Findhorn – a pioneer of co-creation with unseen realms

The Findhorn Foundation community flowered and flourished in the 1960s with the discovery that humans could actively co-operate and collaborate with the higher intelligence of nature, according to some of the most influential early residents.

Dorothy Maclean

Findhorn community co-founder Dorothy Maclean in the gardens at The Park. Photograph: Geoff Dalglish

Findhorn’s uniqueness was not just that it recognised the interconnectedness of all creation, but also actively engaged with the subtle realms and established direct connections with unseen beings.

Co-founder Dorothy Maclean, 92, says: “It was the relationship with nature and the direct connections with devas and angels that originally brought fame and publicity to Findhorn, for this approach was very new at the time and therefore very compelling.

“God told me that we were ‘pioneering in the true attitude to nature, to the one life,’ and the vitality of the gardens spoke for itself and touched people’s hearts.

“It was this approach to the subtle worlds, and the creation of a conscious relationship with them, that made Findhorn different. In many centres formed in the Sixties there was also an emphasis on connecting to God, but our involvement with nature was unique.”

She added that there was still unlimited potential for humanity to tap into those unseen energies and expand on the Findhorn experiment. “These subtle world allies are still there, as they always have been, and are still willing to help us. But we have to ask.”

Dorothy was one of the keynote speakers in the Universal Hall recently as the community commemorated and celebrated a half-century at The Park that has been committed to awakening the highest in human potential. Others spotlighting the early history included Brian Nobbs, a former Benedictine monk who discovered while at Findhorn that he was immeasurably enriched and empowered by direct contact with the unseen worlds. Judy McAllister, who works closely with Dorothy, also shared some of her insights.


David Spangler

David Spangler, the spiritual teacher and author who later co-founded the Lorian Association in North America, joined the discussions with a skype link-up and said he, like many others, was drawn to the fledgling community by inner guidance. He arrived to find only 15 or 16 residents, and a number of visitors. “It resonated with me very deeply and it didn’t occur to me to be anywhere else.”

Having already established himself as a kind of naturalist explorer of the subtle worlds while in California, at Findhorn he deepened and intensified these studies.

“Findhorn saw itself as a demonstration centre for a new human culture and a new way of being on the Earth.

“The important thing for me was that it didn’t have a specific spiritual practice other than contacting one’s inner divinity – the God within. What was powerful was that the basic practice revolved around relationship – relationship with God, relationship with the subtle worlds, with the nature spirits and with the Earth, as well as relationship with each other and the development of community.

“The bottom line was being with each other in ways that are mutually enhancing, whether we are talking of the human community or community with the non-human group. I felt that was the great gift of Findhorn and its core practice.

“What made the community was the fact that individuals had their own private practice of attuning to their inner divinity, each person in his or her own unique way, and then sharing the fruits of that not necessarily in the form of guidance, but in the form of love and compassion, fellowship and goodwill and a loving energy throughout the day.”

Tuva Engebretsen
He added that the community had been profoundly blessed in the quality of its leadership. Eileen Caddy was like a mother-figure who provided daily guidance, her husband Peter an inspiring and empowering leader and Dorothy an unsung heroine. “She was and is a shining figure of light for me.”

He also added: “You are blessed to live in a community that gives you the power and the freedom to take those roots and shake the plant on a daily basis so that it can grow into something that none of the founders could ever have imagined. You are as much part of the roots of Findhorn as any of us were back in the day.”

The get-together, hosted by Liza Hollingshead and Mary Inglis, was the third in a series of talks, workshops and events leading up to the 50th birthday on November 17, 2012.

Geoff Dalglish

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