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S is for ‘Synchronicity’: The Weird Feeling That It’s Just Meant To Be.

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There are so many great words that begin with S: Spirit. Saviour. Sexy. Sensual. Steady. Sincere. Simple. Sublime. I settled on ‘synchronicity’ because it incorporates all of those things.

For my twenty-fourth birthday, my mother offered to take me to the Arthur Findlay College of Psychic Studies. At this point, I was ten years into my deliberate intuitive development. I had trusted Spirit, been guided by my feelings, studied books and listened to feedback but I hadn’t received much in the way of ‘official’ tuition. I had heard of the Arthur Findlay College and I was aware of its reputation as the best school in the world for developing psychics and mediums.

I was desperate to go.

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Arthur Findlay College a.k.a Stansted Hall circa. 2009.

I picked a week-long course and my mother gave me a book to read: Looking Back by James Arthur Findlay.

It was a huge tome, about the life and times of the man who had left his stately home in Stansted, England to the advancement of psychical research. After his passing in 1964, his home became the Arthur Findlay College. I settled down on my sofa bed in my one bedroom flat, to spend some time getting to know Mr. Findlay before visiting Stansted Hall. I had been engrossed in his story of religion, scepticism, evidence, mediumship and belief, for several hours. My hungry reading was brought to a standstill, however, by a page that featured a letter sent to Mr. Findlay. I stared at it for a long moment, immobilized, enveloped, filled up, by the pure soft fabric of synchronicity…

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It reads ‘J. Arthur Findlay, Woodside House, Beith’.

The letter was addressed to Mr Findlay at Woodside House, Beith. Beith is a tiny town in the west of Scotland. Beith is 310 miles away from Stansted Hall in England. Beith is my home – it’s where I grew up. Beith is where I went to school. As a child, I played in the grounds of Woodside House, where Mr Findlay once lived.

I got synchro-chills all over. I experienced a strong awareness that Mr Findlay’s life and mine were inextricably linked – that he, I, this book and this town were somehow in it together and that, without knowing, we were very, very important to each other. I felt a deeply comforting sense that something very personal and Universal, important and natural, grand and yet careful was going on. For a moment I felt that his spirit was my spirit was all our spirits. I could picture him smiling; guiding me on the path that was uncannily like his own, having a good laugh at my bewilderment at the connection – the discovery – I’d just made.

That feeling is wonderful. That feeling of being guided. Being expansive. Being on purpose. That feeling of ‘I’m meant to be’, that feeling that perhaps what life has in store for me without my interference, is better than what I’m capable of choosing for myself. That feeling of ‘thank you’ I see you. The feeling that the Universe has invested deeply and fully in me. That feeling of, ‘ok, that was weird’. The thrill of feeling so lovingly connected over space and time. The comfort of knowing there is a flow, and the relief at receiving permission to stop struggling and just get in it. To me, synchronicity is that permission. It’s the Universe saying ‘we’ve got this, let go.’

I can honestly say that every significant, wonderful, fulfilling thing that’s ever happened in my life has come to be through odds-defying synchronicity. Not planning, not trying, not worrying, not aiming. Just being, recognizing and appreciating.

Try it. Stop. Breathe. Let go. You are already being guided.

I’d love to know your thoughts on the subject of synchronicity. Have you ever experienced a strange ‘coincidence’ that changed the course of your life? Have you felt the synchro-chills? Why do we have synchronicity? What’s your theory? Deposit your wisdom here…

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This post is dedicated to James Arthur Findlay who returned to the Spirit world on 24th July 1964, and whose life and work has inspired me so much.

Next week on From Angels To Zen, I interview Robin and Sandra Foy, two quarters of The Scole Experiment who, in the 1990s, achieved some of the best evidence for life after death ever recorded. Twenty years on, we talk physical mediumship, interdimensional communication, the philosophy of energy and effective techniques for experimenting with Spirit. I hope you’ll join us, this is not to be missed!

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R is for Rejection: Embracing the Sweet Torture of ‘No’.

path, gree, compass, navigateI opened my inbox and inhaled with the sharpness of surprise.

‘I can’t believe I got a response so quickly; they must be really keen.’ I thought.

In all the months I had been writing, planning, pitching, proposing and hustling, it hadn’t crossed my mind that a college or university wouldn’t want to host my Student Saviour Sessions, save for a millisecond before I hit open. Her reply was quick, brief and decisive…

‘We will not be taking your offer further…’

A big fat no.

It took me a moment to assimilate this foreign happening into my reality. Do you think I cried? Can you see me now, dropping my head into my hands and reaching for the wine? Did I get mad, curse my rejector and throw my laptop through a window?

No.

The most challenging aspect of this rejection was figuring out why I didn’t feel rejected at all. You know the feeling…

That hot, embarrassed, sweaty, anxious, frustrated, ashamed, doubtful, racing, confusion. It never appeared.

I sat for a moment, just feeling my feelings. I felt fine. Then another feeling whispered through my bloodstream…it was gratitude. Yep, definitely gratitude. That sweet, peaceful, reverent, appreciative knowingness.

I was grateful for being rejected. It taught me that I have an unwavering belief in my ability to facilitate love – the sort of belief that only arrives when I know something to be true. No doubt. I felt encouraged by the rejection, and grateful that a busy director of a company had taken the time to respond to my idea. I felt elated at having shared my precious idea with a stranger – I verbalised it, typed it out, brought it to life, and sent it out into the world. It made it real; I had a witness.

I felt gratitude for rejection as a tool for navigation. ‘No’ is not the enemy, ‘no’ is a signpost that guides you back on the path of ‘yes’. Rejection is the shutter coming down on a window of opportunity that was never right for you anyway.

Rejection is resistance training for your soul. It is the force that allows you to grow stronger in your ambition by offering to pull you off course. Rejection is the Universe letting you know that you are still being guided, that you have purpose, that your journey meanders down a deliberate path.

‘No’ may come from within or without, and when it arrives, take note and appreciate that some experiences are not rich enough, not deep enough, not beneficial enough, not loving enough and be thankful that you are guided beyond such.

…These thoughts came when I meditated on rejection. When I opened my eyes, I saw (1) in my inbox. It was a ‘yes’.

 

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P is for ‘Predictions’: Can Psychics Predict the Future?

 

A few months ago, one of my clients asked me:

‘Can psychics predict the future?’

This is a good question. Psychics and mediums often hotly disagree as to the correct answer, and in this week’s post, I want to offer you some things to consider when making up your own mind as to whether or not a psychic can tell you about your future.

In this discussion, I am taking for granted that psychic connections between people exist, and that through those connections, true information can be transmitted between individuals.

We think of the past and present as being fixed; so an event that has already happened, or is happening presently, cannot be changed. Because the past and present are fixed, it seems that an individual could transmit psychic information about events that have already happened to him or her. In our common-sense conception of the world, the future does not have the same fixed quality as the past or the present. An individual has not experienced his or her own future yet, and so information about the future should not be apparent his or her energy and could not, therefore, be read by a psychic. This is the bare bones of the problem of predicting the future.

Another problem, and one which many people find utterly unacceptable, is that if an individual’s future can be predicted, then it brings his or her free will into doubt. How could it be both that an event in an individual’s life could be predicted; and that the individual is free to choose or reject that event? It seems impossible. It seems that the concepts of prediction and free will cannot co-exist.

So to recap, the two problems we face when thinking about whether or not a psychic can tell the future are:

  1. The future hasn’t happened yet.
  2. The possibility of correct predictions is inconsistent with the free will of the individual.

And so it seems like the case is closed. As long as the future hasn’t happened yet, and the individual has the capacity for choice, the idea of predicting the future cannot get off the ground.

…or can it?

In order to theorize about the possibility of predicting the future, we need to see the future in the same light as the present and the past, and, we need to reject that we have free will. This may seem utterly bonkers: I do not know what is going to happen tomorrow, and I can clearly choose whether to eat fruit or toast for breakfast I hear you say. But recently, theorists from various fields have presented the possibility that, contrary to our commonly held beliefs, you can know what’s going to happen tomorrow, and you do not have a choice about whether to eat fruit or toast. If these theories are in any way plausible, then the possibility that the future can be predicted is back on track.

Here’s how a theory for predicting the future could work:

  1. The future is exactly the same as the past and the present because there is no distinction. Spacetime is a 4-dimensional block in which all events are as real as each other, so theoretically, we can know the future in the same way that we know the present and the past. For more on this, go here for an easy-to-read and informative guide to time as a 4-d block.
  2. You do not have free will. You did not choose your body, your mind, your brain, your health, your parents, or any other causal force that resulted in your existence. Therefore, you are not responsible for any effects that result from those causal forces, so you do not have free will. The decision that you would have fruit or toast today was made for you, a long time ago. You feel that you have free will because the causal forces that led to the selection are not available to you in your conscious mind. For an insightful and entertaining exploration of this concept, check out this video by neuroscientist and philosopher Sam Harris.

The key idea here is that everything has a cause. Everything in your present was caused by your past, and everything in your future will be caused by your present self and your present situation. If you agree with this, and you are also willing to accept what we have taken for granted – that there is such a thing as psychic connectivity – then your future can be predicted by directing conscious, psychic energy to follow the determined causal chain that leads into your future, which, as we said, is an area of spacetime that is just as real as your past and your present.

This is a radical view. To preserve the notion of predicting the future, we have to commit to saying that the future is already determined by a web of causes and effects, and that consequently, we have no free will.

If you simply cannot deal with the consequences of this theory, there is another way that predicting the future can be preserved, and it involves a compromise. Perhaps psychics do not predict the future correctly all the time because a given cause has the potential to be responsible for multiple events, and that whichever event occurs is probabilistically determined. (Have a look at my post F is for ‘Fate’ for more on this). So in this theory, being hungry in the morning causes either toast or fruit or cereal or bacon and eggs or porridge to be eaten. If this decision is down to probability, then a psychic has a 20% chance of predicting what you will choose correctly. Not because he or she is guessing, but because he or she can only predict to the extent that probabilistic determination will allow. This conception fits with the famous double-slit experiment, which shows that, left alone, photons remain in a probabilistic state, but when an observer is introduced, the photon is forced into a determined state, an either/or choice. (Click here for more info on this.) Is it possible that our future’s are unfolding in a similar way? And if so, is it possible that a psychic can make a true prediction about your future?

There is so much more that could be said for and against the idea that the future can be predicted. I’d love to read your thoughts on the matter.

So what do you think? Can psychics predict the future? Do you have a story about a prediction that came true? Or one that was way off the mark? Have you ever made a spontaneous prediction that came true?

Thanks for reading! Your comments and questions are welcomed.

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O is for Oneness: You are a Unique and Beautiful Expression of All-That-Is.

‘I need to get rid of my ego’, ‘I need to become vegan’, ‘I must always think positively’. Spiritual explorers should stop being so hard on themselves. I see them grinding away at themselves as if, if they grind away hard enough, they might grind themselves into a more spiritual being. Many people who are interested in spirituality seem to reject and dislike the sense of separation that comes from inhabiting an individual human body, and leading an individual human life. Anyone who has done even the lightest of reading into spirituality knows that the take-home message from most branches of spiritual wisdom is ‘we are one’. We are One with each other. One with God. One with the Universe. This is true, but many seem to interpret this information as if we were one, now we’re not because we’re bad and naughty humans, and we have to find some sort of difficult and punishing way to reunite ourselves with source. And this is simply not true.

You are always one with God. You are always connected to source, and you are exactly as you should be. There is no need to punish yourself, battle with your ego, or deprive yourself of human experiences, because to do so is to reject your humanity with fear, which only serves to make you forget that you are always one with love. Your human life is a unique and individual feather on the wing of Spirit, and Spirit cannot fly without you. Nothing can separate you from source. Nothing. Experience your human life as fully as you can. Make mistakes, cry, doubt, make silly decisions, take risks and go your own way, because when you do, the Universe experiences those feelings, learns with you and grows with you through love. You are not bad because you are human. You are not ‘cut off’ because you recognise yourself in the mirror. You are simply a unique expression of oneness, just like everyone else. Embrace it. Do what feels right to your human self as well as your spiritual self, for they are also one. You need not struggle to make your way back to oneness, you are already one with love. Although we may wander through the forest of life, sometimes feeling lost, often feeling alone and afraid, there is nowhere in that forest that the voice of loving oneness cannot reach you. For it is always in your heart.

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M is for Mediumship: The Truth About My Work as a Medium.

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I have been serving as a medium for so long now that I feel I constantly live with one foot in physical reality, and one foot in another non-physical world. The title of ‘medium’ doesn’t mean much to me because the presence of a consciousness-based, non-physical reality is as much a part of my everyday life as the physical world we live in. My ability to communicate with non-physical people has influenced the way I live my life so greatly that to me, consideration of the non-physical is utterly natural and normal.

I have never really spoken about the exact process that I go through to connect with a person in Spirit. I have never explicitly offered the truth about how it all works…and that’s because I know whole-heartedly that I do not know the truth. What I know is my truth. I’d like to share my truth with you, and give you an honest and clear account of my experience with Spirit. It will make sense to some of you, and it will be nonsense to some of you, but it is what it is.

In a way, I chose the role of medium, and in a way, I did not. I keep choosing to be a medium in the sense that I keep doing it, but I also cannot fully explain how I got to the position where I can choose it. So I believe, on some level, that the experience of mediumship chose me. Just as any natural ability chooses any host, seemingly before birth.

Developing the ability to communicate with a person who is not in a physical body, is like developing the ability to paint a beautiful work of art whilst wearing a blindfold. Of course, it can be done, but it takes practice, trust, repetition and a subtle awareness beyond physical sight.

There is such an exchange of love that occurs through a strong mediumistic connection that each party involved wants to experience it again and again, like being in the company of someone who makes you feel really great. The love that is exchanged is nourishing to the person in Spirit, the medium and the recipient. The loving energy that travels between us is a Universal language- it is understood and experienced exactly the same for physical and non-physical people because it is the thread that connects us all. This beautiful exchange gives power to itself, propagating itself, thus creating the desire in all parties to repeat the experience. This repetition facilitates improvement in communicative capability for the communicator, the medium and the recipient, as each becomes more familiar with their role.

The more I choose to have love in my life- the more love I deliberately give, share, and receive- the better a medium I become. Practising love in my own life improves my understanding of the love shared between others: both physical and non-physical people. For me, appreciation of love is the fuel of the mediumistic connection. Love is the electricity that makes the communication possible.

I love every day, I give thanks every day and I make the presence of the spirit world a conscious and deliberate part of my life every day. When I get up on the platform, I have no idea who is going to come forward from Spirit, or what I’m going to say. That may seem terrifying, but I have spent all day, all week, all of my life, developing the trust that someone will be there. The moment on the platform is not the moment to lose that trust, it’s not fair on the people in Spirit who have shared themselves with me and therefore given me something to trust in the first place. I stand to speak – always nervous – I will often introduce myself, warming to the audience’s energy and getting a sense of their collective mind. As the energy builds and I adjust to their wavelength – and they to mine – I begin to get a sense of someone standing with me – a non-physical person- who arrives in a manner similar to ‘the sense of being stared at’, like an awareness of someone present behind me. Sometimes it’s a sudden feeling, sometimes it occurs to me slowly over seconds or even minutes. It’s at this time that I know that the collective beacon of energy that the audience and I are sending out has been successful in drawing people from Spirit towards us, and that people in the non-physical world have been able to use our collective energy (from our presence, our bodies, our prayers, laughter and singing) to take on a strength of form that can impress upon my consciousness. This ‘impression’ is a whole-istic experience for me. I often get a sense of the person standing at my shoulder: their age, height, build and gender. I may feel a sensation on my body indicative of how they died. They may place an object into my hand or instill a particular emotion into my heart. I may see a scene in my imagination relevant to them, or to you, the recipient. I don’t know for sure, but I believe from years of experience, that the blend of my energy with the energy of the person in Spirit creates differing mediumistic expressions, by its uniqueness. I believe that this energy is electromagnetic, active on levels quantum and smaller, and that this energy is inter-dimensional, although I do not have the ability to prove this – I don’t think any of us do, just yet. I believe in the scientific method and open-minded experimental endeavour and I believe that it will eventually provide us with the answers.

As your loved one comes closer to me, your acknowledgement and love continues to fuel the experience. Your loved one will search through the filing cabinets of my consciousness, looking for information, searching for things to point out, names that I know, places that I have been, experiences that I have had, in order to help me put their essence across in the truest way possible, and I try my best to interpret (or not), explain (or not) and understand (or not) as they direct me. Sometimes I totally get what they are trying to say, and sometimes I don’t- just as is true with a communication with any physical person.

When the communication is drawing to a close, I feel the person’s energy begin to wane, like losing a mobile phone signal or becoming distracted.

And that’s it. When the session of communication is over, I thank you, I thank your loved ones who reside in the Spiritual world and I go home. To me, mediumship is both the most magical experience, and the most mundane. Both extraordinary, and incredibly ordinary. Both interesting through a spiritual lens, and a scientific one, where love takes on the form of energy, and energy, the form of love.

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Do you wonder if people in Spirit can see you in the loo? Do you wonder if you have to pick who to spend eternity with when you die? Do you wonder what happens to skeptics/religious people when they die? Do you have a burning question about mediumship that you simply must ask? Ask your mediumship-related questions in a comment and I will do my humble and limited best to answer them…

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L is for ‘Light’: (Can a slim and healthy body make you more psychic?)

When Doreen Virtue told me that becoming vegan was the key to being more intuitive, more psychic and a better medium, I didn’t believe her. I couldn’t see the connection between my food choices and my ability to connect with people on a spiritual level. Recently, however, I have been studying the roles of energy, waves and vibration (the electro-magnetic spectrum) in spiritual work and I have developed a theory that working towards a slim and healthy body may make you more psychic. I do not think that it is our eating habits alone that determine how psychic we are (to improve your intuitive abilities requires love, empathy, belief, practice, meditation and study, amongst other things) but I do think that your food choices impact your ‘connectedness’ to your higher-self, to other people, and to non-corporeal beings. Sounds wacky, I know, but hear me out…

The phrase ‘love and light’ crops up in many arenas of spirituality, but what does it actually mean? The love part is pretty obvious, but ‘light’ is a word with many meanings, some of them literal and some of them figurative. We have adopted the word ‘light’ into spiritual discourse, and this adoption gives us clues that there is a relationship between the physics of light; describing something as light in terms of weight; and the idea of working with ‘the light’ in spiritual endeavours. It is this connection between meanings that my theory is based on.

In terms of physics, the definition of light is: Electromagnetic radiation that has a wavelength in the range from about 4,000 (violet) to about 7,700 (red) angstroms and may be perceived by the normal unaided human eye.

So in this literal sense, different colour lights appear so because they have different wavelengths. Like so:

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In spiritual work, we often refer to angels, spirit people and other non-physical beings as ‘beings of light’ suggesting that they exist somewhere on the electromagnetic spectrum. When, in spiritual discourse, we refer to something as ‘high vibration’, we are also using an electromagnetic spectrum analogy, implying both that the thing is spiritual and good, and that it expressed as a wave. We have borrowed the word ‘vibration’ from sound- which, like light, is expressed as waves and frequencies, further down the electromagnetic spectrum, like so:

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Physical matter – which you and I are made of – can also be expressed as frequencies and vibrations. The heavier we are physically, the lower the frequency we emit. The lower the frequency we emit, the further away we move from the ‘high vibration’ and ‘beings of light’ that we communicate with, whose frequencies are much higher than ours because they are not made of physical matter.

The less you weigh, the higher your frequency. When you eat to be slim and healthy, you literally raise the frequency of your body, thereby moving your ‘vibration’ closer to the frequency of ‘beings of light’ simply because you are carrying less matter.

Fruits and vegetables, apart from containing lots of nutrients, have higher frequencies than meat because their mass is less than meat so eating fruits and vegetables helps you to sustain a ‘high vibration’. When you consume them, they don’t weigh your vibration down as much as meat, carbohydrate or dairy. Therefore:

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You plus junk food equals low frequency.

 

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You plus salad equals high frequency!

Our portion sizes also have a frequency. We usually eat junk food in portion sizes that have a greater mass, and therefore, lower frequency than the portions of fruit and vegetables that we normally eat. So it makes sense that eating whatever will raise your frequency, in portion sizes that raise your vibration, will move you closer to the frequency of ‘high vibration beings’ and ‘beings of light’.

What do you think? Am I crazy mental or is there something to this? Have you noticed a correlation between weight-loss/ weight-gain, your eating habits, and your intuitive abilities?

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L is for ‘Love’: (Seven effects of love that ought to come with a warning label!)

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When you experience love, it is like taking medicine for the first time. As you adjust to the changing presence of love in your heart, you may experience some ‘side effects’- just as you feel the effects when you introduce a new substance to your body. The effects of love are manifold, and some of love’s ‘side effects’ are unexpected and may be a big change from your usual feelings. If love could be bottled – like medicine – and consumed to be experienced, then the bottle should come with these ‘warning labels’ of love’s unexpected side effects:

!WARNING!: When you truly experience love, you may feel like being alone.

When you think of love, you think of sharing love with your partner, family and friends, right? But experiencing love may have the opposite effect on you. Love might cause you to lock your door, unplug your phone, switch off the internet and be non-contactable, even by smoke-signal, if you are adjusting to loving yourself. It is hard to love yourself if you feel that you must constantly be giving yourself to others. To be alone is to look within, to be at peace, and to promote self-knowledge. To be alone is to accept your own company as good company: there is love in that acceptance.

!WARNING! Living with love may make you more aggressive.

Do you think of love as something floaty and passive and saintly? What if I told you that when you choose to experience love, you may start to give a shit about things you’ve never cared about before? When you experience love, the first thing to be cured is apathy. The second thing, is the sense that we are all separate from each other. Don’t be surprised when you welcome love into your heart, you begin to think ‘what can I do to help?’, ‘how can I change this?’, ‘how can I make a difference?’- love feeds your inner eco-warrior, your inner samaritan and your inner Robin Hood.

!WARNING! When you experience love, you may notice spontaneous physical changes in your body.

Do you love doughnuts? Do you love booze? Do you love junk food? When you ramp up the dosage of love in your life, you may not love those things so much. A weird side effect of love is that you may start loving life, your health and yourself too much to still love eating that crap. When you take a new dose of love into your heart, ‘I feel like eating a salad’ may spontaneously run through your mind…just sayin’…

!WARNING! Choosing love may cause you to quit your job.

Love, if you let it, will eventually course through every vein of your life. If you start out doing a job that is on a non-loving vibration, and you subsequently introduce a higher dose of love into your life, you may see, quite frankly, that you job is a waste of what you have to give. You may come to realize that your job does not support your wellness; you may see clearly that it doesn’t support the planet’s wellness. It may dawn on you that your work has fallen out of sync with your soul’s needs. If so, use love’s inspiration to guide you towards what to do to put it right. (This happened to me, I used to work for a credit card company).

!WARNING! Living a life of love may make you re-think your entire life.

Woah! This can be scary…when you begin to live with regular supplements of love, it may cause you to take stock of your whole life. Your life is not compartmentalized, everything has a knock-on-effect on everything else. Love causes you to treat people differently- that in itself can have a massive effect on the quality of experiences in your life. Love wants you to do things that support your wellbeing. Love encourages you towards happiness and peace. Love shoves you in the direction of joy….and the dominos continue to tumble.

!WARNING! Love will make you more self-interested.

To many, love means being selfless, but when you have love in your life, how can you be selfless? You are the facilitator of love by your thoughts, intentions, words and actions. In order to facilitate love, you need to have an understanding of love and to understand love, you need to feel loved…how can you possibly offer something that you have never felt? Not only is it perfectly acceptable for you to receive love, but it is absolutely necessary. Love has the weird side-effect of causing you to cultivate an understanding of love for others by loving yourself.

!WARNING! Love has been known to make people say sorry for their mistakes.

When you love, you don’t need to be right. When you love, you realize that there may be no such thing as ‘right’ because you become more compassionate and understanding of the coherent buoyancy of differing points of view. This may compel you to offer an apology – verbally or mentally but always sincerely – to someone, because through love, you see that contrast, contradiction and variety is fundemental to the overall progress of love. It is not about switching to another side- it is simply that there are no sides, just different expressions and various catalysts for love. Even the ‘bad’ stuff can be a catalyst for love. If you can accept that, then you’ve got the dosage just right.

These have been the seven effects of love that ought to come with a warning label. Can you think of any more?

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Until Next Time: Give a dose of love to the world twice a day for a week and keep me posted on how you’re doing.

Next Time: L is for ‘Light’.

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J is for ‘Jobs’. (How to be happy at work and love your job.)

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Having a job that makes you happy is one of the most important aspects of leading a balanced life. I often say to my clients, ‘Do what you love or at least, love what you do,’ and that is going to be the topic of this post.

Every day of my life, I give thanks that I am able to work for myself in a career that supports my soul’s development, and that also allows me to assist other people with theirs. My journey towards self-employment as a spiritual advisor was a long but joyous one, and along the way, I worked at a variety of day-jobs to keep the bills paid and to fund my dream of working for myself. During that time, I worked as a financial advisor, customer service consultant, make-up artist and waitress, and each of these jobs taught me that my happiness at work was completely within my control, and wasn’t dependent on the job I was doing, as such. I also came to realize that, of course, it is important that there are ‘normal’ people out there who are doing spiritual work. But it may be more important that there are spiritual, positive and happy people out there doing ‘normal’ work; bringing their love, light and integrity to a variety of different jobs. It is those people, I believe, who incite positive social change and who are the spiritual foundations of our societies.

So to all of you who are teachers, carers, nurses, social workers, waiters, bar staff, customer service advisors, civil servants, chefs, cleaners, lorry drivers, politicians, soldiers, emergency service officers, security workers, taxi drivers and in any other profession that keeps our world ticking over, please know that your happiness at work is important – that you take your spirituality with you into work every day makes a significant difference to all of us. Thank you for doing what you do, and doing it with a smile on your face!

Do you have a top tip for being happy and fulfilled at work? Did you ever start a job and were pleasantly surprised by how happy it made you? Comment below and tell us how you stay happy in the workplace. Here are my top 5 tips on how to be happy at work, that I hope all of you will benefit from, whether you serve our food, patrol our streets, or operate on our brains!

Tip No. 1: If you can’t do what you love, at least love what you do.

Ok, so you didn’t manage to achieve your childhood dream of being the first astronaut to visit the Andromeda galaxy, but does that mean that you will never be happy in another career? What if I told you that your happiness at work is not to do with what job you do, but is determined by your decision, every day, to be positive and to give each task your best shot. If you make the decision to think of your job in a loving and appreciative way, your good feelings will rub off on your colleagues, making your place of work a happier place to be for everyone. You will enjoy your job more, simply when you choose to enjoy your job. Try this experiment:

Tomorrow, choose to go into work and do your absolute best, with the greatest care and effort that you can. Let me know in a comment how your day went, when you made the deliberate decision that your workplace is a happy place.

Did you notice a difference? So until NASA call to invite you to begin training for Andromeda, choose to make the best of what you have! And if something at work is really so bad that you really, really can’t be positive about it…then you need to give yourself permission to leave. Seriously, why would you choose that level of unhappiness for yourself?

Tip No. 2: Practice clear and open communication.

If you have something to say to your boss or a colleague, take the time to think it through and then just say it! Swallowing down your worries, concerns and criticisms is not healthy for you, nor is a lack of communication healthy for your workplace. Being unable or unwilling to express yourself can lead to feelings of resentment and isolation at work and that is definitely not conducive to your happiness! The fear of speaking up is often worse than the experience itself, and if you can be tactful about your communications then you will find that most bosses and colleagues are just people too and not the judgmental, angry monsters that our non-confrontational minds make them out to be. When you are afraid to communicate at work, it is really your thought about the outcome that you are afraid of. To work through this, deliberately visualize your boss or colleague responding in a loving and receptive way before you begin a communication with them- this positive expectation will open up the channels of communication between you both.

Tip No. 3: Do one thing every day that is beyond the call of duty.

It feels good to be deliberately helpful at work. If you show up to work willing to do a little extra, whether it’s helping a new-start, being flexible with shifts or meeting a tough deadline, you will give off a vibration that you are approachable, helpful and kind…those are good qualities to have. And when pay-rise or promotion time comes around, your record of work will be glowing. When you are helpful, you inspire your colleagues to follow suit. Kindness and generosity are contagious – try it and see!

Tip No. 4: Set realistic boundaries.

You may think that in order to be respected by your boss and others, you need to take on every bit of extra work that’s going. But this is not so. It is better to do 2 tasks excellently well than 5 tasks poorly. Be honest about what you can manage well and don’t be afraid to say no to extra work if it is too much: your boss and colleagues will respect your honesty and you won’t feeling like crying because of stress and pressure. This is very important in sustaining a healthy work/life balance.

Tip No. 5: Work with integrity.

Always work with integrity. If your workplace doesn’t treat you right, despite attempts to resolve issues, you should think about whether that really is the right place for you to work. Your health and happiness are more important than your job and you shouldn’t have to work someplace that doesn’t support your wellbeing. Try to avoid gossip, negativity, bullying and bitching – these also do not support your wellness at work. If your colleagues really don’t respect the workplace or each other and it’s really bringing you down, you may want to consider if that place of work is really what’s best for you. No job is worth the integrity of your soul. You may think, ‘I’d love to leave but there are no other jobs.’ And my only reply to that is ‘what you believe is what you receive’. If you affirm that there are no jobs then you make it much for difficult for the Universe to bring you meaningful work. Try, instead, to affirm what you do want:

I have a wonderful job that I am happy to get up for every day. My work pays well and supports my wellbeing.

Why shouldn’t you have this? A happy and healthy workplace is totally achievable for you, if you believe it is.

What do you do for a living? Do you think that it’s important to practice positivity and spirituality at work? Please leave me a comment- I’d love to hear all about how you make the most of your working day.

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Thank you to all of you who shared your joy with me in last week’s post – J is for ‘Joy’. I really enjoyed reading about the things that make you joyful. I am delighted to announce that the winner of a free reading with me is: Mia (Lights of Clarity)

I look forward to connecting with you Mia, and sharing the guidance of Spirit with you.

Until Next Time: Practice deliberate happiness at work and record any changes in how you feel about your job, and how your workmates treat you.

Next Time: K is for ‘Kindness’: (The power of deliberate acts of kindness.)

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I is for ‘Information’. (Citizen Hearing on Disclosure: Compelling Evidence that Extra-Terrestrials Have Visited Earth.)

Welcome back everybody. After writing H is for ‘Humanoid’, I realise that I have only scratched the surface of the current events surrounding Ata and Sirius, so yesterday, I decided to write a ‘part two’ about the political impact of the presence of extra-terrestrial life here on Earth, with particular focus on the Citizen Hearing on Disclosure.

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I then promptly talked myself out of writing this post.

Frankly, I feared that it was too big a job. I switched off my laptop and went to a spiritual centre where I was speaking last night. Upon my arrival, I was offered a cup of tea. Imagine my surprise when my tea came in a mug emblazoned with ‘Men In Black’ and a little extra-terrestrial on the side! I actually burst out laughing. Never in my life have I seen that mug and I have visited this centre many times. ‘Alright, alright synchronicity! I’ll write the damn sequel already!’ I thought…so here it is. Just for the sake of organizing the information in my own mind, and for ease of reading for you, I have divided my thoughts into questions and answers. Speaking of questions and answers, what did you think of the CHD? Have you ever seen an extra-terrestrial craft or being? Tell me all about it in the comment box below.

So what exactly is the ‘Citizen Hearing on Disclosure’?

The Citizen Hearing on Disclosure. is a congressional-style meeting that took place from 29th April- 3rd May 2013 in the National Press Club Ballroom in Washington D.C. The hearing was attended by scientists, academics, doctors, astronauts, physicists, journalists, military personnel, personnel from congress and the general public from ten countries across the Globe. With a line up like this, you would be forgiven for thinking that a state of war had been declared: but no…this group’s reason for meeting, thankfully, is not about preparing for war. The CHD met to discuss the evidence surrounding governmental cover-ups of information confirming that extra-terrestrial beings and crafts having visited planet Earth. The CHD was particularly interested in the people’s right to know the truth; the possible reasons why governments have felt that cover-ups are necessary; and bringing discussions about extra-terrestrial beings from the fringes of society and the realms of ridicule, into mainstream political discussion. The hearing has been recorded on film to be included in a forthcoming documentary entitled: ‘Truth Embargo’.

So who was on the commitee and who gave evidence at CHD?

Many interesting individuals (some with mindblowing testimonials!) from all over the world took part in the hearing. Their statements were heard by the objective ears of a committee consisting of former congressmen and women. Congresswoman Carolyn Kilpatrick, Senator Mike Gravel, Congresswoman Lynn Woolsey, Congressman Merrill Cook, Congresswoman Darlene Hooley and Congressman Roscoe Bartlett, took part, each listening and responding to eye-witness testimonies, the analysis of scientists and engineers, the thoughts from various political fronts, and bore witness to the re-telling of extra-terrestrial close encounters of kinds 1-5. The hearing featured confessions of government and military officials who had been forbidden by the chain of command from speaking about their direct and indirect experiences of extra-terrestrial beings and crafts. Many of the speakers discussed the destruction of evidence and permanent deletion of files as part of the ongoing cover-ups. Some of the most interesting speakers were:

Sergeant John Burroughs & Seargeant Jim Penniston- Both of these men were serving in the Air Force when they encountered a landed extra-terrestrial craft in Bentwater Air Base, England in 1980. There remains some evidence in support of their testimonies, including abnormally high levels of radiation where the craft landed, and plaster-cast imprints of the craft’s landing gear, but many of the Sergeants’ records have been deliberately destroyed or kept from them. They are now in the process of suing the Air Force for access to their own medical records which detail possible health conditions caused or exacerbated by the incident. Both of these seemingly honest and trustworthy men can corroborate each other’s story, so unless they are flat-out lying, it is very difficult to explain away their experience. Read their full story here.

Sirius Citizen Hearing Disclosure UFO Extra-terrestrial

Captain Robert Salas- Captain Salas was stationed at Malmstrom Air Force Base, Montana, where ten nuclear missiles were stored and maintained. Each missile had its own primary and secondary power sources, and there was nowhere outside of the inner capsule of the base where the missiles could be controlled. Nevertheless, on March 24th 1967, Captain Salas plus several other men witnessed a red light in the sky, and they each saw what looked like an aircraft that behaved in no way they had encountered before. Within a short time, the craft had shut down and de-powered the missiles before disappearing into the sky. When the commanders approached the affected missile launch sites, they lost all radio communication with base, for reasons unknown. You can listen to Seregeant Salas’ amazing account here.

A full list of speakers, each with an amazing tesitmony, can be found here.

Why is the CHD worthwhile? What is the driving force behind it?

‘If the congress won’t do its job, the people will’ is the snappy and empowering mission statement presented by the CHD. Funded, organized, attended and promoted by the people for the people, the CHD provided speakers and witnesses of of extra-terrestrial activity with an open forum where, for whatever reason, the current American government refused to. There are two things about the CHD that I think are really amazing. First, that the subject matter – extra-terrestrial life being in contact with Earth – is oh-so interesting, and if true, is a paradigm shifting game-changer. But second, and perhaps more importantly, the model of the CHD – the method and the purpose – raises all manner of interesting questions and new perspectives. A transparent and ridicule-free discussion about extra-terrestrial life having visited Earth is wonderful to see, but aside from the topic at hand, the implementation of the model of a citizen hearing its indicative of a shift in the way that the people of the American democracy want to do business: and it is their governments obligation to take note and follow. Here are some other thoughts that came to mind as I was watching the CHD:

  • Why do we need a hearing to request disclosure, surely people have the right to know what is going on behind closed doors with the goverment that they themselves elected?
  • Why is the current American government fighting so hard to avoid disclosing the information, and why won’t they represent themselves by taking part in the proceedings?
  • Lack of transparency indicates that the government is not working for the best interests of the people that they serve. If that is indeed the case, then whose interests are they working for?
  • Is it the case that the government won’t take part in the proceedings because they think it silly (as has been the thought in the past about extra-terrestrials) or is it because they genuinely have something to hide?
  • If the people have managed to arrange and complete a high quality hearing ‘by the book’ with high calibre speakers and a global audience, does that mean that the people have taken over and are now, to some extent, acting as their own shadow government on this matter?

Oh alright, perhaps I’m getting carried away here but you get the point. The perspective of many people, myself included, is that a governmet has a responsibility to answer the questions posed to it by its people and if it’s refusing to, one has to wonder why.

What do the CHD and its participants hope to achieve?

Political transparency. Not just the truth behind the lies about extra-terrestrial life, but in the way our governments operate more generally.

What else could the structure of the CHD be used for?

The CHD model, combined with the instantaneous and widespread access to information via the internet is a powerful combination which has great potential to flush out the truth, or at the very least, allows the general population to know enough information about important discussions that they do not have the feeling that they are being left in the dark. Just a little information can prompt the questions that need to be asked, which are the first steps towards the changes that need to be made, both at the level of government, and at the level of the individual. I can think of some other areas where the CHD model would work. I’d love to see a hearing with a committee and air-tight witnesses broadcast over the internet, with the purpose of answering these clangers:

  • What is our food really made of?
  • Are we really planning our defence: or are we planning an attack?
  • Where exactly is all the money going?
  • Why are the rich getting richer and the poor getting poorer?
  • Exactly how harmful are the chemicals in plastics and drugs?
  • Precisely how bad is global warming?
  • Exactly what are the emigration and immigration laws and why are they different from country to country when we are all sharing the same world?

The reason that the model is so great is that it allows people with various points of view to come forward and discuss very difficult and secretive matters in an open and transparent way, thus giving the power of information back to the people.

What’s the next step? Is there a way that I can get involved?

After the success of the CHD, the committee of the CHD are now seeking support from the UN to organize a world conference with the intention of sharing information about extra-terrestrials and proposing a resolution as to how best understand and reach out to our guests from ‘out there’. Want your government to take part? Email them. Write to them. Begin a petition and show that you care about this. And when you do, remember that the CHD is not just about how we plan to treat people from another world: it’s about how governments treat people who belong to this world.

Until Next Week: Read the testimonies, watch the interviews, do some research and make your own mind up as to what it all means.

Next Week: I is for ‘Intuition’

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H is for ‘Humanoid’. (Who is the Atacama Humanoid? His identity remains unsolved.)

Hello ladies and gentlemen. I saw something this week that I simply must share with you. In an effort to add to my ever expanding mind, I watched a documentary called Sirius. I am not usually a conspiracy theorist, and I am not easily convinced by things that are distantly removed from me via the editable media of film…but there was something about this documentary that affected me: it triggered a feeling in me that I can’t shake off.

The documentary, at its core, is about the reams and reams of evidence that suggests that extra-terrestrial life has visited our little blue planet. What is shocking is that the majority of this evidence seems to exist within the secretive grasp of governments all over the world. Sirius exposes many of the testimonials, files, witness reports and items of video and photographic evidence, in support of the visitation of extra-terrestrial life to Earth, whilst aiming for full disclosure as to the world’s real and true position on the presence of extra-terrestrial life. I am captivated by this documentary for a few reasons: First, the documentary is well-made and beautifully shot. Also, the evidence that it presents is compelling; and the witnesses are educated, decorated and sincere people from the military and beyond, but mostly I am affected because the story seems so plausible, being both patient and mindblowing. The drive behind the Sirius Documentary is that if extra-terrerstrial technology exists on this planet, then we all have a right to know about it. If there was a secret and hidden technology that could give all of us access to clean and free energy (including zero point energy) and which could initiate developments towards advanced flight and propulsion techniques, wouldn’t you want to know about it? The implementation of such technologies would undermine the need for- and therefore, value of- fossil fuels, the pursuit of which is probably the most harmful act, in myriad ways, that each and every one of us cannot help but engage with on this planet. Government confirmation of the technology left behind by extra-terrestrial visitors to this planet would shortly render fossil fuels unnecessary, therefore decreasing their value: and we all know what that means, right? No more fiscal value in oil…no more fighting over oil…no more oil = power…and no more reality built on a foundation of oil and other fossil fuels. The impact of this paradigm shift would be far reaching, and Sirius explores the reasons why some may not be ready for the shift, and what they are doing to prevent it from occuring. Clean and free energy would be received in a positive way for the majority of us…and in a negative way for the few who dictate the value of money and who are calling all the shots. The Sirius Documentary discusses the socio-economical, global, personal, defence, health and fiscal impact of the invention of free energy and the implications of exploring new methods of propulsion, flight and anti-gravity. Although all of this is fascinating and obviously very important, there was one specific element of the documentary that really blew my mind…

In 2003, a tiny humanoid body was found, extremely dessicated and almost mummified, in the Atacama Desert region of Chile.

Atacama Humanoid

The Sirius documentary follows the investigation into the identity of the tiny Atacama Humanoid (nicknamed Ata) as scientists, UFOlogists and sceptics alike wait with baited breath to discover if he is a being not of this planet. Research has been carried out, DNA has been tested, and consultants have been consulted…and yet the mystery continues. His ‘situation’ cannot be clearly identified and explained. He is a tiny six inch skeleton, whose life and death are completely new in our realm of understanding. He may just be a completely new world of knowledge, contained within six inches of life.

So here’s what we know about Ata so far:

  • Ata is definitely not a hoax. His bone structure is much too complex to be hoaxed and his DNA, which has been tested by Stanford University indicates that he is a whole being.
  • Ata is as tall as a ball-point pen.Atacama humanoid alien
  • Ata is male.
  • It appears that Ata was between 6 and 8 years old when he died. We know this by the extent to which the bones in his knees are formed.
  • Ata’s skeleton appears to be between 50-150 years old. We know this from his bones having been carbon dated.
  • Ata has 9/10 ribs, and human beings usually have 12.
  • Ata has somewhat human DNA. Some elements of Ata’s DNA do not match human DNA, as far as is known.
  • It appears, from his DNA, that Ata’s mother lived in the Atacama region of Chile.
  • Ata has been tested for all known forms of dwarfism with no indication of dwarfism in his genetic make-up.
  • Ata has been tested for all known expressions of progeria. His genome shows no sign of the disease.
  • Ata’s height, ribs, skull shape and structure, eye socket shape and structure, and organ size are very different from anything previously seen in another human being…ever.

So how do we tie all this information together? Who is the Atacama Humanoid?

Atacama Humanoid Sirius Human Chile

Is it possible that Ata came from the stars? It certainly doesn’t seem impossible. After all, didn’t all of our atoms originate somewhere other than this planet? Each and every one of us has a bit of star dust within, and each and every one of us was a twinkle in the eye of the Big Bang. Perhaps Ata may serve to prove to us, not necessarily that there is life ‘out there’ but that there really is no ‘out there’…there is no ‘them and us’. Perhaps he serves as a gentle reminder that we do not know it all just because we sort-of-think-we-know how our own planet works. Ata reminds us, whether other-planetary or human, that there is so much left to learn, and that we are not an isolated planet in the middle of nowhere, but that planet Earth is a lively cell, within an increasingly lively Universe.

What do you think? I really want to know! Conspiracy theories, scientific evidence, your experiences with Extra-terrestrial crafts or beings…the lot! If you’ve has an experience with an extra-terrestrial I want to know about it! Leave your thoughts and comments here…

Until next week: Look up at the night sky, and politely ask with the power of your thoughts, for an extra-terrestrial being to come and say hello. Evidence suggests that if they do exist, they will tend to respond to what you think, rather than what you say.

Next Time: I is for ‘Intuition’

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