Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Are you Clairvoyant, Clairaudient or Clairsentient?

This meditation by Dawn Rumsey, owner of the Shakra Centre in Kent, provides a meditation from The Lightworkers Circle Guide - A Workbook for Spiritual Groups by Wendy Stokes: www.wendystokes.co.uk

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

The chant of 'OM' + video


The word 'om' has several meanings:
  • The Sound of All Sounds
  • The Sound of the Universe
  • The Sound of Creation
  • The Beginning of Life
It contains 4 separate parts: ah-oh-mmm and silence. 

Sit comfortably with your back straight. Inhale. On the exhalation begin chanting 'om' . Pause, inhale and exhale and chant again in a regular rhythm and without strain.

Monday, May 2, 2016

Dr Robin Wood - The Green Shift

Dr Robin Wood is a Change Agent (otherwise known as an innovation specialist). Here he is speaking on the Information Channel 212 on Conscious TV about 'The Green Shift' - invites us to transcend and transform our lives through ownership of our future. 60% of people are living in cities, yet cities are places of pollution and waste. Stop - feel - question! By bucking the current system, we can become an explorer, researcher and activist and examine our choices and become responsible for a collective and sustainable future. He has been a Fellow at the Centre for Management Development at London Business School and at the Institute for Coherence and Emergence and is now working in 35 countries on four continents to increase 'thriveability' in business management.


 


There is free information online from websites and from Dr Wood's award winning books:
'The Great Shift - Catalyzing the Second Renaissance'
The Trouble with Paradise - A Humorous Enquiry into the Puzzling Human Condition'  
'Lifeshift 2020' 

John Gray on Health and Happiness + video

In a personal message to the Administrator of the Mind Body Spirit Magazine, John Gray writes "So much of my work can be summed by saying, "If you don't know your past, you will not know your future! I try to help people move forward by looking at their past mistakes and removing the blocks that are holding them back from finding happiness. Basically, unloading their baggage so they can enjoy their future (which is usally a combination of parents, siblings, friends, exes, etc) and is also the basis for most of my health work - unloading the baggage from past health decisions, which can be a combination of poor diet, not enough exercise, genetic traits and even prescribed medications.

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Card reading for 2016

Firstly, from Caitlin Matthews ‘Hallowquest’ deck, I have chosen  ‘Merlin' which is numbered 1 and shows Merlin as a mature and centred man of influence and power, preparing the way for Arthur. Above his head are red and white dragons, locked in combat. Behind his right shoulder is the crumbling castle of the unworthy King Vortigern; behind his left, is a dwelling, created for him by his sister with which to see the heavens. He is looking at a map which is laid out a stone table with the four Hallows, the Sword, Spear, Grail and Stone Chessboard. Merlin was born of an earthly mother and Otherworldly father, giving him knowledge of both physical and non-physical realms. He does not use his power to manipulate but to balance and mediate, to intuit and take wise action. It was foretold that the safety of Vortigern's castle could only be achieved if the blood of a child with no father was sprinkled upon the foundations, and this put Merlin in great danger. However, Merlin proved that the crumbling castle was due to the warring dragons.  


Victorian Steampunk Cards - Liz Dean, Bev Speight



The Victorian Steampunk Tarot – Unravel the Mysteries of the Past, Present and Future, by Liz Dean and illustrated by Bev Speight. Published by Cico Books. The magnetised flip lip box includes a full deck of 78 tarot cards and a full colour explanatory booklet of each card.
The deck is very loosely based on the Rider-Waite deck but each card carries an individual computer graphic artwork to express the spirit of Victorian steampunk, the age of steam with modern counter culture anything is possible, plasma screens, hot air balloons, the era of Jules Verne, Mary Shelley, Edgar with, for instance, clockwork hearts and butterflies, deconstructed burlesque and brass spyglasses. The cards can be interpreted either upright or upturned thought the backs are intended for exclusively upright use. 
 

May oracle card reading

May day begins the light of summer and from The Celtic Tree Oracle by Liz and Colin Murray, I have chosen the card of Hawthorn also called the May tree as it blooms this month. The ancient title Huathe, comes from the words for hedge-thorn. This is a time of cleansing, of solitude and mental preparation for bursting into the energy required for flowering and the cycle of growth which then provides nourishment for forest creatures at harvest in the form of berries. It is a traditional time of unions and marriages.  


 
From The Green Man Tree Oracle by John Matthews and Will Worthington, this Hawthorn shows an old gnarled tree with a face of a man in the trunk. Here we have a challenge to explore new territory, to test our strength to the limits. It is suggested by the card that we transform our fear into power and our uncertainty into daring. A card of new path and new goals, of encouragement, discovery and positive change. 


 
The full moon of May is on Saturday 20th and this is the card of the Moon from the Enchanted Tarot deck by Amy Zerner and Monte Farber. It suggests darkness is greatest before the dawn and that we need to separate illusion from reality. Your intuition will be activated at this time and will be your guide towards hidden opportunities. It is a time to save energy for the challenges which lie ahead and guard against squandering time on worrying about what might never happen! You are invited to visualise standing by a pool of water and see yourself bathed in a circle of protective light. Hold a black stone in your hands. Imagine your fears going into this stone. Then throw the stone into the body of water to be flushed away and take your worries with it. Say: With this stone, fear be banished – into water, it has vanished.  


 
The card of the King of Pentacles from Debra M Givin’s Cat’s Eye Tarot gives us the keywords: Enterprising, Adept, Reliable, Supportive and Steady. Here we see a male tabby cat in his prime who is an important and useful member of his colony. He is a protector and a father to younger cats who learn from his example. The farmer enjoys his calming presence and values his productive, able and predictable work on the farm. The card represents the qualities of an excellent life partner. If you are seeking security and contentment, these traits will provide it. The card suggests you find these qualities within yourself and in your closest companions. Readings by Wendy Stokes. Wendy is a workshop facilitator, healer and intuitive counsellor. Visit www.wendystokes.co.uk 

Saturday, April 30, 2016

The Lakota Way of Life by Kirby Sattler

  • Praise, flattery, exaggerated manners and fine, high-sounding words were no part of Lakota politeness. Excessive manners were put down as insincere, and the constant talker was considered rude and thoughtless. Conversation was never begun at once, or in a hurried manner.
  • Children were taught that true politeness was to be defined in actions rather than in words. They were never allowed to pass between the fire and the older person or a visitor, to speak while others were speaking, or to make fun of a crippled or disfigured person. If a child thoughtlessly tried to do so, a parent, in a quiet voice, immediately set him right.
  • Silence was meaningful with the Lakota, and his granting a space of silence before talking was done in the practice of true politeness and regardful of the rule that ‘thought comes before speech.’…and in the midst of sorrow, sickness, death or misfortune of any kind, and in the presence of the notable and great, silence was the mark of respect… strict observance of this tenet of good behavior was the reason, no doubt, for his being given the false characterization by the white man of being a stoic. He has been judged to be dumb, stupid, indifferent, and unfeeling.
  • We did not think of the great open plains, the beautiful rolling hills, the winding streams with tangled growth, as ‘wild’. Only to the white man was nature a ‘wilderness’ and only to him was it ‘infested’ with ‘wild’ animals and ‘savage’ people. To us it was tame. Earth was bountiful and we were surrounded with the blessings of the Great Mystery.

Letter from Caroline Myss - a 'must read'

Hi Everyone,  
Well, I appreciate your feedback on my post yesterday. And now I will offer some feedback, if that’s okay by you, as they say. First, there is something to be said for matters of spiritual conscience – not consciousness – but conscience. That is, there comes a time when good people need to speak up when confronted with the face of evil. If not you, then who? Speaking up is not being “political”; it is an act of conscience. I am not promoting anything political. I am pointing a finger at the decline of the quality of life in our nation, in our leaders, in our society-at-large. If we do not speak up, we will ultimately forfeit the right to speak up at all. If you call the right to speak up political, it is you who are mistaken. And I would ask you, “Why are you not screaming from the rooftop?”

A Call to Greatness - Bruce Nixon


"The 21st Century Revolution - A Call to Greatness" by Bruce Nixon is book is for people all over the world who want to prevent the environmental catastrophe and create a happier, fairer, more peaceful world. It will help you make sense of the situation, find solutions and decide how you can participate in bringing about the radical changes that are needed.



  • Climate Chaos and Destruction of the Eco-system
  • Growing Economic Injustice
  • Resolving Conflict without Violence and Valuing Difference
  • Radical Reform of out-dated Democracy
  • And, that key part, the need for “ordinary people” to inform and empower themselves.
All these are interrelated; everything is connected. For instance the tragedy of mass migration results from this mix. So this book offers whole system analysis and whole system solutions.

Lester R Brown - A New World View!



THE GREAT TRANSITION FROM FOSSIL FUELS TO SOLAR AND WIND
The worldwide transition from fossil fuels to renewable sources of energy is under way.


As fossil fuel prices rise, as air pollution worsens, and as concerns about climate instability cast a shadow over the future of coal, a new world energy economy is emerging. The old economy, fueled largely by coal and oil, is being replaced with one powered by solar and wind energy.



The Evolving Energy Transition


A Healing Meditation

 This video meditation by Jo Barnard is taken from meditations in The Lightworkers Circle Guide - A Workbook for Spiritual Groups by Wendy Stokes www.wendystokes.co.uk

Spiral Castle - MBS Magazine Music Choice

MInd Body Spirit Magazine's Music Choice from Spiral Castle!

Richard Barratt - The Importance of Communal Values

Instead of being 'The Best IN the World', we need to be thinking of being 'The Best FOR the World!' Richard Barratt was a Civil Engineer for 20 years and then became involved in Eastern Philosophy, the work of Abraham Maslow and the importance of personal and societal transformation. To transform ourself - and our world - our soul needs to be activated. Our conditioning creates discontent, but by working on ourself, we become contented. He suggests there are 7 levels of consciousness which lead to a new paradign for leadership. 
For more information, visit: https://www.valuescentre.com/


Joy, Peace and Happiness - 10 simple steps!


Your Simple Path to find Joy, Peace and Happiness!
We live in a mad, crazy world, and it is easy to become overwhelmed with the pace of life and expectations placed upon us by others! Bestselling English author Ian Tucker takes a look at how we can slow down and begin to take care of ourselves. He offers ten simple steps towards a happier and more peaceful life:
1.  “Live just for today.”
Your past is now your story, nothing more, it has gone forever -  regret is a total waste of your time, see that what came to test you is an opportunity to grow, be kind to yourself and focus on cherished memories.
What of the future and it’s total uncertainty? Well, 99.9% of anything that you and I have ever worried about has never happened, think about that for a moment, all that worry sometimes to the point of illness and for nothing, worrying is like praying for things you don’t want.
Once you realise that the current moment is all that you can be certain of you will unlock the shackles that keep you tied to the past or worried about the future and liberate you to live each day.

Jason Shulman - Kabbalistic Healing

Jason Shulman specialises in Kabbalistic Healing. Kabbalah is about our relationship to life, to ourselves and others. As a young adult, he was a Zen Buddhist. He was attracted to seek for the truth that he felt was hidden and he was interested in uniting opposites. He suffered from a mysterious illness for many years and considered suicide but began to receive messages from the spirit world and found a psychic healer and naturapath and was so impressed he gave up his work in publishing to become a healer and establish this teaching method.Visit: http://societyofsouls.com/about/who-jason-shulman

Friday, April 29, 2016

Resurgence

For free ecards, try Resurgence Magazine: www.resurgence.org/ecards
Resurgence Magazine is, it’s thought, the longest-running environmental magazine in Britain. Its survival so long, without millionaire backing and without turning itself into a consumer lifestyle accessory, with the advertising to match, tells a compelling story – not only of conviction, commitment and endurance but of need, role and relevance. It was founded in 1966 by John Papworth, a well-known peace campaigner with connections to the Committee of 100 and the Peace Pledge Union, but rapidly broadened its critique from the nuclear nightmare generated by the Cold War to pollution, intensive farming and food production and the related political problems of centralisation, bigness and the growing separation of economics from ethics.

Card readings

The first card chosen is The Magician (El Mago) from the Dali Tarot Deck. Described as the card of ‘Personal Magic’ the energy is described as real magic which is not limited to trickery, sleight of hand, hocus-pocus or stage illusions. With this magic, we transcend the normal and become one with ourselves, with God and the world. It shows Salvador Dali himself in the central position as the magus; in front of him are many of the tools of his trade and some of his most well-known works, such as the melting clock which represents elasticity and uniqueness of our own personal view and experience of time.


Save our Bees! + video

Despite the US and the UK resisting, bee campaigners are celebrating the European Union prohibition on the use of systemic pesticides which have been demonstrated to be toxic to bees. A total of 15 of the 27 European member states voted for a 2 year ban on neonicotinoids and 300,000 people in the UK signed a petition to bring in a ban. Most bumblebee species are declining and 6 species have suffered an 80% reduction in numbers in recent years. In the past 100 years, 20 British bee species have become extinct and 35 British bees are currently at risk of extinction. This is due to several factors, not just the chemicals which reduce their immune system capabilities, but loss of habitat plays a large role as does the removal of honey from hives and replacing it with sugar water which provides none of the valuable nutrients for bees throughout the winter, and does not provide the antibacterial that is needed for them to fight diseases. With 98% of wild flower meadows vanishing since 1950, we need to plant flowers that will help bees to thrive. They play a crucial role in plant pollination.  


Stephen Wollaston interview


Introducing Stephen Wollaston, also known as Santoshan to Mind Body and Spirit Magazine readers. Please tell us something about yourself please:
Santoshan: During the 70s I played electric bass guitar in 'Lady June's Elysium’ (the singer, Lady June, was quite known at the time) and I also played in the Wasps, who were one of London’s first punk groups. I stopped playing to concentrate on graphics work to make a living. My creativity surfaced with the ability to write, particularly after becoming close friends with the ex-Benedictine monk and medium Glyn Edwards, who asked me to co-author a book with him. Around that time, I took a degree in religious studies and a post-grad certificate in education, and interest in English language and transpersonal psychology. I began teaching humanities subjects as well as English language. Yet I have continued to enjoy graphics work and have written on various interrelated spiritual topics. I have released eight books to date. I regularly give my time freely to the UK-based charity GreenSpirit, of which I am a Council member, and I am actively involved in work for its Editorial and Publishing Committee. The different areas of my life I mentioned – writing, knowledge of English language, typographic design various religious and spiritual traditions – all come in useful for the work I and do for GreenSpirit. And some music I recorded with a friend has been used for a couple of projects.