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Scotland - Newbold House - Fourth Crystal Portal Ceremony

Updated on November 19, 2011
Newbold House from the front lawn.
Newbold House from the front lawn. | Source

How can individuals get out of destruction, strife and confusion? “... by individual purification and refinement. As each of us improves ourselves, he helps the world just that much. As he neglects to improve himself he holds the world back just that much.”
“The Language of Silence” by J. Allen Boone

For me this pretty much sums up the driving force in my life. It is my motivator and it is why I feel I contribute to the “greater good” by traveling - and specifically the importance of this trip to Scotland.


Cat, Official Greeter.
Cat, Official Greeter. | Source

My friends and I had been planing on creating a Crystal Portal Ceremony near Findhorn, Scotland for months. This would be our fourth... Las Vegas, Washington DC, Victoria Beach, Canada and Findhorn, Scotland. The date was set - Saturday May 22nd.

You may be asking yourself “What?” “Why?” Well much has been written about these adventures in previous articles and on Lauri's website. There are links below if you are interested in reading more. However, the nutshell version is we want to help the earth and all it’s inhabitants become more harmonious and at peace with themselves and the world at large.

My friend Beaverchief often said that in his culture everything they do is a prayer, every breath taken, every word spoken, every thought thunk... and traveling to me has become my own personal prayer, a concrete way to connect this life and my experiences with others...

For reasons known only to the universe Gary and I were the only ones who could make this trip... and anyone who knows Gary knows that Gary isn’t remotely interested in this kind of stuff or knowing what is going to happen or participating in any way. In fact he had all ready decided that what he was going to do was an “ale” run while the rest of us created ceremony... which as it turned out was ME.

I ended up doing two ceremonies. One in the morning at Newbold House, the other at night at the Old Manse of Bourtie.

By the time I had come to grips that I would be conducting a solo ceremony a new twist entered. At each place a dear person wanted to participate. Eikkke, I don’t do ceremony, let alone lead ceremony and here I am bound to do ceremony twice in one day with strangers.


A beautiful bay - this is the first bay window I have ever seen which had rounded glass in each of the panes to form the curve... amazing.
A beautiful bay - this is the first bay window I have ever seen which had rounded glass in each of the panes to form the curve... amazing. | Source

Newbold House is a beautiful Victorian mansion who’s history dates back to 1893 when the house was designed and built for the Woodcock family. It current sits on 7 acres and is located in the northeastern part of Scotland, in the small town of Forres which is near Findhorn... and the whiskey trail.

In 1979 the Findhorn Foundation began renting Newbold House as an additional workshop space for their educational programs. In 1982 a separate Charitable Trust was created to make Newbold House an independent spiritual center..

In May when we arrived Newbold House was going through a transition . The trusties and staff were trying to figure out how to create a Healing Sanctuary Community. And because of the transitory state we were the only guests in this mansion which could comfortably sleep 15 - 20 people at a time... Since we basically had the mansion to ourselves, Gary and I explored every nook and cranny of the house and grounds. We met wonderful people, saw intriguing things from the past and then finally in our snooping around I found the perfect place to hold the ceremony. I settled on the sun room, which ironically when I got home learned was nicknamed the Crystal Palace.


This is one of the bedrooms.  You can see the wonderful curved windows in the bay.
This is one of the bedrooms. You can see the wonderful curved windows in the bay. | Source
The dining room was located underneath the bedroom and had fantastic curved glass in the windows as well.
The dining room was located underneath the bedroom and had fantastic curved glass in the windows as well. | Source
View from the dining room onto the garden.
View from the dining room onto the garden. | Source
Stain glass throughout - what is a Victorian without it?
Stain glass throughout - what is a Victorian without it? | Source
Ok, yes they had stairwells - lots of them.  In fact a back set for the "servants" which were pretty darn cool - the places they led to were very interesting.
Ok, yes they had stairwells - lots of them. In fact a back set for the "servants" which were pretty darn cool - the places they led to were very interesting. | Source
This is another one of the gardens.  Notice the glass building in the back?  It is a working greenhouse.
This is another one of the gardens. Notice the glass building in the back? It is a working greenhouse. | Source
One of the green things growing was a lettuce called "Rocket" - it was so good.  Ate it throughout the UK, very yummy.
One of the green things growing was a lettuce called "Rocket" - it was so good. Ate it throughout the UK, very yummy. | Source
Here is an example of the Victorian "mechanics" - couldn't even begin to explain how they work... but they do.
Here is an example of the Victorian "mechanics" - couldn't even begin to explain how they work... but they do. | Source
On the grounds were a variety of little buildings.  Often people came and did work exchanges.  They were very big on organic sustainable gardening.
On the grounds were a variety of little buildings. Often people came and did work exchanges. They were very big on organic sustainable gardening. | Source

Mark, the director joined me on Saturday morning and together we held a space of prayerful holiness. Our mutual intent was to create an vibrational vortex for healing of the individual spirit; the center, the country, the continent and the world - assisting in raising the vibration of the world... so that world peace and harmony would occur by 12/21/12. So now you know I believe it is possible that we can create world peace...world harmony... world love. And I like to think that by doing these ceremonies I contribute a small step towards the success of this goal.

Whew, with that said, I was laughing to my self as I ran around the house and grounds collected things appropriate for what was to come - how strange to be borrowing things with out permission - I am so a permission seeking person - for a sacred ceremony... the dichotomy made me laugh and at ease with creating the ceremony.

It was a lovely ceremony and then off we drove to find the Old Manse of Bourtie.

The little red flower was one of the items borrowed for ceremony.
The little red flower was one of the items borrowed for ceremony. | Source
Here is the inside of the crystal palace.
Here is the inside of the crystal palace. | Source
A beautiful place to hold a ceremony.
A beautiful place to hold a ceremony. | Source

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      Lauri Cloud 7 years ago

      Thank you so much for all the love, energy and talent you offer in sharing the event of the 4th Crystal Portal Ceremony. The pictures are delightful and the explanation is wonderful.

      Love you lots....Lauri

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