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Smoke and Gold

At the time of writing, it is winter in the North of England and lately there’s been snow, hail, sleet, frosty mornings and icy winds.  I’m glad to be able to light a coal fire sometimes and sit and watch the flames. There’s a whole process of clearing ashes, chopping kindling wood and fetching coal and this led me to consider a few things about tending the hearth.  Recently the chimney-sweep came and I was reminded of my father, who used to be a fireman.  He had often attended chimney fires and warned me of the dangers.

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Listen and Learn

Aunty Elsie was 99 years and one month when she died. She was a lady in every sense of the word and had dedicated her working life to teaching children of all ages in primary and secondary schools. She was of the generation when teaching; like nursing, was a vocation and she remained a spinster until the age of 68 when she married 72 year old Les, who had been a friend of Aunty Elsie from her teens. Sadly, they were only together for four years before Les passed away and in the years since, Aunty Elsie had lived contentedly on her own with regular visits from close family for company.

In the last few years of her life we watched as she went through the physical, mental and emotional decline of old age. Some might say she began hallucinating because Aunty Elsie often mentioned that she had been visited by her grandparents, who had passed away many years before, as well as various children and animals, such as birds and cats. Our conversations were often three way with Aunty Elsie passing on my great-grandmas comments! She sometimes mentioned how she had talked to a little girl who regularly visited her. On one occasion when I was with Aunty Elsie, she said that the little girl was there and wanted to hold my hand. When I put out my left hand, my Aunty corrected me saying, “Lynne she’s on the other side of you!” + Read More

Ecology ~ The Music of Nature

Rainbow Light Trust is based Calderdale, West Yorkshire in the north of England.  We are very fortunate to be surrounded by nature’s garden in this ruggedly beautiful part of the UK.   It is always healing to be able to walk and sit quietly in nature, focusing on the sounds and sensations around us.  Looking at images of nature can revive the experience and inspire us when, for whatever reason, we are unable to be out of doors.  As we move through the cycles and seasons of our lives, we can draw strength from the natural environment.  Here are some links to blogs about the natural environment from members of Rainbow Light Trust:

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Ecology ~ Nourishing the Senses

 

‘The Sensory Rainbow  is a sensory healing programme for children with profound and multiple handicaps.  Dynamic possibilities for healing are created through an understanding of energy flow, using colour, sound, music and creative play.

The manual is of interest to parents, teachers and health-care professionals.  The ideas within the manual also offer creative sensory opportunities for those working with adults with dementia or learning disabilities, who are struggling to make sense of their environment. + Read More

Ecology ~ Everything has Consciousness and is Interconnected

Today is unique

Look at the sky – it is constantly changing; the clouds will never be the same again today.

The sunlight on the leaves will change.  The shades of green will lighten and darken in a moment.

“Nature is painting for us, day after day, pictures of infinite beauty if only we have eyes to see them”.
John Ruskin

If we see with new eyes, we can teach the children to do the same.

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Ecology ~ Nature is the Interface between Humanity and the Natural World

Science now recognises that the earth has energy lines called meridians, which mirror our own; the primary energy source for ourselves and the planet.  When we accept this we can see the importance of being in harmony with the earth and everything on it because everything has consciousness and is interconnected.

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Look, No Sticks!

In 1998 I went through a very challenging time, which affected my physical, mental and emotional health. It culminated in me taking more than six months off work with stress and as a believer in the benefits of taking a holistic approach to health, I chose not to go down the route of prescriptive medication, which was offered to me by my Doctor. I felt I needed instead to find another way of getting better but was unsure of how to go about it.

Whilst at home off sick, a member of the leisure club where I worked came to see me and invited me to a meditation class. That’s where I was first introduced to the Emerald Alignment and although at that time it felt like a nice visualisation which helped to relax me, I was unaware of how much help it was actually giving me. During my recovery I continued attending the meditation class and practicing the Emerald Alignment before eventually returning to work.

Some months later, I was offered a role as Fitness Director for Royal Caribbean Cruise Ships, which involved offering personal training sessions to passengers. It was whilst working on a cruise in the Caribbean that I witnessed a miracle. + Read More

The Importance of Teaching Music in Schools

Back in 2010 the UK Government introduced the English Baccalaureate, a key school performance measure that focused on specific subjects: English, mathematics, history, geography, the sciences and a foreign language. As someone who composes music, I remember feeling sad to see that music had been omitted from the list of subjects to be assessed and wondered whether this would eventually result in schools marginalising the teaching of music in their curriculum.

I was reminded of this a few weeks ago when I read this BBC news article which confirmed that my fears were well-founded. It reported that researchers from Sussex University are now warning that music “could face extinction” as a subject in secondary schools in England.

Music is something which has been important to me throughout my life and so it’s distressing to think that future generations of schoolchildren might not have the opportunity to learn about the subject that I love. I do however have other serious concerns about this trend to sideline music education in schools. + Read More

Spinning a Yarn

In Art and Alignment, I tell of different ways that art, writing and creative activities helped in my recovery from a life-threatening illness.  In the section called ‘The Object In Hand’, I describe how I was at home convalescing after a major operation and beginning to regain some energy.  I found that sitting in a chair, sewing bits of textiles together, which wasn’t something I would normally have done, was helping me to feel better.

I wasn’t fit to drive but was gradually recovering and one day I had a strong impulse to walk to the bottom of the hill and catch a bus to the next town.  There seemed to be a compelling reason to go there, although I had no particular aim in mind.

 

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What Can I Do?

“I am only one, but I am one.
I cannot do everything but I can do something.
And I will not let what I cannot do interfere with what I can do.”

Edward Everett Hale

These are turbulent times and, in the midst of so much conflict and chaos, hearts are troubled.  For many people, uncertainty, anxiety and fear permeate everyday life and collectively we are facing huge challenges and crises.  There is a growing sense that we have an emergency on our hands and there is a yearning for greater peace and stability.  In different ways people are asking: “What can I do that will help?”

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