Many people have profound experiences when visiting sacred sites, which is one of the reasons we are drawn to these special places built by our ancestors. We intuitively know there is something different going on at these places, and of course, the beauty and splendor of the site amazes us.

The Tigers Nest Monastery in Bhutan, a sacred site.

The Tigers Nest Monastery in Bhutan

This past year I’ve been exploring, studying, dowsing, and working with the energy of many sacred sites. Anything from a simple standing stone in Brittany to elaborate temples in India and I’ve noticed they all have one thing in common, they work on our energy system. They raise our vibration, clean our central channel and chakra system, and even help balance the energy of our organs.

First of all, I’d like to define what a sacred site is. The dictionary defines a sacred site as a place in the landscape that is revered by a people or culture as a focus for spiritual belief. It is a place of great significance or a place worthy of awe and respect.

Burgos Cathedral, a sacred site in Spain

Burgos Cathedral, Spain

What qualities give a sacred site its great significance? For some, a holy place is associated with great beauty. Certain areas in nature are sublime and inspire our awe and respect. Think of gorgeous waterfalls, amazing sunlit cliffs, amazing rock formations. The natural landscape can inspire and move us. Then there are man-made places that inspire us as well; beautiful light-filled cathedrals, huge pyramids, lines of standing stones, just to name a few.

The outer beauty is immediately evident. Many religions created amazing places of wonder to awe and inspire their followers. But is there something more to a sacred site than physical beauty?

I believe so, and for me, it is one of the many layers of a sacred site. One of the questions to ask is what was present before anything was built? Many sacred sites have stories connected to their beginning. For the Christians, these stories usually involved a miraculous event. Mary or a saint appeared, or someone had a vision. But with a little digging into the history of the place, we can find that there was something important about the area before. Perhaps a dolmen was there or standing stone, or maybe there was a healing spring. Usually, the sacred place has many layers as each new culture claimed the special spot as theirs.

But why a particular point on the earth? Can’t we build a church or place a dolmen anywhere? The answer is yes, with a big “But” at the end. The secret to creating a powerful and healing sacred site is in proper placement. We are surrounded by unseen energies. Many sensitive people can feel the effects of these earth energies. There are water lines and faults under the earth that create powerful energies to harness. Then, there are earth vortexes, swirling energy that comes from inside the earth or down from the cosmos. These vortexes have colors and qualities and relate to our chakras. They can be big and powerful or small and inconsequential. These vortexes help heal, align and balance our chakras

The Seat of Justice in the Circuit des Dolmens, Lot Valley France is a sacred site of the megalithic people.

The Seat of Justice in the Circuit des Dolmens, Lot Valley France

Karen sitting on the Seat of Justice, it has a violet vortex and is a sacred site.

Karen sitting on the Seat of Justice, it has a violet vortex.








I have found many of these vortexes in natural settings, especially around big stone formations. When examining the area closer, one can see that some of the more powerful vortexes have been used, seats have been carved into the stone to take advantage of the healing energy of the vortex. If you spend a little time sitting on a “stone seat” for example, you will be able to discern the quality of its healing energy. It may be a place of fertility or it could work with a particular chakra or an organ, for example.

My thoughts of this phenomenon are that the vortexes are enhanced by the weight of the stones, and the ancient man took advantage of this energetic formation. As our ancestors began to build more sophisticated sacred healing places, menhirs were placed in points of active earth energy. This placement served many purposes, enhancing crop growth or dissipating the electromagnetic energy buildup that calls forth lightning strikes. Many menhirs are associated with fertility and other healing qualities.

The secret is placing the standing stone in the right configuration of earth energy for it to start sharing the healing qualities to the surrounding area. Finding the correct point was crucial in building dolmen as well. The opening was usually aligned with a solstice or equinox sunrise or sunset, and then it was set over some powerful earth energies such as large water veins and faults.

Churches are the same, they are usually aligned to the east and the apse, the most sacred part of the church, is situated on top of the most potent earth energies of the church; usually large water veins and/or faults. Most churches have a water vein running the length of the church and at least one other crossing it up at the altar.

Kergornec Menhir in Brittany, France is a megalithic sacred site

Kergornec Menhir in Brittany, France

What about the vortexes? How do they come into to play at sacred sites? We have found through our investigations into holy places, that weight enhances the strength and quality of the vortexes. For example, menhirs have vortexes associated with them. The color of the vortex and where it is felt in the body helps to decode the healing quality of the standing stone. For example, the vortex of the Kergornec Menhir is crystalline and relates to healing the lungs. Animals also recognize the beneficial qualities of this stone, and you can find evidence of them sleeping and recharging their energy next to it.

Vortexes are also created by solar geometry used to build sacred constructions. For example, when a church is built, with the solar mandala of the place, a chakra path appears running from the back to the front of the church. The root chakra is at the end, and by the time you reach the altar, all 7 chakra vortexes are manifested and present. We have studied and experimented with this in many of our classes and certifications. In this link to the Santa Marta Chakra Path video, you can see how we built a chakra path in Chile during a Sacred Geometry Certification Course. The design of the chakra path looks like a church, and the apse has the most powerful point of earth energy and, thus, the strongest healing energy on the path.

The other important component of sacred sites is the link with the cosmos. As we know, many sites are aligned with the sun. Dolmens and other stone passageways have their openings aligned to catch the light of solstice sunrises and sunsets, while other places prefer the equinox light. Many pyramids are aligned with the sun’s light at particular times during the year. Chichén Itzá, for example, has a “snake” in the form of light and shadow, slithering down the side of the pyramid during the equinoxes.

Taking a step further into using the energy of the cosmos to build a sacred site is employing the yearly rhythm of the sun to construct it. This practice was done all around the world. The pattern is made up of the angles of the solstice sunrises and sunsets. When you combine the sun’s yearly rhythms with the energy of the earth; in the form of a net or grid (called solar net, or Peyre net) rising from the center of the planet, “magic” happens. A rectangular shape is revealed and is called in my Tradition of the Master Builders, the “solsticial quadrilateral.”

An example of a solstitial quadrilateral which is the basement of how to build a sacred site.

The solsticial quadrilateral has several characteristics worth exploring. First of all, it is a structure that can be felt in the body. When a sacred site is built using this rectangle as the basis for its measurements, there is a quality of harmony with all life that can be felt. The solsticial quadrilateral relaxes the physical body, releases stress, balances the energy of the body, and, most importantly for a sacred site, connects the people inside more strongly to the earth and the cosmos.

There is also a vortex of energy that forms in the center of the solsticial quadrilateral. This vortex cleans the central channel and opens all the chakras, mostly the 5th chakra. Some people cry with joy when they feel the opening of the 5th chakra as they begin to explore their connection with nature and the cosmos. Because the 5th chakra is connected to spirituality, the opening of it helps with the development of a person’s spiritual life.

Santa Marta Chakra Path in Chile is an example of a modern sacred site.

Santa Marta Chakra Path, Chile

If we look again at the pattern of the chakra path we built in Chile, it is a rectangular shape; a solsticial quadrilateral that comes from the measurements of the solar mandala of Concepcíon, where it was created. This marriage of the energy of the cosmos and the earth is very healing for our energy system. The key point of the chakra path is the apse. It is built over a very powerful earth energy point, which helps power the solar geometry used to construct it.

The chakra path is actually a simple construction of a sacred site. It has all the components used to build one. The earth energy to power it is in the form of a crossing of water veins and a beautiful vortex related to the heart chakra. There is the connection with the cosmos and the earth through the rectangular design of the solsticial quadrilateral of the place. It is a place of healing and it raises the vibration of people walking it. Then, most importantly, it connects each person to the earth and cosmos, giving them an opportunity to have a deeper spiritual connection to all life.

Besides the sublime beauty of sacred sites, they all possess the ability to raise our vibration and heal our energetic bodies. This is perhaps one of the most important reasons we visit them. Part of the healing qualities come from the earth and the energies that lie beneath the surface. As we have seen, water veins, faults, vortexes all played an essential role in the construction of sacred sites. Solar geometry of the place is the other critical factor in designing and building a sacred healing site. It’s qualities of opening, aligning and connecting the energy system to the cosmos and the earth is essential and is the reason we return again and again.

Karen Crowley-Susani
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