Mount Shasta in the Cascade Range has always been “the mountain” for me. It is a sacred place that I connect with in a way that goes beyond the Earth plane and is immersed in the Divine. This mountain has much lore associated with it. The following (slightly edited) lore is quoted from Wikipedia.
Religion and legends
Main article: Legends of Mount Shasta
The lore of some of the Klamath Tribes in the area held that Mount Shasta is inhabited by the Spirit of the Above-World, Skell, who descended from heaven to the mountain’s summit at the request of a Klamath chief. Skell fought with Spirit of the Below-World, Llao, who resided at Mount Mazama by throwing hot rocks and lava, probably representing the volcanic eruptions at both mountains.
Italian settlers arrived in the early 1900s to work in the mills as stonemasons and established a strong Catholic presence in the area. Many other faiths have been attracted to Mount Shasta over the years—more than any other Cascade volcano. Mount Shasta City and Dunsmuir, California, small towns near Shasta’s western base, are focal points for many of these, which range from a Buddhist monastery (Shasta Abbey, founded by Houn Jiyu-Kennett in 1971) to modern-day Native American rituals. A group of Native Americans from the McCloud River area practice rituals on the mountain.
Mount Shasta has also been a focus for non-Native American legends, centered on a hidden city of advanced beings from the lost continent of Lemuria. The legend grew from an offhand mention of Lemuria in the 1880s, to a description of a hidden Lemurian village in 1925. In 1931, Wisar Spenle Cerve wrote Lemuria: the lost continent of the Pacific, published by the Rosicrucians, about the hidden Lemurians of Mount Shasta that cemented the legend in many readers’ minds.
In August 1987, believers in the spiritual significance of the Harmonic Convergence described Mount Shasta as one of a small number of global “power centers”. Mount Shasta remains a focus of “New Age” attention.
I began going to Mount Shasta in the 1970’s, moved to Bella Vista 60 miles south of it in 1988, frequently visited it when I lived close, and continue to visit it now though not as often. Spirit guided me there and kept bringing me back until I moved close to it, so the connection could be amplified, purified and anchored.
Yesterday morning, I awoke with the mountain calling me. I had a clear visual picture of the mountain with both of us radiating with the greatest joy at our joining. We were one, immersed in the Light of each other and radiating it back and forth to each other, then out to All That Is. The feeling of the mountain’s calling stayed with me all day so I know it is time for me to go there physically. It renews my soul at depth as well as the rest of me. When I am there, I am at pure peace.
Much happens around and on the mountain. Many of those who live in Mount Shasta City on the side of the mountain, feel that the energy of the mountain closes down when there are threats to its water source, its forests, its meadows, or any part of it. Many corporations have attempted to establish businesses there only to have them thwarted for one reason or another before they can get started. It is as though the mountain and the community living there unite to keep it pristine and protected.
It is interesting to listen to people when I say I am going to Mount Shasta. Some say they have driven, taken the train or bus by and want to stop as they feel something unusual. Many have had unusual spiritual experiences with and without drugs. There are several extremely interesting books by locals who have had these experiences.
Others come to Mount Shasta to absorb the energy of the mountain such as that in Panther Meadows. Some bring groups to the mountain to give them experiences in the vortexes around it. Still others come just to camp, stay at a motel, bed and breakfast, or rent a home just to be in the beauty of nature with the mountains, valleys, meadows, waterways, sky, and clean air. The Headwaters of the Sacramento River begin there. Lake Siskiyou, Castle Lake and other lakes offer the Alpine Lake experience. There is mountain climbing on Mount Shasta, hiking and biking around the mountain and in Mount Shasta City, summer festivals, winter skiing, and hot springs nearby. The majority of people love Mount Shasta when they visit it and forget about it once they leave. It seems to me Spirit is activating the visitors in ways unknown to them, but which changes their lives for the better.
For some, other sacred nature places or people in the United States and around the world touch their hearts and souls in a special way. Spirit draws us to whatever sacred place or person will open us at the deepest level. For me it is the mountain.
Mount Shasta draws within me a Divine Love. It is always with me as my Beingness is merged with it in a way it is not anywhere else I have traveled in the world. Although others speak about the mountain closing to them, Mount Shasta has never closed to me. I give it my wholehearted love, my deep honor and respect, my protection, treat it with reverence, guard its mystic and mysteries, and bless it with pure Divine Light. It is Holy, Sacred, and of the Highest Order of Divinity for those who have been touched by its Grace. To me, it is a rare and precious gift from Source that I cherish.
When I leave this body, my ashes will be taken to Mount Shasta – taken home – to rest in the arms of the mountain. Ashes to ashes, dust to dust, merging with the mountain in a literal way. My Spirit free to fly!
Reggie loves to go to the mountain as he likes all the different smells, areas to explore, and new walking places. He appreciates that I do not take him into the mountains to walk as he would be a snack for a bear or a meal for a mountain lion. He is friskier in the cool, fresh mountain air as he too connects with the mountain. We are blessed beyond measure with all that Spirit gives us through the mountain. Nancy and Reggie♥