I find it fascinating how our little twists and turns through life add up to our own unique outlook. The exact outcome of beliefs is rarely replicated as none of us have travelled the same path. That is why we should endeavour to meet each other with compassion, tolerance and an open mind.
What follows are the core truths of my world view. These have been made crystal clear to me through my own personal experience and in the witness of others.
Nature is sacred. It provides for all life and shows us the most elegant ways of living harmoniously. We are freely given clean air and pure water, nourishing foods and healing herbs, cleansing weather and the abundant energy within. The perfect systems of nature constantly strive for balance. In turn, as part of this living organism, humankind should strive for the same harmony in our environment and turn to nature for beautiful examples to guide us as we evolve. The good news is that mimicking nature is the simplest and easiest option. Nature always knows best - sometimes we just need distance to see the bigger picture.
How lavish is Nature, building, pulling down, creating, destroying, chasing every material particle from form to form, ever changing, ever beautiful. John Muir
Our Duty to Animals
I see animal life as equal to our own. I believe that our position as the dominant form of life on planet earth obligates us to act as guardians to all living things. Animals have every right to life as we do and should be treated with compassion and love at all times. We will find that they are great teachers if only we look and listen.
I am encouraged by the movement for granting animals legal rights and the government of India acknowledging dolphins as non-human persons, a courageous declaration and good example to the rest of the world.
Know that the same spark of life that is within you, is within all of our animal friends, the desire to live is the same within all of us. Rai Aren
The Mind Body refers to the great effect that the mind can have on the body - for good and for bad. I was awakened to this power when looking for a way through RSI and discovered Healing Back Pain by Dr. John Sarno. I recommend that book as a perfect bridge between conventional western medicine and esoteric healing.
Fixing the problem isn’t how people get better. People get better by focusing on their strengths, by focusing on envisioning what a better version of themselves would be like. Henry Marshall
Following on from the Mind Body is the concept that every pain or disease in the body has an emotional root - some trauma or anxiety which has been repressed or trapped inside, stagnating unheeded until the body can take no more and begins to break down.
In this ideology, your body is your guide. Any pain or sensation out of the ordinary signals an imbalance. The cause is usually the most recent upset in your life or the niggling thing at the front of your mind. Listen and work to resolve those issues for relief and good health.
In her book, You Can Heal Your Life, Louise Hay gives an amazing account of this relationship at work.
Treat the patient’s personality not his disease. Dr Edward Bach
As the body relates to the physical, the heart is our spiritual guide to a life of glory. This guidance comes via those subtle and fleeting signs and thoughts that flash through your perception. I have found that catching those sparks and following their guidance within always leads to a most beautiful path in life. The more you practise it, the easier and more magical it becomes.
I create easily and effortlessly when I let my thoughts come from the loving space of my own heart. Louise L. Hay
The Magic of Water
Much of my awakening to the mysteries of water came from blessing the wells of Glastonbury under the guidance of dear water wizard Sunbird. He always said that water is love in action — two hydrogen atoms in love with oxygen.
We know that water is vital for life. Part of this magic is the way information is held within its structure and passed on to a receiver. Water can be purified with a blessing and draw emotion from our bodies in the form of tears. The works of Masaru Emoto and Dr Edward Bach offer great insights into this aspect of water.
In the process of falling to the earth, seeping into the ground, and then emerging, water obtains information from various minerals and becomes wise. Masaru Emoto
For many years now I have exclusively worn barefoot shoes (mainly from Vivobarefoot). The transformation in posture and poise is remarkable. As is the connection to the earth - feeling every bump and stone and reacting to it instinctively is a wonder in itself. What really helped me to understand our relationship with cushioned shoes was a study into the stresses that gymnasts go through when landing on mats of varying softness. Surprisingly (at first but logical in hindsight), the softer the mat, the harder the gymnast’s landing - the foot knows how to land gracefully onto a firm surface but ground that gives way leaves it falling further than expected with less control. By the way, if you’re switching from conventional shoes it’s important to begin gently for the first few weeks.
I love my invigorating morning routine of gratitude. I go outside around sunrise and really feel the gratitude welling up in me as I witness nature unfurl - the changing light, the breath of the wind, the first warming rays, beautiful clouds, magical birdsong - I give thanks for them all.
Whatever our situation, there is always something to be grateful for. Those things in our lives are the seeds that can be nourished by gratitude and flourish to infinite glory.
I started introducing a softer voice of gratitude for the beautiful opportunities in my life and I kept listening. Thank you, thank you, thank you. The mantra for presence and abundance, the one that makes my heart blossom. Aradhana Kaur
Approaching life with positivity and acceptance makes everything so much brighter. Life reveals itself in full glory when you turn your back on the cynicism and negativity that cause you to stumble and find excuses.
Allow ease. Allow things to flow. Begin by doing less than you think you should. Give attention to your strengths in order to starve your problems.
Magic & Miracles
There are two ways to live: you can live as if nothing is a miracle; you can live as if everything is a miracle. Albert Einstein
There is plenty of magic in this world - the intricate simplicity of nature, the power of intention and invocation, the connection between two hearts or a whole tribe, the presence of angels, the spiritual force in divine grace. All are true and abundant in my life and I am richer for it. There are an infinite number of miraculous human stories that reveal this power of connection and the unseen forces that guide us towards light.
The world of fantasy that many long for is alive and well here. It’s always been here - we have just forgotten how and where to look. Simply have the courage and curiosity to explore and discover it all.
If we don’t believe in fantasy we are lost. Michael Tyack, Circulus