Poet, author, mystic

What – and where – is ‘the crystal sea’? And is it worth visiting?

Many ancient mystical texts describe visits to heavenly halls, where the floors or pavements are shining like crystal. The Victorian hymn which inspired the title of my novel, Across the Crystal Sea, tells us the songs of the ‘sinless’ will sweep across an ocean made of crystal. What can this ‘crystal’ experience be describing? The […]

Read More

The Crystal Sea

Theolyn

Sunday 29 October, 2017

Across the Crystal Sea

No Comment

This is the first in a series of blogs sharing the stories and research behind the story in my forthcoming book Across the Crystal Sea – my first published fiction. In the 1970’s I was a regular attender at St.Mary Magdalene church in Oxford. The services there are ‘High Anglican’ – rather like Roman Catholic […]

Read More

RSS Theolyn Cortens

  • What – and where – is ‘the crystal sea’? And is it worth visiting? Monday 27 November, 2017
    Many ancient mystical texts describe visits to heavenly halls, where the floors or pavements are shining like crystal. The Victorian hymn which inspired the title of my novel, Across the Crystal Sea, tells us the songs of the ‘sinless’ will sweep across an ocean made of crystal. What can this ‘crystal’ experience be describing? The […]
    Theolyn
  • The pineal gland – gateway to heaven Sunday 26 November, 2017
    This is a very ancient image of an angel… not the oldest I’ve come across, but pretty old. It’s a carved relief from the palace of an Assyrian King, Sargon. Assyria is now Iraq. The reliefs were probably carved around 700 BCE, so nearly three thousand years ago, then discovered by Victorian archeologists, who collected […]
    Theolyn
  • The Crystal Sea Sunday 29 October, 2017
    This is the first in a series of blogs sharing the stories and research behind the story in my forthcoming book Across the Crystal Sea – my first published fiction. In the 1970’s I was a regular attender at St.Mary Magdalene church in Oxford. The services there are ‘High Anglican’ – rather like Roman Catholic […]
    Theolyn