Today, November 17, we celebrate and remember our 41st Birthday and this year’s celebrations are more meditative, certainly more quieter than the full-blown razzmatazz of last year’s 40th milestone.
The Trustees are here meeting, consulting and making decisions and even the Birthday party took place last night, Sunday. A New Troubadours song was sung at sanctuary this morning. No fireworks then and no host of returning members and mulled wine and afternoon tea for our neighbours.
In thinking about our 41st Birthday on waking, I went back to last year recalling what David Spangler had written in appreciation as we unveiled a magnificent framed photo-portrait of R.Ogilvie Crombie and I feel that what he said about our Founders is relevant today, and perhaps this year we have more space to embody his words. Here they are:
. . .”But what I most remember about ROC is not about him alone but about the Group of Four: Dorothy, Peter, Eileen, and ROC.
Lawrence of Arabia wrote a book on the seven pillars of wisdom, but these individuals were the four pillars of Findhorn and its service to the world. Dorothy, the mystic attuning to God first, and through the love that came from that attunement opening a portal into the angelic kingdom of nature to begin Findhorn’s famed experiment in gardening; Eileen, the mystic pouring herself into God and opening to the still small voice of the sacred as a source of guidance and love available to every person in his or her own way; Peter, the man of action and intuition and of unconditional surrender to the will of God in his life; and ROC, the friend and companion of the elemental worlds and then nature spirits.
These four sounded the note of Findhorn’s central purpose: to demonstrate the cooperation of the three kingdoms — human, angelic, and elemental — blended in co-creativity through the love and presence of the sacred. In the convergence of these four — the sacred, the human, the angelic and the world — a powerful creative and transformative spiritual fire is released, one that can be birthed and expressed within each and any of us, whether part of Findhorn or not.
This is how I most remember ROC, as part of that convergence of talent, skill, consciousness, dedication and purpose that gave birth to Findhorn and even more significantly, to the vision of a new humanity living and acting as a spiritual force upon the earth in service to and in cooperation with all life everywhere.
The greatest tribute we can pay to him — and to all the founders of this magical place — is to find our own sovereign way to let that spiritual force, that spiritual fire, arise in our lives. It is to find the ROC within, the Dorothy, Eileen and Peter within, the co-creative and sacred self within. The way we do so as individuals will be uniquely our own and may look nothing like how ROC, Dorothy, Eileen, or Peter did it as individuals, but it will share in the same planetary purpose and the same inspiration that arose in their hearts and led to this wondrous and transformative place we call Findhorn. What they founded in a place, we can find and found in our hearts and minds.
That is their legacy”.