The Spirit of Findhorn

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Two decades ago I wrote a short article about the ‘Spirit of Findhorn’ for Network News. I forgot about it until last week when a conference organiser at the Findhorn Foundation asked me whether they could reprint that article to help promote their coming Autumn conference. I replied. ‘Yes of course you can.’

Re-reading the article I quite like it still. Most of all, however, I find myself pondering how I am also in an awkward situation. On the one hand I am deeply involved in a project to mainstream a holistic and person-centred approach to spirituality; so I have to appear acceptable and sensible. (Great I have a Ph.D. from LSE etc.) On the other hand I have written a book on angels and fairies, and here I am too writing an article about the angel of Findhorn. (Whoops. This is a bit woo-woo and flaky and bonkers.)

So this is what I say to people who are snobbish and sarcastic about fairies and angels. I say to them: Have you never felt the beauty of landscape? Have you never felt the presence of a tree or mountain or river or ocean or cathedral? Where is your poetic imagination ? Why do you lock yourself in a realm devoid of mystery and imagination? Etcetera!

What follows is my original piece for Findhorn. If you are interested in their Autumn conference click here
On the other hand you might want to join me for the Diploma in Practical Spirituality and Wellness that I am leading at Findhorn starting in October in four four-day slots. More info here



People often ask me about visiting Findhorn and I also often have an intuition that people need to visit Findhorn. I also often find myself saying this:

“Even if the workshop is rubbish, even if the workshop facilitators are rubbish, you will nevertheless have an extraordinary experience. There is a spirit to the place that transcends and permeates even the worst events.”

This, I know, can sound like faint praise. But it also acknowledges one of the most important realities about the Findhorn foundation: It has an extraordinary and wonderful spirit.
The spirit of Findhorn. What do we mean by this? We mean that there is some kind of mythical and energetic being, some essence, which is at the very core of the place. This spirit of Findhorn can equally be called the ‘over-lighting angel’ of the place.

In tribal societies, in classical Rome and Athens, there was no problem about discussing the spirits, gods and goddesses, and angels. Every activity had a spirit. Every place had a spirit. Athens was over-lit by the great angel and goddess, Athena. There is a myth that this being went on to over-light Constantinople and then London.

If a flower can be over-lit and coloured by a fairy, if a mountain can have its huge and sweeping mountain spirit, why can’t a wonderful human community also have its angel? Anyone with the slightest sensitivity, if they choose to sit in silence and to open their psychic awareness, immediately feels and senses this presence that permeates and over-lights everything at Findhorn.

When I first came to Findhorn and sat in the sanctuary, I swooned at the magnificence and beauty and healing nature of this wonderful angelic presence that is companion to the whole community.
Sometimes people forget that a human community is also an eco-system, as fantastic and complex as anything in the Amazon rain forest. And like any eco-system, it has its nature spirits. Human beings are, despite appearances in the industrialised world, not separate from nature and Gaia. We are part of nature and we too have our great nature spirits that work with us, as individuals and as communities.

I would dare to suggest that the Angel of Findhorn has a magnificent history of being involved with human communities. Within her energy field she carries lovingly tolerant and understanding patterns of how humans can behave and inspiring blueprints of how fully perfect this community can be.

Even the most cynical of visitors may quickly become seduced by the quality of silence at Findhorn. What is this quality? It is the atmosphere of the Angel’s energy field inspiring us to something new and more loving.

Every time I visit Findhorn, I am touched, moved and educated not only by the people, but by the ever present spirit of the place. I am grateful and I seek to encourage everyone and anyone to enjoy a similar relationship.

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By | 2019-10-06T22:04:59+00:00 June 29th, 2018|Articles, Spirituality|7 Comments


  1. Maggie June 29, 2018 at 3:17 pm - Reply

    I have just completed the Diploma course and I welcome this insight into viewing ‘nature’ a little differently, from a slightly different angle and it has opened my eyes to further possibilities and layers in our environment.

    Thank you for reissuing it.

  2. Moira Cunningham June 29, 2018 at 3:19 pm - Reply

    William – I love your book about Angels, Fairies and Nature Spirits as I think I have said before. I hope we are not going to get too hung up on being ‘sensible’, although I do understand where you are coming from in terms of the Diploma Course, which I am currently undertaking. Still, I’d rather we all stay a bit bonkers than lose the mystery of what we may not be able to see or touch but which touches us in our soul and spirit.

  3. Micaela Aminoff June 29, 2018 at 3:34 pm - Reply

    Thank you for this William, nice how some things are not that time bound! Your doing great bridge building between the worlds. Missing the angel of Findhorn although life back in Finland under the wings of The Maiden of the North (Pohjanneito in Kalevala) is working out fine too. I wish I could come to the September conference, but not sure yet if it will work out. Meanwhile joining Marko Pogacnick for healing the Karelian waters (Eastern Finland) in July ….and through the Saima channel we’ll guide the vibrations to Russia as well. It was a grand day when that picture was taken during the 50 celebrations….a dot in the back row. All the best to you and send my love to Sabrina……Micaela
    PS! still meeting Tapani and Satu regularly for our little spiritual support group.

  4. Ann Yeomans June 29, 2018 at 6:52 pm - Reply

    Please William never, never cease in your enthusiasm for talking about Angels. On Mothers day this year, I said goodbye to my dying aunt in Eastbourne Hospital as I held her in the Clear Light and then left, with a special prayer to the Angel of the hospital to care for her and everyone one else, patients and visitors. (I clearly remember you once telling us that hospitals had huge Angels over and around them.). As I walked up the path outside to the bus stop, I said one last prayer for my aunt and as I turned to look back for a split second I saw this amazing light in the shape of a great parenthesis over the whole hospital, and then it was gone from my sight, but I was overjoyed as I knew that my aunt was in the angel’s arms.
    Much love to you for your innovative intellect and spiritual courage,

  5. Naurene Leppan June 30, 2018 at 4:19 am - Reply

    Greetings my sister and I visited Findhorn in 1994 and we loved every minute of our stay.The sanctuary , grounds and community centre were inspiring places in which to be present. I brought back Eileen Caddy’s “Opening doors within” and have been guided by it every day since then. It would not be possible to visit Findhorn and not be deeply inspired.

  6. angela June 30, 2018 at 7:17 am - Reply

    Such a beautiful reminder that communities are overlit by an Angelic presence. Thank you for reminding us.

  7. Lynn Bailey July 19, 2018 at 10:54 pm - Reply

    This article opened with using the word ‘rubbish’ several times setting a tone that enters a negative mindset. Stop it!!! Please. What are you thinking, supposedly smiling? It doesn’t come across. It is offensive and double-messaged.

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