Susie's Site :
All these spiritual places and mythologies are interesting and
compelling, but in the end it is the changes within oneself, the inner
growth, which really matters and makes sense of everything. That can
then reflect healthily into the outer world. That is my individual
As with the treasure seekers that come here, all that seeking focuses outside when the true treasure is within, and the real challenge is to discover the radiant and happy inner self.
This can be likewise applied to the fixation some people have on this area as being a safe place when the world ends. To rather turn the stories into an opportunity for growth, even a kind of rebirth, embracing a healthier shift of perspective and letting die old stagnant illusions by which one is barely surviving in a chaotic world - any myth, even modern mythologies, can be a tool in this, they have to be, or else there is no point in their existence.
One is basically feeling unsafe, which is a natural human state of being, yet the real challenge is to find that security within, and not by losing oneself in absurd stories of aliens and safe locations. Though the drama can somehow become a tool to unconsciously focus on an otherwise unconsidered issue and ideally, at some point, shift to the realisation that it is the inner world that is really relevant here.
That is my spiritual outlook on the matter, not to be tempted to run away with the fairies into lala land, even though it may be fun to do so.
Be wise, have some realism.
My own relationship with this landscape, apart from admiring its utter beauty, is more goddess oriented. It is as if the lost goddess of the ancients still whispers her magic in these parts. Her body is there in the curves of the hills and mountains, her passions in the hot springs, and Mary Magdelyn becomes the goddess in a modern guise. The relevance of reviving the goddess theme is to open up to reawakening that part in oneself, to embrace the magic of the feminine in a world that has tended to put the masculine on a pedestal. This is how I more relate to the environment here from a spiritual perspective. Ultimately, its all about self growth, permitting oneself to be wholesome and happy in this world.