Where do the dispossessed go? The refugees, the homeless,star crossed lovers, pirates, the heretics, the politically oppressed……..they go to Refuge Mountain. A mountain hidden away from the waking world, existing in a world beyond the dream world, in a location interwoven with time and space. A place where you can find your ancestors or recover sacred knowledge. You can return to the places they once lived which were perhaps swept way by cataclysmic forces or taken over by forces of ambition. They have not been lost, they only await your return.
Refuge Mountain is a sacred place of forgiveness, healing and regeneration. A place where you can be protected from your oppressors, and a place where you can make your home if it has been taken away. Refuge Mountain is a place of respite for trouble makers and saints alike, but here you may find a very fine line separating the two.
I stumbled across Refuge Mountain as I drifted into my dreams one night after I had stayed up late researching my ancestry. I had just discovered that I was connected to an ancestral line of heretics from France, the Huguenots who sought refuge in America from the oppressive forces of the Catholic Church in France in the 1600’s. Larrabbee is the ancestral line which I was able to track back to Pau, France at the base of the Pyrenees Mountains. I also discovered the name can also be spelled, L’arabie which is french for Arab. I went to bed thinking about my French Arab Huguenot ancestors and I had this dream.
I am on a mountain which is hidden from sight, in the center of the mountain grows a huge tree that reaches deep down into the earth and stretches up through the top of the mountain. This giant tree reaching down and moving upward is a pathway one can travel to access different places within the mountain. Hidden inside the mountain there are many who have come here seeking protection.
Tibetan Buddhists, pirates, star crossed lovers, a pub run by monks, a French tea house run by Wise Women Herbalists where they serve lavender tea and cultivate fields of lavender to make the tea. An Irish bard musician, outlaw cowboys living in a world with no boundaries, Spanish Sufi poets, African slaves, Jewish mystics, a Gypsy thief, a Wicca high priestess drawing down the Moon, alchemist scientists, Communist philosophers, mothers and their children, a caravan of Arabian dancers and drummers, a Siberian shaman, Apache horse thieves. These wanderers have all come here to find peace and safety at refuge mountain. They know they are protected and they can pursue their lives without fear of being attacked, destroyed or imprisoned. They can practice religion, speak their mind, love who they love, make their own living, they can live in their own homes and raise their children. But just in case of danger, the pirate ship is waiting to set sail at the drop of a hat. This get away shoot was dug through the mountain where an escape hatch on the other side awaits your hasty exit.
Escape to Refuge Mountain in your dreams tonight and discover the hidden paths of your ancestry, or places in your life which have been dispossessed and banished from the light of day. Set sail on a pirate ship across the seas of time, and find yourself the hero of a tale yet untold. Let your life unfold and the adventure begin, because if you get in a bind, you can always return to Refuge Mountain.