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Empowering the Voice

Ginger-CatAngela was a tall frail looking woman in her forties with short dark hair and hunched shoulders. She spoke in a whisper and rarely made eye contact. Whenever she left the residential home in which she lived, Angela clung to her support worker, linking arms wherever they walked. She had been diagnosed with a genetic condition, which affected her intellect and muscular coordination. Her hands would shake and she was often wobbly on her feet. She lacked confidence and rarely spoke above a whisper and her carers told me that she was resistant to eating and they were concerned because she ate very little. Angela would become aggressive if forced to do anything she did not want to do. She was reluctant to talk to people and preferred to spend long periods in her room lying on her bed seemingly exhausted. Angela had had a boyfriend but he had tragically died of heart failure a year earlier, I was told that the subject was never mentioned by Angela or the staff within the home. + Read More

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Shocked into silence

Man-in-shadow-Billy was thirty five years old when I met him, he was grossly overweight and living in a residential care home with two other men with severe learning disabilities. His carers told me that he ‘doesn’t talk’ and ‘he hasn’t spoken for years’ but they believed that he understood everything that was said to him.

When Billy was sixteen years old, a terrible thing had happened, which shook the family to its core. Billy’s elder sister was attacked and murdered when walking home after a night out with friends. The effect on Billy was catastrophic. Emotionally traumatised, he withdrew into himself. His parents were grief stricken and were unable to console him and give him the comfort he needed. Medication had no effect on Billy’s mental state and a psychiatrist recommended electric shock treatment. Billy’s parents told me that he had been afraid and had not wanted this option but they had been swayed by medical opinion and against their better judgement had allowed the treatment to go ahead but the consequences were devastating.

The series of electric shocks rendered Billy helpless and unable to function. He became totally passive, unable to feed or dress himself, emotionally and physically dependent and unable to communicate. Billy’s parents, in trying to deal with their own grief, were unable to cope with the extra burden of looking after him and he was placed in a community home for adults with learning disabilities. Billy’s parents had now lost not only one but both of their children.

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Numerology and the Life Path – Part 1

clock-faceNumerology is a language of symbols. Symbols draw upon the vast amount of knowledge that exists in the archetypal world.  Archetypes are sources of information that convey knowledge of things we are not normally consciously aware of until we develop the means to draw them into our awareness.

In the Western hemisphere, the Pythagorean system is among the most enduring and popular of the numerology systems.  The Chinese, Japanese, Greeks, Hebrews, Egyptians, Phoenicians, early Christians, Mayans and Incas all used a form of numerology to gain a deeper understanding of themselves and the Universe.

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In Praise of Holistic Healing for Adults with Learning Disabilities

Working-with-Client-1Empowering the Client

Orthodox symptom focused therapy that addresses a specific difficulty with communication and social interaction will not be effective in the long term, unless the stress and emotional health of the client and carer are acknowledged, accepted and prioritised. This is highly complex work and through my experience as a speech and language therapist and later as a holistic therapist and teacher of metaphysics, I have discovered the importance of offering a plethora of holistic choices to enable disadvantaged adults, their carers and support workers to experience relaxation and to acknowledge its importance. In this way clients and carers alike will be motivated and empowered to make more appropriate choices to improve their circumstances and their l health on all levels (physical, emotional, mental and spiritual).

Memory and Perception

We are actually walking memory banks and imprints of memories from the past are held within the auric field, which envelops and nourishes the physical body and also within the cells of the physical body. Memories of past experience are continually being triggered and reinforced by events and interactions in our daily life, which give rise to repetitive patterns of unconscious automatic behavioural response. Our view of the world is restricted by our beliefs, which are influenced by past experiences, which have no bearing on our present circumstances. Therefore our perception of the world may be skewed. We then make choices which are dependent on what we perceive to be true. To choose differently, we must therefore make a conscious effort to stop and re evaluate the present circumstances and then choose a different more appropriate response.

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The Personal Life Plan – Astrological Significance of the Planetary Cycles

Saturn1Each individual enters the world with their own unique map to guide them through their life’s journey – their birth chart, which will unfold specifically in relation to their personal coordinates.  In addition to our own individual cycles, we share a collective journey through the planetary cycles, which bring opportunities and challenges to expand and deepen conscious awareness, and hopefully to develop compassion for all life.  Everyone has their own life story.  This article attempts to give a brief outline and overview of the collective life experience within which we all play our part in the unfoldment of the story of humanity, starting with the cycles of Saturn, the planet of karma. + Read More

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The Spring Equinox

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Equinox = ‘equal night’ ~ from Latin ‘aequus’ and ‘nox’.

There are two equinoxes in a year, in March and September, when the sun shines directly on the equator and the length of day and night is almost equal.  In March, in the northern hemisphere, it is known as the Spring equinox and in the southern hemisphere as the Autumnal equinox.  (Please note that this article refers to the seasons of the northern hemisphere.)

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Toning to Improve Hearing Impairment : Working with Caroline

Throat-ToneCaroline was a forty six year old woman, who was referred by her doctor because of chronic long term learning difficulties and deafness. The doctor hoped that any attempt to improve Caroline’s pronunciation of speech sounds would improve her quality of life.

Caroline had had a cleft palate repair as a child and lack of oxygen during the repair had left her with a marked impairment. To communicate Caroline used a combination of gesture, signing (Makaton – a language programme using signs and symbols) and speech. Her speech was muffled and unclear due to the excessive nasal resonance caused by the cleft in her palate, although articulation of single words was clearer than connected speech (sentences). + Read More

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There IS Music in the Spacing of the Spheres!

solar-system-largeMany people visiting this blog will be familiar with the term Music of the Spheres, a phrase usually associated with Pythagoras. It is a term derived from one of his more famous quotations:

 “There is geometry in the humming of the strings, there is music in the spacing of the spheres.”

It’s generally accepted that the spheres that Pythagoras was referring to were the planets and stars and although part of this quotation is very specific – “..there is music in the spacing of the spheres” – it is not usually taken to be literally true. After all, we are taught that it’s only since the 15th Century that scientists been able to determine the relative distances between planets in our solar system, largely as a result of the work of astronomers such as Copernicus and Kepler. Since Pythagoras lived approximately 2000 years before that time, it appears reasonable to assume that he had no knowledge of interplanetary distances and yet he clearly believed there to be a relationship between music and the distances between celestial bodies. If that is the case, then what might this music sound like and would we recognise it as being musical?

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An Open Hand

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If we clench our fist and then very slowly allow the hand to uncurl and open, resting there for a moment and repeating this a few times, we can feel how the energy changes between these two states.

The tight fist is tense and grasping, needy and defensive, greedy and aggressive.

The open hand is peacefully inviting; it lets go and is able to give, receive and co-operate.

Practising meditation is like the action of uncurling the clenched fist into an open hand; it is a release of external things and of persistent thoughts.

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Geographical Location – Astrological Significance of Time and Place

Astrocartography-1aAn astrocartography map is an astrology chart superimposed on a map of the world.  The planetary placements and aspects are depicted as lines flowing through countries and oceans.  Sometimes they cross each other creating a power point, and sometimes they converge on one area cancelling each other out.  Such a map indicates areas on the globe where we will be in rapport with a location and those where we will feel ill at ease with an environment.  This method is also known as locational astrology. Astrocartography was developed by the late Jim Lewis.

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