A Bit Of Inspiration Never Did Anyone Any Harm Part Two

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For the launch of my latest book, Fragments Of Divinity, on June 12, I appeared as a guest on the blog of my friend and psychic novelist, Linn B Halton.  Below is a copy of the article.

It’s amazing how meeting someone can radically change your life, the way you look at things and the way you look at your future. Today I’m introducing one such person who has indeed had a radical impact upon my life. When I first met Richard Holmes I had been looking for him for a while … yes I know that sounds strange, but I had seen him at an evening of Clairvoyance a couple of years prior and been unable to get hold of his contact details. It’s a long story, but to cut it short it was no coincidence when eventually I was ‘pointed’ in the right direction and there in front of me was a flyer advertising Richard’s next platform. I booked a one-to-one session with Richard and it was amazing, but more was to come. He introduced me to the Vedic Gayatri Mantra and I attended two sessions he held in Nailsworth, Glos in the UK. He also introduced me to meditation and I now use his CD’s to aid my thought processes. I have read everything Richard has written and it has answered so many of my questions about life after death, angels and spirituality. So it’s my great pleasure to introduce and welcome Richard.

I’d love you to tell my visitors about your latest book, another insightful read and great addition to your list of publications. I must admit that I originally sought out your books because I had questions that remained unanswered and what I’ve read has certainly opened my eyes to so many things. But first I wondered if you would mind penning one of your wonderful ‘thoughts for the day’ – something that will inspire everyone and make them stop what they are doing to think about something in a little more detail for just a moment.’

“Thanks for having me as a guest on your blog Linn, and yes, it would be a great pleasure for me to share a wonderful piece of inspiration with you. The following is a quote from Sri Sathya Sai Baba, and it is probably my favourite quote of all time. What I find so inspirational about these quotes is that they can have a number of different meanings depending on your perspective, but as you develop and grow spiritually you are able to look deeper and deeper into the words until the meanings becomes more and more profound.

“make your life a rose and speak silently in the language of fragrance”

For me this has a very deep and profound meaning that I will endeavour to share with you. The rose has a wonderful scent that is quite impossible to describe in words. The scent of a rose simply speaks for itself; in volumes. So when Baba says “make your life a rose and speak silently in the language of fragrance” he is asking us to overcome attachment to the ego-self, pay less attention to words and let our actions speak for us. Nature has a wonderful way of teaching us, and it’s quite incredible how the rose quite effortlessly gives off such an amazing fragrance that is so powerful in its simplistic beauty. The rose does this simply by being itself, and this is also what Baba is saying; if we were to just be ourselves instead of worrying about what others think and how we look in the eyes of others we would simply shine in the way we were meant to. Our “way of being” would speak for us and we would be an example for all those around us.

Another quote that I find really inspirational is “climb the mountains to receive their blessings” from Marcus Aurelius. This again is quite profound in its simplicity. This is another way of saying “no pain – no gain”, or to be a bit more subtle; Marcus is telling us that the rewards derived from hard work are worth the slog. Symbolically, “climb the mountains” means anything that we undertake that is hard to accomplish and “receive their blessings” equates to the reward, which is the sense of achievement we get from having completed the task.

Many quotes are self-explanatory and simple to understand, which is the way I like to write. Indeed, one of the most common things that people say to me when they have read my books is that the topics I write about are always explained in a very clear and easy-to-understand way. So I’m going to end this little article with some words from Albert Einstein that I came across the other day for the first time. I think this is a classic example of a quote that is logic in its most pure and simple form. So, I’ll just say thanks again Linn for having me as a guest on your blog, and it’s over to Albert…..

“we cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them”

 

Thought For The Day #1


A Reason For Everything

Universal Nature felt an impulse to create the universe; and now everything that comes into being follows as a necessary consequence. If this wasn’t so, then even the main purpose that the ruling power of the universe directs its own impulse towards would be lacking in reason.

To remember this helps you face uncertainty with tranquility

Marcus Aurelius

Fleeting Life


Some things rush into existence, and others hasten out of it; and of those coming into life some part is already extinct.

Movement and flux are continually renewing the world, just as the unbroken course of time makes eternity forever young.  In this flowing river, on which no one can stand, what is there for us to value among the things rushing by?  It would be like a man falling in love with a passing sparrow, which is already out of sight.

Surely a man’s life is as fleeting as the vaporisation of the soul from his blood or his breath inhaled from the air?  For just as you draw in a single breath and then return it, which you do in every moment, so you will have to return the actual power of breathing that you had originally at your birth, to the source from which it came.

Marcus Aurelius

A Wonderful Paradox


One of the great things about the universe is that it has been created as a paradox.  Everywhere we look there are examples of this and I’m going to share with you such an example here; a truly wonderful example.

The philosophy of Stoicism has come in for a lot of criticism over the centuries because it is viewed (wrongly) as the philosophy of doom and gloom merchants; people who are constantly agonising over pain and death etc.  But if you look at Stoicism it is exactly the opposite.  It was apparent to me very quickly that the principles of Stoicism are the exact same principles that form the basis of all the worlds major religions.  That there is an individual in-dwelling spirit within the human physical body which is a part of the One Universal Spirit, that all of nature is interconnected with that self-same Universal Spirit and that each of us as individuals are responsible for our own lives; and that it’s not our circumstances that determine whether we are happy or not, it’s the way we deal with them.

One of the early Stoicist philosophers was the Greek Epictetus who was born into slavery.  He was moved to Rome by his master but later moved back to Greece after being granted his freedom.  Marcus Aurelius, one of only five Roman Emperors ever to have been considered “good”, also became a great philosopher who based his work on the teachings of Epictetus.  What a truly wonderful paradox, that Marcus Aurelius, a rich and powerful Roman Emperor who became a world-renowned and revered philosopher, was influenced by, and based his philosophy on, the work of Epictetus; a man who was born into slavery.  You really couldn’t make it up, and this inspiring and heart warming story truly and aptly illustrates the wonder of paradox.

Marcus Aurelius


In December 2006 I approached my friend, and wonderful psychic artist, Patrick Andrews to do a spirit guide portrait for me.  Patrick only needs a piece of handwriting, which he tunes into, in order to produce such a picture.  As we live in different towns this was very convenient for me.  I sent a piece of my handwriting through the post and waited for him to tell me it was ready for collection.
In early January 2007 I got the call from Patrick and duly arranged to go and collect it.  I had no idea who the guide was; and all Patrick could tell me was that he’d had the name “Aurelius” flash through his mind whilst drawing.  I took the portrait home, got myself a nice big frame a few days later, stuck it up on the wall and kind of forgot about it.  In the ensuing weeks I got a vague picture of Aurelius a few times during meditation, but it really was very vague, so I simply forgot about it some more.
At some stage during the summer of 2010 this character started to draw close to me during my meditations and also started to work with me very closely when I was engaged in my spiritual work, to the extent that we became very close.  I was most glad to be associated with this extremely strong presence.
In February 2011 I was reading the book “The Power of Now” by Eckhart Tolle, and in the particular chapter I was reading the author quoted the most wonderful piece of philosophy from a character by the name of Marcus Aurelius, who apparently lived about 2000 years ago.
“Accept whatever comes to you woven in the pattern of your destiny, for what could more aptly fit your needs”.
I thought this a coincidence, but in my typically apathetic way, I didn’t think too much about it.
Over the next few weeks I started to think that this was too much of a coincidence.  Then on the evening of 17 March 2011 I finally decided to Google the name “Marcus Aurelius”.  To my amazement there was a whole universe of information about this truly great being.
Marcus Aurelius (121 – 180) was a Roman emperor.  He was one of only five Roman emperors to have been considered “good”.  He was also revered as a great philosopher.  The most incredible thing was that the busts of him displayed on Wikipedia did bear a remarkable resemblance to the portrait that hangs on my wall.
I know that in truth names are meaningless and that you now enjoy life in the timeless realms of the nameless and formless, but I shall still refer to you as Marcus for the sake of human logic.  So, I am truly honoured Marcus that you have made yourself known to me and that we now enjoy a close bond of brotherhood.  God bless you brother!