What would happen if we let go of everything and committed totally to living according to inner guidance? How do we prepare for such a thing?....
Dorothy Maclean and Peter Caddy studied with a spiritual teacher who for years assisted in connecting with the Divine. Then one day, the teacher challenged them to expand their connection by letting go of their jobs and “find out what Spirit wants” them to do.
This is a story about Dorothy Maclean who, along with Peter and Eileen Caddy, traveled around the United Kingdom during the 1950s, meditated daily asking for guidance, and followed subtle promptings. From this practice, Eileen began to hear clearly ‘that still, small voice’ within, and later Dorothy could communicate clearly with Nature realms.
It took years of devoted persistence, and in the end, they opened the door for everyone to collaborate with Nature and the unseen realms for very practical benefit. I believe this represents an extremely important next step in our human evolution—the pragmatics of embodying Spirit and consciously cocreating within Oneness.
"As long as you think anything in your life is outside of yourself and can blame something or someone for what happens to you, you are in ignorance. You are outside the reality of Oneness, and our energy worlds are beyond your ken. When you accept the unity of life, all life is yours and you are all life. One life breathes through all. Reverence all life, for it is part of you and you are part of it."
—as translated from Nature by Dorothy Maclean
Dorothy Maclean: Collaborating Within Oneness
An Amazing Story & Interview
An Amazing Story & Interview
Since her teens, Dorothy Maclean has been on a spiritual journey. Developing her ability to commune with inner divinity, and then learning to work with her guidance, Dorothy made a number of unusual choices. Inner guidance led her to join forces with Peter Caddy and his wife Eileen on a spiritual journey.
Prior to this, Dorothy worked for British Intelligence as a secretary, traveling to a number of countries. "All the way through my teens, I wanted answers. What was I about, where are we going, why are we here? I found none. Then in Panama, I met John Brian Wood, who gave answers that satisfied me, so I married him. It was my first real inner guidance."
John introduced Dorothy to the Sufi’s Universal Worship, which accepted sacred teachings from all religions. Off and on for many years, Dorothy also studied with Sheena Govan, who taught unconditional love and Christ consciousness.
"When Sheena said she had guidance that my husband would be better off without me, as I was so dependent on him and my love was so conditional, I realized this truth. So against my personal desires, I showed my determination to be unselfish by divorcing him. This determination led me to my first real inner KNOWING that God is within, an experience of connection, which changed my life. It also led to a daily attunement to my inner divinity, which always embraced me in a wonderful love."
After a brief stay in California, Dorothy moved back to London where she worked in a high-paying executive secretarial job and intensified her spiritual work with Sheena. "Sheena was the most loving person I ever met. She'd know what stood between you and your divinity, what you put before the divine."
Peter Caddy was one of Sheena's students, and her husband for five years, often serving tea and biscuits at their gatherings. One day, Sheena told Peter it had been revealed to her that their time together was over and that he was now to find his "true partner.”
Soon after, he met and married Eileen. In spite of their personal differences, Dorothy, Peter and Eileen were committed to living according to God's will. The daily, minute-by-minute attunement to guidance led them perfectly to make a tremendous contribution—something they couldn’t realize for years.
"We did odd jobs, which opened us to different people and walks of life. Peter was a gardener at a school while Eileen, who had one child by Peter at that time, was cook. I was kitchen-maid at a retirement home, and later the matron of a girls’ school." Then they went to Scotland where Peter was offered the job of manager at Cluny Hill Hotel, four miles from Findhorn Village.
At the hotel, Dorothy and the Caddys lived and worked in close proximity. For five years (1956-1961), they worked very hard. "We used our guidance to run the hotel and brought it up from being a loser to being a four-star winner." Then they were sent to another hotel in an attempt to make it a success.
After working very hard for an additional year for the company, they asked to return to Cluny Hill and were fired. They were stunned. Yet, Eileen's guidance indicated they should be grateful to the hotel company, having learned lessons, which played an important role in God's plan.
They had a small caravan and the only place that would accept trailers was the Findhorn Bay Caravan Park. Selecting a site furthest away from others, Peter moved their 9' x 32' home to a hollow between slopes of sand with patches of grass. Beside them was the local dump, complete with rotting, stinking garbage, broken glass and tin cans. A 10' x 10' annex for Dorothy's bedroom was later built, and the unlikely threesome, along with now three young Caddy boys, settled in for what they hoped would be just the winter.
They continued to meditate daily, separately and together, acting on intuitive insights even though they had no idea where it was leading. Both Peter and Dorothy also continued to interview for jobs, which eluded them. Peter and Dorothy went "on the dole" with unemployment benefits and former colleagues pretended not to know them.
Since finances were inadequate, Peter decided to start a garden to grow food. Eileen's inner voice continued to tell them they were on course. Dorothy and Peter worked in the garden from early morning until dark. Dorothy started getting messages of preparation during meditation. "Be prepared, My child, and on the lookout for My promptings. Expect new ideas...."
On May 8, 1963, she received: “One of the jobs for you as My free child is to feel into the Nature forces, such as the wind. Feel its essence and purpose for Me, and be positive and harmonize with that essence. It will not be as difficult as you imagine because the beings of these forces will be glad to feel a friendly power.... All forces are part of My life. All is one life. Play your part in making life One again, with My help.”
While Dorothy thought this was a nice excuse to go off and enjoy walks in Nature, Peter understood immediately that this guidance could be used to help. Since he had little gardening experience, he was open for suggestions from Nature.
Soon Dorothy received: “Yes, you are to cooperate in the garden. Begin this by thinking about the nature spirits, the higher over-lighting Nature spirits, and tune into them. That will be so unusual as to draw their interest here. They will be overjoyed to find members of the human race eager for their help. By the higher Nature spirits, I mean those such as the spirits of clouds, rain and vegetables. The smaller individual Nature spirits are under their jurisdiction."
“In the new world, these realms will be quite open to humans—or I should say, humans will be open to them. Seek into the glorious realms of Nature, knowing that these beings are of the Light.”
"I was told that everything in Nature has a soul and intelligence. Whether it was a planet, cloud or vegetable, it has a soul and intelligence. Immediately, I started to argue within, with God, because how could a vegetable have intelligence? It seemed ridiculous! So I put the suggestion aside temporarily, even though I had 10 years of knowing that what ever came from Source was valid.
“Not long afterward during a meditation, I reached a powerful heightened state of consciousness, and thought, ‘Now I'll contact one of those higher Nature spirits.' I chose the garden pea and asked myself; 'What would be the pearl of it, the essence, of this form if it was distilled?' Focusing on that, I got a communication."
“I can speak to you, human. I am entirely directed by my work, which is set out and which I merely bring to fruition. My work is clear before me—to bring the force fields into manifestation regardless of obstacles. While the vegetable kingdom holds no grudge against those it feeds, man takes what he can as a matter of course, giving no thanks. This makes us strangely hostile.
“What I would tell you is that as we forge ahead, never deviating from our course for one moment, so could you. Humans generally seem not to know where they are going or why. If they did, what a powerhouse they would be. If they were on the straight course of what is to be done, we could cooperate with them! I have put across my meaning and bid you farewell."
"I realized I was not communicating with the being or spirit of the single vegetable, but with the oversoul of the garden pea across the whole planet. The only word I had to describe them was ‘Angel,’ which didn't apply because, to me, they were formless energy fields. So I used the word 'Deva'—a Sanskrit word meaning 'shining one.'
“I shared the first message with Peter, and he immediately gave me a list of questions to ask different vegetable Devas. Thereafter, I would take his questions to the Deva involved and get straightforward, practical advice as well as inspiring ideas."
Those early days required long hours of tremendous work to build soil, including cutting seaweed from the rocks during low tide in frigid winds, hauling endless buckets of horse manure from farmers’ fields and wood ash from anywhere they saw smoke; making and turning mountains of compost and tilling it into the sand to create soil; building fences and a patio to block the wind, cold frames and green houses to start plants.
After putting up fencing to create a patio, which was to include a cement floor, a neighbor informed them of cement bags discarded in the dump and only slightly damaged—just enough for their needs. When they completed planting a garden bed and required material for mulch, mysteriously a bale of straw would be dropped on the road nearby.
Hundreds of examples of such assistance occurred. Once, when Dorothy and Eileen were out cutting seaweed off the rocks on the beach, Eileen slashed her palm. She quickly closed her hand and prayed in a whisper over and over, "I affirm wholeness." Upon opening her hand, there wasn't even a mark.
Through the legendary Robert Ogilvie Crombie, sometimes known as "Roc," they discovered in 1966 that the 'larger' Nature intelligences, "Devas" or "Angels" which Dorothy contacted, are "the architects who have the plan and pattern for Nature. The ‘smaller Nature spirits’ or elementals are the blue-collar workers that do the actual work."
Ogilvie never lived at Findhorn, though he visited often and added an important dimension to their work. He also reported conversations with Pan, the universal overseer of the elementals: "I am the servant of Almighty God, and I and my subjects are willing to come to the aid of mankind, in spite of the way he has treated us and abused Nature, if he affirms belief in us and asks for our help."
When Ogilvie asked Pan why so few people can actually see him or the elementals, Pan responded: “Perhaps this is fortunate, as they do not realize how dangerous it might be if their desire was granted too soon, before either their bodies or their minds had been prepared and conditioned for the experience and the right degree of cosmic consciousness had been reached.
“Many people who believe in and love the Nature spirits can be aware of them, can communicate and sometimes even see them in brief glimpses. With such people, they will always cooperate when invoked, when asked for help. Seeing them clearly is done from our side.”
The result of working with Nature was astounding. The vegetables were vibrant, delicious and abundant with some growing to extraordinary sizes—including a 42-pound cabbage! Over time, fruit trees thrived, as did innumerable herbs and flowers, many of which were typical of warmer climates and certainly better soil. While neither Dorothy nor the Caddys dared broadcast their success as being due to cocreating with Nature, word got around that something miraculous was happening.
Horticulture and soil experts came and were dumbfounded. Finally, in 1970, the first booklet was published that included information about the garden and working with Nature intelligences. That booklet signaled a change in the direction of Findhorn toward the cultivation of consciousness. The emphasis was on what humanity can do when we consciously cooperate with Nature.
People were showing up to be a part of this spiritual Nature community, or to at least witness the truth of conscious cocreation with Spirit. Findhorn shifted focus to building community and teaching what they had learned. Dorothy's communications from the Devas had gone beyond the pragmatics of the garden to expand awareness of the possibilities for humanity.
In 1970, David Spangler and his companion Myrtle Glines visited Findhorn. Instead of staying for five days as planned, they stayed for three years—the three years when Findhorn grew from just over a dozen people to numbers varying from 45 to 200. During this time, the group process shifted from the synergy of a few to conflict resolution and group process of many. Myrtle, who was a counselor, provided invaluable service. David was a popular channel, lecturer and educator in spiritual matters, traveling the Western United States and teaching numerous classes.
Findhorn soon became a community that included areas for arts and crafts, printing and publishing, construction, communications and a college program, all developed with an attempt to follow inner guidance in cooperation with Nature. Dorothy left Findhorn in 1973 with a group of several others. Eileen stayed, and Peter left some years later. When I asked Dorothy why she left, with her infectious smile she said: "There wasn't anything wrong. It was just time for me to leave."
Dorothy's commitment to the inner divine continues today. "I don't need to go to the Angels, Devas or God for information as such. When I put myself in the right attitude—of love, peace and joy—and bring this attitude into all that I do, the information, all the answers, are right here. When we need help, we can go inward and reconnect with our inner divinity, that feeling of joy and unconditional love, and see the external situation differently. When one is able to link with the unconditional love of God, everything on the outside changes.
"When I am sufficiently attuned, God's will is my will, because I choose that. God is our deepest core. So it's not a great father out there, telling us what to do. It's our deepest wholeness.
"We didn't have the slightest idea what we were creating at Findhorn. If we'd known, we couldn't have carried it out but would have ruined it. We would have asked our minds what was needed and done all the wrong things because our vision wasn't big enough. It never is. The wholeness of the vision of God sees everything that is going to happen; it is far larger than what we could think ourselves."
Dorothy Maclean now resides in a loosely knit "community of consciousness" in the Pacific Northwest where she cofounded Lorian, an educational organization, with David Spangler. She facilitates various workshops and has written several books on spiritual subjects including; Wisdoms (1971), The Living Silence (1977), The Soul of Canada (1977), To Hear the Angels Sing (1980), To Honour the Earth (1991), Choice of Love (1998), Seeds of Inspiration (2004), Call of the Trees (2006) and Come Closer (2007).
Born in 1920 in Guelph, Ontario, Canada, Dorothy’s childhood home has been designated as a heritage property under the Ontario Heritage Act.
Thank you Dorothy for your ongoing enthusiasm, graciousness and contribution!
Everything conspired to have this trio live at a trailer park in Scotland where the weather and soil conditions were dismal. Yet, with clear guidance, they grew extra-large vegetables, shocking horticulturalists. A community eventually grew up around the Caddys and Dorothy Maclean, and since 1972, it has been known as the Findhorn Foundation. The book, The Findhorn Garden Story, published in 1975, inspired many, and just recently (2008) has been updated and republished [click here].
That initial book inspired Machaelle Small Wright, who greatly expanded upon Dorothy’s initial work on collaborating with Nature and the unseen. Renowned scientist Albert Schatz said of her work, “[it] has no uncertainty principle and no irrationality of reality….I am convinced that Machaelle’s research with Nature and cocreative science are the most important advance in the history of science.” (In the forward to Garden Workbook II: Co-Creative Energy Processes for Gardening, Agriculture and Life, by Machaelle Small Wright).