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Synchronicities

Last Thursday morning, the 23rd, I met Penny, one of our gardeners, in the Garden and asked if she needed help. ‘You could do some weeding’, she suggested, so I set to, uprooting yellow poppies in the flower beds that flank the stone path leading to the Well, trimming them as I went and adding them one by one to a vase of water.

It seemed a shame to compost such special flowers, I thought they would be perfect for the Upper Room in Little St Michael’s. The final result was more than perfect though, it was beautiful; a crowd of blooms, more gold than yellow, their stems varying in length, each reaching in different directions.

As soon as I’d positioned the arrangement in the traditional place – between the Glastonbury chair and the three Himalayan pink salt tealight holders – it was clear the Garden’s loss was the Upper Room’s gain.

I sat for a while in meditation, wondering if Wellesley Tudor Pole might be present and enjoying the poppies.

It wasn’t until later in the day that I was reminded by a synchronicitous email that Thursday 23rd April is not only St Georges Day, it is also the birthday of Wellesley Tudor Pole. I smiled, thinking how a simple act of weeding had resulted in a double commemoration, not by intention, but through serendipity.

And it continues. I’ve just opened my copy of ‘Light upon the Path: The Unpublished Writings of Wellesley Tudor Pole’, hoping to find a quote to end with, and the very first words I read are:

‘It is useful to remind those who seek for external signs and wonders that intervention from spiritual sources in human affairs never takes the form of spectacular apparitions, but unfolds naturally, ceaselessly, and in hidden ways.’

Wellesley Tudor Pole. The Companions Address of 19th August 1967
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Robert Ward | Retreat Facilities Manager


Wellesley Tudor Pole founded the Chalice Well Trust in 1959. The book from which the quote is taken is available to order from Chalice Well Shop.

Light Upon the Path

With over 60 pieces of writing spanning the years from 1906 to 1968 plus copious selections from his letters to Sir David Russell, this book by Paul Fletcher gives a comprehensive insight into the life and work of Wellesley Tudor Pole.

These timeless writings provide priceless insights for contemporary seekers.

Rosamond Lehmann said of Wellesley Tudor Pole “Not unlike William Blake, he combines simplicity, warmth of nature and stringent humour with intellectual vigor; his mysticism, like Blake’s, is practical and joyous

The book covers the early writings, the first world war years, the Sapphire Blue Bowl, creating the Silent Minute during the second world war, the Quest and Chalice Well, with commentary from Paul Fletcher.

8 thoughts on “Synchronicities

  1. I had a similar synchronised moment recently … I was reading the last copy the the chalice and was drawn to Trevelyan article and Tudor Pole and was thinking I should read this book mentioned above by Paul Fletcher …. then coincidentally I was sitting having breakfast following day and next to me was my book shelf and there was my copy of the book

  2. Thank you Jane for your lovely comment. Robert

  3. Thank you for sharing this with us and reminding us of the ever present light and guidance

    1. Thank you Jane for your lovely comment. Robert

  4. … “heart opening” – thank you so much !!
    warmest greetings

    1. Thank you Etha, I’m glad you enjoyed this. Robert

  5. Beautiful post & beautiful work, Robert. Thank you.

    1. Thank you Penny for being the catalyst! Robert

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