I love adventure and part of this for me is exploring different cultures and countries.

Karen Crowley-Susani in front of the T-38 at Air Force Pilot training in Williams Air Force Base 1984

Karen in front of a T-38 at Air Force Pilot Training

During the first part of my life, this involved traveling to many countries.  I was an Air Force and a commercial pilot, so it was easy to sightsee all around the world. I explored many famous landmarks and sacred sites and was awed by the beauty and majesty of the places I visited.

But now, I enjoy a different type of adventure, an energetical one.

The Menhir of Saint Uzec, Côtes d’Armor, Bretagne, France

The Menhir of Saint Uzec, Côtes d’Armor, Bretagne, France

I still travel to different countries, but I have a more specific aim. I go to sacred sites with the anticipation of discovering what earth energies and sacred geometry the builders used to design their holy places and spaces. For me, this adds an extra layer of wonder and connection to my visit.

One of the things I look for on my energetic adventures to a sacred site is what earth energies are present.

These can be anything from a single subterranean water vein or fault to multiple crossings of water veins and faults. Both of these earth energies can be dowsed and felt within our bodies and energy systems. Water veins are perceived in the water region of our bodies; the kidneys and bladder are two of the primary places we can sense underground water. Faults relate to the air portion of our bodies and are felt in the lungs and thyroid.

Sacred sites are all built over some sort of earth energy which lends its power to the structure.

The most potent point of a sacred site contains either a crossing point of water veins, a blind spring, a crossing of water veins and faults, or something similar. These strong and active places of earth energy usually are not suitable to live over and can actually be harmful to our health. But these places of earth energy will change energetically when the weight of a menhir, dolmen, or the solar geometry of a church is placed over them. This is how the magic occurs and the energy of the place transforms into healing energy. This is one reason why I love to visit sacred sites: they are places of healing and rejuvenation.

Vortexes are other earth energies that I like to explore at sacred sites.

These vortexes can emanate from the earth, or they can descend from the cosmos. Vortexes are everywhere around us; they can also be dowsed for and felt in the body similar to earth energies. They relate to our chakra system and have colors. A red vortex is related to the first chakra and is felt in our feet and perineum, connecting us to the earth. A green vortex, for example, is associated with the 4th chakra and opens and balances the heart chakra. These vortexes can be made stronger with the use of solar geometry.

Many of the sacred sites I visit are aligned to the sun’s patterns during the year. As we know, our ancestors gazed up to the heavens and followed the path of the sun, the moon, and the stars throughout the year. Sometimes a sacred place is aligned to the summer solstice sunrise, or to the winter solstice sunrise, or other times it is aligned to the equinox. Discovering the alignments is another puzzle piece of this energetic adventure of mine.

And finally, I want to understand what type of measurements and geometry were used to design the sacred site.

Geometry for the ancient people did not consist of merely numbers and calculations. It was connected to the sun’s rhythm throughout the year. It was first a felt sense. This geometry was, and still is, alive. This geometry connected to the sun can be called solar geometry because it combines the pattern of the solstice sunrises and sunsets with the patterns of the earth. It is the basement of our sacred geometry.

Because this solar geometry can be felt within our body too,

It is another part of the adventure of going to a sacred site. The energy of the heavens and the earth combine to create the unique qualities of each different sacred site. I love discovering what combination of elements the builders used in each place.

The front view of the church de Saint Melar, Brittany, France

The front view of the church de Saint Mélar, Bretagne, France

For example, when a sacred site is built over fertility water veins, the solar geometry used to construct the place emphasizes this quality of fertility.

I’d like to take you on one of my recent energetical adventures to a sacred site in France and show you what choices the builders used to create their special place. The Crypt of Saint Mélar is a charming little church in Lanmeur, Brittany, France. I was interested in going there because it was built over an older crypt and holy well, and this usually indicates there could be some intriguing energy. The tomb dates back to the 10th or 11th century, and it is the oldest Christian monument in Brittany. It is dedicated to the martyred young Saint Mélar, an unfortunate boy who stood in the way of his tyrant uncle’s desires for more power.



Inside of the Church of St Mélar

Inside of the Church of St Mélar

When you first enter the church, you notice the church is light-filled and straightforward in design.

The church design is a simple cross shape with a couple of side chapels located along the short arms. A water vein runs the length of the church, and another water vein crosses it at the arms and another at a special circle on the floor close to the altar. The way the water veins cross is pretty standard for churches. Usually, a water vein runs down the center with another line at the crossing of the church arms, and a least one other water line crossing at the altar.

The water veins and vortexes of the Church of Saint Mélar, Lanmeur, France

The water veins and vortexes of the Church of Saint Mélar, Lanmeur, France

The illustration to the left gives you a good idea of how this works in Saint Mélar.

This earth energy is needed to help power the healing qualities of the church.

Sometimes faults lines are part of the energetic makeup of the church. In all cases, the apse is over a strong point of earth energy. Whether it is a crossing of water lines, or faults, or a combination of both. Many of the churches in Europe are built above something, like an old dolmen, stone circle, or holy well. In this church, the altar was built over the crypt and holy well.

Most churches and cathedrals feature an energetic structure called a chakra path that runs up the central aisle.

As you can see in the above illustration, Saint Mélar is no exception. Chakra paths relate to our chakra system, and they consist of colored vortexes of energy. They are created by the use of solar geometry in designing and building a church. The vortexes can be felt in the body; their colors can be seen by some people and can be distinguished by where they are perceived in the body. For example, the 1st or root chakra is red and is felt by warmth in the perineum or a grounding feeling in your feet connecting them to the earth. The 2nd chakra is orange and is felt around the pubic bone area and can have a distinctly sexy vibe to it.

Ceiling of the Church of Saint Mélar, Lanmeur

The ceiling of the Church of Saint Mélar, Lanmeur

The chakra path in this church is easy to find.

All you need to do is look up at the ceiling. As you can see in the photo, this architecture emphasizes specific points. Above and directly below each one is a point related to the different chakras. The path begins in the back of the church with the 1st chakra. Below the next point is the second chakra and so on until you get up in the altar area. Then two of the points correspond to the 3rd eye.

Next, is the strongest energetic point in the church, highlighted by a circle surrounding the initials SM.

The circle of Saint Mélar

The circle of Saint Mélar

This point is a beautiful violet vortex and opens the crown chakra. It is further strengthened by the sacred geometry of the circle. The 2nd, 4th, 5th, 6th, and 7th chakras make up the different circles of energy as well as a special circle called transformation. What this means is when you stand in the middle of the circle and hold a positive intention in your mind, it is possible to transform into this intention. The possibility is open for you.

It is always interesting to stand on circular rings or other features that have been emphasized in the construction of a church on the ground. They are usually points of incredible energy. The last point of energy is up by the altar and is a golden vortex and is less powerful than the violet SM circle.

Column in Crypt of Saint Mélar

A column in Crypt of Saint Mélar

Below the church is the crypt and the original resting place for Saint Mélar.

It has an overall violet aura and a little chakra path inside. The energy is more powerful and can be felt more easily here than in the church above. Two columns have unusual snakes or plants carved on them. If you stand in the middle and touch the columns, it opens the heart chakra in a sweet balanced way.

For me, an energetical adventure adds to the fullness of the experience of visiting a sacred site.

My connection to the place becomes much more vibrant and profound. This type of adventure actually helps balance and align my energy system and raise my vibration. I love discovering the healing energies and receiving an energetic tune-up. It is what makes the adventure come alive!


By Karen Crowley-Susani
Originally published in the Star Nations Magazine