Food Cafe and the Temple of Solace are not just for those who are feeling isolated because of circumstances such as that which I have experienced. It is quite simply a refuge, a safe place to retreat.
The Temple of Solace is a fascinating Web 2.0 phenomena. It was born during a dark period when Imogen Crest and Enchanteur felt abandoned by so many within their earthly realm. They felt there was a need for a place where they could go and keen and wail or simply find comfort within a quiet sanctuary. Both lost partners within months of one another, both slipped into the other world inhabitated by those who are grieving losses of all kinds.
Few, who were involved with Soul Food at the time, will forget the streams of posts from people of all walks of life, from all over the world, when Darryl Blakey died on January 19th 2007 and as the event, to celebrate his life, took place on January 24th. 'Streaming' took on a whole new meaning during this period as the temple filled with magnificent, consoling posts, posts that provided comfort for everyone, especially for those who felt helpless so many thousands of miles away. The posts in the Temple proved that the internet, at its best, provides a very REAL community for people twenty four hours a day. Candles were alight, all over the globe, all through the period. It proved that Soul Food had become family for many.
Today the Temple is visited by thousands of people who find comfort in many corners.
Take the time to visit and benefit from the comforting material and rich resources that are presented here.
The Isle of Ancestors is one of the most mysterious, revered destinations on the Silk Road. Ferry Women bring travellers to it's shores from Duwamish Bay. Travellers who come here are deeply touched by their experience on this legendary Silk Road island.
In this meditation, you will journey to meet an ancestor. Remember that an ancestor is a person from your past, who is no longer living, who has helped shape the person you are today; an ancestor may be a predecessor from your bloodline, a previous incarnation, a person who has given you a meaningful tradition or philosophical basis, such as an adopted relative, a teacher, a mentor. You will not choose who will appear to you and it may be someone you know or do not know. Now prepare for a journey. (Pause)
You stand on Duwamish quay. The night is clear; the waxing moon rises over your shoulder, and you hear the gentle rolling of water past the barges that are lined up in the Duwamish. Board the barge and you will be carried over the sea to the Island of Ancestors by a Ferry Woman. (Pause)
You see an island emerging before you. The ferry woman stops at the shore and you see a grove of apple trees. There is a moonlit path between the trees and you follow it. Ahead is a mound. In the centre of the side is a doorway made of two immense upright stones topped by a massive lintel. There are two torches burning at the door providing light for the entrance into a passageway. At the far end of the passage is a faint red glow. Proceed through a corridor inclining downward. (Pause)
You emerge into a shadowy great hall. In the centre is a hearth with the glowing embers of a fire. Seated before the fire facing away from you is a hooded figure. Across the hearth from this figure is a bench. You circle halfway around the hearth clockwise and sit facing the figure. This is one of your ancestors. Greet that person. (Pause)
You may now ask your ancestor one question. It may be about his/her contributions to your life or your family, it may be to clarify something about yourself, or about your future. (Pause) When you have finished, your ancestor gives you a token of help and guidance. (Pause)
In a fair exchange, your ancestor now asks you a question. Answer as best you can. (Pause) You find that you have a gift for your ancestor. Look at it and present it to your ancestor with thanks. (Pause)
Finish your circuit around the hearth, go behind the ancestor, and pass out of the mound and back along the path. (Pause)
Boarding the barge, you return to Duwamish as the first light of dawn breaks over the eastern horizon. At your own pace, return to the Duwamish Inn bringing your experiences and token with you.