In life we are presented with many pathways, some are already set out before us, some we discover with guidance from others and some are presented to us, signposted along the path we are already traveling. In the past I have had information presented to me from family and friends, books, videos and self-help seminars/courses that I’ve taken an interest in and signed up for. All of this information has been of value to me in taking my chosen path, some of greater value than others but all giving me the priceless gift of choice, a choice to either follow a new pathway or remain along my existing route. Possibly like me you too have made some good and bad choices throughout your life, I know that I’ve made some bloody awful ones so don’t feel bad about. Those bad choices can be turned into lessons with the help of ‘Hidden Pathways’.
So what is a hidden pathway? ~ It’s the route to those answers we alone can answer, those books and videos have to be put aside and no one else’s answers will do. We need to sit this exam by our-selves. Sometimes we accidentally stumble across these pathways like an unexpected gift or we learn to read the signs, the signs that lead us to the information laying dormant deep inside of us which has been waiting quietly and patiently to be reawakened to harmonise our mind, body and soul. Our emotions and feelings, those tingles that run up and down our spines, the butterflies in our stomachs, those things we call gut feelings are all signs we sadly so often ignore; until it’s too late! Ignoring those signs can and eventually will lead to failure appearing again and again in our lives. Failures, broken relationships, depression, reoccuring illnesses, hatred and anger. These are all the results of not heeding the inner signposts and maintaining our struggle along an ill chosen path.
There are hidden pathways in the physical world, in Nature, which themselves are signposts which guide us towards that all important connection with our own inner-pathways. Here in Dorset where I am fortunate to live, the land itself is a Gateway into a world of hidden paths. Its foundation was laid down in the early Jurassic period and moulded over the millennia by both man and nature. Here you will discover the Hollow Ways (harrowed land, sunken roads and lanes derived from the old English word ‘hola weg’), a series of paths created from ancient tracks spreading across the landscape, developed as the traffic of time increased from primitive hunter gatherer tribes simply trying to exist followed later perhaps by a single lonely pilgrim making his way from one ancient sacred site to the next, herdsmen leading their stock to new grazing grounds or on to market. Progress changed these small informal paths into busy highways with wagons, carriages and coaches traveling along them to bring people and resources together across the countryside. Slowly but surely over the centuries these former tracks were being widened and worn lower and lower into the landscape whilst the vegetation on each side took over to create an ethereal canopy by day and a sinister pit of darkness by night.
Unfortunately in these modern times soul- less major roads, motorways and railways have taken their place, their purpose remain the same and they provide us with the benefits we all demand today. But the heart has been ripped out of them leaving the traveller so disconnected from the environment as they move far too quickly from place to place to be able to read the signs of their ancestors creation. Those signs that lead to the hidden pathways of your soul which save you from the madness of society that surrounds and devours us all eventually. However all is not lost my friends, if you leave your car behind and walk away from modernity for a time and enter that Gateway, take time to soak up the landscape, look beyond the surface image in front of you and the signs will emerge, the ‘hola weg’ will take you within your-self, to a land where questions are answered.