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Imagine…

August 28th, 2011

Imagine the last time you felt or heard your own heartbeat. Perhaps you were drifting into sleep and the steady thud of your heart was suddenly front and centre in your awareness. Or perhaps you were resting your head on a lover’s chest and you felt their heart. Imagine now that everything has a heartbeat and you can feel it. What would that feel like and how would you make sense of that experience? When I say everything, I mean everything that we see, feel,

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The Shadow #2

August 25th, 2011

I previously wrote about the concept of our shadow. What I want to explore now is the concept of the shadow as an aspect of human consciousness not at the individual level but at the collective level. This is easiest to grasp at the national level when we look at the behaviour and history of a country, but is most significant in my view at the collective, global level. Let us look at the UK for example. On the one hand, a country with a

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The Shadow #1

August 25th, 2011

The Shadow – a term used by Jung and other psychologists to describe those parts of our subconscious containing repressed instincts, drives or other weaknesses. Check out Wikipedia for a layman’s explanation of the Jungian take on this.  This is also a subject which is discussed in personal development and healing circles  – in an earlier post I referenced Debbie Ford’s excellent book “The Dark Side of the Light Chasers“. To recap on that post, working on the shadow is an important part of personal development

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Hearts & Minds #3

August 25th, 2011

Conclusion What I have learnt is that I need balance between the two aspects of myself. For a long time I lived more in the head than in the heart, learning about and experiencing the world through reading, writing, studying: the processes of the mind. This was the most comfortable place for me because I had decided, from experience, to keep myself safe in a “bunker”. This made me hard to get to know, both for myself and for others. I talked with a friend

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Hearts & Minds #2

August 25th, 2011

Reiki & Personal Development There are many ways in which human beings can develop and learn about themselves. Some are drawn to physical activities and use yoga or athletics to explore their internal and external potential; others improve their mind by acquiring knowledge or learning new skills; whilst some prefer to take it easy and let life unfold at its own pace. For some reason, my nature demands that things happen quickly for me and there has always been an incessant drive to keep moving and

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