Letter to Peter Hale

The UWP crew lived in Denver, Colorado, for a year in the early 1990's. The freezing winter was quite a shock after our time in Palm Springs. We also missed Peter Hale who with another friend would come down from the High Desert and visit us at weekends. Peter Hale was a clever, cultured and wide traveled man, who once told us that his ancestors came over to America from England on the Mayflower. The following letter to Peter Hale captures the spirit of our early days in Denver.



Peter Hale
Winchester,
California
U.S.A


27th June 1991

Dear Peter,

"Greetings from the "Mile High City" to our brother in the desert." We were thinking about you and missing our meetings in Palm Springs, so we are writing with all our latest news.

A few months ago "something" or "somebody" dropped into our little house by the university. This friendly "spiritual" presence stayed for several days–all three of us felt it. It was as if we were on holiday from the normal pressures of life–the house literally "glowed." After this experience we felt compelled to do up the house, repairing, painting the rooms and hunting for furnishings in Denver's abundant Thrift stores. Incredibly, it was as if furniture was just waiting for us. The house is really beginning to look good. What a blessing after camping out in Palm Springs!

Although the house is a "rustic cottage" it does have a peaceful charm. Oddly enough, Stephanie spotted some foundation stones in the garden, so at one time it looks as if a larger mansion or estate was on the site of the present house. Apparently, Denver rests on the edge of something very older or ancient–very difficult to put this into words. Interestingly, excavations for the new runways at Stapleton Airport contained fossil imprints of ferns no longer found on earth. Archeologists working on the site now tell us that Denver was at one time a vast sultry rain forest.

Even after we had finished furnishing the house, we felt compelled to search Denver's antique and thrift shops. Even when we found it quite exhausting, we just could not stop. It was as if we were looking for something. But what? Well, of course, we are an imaginative lot here, if anything turns up in our endless searching, we'll let you know.

Recently I have begun to wonder–is it possible that there are areas in the world which are "sacred" or are open to influences from a higher level? In Spain, (can't remember the name now, but James Michener mentions it in his book Iberia) a farmer working in his field dug up a stone object which turned out to be a sculpture of the Virgin Mary. He took the small figure home only to find that it had disappeared in the morning. Puzzled, he went back to the spot where he had originally found it and discovered the small figure there in the earth. To cut a long story short, the farmer eventually realized that the figure wanted to be in a particular "place." In time, the farmer built a chapel on this spot, which was later on to become a place of pilgrimage. If I remember correctly, many people witnessed a light shining over this "place."


My only experience of something like this was at Bucelas in Portugal. The entire area of the little Subud community was permeated by a very strong healing vibration. Many people remarked on this "quality" so maybe this was a kind of "proof" of its reality. I hope, anyway, that such places exist. This theme has kind of haunted us here. Our dream is to find such a place with a "sacred vibration." For us, Denver is a "way station" and we sense our true destination is further down the road. As I sit writing to you now, I am convinced that such places exist in the U.S. And that when they are opened up or "revealed," it will be of use to many people in the days ahead.

We have a small garden here where Hart and myself dug a plot for cabbages, lettuce, tomatoes, etc. Hart, in particular, has taken up his gardening duties with tremendous enthusiasm. At odd times through out the day (and night), he can be seen hovering like an anxious parent over his vegetable domain. All this digging and planting seeds has shown us in a small way how very much we need this contact with the earth.

Another element for our centre, apart from the publishing work, we see it as a place where we could produce at least some of our own food. I can see that such a centre could provide the elements for a very fulfilling and creative life. We are not, of course, talking about reverting to a "primitive" return to the simple life. This is not possible for us today nor really desirable. We are working on a new newsletter. As you can see we are still trying to articulate our vision of a centre. If we can articulate the vision of a centre that genuinely relates to peoples needs, I am sure in time we will get support. We hope that we will find "our" place where the true brotherhood can gather!

God Bless,

Rachman, Stephanie and Hartley
Denver, Colorado




Credits:

I am indebted to the Denver Museum of Nature & Science for use of the following–I used only small portions, see the originals, they are enchanting and breathtaking–in the order of appearance in this letter.

1. Mammoths and camels wander among pine trees and prairie grass on a warm summer day during the Ice Age. Mastodon, horses, bison, lions, cheetahs, and giant ground sloths share this Front Range habitat. Painting by Jan Vriesen

2. Leaf Fossil, Kirk Johnson

3. Warm air and plentiful rainfall promote a bounty of plant life. Huge plant-eaters such as Triceratops browse in a forest of palm tree thickets and patches of paddle-leaved plants. Climbing ferns, herbaceous plants, and a variety of broad-leaved trees also grew here. Home to hundreds of turtles, birds, lizards, tiny mammals, frogs, and snakes, this landscape is also the turf of Tyrannosaurus rex...Painting by Gary Staab

4...Along the shoreline is a dank coastal forest containing herbaceous ferns (Astralopteris and Matonidium), broad-leaved trees (Sapindopsis, Liriophyllym, and Protophyllum) and strange conifers. A few Iguanodon dinosaurs wander down the beach, leaving their footprints on the rippled surface. Painting by Jan Vriesen

5. Large leaves and leaves with drip tips are indicative of high rainfall and warm temperatures. In the foreground, an obscure animal known only as stylinodontine taeniodont makes its way through the undergrowth composed of round-leaved herbs and cycad seedlings. Painting by Jan Vriesen



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