Divine’s Glastonbury

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Mark ‘Divine’ Calvert,

The Mumble’s bestest, rovin’ festy reporter,

Is just back from the Sassenachs

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It all began back in 1992, when I got my calling to Grace. An undeniable pull to a unknown destination called Glastonbury. I hitched a lift with a traveler from New Zealand called Christine. We were under the fence and into the festival within 8 hours of commencing our journey. Rock n Roll and a much needed dance with destiny were my reasons. Unbeknown to me at that time this calling to Grace would eventually show me, that my untold need to heal would be realized as a direct result of the seeds that were planted as I saw hundreds of camp fires in front of the Pyramid Stage and the mists of Avalon added a dusky haze to the landscape. My inner wizard was initiated to the sounds of The Orb, Gary Clail and Shakespeare’s Sister. My path as a spiritual healer had begun.
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Glasto 94

Glasto 94

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Indeed Glastonbury would become important to me in future years for reasons other than Rock N Roll. It was 1994 that this wonderful festival showed me the reality of Healing and Consciousness in a way that was undeniable and unquestionable. It was from this point that I would dedicate my life to the healing arts and ultimately through the need to heal myself of the effects of an acquired head injury, from being knocked over by a car when i was an 11 year kid. I would successfully heal myself and countless others as a direct result of this calling, to the sacred vale of Avalon. Glastonbury 1997 was the last time I attended as a punter after healing for free in the Healing Fields, it was a wet and muddy year, I gave and gave and my reward became an invitation from Michael Eavis to be a Glastonbury Healing Fields Spiritual Healer. It is not something that I ever take for granted and indeed is why I always give my best.
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Glastonbury 97

Glastonbury 97

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So Glastonbury 2015. The journey began on Saturday the 20th with Foxycat Nina as my chauffeur We traveled down to Castle Douglas for the Eden after party and celebratory meal The curry was lovely and the beers were flowing. Divine got a bit tipsy as the party carried on till the early hours of the morning. We left for Glastonbury Town early . It was my intention to be on the Tor for the Solstice. Arriving at our destination early evening. We ascended The Tor with drum in hand. It was a damp night and the smell of rain was everywhere. I began a chanting circle with a dozen or so girls that were gathered too , our haunting harmonics echoed a sonic union. Hmmmm it was lovely. The night was becoming increasingly wet so we abandoned plans of staying there until Sunrise. Making a hasty retreat to Nina’s chariot. The rain was hammering down hard even this was beautiful. It serenaded me to sleep.
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We awoke the next morning and headed for the High Street, for a lovely cooked breakfast at the 100th Monkey. Nina sewed some buttons on my cool as fuck leather coat as I went to the hairdressers to reacquire my Mohawk, before setting off to the festival. Nina dropped me off at the Blue Gate with all of my stuff. Drum, wardrobe, massage table and camping stuff. It was about a mile to The Healing fields and had to make two trips to transport my stuff. I was greeted warmly by the Healing Fields welcome committee and was swiftly allocated my pitch, next to Rainbow Lizzy in The Water Circle. This made my heart smile. Lizzy’s Spiruilina cakes have always kept me nourished in years past. As I meditated I awoke to the fact that I was surrounded by some very beautiful ladies indeed. It is customary that I fall in love with all the lady practitioners as they are all so noble and yummy. Not that I actually go there. Friends are forever and sex always complicates things. I swiftly set my intention, To help as many people as possible. Set off up to Kings Meadows with drum in search of the Stone Circle, sat down and drummed the Sun into the horizon.
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I slept peacefully and began Tuesday at Glastonbury Festival in Sams Sauna. Did four rounds hot and cold finishing it off with a long hot shower. The Sun was warm and a beautiful Summers Day was birthing, My heart was smiling as the beautiful conditions were perfect for me to prepare the healing that was about to take place over the coming days. Once again I finished the day drumming the Sun into the horizon and then headed to The Tipi Village for a nice cup of Chai. It was a chilly night and a very near full Moon illuminated the path back to the Healing Fields and the warmth of my sleeping bag.
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I awoke to a boiling tent and a request to move my stuff as a bigger structure was coming to the place that I had prepared. I contemplated this for a while and then had a sulk. I retreated to the shade, meditated and Spirit spoke the words. Accept! Let go and flow! So I did. It was a very hot morning and I knew that I could set up anywhere in the healing fields and be a success. The intention to help as many people as possible was already in place. The Healing Fields always magnifies intention and the conditions make miracles possible. When we had finished rearranging The Water Circle. I was so hot and flustered I took my leave and headed to Sams Sauna and missed the Healing fields Meeting.
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The gates were open and the punters began arriving. It was ever so exciting. The day was spent working out a way to dig holes in earth to support wooden posts. I borrowed a trowel from reception. The earth of The Healing Fields has strong clay content and eventually the trowel snapped. Oh fuck i thought, where will i get a replacement trowel from? So spent Wednesday evening searching the fields for a tool shop. Eventually I found one and picked up a better trowel than the one that had broke. Fulfilled, I returned to The Healing Fields grabbed my drum and headed up to Kings Meadows.
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Most of the festival is closed on a Wednesday Night so just about everyone had chosen to be in The sacred meadows for the burning of the wooden phoenix and fire work display. In all of my years, i have never witnessed Kings Meadows so crammed. It took a fair while to get to the stone circle, where i would drum for an hour, before it started getting a bit mental. I headed back to the Healing Fields and noticed that people were using the paths through, so I returned to the Water Circle and kept watch on this quiet corner of the field. Sitting on Lizzy’s comfy armchair I meditated.
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Thursday morning I awoke in Lizzy’s comfy armchair full of peace and well rested it was the beginning of another beautiful day. I went over to The Avalon Field to Sams Sauna for my morning hot and cold sessions, finishing off with a nice long hot shower under a beautiful oak tree surrounded by bird song, with the Suns rays flickering through the leaves of the tree. After, I meditated and went across to The Food Groove for breakfast. The Food Groove would become a saving grace over the next week or so, Brilliant yummy and affordable food with a nice sound system that pumped out Jazz and Rare Groove. The staff were lovely and very friendly. A welcome tonic for all the senses. Refreshed and rejuvenated I headed back to the Healing Fields via Kings Meadows. On the way up I noticed a sign that read No Nos! At first I thought it read No No’s! Hmmmm well thats positive, its Yes All the Way. Then I remembered picking up about 25’000 balloons and canisters the year before. My protest had been heard. The after math from the previous nights party and burning looked like a rubbish tip, Why do people just leave shit at their arse. I shook my head and returned to the sanctuary of the healing fields and started my make up.
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The Sun was too hot to work without shade, so I found a space in the communal healing marquee, set up my massage table and waited. I had spent two days setting my intention and sending out the Angels to connect with the people that needed my gift. The Healing Fields always brings out the best in my healing ability and indeed miracles are possible. My gift has evolved greatly in recent years, enabling the release of long held trauma from the soul. So that the effects of the past no longer disrupt the moment. I worked steadily, with great effect until about 2pm. Then returned to The Water Circle and set my table up under the shade of the tree. Where I had a steady flow of cliental. Shutting up shop at about 7pm. I returned to the Food Groove for Dinner, followed by coffee and cake. Had a shower in Sams Sauna and wandered back to the healing fields via Kings Meadows. The litter pickers had done a great job and Kings Meadows had been returned to the pleasant rolling meadow of two days ago. When I returned to The Healing Fields and the water Circle I started sawing wood for the communal fire. As Dusk settled, the flames flickered and I was joined by a guitarist. I was too tired to move so I stayed with the fire, falling asleep by it. It had been a warm night.
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I took it easy on Friday morning and processed the previous days achievements, did my make up, had lunch, then set my massage table up under the shade of the tree. Started work at 2pm. Again a steady flow of cliental. Interestingly a fair few of the people that came to me were at various stages in the process of loosing their Mum’s. The insights I have gained through my own experience of becoming an orphan proved valuable. Cosmic mirrors in action. Great healing was taking place for all concerned. My intention was manifesting beautifully. However, this was hard work. Rain started at about 5pm, with a drop in the temperature a heavy shower. I finished my last reading of the day at 6pm. Exhausted and needing to escape. Everything was damp, so i started sawing wood and lit the fire. It took a while for it to take hold. When I finally got it roaring, I could hear Jamie XX performing his new album on The Other Stage. As Much as I wanted to be there, I was too knackered. I took my leave early on Friday Night and slept a deep rejuvenating sleep.
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Saturday began at 6am, I was up with the lark. Wandered across to The fire by The Magic Tahli for chai Latte and listened to revelers coming down from their first Friday of Glastonbury. Having to be straight when everyone else is off their tits on something makes for very amusing banter. A lot of the revelers were talking about getting home on Monday. OMG I thought, the party has only just started. Then I remembered they were coming down and it had been raining. Lightweights.. lol. Then I headed for my morning Sauna ritual and Breakfast at the Food Groove. Saturday got hotter and hotter. Everything dried out and the vibe of the Healing fields was very Healing indeed. I stuck to The Water Circle working from Shiatsu Nicks bell tent while he was away playing gigs. Then back to the shade of the tree at 2pm. It was a Lush Summers day. The healing was flowing and I had another very busy afternoon and carried on through till 8pm.
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I always choose one gig to focus on at Glastonbury, last years was Massive Attack. This years was Leftfield and my first venture out of the Green Fields into Babylon since I arrived. I have always loved Leftfield, have been performing and collecting Leftfield rarities for 23 years, however I have never seen them live. So this was a must. The venue, “Sonic” Was part of the massive dance complex. What first struck me was just how messy it was, litter everywhere. It was not unlike India or T In The Park. I arrived early and experienced Gorgon City, who began promisingly but descended into commercial pomp. The kids were loving it though. I get to the gig early at Glasto so that I can get the best possible vantage point, visually and audibly. At first I went for the front, it was too busy to find an undisturbed position. So i dropped back a bit. But still kept getting knocked and was unable to settle my attention on the music that was being performed. Eventually, I came out of the venue to find that a massively superior P.A was pumping the music on the perimeter of the arena. Awesome, I still couldnae settle, so I abandoned the gig and headed back to the clean and tidy Green Fields. Sat in Lizzy’s comfy armchair and fell asleep.
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Divine is on the right

Divine is on the right

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I awoke early on Sunday Morning and Joined a throng of musicians round a fire in the Fire Circle. Again everyone was tripping. I recited my Eden Poem to full effect and then headed for a sauna and had breakfast at Buddahfield. There was a noticeable buzz in the air, although the rain had returned, there was manic tidy up activity happening in Kings Meadows, preparing for the Dai Llama’s arrival and speech at 10.45am. I started work at 10am in the Communal Healing Tent. However I could hear the speech in its entirety. My third client of the day, a new friend called Katie came to me for the healing that she needed and the healing happened without me having to do very much at all. Spirit instructed me throughout the day. Telling me the rain would stop at mid day and that I was to work from the Healing marquee until 2pm. Where I was to return to The Water Circle and the shade of the tree. Again I worked steadily and effectively all day. At 5pm I shoot up shop. My healing for Glastonbury 2015 achieved.
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Feeling accomplished I decided I needed a dance, but try as i might I couldn’t settle, I ended up going back to the healing fields to give my self the healing that I had been performing on everyone that had been coming to me for all week. It worked a treat, the healing was instantaneous andIi bounced back immediately and headed for Arcadia. This is where I gained ambition. That Sound System is the greatest thing I have ever experienced, This is where I found my dance. Looking up at the Dj in the spiders belly. I thought. Divine deserves to be there. It was the grooviest dance in the early evening Sun, I was even able to divert my attention from the litter. The Who were pulling me but only coz my best mates Colin and Ginga would have done anything to be there. So I made a noble attempt, saw the gathering masses and walked in the opposite direction.
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Drum and the Tipi Field was calling. I got to the stone circle in kings Meadows at midnight with drum in hand, It was a beautiful warm Summers night. The Moon Near to Full and heavy in the night sky. Kings meadows was full of good feeling and good banter. The drummers were gathering I took my lead, dropped some acid and I was off. Good time! So Much love, so much groove. This was the party I had been waiting for, all night Long. My trip flowed lovingly into the morning, I landed back into the healing fields at 7am. With a request to move my tent. It was a roasting Monday Morning, moving my stuff meant having to pack my wardrobe and repitch my tent. Not an easy task when everything is still moving around. But i did it. Then my chauffeur home turns up and delivers the news that she was thinking about driving back to Scotland later on that day. Now this was just too much. So i explained that i would get the coach back on Thursday because it was gonna take a couple of days to feel normal again. I also wanted to wait till I had the strength to clear the Healing fields of litter.
On the Monday night, I dropped some more Acid and headed up to the Stone Circle with Lesley, I drummed hard and melodic at the full moon, i got hammered on cider and whiskey, fell asleep by the fire and awoke to find my drum skin broken and my tobacco pinched. I smiled to myself, that was one Rock n Roll night. Good time!
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Tuesday was a quiet one, of course I had no drum. Minky my Chauffeur kindly took my massage table and broken skinned drum back to Edinburgh with her, I necked some mushrooms to take the edge of off the Acid come down and spent the day giggling in the Sams Sauna. Then slept for 14 hours. I awoke with all my strength and senses intact that Wednesday morning and dutifully cleared the healing fields of litter ensuring its grace to the condition of a rolling meadow. It took about five hours of graft to accomplish the days mission. With so many senses of achievement moving through me. I took of all my clothes and stood under a tap. I let rip a loud resonating Yes! Rainbow Lizzy left that afternoon and the heart felt joy at becoming better acquainted with such an amazing person filled me with confidence. In fact all of my Brethren and colleagues in the Healing Fields are the best, within their own field. Its is after all the field of dreams. And the Grace that made my healing real in the first place. That was 21 years ago. And the journey continues.
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I had another 14 hour sleep on Wednesday night, I camped with Captain Jack and his wife. I awoke at about 3am as hundreds of seagulls landed in the Healing Fields. They didnae know I was watching, but the Birds were soaking it up. Then i fell back to sleep. I got up at 7amish, got the fire going and made tentative plans for the Earth Spirit Festival that Raff, captain jacks wife, is curating in August. As the water boiled for a morning brew. I could smell the rain coming. So with ruck sack on my back and wardrobe in tow. I began my journey Home from Home!
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Magical Meetings.
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It was on Friday morning I was walking up from Sam’s Sauna I spotted two splendidly attired punk as fuck muso’s And a Blonde chick struggling with a P.A. I inquired My you look like interesting people. Might I assist you with that madam. So I became a roadie for the Antipoets, Unburdened the Lady, And recited my Eden Poem as we made haste to The Lost Horizons Sauna where the Antipoets were about to perform the only full live gig that I was to see at Glastonbury 2015. I had to pull myself away as soon as the gig finished, but what a Joy. The Antipoets were sexy and punk as fuck Words and Bass. Unique and Poignant. Get this, The Antipoets want Divine on board. They gave me their card. A new adventure beckons
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. Yeeha!
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