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  • "whenever I tell a story, as I do in this book, there are always a few people who exclaim:"

 

 

 

 

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  • "what an imagination you have !"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "and then I always ask them: "what do you mean by imaginations ? - not just mine, but yours, his, theirs ? - anyone's ?""

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "and they always say, in more or less the same words:"

 

 

 

 

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  • "imagination is a part of the brain that has been strongly developed by certain privileged beings who include novelists within their ranks"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "well, all that, good people, is in my opinion, and to be quite blunt about it, stupid and very far from the truth !"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "I prefer to think"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "that the imagination is more like a great receptacle"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "a vast reservoir"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "mysteriously ( although the mystery is only but seeming )"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "fed by rivers, streams, running brooks, and spontaneously rising springs"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "they are resurgent waters, of varying currents and diverse provenances"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "coming from far and near"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "constantly filling up this reservoir"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "until, inevitably, they burst their dikes and pour out"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "this is the "work" - written, spoken, or thought"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "that gushes forth in a flood"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "but just what are these brooks and springs that feed it ?"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "when I observe myself writing and telling my stories, I become more and more certain"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "that I "find" my characters, or rather"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "that my characters find me"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "they not only talk to me but borrow my quill, my voice, and even my body"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "sometimes they arrive from nearby, from merely yesterday"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "and other times they have traveled from extremely far away, from the beginning of time"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "they tell me their deeds, their adventures, their thoughts"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "I actually become them"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "I "am" them"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

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  • "in that half-dream at dawn, between sleep and waking, I myself am this "Jehan of Thunder""

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "who appeared suddenly one day in my reservoir"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "from high in the "fallow land of the monks" I looked down at the little valley of the Arvault"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "and saw the Celtic cross standing out clearly against the green velvet of the forest"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "atop the apse of the extremely ancient abbatial church of La Bussière"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "built by Saint Bernard in the Burgundian mountains"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "this Jehan of Thunder was thrust upon me, along with his brothers and sisters, as I watched him gathering nuts"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "I watched his meeting with the old "Prophet" and somehow saw with his eyes and spoke with his mouth to such a degree"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "that I thought - and still think - that I was him and he was me"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "why this meeting across seven centuries ? - why him and not someone else ?"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "why in that particular place and not some other ? - and more to the point: how ?"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "I found the answer, although understanding very little at the time, when under the dictation of "Master le Gallo""

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "I described in this book the construction of the Celtic cross"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "formed by the concentric circles of Keugant, Abred, and Gwennwed"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "Master le Gallo informed me, and I wrote it down under his dictation ( on page 128 )"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "that the circle of Keugant is the realm where souls wander in chaos"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "where nothing exists"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "whence they pass into the circle of Abred"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "which is the circle of terrestrial Life"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "there to acquire a body and unfold their destiny between good and evil"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "if they run aground, they must return to the circle of nonbeing"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "there they await what God makes of them before returning anew to Abred to try another life in another body"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "until at last they earn the supreme reward of entering into the circle of Gwennwed"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "wherein they will rejoice in eternal divinity"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "this is the Druidic - Celtic - conception of eternal life"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "it was at that point that I felt certain that I was the "return" of Jehan of Thunder, seven hundred years removed, into the circle of Abred"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "everything I said in this book was, in my mind, so clear and detailed"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "and all the deeds of Jehan of Thunder and the people in his company were so reasonable and lifelike"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "even the problems of solid geometry"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "to which I myself had never before in my life paid any attention"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "were solved with astonishing ease"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "and even the "Prophet's" observations about people, countries, and buildings that I had never seen"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "were so luminous, so precise, and so exact"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "that I was, in short, convinced that I really had seen, touched, and breathed with the eyes, hands, and lungs of Jehan of Thunder"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "how otherwise to explain those curious coincidences, revealed documents"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "unexpected and paradoxical statements"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "those confusing exactitudes of an epoch so different from ours, in a milieu and world of thought that I had never before even suspected"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "and that had been told me in the voice of Jehan of Thunder, in my dream which I am now about to share with you"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "but why did I decide to tell this story ?"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "and why did I set the telling at precisely the four-year period between the beginning and end"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "of the strange adventure of Jehan of Thunder, the humble land clearer of the lay community of Saint Gall in Burgundy ?"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

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[ the Prophet of Compostela - Henri Vincenot - Inner Traditions International - 1996 | Pages 1 - 3 ]


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the Prophet of Compostela
- Henri Vincenot - Wikipedia:
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  • "a book on the wisdom of Celtic Druids and Christian traditions"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "which allowed the emergence of Gothic architecture and cathedrals"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "it's not just about structural engineering, material science, geometry and crafts"

 

 

 

 

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  • "but also about mystical aspects and the deep religious dimension of this work"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "to create buildings"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "that concentrate, strengthen and harmonize the forces of the Earth"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "so that the transformation of material into spirit can be accomplished"

 

 

 

 

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