The Heart of Merlin is many things, but above all it is a quest. In the old fashioned sense of the word quest, it’s an adventurous expedition undertaken by a knight to secure or achieve something. In 2015, I underwent this quest through the sacred sites of Britain to find the lost secrets of the historic and literary Merlin from Arthurian legends.
I felt called to retrace the steps of the legendary Priest of Nature through the forests of Caledonia in Scotland, in the hills of Wales, and in the caves of Tintagel. Secrets were calling for me to find them. I went to these ancient sites to learn from the land, from the energy, and from the spirits that have resided in those places for hundreds of years.
The seed for the Heart of Merlin began towards the beginning of 2012, during my second visit to the Island of Britain. I arrived in London and for the second time in my life I felt immediately connected and rooted to that land. I didn’t know exactly what it was but it felt strong in my heart. I visited my spiritual mentor in London the next day and he told me that I looked different in the UK than I did in the US. He said I looked like I belonged there and I that I had deep ancestral roots in the British lands. He confirmed to me that I had a mission in that part of the world but it took another year to figure out what it was.
I returned to England in the summer of 2013. This time I knew I had to go deeper into my relationship with the spirit of the land, so I planned a month long road trip around the island with a friend. We went from London all the way to the southern tip of Cornwall, up through Wales until we got into the dramatic landscape of Scotland. Along the way we visited every sacred site we could, from Stonehenge to Glastonbury to Tintagel. Stone circles and caves and burial mounds became our home for the month. We took part in Summer Solstice ceremonies in the Avebury stone circle and Stonehenge, we slept on a druid-cursed burial mound on St Johns Day, and we had our hearts stolen by the Island of Avalon, now known as Glastonbury and the Tor.
Throughout the next year, my studies took me deeper into the more obscure legends and stories about Merlin, Avalon, and the Lady of the Lake. Simultaneously, I underwent a ceremonial initiation and become the sixth teacher in the Magical Awakening spiritual energy healing system. Merlin and the Lady of the Lake were calling to me from all sides; literature, art, energy work, intuitive healing, channeling, teaching, new friend relationships, and more. Quickly I found my whole reality had become transformed by these two magical guides and my quest was revealed to me through meditations and monthly healing rituals that I co-taught.
I returned to the land of my ancestors, the land of Merlin and the Lady of the Lake. I spent an entire summer backpacking around these sacred places; being quiet, meditating, tuning in, listening, doing energy work, collecting stones from each location, and opening my heart to receive the lost mysteries of the ancient teachers and healers of Merlin and the Lady of the Lake.
Over the following year, I wrote a book about my quest and my experiences. The book is a document of my journey, the people and authors I met along the way and it’s full of beautiful full color photos. The book is currently looking for a publisher and I hope to have it in stores sometime in 2017.
For information on my quest, the book, and to learn more about Merlin, please visit my website, The Heart of Merlin. Also feel free to read my related articles.