By Jaap van Etten
One of my interests is the study of the use of the Earth energies by different civilizations and traditions over time. These studies led me to the subject of landscape temples. It is a fascinating subject that helped me to see how people, both in the past and the present, recognize the importance of the energies of Mother Earth, especially those that resonate with our chakras. The fact that there are landscape temples that integrate these chakra vortex energies indicates that people in the past were able to recognize the importance of these chakra energies. Chakras reflect the way we relate to the physical world in which we live from both a physical and spiritual perspective. Our souls contain and radiate the white light of Source. When souls enter a physical body, this white light refracts into the seven colors of the rainbow which also are the seven colors of the chakras connected to our physical body. Our body functions as a prism; it refracts the white light of the soul into the array of colors we know as the rainbow colors. In our current times, we are insufficiently or even not at all trained to use these chakras properly, and as a consequence, the chakras lose their brightness and are no longer able to form together into white light. Our task is to bring these seven chakras (colors) into such a state that the colors of the chakras will again have such a pure quality that together they can again create white light. We call the state in which this is possible enlightenment.
We again begin to realize that the Earth has chakra energies and that it is important to connect with them as a support for our personal development. These chakra energies were important enough for our ancestors to use them in their lives and their activities. One of the ways they used them is in the aforementioned landscape temples, which is a much more common phenomenon than I realized.
The Two Types of Landscape Temples
We can separate landscape temples into two types. The first type is the landscape temples that are discovered and described by geomancers. They mainly work with patterns of the earth and structures in the landscape which could include human structures. They also include their feelings and the way they experience the energies of the area they are studying. The patterns they see, together with the feelings they have, lead to an understanding of the potential or actual function of the landscape. Based on this approach, they describe chakra landscape temples in countries and even in whole continents. In almost all cases they describe landscape temples having seven chakras located in a straight line. An example is the chakra alignments in the landscape temple of Sedona as described by Nicholas Mann.1 Other examples are the landscape temple in Ireland, described by David Furlong,2 and the landscape temples described by Peter Dawkins in de United States,3 in England4 and Europa as a whole.5 As far as I have been able to check their studies, these researchers do not use specific chakra vortexes but use a certain energetic quality of an area. For that reason, they can indicate the seven chakras of the landscape temples as a straight line. Their idea is not as farfetched as it may seem. All energies are present everywhere unless we create artificial energies that destroy, alter or diminish these energies. Therefore, all energies are everywhere, and maybe that is what inspired these researchers to indicate landscape temples as they do.
Ancient peoples did not go for the general quality of the land. They selected specific sites which today we call vortexes. They also were not attached to straight lines. For them, the Earth is a living being, and for living beings, nothing is mathematically precise, but depends on the dynamic of the living structure. They selected the centers of the chakra vortexes as the basis for their temples. The centers of vortexes have the most optimal energy and therefore will give the most optimal effect of what they wanted to achieve and experience. The chakra sites they selected and used are interconnected by lines that I call communication lines. The landscape temples based on actual vortex sites belong to the second type, and in my opinion, are the “real” landscape temples.This second type of landscape temples also has two different types.
The first type is a temple that is part of what we can call a city. These “cities” are ceremonial cities that were in use for initiations and spiritual purposes. In these cities, you will find all seven chakras and sometimes there are other energy sites (sacred places) added to the seven chakras. These places are perfect for training initiates into higher spiritual experiences through mastering the seven chakras, the seven ways to deal with life in physical reality. Examples of these city temples are Machu Picchu in Peru, (top of page), as well as Teotihuacan in Mexico (left), and Teotenango in Mexico (right). These are known as spiritual places, but there are many more of these cityscape temples. In all of these situations, the seven chakras are integrated into the structure and layout of the city using natural chakra energies/vortexes. In none of the given example are the vortexes located on a straight line.
The second group of the “real” landscape temples consists of what you truly can call temples in a landscape. These landscape temples are more common than I originally thought. So far, I have found and researched several landscape temples, both in the US and Europe. I found several landscape temples in the Sedona area, not including the one described by Nicholas Mann which has its base in geomancy. I found one in Pennsylvania and two in Hawaii. So far, I found four landscape temples in Europe: two in Denmark and two in The Netherlands. In almost all of these situations, the chakra vortexes that form the temple are spread over a larger distance, from tens of miles up to more than 100 miles. None of those temples mentioned above have chakra sites that form a straight line.
Each of the chakra sites within the landscape temple seem to be a separate unit. They have, in most cases, human-made structures as part of the system. When that is the case, these structures always are in the center of the chakra vortex. These chakra sites all connect, making them into one system, the landscape temple. The connection between the chakra sites is formed by communication lines. The chakras and the communication lines form a complex energy system that you can compare to the chakras of an enlightened person. They form a coherent energy field. Connecting with one of the chakras not only connects you with the energies of that specific chakra but also with the energies of the temple as a whole. Each of the chakra locations is a doorway into the total system. That is what makes these places so powerful.
Visiting the different chakra sites of a landscape temple is like a pilgrimage. If you have the opportunity, I highly recommend a visit to any of the sites of any of the landscape temples. How to visit these sites and how to use the energies most optimally is described in the mentioned articles.
Jaap van Etten, PhD, was born and educated in the Netherlands. He received his PhD in biology in Amsterdam, specializing in ecology. For the past 23 years, his focus has been on metaphysical ecology. He studies and teaches about human energies, Earth energies and the energies of stones, crystals and crystal skulls. He also looks at how these energies interact. He is the author of: Crystal Skulls: Interacting with a Phenomenon; The Gifts of Mother Earth; Crystal Skulls: Expand Your Consciousness; Birth of a New Consciousness; and Dragons: Guardians of Creative Power. He is the co-founder of the Universal Center for Metaphysical Ecology, www.ucme.international. He currently resides in Sedona, Arizona.
1. Nicholas R. Mann, Sedona Sacred Earth, A guide to the Red Rock Country, Light Technology Publishing, Flagstaff, AZ, 2004, Revised Edition.
2. David Furlong, Working with Earth Energies; How to Tap into the Healing Powers of the Natural World, London, Piatkus, 2003, 66-74.
3. Peter Dawkins, North America, www.zoence.com/pages/landscape-temples.html
4. Peter Dawkins, Sacred Landscape and Geomancy, www.peterdawkins.com/pd_landscape.htm.
5. Peter Dawkins, The Continent of Europe, www.zoence.com/pages/landscape-temples.html