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Extreme light…extreme dark

To survive these contrasty times, perhaps we’ve got to regard things more like we would cloud shadows passing over a sun-drenched mountain. We let those darker shapes pass by very quickly, not investing in their darkness. They are not the whole picture…they are just part of the whole, as are moments of extreme radiance that quickly follow. We can’t afford to tip over in despair…not if we are going to be the ones to tip the balance towards the light. Continue reading

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When trees talk

There was an undeniable metaphor in this gnarly old lime or “linden” tree with its so-called deformities, an ugly tree you might even say; in spite of which every square inch of it was bursting with new life. Burls (of which this tree had several) are odd-shaped bulbous growths, often caused by illness or stress; though they are highly prized by artisans for the intricate beauty of their grain. This tree seemed to assert that, out of the most unlikely, distorted and tired-seeming old structures, some of the freshest new shoots often sprout. It’s as though all these shiny and bright new growths, asserting all the promise of regeneration, are super-propelled to come out through (and perhaps because of) the unappealing old structure that held them in potential; as though it is the thick-skinned distortion through which they have had to assert themselves that reinvigorated the organism’s fundamental ambition to thrive. From deep inside, all these tender new growths summons up all the necessary courage to show themselves en masse, in spite of the inclement season, and so the whole organism is renewed in exact proportion to what looked most unpromising with the eyes; as is often Nature’s way. Continue reading

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Shaken not stirred…obviously the way we like it

As I wake up this morning to what I find I already knew before I opened my eyes, it seems we have chosen the route of most entropy in order to evolve. Not what so many of us wanted; not … Continue reading

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Taking the route least travelled

When unexpected, inconvenient, things happen, whether these are major events or the relatively trivial, its an opportunity to adapt…to forge glorious new routes…to be fully present…to appreciate our own curiosity and the courage to go off-piste…and to notice all the unexpected gifts along the way. Via the oddly winding detour of the path least travelled, we may seem to have had to go much further/longer/harder than by the “conventional” routes that others choose, or even to take a step backwards for a while, yet we are rewarded with a stronger sense of going somewhere than if we just sat there hoping for something to shift or to “get somewhere” we believe we want to go, like someone stuck in a gridlock traffic being shunted along bumper-to-bumper yet with little say-so over their own progress. The end of any journey, when we seem so near and yet so far from some hoped-for destination, can feel the most challenging of all and yet, approached mindfully, this is when we get to appraise how glad we are that we came this particular way, owning the magnitude and perfection of our own unique path. This realisation, rather than “arriving anywhere” per se, is the moment when we notice the bizarrely coherent joy of this lifetime’s winding journey, however many seeming detours it has taken us on… (read more). Continue reading

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At times like these

Its at times like this that the rainbow bridge that is our collective experience becomes most manifest; and that bridge (whatever it happens to look like…it might appear like no other rainbow we have ever seen…) is the fourth dimensional … Continue reading

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The blossom opened early…

Did the tree know something I didn’t, had it heard the starting pistol, received the signal, been slipped the secret cue that something big was underway; something that could contain itself no longer but must “out” into the light? Or had it simply felt it must take that leap of faith, be the one to demonstrate, through actions, that it dared to be all today that it had hoped to be tomorrow so that others would also believe this was possible and much more so than just through the endless repeating of words? No more waiting. No more striving. No more hoping and trekking and aiming and intending and visualising but BEING it. Did it want to manifest what it already knew to be so in its heart’s potential, to bring it out of hiding and into that light, however cautious and conditional these times still urged it to be, however much of a mixed blessing the sheer intensity of that light it was reaching out into could sometimes feel? Had it decided there was no more time left for slumbering underground, its tenderness tucked away inside dry woody branches? Continue reading

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What if life is always working with you…

Just because you realise some of your biggest quantum leaps to date have occurred off the back of resisting or fighting-off things and situations that you didn’t like (one bit) and that you – most likely – attribute some of your most evolutionary moments to surviving some of those situations doesn’t mean you have to seek out or or expect more of them to give your life the evolutionary shove you think it needs. You can become so accustomed to struggle that you keep manifesting more of it as you feel its the only way you know how to gain traction or measure it. When you learn to soul-search much earlier in the process of confronting those things that feel most challenging; asking ‘what’s in it for me’ as its happening, you can get right to the pearl at the heart of the situation at the very moment that it is most useful for you to grasp this, rather than with all the poignancy of hindsight (and all that struggle and suffering along the way). Be prepared to receive many personal gifts when you do this and then, most startling of all, be amazed as the ‘situation’ that had you struggling and gnashing your teeth just a moment ago is transformed into a significantly disarmed version of itself… Continue reading

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Enjoying the void

The two biggest projects of my working year have both fizzled out like damp fireworks this month and yet I’m fine…more than fine. Both of these work-related things were big news, if you’d asked me a couple of months ago … Continue reading

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Getting that wheel pulled out of the mud

On the long road to recovery from long term illness, there are going to be phases (days or even longer) when you feel stuck back in the same old mud. So I’m going to remind you now, because its so … Continue reading

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