About Bloggin With Rich

I was born in London in 1955 and have lived a very topsy turvey life. I left school at 15 with no qualifications, and had I not left voluntarily, I would have been asked to leave. I always felt that I didn't fit in anywhere, and as a result, by the time I reached the age of 17 I'd had 24 jobs. I joined the army in 1976 hoping that it would give me a purpose in life but instead I became even more disillusioned and turned to alcohol. I hated the army because I found it to be such a hypocritical organisation and as soon as I was eligible to do so, I bought myself out. Whilst in the military however, I did enjoy my experiences in Germany and in 1980 went back there to work, staying for six years. My heavy drinking continued during my time in Germany and by the time I returned to the UK in 1986 I was heading down into a deep depression. I managed to haul myself out of it in the mid-to-late 1990's but my life hit an all time low in 2000. In early 2001 I found my spiritual pathway and started to turn my life around. I now live in Gloucestershire in the UK and I'm a successful medium and healer. I'm also the author of ten spiritual publications and have produced five meditation and three chanting CDs. I'm a workshop facilitator in various spiritual topics and I also give profound interpretations of dreams. There are plans in 2014 for another book, provisionally entitled "An Idiots Guide To Spiritual Law" and a series of audio books in CD form. Connect with me on facebook https://www.facebook.com/authorrichardfholmes

Psychic Art In Healing


I thought I would share with you the details of a workshop I ran on November 10.  It had been around four years since I ran a workshop and I wanted to keep my hand in; so to speak.  It was the culmination of a few ideas that I had, that I decided to put together in workshop-form.  It was only a short workshop but it proved to be very successful.  Below is the flyer and a couple of pics.  Hope you find it of interest.

 

Satori Presents

Psychic Art In Healing

At Stroud Spiritualist Church, Lansdown Road, Stroud. 10:00 am Saturday, November 10, 2018.

An experimental workshop with Richard Holmes; the purpose of which is to heal a traumatic experience from the past that is causing pain and suffering in the here and now. Participants are advised not to come with any preconceived ideas about what they believe psychic art and healing to be; as we will not be drawing pictures of spirit guides or engaging in hands-on healing.

The trauma will be brought to the surface via inner exploration, and this part of the workshop works on the principle that your soul, being your only true teacher, knows exactly what your physical self is able to deal with at any given moment. We will then move on to the art aspect of the workshop, which involves you expressing how you feel spiritually through your chosen artistic medium; thus releasing the trauma.
Inevitably, when something is removed a void is left. The healing aspect of the workshop involves completing the cycle by filling the void with Divine Love.
This will not be a whole day workshop, but will nonetheless go on for as long as it takes to complete the process.

You will need to bring your own art materials and preferably something to rest your paper or canvas on. Ideal media are oil or chalk pastels, pencils, charcoal and acrylic-type paints. Oil paints, whilst beautiful, are not advised for this exercise as they can take a couple of weeks to dry properly.

Richard Holmes is an author who writes in the spiritual (non-religious)/self-help genre.

*Please be advised that this workshop may not be suitable for anyone who is experiencing mental health issues, such as depression, at present. You should expect at some point to feel a range of emotions that might include anxiety, fear, and anger; you may also experience a sense of bereavement. With this in mind, you should give careful consideration as to whether your participation would be appropriate, especially if you are currently seeing a counsellor or clinical psychologist. You are also advised not to attend the workshop under the influence of alcohol, drugs or any other mind-altering substance, as this could be dangerous.

 

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A Life Lived


It has occurred to me that we humans are a very strange species indeed; as if we didn’t already know that. We are very quick to judge and be suspicious of people who have lived a bit, and maybe committed what society deems to be “crimes”.  But, it has been said many times before; the world is paradoxical and we also have a thing called relativity.  We only know things that we judge to be “good”, because we have also judged other things as being “bad”.  This is the nature of relativity and judgement.

Hypothetically, if you lived on a council estate in South London and you had a couple of kids in their early teens, who would you want guiding them at the local youth club?  Would you want someone who can describe what a cream tea tastes like and who may be able to describe what the inside of a church looks like?  Or, would you want someone who has been down the rocky road of life, experienced dark times; maybe even gotten on the wrong side of the law, but who has come out the other side?  Someone who can apply their life experience to the lives of others and help them in the process.  Someone who recognises that look on the face of a youngster that says, “help me”.

The thing with life is that it is meant to be the way it is; our world couldn’t function any other way.  The Divine play of life is a complete process; we cannot filter out the things we judge to be bad or wrong.  All is experience and all experience has relevance regardless of the way things may seem to be on the surface.

In the above-mentioned hypothetical situation, I know who I would want guiding my kids; but then again, that’s just my judgement.

3D


What’s the difference between a lunatic playing the piano and a concert pianist playing the piano? After all, they are both playing the same notes. The difference is the same as between Zen and organised religion. Like the concert pianist, the Zen person is in flow; everything is in order; there is acceptance of “what is”.  When a madman plays the piano, the notes may be the same, but they are bashed out at random; he is just playing fragments.  This is the same with organised religion; it is a fragmented series of stories that are someone else’s experience.  These stories have been packaged and pedaled to the masses in the hope that the masses will believe blindly.

To practise organised religion, you need the three Ds; doctrine, dogma and deity. All are creations of the mind and are therefore of the ego. The only purpose they serve is to keep the individual in ignorance. The religious person is constantly seeking the unseekable; something that is in the future, whereas the Zen person knows there is nothing to seek. The Zen person knows that spiritual awakening is the understanding that you are already awake.

Listen to the music of silence, it will tell you everything you need to know.

Blasphemy Anyone?


Fancy a bit of blasphemy?  Well, you’re out of luck because it doesn’t exist.

Oh, go on then, it does… but only in people’s heads.  How can you insult a deity that is apparently above and beyond anything we can imagine?  Being “insulted” is something that us humans feel because of the presence of our egos.  It’s the relative opposite of feeling smug due to being praised.  In fact, there isn’t even a deity to blaspheme against.  There is however, Infinite Consciousness; which transcends the human condition, is therefore without ego and cannot be disrespected.  Even if we try we cannot insult consciousness.

The only deity that’s of any relevance is the one you can see when you look in the mirror.  Don’t be fooled by religious dogma!

Here’s a picture of a rainbow for you; completely random!  Wishing you sunshine and happiness!

A Rainbow in the Cairngorms.

 

 

Out Of My Mind


Confused?  You will be…

Wow!  What a statement, “out of my mind”.  There was a time when that was all I wanted to be; but it usually involved engaging the help of some really good drugs or a rather cheeky red.  These days being out of my mind has a whole new meaning.  I’ll rewind a bit first.

I remember when my true self was in the early stages of emerging.  I was quite involved with Spiritualism, and meditations were wonderous experiences with crystals, colours, angels, animals and spirit guides etc.  I remember thinking that I had really arrived somewhere; not realising that the experiences I was having, although very pleasant, were of the mind.  The universe soon blew away any delusions of grandeur that I had about having “arrived”.  I believe it’s fashionable to refer to these kind of meditations as “visualisations” these days.

It was some years before I was to learn the true meaning of being out of my mind.  But eventually, Zen found me, introduced me to a state of “no-mind”, and took me in a whole new direction.  These days I very rarely meditate in the traditional sense, but quite often experience myself being nothing more than an observer as the shenanigans of life play out before my eyes.

However, I also find myself as confused as ever, as the universe (or whatever you want to call it) constantly highlights all the things that are still holding me back.  I am incessantly reminded of all my personal prejudices (as much as I try to deny them); they are constantly there, glaring at me, almost tormenting me and daring me to give them up.  They say that awareness, where there once wasn’t any, is half the battle.  But the universe is truly relentless in its efforts to completely send me out of my mind.

I hope this post finds you… out of YOUR mind.