A couple of photos shared at a Universal Medicine event day recently got me seriously pondering on a few topics around teenagers from the past, and in today’s society. One photo was of a group of young adults from the 1960’s/70’s who looked at ease with each other, had genuine smiles on their faces, were of a healthy weight range and had a naturalness and openness in their bodies – there was no trying to ‘be anything else’ in them. The second photo was of a group of youths from today. In this photo there was a feeling of unease, a great deal of trying to ‘fit in’, to perpetuate an image, to look cool, and the biggest thing that stood out for me was the ‘to get noticed’ energy, almost in a competitive way. The feeling in both of these photos and what they depicted of the youth back then and of today were of stark contrast – quite a shock really to see so blatantly in front of my eyes.
Everyone is equal and we are all from the same source! Such facts give us a platform to live in harmony, free of conflict, hate and loss, and yet we don’t, so what is the next step for a humanity out of sorts and out of love?
Many of us get a feeling of unease from the news we get fed and while it is often easy to pinpoint events that leave us sad and despairing, the challenge occurs in how to respond in a positive way to the stream of media that highlight global events showcasing suffering and loss, or politicians and industry leaders acting without integrity and telling barefaced lies that satisfy only their hidden agendas. Continue reading “The Ripple Effect of Love”
In my experience nobody wants to identify him or herself as being racist. Racism is reserved for ‘other people.’ Should you point out that someone’s behaviour seems racist it will almost certainly be met with indignation.
Given that nobody is willing to stand up and be counted as being racist, it is interesting that we live in a world where racism, sexism and a whole range of other ‘isms’ are flourishing. Countries seem to point their finger at one another and exclaim, “That’s outrageous! … “How dare they! Animals!” It’s ironic really, because from what I’ve seen the animal kingdom has no problem accepting a whole host of species. In fact, the animals and plants operate as though they all need each other in that glorious ecological web of theirs.
Today there was a parade of men and women going past our house to commemorate a traditional rite of the village we live in. As I was standing at a window on the first floor watching them roll past on their horses, a man looked up and greeted me with a military salute and automatically I replied with the same.
In that salute I could feel how far away from each other we are – the salute gave recognition, but it also held the two of us at a distance. I realised this was not a true honouring of each other but a formal way of saying: “you are where you are and I will stay where I am.”
I remember listening to an interview with Canadian author Margaret Atwood at a time when I was not sure what direction to take, what profession to pursue, what field to go into. What about being a writer? The occupation as such wasn’t at the forefront of my thoughts but more so the acknowledgement that this woman sounded like she knew who she was and was solid in her role and station in life; she had found her niche, her raison d’être, she had a proper profession – and she was respected, sought after and earned a living. Her job description gave her an activity and an identity; it was what she did and who she was. Continue reading “Are Providers Real Men? Are Real Men Providers?”
|When Pat Claridge went away with her sisters for a holiday, they didn’t anticipate they’d booked themselves into a haunted house. Here Pat, formerly a self-described ‘non-believer’ in spirits or entities, describes her experiences first-hand.|
I was invited to spend a weekend with my family in North Norfolk. My sister Mary had rented a wing of a large old house, which was over 200 years old. Many of the cottages including the wing of this house were rented out as holiday accommodation. Five of us were going to share the house for the weekend and we were all looking forward to being together. When we got to the house late on Friday afternoon, we all felt uneasy just walking to the door of the house. The energy of the place did not feel very inviting at all.
What if we were all given one job to do on earth and we were to all work for the same company?
Can you begin to imagine what the job description would look like?
What would the responsibilities look like?
How could one business employ 7.5 billion people?
Who would want to be the CEO? Continue reading “A Job asking for Applicants to live Responsibility”
Most of us have been raised with the basic understanding of what it means to be responsible. This will generally come from our parents, our friends’ parents, our grandparents and teachers. Hopefully that puts us in good stead for what comes next in life, entering the workforce and having a job. The baton is then passed to the employee and now fellow workmates will teach us what it means to be responsible at work.
What does that look like?
Just lately I remembered that when I was in high school, it was a regular prediction/warning of my father that if I wasn’t studying well in school and university I would end up as a toilet woman, meaning cleaning public toilets for a meagre living.
Cleaning toilets in public places like big service stations, train stations, or any public toilets, was – when I grew up in Germany – regarded at the time as the lowest work you could do, and possibly the lowest paid job too. Toilet women would spend the whole day cleaning a certain group of toilets – let’s say the women’s toilets at the train station – and in between sit at a table with a plate where customers were to place their coins in payment. Continue reading “Taking Toilet Cleaning to a New Level”
Someone close to me recently passed over. What has come to my awareness is how we don’t generally talk about death, even our own, or a person’s last days in their current lifetime.
Could it be by talking about death from the start of our life, and not seeing it as an end, but the truth of what it is – a passing over, evolution, and the start of a new cycle to begin – we would have a very different relationship with ourselves, death, life, evolution and purpose, and how we prepare for our own or another’s passing over, and how we care for those dying? Continue reading “Death and Passing Over, we need to Talk about it”