Last night we had a lovely chat with a friend of ours who lives in the north of Scotland. It’s been 7 years since we were last sitting at her kitchen table and our conversation circled around to how much life has changed for us all in that time.
Our brain is an amazing thing but when it comes to dreaming about or envisaging the future it can only go on the past experiences that it has had, or the things it may have witnessed in other peoples lives. So it can be quite limited in coming up with something completely new.
Seven years ago, if someone had said to Vincent and I that we would be nearly 5 years into living in Italy, a place where we had no family or connections, our brains would have probably exploded with the stress or with the fright.
And yet here we are. On September 25th it will be 5 years since we left Ireland, our life packed into our car with along with our 2 dogs, Thor and Star.
But when we look back at our...
We have lots of cats here in Tortorella that roam around the village or bask in the shade of the vegetable gardens on the hotter days. They come in all different colours, patterns and sizes so it caught my attention when a pure black cat with a very healthy and shiny coat walked by me close to our house a couple of weeks ago.
A week later when I was in the car half way between here and the next village I saw another black cat run across the road jump into the bushes. This time I was a bit more curios, “That’s twice now I’ve seen a black cat”.
And then yesterday I was down at the coast by the beach (a 30 minute drive from our house) and what appeared beside me? A very healthy looking pure black cat!
It had taken a few attempts but finally it had gotten my full attention.
Images predate text and our use of language. We saw before we spoke.
So images have a very powerful connection to our psyche, they are in...
This is a time of great uncertainty and that can cause a lot of anxiety, restlessness and fear. These are perfectly normal responses as part of our psyche really desires certainty. It wants to know where we are going to sleep at night, where and what we are going to eat and how we are going to spend our day etc. Certainty allows us to feel solid in the world.
However our desire for solidity can cause us to be controlling and this can cause us to have a very limited experience of life. It can also cause us additional stress when things don’t work out exactly as we had ‘planned’.
But there is another part of our psyche that wants us to broaden and deepen our experience of life so that we can expand into the full radiance of who we truly are. And to do this, we need to get comfortable with uncertainty.
Uncertainty is the energy of the void, the place where infinite possibility and infinite potentiality exists. It is...
This short meditation will take you on a journey where you will meet with your Inner Wise Woman / Man and receive guidance.
- What if your dream was a prompt from your soul, guiding you towards the most authentic version of yourself?
- What if your dream is actually your teacher, providing you with all the lessons you need for personal and spiritual growth?
- And what if you’re not dreaming the dream, what if the dream is dreaming you (the true you) into being?
Yet we often resist the dream. “I’ll get to it when the kids have grown up, or left home, or when I retire.” Or “when I have enough time, energy, or money.”
We resist because we know that if we follow the promptings of our dream it will bring change and that can feel scary. “What if I have to leave my...
Over time this perspective came to be thought of as ‘primitive’, and everything that had previously been considered sacred was squished into one larger than life deity and propelled into the sky as ‘God’.
Then with the age of Enlightenment there was a further move away from the sacred as we moved from belief to reason and into a time of disenchantment.
This was not necessarily a bad thing as many of our beliefs were unconscious and involved us giving away our authority to external sources such as priests, priestesses, churches, societies and institutions for our connection to the divine.
We were bound up in an often unconscious relationship with Spirit and the Sacred but as we released those bindings we were in many cases cast adrift because we had...
In the introductory paragraph of my book ‘Custodians: The Solution for an Earth in Crisis’ (2018) I spoke about the Earth needing a ‘Healing Breath’. I wasn’t to know, that two years later, the pause would happen in the way that it has.
When I was writing the book my thinking was that as Custodians of this beautiful planet, we could consciously give a pause to the Earth after producing and consuming at full tilt for the last 50 years. Our consumption has come at a huge cost to the Earth and its species.
The main tenet of the book was that as world and business leaders were not going to lead the way, we could as individuals become Custodians of the Earth and thereby consciously slow down and stop the runaway train.
As Custodians we could live lives more aligned to the Earth and to our true natures. This would help our quality of life and give the Earth that Healing Breath it needs and deserves.
We can now...
This morning I walked up to the village wearing a mask and I maxed out.
I felt a major counter revolution within myself between Logos and Eros.
In our modern world we have chosen the path of Logos; science and technology are the new gods.
And in choosing the rational reasoned mind and we have pushed aside huge parts of ourselves including the parts where we find:
The rational and reasoning mind implemented through science and technology has been amazingly good at focus and at taking things apart.
They break things down into the smallest possible component. For example the cell, the atom, the element etc.
But they forget to...
As Covid-19 makes its presence felt in Europe and beyond, I thought I’d share some of things that I’ve learned from our time in quarantine here in Italy. I hope some of it helps :)
Currently we are all following the ‘io resto a casa’ ruling, which means 'I stay at home'. The virus is more contagious than ‘normal flu’ so limiting interpersonal contact is really important. You can be perfectly healthy but be a carrier of the virus and this is why it is important to keep at least 1 metre (3 feet) away from other people when you are outside your home so that you do not give the virus to a person with a comprised immune system and make them ill or contract it yourself.
In Italy supermarkets, grocery stores and pharmacies remain open. You can leave your house to buy groceries or medicine but each shop will only let a small amount of people in at a time based on the floor space of the store to limit...
A meditation to help you soothe your nervous system, release anxiety and boost your immune system.
PLEASE NOTE: This meditation is to be used in CONJUNCTION WITH not as an alternative to; washing your hands, keeping a safe distance from other people, eating nourishing food, getting some exercise and plenty of rest and medical treatment.