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Happy Tension

Planning is good because it sets events in motion, gets you & others organised & makes you take action

Planning is good because it sets events in motion, gets you & others organised & makes you take action

On the road of spiritual development, there is this tension between the desire to plot and plan and relaxing into trusting the universe that life will provide.

Planning

The need to plan is an aspect of the conscious mind that is important yet can become a dominating force on your life and therefore get in the way of your full potential. The conscious mind plots and tends to hold on tight to how things are going to be. It creates an unhappy tension when things do not happen as you imagined them in your fantasy of the future. Your conscious mind may deem the outcome a failure or unsuccessful because your imagining was not exactly like the end result.

Planning is good because it sets events in motion, gets you and others organised and makes you take action. It sets intention and by having goals you can sustain that intention throughout the process.  To be too rigid about how things will unfold may get in the way of the flow. It may be a more convoluted road than you thought. In your experience when did anything you start end up as you imagined it? In my experience I cannot think of anything that has worked out exactly as I planned.

Trust

Once the plan is set in motion and the energy begins to flow, a universal machine moves into action behind the scenes to create what you planned. Many things need to come together to make this happen and that may not be as straight forward as you had in mind.

This is where trust is important. Once you have your plan, relax rather than be tense and rigid about how it unfolds. Listen to your intuition, notice the signs life gives you to alter things, take guidance from many sources and above all trust that the universe unfolds just as it must for everyone’s higher good.  This is something the subconscious mind can do to serve you. It is open and sensitive to what the universe is saying. It has no investment in the outcome like the conscious mind does. To the subconscious there is only the flow of being.

Happy Tension

This is a hard thing for the conscious mind to do because it has to relinquish control. It is the balance between the conscious and subconscious that creates a happy tension that leads to success. Conscious mind dominance often leads to stress, anxiety and exasperation. Subconscious dominance often leads to floating along rarely achieving anything. Get the balance right and you have a happy tension between planning and going with the flow, control and trust, personal power and universal power, human energy and spirit energy.

When we created Avis and Brown we had a fantasy of how that would look. As the journey has unfolded it has not worked out as planned. The context has been far larger than I imagined, much more beautiful and infinitely more fulfilling. It has also been far more challenging, the learning exceptional and the outcomes humbling. The conscious mind can see only so far. The universe sees all. The subconscious connects to that universal vision and it is that we must learn to trust as well as our own ability and potential. 

Intellectual Spirituality

All kinds of books discuss the science- spirituality connection

All kinds of books discuss the science- spirituality connection

Three Schools of Thought

In my experience there are three schools of thought around the spiritual path. There are those that embrace it, those that disregard it and those that are undecided.  The people who embrace it feel comfortable communicating with electromagnetic energy and the spirit world.  Often they are people who have been able to do it all their lives.  Perhaps they embraced it at an early age.  There are many who try to ignore the communication when they are young and come back to it later in life.  There are others who make it a life- long denial.  Whichever camp they fall in, these people are very intuitive and sensitive to the energy of people and places around them.  Somehow their minds are wired to be sensitive to the electromagnetic energy of the world around them and they sense things that other people do not feel.  They are more tuned into their subconscious, left brain, the part that is sensitive to electromagnetic energy and the messages it conveys.  The more they use this innate skill, the more powerful these skills become.  At the opposite end of the spectrum are those that disregard it.  Often they are not sensitive to the electromagnetic energy of the world around them.  They are very right- brained, logic driven people who look for reason in all that they do.  Because they are not consciously sensitive to electromagnetic energy, to them the world of insights, intuition and spirit does not exist and so they dismiss it when people talk about it.  Then there is the range of people who are open- minded enough to consider the evidence available that points to the fact that electromagnetic energy communicates with us in the physical world all the time in the form of insights, intuition, signs and spirit interactions.  It is to these undecided people who are open to the idea of spirit, yet may be sceptical of it, that this blog is addressed.

A healthy scepticism

I fall into this latter category. I have been drawn to spirituality all my life.  Ever since my elder brother spoke to me when I was a young child of philosophy, spirituality and psychology, I have been fascinated by the power of the human mind and how we interact with the world around us.  I have been drawn to study many global religions, traditions and cultures as well as native traditions from America, Australia and Africa and found that they have a huge amount in common with the Islam, Judaism, Christianity (the Abrahamic religions), Hinduism, Taoism and Buddhism with regard to the structure of the universe and the nature of spirituality.  To me they say the same things in different ways and I fail to understand why they argue over what is fundamentally the same truth.  Religion is not the sole custodian of spiritual teaching.  In fact much of religion has no spiritual relevance at all.  Spirituality cannot be limited to any particular religion or teaching.  Even my beloved science, which I had carved a career in at Cambridge in Biochemistry and Neuroscience, talked about Quantum Physics and the parallels with spiritual teachings throughout the world.  All kinds of books such as The Tao of Physics, The Field, The Holographic Universe, Blackfoot Physics, The Dancing Wu Li Masters and our own Nourish the Flame Within discuss this science- spirituality connection.

Intellectual Spirituality

I have been exposed to an intellectual spirituality, as many people have in our modern world, with dashings of experience that tell me my intellect is pointing in the right direction. There is simply too much evidence as far as I am concerned for there not to be an electromagnetic and spirit world with which we interact and communicate.

Yet how can it be proved? This is where the intellect must take a leap of faith and build some trust.  It is precisely this fact that makes the open- minded person sceptical, suspicious that they will be taken for a ride, duped, have the wool pulled over their eyes and taken advantage of.  Indeed, the profession of spirituality is full of charlatans that prey on the needy and the hopeful.  This is not Spirituality.  Every profession is full of those with integrity and those that want to make a quick fortune at any cost.  Choose carefully.  Making a poor choice does not negate the electromagnetic, spirit world and the power and validity of intuition and insight.  It simply undermines your trust.  Finding good teachers will deepen your trust in something that you intuitively know to be true.  At least, this is the experience I have had.  We also have the throw- back to witch hunts and the fear Religion has instilled in its congregations that plague our consciousness as a society and inform our prejudice and scepticism.  All of these historic episodes influence our conscious acceptance of a spirit world.  There is mounting scientific evidence to support these notions that people throughout time have experienced.

The Limitations of a Conscious Mind

The conscious mind is a powerful tool, trained to think, analyse, consider and ponder endlessly, from the moment it wakes up to the second it falls asleep. No matter how hard you try to use it to connect to the higher vibrations of electromagnetic energy, it will not happen.  The subconscious mind holds the tools to connecting to these higher vibrations of electromagnetic energy.  It is your ability to consciously listen to the subconscious that requires cultivation.  To experience spirituality, you have to place the conscious mind aside and feel it through your subconscious senses.  Meditation, contemplation and prayer are three ways in which you can calm the conscious mind and develop the skill of listening to whatever the subconscious is picking up from the electromagnetic information all around you.  There are many other ways as well, including drumming, Reiki, dancing and movement, chanting and singing, sound and silence to name a few.

Which path should you take?

The path you are drawn to take- the kind of answer the conscious mind hates because it is too vague.  You can only truly answer it with your subconscious mind, through hunches, insights and intuitions that guide you through your life.  There are as many paths as there are people in the world, as each person takes an individual journey that brings them closer to the truth.  My journey is unlike any other person’s path.  We may walk with people for a while (teachers, mentors and guides).  Ultimately, it is each person’s responsibility to discover their journey, using the full power of the brain, both conscious and subconscious, as well as the intellect, intuition, intention and choice to find the way.

A New Vision

Electromagnetism is a powerful force in the universe. How can we learn its secrets?

Electromagnetism is a powerful force in the universe. How can we learn its secrets?

As we approach the turning of the year, we contemplate the past and what the future will hold more than usual. This is why we are reminded of the god of the Ancient Greek pantheon, Janus, for whom January is named. According to Crystal Links “Janus was frequently used to symbolize change and transitions such as the progression of past to future, of one condition to another, of one vision to another, and of one universe to another.”

This year has been an incredible journey on the road of energy for me, with insights and revelations that have been astonishing. I would like to share one with you now that is particularly relevant to Janus’ symbolism of transition: from one condition and vision to another. 

In researching for our books I have been overwhelmed with the detail of science that I have learned. In boiling it down to its simplest and most important terms for spiritual growth, electromagnetism (EM) is the thing I have been focussing on most. It is from EM that everything stems. It is one of the most important building forces of our universe, how it develops and evolves, how we interact and relate to it and how we connect to and empathise with each other. 

To fully appreciate the significance of EM and how it shapes our lives, we need to take on a new vision, see things from a different perspective and come to understand the true condition of the human experience.

EM is the force that connects negatively charged electrons to the positively charged nucleus of an atom. It is this relationship that marks the individual chemistry of every atom and allows atoms to connect together to form molecules. EM generates fields of energy that vibrate at particular frequencies. Fields from atoms merge and become congruent to create molecules, yet the atoms retain their individual nature. Fields of smaller molecules merge and become congruent to create larger molecules. The more atoms are grouped together the larger their accumulated field, whether it is a cell, mountain, tree, planet, human or star. Yet, no matter how large the group, each individual part retains its nature as well as contributes to the whole.

The basic chemistry is the same and EM is a common force between them. EM plays a role in all interactions between atoms, generating fields of energy, whether alive or not. People, animals, buildings, landscapes all have a unique EM signature that can be felt.

There is a phenomenal amount of EM information for anyone to process in the world around us. Even in remote nature every leaf and blade of grass gives off some EM information. The message is much noisier in city life with electricity, TV, radio and wi- fi signals all complicating the EM information. EM is felt through the intuitive senses of the subconscious far more sensitively than with the conscious part of the mind.  This means we are often not aware of the immense amount of information available to us. 

As a society, we are mostly focussed on the primary qualities of the conscious mind: logic, reason, words, maths and the rational. This only explains a small portion of the human experience. There are so many experiences and events that can be explained by an awareness of the subconscious mind whose qualities are less well acknowledged, given less importance and are often mistrusted: intuition, imagination, creativity and insight. One of the reasons the subconscious is better at processing EM signatures is because the subconscious can process around twenty million pieces of information a second. In comparison, the conscious mind can process forty pieces of information. As a species in general, if we can cultivate a more powerful subconscious awareness, we would be better placed to  interpret the information within these fields. 

What I would hope for in this coming year and for the future is a focus on a new vision and a new condition of being. Let’s begin to explore the power of the subconscious more openly. There are so many ways to make that subconscious connection, from meditation to mindfulness and Reiki and martial arts to prayer and contemplation.

Whatever methods we use, they allow us to learn and trust that subconscious voice of insight, intuition and creativity. In turn we can become more aware of a more beautiful and infinitely more complex universe that we are able to interact with, relate to and understand in a way that will bring more peace and harmony to humanity and the world.

As we look back at the past and ahead to the future as Janus, the two- headed god, can do, let us learn to combine the power of both sides of our minds. Rather than through mindless habit use our minds to direct our lives let’s learn to distinguish between the respective skills of the conscious and subconscious and so actively choose which one sits in the driver’s seat of our lives at each moment and harness our greatest gift to do great good in the world and make a positive difference in 2017 and beyond.

Christmas 2016

Sleeping on the streets at Christmas time

Sleeping on the streets at Christmas time

 

 

 

I would like to wish you a very merry Christmas. I would like to thank you so much for reading and supporting our blogs over the years. David and I started writing our blog to support our book “Nourish the Flame within” . That book was published in 2012 and that seems like such a long time ago. Next year I hope to publish my second book and I am currently writing my third. So there are lots of exciting things ahead in 2017 for both myself and I hope my readers too.

I have to say that this last year has been something of a challenge for me personally. I have had many of life’s little difficulties thrown in my direction. Life is life and we have to expect these things in our diection from time to time. Where would we be without a challenge or two to stir things up? We are all human and walk a human path, with human experience. Sometimes those experiences will either make or break us.

We can never know exactly what will come our way in life. The spiritual take on experience is that ultimately all experience is good as it allows our soul to grow. I think experience develops us in many ways. Experience allows us to stretch through endeavour and misfortune. Experiencing negative things can be testing and hard to endure. I won’t pretend that people don’t suffer through experience as they often suffer a great deal.

Suffering is a part of life as is happiness and pleasure. It is the other side of the coin. Life has opposites. Each person experiences many things both positive and negative good and bad. It is the mix of experience that ultimately shapes the person. People are not static beings they learn through endeavour, circumstance and experience. However,  I know that many people are broken by hard circumstances.

Compassion is an ingredient of the Christmas spirit. Christ taught us to be compassionate. I personally find it very difficult to walk past any homeless person without emptying my purse of change and more. I do not like to see people with a lack of warmth, food  and shelter at any time of the year let alone at this, the coldest and most miserable weather wise. We have many homeless people in Britain. Homelessness is not restricted to our country it affects many people all over the world.

Young people who find themselves living on the streets at an early age will be more likely to die an early death. There is a part of my being that does not find this acceptable. When I pass a homeless person I wonder what brought them to that point in their life. Homelessness makes my heart sink. Society makes my heart sink. So many of the young people who find themselves homeless and living on the streets have fled abusive or violent homes and the streets as hard as they are seem preferable to what they leave behind. Isn’t that horrible, isn’t that terrible?

I understand that there will always be a small portion of people, who do not fare well at parenting for many reasons, but children are a blessing to us all a gift from life and deserve the best love and nurturing that society and parents can give. They are the next generation. People and life are both  very precious things. Each person and each life offers potential to society.

Homelessness seems to be a large and difficult problem. So once again this year in the bleakest mid winter weather there are too many people living on the streets trying to survive the night, the week the month and the season? I know that many of you will give as I do, help where you can, to these desperate people. Everyone deserves to have love, respect and a roof over their heads.

Lack of money and lack of housing is a difficult issue to address. We can all send our love to the homeless this Christmas. We can all send out our good thoughts and prayers. Thoughts and prayers are energy and energy can move mountains. As a collective energy force we impact and change life. Some people think that thoughts and prayers do nothing. This is not true they connect us to each other in a direct way. They connect us to the power of the universe. I am so fed up with walking through our city streets and seeing so many people living on the streets. If we really wanted an end to it I am sure there would be an end to this situation. I think the issue of the homeless in Britain 2016, is a disgrace to us all. I would  like to wish all who find themselves homeless this Christmas joy, happiness and a roof over your heads in 2017.

On a lighter note, I would like to wish you the warmest of Christmas greetings. I hope that Santa brings you all of your Christmas wishes, and may the angels walk through life with you.

Love and best wishes,
Lynette

Energy Systems

Just as humans have energy pathways such as meridians and chakras, so perhaps does the Earth?

Just as humans have energy pathways such as meridians and chakras, so perhaps does the Earth?

The human body has energy systems that are powered by White Light (universal electromagnetic energy). When these energy systems are unblocked, White Light can flow through them to heal, grow, maintain and sustain the body in complete health. All living beings have such energy systems that are powered by White Light. Food, water and air are necessary to fuel and nourish the material body. Yet there is an energetic body that supports the physical body and animates it. They do not work the same way and do very different jobs.

What does the science say?

There is scientific research that supports this idea from the 1930’s by Harold Burr, who showed that a salamander egg has in it an electric charge that runs across it that acts as the axis and poles to the spine and central nervous system. This determines where the head and tail of the salamander will be. This is the reference point of its development. It was also measured that there is an energetic shape inside the egg that has the form of a salamander. It is as if the energetic shape is there before the physical body is and that the energetic shape determines how the body is formed. Science does not really know how the intricacies of any body is formed. This idea of energy shapes, a shadow if you will, could be a possible way that nature uses to create physical shape.

The same research has been done on human eggs and found to be the same.   What if all living creatures had such a shadow in their infancy that expanded as they developed? Spiritual teachers tell us that the body sits inside the aura (the electromagnetic energy field of the body) and that energy field has the shape of your body. Often, ghosts and apparitions have human shape. They just lack the physical body to go with it. This energy shape existed before any of us were born, why should it not remain when we die?

What of Gaia?

If this concept has validity, can we not extend it to non- living things? Perhaps it is no coincidence that planets and stars are spherical. There are forces that determine that shape, namely gravity. But what of rocks, rivers, mountains and other natural forms? Why were these places worshipped and held sacred by ancient cultures such as pagans?

Clearly these places have an energy about them. Was it the place itself (the trees, rivers, mountains and valleys) or was it the location (where it was on the planet)? The notion that the Earth is a living thing is not new. Gaia is the name given to the ancestral mother of all life. Just as humans have energy pathways such as meridians and chakras, so perhaps does the Earth? They are known as Ley lines. Just as there are points on human meridian lines that an acupuncturist places needles in to heal you, so perhaps there are points on the Earth that are energy hot spots. In theory, the energy was there at that location before the physical and living features were. Perhaps it is the energy that creates the template for the physical manifestation of the spring, the mountain, the river etc. Yes, physical processes must take place to create them. It is the energetic template or shadow that leads to that creation. Perhaps ancient cultures built Stone Circles in places where these hot spots are to feel more connected to and honour these high energy places on the Earth. They knew they could be nurtured by them and understood that they should be cared for and nurtured to keep the planet healthy and so protect their own lives too.

One of the people I interviewed for my book, Back to our Future, called the Ka’ aba in Mecca, the belly button of the world and that is why it is such a holy place and why people came to the Ka’aba on pilgrimage. There is an energy there that people want to connect to. It brings them closer to God, nature and the Universal Energy. Just as White Light enters and powers your body and comes in through the chakras, so too it may be true for the Earth. Like the human body with its many access points and hot spots, the Earth has many too. The pagans knew they had to care for these things to sustain the health of the planet which was connected to their own survival. Modern man has very little consideration in this regard and so preys on the planet without regard for these holy places. All seems to be fair in material gain and profit.

What of indigenous wisdom?

American Indians, Aborigines and South American Indians see themselves as custodians of the Earth and live in intimate connection to it as part of their traditional and ancient culture. This connection is the source of their health, wealth, well- being and sense of place in the order of things. They understand that all living things play an important, intimate and powerful role in the continuation of the Whole. The thing that binds it all up is White Light. It is the energy that flows through everything. It is the foundation of life, place and balance that we as a species needs to become more sensitive to and knowledgeable about if we are to survive and live in peaceful harmony with the planet, within humanity and within our selves.

Over to you

We’d love to hear from you and learn about your thoughts on White Light and the other topics we have discussed on this blog.  Please leave your comments in the box below and share your ideas and experiences of White Light.

Balance and Process

There is a balance point around which the energy flows.

There is a balance point around which the energy flows.

As I am writing and researching my new book Back to our Future, I am becoming aware that nature is Process driven. By which I mean there is a flow of energy along a highway or path that I would call The Process. These invisible highways lead to the potential outcomes of life, the “What if’s” that only become actualities and “What are’s” if enough energy is sent through The Process. Until then, they are pipe dreams and fantasies, which is how all great things start.

We tend to think of these in the human context as thoughts, ideas that spring to mind. This is the first creative Process as Neale Donald Walsh shares in Conversations with God. The second creative Process is word and finally action. Right Action is so important in life an entire chapter of the Bhagavad Gita is devoted to it as part of its spiritual guidance.  It is also part of Buddha’s Eight- fold path. Energy must flow into action for things to be created in the material world.   Yes, their foundation is in energy, in thought, yet there is a balance point around which existence shifts that makes this Process work in two directions.

Energy does not flow in one direction. It flows in two. There is a balance point around which the energy flows. If the energy is flowing in one direction, thought becomes action and things come into being. Flow the other way and things can no longer be sustained in that manner and they break apart. You can see this with old abandoned buildings.   I have driven past a property over the last twenty years or so that I have seen built up from the ground, lived in and cared for and then abandoned. Now the roof and walls are breaking apart and soon there will be nothing left of it- The Process of energy flowing to create something and then flowing back the other way in action.

This balance manifests itself through the power of opposites. For there to be a right there must be a left. For an up there has to be a down. The Chinese refer to this as Yin and Yang and Taoist writings infer that this Yin and Yang was created from the Void, the Absolute, the Whole. Without opposites energy cannot flow, for it has no impetus to flow. Wind blows as a product of air moving down a pressure gradient from high to low. Water cascades down a river from a higher altitude to a lower altitude. Energy moves from order towards disorder unless effort is put in to prevent this. So balance is a point around which everything pivots, it is not a state of being. If it were, there would be no movement. Balance as a state of being would be stagnation. Imbalance is required if you are to move forward in any area of life. Even walking is a perpetual unbalancing process by which you continually regain balance before you stumble and fall.

In life, you are looking to keep things out of balance so that you can move things forward. You do not want them to be so far out of balance that you cannot recover from it. You see this a lot with over- work, too much food, drugs, alcohol etc. Learn to push your self off- balance enough to move forward, to step out of your comfort zone, to be on the edge enough to feel the adrenaline of life so that you learn, grow and develop. With that skill, you learn to trust The Process that is taking place in the background. You are learning to harness that life potential and see where and how it unfolds. You would go nowhere and do nothing without imbalance and the impetus to move, grow and learn, so get out there and learn to trust life and The Process that drives it all.

Energy in the Spotlight

Connection puts us all in the Spotlight

Connection puts us all in the Spotlight

Connection is one of the keys to spirituality. You cannot truly connect unless you open your heart and mind to another- we call it empathy. It is about seeing some one where they really are, how they are truly being in that moment and feeling that in our self- the pain, love, sorrow and joy.

This connection breeds compassion, an understanding that allows healing and forgiving. You practise this on one another and you can practise it on your self.

Everything is a reflection. Seeing pain in others when you are connected brings about pain in your self. Witnessing joy in others when you are connected ignites joy within you. I think we should be prepared to go either route for life is full of both.

To become aware of this connection makes you think twice before you act. It has that affect on me- I may do it anyway, and then it is a more thoughtful, mindful act. It may cause pain and then my apology is more heart felt and genuine because I felt it more deeply.

Seeing things as energy breaks down the imaginary boundaries between them. Without boundaries we are naked, raw and vulnerable. Without boundaries we are reflections of each other in real time- we bleed together, cry together, laugh together and dance together. This is humanity living together in the great River of Life.

When I was a child, I went on a school trip into London. On the underground I saw a tramp on a platform and in my naivety I stood staring at him. A business man saw me do it and said to me “we did that to him”. I felt terrible, guilty and sad. To this day I do not know what he truly meant by that. Perhaps now I have an answer- that without connection, how can we ever hope to help our self and each other and make the world a better place? And, in the tradition of all self growth, the answer becomes another question.

I saw Spotlight recently, a movie about the tale of The Boston Globe’s exposure of child abuse in the church in the late twentieth century. So sad to think these men of power did so much harm. Men who are supposed to be connected to God and doing God’s work, just as Islamic suicide bombers claim to be connected to God and doing God’s work. In my opinion this is the opposite of connection for no connected human being could do this. Why? Because they would feel the pain they cause. The reflected mirror would seer their eyes, burn their hearts and their ears would shatter at the sounds of the screams of pain, guilt and anger. No, these are empassioned people on a crusade not thinking about how their actions are hurting themselves and the world.

And so I ask you not to put your hearts and souls into the hands of people you presume and expect to have your best interests at heart. Instead, be discerning, let your connection and intuition lead you to make insightful decisions regarding your spiritual health and well- being.

Union

Spiritually, we are meant to be unified, we are meant to think and act with the whole in mind.

Spiritually, we are meant to be unified, we are meant to think and act with the whole in mind.

I wrote this minutes after finding out the result of the UK Referendum to remain in the European Union. The decision to leave has had wide- spread ramifications for Great Britain and the world already.  These outcomes will continue to unfold for months and years ahead, and I trust that the politicians, economists, financial houses, businesses and individuals will make the best of it, in that we will find a way forward that will be to the benefit of all sides.

I voted to remain. It was a spiritual decision.  Spiritually, we are meant to be unified, we are meant to think and act with the whole in mind.  Every spiritual path, be it within religion or not, teaches and demonstrates that we are part of an indivisible whole.  Science, with it’s theory of Big Bang, acknowledges that the entire universe came from a single point in space and time and that nothing new has been created since- the energy is just recycling.  This is the rhythm and cycle of existence.

In the UK, it seems that there is some concern with the challenges that come with European unification. Of course it is challenging to live in harmony with other people and nations that think differently, want different things and act in different ways.  This is part of the struggle of being human, to find a way to hear all that must be heard and respond in a way that all peoples feel respected, cherished and honoured.

While people only think short term and do not take the larger view, separation will always appear like the better option. It comes with its own challenges.  Separation and Union both bring their own difficulties.  Separation weakens the whole.  It is seeded in fear and I think we need to be more courageous than that, globally, nationally, regionally and individually.  Union requires a totally different mind- set.  To care for our brothers and sisters, to unite the energy that feeds and sustains us.  Once people feel cared for and heard, healed and empowered, that mind- set will have already taken a huge shift.  Until then, as individuals, we must do what we can to unify our lives, so that we can demonstrate the power of living in love.  This is the message of every spiritual leader: Jesus, Buddha, Muhammad, Gandhi, Martin Luther King and Ang Sang Su Shi.

I hope that whatever the UK and the world do from this point on, we will find a way to create greater union across all nations. I do not want to sound like some naïve new- ager.  I am not one, for I know that the road ahead will be challenging, not because it has to be, but because to change hearts and minds is hard when they are driven by fear and a sense of lack.  It will take a lot of internal work, that many of us are reluctant to do at the best of times, to shift towards love and abundance.  When we do, and the tide is changing in spite of what this vote may or may not imply, the healing and Union will pick up pace.

Transportation

There is a peace and tranquility that lies beneath the turmoil of surface level existence

There is a peace and tranquility that lies beneath the turmoil of surface level existence

One of the privileges of living in Cambridge, England, is King’s College and its chapel. You may have heard about the choir that performs there throughout the academic year, particularly at Christmas and Even Song service on Sundays?

Recently we went to this Even Song service and enjoyed the power this opportunity for contemplation offered. I went along without the expectation of following the service, but rather to experience the sound of the choir. My experience with energy has shown me that part of the reason hymns, psalms and services are sung in the manner that they are, is because the energy of the sound takes you beyond the surface level thinking of the conscious mind and deeper into the calm pool of the subconscious, towards a meditative state. You have to let the sounds wash over you and you feel the calmness take over as the service progresses. This service did not disappoint. The voices and the acoustics worked their magic beautifully. I had to stop myself listening to the words so that I could be affected by the primal power of vibration and rhythm.

For me it was a struggle as my conscious mind latched on to words it recognised. I had to remind my self to let go of the meaning and feel the experience of the sound on my soul. It was beautiful. Towards the end of the service I did listen to the words and they were so much more beautiful when heard from this place of calm and serenity. Couple this feeling with the visual experience of the vaulted ceilings and stained- glass windows and the ethereal became real.

The combined affect was to calm the anxious soul and to remind me that there is a peace and tranquility that lies beneath the turmoil of surface level existence, if only I’d give myself the chance. This Sunday service was my chance. I believe all services, be they Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist, Pagan or whatever are a chance to reconnect to the Source of our Being. Call that Source God, Spirit, energy or whatever, the reconnection boosts your strength and resolve to do good, be good and have trust and faith. I believe yoga, martial arts, meditation, fasting, dancing, chanting or drumming for spiritual rituals strive for the same reconnection to the Source which is the essence of spiritual practice.

At last, I felt the connection between religion and spirituality. Religion I saw in the service, the vestments, the buildings and the prayers. Spirituality I experienced in the words, cadences, rhythms and sounds of all that religious metaphor. It was transporting. And where did it take me? To myself and to the Source. Perhaps that is the point of religion? Perhaps I should have learned that at Sunday school?

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If you would like to attend choral evensong, here is an article by Rupert Sheldrake who was involved in the creation of a website called Choral Evensong allowing you to find church services with free choral music across the British Isles.

Emotion in the Body

Have you wondered what people mean when they refer to the mind- body connection?   How does this relate to energy? What role does energy play in this connection between body and mind?

One of the key forces of the mind is emotion, feelings that flow through the mind and body created by the release of hormones, neurotransmitters and other chemicals that affect the body and mind in a myriad of ways. These chemicals are released as a response to events and situations that occur in your life. There are many chemicals for the body to choose from. Which ones you choose are determined by your beliefs and values, so that you might be anxious about the prospect of talking in public because you believe it to be a threatening situation, or you might be excited by the idea because it is thrilling to be sharing your ideas to a group of people. The quickening heart, the shortness of breath, the strained voice are all symptoms of one emotional response. The steady beat of the heart, the calm breathing and the conviction in your strong voice are the symptoms of a different response. Neither emotion is right or wrong. It is just how you feel about it. Those feelings create an emotional response in your body. This cascade of events occurs because the mind and the body are connected.

Energy and emotion

Emotion is energy in motion (e- motion). All things are energy and all energy flows. Emotion is a particular energy flow that is part of the human experience bringing you the highs and lows of living. Emotions can be joyous and painful. That joy and pain is felt most keenly when it flows, as it courses through your body and you experience that flow of energy. Sometimes that flow can be over- whelming as you feel the intensity of it. The joy of loving and feeling loved and the pain of bereavement are two more common examples. These emotions are sometimes so powerful that you cannot stop them flowing.

Some times in your life you might have been taught not to express your emotions. As children it is common to be told not to cry or not to be so silly, to grow up when upset or not to display anger. These restrictions are sometimes cultural and can also be because the people around you cannot handle these emotions themselves and so feel uncomfortable with them. In a desperate effort to control the situation, children are told by parents to stifle their emotions.   Humiliation at school by peers can be a powerful learning ground for suppressing emotion.

When energy is trapped

So what is really going on inside of you when this happens? From the point of view of energy, the emotion you are feeling in that moment is energy in flow creating a response in your body that generates anger, sadness, jealousy or whatever, manifesting certain behaviour- you cry, shout, scream etc. When told to stop, you try to stem that flow, stopper it like a cork in a champagne bottle or holding tight onto the lead of your dog when it is trying to get away. This takes effort and energy of it’s own and the body tightens to contain it. Muscles stiffen to hold on to the energy as it tries to flow. Because the energy is contained, the bodily response subsides. Perhaps unknown to you, the energy is still inside you, trying to flow and held back by your body through muscle tension.

You know this if you have ever relived a past experience- the emotion resurfaces as if the event had just happened- powerful and emotional. Over many years, with repeated events such as these, the body becomes increasingly tense, limiting movement, strength, breathing, posture, digestion, presence and preventing relaxation that allows the body to act naturally. With so much emotion trapped in the body, the mind also becomes tense, as it has to monitor the muscles that are trapping this energy and make sure nothing gets released. Over time, this takes up more and more of your energy, splitting your mind and body, making it harder to focus on the present and relax into the moment.

Restricted energy in motion manifests as tension throughout the body

Restricted energy in motion manifests as tension throughout the body

The consequences of this learned behaviour over time can be severe. As well as reducing emotional range because you do not allow yourself to express more than just mild emotions, the mind and body become tight, increasing stress, accelerating the aging process, reducing learning and adaptability, preventing flexibility and agility of body and mind and affecting health as well as well- being.

When you release energy

How do you release this trapped emotion? What is most important here is to do so in a safe and appropriate way. Sometimes it might be important to seek professional support in dealing with emotions that are otherwise challenging to handle and work through. Meditation can be an excellent method for releasing tension and becoming mindful of your feelings when that emotion is released. Yoga too can be a brilliant method for stretching out tension throughout the body, creating calmness and relaxation in mind and body. Massage, reflexology, acupuncture and shiatsu are all methods of relaxing the body and therefore the mind as part of a programme to bring the mind and body into balance and towards well- being. There is another energetic advantage to relaxing body and mind and allowing the energy to flow through you rather than be trapped inside: that is connection. When relaxed you are more connected, more present and open to the fullness of the moment. Here you connect not just to your self, but to the world and humanity. Through doing this work, you reconnect to your natural state, connected to the expansive whole of the universe.

Over to you

How do you experience the mind- body connection? How do you allow your emotions to flow? What can you share about stifling and suppressing emotions? We’d love to hear from you and share in the discussion about energy, so come on over and post your comments in the box at the bottom of the page.

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