Musings


Once again my blog has been a bit redundant lately, and for the same reasons as I explained last time; namely, that I write mainly about my actual spiritual experiences, which remain at a premium at this moment in time (nearly a year without a decent out-of body; can you believe that?) Never mind, I can take this opportunity to share my musings with you and let you know what projects are on the horizon.

It has occurred to me that we all make judgements about “stuff”, situations and other people, and although these judgements are not always disparaging, they are nonetheless judgements, which serve no purpose unless we act on them in a positive way. What I mean is this, when we see something or hear about something that we perceive as being awful and not in line with all that is humanly decent, we judge it as being so, have a good old tut, maybe feel a degree of despair and sadness about it, but generally we don’t do anything else. In the case of a huge international incident you may be wondering what on earth you could do about it anyway. However…

There is another way of looking at things. We could take the incident and ask ourselves, “who am I in relation to that”? “How does it make me feel”? If the answer to both questions is that the said incident is not in line with our soul purpose (in other words, who I really am), then we may not be able to prevent something that has already happened, but there is something we can do.

Gandhi 2It was Gandhi who said, “Be the change you want to see in the world”. So what we can do is this, at the first opportunity, having experienced something that did not resonate with who we really are, and having made that judgement, we can carry out a simple act of kindness. A simple act of kindness selflessly executed with no thoughts of reward is a positive reaction to the negative. Yes, we may not be able to change the individual incident, but the truth is that the only way we will ever achieve peace on earth is if the collective consciousness of the human race is transformed from the selfish state it is in now to the loving state, which is what it is at our deepest and purest level of being. All change must begin somewhere; and it must begin with individuals such as you and I adopting this way of thinking, instead of just accepting things the way they are.

There, that’s my musings over with.

So what’s coming up then? Well, I have a birthday this week; the big “Six Oh No”. To commemorate my 60th year and the miracle of life I will be offering the kindle version of my book “Universal Law – An Idiot’s Guide”, at the special promo price of 99p for seven days. More about that soon. There will also be another video project over the next few weeks with the theme, “Using Your Voice To Enhance Your Well-Being”. So watch this space and thanks as ever for supporting my work.

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Thought For The Day #184

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Truth resides in every human heart, and one has to search for it there, and to be guided by truth as one sees it. But no one has a right to coerce others to act according to his own view of truth – Gandhi

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They Don’t Call Him The Dalai Lama For Nothing


A few days ago I was idly watching a morning current affairs programme when to my pleasant surprise an interview with the Dalai Lama was shown.  He had been in the UK, and the good old BBC had recorded an interview that he gave with Andrew Marr.  Mr Marr is renowned for taking no prisoners, especially when he is interviewing politicians.

Two things struck me about the Dalai Lama during the course of that brief interview.  Firstly, I was really surprised that his command of the English language was not to the standard that I had assumed it would be.  Having said that, I don’t speak Tibetan, so we can safely say that his English blows my command of his own Mother Tongue completely out of the water.  The other thing was that he didn’t seem to have much of a personality.  These are not judgements you understand, but merely observations.  I was actually a bit disappointed that I could not imagine myself enjoying witty banter with him over a mug of green tea and a plate of Cadbury’s Chocolate Fingers.

Andrew Marr seemed to be having difficulty understanding him, and although more restrained than normal, he managed to ask His Holiness one very leading question during this all-too-brief interview.  Well, I suppose he had to, didn’t he?  Otherwise he wouldn’t have been Andrew Marr.  Mr Marr asked His Holiness if it was true that he’d enjoyed a very cordial relationship with the late Mau Tse-Tung (or Chairman Mau as he was know), the Chinese Communist revolutionary and founding father of The People’s Republic of China.   Mr Marr offered that it seemed rather unusual for the Tibetan leader of the Buddhist religion to be “snuggling” up with the leader of a country that was responsible for inflicting such terrible suffering on his own.  I must admit that it certainly was news to me and I also thought it to be strange to say the least.  Unruffled, His Holiness simply answered rather enthusiastically in the affirmative, and then went on to share an anecdote with the now rather bewildered looking Mr Marr.  He went on to say that the relationship between him and Mau was so good in fact that when, on occasion, they met up for meals, he had food served to him by Mau personally.  Not only that, the good Chairman would use his own chopsticks to put food in the Dalai Lama’s bowl.  His Holiness went on to say that in his mind he would be privately horrified that the Chairman might also have been serving up some of his germs too.  This little anecdote was completely lost on Andrew Marr who greeted the revelation with all the enthusiasm of a turkey waiting for Christmas.

……. And then it was all over.  Mr Marr said “thank you” and The Dalai Lama, ever cordial, raised his hands towards him in the namaskar position as they exchanged polite goodbyes.

The whole thing seemed a bit surreal to me, and I actually felt quite disappointed that the holy man was not how I imagined him to be.  Not only that, he was also prone to “doing lunch” with a tyrant.  Let’s face it, China’s record on human rights, to this day, does leave something to be desired.  However, it was either the next day or the day after when I had one of those eureka moments.  The penny dropped!  How could I have been so blind to have missed what was actually going on right before my eyes.  One of the most important and basic fundamental principles of Buddhism is non-judgementalism.  The Dalai Lama was simply demonstrating that he was true to his religion and himself.  It reminded me a bit of what Gandhi said just prior to India gaining independence.  There were those who wanted to go down the terrorist route and were trying to encourage Gandhi to side with them.  But even though he had been beaten and unjustly thrown into jail on countless occasions by the British, he said “no, we want the British to leave as our friends”.

What the Dalai Lama did during that interview was actually to demonstrate why some people (him for instance) are spiritual leaders, and others (me for instance) are spiritual aspirants.  He of course was, and is, well aware of the plight of his country and its people, caused solely by the actions of the Chinese.  But he did not pass judgement on Mau Tse-Tung.  Instead, he accepted the friendship of someone he simply saw as another human being.  Yes, they don’t call him The Dalai Lama for nothing.

If you can cultivate the right attitude, your enemies are your best spiritual teachers because their presence provides you with the opportunity to enhance and develop tolerance, patience and understanding – The Dalai Lama

 

 

 

Thought For The Day #85

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I do dimly perceive that whilst everything around me is ever changing, ever dying, there is underlying all that change a Living Power that is changeless, that holds all together, that creates, dissolves, and recreates. That informing Power or Spirit is God. And since nothing else I see merely through the senses can or will persist, He alone is – Gandhi

An Hour & A Half; 90 Minutes Or A Lifetime? Part Two


As you would have gathered by the previous article the evening of April 3 wasn’t exactly a bundle of fun.  But to the writer, evenings such as this can be a God-send in the long-term because they inspire creativity.  With this in mind, it seemed like a great opportunity to give you further insight into the process of mediumship.  Also, a friend of mine in Slovenia had a number of queries (valid ones) that I shall endeavour to answer in the following few paragraphs.  I will also take the opportunity here to explode a few myths.

It’s a common misconception that mediums can just pluck information out of thin air, and are in constant communication with the realms of higher vibration.  Nothing, in fact, could be further from the truth.  Firstly, any decent medium will make sure they are closed as they go about their day-to-day business.  Believe me, you really don’t want it “there” all the time.  From time to time you do come across people who will tell you that they are in constant communication with their “guides” and who are always trying to shove some kind of hair-brained message down the throat of anyone who will listen.  If you come across this, in virtually every single case that person is simply communicating with lower energies who have attached themselves to them.  In a nutshell, if you have got a constant jabber, jabbering going on in your head or you are constantly having clairvoyant pictures flashing through your mind, then there is something seriously wrong.  A good medium will be disciplined and will know intuitively the difference between negative vibrations and vibrations of a pure nature.  A good medium will remain intuitively connected to the Divine and will not feel the need to show others how great they are by the constant churning out of messages.

Going back to April 3, there was a number of things going on in that room that made the evening one to forget, as far as the clairvoyance went.  But nonetheless, they give a good insight to the uninitiated as to how a demonstration of mediumship can be sabotaged.  There are certain conditions that you need in order for things to run smoothly.  If you have all of those things in place then you really are laughing, but you can get by normally by just having a few of them in place.  Firstly, in an ideal world your venue would have a really good energy, but as already stated, the energy in that pub was probably the most negative I have ever encountered.  Secondly, you would always hope that your audience are going to be warm and open to working with you.  Sadly, they were also probably the most negative audience I have ever encountered.  Thirdly, you need people to respond to you; you need the vibration of their voice.  When you just get blank stares it makes life nigh-on impossible.  It’s also not good when people sit with their arms folded when you speak to them.  The reason being that “who we really are” nestles within our heart centre.  The medium is in a heightened state of awareness and the info coming from the astral realms also has a higher vibration, so the sitter needs to be open-hearted so that the three-way link can be created; in other words, we actually communicate via the heart, so if you sit with your arms folded you are blocking the energy.  I remember going to one particularly grumpy old man sitting at the back, who sat arms folded and with a face like thunder all the time I was trying to work with him; and he was one of the more receptive ones.

Finally, you would also hope that no one brings their own negative entity attachments in with them.  Unfortunately, I had this to contend with as well.  Another man sitting at the back seemed to be constantly in communication with unseen forces himself.  When this happens it interferes with the medium’s link and makes things very difficult.  It got to the point where I couldn’t quite believe what was happening, but I saw it as a challenge and thought the best course of action was to hang in there and keep going.  You just have to work with what you have, it’s as simple as that.  But ideally, you would want a venue with good energy and an audience/congregation who are seeking some kind of spiritual enlightenment, as opposed to just wanting a message; which brings me onto my friend’s queries.

I was asked why I would be doing spiritual work in a pub, why there was teenage girls in the audience and why I felt that clairvoyance had nothing to do with spirituality.  So, for my friend in Slovenia and anyone else outside of the UK I will deal with these issues one at a time.

Firstly, meetings such as clairvoyant evenings have been taking place in the UK for many, many years; probably as far back as the 1800’s.  In the early days they would be raided by the police and mediums would be persecuted.  But for many years now such meetings have become a normal part of life.  Quite often, the people who run them have difficulty finding a suitable hall.  Maybe there aren’t any in the area, or all the decent ones are already taken, so sometimes they have no option but to book a function room in a pub.  However, in this particular instance it was the proprietors of the pub who were running the event.

Secondly, it is quite normal in the UK to have youngsters at these events.  In a lot of the Spiritualist churches people take their kids and even their dogs; it’s actually great to see when families all come together.  The behaviour of those particular teenage girls was actually a rarity.  To be perfectly honest I have had much more problematic evenings because of the childish antics of adults, and what with all the other stuff going on, a few giggling girls was the least of my problems that night.

Finally, my comments about clairvoyance and spirituality were meant in the context of such evenings.  I will endeavour to explain.  As I said in the previous article, clairvoyant evenings tend to attract people who are not looking for spiritual enlightenment.  They go along for a number of reasons.  Maybe just to see what it’s all about, to get a message or maybe with a group of friends to “have a laugh”.  When I said that clairvoyance has nothing to do with spirituality, I meant that simply churning out messages from fairly low levels of the astral plains to people who are not interested in spiritual enlightenment, has indeed got absolutely nothing to do with spirituality.  On the other hand, those who seek enlightenment can of course benefit greatly from their own clairvoyant faculty, either through the bliss of meditation or simply by being in tune with who they really are.  My comment was meant purely in the context of such events that are referred to as “clairvoyant nights” here in the UK.

To end this article I will just elaborate a bit more on why I reacted the way I did.  I was really knocked sideways when I realized I was in for such a rough ride, but as stated, I quickly also realized that I was being tested.  So at the same time as trying to make the best of a bad job, I had a lot of other stuff going through my mind.  I thought about all the quotes I post on social media about tolerance, forgiveness and practising what you preach.  I thought about Baba’s teachings with regard to loving those who want to hurt you and being able to see God in EVERYONE.  I thought about how Baba had literally given his whole life in service of mankind; never complaining and ALWAYS being there for us.  I thought about what Baba had done for me personally and I also thought about the sacrifices made by Christ, Gandhi, and in more recent times, Nelson Mandela.  Taking all that into account was I really going to let my ego win when faced with something so trivial by comparison?  There was only one answer, and I left the venue a happy man and stronger for the experience.

I think I can safely say that I’ve put the night of April 3 behind me now; but watch out for more posts on similar subjects.