Moving On

15th November, 2017 Miscellaneous

I bring thee a casket of jewels fair… Gather them all for your spirit’s shrine… They are gems from the boundless mine of thought!           The Language of Gems Miss H.J. Woodman c. Judy Hall In the 1970s I used to buy my crystals in Southend-on-sea. It was an extraordinarily tiny shop. Sawdust on the floor like an old-fashioned butchers, oil drums of unwashed crystals stuffed in anywhere and everywhere. No order to it. Nothing carved or shaped. A few tumble stones...

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The grave of giants or a megalithic time portal?

5th November, 2017 Miscellaneous

One of the attractions of going to the Netherlands to facilitate crystal workshops was the promise of visiting ‘the hunebeds, our local sacred sites.’ We were two hours north of Amsterdam in Drenthe, an area I’d never thought of in connection with passage-grave constructions. But there they were, all 54 of them although we only had time to visit a few. The hunebeds were constructed over 5000 years old ago by Neolithic farmers, before Stonehenge or the pyramids were thought of....

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Inclusivity. Exclusivity. Where do we belong?

1st November, 2017 Miscellaneous

I received a questionnaire that made me ponder, once again, where do I belong? The writers’ organisation of which I’ve been a member for a quarter of a century holds lunch meetings four times a year. But attendances have been dwindling while the number of writers expands exponentially. Why? Well, a name change had meant that the lunches were perceived as exclusively for one county only, not the six previously circulated. The most recent venue is exclusive. The snooty dress code excludes...

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Unshackling the past

11th October, 2017 Miscellaneous

“Those who do not move, do not notice their chains.” ― Rosa Luxemburg A new, black Remo Pluto drum, a deep acting homeopathic remedy, a Banded Agate tie-cutting skull and a gong bath with Sarah Lownds all came together to create exquisite agony in my gut. ‘You need to release,’ said Terrie Celest having looked at the astrology. So I booked a shamanic session with Sarah at which she used my new drum. Up came an African life I had never...

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Bite-sized chunks

4th October, 2017 Miscellaneous

The highest education is that which does not merely give us information but makes our life in harmony with all existence. Rabindranath Tagore When I first started writing blogs I sent a sample to a friend who is a writing coach, ‘you can’t write that much,’ she said, ‘people won’t read it. Their concentration span is too short.’ Apparently what people wanted were inane bite-sized chunks of other people’s lives.  It speaks volumes that there are dozens of synonyms for...

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Australia Rocks

20th September, 2017 Miscellaneous Right from our early beginnings we were taught of the sanctity of the total life around us... The Aboriginal way is that everything is created equal and sacred: that the soil, the clay, the rocks are all sacred; and that all have a personality. I had the strength of knowing that my creator is not above me somewhere, but is always with me; that, whatever the substance around me, that creation flows...

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