The Land

John and his young family decided to leave the Peninsula and move to the property west of Melbourne. This gave him the opportunity to care for the land which was badly affected by introduced plants such as Boxthorn and Serrated Tussock. Being rather isolated from urban development, the land sustained a variety of indigenous wildlife such as kangaroos, wallabies, and a variety of reptiles and birds. There were many aboriginal artifacts such as stone tools and scarred trees, indicating a thriving aboriginal population prior to the arrival of Europeans. John was able to identify several ceremonial sites. He was able to do this, partly by observing that large stones had been arranged in a circular pattern, partly by feelings resulting from his clairsentient ability, and partly by dowsing. He also learned that the land lay at the central point of a massive cross defined by four mountains. The mountains formed a similar pattern to the four major stars of the Southern Cross constellation. This geographic feature became known as the Southern Cross Landscape Temple. It was speculated that the land might derive its unusual spiritual energy from that phenomenon. There were also seven significant ley lined traversing the land, six of which intersected at a central node. Ley lines were known to the Aboriginal people as spirit tracks.

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