This post comes from our Australia contributor, Bianca Boulden!
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. We ask ourselves: Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented and fabulous? Actually, who are you NOT to be?” — Marianne Williamson.
This stood out to me on my journey through the beautiful Shambhala Gardens. It was engraved into a huge beautiful crystal within and it was calling out to me. Byron Bay has always had this higher power over me and you can feel it when you step onto the private botanical gardens.
The Crystal Castle and Shambhala Gardens is just 25 minutes inland off the beautiful Byron Bay, up in the hinterland of the magical Mullumbimby. Where the air and light enriches your soul and spirit. I wanted to know more so I decided to sit down and ask the locals and the workers who live and breathe the crystal way of life.
Naren King, owner and creator of Crystal Castle was invited to a New Years Eve party in a unique building on a property near Mullumbimby, New South Wales, Australia. The building was positioned right on the point where the earth’s energy lines, or “Ley lines” intersect. It was designed round, with four radiating wings and no 90-degree angles, with a series of magical reflecting ponds interspersed. The owner had demanded the best materials from around the globe and had gone broke as a result. Captivated by this property, Naren set his sights on becoming its new owner. Knockbacks from banks didn’t deter him and the persistence paid off when a Harley-Davidson-riding bank manager loved the adventurous nature of the crystal business Naren was envisioning.
Local hippies got wind of something interesting going on and kept ‘dropping in’ to marvel at the crystals. The Byron Bay Visitor Centre started directing tourists to ‘try and get in’. With all the activity, ‘Crystal Castle’, as it became known, was eventually opened to the public. Naren spent over 25 years travelling the world in search of crystals. Over the years there has been further development of the Castle, the gardens have expanded dramatically and attractions have been added such as my personal favorite: The Kalachakra Stupa for World Peace.
The Kalachakra Stupa has this magical feeling to it, like nothing could harm or hurt you. As if the gods and angels are listening to all your dreams and wishes, like nothing can stand in your way. You are empowered. When standing in the Crystal Castle courtyard, look down. You are standing on 20,000 pieces of rose quartz embedded into the ground.
“This is my simple religion. There is no need for temples, no need for complicated philosophy. Our own brain, our own heart is our temple. The philosophy is kindness.” — Tenzin Gyatso, The 14th Dalai Lama.
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Photos Jenna Agius