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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.

The Universe Influences

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There are many books on the market that talk about the mind and body connection or the mind and life connection. Books such as the Secret and authors such as Louise Hay have used and shared this mind- life, mind- body understanding. Hypnotherapy is a practice that centres on those connections and uses them for the benefit of the client’s health and well-being. The connection between mind and body and mind and life is very well understood by health and well-being professionals.

We also have a connection to the Universe. We are the Universe. We are not separate from the Universe. Every moment of every day we have a profound connection to the totality of the Universe. If you consider yourself separate from the Universe please answer this. Where did you come from? What made you? What are you made from?

 

You are energy

You are energy through and through. You are made of the stuff of the universal stars. You are no different to them. You have your place amongst them. They are energy and so too are you. The Universe came into being a long time ago and we can say it has a life of its own. It too lives and breathes as you do. Stars come and they go. The Universe experiments with energy on many levels, life forms come and go depending on how successful they are within the universal experiment. You are made of the stuff of the stars. The universe created you to live and breathe. It created you to live a life. Life can be challenging. Many things both good and bad happen within a life. People cross each other’s paths, sometimes those meetings and crossing are good and happy ones with fulfilling outcomes. Other times they are not so. If they are considered good or bad it will depend on the view points and agendas of those doing the analysis. Each person has free will and choice. Each person has a mind of their own. Each person has thought patterns and processes. These thought patterns and processes are unique to the individual. The individual ultimately gets to choose how they think. Their thought processes help them to make sense of the world and understand it to a degree.

 

Your life influence

It is not commonly understood by the general public that there is a mind connection with life itself. We think from the point of view that thinking and action will bring about a result.  It is true that thinking, decision and action will do that.  Results will be gained efficiently by using thinking decision and action and should not be underestimated as it plays an important role in taking the individual forward in a chosen direction. However what is not as easily understood by people in general is that they have another field of influence upon life. This is an energetic one. We can bring situations or people in our direction by our energetic connection to life and the Universe on all levels.

 

The Universe thinks and heals itself

The Universe is a thing. It lives, breaths and thinks. It has consciousness throughout. Human beings are also energy with consciousness. We too are energy that thinks. It is like two heart beats, the universal heart beat and the human heart beat. They can beat in synchronisation or out of synchronisation. So we can be conscious and energetically in tune with the Universe or out of tune with the Universe.

We all have influence on our lives, the lives of others and our thoughts and decisions through physical interaction, conscious thought and energy interaction and manipulation. There is an energy that permeates the Universe that influences everything. It is the catalyst that fires the Universe on all and every level. This energy is called Universal energy. It is known by many names and every culture has a name for it. It’s made up physically of a combination of electricity and magnetism. It is electromagnetic energy. It permeates all life on all levels. It is a carrier or information. It carries thoughts, ideas and beliefs around and throughout the Universe. It is a universal telegraph wire. It carries information everywhere. This background energy is known to science and they are calling it “The field”. Esoteric people and healers have called it Universal energy, Chi, Ki, Psychic, and Pranic energy amongst other names. It has been known to man for many thousands of years and the Chinese have understood its healing properties and how to exploit them for five thousand years.

 

Transferring Universal information

Everything you think and feel is carried into the world as energy. It is carried around the earth and out into the Universe on the back of Universal energy. Your thoughts are transferred through Universal energy to all parts of the Universe. We have all heard of the Aboriginal people of Australia and the fact that they have telepathic abilities. If what I have said holds water and it does, then this is a perfect explanation to those abilities.

You have both connection to and influence upon the Universe. You are part of the Universe and a part that makes up the totality of the Universe. Your thoughts and actions and deeds add to or take away from the Universe. You are important to the Universe. There is a responsibility to the Universe by you to it. Whether you consciously acknowledge that responsibility or not is your free will and choice.

 

Your Universal life

The Universe acknowledges you and the life it gave you. It will interact with you on many levels. It gave your life to you and in time it will take that life back. How you live that life is your free will and choice. If you interact with the Universe consciously, this is too your free will and choice. It is for you to understand that the choice is yours and you can exercise it at will. The Universe will respond to your thoughts and actions. Not with fire and lightening but with situations, people and circumstance to your ultimate benefit.

Benefit comes in many textures. Some rough and some smooth. What you may feel benefits you may not be the same thought and understanding to the Universe. However, it is not the point of living to give you a hard time to punish you. We are strengthened by being stretched. We always have the Universe’s ear when things are unbearable to us. Speaking your truth, thoughts, wants, needs and desires to the Universe is not seen as selfish but a necessary part of your right and growth. The Universe hears you. A word of caution here: please be careful of what you ask for. Harmful thoughts, deeds, and desires always have repercussions. We are all human and sometimes each of us may fall a little short. This is part of our learning and growth. To set our own boundaries of good and right is a good thing. To understand that our desires affect others is a good thing. To abuse our position in the world is a bad thing. Harm to others deliberately done is not acceptable to the Universe and should not be acceptable to you. Fairness and love is a good starting point in any situation. Selfishness, harshness and greed will not be seen well. You may have selfish and harmful desires in the short term as they may be part of your growth and growth to others. What feels bad to us we seldom engage in twice by choice. Basically what I am saying is this: we grow by experience and sometimes we do not get things correct. No one is perfect, we are perfecting ourselves daily. It also must be said that others feel our energy and thoughts by way of energy and if they feel bad, we will be seen in that light by those who engage with us.

 

Interacting with the Universe

We can ask the Universe for direct and positive input into our lives, health, and living situations. The Universe responds to those requests. We interact with the Universe every moment of the day and do so largely without conscious thought on the matter. If we give our interaction conscious thought and conscious interaction we have more of an influence upon outcomes.

We think things into being on either an energetic level or a physical level. For anything to come into being it must be preceded by a thought first. When I learnt how to design many decades ago one of the things that were drilled into me by the design process is the fact that change happens by my conscious thought. An idea comes into being by thought first then execution second. Along the way in the execution process the idea can be changed manipulated and honed. It is the same with the manipulation of energy. We have a thought or an idea and that is then communicated to the Universe and then the Universe responds by moving energy to bring it into being.

Whatever you want or wish for and even if it seems impossible; tell the Universe what it is. Ask the Universe to move situations in your direction to bring about the change that you desire. For your life to go in a certain direction you have to bring about the physical change or you have to ask the universe to do it for you. What the Universe will do will show you how to make the change by bringing people, ideas, or situations in your direction. Sometimes and more often than would be supposed it will just drop things in your lap. You can ask for many things from the Universe and material things are amongst those that can be asked for. They will not always be granted but if you don’t ask you probably will not get it unless you physically do it for yourself. The Universe makes the path to what you want and need easier and smoother for you.

 

Steering your life

You have a life that you can steer in this direction or that, according to your own desires. The Universe has a role in that life as it gave it to you. You are part of the Universe and it has a vested interest in you and your life. Day by day you live and grow and the Universe helps you to do that. It supplies the ingredients for life.

So what are your desires and wishes? Whatever they are as you think them whisper them to the universal forces and ask those forces for a direction toward them. The Universe points the way forward.

The Subtle Energy System

 

Energy

Energy is a term that is used frequently in our modern society. It is used to describe many things such as artificial energy drinks and foods full of sugar and caffeine as well as the more organic products filled with seeds and exotic fruits.

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Energy is also used to describe the power that heats and lights our homes, offices and public buildings. These forms of energy include oil, gas and electricity as well as renewable forms such as solar, wind, geothermal and tidal. As well as describing foods and heating the term energy is also used to describe body energy and the living experience, both positive and negative.

 

People inter change the term between these three contexts and it is understandable to see how ideas on these concepts may become confused. Advertising encourages the thought that artificial energy drinks are healthy and will add to health and body energy levels. In reality they give people a false energy high that will subside very quickly. These drinks tend to be filled with sugar that in the long term taxes the body and health.

We also use the term energy to describe aspects of the environment and fuels that we consume from the environment. We have all heard the term used smooch over the past few decades as we are constantly encouraged, and rightly so, to recycle waste and limit our fossil fuel consumption as these things are negatively impactful on the environment.

 

Modern living

Modern living makes taxing demands on everyone and those demands often leave people with little sleep or poor sleep patterns. Television is twenty four hours a day, seven days of the week now. The internet also gives us constant entertainment as it gives us gambling, shopping, gaming, and social media opportunities. There are endless distractions to grab your attention. There seems little time for life commitments such as work and family who are seeking our attention as well.

These are not easy dilemmas to address as our society encourages people to live in ways that are not in the best interests of their physical, mental, emotional or spiritual health or the good health of the planet. The more serious and meaningful is often left aside for the more destructive or trivial.

 

A need for change

There is a new trend of thinking that acknowledges this old negative way of living and the need for change. This new trend recognises that there is a relationship between these different facets of energy for all things are inter- related.

 

Subtle energy

In the various areas of our work we have both talked often about energy. Primarily we are talking about an energy that has been known for thousands of years in the ancient world. It is an energy that the modern world is now beginning to think about and explore in a more considered way. This energy is known as subtle energy or universal energy and it consists of a mixture of electricity and magnetism, which is found naturally in the human body. This energy is known by many names in both the ancient and our modern world. It is known by such names as, Ka, by the ancient Egyptians and Chi, Ki, Prana and Psychic to name just a few in the modern world. All cultures have a name for this energy.

There are seven major chakra points. Each is an energy reservoir that sends electromagnetic energy around the body. Electro magnetic energy is also known as Chi/Ki and Prana amongst other names. This subtle energy needs to be in a healthy condition to keep all levels of the person in good health. Alcohol, poor sleep patterns and stress are some of the things that will interrupt the subtle energy system of the body.

There are seven major chakra points. Each is an energy reservoir that sends electromagnetic energy around the body. Electro magnetic energy is also known as Chi/Ki and Prana amongst other names. This subtle energy needs to be in a healthy condition to keep all levels of the person in good health. Alcohol, poor sleep patterns and stress are some of the things that will interrupt the subtle energy system of the body.

We have often discussed in our blogs the energies that are all around you as they impact that delicate energy system of the body to bring about wellness or destructiveness in the body and life. All things are interconnected and all energy on some level will interrelate.

Subtle energy can be affected by life choices such as sleep, eating habits and stress as all of these things can block subtle energy’s efficiency as it flows through the body. On a wider context earth energy as it is emitted from the centre of the earth also affects and impacts the efficient flow of your subtle energy through the body as will celestial energy, which is given to us via the sun, moon and the stars. The environment and the conditions around you will impact and affect the efficiency of subtle energy within your body also. So it is important that you live in a clean and calm environment for optimum health. Modern life does not always afford you the correct requirements for a healthy subtle energy system, as much of our modern world is polluted with dirt, poison and noise, all of which will damage the body and the energy system on some level. We are also surrounded by electromagnetic signals from lights, TVs, computers and mobile devices that will affect the subtle energy of the body.

It is named the subtle energy system; however it is of huge importance to the individual and their living experience. It brings life and vitality to the body as well as connecting the individual to all levels of life itself.

Subtle energy flows through the body naturally, just like your blood flows through your veins, it flows through a system of meridians which are unseen in the body but can be felt by the individual as the energy flows to various parts of the body. On an everyday level if the system is working well the individual will not feel the energy flow. However, when the energy is impacted in a negative way and parts of the body are not receiving the energy, the body will react and start to break down. As the energy is returned to the body the individual may well feel the energy move through the body and experience this movement as short lived pain or energy ripples through the meridians. For optimum health your subtle energy must flow freely through the body. It is in free flow that the body will be in the best health as the cells will be continually fired and fed by the vital life giving electricity and magnetism. It is both of these energies, electricity and magnetism, in combination that makes subtle energy.  This energy is the life blood of the universe as it flows through every living thing equally. It connects you to all life.  Having your subtle energy system in good order is best for your body, mind, emotions and spirit as that is what balance is.

 

A healthy subtle energy system

There is a great deal that the individual can do to keep their subtle energy system in good health. Sleep for at least eight hours a night in a dark room with no light. Get regular sleep and not disjointed sleep. This is not easy for shift workers. However block out and black out the light as much as you can.

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Eat healthily as the quality of food itself will impact the energy system. The colours of foods impact the energy system of the body as does the type of foods. Eat lots of blues and greens, like leafy vegetables and fruits. However keep your diet balanced. Don’t just eat blues and greens exclusively as this will bring imbalance and have a negative impact on the energy system and the body.

Be mindful of alcohol and all drugs both pharmaceutical and illegal. They all have a harsh impact on the energy system and so only use prescribed drugs as needed and prescribed by your doctor.

Keep away from all stress. This is a tricky one in modern life. Visit a green space regularly. Don’t underestimate the need your body has for that. Urban living has its benefits. It has its drawbacks also as long periods in cities without interacting with the natural world can be negatively impactful on your well-being. The natural world is replenishing and we all benefit from connection to it.  A green garden with plants and flowers will suffice for its replenishing ability.

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Keep your energy system in balance as that is what well health is, your body and system completely in balance. Meditation is a good way of returning your energy system to good order as it directly impacts it and balances it. Also visualisations such as colour visualisations will do wonders for a poor energy system. Once the energy system is balanced it will help to bring well-health back to the body.

Do plenty of regular exercise, yoga, martial arts, Qigong, and general movement of the body will help keep the energy system flowing.

Be mindful of the quality of the earth energy as it comes up to you. Of all thus far on our list, this may confuse or tax most people the most. In modern life by and large people do not have a very good conscious connection to the earth energy as the ancients did. We wear shoes as a rule, and that disconnects our direct connection with the quality of the earth energy. We do not take note of good energy or bad energy as it is absorbed by the body until we become ill and the source of that illness is confusing or without explanation.

 

The context

When you hear the word energy being used, we invite you to be thoughtful of the context it is used in.

  1. Is it to do with utilities, transport and industry?
  2. Is it used in the context of diet, food and drink?
  3. Is it being discussed in relation to the subtle energy system of the body and maybe the wider universe?

That context is all important. The two former uses of the term energy are modern concepts of the term while the latter is an ancient understanding of the workings of the human body, the earth and the wider universe that is largely ignored by modern western science and people. However things are changing slowly as more people are prepared to use energy therapies and understand first hand their healing and therapeutic benefits. This will inevitably lead to more acceptance of this old knowledge as its use spreads and it becomes more widely accepted.

We are both committed to teaching and sharing this old knowledge and being a part of spreading this wisdom to all who wish to use, know and understand.

We invite you to learn about the power of your subtle energy and become your own healer by understanding how to live a healthy life. Your life is diminished without a healthy body, the subtle energy system and subtle energy flow in good order is integral to a healthy body and healthy life. We look forward to sharing information with you and helping you to be balanced, well and healthy.

Lynette and David

Changing Seasons, Changing Energy

Spring is the most wonderful time of year in the United Kingdom.  Each season has its beauty and its own energy, and for me no one season is better or worse than the others.  Each has its own unique magic that is a celebration of nature and the fluid forces that drive the cycles throughout the year.

Many ancient South_Africa002and traditional cultures lived their lives in harmony with the changing cycles.  Many of the festivals that they had were a celebration and honouring of the changes in energy from sleeping to waking, between winter and spring, and the natural power of full bloom of nature during high summer.  Nature has its own natural preparation for slumber as crops are harvested either by man or by the wild animals as they bury nuts and eat the berries and other fruits of the land, and finally the deep calm and sleep in winter.

We are approaching the stirring of nature’s energy from her sleep.  The snowdrops are flourishing and the bluebells are also beginning to break the surface of the forest floor.  It will be a while until we get the stunning carpets of blue in the forests, but when we do the world will be alive with the vibrant pulse of bird song, nest building and courtship rituals.

Nature’s balance is such that the opposite will be happening in the southern hemisphere.  Here it is autumn.  The birds will be migrating away, the chicks fledged, the leaves turning crispy reds and browns and the wild life preparing for sleep.  Then, it will be deep winter.  Scientists give complex explanations for the whys of nature, but really it just responds to the forces of nature, to remain in balance and harmony.  Living things feel the shifting energy and respond by their nature.  Trees shed their leaves, animals grow thicker coats and head for warmer climes and some hibernate.  Meanwhile, in the North, high summer is the plateau of energy.  The surges of spring and new growth are over, and the hum of nature’s power is strong and forceful.  All of nature celebrates.

Humanity enjoys the changing seasons just as nature does.  Even in the hectic flow of our daily lives and relentless schedules, we rest more in the winter, play harder in the summer and work more diligently in the spring when we create and in the autumn when we harvest.  With the seasons, man is in harmony with nature.  The subtle yet powerful forces of nature are irresistible to us.  For thousands of years, humanity has lived with nature’s ebb and flow, and although we do that less now, we still honour the changing seasons, not just in our religious holidays, but in our everyday changes in mood and behaviour.

These seasonal changes of energy are as much a part of the living energy of the universe as the energies we discuss in Nourish the Flame Within and the soon to be published Feel the Power.  The seasons are something we see and experience every year.  Some of us pay attention to them more than others, but we all feel their presence, their power and their unique gifts of joy, work, hardship and learning.

What do you love about the seasons?  How do you experience the changes in energy and how do they affect you.  Do you live in harmony with the seasons, or do you battle on relentlessly throughout the year.

I would love to hear from you and get some fascinating discussions going. Please feel free to leave your thoughts and comments below.  We are interested in genuine thoughts and discussion.

Beam me up to Inspiration

You may never fully know the implications of your actions.

You may never fully know the implications of your actions.

As the world mourns the death of Leonard Nemoy, I am reminded of the legacy he, and the cast and creators of Star Trek have left the world.

The following wonderful examples of how Star Trek has changed the world can be found on Wikipedia:

  • Marc D. Rayman, the chief propulsion engineer at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory became interested in propulsion through Star Trek. The Ion Propulsion on one of NASA’s deep space probes was inspired by a Star Trek episode. Star Trek inspired the name of the first Space Shuttle, “Enterprise”.
  • Martin Cooper, inventor of the mobile phone and the chief engineer at Motorolo, states that Star Trek was the inspiration for his intention.
  • Mae C. Jemison was inspired by Star Trek to become the first African American in space, while Seth Shostak was led to astronomy through Star Trek’s influence.  He now works for SETI (Search for Extra Terrestrial Intelligence).
  • Star Trek popularized the notion of the user- friendly personal computer.  Trek fan Ed Roberts invented the first home computer, the Altair 8800, named after the solar system Altair (Altair 6) in the Star Trek episode “Amok Time”. This led to Bill Gates writing the computer programming language BASIC for the Altair and the birth of Microsoft.
  • Kevin Warwick from the University of Reading was inspired by the Borg (beings with a collective consciousness and intelligence) to create cyborg implants, linking his own nervous system to the internet.
  • Even the spin off series had impact. Steve Perlman, at the time principal scientist at Apple Computers, was inspired to invent QuickTime  media player by watching an episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation.

Science fiction is often talked about for inspiring future inventions. In fact, it is the creator that stimulates the inventor. Our books, Nourish the Flame Within and Feel the Power, are about energy and its flow and potency. Here is a classic example. The imagination of one writer spawns the germ of an idea in someone else, with the energy of ideas propagating across time.

This is the nature of creativity. Given that the universe is a process of creation building upon itself, we see this time and again, from larger elements like iron and gold created in stars that go to create planets, to the development from theatre to silent movies, talkies, cartoons and computer animation. Each development builds on the steps before it.

Leonard Nemoy was part of an inspirational movement that led to changes in life paths that may never have happened had it not been for Gene Roddenberry’s creation. It is incredible to think that something so simple could change the energy flow of so many people’s lives. Amazing to consider the immense mental energy that powered these shifts in direction and how our lives have been enriched in myriad ways; perhaps too many to fully appreciate.

Let us remember Leonard Nemoy, the inspirational Star trek series that he was a part of and others like him who have inspired and will continue to inspire generations long after their deaths.

Expectation

Let your open heart & spontaneity create the magic of the moment

Let your open heart & spontaneity create the magic of the moment

Steve Jobs, in his Stanford Commencement Speech, spoke about looking back at his life and joining the dots. Reflecting on his journey and how things had lead to one thing and then another.

Without any idea how impactful any one single event maybe it was only in the fullness of time that he realised how powerful, significant and influential those single moments or events would be.

Very often we plan events and have an expectation of how they will turn out or how we will experience them.  This expectation can limit our experience.

In one sense, if we have negative expectations we can perceive something that does in fact have the potential to be very positive as something negative.  For example, the nerves people feel before they speak in public can often be enough to stop people getting up in front of an audience and presenting their ideas.  The negative expectation stifles the spontaneous creation of experiences that might otherwise arise from that event.  To understand that this fear response is completely natural may allow that person to step out in spite of the fear, share their concept and enjoy the process of expressing their authenticity and the audience’s responses to it.

On the other hand, the expectation of a huge event can mean we miss the subtle nuances that make up the larger part of any situation.  To have a fixed idea in your mind of how something will be, means you may deny what it is becoming as it spontaneously evolves.  You may miss the magic as it unfolds and walk away feeling deflated from an event that was spectacular- just not in the sense that you had anticipated.

So how do we get the balance of creating an event that has the potential for an incredible experience, yet not get caught up in what it might be or what we want it to be?  Or even more rigidly, what it must be?

We have all been involved in something about which we have had no expectation.  Very often we have a wonderful time because we enjoy it in the moment as it unfolds and we have no pre- judgement to compare it with.

We can create an event with the knowledge that it will be great without knowing how it will be great.  The right people, the right ambience and an openness to succeed and the event create itself.  Is that not how the best events often unfold?  It requires planning and detail, but also surrenders to the dynamic flow of the moment.  So we plan and trust.  Plan with an open agenda and trust with an open heart.  And all the elements of life will flow together to create magic.

You will have witnessed it and contributed to the magic.   That will feed you and others, strengthening the bond between you and your loved ones and the bond between you and life itself, offering you strength, support and power in the instant of the moment.

Life on Life’s Terms

Sometimes you lead, sometimes life leads- this is the balance to the dance of life

Sometimes you lead, sometimes life leads- this is the balance to the dance of life

Many of us wish to live life on our terms.  We like to feel we are in control and that we are calling the shots.  Life experience tells me this may not be the only way to live.  Like all things in life, nothing ever flows one way.  Even a river has sections where the water flows up- stream and eddies swirl.  Our relationship with life is a two- way process.  It is not just about what you want, for there are terms and conditions to the life you have and the life you want.  In life, to have “X” you also have to have “Y”, the two go hand in hand.  It is the law of balance.  It is the law of the universe.

You start by stating your intention, and then the universe starts to work to make that intention a reality.  So what does that actually mean?

Well, experience tells me that growth is required. If you are to enter this new phase in your life you have to grow to allow it to happen.  If you want to earn more money, you have to grow to be able to earn that money.  If you want to attract different people into your life you have to grow and explore new areas of life and yourself.  Then the choice is back to you.  Will you grow in that direction?  Will you face the challenge?  If so the balance equation begins to shift and the balance in your life changes.

Life’s demands mean that you live on life’s terms, which has always been the way.  Life on your terms gives the illusion of security and certainty.  Life on life’s terms gives the impression that you are not in control.  I would say that both views are an illusion.  In truth it is a dance.  You and life choreograph the life dance together and so you must learn to trust.

You must trust yourself for there are times when you must lead.  And you must learn to trust life, for sometimes life will lead and you must trust that life has your best interests at heart.  Otherwise you will resist and the dance becomes a tense and stressful thing.

We all go through periods when we struggle to trust.  You feel alone and isolated which is a separation you have created.  You have stepped away from life.  Life continues to dance with or without its partner, tempting you in, encouraging you to step back in and embrace the most beautiful dance partner you could possibly imagine.  So dance with life, my friend, enjoy its beauty and flow and challenging steps.

And when your trust is complete you will know that there is a support network around you to guide and protect you, just like the bird that trusts there will be air beneath its wing or the new born trusts there will be milk from its mother.  The universe will provide all that you need, just not necessarily what you were expecting…… but that is a whole other topic!

Enjoy the little things

Enjoy_the_little_things_photoI watched a movie the other day set in England during World War 2. Two men are discussing the possible outcomes of the war when one of them says “no matter how long it lasts nothing will ever be the same again. We will be changed forever because of this war.”

Now don’t worry, I am not going to go on about war and it’s horrors, though there is no doubt the outcome of war changes our lives beyond measure.

I am looking at a broader perspective. I am asking “How do the moments of life change us and help us experience and grow?”  Reflection and contemplation are the keys I believe. To allow an event into our being so that it effects us. Through interacting with the original event we transform the energy into something new and in turn we are transformed.

This is the nature of growth and evolution. Every movie I watch, each conversation I have I try to take something away that I can work with and transform that idea into something new and in turn growing myself, transforming my thoughts and energy to create a new self- slightly wiser and more experienced than before.

What a gift to be able to give yourself and what a way to be able to be thankful for all the little moments in your life that might otherwise pass you by.

No ones Perfect

509075791Perfection, what a perfect word! If you say it, it seems to roll off the tongue so nicely. It has an ease. We could say it has its own perfect vibration.

My father asked me

To be perfect- what does that really mean? Is it achievable? When I went to school perfection was encouraged. I did not understand why it was encouraged. It all just seemed to be taxing and challenging to me. To be honest as a child I could just not be bothered to deal with the subject of perfection. At that time in my life I was happy with whatever was the easiest option for me. I wanted an easy life. Why run harder and faster. That only puts a strain on the body. I hated sports with a passion. One day whilst watching Tennis my father posed the question to me. What sport do you like? It was not posed as a question but as a statement.  I asked him, what do you mean?  He said to me, you don’t like any.

I hated sport

This was true enough. I did not like doing them or watching them or even hearing about them. It was all hard work to me and therefore totally unenjoyable. Now as an adult I think what a waste. Also what a huge lesson I have learnt in life. With effort comes perfection. With hard work comes self-satisfaction and learning. These are some of the pieces of gold that life has to offer. It took me until my late teens and early twenties to understand the power of work and effort.

Work oh no

What I did not realise about work was this, that it is through work of any kind that we have an opportunity for perfection. Every time we engage with it we have an opportunity to perfect a skill, an interaction or production of something, either within ourselves or outside of ourselves.

It is not just about money but more than that. It is the perfection of the self through time, effort and experience. It is the nourishment of the self that leads to perfection. Perfection is something that we can all strive for but in reality is not achievable. We gain from the pursuit of perfection the rewards that are there to be had not from the attainment of perfection.

Perfection is not possible

Attainment of perfection is not possible, as people perceive perfection differently even though they may be observing the same circumstances. Perfection is subjective, and even if it is agreed upon by many at a particular time, the goal post will always change, both inside and outside of the self. So by who’s definition is perfection perfect anyway? The purpose of striving for perfection is to gain experience. The masters of music, art, dance, acting and sport have a depth and breadth of experience that allows them to get close to that pinnacle of perfection and they may even touch the summit, for a moment, and then it is gone.

If I had run around and pursued a life of sport I would have had a positive outcome no matter how much or little I put into it. Or how much or little of it I did, as it has its own rewards. I would have improved my physical fitness and maybe gained some increased self-esteem perhaps.

I spent my time drawing and painting instead and still gained a lot from that. So in reality I gained anyway. I just gained from something other than sport. I had my own vehicle for seeking perfection.

 

The Power of the Crowd

The Power of the Crowd creates an atmosphere all its own

The Power of the Crowd creates an atmosphere all its own

What an incredible summer of sport 2014 has been.  The World Cup in Brazil, Wimbolden and The Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.  The highs and lows, the passion and excitement and the power that the spectators feel as they become drawn into the competition as the event unfolds.  Nowhere was this talked about more than during the athletics at the London Olympic Games in 2012, when all the members of Team GB spoke about the power of the crowd cheering them on towards unprecedented success, particularly during Super Saturday, August 4th, when Jess Ennis, Greg Rutherford and Mo Farah all got Gold Medals.

So what is this power of the crowd?  How is it that so many people can be drawn into such excitement, that can help raise the performance of the athletes themselves?  It does not just affect the people at the venue, but also the folk watching on TV, even around the globe.

Fascinating research at The Global Consciousness Project (http://noosphere.princeton.edu/) may have the answer.  Based at The Institute of Noetic Sciences at Princeton, it studies the effects of group dynamics on random number generators (RNGs).  Put simply, these RNGs flip coins thousands of times a second and store the results- either heads or tails.  Left alone and over many repetitions these RNGs will produce a ratio of 50- 50 (half heads and half tails).  But this random behaviour can be affected by people thinking more about heads or tails.

The research started with individuals, but later they tried it with small groups of people, and found that those groups who shared bonds, such as couples, siblings and long- term friends, influenced the machines more dramatically than those that did not share those bonds or individuals.  Over many years, the project has found significant effects on RNGs by groups of people who are in some way in synchrony and therefore powerfully connected through their conscious attention.  What brings about this synchronous behaviour can range from local effects at opera and classical music events, to global effects seen at the OJ Simpson trial and Lady Diana Spencer’s funeral.  It appears to suggest that humans have the ability to synchronise and increase the effect of their collective focus.

Perhaps that is what happens at some incredible sporting events such as Super Saturday.  Certainly there was a collective excitement at The Wimbolden Men’s Final in 2014 that may have helped to spur the players on to greater endurance and performance.

Science tells us there are fields of energy that we can tap into.  As a result, we can be influenced by these fields and in turn can affect them.  It is a two- way process that means our presence has an impact on the environments we are in.  It is a complex interaction, but what is clear is that it can become very potent when people are thinking in a synchronous manner.  In negative situations, perhaps this collective affect has been shown in Nazi Germany in the 1930s and 1940s and in Rwanda in the 1990s.  In sport, this affect often shows itself in a very positive light, bringing out the best of people, not just in their sporting performance, but in their behaviour and good will towards their fellow men.  The power of the mind is great and the power of the collective mind appears to be greater still.