Why Is The Church Round?

Why is the church round? Many people have been come up to me lately asking why Østerlars round church is round. Interestingly, this is a question which I did not hear the previous year nor at the beginning of the tourist season.  The more I dived into sacred geometry designing labyrinths representing our unfoldment into sovereign selfhood or creating badges capturing the essence of the many movements of our expansion into the wholeness of ourselves, the more often I would hear the question. Why is the church round? It is as if visitors feel a magnetic pull to inquire into the potency of circles, and they naturally gravitate towards me for more information.

My responses vary. I sometimes guide visitors to the information panel in Danish which offers the official answer. At other times, and particularly when my interlocutor can speak English, French, Italian or German, we explore the resonances of roundness reverberating within us, following wherever the question is leading us. I might talk about the Templar knights, the architectural innovations at the time of erecting gothic cathedrals, Bornholm’s strategic position in the Baltic for preparing a crusade. But mostly I will venture into sacred geometry and the architectural traditions fulfilled in Templar churches. I will invoke Bornholm as a place of education where pioneering pathways were dreamed into, where different craftsmen gathered to learn their skills and share knowledge, where new ways of worshiping and practicing together were imagined, where new forms of intimacy and devotional practices were explored.

As I have discovered over the past months, Østerlars round church is a portal inviting us into the language of symbolic geometry, the square within the circle. As I have offered myself as a timeless disciple to the mystery school of creatorship, I have remembered my capacities for pattern recognition. I have remembered myself as a native of sacred geometry. I have received ancient and innovative knowledge pertaining to sacred geometry which I am now weaving into my next book, Pathways to Selfhood.

Already new perspectives are arising and more transformations await my loving attention, all unfolding under the benevolent presence and guidance of whatever and whoever resides within the round church of Østerlars. We still have two months to go before we close down for the winter. I can feel the compelling call, the urge even, to go further and deeper into the fullness of the mystery herein.