Glendalough is known as 'the valley of the two lakes' in Wicklow Mountains National Park. It is also where you'll find the ancient monastic settlement of St. Kevin.
Glendalough was beautiful and was one of the places that every Irish person assured us we had to visit and would most enjoy. Walking through, it reminded me a lot of the trails and foliage here in Victoria, BC. I found the lakes and rivers in Ireland to be especially sacred. They had an energy and peace about them that was undeniable. The rivers are named after Goddesses, each with their own mythical story, and you can certainly feel their beauty and power. Elliott and I threw a few coins in a couple of the rivers, as an offering with blessings and gratitude for the Goddess, Elementals, and Pagan Ancestors. I came up with our own little ritual of each kissing our coins before clinking them together and then throwing them in, and sealing it with a kiss between Elliott and I. Then we would pause and take a moment to just be present. It just so happened that we always ended up feeling guided to do this while standing on a small bridge over a river. Elementals love intersections and in between points such as bridges, mounds, and where water meets land or elements crisscross, so I suppose it's not that surprising.
Walking through Glendalough I felt I was deep in fairy land. The presence of the Elementals was strong and there were numerous rock and tree spirits eager to say hello. There was a substantial elemental energy that hung in the air just like the mist. I channelled this message while we were in the forest:
A leaf will wave at you in the wind, will you say hello? If not, it may be time for you to slow. Follow us through the forest, we promise to light the way. Give into our magic as you surrender the day. Leave all your troubles behind you for the forest knows no pain. It holds all the wisdom that from experience you're bound to gain. If ye' don't believe in us, might we say it's your loss. For a little bit of magic, you'll be surely cost.
As we walked back to the entrance I noticed a labyrinth and, having a love for walking labyrinths, I decided to walk it and channel another small message:
What is fear but an ugly word? If it needn't be spoken, it needn't be heard. Faith is what matters, with it, you'll fly high! When did you stop believing you could touch the sky? Be not afraid of abundance and what ye' can create. You need only pass through the veil, the eternal granting gate.
Visiting the monastic settlement of St. Kevin was an enjoyable experience and I didn't ask to receive a message there but one came through to me as I was leaving:
Life is for the living, dance through the sad and you needn't search for happy.
It was an interesting message given that we'd just walked through all the gravestones. I love this message as I believe that the more you try to attain happiness the further you'll get from it. As the monks shared in their message, happiness is being present to and appreciating the rightness of all aspects of life. To dance through the sad is to find the light in the dark, and then happiness is no longer a feeling merely being chased after but a natural joy inherent in the opportunity presented to feel, experience, learn and grow.