Thursday, 13 September 2018
Finding the hidden Albion
Finding the true Albion is generally depicted as a matter of discovering some place or persons that are physically hidden. The emphasis is on finding; and what is found is objective: everybody would recognise it, naturally, if only they could find it.
This leads to strategies such as pilgrimage, seeking sacred places, perhaps ancient places: there are lists of such places. Sometimes people use technologies such as finding ley lines on maps, or dowsing for sources of power.
The general strategy could be termed 'In Search of...' as in the old and highly influential guidebooks written by HV Morton starting with In Search of England in 1927 (followed by Scotland, Ireland, Wales etc.) - the general idea being that there is an Old/ Folk/ Traditional England still in existence if only you know where to find it...
Innumerable travel books are of this type. Indeed, this attitude might (rather harshly) be described as a spiritual tourists attitude to hidden Albion - the idea or hope that we might be-transformed-by what we discover. But it does not really work, and indeed Morton's and most such books (also TV programmes, articles and other reports) are journalistic contrivances: fakes, that affect an exploration and claim a personal transformation that never happened.
But the proper and actually-effective way of discovering hidden Albion is almost the reverse of this - in that we must first transform our consciousness, and only then should we seek hidden Albion with the possibility of actually finding it.
Because, it will turn out, Albion is hidden in plain sight - imperceptible to those who have not already been so-transformed. If hidden Albion is certain people, places, and things - then you could take 99% of people to them, show them, pick up and handle them, speak with them... and the average person would see nothing except the usual disenchanted, normal, mundane ordinariness...
(After all, if the real Albion could be found in a guidebook, it would soon be obscured, blighted, or destroyed by the forces of evil - as has incrementally already-happened to the famous spiritual centres.)
Because it is the mainstream, modern materialism - our in-principle denial of the reality of the 'spiritual' which is what hides Albion. Even if, by a brief alignment of person and place, the hidden Albion was noticed momentarily - a moment of magic and meaning and a revelation of purpose; it would not be 'detected', it would be denied - it would be regarded as wishful thinking, or some kind of coincidence of mood and place, or a delusion.
Once we have a consciousness that is prepared to accept the hidden Albion as real: then we can embark on the quest to find it. And then we will be assisted (if necessary) in our search, and nudged and guided (minimally) so as to make that encounter.