I went to school at Southampton College of Long Island University, now closed due to incompetence at the highest levels. To get to my school, the directions include: get on NY-27 and drive, keep driving, enjoy the pine-barrens, drive some more and at the first stoplight, take a right. We were the first intersection, the first power substation, the first sign of civilization past the barrens, the first real stopping place on the main road down the south fork. If you let your head go way out with it, the school was a liminal point (college), in a liminal town (first stop on the south fork), on a liminal place (the south fork – between the ocean and the bay), on a liminal place (the island – a glorified sandbar left by glaciers). Once this AhHa! hit, some parts of the college experience suddenly clicked and made so much more sense.
- Leave the upper class dorms, waving to the sleepy presence that’s in the big field
- Walk over towards Pratt hall and say hi to the Indians on the front lawn, check that they are maintaining the boundary of Campus along Montauk Highway
- Take a few moments for someone to play with the dead boy in the windmill
- Skirt the actual footprint of Pratt Hall, just making sure there are minor wards up; that house is spooky and doesn’t play well with others
- Stop by the ley line under the pine tree circle, if so inclined cheerfully check on the dragon there that smells of deep ice and raw rock
- Swing out around the theatre and play with those bouncy spirits in the (non-circular) pine tree patch
- Feel, check and reinforce the front boundary of Campus along the road that cuts from NY-27 to Montauk Highway
- Smile and wave at the Public Safety officers at the front gate, they may think we’re crazy but they’re always friendly
- Connect with the corner-node of Campus that begins the stretch of boundary with NY-27, high tension lines and the railroad track parallel along the line; check and reinforce as necessary while walking along the inside of the high tension lines.
- While passing the freshman dorms, smile at the Montauks and check that the Peconics are loosely contained
- Enjoy the rest of the walk around the upperclassman dorms and back home as Campus feels better, whole, grateful, at peace… this is the most difficult to describe
As I look back there are only a few of us that managed to maintain grades and continue to grow in our power, hence the crucible in the title. For me the challenge of Campus enabled me to just treat as ordinary so many non-mundane things:
- Listening to my body and fasting when called to do so
- Picking up cards as a tool for my intuition with Tarot Card fights that lasted till 2am
- Having conversations about past lives with other people that were there with me and have the same memories
- Having a group of people all experience walking the Boundaries as described above, and experiencing it in the same way at the same time
- Warding a space
- Tapping a ley line
- Forcibly ground myself and others
- Talk with and interact with spirits and energies and even spirit entities
- Allowing the Goddess to speak through me
At the time we didn’t think about it too much, this is just what we did and what happened. Looking back, and even a bit at the time, I can see how overwhelming this could be and understand why my friends may have made their choices. I use the crucible analogy because what Campus did was strip away all the peripherals and just leave us with the pure experience of all of these things; some of us managed to make it through the fire.
I miss Campus. I miss walking the boundaries and I worry how Campus is doing with all the changes. I miss the friendships I made there. I deeply miss the friendships that were lost. But mostly I miss the luxury of sharing experiences in a truly safe space, without judgment. I’m recently starting to connect with people who feel the same and having honest and open conversations with them is helping, slowly but surely.