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" One touch of nature

makes all the world kin "

William Shakespeare

Holiday Time

September 26th, 2008

Hello! Just to let you know Stephanie and I are off to Italy today for 10 days – so no blog entries for a while. Perhaps when we get back there’ll be no more banks and we’ll have to sing a song or recite a poem to get on the train instead of using metal discs or sheets of paper.

You may have noticed the side bar has been pushed to the bottom of the page for some time. I have no idea why…. I’m hoping it will bounce back at some point.

More after 5th October…..!

A No-brainer?

September 25th, 2008

The Iraq War could cost US its Financial System
The International Monetary Fund estimates that the total cost to banks of losses stemming from the subprime crisis will amount to $1,000bn; the cost of the war in Iraq, according to other estimates, particularly one by Linda Bilmes and Joseph Stiglitz, will come to $3,000bn.
John M. Coates.

In 3 Years’ Time

September 24th, 2008

In 3 years’ time scientists might be faced with powerful evidence for the existence of consciousness outside the body. See this BBC article about the ‘Aware’ project:

….investigators will place images strategically in hospital bays, such that they will only be visible by looking down from the ceiling and nowhere else.

If after 36 months, hundreds of patients report being “out of body” yet no one can report seeing the images, then we must consider these reports to be nothing more than illusions.

If on the other hand there are hundreds of positive reports, then we will have to redefine our understanding of the mind and brain during clinical death…

Read whole article.

Can you imagine what it will mean for Science. I’d like to see Richard Dawkins trying to explain that one!

And if there are few reports of images being reported, well maybe the souls were so excited about being loosed from the body they will have more interesting explorations on their mind, and will go straight into the famous ‘tunnel of light’ rather than floating about in the hospital room!

Stonehenge a Centre of Healing

September 24th, 2008

From the BBC website:

Archaeologists have pinpointed the construction of Stonehenge to 2300BC – a key step to discovering how and why the mysterious edifice was built.

The radiocarbon date is said to be the most accurate yet and means the ring’s original bluestones were put up 300 years later than previously thought.

The dating is the major finding from an excavation inside the henge by Profs Tim Darvill and Geoff Wainwright.

The duo found evidence suggesting Stonehenge was a centre of healing.



September 24th, 2008

The time has come. All who have issue with the current state of affairs are invited to meet in Parliament Square. Monday 13th October 2008. At 5.30pm. For a peaceful rally.

Women will speak. We will outline our demands. The politicians must have it explained:
1. No third runway at Heathrow or Stanstead airport expansion
2. No new UK coal fired power stations: NO Kingsnorth
3. Government policy must reflect the latest peer reviewed climate science

Deeds not words.
At 6.25pm will shall march to the statue of Ms Pankhurst who, 100 years ago rushed parliament to demand votes for women. WHAT a mad idea that seemed at the time.

We shall engage in street theatre.
Come dressed as a suffragette. Come with friends. Come to support. Come to be counted. Come women, come men. Come because together is the only way we ever make a difference. Because things must change. Now.

Suffragette style sashes (red,stating CLIMATE RED ALERT because that’s how bad things are getting) are available from stewards on the day. Google for updates on speakers, preliminary actions, map etc

So can we

Robin Williamson in Lewes

September 24th, 2008

Come along to a rare and precious day of storytelling, beautiful music
and guidance into the essence of celtic wisdom. Days like these come
along once in a lifetime , weaving the web of our own indigenous soul
with this beautiful legend from ancient Ireland.
A magical and wild story that goes deeply into the layers of the celtic
mind. The story is as relevant today as it ever was, at first it seems to
talk of events a long, long time ago. But as we explore the deeper
layers and meanings of the story, we soon see how this story is our own
story, it is about the everyday struggles of life, as well as the potential
we have in each and every moment.
Full of magic, myth, musical modes and related ideas, the story is the
closest the celts came to a creation story. And in the same way the story
relates to how we create our own story in everyday life. The day is
more like a workshop, as we sit together and unpick the strands of this
exquisite web, through meditations, music and dialogue. Come along
and enjoy a magical day on the edge of Samhain and the winters call.
October 25th.  Zu studios. Lewes.
East Sussex.  Tel: 07771646575
founder in the 60’s of the
influential Incredible String
Band and the Merry Band of
the 70’s, has been a key fig-
ure at the forefront of the
storytelling revival in Europe
and America since the 80’s.
He has authored a number
of books including The
Craneskin Bag ) and Celtic
Bards, Celtic Druids Robin is
Honorary Chief Bard of The
Order of Bards, Ovates and

Soul Companions

September 23rd, 2008

I’ve just returned from a weekend drenched in sunshine and new experiences – at the Soul Companions gathering in Stackpole Pembrokeshire. Years ago OBOD helped to initiate a project at Stackpole – a group of members lived in benders the woods there, with the blessing of the National Trust. They helped by coppicing and lived the simple life. One of the group had a baby in the woods.

Years later here we were – a motley collection of presenters each with our specialties. From L to R the photo shows ‘Crystal Skull explorers’ Joshua Shapiro and Blue Arrow Rainbow from the USA, Billie Dean film-maker and animal psychic from Australia, Psychic Surgeon Gary Mannion (sporting the provocative T-shirt message ‘Trust Me – I’m not a Doctor’) Celtic expert Geo Trevarthen from Scotland, organiser and Orb explorer Karen Pereczes, Cunningman Andras Corban-Arthen from the USA, and me at the end. Psychic Anne Hassett from Ireland wasn’t there for the photo, but was a presenter too.

One of the problems if you give a lot of talks and workshop is that you don’t take the time to experience other peoples’ work. This weekend we all got to take part in each other’s presentations, and the result was very heart-warming and educational. Any thoughts I had about ‘New Age flakiness’ disappeared pretty quickly once we all got talking!

And the Autumn Equinox ceremony beside St Govan’s chapel on the rocky coastline was simply stunning!

Thank you to everyone involved!

I Follow the Religion of Love

September 22nd, 2008

My heart has become capable of every form: it is a pasture for
gazelles and a convent for Christian monks,
And a temple for idols and the pilgrim’s Ka’ba and the
tables of the Torah, and the book of the Koran.
I follow the religion of Love: whatever way Love’s camels take,
that is my religion and my faith.

Ibn Arabi (1165-1240) Islamic Sufi mystic and philosopher

Snow Puddles at Twilight

September 17th, 2008

Crossing a bare common, in snow puddles, at twilight, under a clouded sky, without having in my thoughts any occurrence of special good fortune, I have enjoyed a perfect exhilaration. I am glad to the brink of fear. In the woods too, a man casts off his years, as the snake his slough, and at what period soever of life, is always a child. In the woods, is perpetual youth.

Emerson, Nature