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Frankenstein’s Monster Brought to Life.

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Frankenstein’s Monster had no soul.

Many of us have heard of the Novel by Mary shelly, called Frankenstein. The story is of a Scientist who is obsessed with bringing the dead back to life and experimented with bringing a corpse back to life by giving doses of electricity. It is said that this idea was based on a real doctor who was obsessed with the idea of reanimation of life. He is said to have done experiments on dead bodies as Frankenstein did. This idea of re animation of the dead has persisted for a very long time. Even Egyptian mythology talks of reanimation of the dead. The story of Seth and Osiris is one of murder and reanimation of life. Osiris, King of Egypt, was killed by his brother Seth, who takes the throne and is later brought back to life by his wife Isis.Mary Wollstonecraft- Godwin, later Shelly, (1797-1851), as a young woman of sixteen ran off to Europe with the poet Percy Bysshe Shelly in 1816 and they spent the summer with Lord Byron and his personal physician Dr John Polidory. To pass the time during the summer they told ghost stories to each other. It was during this time that Lord Byron suggested that they all write a ghost story of their own. When Mary was eighteen she completed the assignment and was the only one to do so. The story Frankenstein has been hailed as a masterpiece and a work of genius and one of the first science fiction novels. It has been said that Mary Shelly based the idea on a scientist that lived at that time called Dr Victor Frankenstein.

I have not read the book but only know the story by films. However, the basis of the story is that a mad scientist wants to create life. Nothing new or surprising there I think. This scientist decided to use dead body parts and sews them together and tries to animate the patch work corpse with electricity. He succeeds in making a living monster that goes on to all kinds of mischief scaring people. The real Dr Frankenstein also did experiments with electricity and body parts in the hope of animating them.

If we put electricity into a corpse it does not come back to life. The line of thinking that acknowledges electricity as a catalyst for life, and that the human life is the body of the person assumes a great deal. The assumption is that there is nothing else but the physical body and that is the person.

As a holistic therapist my understanding is that the body does need electricity to function, as it needs many other things also. It needs electricity and magnetism in combination to facilitate life and health. Holistic therapy gives great store to electromagnetic energy within the body and its correct functioning through the body. Holistic therapy believes electromagnetic energy is of great importance to the well-being of life. So it may be reasonable to suppose that if we introduce both elements to a corpse we might restore life. Holistic therapy believes that electromagnetic energy feeds the body cells and without it the breaking down process of the body begins. At death with the cessation of blood flow there is cessation of electro-magnetic energy also. I cannot say if one is connected to the other directly but there may well be some sort of interplay with both.

I do not know if anyone has tried to reanimate a corpse with the combination of electrical energy and magnetism combined or not. I feel this must have been tried by someone. If so if it had worked we would all know about it. So it is reasonable to suppose it does not. So if electricity does not reanimate the dead body and electro-magnetic energy will not either then what will?

I think that the answer is nothing will. I think there is nothing that exists on the earth that will reanimate the dead body into life. I think this is because the body is not life itself. It is a part of the story and not the whole story. Holistic therapy treats the whole person. What is the whole person? The whole person is considered to be a combination of the physical body, the mental capacity of the person, the emotional capacity of the person, the energetic layer of the person and the most important one of all, the soul of the person. We see the physical body with our eyes and we know it is there. We don’t see the other parts of the person as a solid mass that is visible to the eye. Holistic therapy sees the person in layers and each layer goes to make the whole. Much like if we look at the physical body it is made of separate elements that make the whole. So too the whole person has separate layers or elements.

Shortly after the death of the physical body, the soul leaves the body. Many medics, mortuary attendants and those involved in the preparation of the dead body for burial will tell you, if pressed, that they sometimes see this leave the body. It has traditionally been the practise of many Nurses and people in general to leave a window open after death to allow the free passage of the soul out of the building. This is an old practise that is still observed by many even today.

Without the soul there is not life, because the soul is life. It is the most important part of the living life form. Life is the soul of the living thing. Life is not the body of the living thing as the body is the vessel by which the living thing is housed for the purpose of living in this existence on the earth.

If there is an attempt to reanimate the body without the soul present it is my belief that it will not be possible. The reason is because we are missing the life itself. We have the vessel but not the person or the life present. The soul has moved out of the body and moved on. We know that when a person dies on the operating table they can be seemingly dead for some time and life can be brought back to their body often without ill effect as long as it is done in a timely manner. At the passing of life the body begins the breaking down process. When the heart stops pumping the body starts the process of deterioration. The electro-magnetic energy also stops entering and traveling around the body another factor leading to the deterioration of the physical body. This part takes time as the cells are said to harden slightly as electro- magnetic energy ceases.

So for a brief time conditions still exist for the physical body to live successfully if animation is swift. Maybe when a person is reanimated after death on an operating table or such like it is because the soul is still present and has not yet moved out of the physical body. All of the correct conditions still exist for a brief time. The soul is still present. The heart has only just stopped and at this time the brain is still intact and not yet damaged by lack of oxygen .The electro- magnetic energy system has just stopped with the cessation of the heart pumping and the breakdown of the body has not yet begun in earnest. So we can revive the person by electrical stimulation and all should be well. So in these optimal conditions it is possible to reanimate the body and life itself.

So if my thoughts on the matter have any credence, Dr Frankenstein’s experiments were always doomed to failure. He made his job impossible. He took body parts and he should have taken a whole and undamaged body to start with and tried the application of electricity to the heart as immediately after death as was possible. He also should have understood that the soul must be present and that sometimes it moves on out of the body and that is as it should be. Life is more than the physical body.

Creating Space

The air was thick with water and I was covered with a fine film of condensation.  The scene was almost ghostly or other worldly.

The air was thick with water and I was covered with a fine film of condensation. The scene was almost ghostly or other worldly.

In Wales on one of my many walks in Nature, I discovered a beautiful waterfall, with the most astounding tree growing on the edge of the pool that was at the base of the falls.  All the branches of the tree were growing away from the falls creating an imbalanced shape which was striking.  What was clear to me was that the spray from the falls had created a great force on the tree and the branches had only developed on one side of the trunk. The tree responded to the force by leaning away from the falls.  I marveled at the power the force of the flowing water, gravity and the spray can have.

It also struck me how a living thing can change how it grows in accordance with its environment and conditions.

These forces are simply waves.  The water flows over the falls creating wind and spray as it falls and hits the water pool at the bottom.  These waves have direction and speed that influence the environment around it.  The waves of energy carry the water droplets far through the air creating a dampness that supports prolific moss growth that hangs off every branch and rock in the area.  The air was thick with water and I was covered with a fine film of condensation.  The scene was almost ghostly or other worldly.

Waves require space to move.  In previous blogs we have discussed how waves interact and in that interaction create patterns.  These patterns in turn create form.  I think the walk I described above is a stunning example of interaction of waves creating beauty and can be used as a metaphor for our lives.

We must have space. There must be room for exploration so that we can grow.  If our lives are full with every moment accounted for in a rigid and organised way there is no room for spontaneity or new experience.  Some people like the comfort of this, but for others it is stifling.  In truth, there can only be growth if there is space.  Like our tree, the branches of our lives only grow where there is space to fill.

With space comes interaction and with interaction comes the creation of all.  If I interact with people I can create something magic with them.  Sometimes interactions with others are painful.  All experience has its purpose and it is all learning.

Scientists tell us the universe is continuously expanding.  This means there is ever more space being created. It has to be filled with something.  Space is our opportunity for new experience, growth and learning.  It can deepen our understanding of our self, others and life itself.  Had I not created the space in my life to go for that walk, I would never have stumbled upon that tree and I would not be able to share the experience and thoughts that I had with you. You have kindly created the space to read this.  Thank you. I hope you have found it thought provoking.  I invite you to share your experiences of creating space in your life for something and the learning that has come from that in the comments below.  Life is about the magic moments however small those moments are.  It is the depth of knowledge and understanding about life that they give you that counts.

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.

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!

Flickering Universe

At its most basic level the universe flickers in and out of existence

At its most basic level the universe flickers in and out of existence

Nature is forever changing.  The wind blows moving the trees and the clouds.   The sun and moon move across the sky.  The seasons change.  Our hair grows longer, we learn and age, relationships are born and develop, society evolves and there is an endlessly changing face to technology, industry, science and politics.  No two days are the same.

When we look at the science of this, we understand that things develop around a balance point.  Nature is well-balanced, and tips out of balance, creating the need to bring things back into equilibrium.  In doing this, Nature elicits change, the balance point shifting subtly.  We call this shift, Evolution.  The changing nature of one thing requires the adaptation of another, moving our world forward and keeping it in balance.  Each balancing point is a relationship, like a see- saw, and the experience of that relationship is the interplay of forces around that point.  Tolerance to imbalance is built-in to Nature, is indeed essential, otherwise things could never evolve.  In nature’s complexity, there are so many ways in which balance can be affected, that it is easier to look at nature as a network of interacting elements that stays in balance as a whole.  No individual relationship acts in isolation.  Nothing is disconnected from the whole.

No matter how close you look at nature, you always see these relationships.  Go right down to the smallest sub-atomic particles of the universe, and we see that things are a dance between their imbalance and equilibrium.  Sub-atom particles are not static things.  They have a tendency to change.  Inexplicably and spontaneously, they flicker in and out of existence and alter, and always in relation to a balance point (this balance point scientists call the conservation law of mass- energy).  Every relationship in nature is built on this flickering instability that actually goes to create our changing, evolving world.

These dynamic relationships affect every layer of reality and are the basis for our beautiful and vibrant universe.  From its very foundations, the universe is built on change, centred about balance and harmony that makes for such exquisite dynamic stillness.


This blog was inspired by “The Dance”, a chapter in “The Dancing Wu Li Masters” by Gary Zukav.

The Beauty of Hiking in Nature

The dark wood gave way to a field of wheat that was bathed in bright sunlight.  It looked like shimmering liquid gold!

The dark wood gave way to a field of wheat that was bathed in bright sunlight. It looked like shimmering liquid gold!

I love to go hiking. I like to take cycle rides on the open road. I enjoy SCUBA diving. Like many people, I enjoy the social aspect of these activities, chatting about common experiences and talking to like- minded people. The meet- ups in the pub to organise events, the camaraderie and team spirit of setting an objective, supporting and encouraging each other during the event and achieving the goal are all great fun. There is a sense of achievement at the end, that tired feeling after all that work when you feel you really deserve that hearty meal, the cold beer or cool drink, the mug of tea or coffee with a slice of cake or just a well- earned rest.

Dramatic Contrast
There has always been another side to these activities that keeps me going back for more throughout my life. That is the connection to nature. It is so fantastic, thrilling in fact to be surrounded by the power of nature. I was once preparing for a trekking trip in Nepal with my father and a group of us were striding out in the Chiltons (an expansive, hilly area between London and Oxford in England). We were following a path up a hill in dense woodland that opened out into fields. The group walked on, but I had to stop and take in the glorious view. The contrast was so dramatic. The dark wood gave way to a field of wheat that was bathed in bright sunlight. It looked like shimmering liquid gold! This event happened twenty years ago, and it stays with me in vivid detail. That is how profound an effect it had on me. Not a single member of the group recognised this moment, given freely by nature, to be enjoyed by anyone open to seeing her gifts.

Dead Mans Fingers
I have had many such moments, and they always rekindle my spirit, that inner flame. Another wonderful example was wreck diving on the south coast of England. I was doing some survey work near Southampton where a lot of Mullbery Harbours were sunk during World War II. They have steep concrete sides. As I sat at the foot of one of these sheer surfaces, I looked up and saw a vertical field of ghostly white “Dead Man’s Fingers”  illuminated in dappled sunlight. It was such an incredible sight shared with my diving buddy that connected us beyond words.

Nature Provides
In this age of digital technology and high definition, these beautiful sights can be brought to you on your TV, tablet, mobile or computer screen in stunning detail. But I think that part of the wonder is the effort you have to go to in order to see these things. You may not set out to have those experiences, but nature provides the spectacles, you just have to be there to see and experience it.

Little Moments that Nourish
As we continue to promote our first book “Nourish the Flame Within” and write our second, “Feel the Power”, I realise more and more that the energy in nature that nurtures the spirit is on tap during every day experiences. As I write this I can see a tree swaying so gracefully in the summer breeze outside my window and I can hear the birds chirping away. It warms me from within, makes me feel alive. I feel connected, I feel content. There can be so much more to a walk, or a bike ride or simply a glimpse out of the window if we strive to see the little moments that nourish the flame within and feel the power all around us.

Trust- A Force of Nature

If you take the time and make the effort to build trust people will do extraordinary things with you

If you take the time and make the effort to build trust people will do extraordinary things with you

Trust is a force of Nature

Trust is hard won. We are born into trust for it is the natural way. Nature is built on connectivity, interaction and synchronicity.  Birds’ eggs hatch just as the insects they eat begin to multiply, the squirrels bury their nuts as the autumn nights draw in and winter approaches and the sea’s tides are influenced by the phases of the moon.  Nature is built on trust.  The new born knows it must suckle, the fledgling birds knows it can fly just as the foal understands it must walk.  Everything comes in its own time and eventually fades away.

In her book “Mutant Message Down Under” Marlo Morgan describes a scenario when she must lead the Aborigine tribe in the Outback wilderness to food. Days go by without food and water and fear and terror mount in her as she contemplates her death and the death of the tribe. The Aborigine tribe members are unmoved. In time a meal appears in the wilderness and her relief is extreme. She discusses her anxiety with the tribe later on and they explain that they never lost their trust in nature- that she would raise to the task and provide or they would die. It is that simple!

Losing Trust and Gaining Wisdom

Trust is something easily lost. We trust implicitly as youngsters because we know no better. We are endowed with trust by Nature herself.  Why would we not trust?  It is against the natural flow of survival. Without trust we are alone and without friends or support.  As helpless youngsters we have no choice but to trust. It is our birth right. But it is easily abused, knowingly and unknowingly. This creates distrust and in that there is a loss of innocence, a barrier to open loving living.

As life experience shapes our understanding of the world we must lose our naivety without becoming cynical. We must understand that people are not always as they seem. People can hide their insecurity, fear, aggression and malicious intent towards us . If we do not realise this we become stung by the sharp stab of trust abused and the humiliation of being made to feel stupid or falsely taken in.

If we are to be open we must have trust. If we are to communicate and live without barriers to the world, there has to be an implicit trust in the world and the people in it. If all we have known is a harsh and unloving world it is hard to trust it.

With every personal disappointment in others we become more insular. Perhaps we need to look elsewhere for trust?

Where can Trust be Found?

Nature can be trusted upon. Every breath you take is a deepening of the trust between you and nature itself. You serve and support each other. You are there for each other.  Aren’t all of nature’s bounty free gifts?  Air is a free gift, expected on faith that it will be there and that you have the means to take it. We take it for granted, because Nature has always provided.  But should we take that trust for granted?

Many years ago I learned to SCUBA dive.  One of the important tasks that I had to learn was to share my breathing equipment with my diving buddy.  I had to learn various other important tasks as well to prepare me for a time when I may lose air for some reason below the surface of the water.

Once as I was performing these tasks, my diving instructor turned off my air supply!  The feeling of trying to draw air into my lungs when there was no air to breathe was terrifying.  I panicked and tried to race for the surface, the great sin in SCUBA diving for safety reasons.  My instructor coached me through the proper procedure and in time I breathed again, but for those few seconds the beauty of breath and the implicit trust I had in nature for providing my next breath was forcibly driven home to me.

On occasions I breathe deep, long and low and enjoy the calmness my body experiences as I feel the air rush into my lungs and nourish my body.

By being consciously aware of the air around us and inside of us and knowing that it is freely available to us given by nature itself, we can build trust in nature.  Perhaps we need to be more mindful of the things that are offered naturally without price.  They are given as part of the natural order of the world and the universe.

Our pets bring us pleasure and comfort. They trust in our kindness.  They respond to it.  There is a natural order in this. We trust them in turn. They are there when we feel sad.  They snuggle to comfort us, and are there to greet us constantly when we leave and return.

The Beauty of Trust

What can we humans learn about trust from nature and animals? Always be there. Be present. Be kind and generous.  Be compassionate and accepting. Realise our responsibility to others and live up to it. Be loyal.  Be trusting of the natural order.

Trust in people is built over time. It is earned.  People make mistakes and so it does not always follow that their mistakes were deliberately done. We must ask ourselves “Has it been done in error or with malicious intent?”  To interact with people at all let alone well we must trust them and be trust worthy ourselves.

To do great things with people we must trust and be trust worthy. If you take the time and make the effort to build trust people will do extraordinary things with you.

Some will be too fearful. That is fine. Some may be so fearful and distrusting that they abuse your trust and hurt you. Know that the fault lies with them, not you! Learn to tell the difference and with growing wisdom discern the relationships that diminish you and those that empower you.

Nature waits patiently.  It is always there, waiting for each of us to trust and begin the process of embracing it.  In return for our trust in it, it embraces us more deeply, sharing with us more of its wonder and secrets.

Nature can only do so much and we must be prepared to do our bit. Often we don’t take chances as we worry about our ability to trust the situation or the person.  Often it is a question of control or past pain.  We all have a need to protect ourselves from repeating mistakes in relationships and situations. We do not want to be hurt. Yet, to surrender to trust we must be prepared to take the chance and understand that there is the possibility of being hurt.  It is a tricky situation.

Building a Bridge of Trust

So how do we cross this impasse? How do we build trust, trust the right people and embrace that which is good? It takes time. It takes care and patience. Are you worthy of trust? Is the one in whom you place your trust worthy of it?  We can only discover this by taking small steps, in the full knowledge that we are taking a risk.  We build trust over time, making informed choices that will lead to greater openness as trust is upheld from both ends of the bridge.

This will lead to a strong connection and bond growing between you and others that will nurture your faith in trust and create a beautiful life full of millions of small moments- the smiles, the laughs, the touches, the kindnesses- that warm the soul and make life special.

The Wave Nature of Being

Colour, texture, beauty, music and ambience all effect the wave nature of being

Colour, texture, beauty, music and ambience all effect the wave nature of being

It is well recognised that all things are energy- they are not made of energy, they are energy. The nature of energy is that it must flow.  It is in a state of flux and subtle variation. Our senses perceive that most of our material world is solid and remains unchanged, but when you observe this natural material world at a microscopic level, you see that energy flows from one form to another in a startling number of ways at a speed and frequency that is baffling. It is no wonder that mans attempt to explain it is so complex and weighty.

Because energy flows the magic of life is that anything stays together long enough to create form. The energy that is your car thankfully stays together long enough to get you from A to B while the energy that is you remains in form long enough to allow you to gather a wealth of life experience.

Your five senses tell you what shape form has, as well as its colour, texture, how cool it is, how soft it is etc.  What your five senses do not tell you is the wave, fluid nature of the energy that you sense as form. Through the ancient art if meditation and the modern art of science, you can cultivate further senses that allow you to experience the fluid nature of reality and feel the wave nature of being.

Energy flows in waves. This means that everything is interacting with everything else in a complex network of energy pathways. The properties of the waves of one thing influence the wave nature of another thing. Probably not enough to change its form as perceived by the five senses, but certainly enough to change its feel as perceived by the senses beyond them. This means that you are affected by the colours and textures of your furniture and clothes as well as the materials they are made from. You are influenced by lighting, music and conversation- the waves of these things affect your wave being and influence you in subtle and sometimes not so subtle ways.

We can even take it a stage further and say that where and how your food is grown or the materials for your furniture and clothes, how they are processed, stored and transported all influence your energetic wave being. Perhaps people are beginning to become more aware of these subtleties and this may be motivating them to buy ethically sourced goods and support sustainable energy and farming.

So what do we do with this knowledge? Well, this is the next step along the energetic pathway- we have to make an intention to nurture this wave being and give it what it needs to grow and develop. There is a realm of unexplored experience of energy for all of us.  As our interaction with energy becomes wider we become fuller and more potentially realised people.

As our energy awareness becomes more potent we become increasingly aware of the many kinds of subtle energies that exist around us.  As our awareness of subtle energies increase we become more sensitive to the subtleties of the energetic world allowing us to move more gracefully through life. Prior to embarking on this subtle energy journey we could not have imagined the deeply profound and rich interactions that lie before us until we explore that world of subtle energy that exists both within and around us.

I can share with you that in the short time I have personally travelled this energetic road I have experienced things that I could not have foreseen. That is as it should be in life for we cannot and perhaps should not know what lies over the horizon until we have experienced for ourselves the magic of the energy journey.

The Language of Truth

 
Many paths lead to the Summit of Truth

Many paths lead to the Summit of Truth

Have you noticed how hard it can be to understand the language of certain disciplines?  Science is full of technical terms and complex terminology that can be impossible to grasp.  Different religions use words and ideas that are often incomprehensible to outsiders, while philosophers discuss concepts and make distinctions about things that are almost impossible to distinguish without years of study and contemplation.

It’s funny how words used to convey thoughts create barriers to understanding.

Camps become polarised and separated by ideologies that can create aggressive opposition by others that feel threatened and ostracised.

If you cut through the barriers of words however, you might just find that they are all reaching for the same truth- coming to the summit of the mountain as it were from different sides.  They all seek the truth- if you understand that many of the words mean the same things you no longer see the differences that cloud the truth but begin to see the mystery that is the truth.

Each path to the mountain top starts at the base.  If you are there, the top seems so far away and other paths of differing views seem so separate from yours.  As you reach closer to the truth you become more intimate with other paths, converging and merging as the truth comes more clearly into view.  If you reach out to others, you may find you reach the summit sooner and with more friends to share the experience.

I am trained as a scientist but it was only when I began to study religions and philosophies and expand my general scientific knowledge that I began to realise that they all study the nature of reality and the wonder of Nature itself.

Meditation is very similar to authentic prayer.  The eastern concept of karma (the science of cause and effect) can be seen in science, psychology, history, geography, sociology and anthropology.  The power of core values in life coaching is termed Kidi in Japanese Zen.  Biology, Chemistry and physics describe scientifically how inter- connected all things are as they are experienced by deep meditation.  Modern western medicine complements eastern ancient arts of acupuncture, herbs, Ayurveda and energy healing.  What world religions call God, One, the Word the Yogis call Om, the Taoists and Buddhists the Void, the Hindus Brahman and the American Indians the Great Spirit.  Quantum Physics describes the same reality that Buddhists and Taoists have discussed for centuries.

In short, all the schools of thought are searching for the truth.  Let’s work together and help each other to discover this One Reality.  Let’s focus on what binds us rather than what divides us and in so doing we will find the answers sooner.  Nourish the Flame Within is our attempt to distil these ideas into a single experiential guide – a chance to discover the truth through many possible paths- each of which leads to the Summit of Truth.