Exploring castles, their bulk, their layout, imagining their former glory and architecture, and moving about their space can give great pleasure. The imagination is challenged and exercised in trying to empathise and consider the mind-set of the medieval occupants and what made them tick.
Touching the stones, climbing the narrow stairs to the battlements and looking out across the surrounding land, is it fanciful to think that there was a message left behind, an intensity of presence, emotion, and drama, that had left its mark? To my knowledge no-one has ever found such a message, and now with ethereal and ubiquitous chemical and EMF pollution, we may not have any chance of sensing a hidden message.
We may know who those people were, but how did they think?
One of the most interesting parts for me is the Gatehouse or Barbican. Could this be where that hidden message lies? Did the various people going through that Gate, the serfs, dignitaries, clergy, entertainers, scholars and others, leave an emotional record?
What were the thoughts, the fears and expectations of those people?
If we try and connect all that we know, putting together the jigsaw, we may just have some idea, but the net would have to be spread widely using our imagination. There are fake pieces where some have tried to rewrite history. The environment, education, expectations, fatalism, religious fervour, health, knowledge and survival strategies would all have had an effect on their emotions. A complex harmonic of influences and beliefs.
Can strength of presence embed itself into stone? Is there some network of intangible resonances that allow the storage, and recording of human emotion?
As my hand runs across the stonework there is something that tells me that their spirit is still there to tell others of the drama of their lives. But alas there was never any sensed message only the tangible remains.
It is as though an impossible code had to be broken.
Life must have been simple, hierarchical, and manual. The world must have been a dangerous place in medieval times and the mass and strength of the castle was safety. The huge thick walls and sometimes moat, was a barricade to the terrifying threats that could manifest in the open world.
Yes there was a price to pay to the ‘Lords of the Manor’. One could argue that the price was necessary, that servitude and obedience was a price worth paying for communal safety in times of danger from violence and disease.
Besides, they all had some ownership with their presence. They were a part of something. They had belonging. Without some sort of belonging they would become lost and lonely and vulnerable. Our belonging is through nature and the even handed reality of the natural environment.
If those people had left the safety of their realm would they have become fodder for another Lord and Master?
What parallels can we draw between them and us, two peoples divided by 750 years? Such a long time.
We could not live in their time with its hardship and pain. Surely the social victims and snowflakes of the present would have barely lasted a week? But could those medieval people have survived in our world? Certainly they were not without the intrigue and drama of life. Let us not be conceited and patronising to think they were not intelligent and sensitive. Life then would have had its complexities as well.
They were not free, probably little more than slaves. Are we free? Is there freedom in nature? Their technology was basic and simple, ours is relatively advanced and complex. Does that matter? The technology and lifestyle may have changed but the principles, and the human condition are the same.
Can we find meaning from what we know? How can we know when meaning can be lost in translation?
When a threat came it was through that Gate, protected by the Barbican, that people rushed. They didn’t rush in because they were oppressed or because they lived in squalor in the outlying fields around the castle. That was their home, or at least where they spent most of their lives, cold and hungry. No, they rushed in for their lives, the loss of their belonging, and fear of the unknown. When that threat came there must have been panic and their society would have been in crisis.
They detached themselves from the larger world, defended their castle in the knowledge that the world would wait for them.
That was my first clue.
An emotional connection was made. Suddenly those cold stones were warm. They had offered protection, to those people, their belonging, their ownership, their loved ones, and sanctity to prolong their medieval society. And while the screams, fires, destruction and turmoil went on outside the walls they knew that they must defend their space to the death.
What is different now? Do we not love ourselves and our own? Do we not see the mistakes that could be righted? Can we afford to lose our ownership and our belonging?
We cannot lock ourselves up in a castle. Our world is different more complex, but is it any different in terms of the human condition? Can we not defend our individualism our connection with nature and our free will?
A lot is similar in some ways, a little in other ways, but there are basic needs that haven’t changed at all. Not, in all those centuries of pain and anguish have we lost our underlying humanity. Love, nature, ownership, belonging, community, they still mean something.
The threat today are the Globalists, the Ideologists, and those who want to control and impose. The UN, the EU, the Corporations, Communism, and Religious Ideologies that cannot be reformed or named. They seek world domination through technological, medical, financial and religious tyranny. They are the new bogeymen.
Yes eventually there will be a One World, a coming together of mankind, but not this way, not yet, and not without our consent.
We have International Standards that allow synergy. The direction that Corporate, Socialist, and Politico-religious and Technocratic Ideologies are taking us cannot be the way to go. The clues are all there, Agenda 30, the removal of ownership, digital control, apostasy and discrimination. The fear, the crisis, and the panic are still here. The tyranny now, is just as, if not more as dangerous as the tyranny then, with marauding armies and gangs in medieval times.
“The human attitude is always based on the same kind of insight into life, and strives for the same kind of victory over blind chance.”
― Hermann Hesse The Glass Bead Game
We do not comply unless we are have informed choice. We need to know risk. Unless of course one trusts corporations, politicians and those in their control.
This was the second clue and the penny dropped. They detached and they defended. That need has been passed on throughout humanity.
The key was not in those large blocks of stone used to construct castles. The key was in our hearts, and in our souls. The message was within ourselves all the time.
Now we must pull up our metaphorical drawbridge, detach ourselves from a virtual imposed reality, and defend the real natural reality, where our choices in life and our belonging to mother earth, matter.
Written by a PenwithCAN member