We really DO live a dream 1

28th Feb 2009



Hello lovely people

Sometimes I am astonished at the information that has been available to us for years and years, and how we have to first struggle with our lives before we find the information and things suddenly fall into place . . .

I have been wondering for a very long time about giving people clairvoyant messages and then I tell them that they have choices.  Often my messages tell them about various choices and the outcome of each, and at the same time I can give them an overview of the eventual choice they will make.  Why is it that I become aware of their options?  Why is it that I get information about their final decision?  Is that really free will, or is that destiny?

I have often thought that the images of the choices that come to me are like a slideshow and the person can choose which slide they want to live.  Somehow I can move into the future and tell them which image they will choose to live.

And how does stuff like reflexology, homeopathy and iridology work, where the entire body and all the organs are supposed to be represented in the foot or cornea?  And did you know that auricular acupuncture is based on the premise that the entire human body is represented in the ear?  Check out this link for an example.

And there have been other puzzles as well – for example, how does it happen that a particular stimulus always take you back to a specific experience?  For example, why is it that every time I am served pumpkin, I think back to an argument between me and my mother that happened 38 years ago?  I can even remember the room we were in at the time.  Where do I store that information, and why can I still access it at any time, but mostly when I am served pumpkin?  Is it stored in my brain, or do I use my brain to access some kind of library somewhere?

Also, if I ask you to write your name in the air using your left elbow, you will be able to do it, even though you have never done it before.  How do you know how to do it?

I have just read a very interesting book called The Holographic Universe by Michael Talbot that explains much of these questions.   The book says that the entire Universe is a holographic image, and we live this image.

What is a holographic image?  I will keep this simple.  Take any object that you want to photograph.  Take a source of laser light and split the light into two separate beams.  One beam bounces off the object and is reflected away from the object.  The other beam collides with the reflected beam.  The result is recorded on a special piece of film, called holographic film.

To be continued

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I lift my eyes up to . . . what? 3

25th Feb 2009



Hello lovely people

Did these insights help me in my journey?  Yes, they did, in the sense that I now have an understanding of a process that we all go through in many different ways during our lives.  And no, they did not, in the sense that I can easily tune in to my clients and give them insights into their lives and inner peace, however fleeting, but for a long time I did not get the same insights for myself.  That was quite frustrating, because I wanted to know more about my own future than about the future of my clients.  After all, how much is a gift of being psychic worth if you cannot use it for yourself?

Then I experienced the next eye-opener.  I wanted to know about my own future because I had all kinds of fears about what was waiting for me.  I wanted to know whether I was good enough for what was ahead of me.  Was I equipped for the challenges?  Would there be enough money?  What if this, what if that?

I learned to do with the fear exactly what my clients are always advised by means of their messages – break the fears down in the same way that you built up the fears – brick by brick, illusion by illusion.  Where there is no fear, there is clarity, and instead of being blinded by the fear, I can now be guided by the vision.

Do I still have moments of fear?  You bet.  Do I break them down quickly?  Of course, because my vision is clear.

My journey has also taken me to solutions and methods that I use to help people find moments of balance in their lives rather than look at the future with fear.  I can then help them to understand that we only experience moments of balance, and as long as we are aware of them, we will strive for them.

However, there are ways to speed up these moments and live a more balanced life in general.  We can identify our view of the world and understand how and when this view was shaped.  We can then bring perspective to those crucial moments and find the balance in everything that happens to us.  And there is solace.

Inner peace is not a sanctuary where we go if we want to hide away from a cruel world.  It is rather a moment where we win, having played the world at its own game.  Then we move on to the next level and we aim to win that level as well.  Inner peace is the prize that we work for, and we learn to find more and more moments of inner peace.  We also learn that days of inner peace are not realistic or challenging enough when we have this zest for life.  We accept the fleeting moments of solace with gratitude and we accept the challenges that come our way with gratitude.

We realise that we are in the driver’s seat, and that always provides a moment of bliss along the way.  That is what makes the journey worthwhile.

First published in If Journal vol. 121

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I lift my eyes up to . . . what? 2

20th Feb 2009



Hello lovely people

It also did not feel quite right for me that I had to pay another person to look into my future and provide solace to me.  What if that person was not available the next time?  What if I went to another psychic and that person gave me a different version of my future?  What peace would that leave me with?  And where did they get the information from anyway?  I wanted to bypass the “middlemen” and go straight to the source.

But where and who and what was the source?  My quest led me to reading about spiritual issues.  I discovered the difference between faith and religion.  I understood why, for me, the whole concept of religion and the external control that went with it was quite disturbing.

As part of my journey I discovered my own psychic abilities.  For many years I helped other people find solace in that I could read their past, present and future, and give them moments of peace.  The peace they got from listening to the messages they conveyed, probably was also not lasting, and they probably are also still searching.

However, that journey taught me so much about our inner world.  I discovered that we all share the same inner world, no matter what our challenges in life are.  That inner world is governed by a particular structure and a number of laws that are always the same.

The laws include things like “you cannot pour from an empty jug, and it is your duty to keep your inner jug full” and “there is no bad or good, there are only challenges, and we only get the challenges that we are ready for”.

I learned from the lives of my clients about the spiral.  We begin life at the bottom of a spiral, and through various life experiences, we manage the slow, arduous climb up the spiral.  Eventually we reach the top of the spiral, and life is rosy –we have solace – and we have an inner peace and a tranquillity that is so lovely to experience.

And the life happens again and we think oh no, not again – just when everything is going so well.  We look up and all we see is the long arduous climb up the spiral, and that we have to do it again.  However, we forget to look down and see where we came from and how much we have already achieved.  We do not notice that while we are at the bottom of the new spiral, we are in fact at the top of the previous spiral.  We never slide down.  We just keep climbing, and as we climb up our legs just get stronger.

To be continued.

First published in If Journal vol. 121

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I lift my eyes up to . . . what? 1

17th Feb 2009



Hello lovely people

First published in If Journal vol. 121.

Life is a rollercoaster at the best of times.  When times are good, we feel the elation and fun of being here, and we want to share our joy with the world.  When times are bad, either we do not want to face anyone, or nobody wants to face our misery.

Where do we find our solace and peace during the down times?  And why do we only seek solace during the down times?

I grew up in a culture where we were taught that during the worst of times, we can find solace in the church.  When I hit my first adult crisis, I went to the church and found an empty, cold building.  I went to the people of the church, but they chose to avoid me.  I became an outcast because I was getting a divorce.  I then went to the church minister for the solace that I so desperately needed, but the reception was cold and hostile.

That was not solace.  I kept searching.

I became an industrial psychologist and memorised every theory about changing behaviour and thoughts.   I applied these theories and they worked as long as people really wanted to buy into the constraints of the theories and shared a particular reality.

But then the company that I worked for experienced a low in the economic cycle and could no longer afford my expertise.  I had to find another job.  This is not a big deal in itself, but it took me seven months to find another job.  In my culture this was a definite sign of failure, and as a result I could not share the path with anyone else.  None of the theories worked for me. I needed solace.

At the same time a friend looked at me for help in dealing with a very personal crisis.  None of the theories worked for his situation either and I had to pretend to be strong while I desperately needed solace.  Not from the church, not from knowledge of psychological theories, not from family, not from friends – none of them could provide any for me.

That is when my search for solace started in earnest.  In desperation I did a thing that was regarded as a big sin – I went to see a psychic.  She gave me the hope and courage that I was looking for.  She told me about the job that I would get, and everything turned out as she had predicted.  I was impressed.  I wanted to know more.

I had a glimpse of solace, but the new job and the friend that challenged every paradigm that I grew up with took that away again.  I discovered that it is much easier to lose inner peace than to find it.

To be continued.

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Survey – correction

11th Feb 2009



Hello lovely people

Here is the correct link to the survey.

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The curse (or blessing) of the green car 2

11th Feb 2009



Hello lovely people

Before I continue the saga of the green car, just a reminder that the survey is still open, and there is a free gift waiting for you once you have completed it.

And some really good news:  I now have a personal column in an on-line magazine called The If Journal, starting with issue 122 – I asked and the Universe obliged ;-)

I have also launched a new website for my book A Tapestry of Life, where you can download MP3 recordings of the entire book.  Of course you can still buy the hard copy as well.

And more to come soon ;-)

Why was I traumatised by a green car?  Because I focused on the effects rather than on the cause.  And I am supposed at this point in my journey to know better.  Just shows you that we never stop learning.

Of course, if I had put the updated tax disk in the car, the road workers might have listened to my neighbours who told them that I owned the car.  This might not have deterred them, but the tax disk was still my responsibility and I did not do it.

It was also my responsibility to ensure that there was enough petrol in the car before using it.  And the worst part is that instead of having the car towed in, I could have walked the short distance to the petrol station and saved myself about 90% of the money I spent on getting the car towed back home.  At the time I was so fed up that I did not think straight.

Of course when we accept that we create all our experiences, no matter how good or bad they are, our entire view of the world changes.  Instead of fighting for our place in the world, we create as much or as little space for ourselves in the world as we want, and it becomes so much easier to get what we want.

My story relates to a car, but we tend to do exactly the same with just about everything else in our lives.  Think of the people that treat you badly in a relationship or a friendship – but you allow them to treat you in that manner because unconsciously you have to learn much from them about yourself.  This is the case with relationships everywhere – even casual incidents with people that you do not know.  And the opposite is true as well – people treat you well when unconsciously you expect them to treat you well.

I once was waiting for a train when a young man approached me.  The first thing I noticed was the tattoo that covered his entire head, and things that to me looked like ball-bearings that were implanted under his scalp, not to mention all the other pieces of metal sticking out of him that must have caused him tremendous discomfort.

My first instinct was to turn away and look for the safety of other people.  But then I saw his eyes and realised he was a funny-looking kid who was stressed and lost.  He asked me about a particular train, and I immediately realised that he was on the wrong platform, because the names of two stations were very similar.  I told him where to go to catch his train, and he was so grateful when he ran up the stairs.

The only thing he “did to me” was remind me that looks may be deceiving and that we choose how we respond to people.  When we are at cause (we recognise our own creation), we get a perspective that is completely different from when we are at effect (we assume we are victims of circumstances).

Another area of our lives that we plan very well and then blame elsewhere is our physical health.  Think about dis-ease.  Every single dis-ease that we experience is our own creation.  Dis-ease is an expression of the part of our soul or subconscious that we need or want to focus on in our quest to learn everything about ourselves that we planned for this existence.

In the meantime, I have realised that green cars, and especially troublesome green cars, are in fact a blessing.  That particular car had to teach me the difference between taking responsibility for my creation and blaming everyone in sight for what I created.  Why am I talking about the car as if it is a person?  Simply because the car is energy, just like I am energy.  Who says it is not alive?  Just joking – or am I?

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The Curse (or Blessing) of the Green Car 1

7th Feb 2009



Hello lovely people

Have you ever found yourself in a situation where you knew you were doing a stupid thing, but somehow you could not stop yourself?  Then you would also know how it feels to be unable to kick your own backside, and you are too embarrassed to tell anyone else to do it.  I will tell you about this because I know I can trust you not to tell anyone else.

My nightmare started with a green car.  If I was the Queen, I would have outlawed green cars.

Here is what happened.  I owned a green car.  I did not use it that often, because it was my second car – I initially bought the car to do someone else a favour, and that is never a good reason to spend money, because such a good deed always comes back to bite you.

When the road tax disc for the car expired, I renewed it on-line – one of the blessings of living in England is easy access to such on-line services.  The tax disk arrived in the mail, and I put it in the kitchen with other stuff that I was going to deal with eventually – no rush, because I was not using the car every day.

Then one day I came home, only to find that some road workers had broken into the car during the day and moved it while I was away.  Their excuse?  They had to dig up the road – no forward notice of any kind to the neighbourhood – and the car was in the way.  The tax disc was not up to date, and although they had the facilities to check, they preferred to assume that the car was abandoned.  And – hear this – they did not damage the car when they broke into it, so what exactly was I complaining about?

Of course this kind of behaviour is just not on for me, and I went to the police but nothing came of it.  The reason was that in England the law says something like if I was at home I would have moved the car for the road workers to do their job, and therefore their breaking into the car without my knowledge or permission was not illegal.  Yes, I also thought that England was a civilised country where crime is not tolerated.

Of course the next day I used the car to go to work, so that the road workers would not have another opportunity to practice their part-time profession.  I was not happy with this, because somehow I knew the car and everything that was associated with it was bad news.

On the way home, I ran out of petrol – for the first time ever in my life.  The bloody car did it again!  Of course I could not leave the car on a yellow line – trust a green car to die on a yellow line – and had to pay an arm and a leg to have the car towed home.  I left the stupid car at home to suffer, and went away for a weekend with friends.

When I returned, she was there, waiting for me with an empty tank.  Somehow I know that car was female.  I went to the petrol station, bought a petrol can and filled it with petrol – after first showering myself in petrol because I did not realise the force of the petrol stream into the empty can would result in a spray of petrol over my hair, face and clothes.  Bloody green car!

I went home, filled the tank with petrol and started the car – and quickly found a buyer for the car.  Our parting was not amicable.

OK, now you can stop laughing.  And you can criticise me for getting emotional about such a petty thing, once you can convince me that nothing like this has ever happened to you.

To be continued

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Where is the happiest place on earth?

4th Feb 2009



Hello lovely people

I found some interesting research on the happiest places in the United Kingdom.  A team of researchers representing the Universities of Sheffield and Manchester did a study of personal well-being based on geographical areas.

They found that the happiest place in Britain is the county of Powys in Wales – ironically also the most sparsely populated county in Wales.  Would that be because there is no need there to keep up with the Joneses, or because the Joneses live too far away to cause unhappiness?

The researchers also found that it was not so much the physical location as the personal circumstances that make people happy.  I could associate with that, especially as an immigrant.  I have seen many instances of where people moved to another country, only to move back to their country of birth later on because they just could not associate with local custom and practice, and always pined for the familiar circumstances that they had left behind in their search for greener pastures.

This research seems to confirm that people are happier if they had lived in the same area for many years.  Unemployed people also seem to be happier among other unemployed people, because they have a basis for comparison that makes them look and feel good.  “If the Joneses are also unemployed, it is OK for us to be unemployed, because then we are the same”.

Where an area is more socially cohesive it increases your chances of having good quality interpersonal relationships and a good social network.  I experienced this when I moved from Johannesburg to Cape Town.  I had heard of social cliques in Cape Town, but that is not the kind of thing that would really bother me – I have never been part of the herd.  Even so, it became clear to me while living in Cape Town that I was an outsider, because I was not born and bred in the area.  I spoke the same languages that most of the people in the city spoke (English and Afrikaans).  I had the same qualifications than my colleagues and I worked alongside them every day, but that does not guarantee acceptance.  There were people that ignored these artificial barriers and we became good friends, but these people also do not fit any mould.

Did any of the cliques and my exclusion make me unhappy?  Of course not.  For me, happiness does not have anything to do with where you live.  It has everything to do with how you see yourself and whether you love yourself.

Of course happiness has a counterpart, namely sadness.  Wherever there is happiness, there will be sadness.  Maybe happiness is not something to strive for.  Maybe something in the middle, like contentment, is what we should strive for.

When either happiness or sadness then comes along, we will be in the fortunate position where we can just be.  We will recognise the happiness, and we will recognise the sadness that inevitably goes with it.  We will not respond to either happiness or sadness, but simply accept that they are there, like sunrise and sunset.  We will be neither elated nor defeated.  We will simply be.

That sounds like a good idea to me.

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A favour from you?

3rd Feb 2009



Hello lovely people

I want to ask a favour today, and give you a present in return.

I have designed a survey that will help me focus on answers that you require, but first I need to get the answers ;-)

It does not matter whether you are a regular reader or just a casual visitor – you are always welcome.

If you click here, a very short survey will open.  If you have lots to tell me it could take as long as 5-10 minutes.  If this link does not work, then I still have a few things to learn about websites, and you can click on the link on the right hand side of the blog to access the survey.

The survey is completely anonymous and none of your personal information (including your email address or your IP address) is stored when you do the survey.

Once you have completed the survey, you will be provided with a link to an ebook that you will probably enjoy if you like the blog.

Thank you for your assistance – with your answers we will make this world the place that we would like it to be.

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Pointing to the Moon

1st Feb 2009



Hello lovely people

I recently heard an interesting little tale on the radio.

A Chinese sage called Ee Tu lived high on a hilltop in ancient China.  The sage was known far and wide, and many people flocked to him to hear his wisdom.

There was a large army that marched past the hilltop, and the General that led the army stopped so that he could also hear some of the wisdom of the sage.  At the time Ee Tu was busy meditating, and nobody wanted to disturb him.  The General then left a message, inviting Ee Tu for supper that evening.

When Ee Tu arrived at the army camp that night, he announced himself.  The guard thought this was a beggar that wanted to imitate the great Ee Tu, and refused to let him go past.  Ee Tu tried to explain, but the guard was adamant and kicked the sage until he decided to leave.

About an hour later Ee Tu arrived again, this time dressed in richly coloured robes.  The guard did not recognise him, and bowed before him and let him through.  Ee Tu was escorted to the General’s tent where he was received like royalty.

Ee Tu and the General talked about all kinds of things, and the General used the opportunity to ask many questions about things that he thought would make him a better leader.

When the food arrived, Ee Tu was offered the best food first.  He calmly took some choice morsels and put them one after the other into the sleeves of his robe.

The General and the other guests looked at this with astonishment.  Eventually the General said “Ee Tu, you never told me that you are so in need of food.  Please feel free to eat, and I will give orders for more food to be sent to your home.  There is a lot of food here, and I will see that you are not hungry in future.”

Ee Tu smiled and said “I am not hungry.  I need very little food.  I am feeding the sleeves of my robes because you invited my robes here rather than me.”

The General hung his head in shame.  He realised that Ee Tu was neither a beggar nor a richly clad person.  Ee Tu was a unique human being.

This reminds me of the person that wanted to learn from the wisdom of the sun.  He pointed his finger to the sun so that he could open his mind and hear clearly what the sun could teach him.  However, he then looked at his finger and became so intrigued with his finger that he forgot to listen to the sun, and started telling people about the wisdom that came from his finger.

We like to think about ourselves as intelligent people that are ready to receive wisdom, and when the wisdom comes to us, we often reject it for something of far lesser value and look for the more socially acceptable version.

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