Monday, October 30, 2017

What are Runes?

Runes are letters of an alphabet that developed from extremely ancient illustrations, each of which once had a specific meaning. These gradually developed into an ancient form of writing, which can be traced back from markings that appeared on rocks as early as the neolithic period. Among the signs engraved on these early Runes were parts of the body, weapons, animals and variations on the square, circle and swastika.

Later on, these symbols became simplified into abstract hieroglyphics,  wich were composed of lines that no longer resembled specific objects. In addition to being used to communicate ideas, Runic letter images were considered so powerful and magical that they were inscribed into tools, weapons, rocks, altars and personal items. In addition, from these earliest of days, these magical markings were inscribed into wooden pieces that were thrown down and "read" as an early form of fortune telling. 


Sunday, October 29, 2017

Voices of the Sacred Feminine



Voices of the Sacred Feminine – Conversations to Re-Shape Our World, Edited by Rev Dr Karen Tate, Published by Changemaker Books. 400 pages 
This is an anthology of specially chosen articles about the Divine Feminine, each between approx. 400 – 1,000 words in length. All articles cover some aspect of the goddess and are derived from many cultures, for instance, sacred activism, social change, planetary welfare, healing, empowerment and mutual support, in addition to challenges to major patriarchal religious thought. 


Saturday, October 28, 2017

Yoga Meditations

 
Yoga Meditations: 
Sit comfortably with your eyes closed.
Exhale and inhale deeply a few times.
Breathe naturally while you focus on the following:

Yoga is a deep well into which we can tap, drawing forth whatever we need to bring ourselves into wholeness and balance.  

Ask yourself what will bring wholeness and balance to your life. 
Wait for an image or an idea to arise. 
Be still with that vision or thought for  few minutes. 
Breathe.

Friday, October 27, 2017

Alexandra David-Neel

Who was Alexandra David-Neel?
(24 October 1868 – 8 September 1969) She was the daughter of a Hugenot Freemason teacher and in her early years, she was taught piano and singing. She became a student of Madam Blavatsky and other secret societies, such as Freemasonry, where she rose in the ranks to high status. She converted to Buddhism when she was 20 years old and due to her own personal fortune, and her ability to sing, became an intrepid explorer, such as to Mongolia, Korea, Japan and India, much of the time disguised as a begggar and a monk. She was also an early feminist, Spiritualist, political anarcist and writer of 40 books on Eastern philosophy. In 1924, she travellend to Tibet and became a lama. At that time Tibet was closed to foreigners. She underwent the notorious 'chod' initiation, an experience of greatest stress, where demons and devils cause the disintegration of the self. She also was engaged in the extraordinary creation of the 'tulpa', where a spirit is summoned and given sufficient power to materialise. 

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Narcissism!

 
Narcissism! 
This is a common condition. They are your work colleagues, your family and friends, your neighbours and others than you come into contact with throughout the day. The condition is often abbreviated to NPD, the shortened form of Narcissistic Personality Disorder. We all have some aspects of these personality traits, especially when we are upset or under stressful situations. If you would like more information, visit: http://www.escapeabuse.com/npd.pdf

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Emotional Freedom Technique

Emotional Freedom Technique, also called 'tapping' is a very popular method of controlling anxiety, depression, discomfort or pain. You can use the method at any time or place that you feel comfortable. Using affirmations whilst tapping on acupressure points of the body will help ease personal difficulties of all kinds. 

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

The Value of Work

I love working! Being productive! Being busy! I accomplish so much! Every moment of every day, I get through so much! I feel healthy, powerful, fulfilled and I earn money too and I help other people and myself! Work - yes please! 

Monday, October 9, 2017

Thomas Merton

Thomas Merton (1915-1968) was a writer, an interfaith pioneer, a pacifist, a student of comparative religion, and campaigner for social justice. He studied at Cambridge and Columbia Universities and travelled extensively in his early life as an agnostic. In his twenties, he became a convert to Roman Catholicism and became a Trappist monk at Our Lady of Gethsemani in Kentucky. This Order is very strict, the monks live in silence and without any luxuries. During this time, Merton wrote his biography, 'The Seven Storey Mountain'. His philosophy was based on renunciation and asceticism, two pillars which are necessary for spiritual enlightenment. In all, he wrote 70 books. He is remembered as a great thinker and a peace promoter.
For more information: http://www.theway.org.uk/Back/28Callahan.pdf
and  http://personal.stthomas.edu/plgavrilyuk/PLGAVRILYUK/101/Thomas%20Merton.pdf
 

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

UK's Trade in Illegal Rhino Horn

Eight poachers attacked a Rhino orphanage at Thula Thula using a machete on two 18 month old orphans whose mothers had already been slaughtered for their horn. Impi was orphaned at two months old; he laid beside his mother's butchered carcass for six days, eating mud, until rescuers found him close to death.  More than 700 Rhinos were slaughtered in South Africa in 2016.  According to the Zoological Society, a Rhino is hacked to death every 11 hours. Traffickers from the UK are trading in Rhino horn, buying online from middle-men who operate from South Africa, Egypt, Ethiopia and Equatorial Guinea and who sell it for £20,000 per lb. 

Monday, October 2, 2017

Albert Ellis - Rational Emotive Therapy

This is a video of Albert Ellis (1913-2007), creator of Rational Emotive Psychotherapy (RT). Out of the three demonstrations, Fritz Perls, Carl Rogers and Albert Ellis, Ellis is my favourite! His therapy is direct, clear and can be confrontational but it works quickly and profoundly.Albert Ellis has always been a favourite of mine. He seems to be able to get to the heart of the situation (but does not often spare the client's feelings!). To find out more about this extraordinary psychotherapist and his work, visit this website: http://www.rebtnetwork.org/library.html